In another story the Beast was once a prince, but a witch trapped him in the form of a beast and set him on an island. There once was a prince, who cared for nothing but adventuring and rescuing fair maidens, but he rankled one too many evil hags.
One dark night, through a hag's terrible cruelty and cunning, he was turned into an obscenity; warped in shape and trapped on an enchanted island for over a hundred years. The sorceress only left him a 'way out,' but it was only her final bitter joke. He need only find a maiden to join him on the island; to share his castle, his life...willingly.
Titles and nicknamesEdit
- Witch of the Dark Forest
- Black Forest Witch
- Old Witch
- The Bitch
Behind the scenesEdit
According to GOG's summary for their King's Quest 4-5-6 collection. Baba Yaga is the inspiration for a witch or is a witch that appears/mentioned in the series, either the one in KQ5, or it could be the inspiration for the witch who turned Beast into Prince (or perhaps both). It could even be connected to the Graeae in KQ4 in some versions of Baba Yaga is the name of a trio of sisters all sharing the same name.
In the story The Feather of Finist the Falcon a girl searching for her lost lover (who comes to her in the form of a falcon). She finds a hut with a witch (sometimes referred to as a Baba Yaga), who gives her a gift (such as a silver spinning wheel and a golden spindle). This does seem to connect the fact that this character in the game has Rumplstiltskin's spinning wheel. This story has some similarities with Beauty and the Beast as well.
In some variants of the story of Hansel and Gretel, and Beauty and Beast, the witch in the stories are said to be Baba Yaga.
In some tales a trio of Baba Yagas appear as sisters, all sharing the same name. For example, in a version of "The Maiden Tsar" collected in the 19th century by Alexander Afanasyev, Ivan, a handsome merchant’s son, makes his way to the home of one of three Baba Yagas:
- He journeyed onwards, straight ahead [...] and finally came to a little hut; it stood in the open field, turning on chicken legs. He entered and found Baba Yaga the Bony-legged. "Fie, fie," she said, "the Russian smell was never heard of nor caught sight of here, but it has come by itself. Are you here of your own free will or by compulsion, my good youth?" "Largely of my own free will, and twice as much by compulsion! Do you know, Baba Yaga, where lies the thrice tenth kingdom?" "No, I do not," she said, and told him to go to her second sister; she might know.
Ivan walks for some time before encountering a small hut identical to the first. This Baba Yaga makes the same comments and asks the same question as the first, and Ivan asks the same question. This second Baba Yaga does not know either and directs him to the third, but says that if she gets angry with him "and wants to devour you, take three horns from her and ask her permission to blow them; blow the first one softly, the second one louder, and third still louder". Ivan thanks her and continues on his journey.
After walking for some time, Ivan eventually finds the chicken-legged hut of the youngest of the three sisters turning in an open field. This third and youngest of the Baba Yagas makes the same comment about "the Russian smell" before running to whet her teeth and consume Ivan. Ivan begs her to give him three horns and she does so. The first he blows softly, the second louder, and the third louder yet. This causes birds of all sorts to arrive and swarm the hut. One of the birds is the firebird, which tells him to hop on its back or Baba Yaga will eat him. He does so and the Baba Yaga rushes him and grabs the firebird by its tail. The firebird leaves with Ivan, leaving Baba Yaga behind with a fist full of firebird feathers.
The hag 'sisters' in KQ4 certainly have inspiration from the Graeae (with their single eye) and the witches of Macbeth ("Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble").
A Baba Yaga who looks like the Witch character from KQ5 with white hair (but is probably based on Quest for Glory character of the same name) appears in Hoyle 3. Her vga image alpears to be roughly based off of Baba Yaga's EGA sprite in Hero's Quest/QFG1.
As the King's Quest Companion and most sources leave her to be an 'unnamed' witch. the alternate article reflects this. This article reflects information about Baba Yaga (from Hoyle 3) and inspiration to the series in general.
Baba Yaga is widely known (in Sierra games) as the antagonist of Quest for Glory 1, and later neutral unpredictable ally in Quest for Glory 4.