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Queen Maylie is the wife of King Edward the Benevolent and the beloved person after whom Lake Maylie was named.[1]

BackgroundEdit

When they married, a lake north of Castle Daventry was named after her to remember their wedding day. She was often seen with Edward in a small boat on the lake late on summer afternoons. Shadow players against a setting sun, they were alone in their love for each other.

Many years she ruled the kingdom along with Edward. The people of Daventry were prosperous and happy, and everywhere peace reigned. But she and her husband were sad as they were childless. They had no son to inherit the throne, nor daughter to gladden their hearts.

One day while she was walking in the garden with her husband, a powerful sorcerer appeared before her. The sorcerer claimed that he could cast a spell that would bring her a child. All he wanted in return was the Magic Mirror. She consulted the mirror with her husband, and saw the image of a young princely figure. Assuming the youth to be their son, the couple gladly bestowed the mirror upon the sorcerer. He did not keep his word, as the months passed and the Queen did not conceive a child.
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For the first time in hundreds of years, the kingdom fell under a drought to an early autumn rainstorm. She wept along with her husband. The famine brought a plague, and Maylie was stricken. Edward kept a constant vigil by her side. On the fourth day of the queen's illness, a diminutive figure came to the castle claiming he had a cure for the queen's illness. The castle courtiers ushered him into the Queen's chamber, where the king was in despair. He claimed to have a root known only by dwarves that would cure the plague. The dwarf leaned over the Queen and touched the root to her lips. Her eyes fluttered open and she smiled at her husband. Everyone was in wonderment assuming that if a touch could revive her, they were sure that the whole root would make her recover fast. King Edward offered the dwarf a reward for the root. The dwarf asked for the Magic Shield, left to the king by his father. At first the king was reluctant, but then he gave in and gave the shield. Maylie partook of the root, but it was to no avail. She worsened and died. Daventry's church bells tolled in mourning.

Titles and nicknamesEdit

  • Queen Maylie
  • The Queen

Behind the scenesEdit

Maylie is a character that appears in the second version of the KQ1 manual, though nameless (she is known simply as "Queen" or 'the Queen'). The King's Quest Companion gives her the name Maylie, and also links her name to the lake in the screens north/northeast of the castle in the game. This lake by its name Maylie is also referenced in the KQ6 Hintbook by Lorelei Shannon.

King's Quest (new series)Edit

The new King's Quest tells the story Graham's introduction into Daventry's knights. The Queen should be gone at least 13-15 years by this point (having died about the same year Graham was born). She is briefly referenced by Amaya Blackstone who mentions that the kingdom has been in decline since she died, that the bridges across the rivers have all been knocked out. One of the knights remembers he used to trim the Queen's troffolo hedges. The queen loved music, after he death he had bells strung about his statue to remind everyone about her. The magic mirror was stolen some point after her death (in the original series timeline she died after the Mirror was stolen, at the time that the shield was stolen). The Queen's name is not mentioned in the new series, and she is known simply as the Queen.

ReferencesEdit

  1. KQC, 2nd Edition, 486

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