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These were women who, despite their finery, did not care if they were young or old, fat or thin, short or tall. Those things were secondary; those things were a sleight of hand.

Feyre Archeron

The Mortal Queens are the six queens of the Mortal Lands.

History

At the end of the War, the immortals signed a Treaty with the Mortal Queens of the time and established the wall. The Queens were also given a half of the Book of Breathings so that they would guard it in their palace on the Continent.

A Court of Mist and Fury

The Queens are contacted several times by Rhysand who asks for their half of the Book of Breathings so it can be used against the King of Hybern.

They agree to meet with Rhysand and his Inner Circle in the Archeron family mansion, but ask for information on the sizes of the rooms, the real estate, etc. Once assembled, the five of them who present themselves (since apparently the sixth queen was ill) refuse to give up their part of the book and say they might consider giving it up if Rhysand showed them something good that has made.

Some time later they meet with Rhys again, but this time only two of them come. Rhysand shows them, through Veritas, the truth about Velaris and tells them that rumors of cruelty were driven by him to protect his city and its inhabitants. The queens are grateful for their confidence but still say they have to think about whether to deliver half the book or not. Before leaving, one of the queens, the oldest, shows them a letter sent by Rhysand, where he says that she loves Feyre and wants a better world where she can visit her sisters without having to face hatred. After that they leave but under the chair of the youngest queen, Demetra, they find the other half of the book that she had brought them, as she read the letter and also wants a better world. She asks them not to reveal that she gave it to them, since if the others found out they would kill them like they did with the sixth queen, who they'd been told was sick when she was actually dead.

Upon discovering that their half of the book is missing, the Queens ally with Jurian, who had been resurrected with the power of the Cauldron by the King of Hybern. They tell him about Velaris and Hybern sends a legion led by the Attor to attack the city. During the attack, the queen who had given them half the book, is murdered.

Later, when Feyre, Morrigan, Cassian and Azriel infiltrate Hybern to power the Cauldron and are trapped by the king, the queens are present to see a demonstration of how the Cauldron could turn someone mortal immortal. When the King turns Nesta and Elain Archeron into High Fae, the queens see that they could become immortals and reign forever. Feyre vows to take revenge on them for what they did to her sisters.

A Court of Wings and Ruin

The queens return to their kingdom and wait in their palace for Hybern's orders. The King's Ravens, while hunting Nesta and Feyre in the grand library of the Night Court, reveal that the queens have not yet entered the Cauldron to become Fae, as the youngest queen after Demetra had gone through the process to gain immortality and came out an immortal, withered crone. As a result, the rest of the queens are too scared to go near it, and the immortal queen has sworn revenge on Nesta for her part in angering the Cauldron. After the war, the queens remain in their palace.

Physical Description

  1. The eldest queen is brown-skinned with sharp, cold eyes and an unbent posture despite her wrinkled face.
  2. The first middle-aged queen wears black and has a face hewn from granite. She frowns often.
  3. The second middle-aged queen wears white and has a sweet face. She smiles often.
  4. The first youngest queen is perhaps a few years older than Feyre Archeron, with black hair and eyes and a cunning appearance.
  5. The youngest queen is the most beautiful, with curling golden hair, amber eyes and brown, freckled skin. She appears very much like a lion. Her name was Demetra.
  6. The sixth queen is named Vassa. She was sold to a sorcerer-lord by the other queens.

Trivia

  • The queens have the ability to winnow.

Appearances

Main characters
Amarantha · Amren · Azriel · Cassian · Elain Archeron · Feyre Archeron · King of Hybern · Lucien · Morrigan · Nesta Archeron · Rhysand · Tamlin
Minor and supporting characters
Alis · Andras · Beron · Bron · Cerridwen · Clare Beddor · Cresseida · Devlon · Eris · Graysen · Feyre's father · Hart · Helion · Ianthe · Isaac Hale · Isaac Hale's wife · Jurian · Kallias · Keir · Mercenary · Miryam · Mortal Queens · Mrs. Laurent · Naga · Nuala · Unnamed Summer Court Faerie · Tarquin · The Bogge · The Bone Carver · The Suriel · Thesan · Tomas Mandray · Varian · Weaver
Mentioned characters
Aunt Ripleigh · Dark Mother · Drakon · Feyre's mother · Ianthe's father · Ianthe's mother · Ianthe's sisters · Miryam's father · Miryam's mother · Mother · Rhysand's father · Rhysand's mother · Rhysand's sister · Nostrus · Queen of the Black Land · Tamlin's mother · Tamlin's father

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