A bread maker by the name of Kapys Timesisthius claimed Zaleria Blackwood grew up in the small Village of Bergelles. Villagers described her as a small-boned woman with distorted limbs, a large, misshapen nose, and a forward angled hump. Fearing her abnormal features, the village folk kept her away from public view, and though she spent most of her time alone, Zaleria became quite the skilled artisan, creating the most beautiful gowns. When word got around to the King’s wife, Theophane, she just had to see the gowns for herself, taken in by their unique beauty; she bought four.

However, as beautiful as the gowns were, they each had a story, or shall I say memory? You see, each time Zaleria weaved a gown, it was said the skies grew dark and for each tear shed, a drop of rain fell. A thousand tears for a thousand beatings, drowning the fabric with all her pain, malice, and hate toward man.

A parchment maker by the name of Marcion said he forbid his wife to wear a Zaleria gown or any gowns from The Blackwood shop as rumor has it, they’re cursed! Whispers inside tavern halls say Joe Whittles wife wouldn’t listen to scuttle-butt and bought a gown from The Blackwood shop and on the same night, it was as if darkness ran through her veins. So loud were her screams that Joe Whittles ran to her and what he saw was best described as uncontrollable blood ruptures throughout her entire body. However, some say she died after drinking from the cursed waters of Lioms Lake said to have been visited by Spriggans. 

After several months passed, things began to quiet down, and though Zaleria Blackwood was loathed by village folk, she was also feared and left alone, until the bitter night of Amnes, on the 15th. where a brutal invasion took place in The Village of Bergelles and the only way for villagers to remain safe was to give up Zaleria Blackwood’s location to King Aberkios Matullus of The Kingdom of Langsia. It is said, his beautiful wife died after wearing a Blackwood gown. So horrific were her remains that no one recognized her.

After her capture, it is said King Aberkios Matullus placed her in a dungeon and allowed her to continue making her gowns as long as she made one for all his enemies. Legend has it Zaleria Blackwood created over 200,000 unique pieces for the king, you could be shopping for one right now.

About The Author

Marilyn Velez is a visual and literary artist. She is an author of fiction, a cartographer, and poet. Her love for fantasy has led her to create The Tundra Tales.

Having graduated from New York with a degree in business, she enjoys writing. In addition to cartography, she also enjoys sketching, photography, designing, boxing, and image manipulation. 

If you want to see what else Marilyn is up to, you can find her on Facebook.


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