Trials of the Seven Heroes
She began as just one ruler among many on what would be Capitol, just a minor queen of a minor state. But somehow, she was better than the rest of them, and in the course of some years, by alliance and terror and war and bribery, she united all of the Eight Worlds, and a lot of bits of places in worlds beyond. In her day, they say, there were still dozens of worlds that most anyone could find their way to, and all of them, supposedly, were united by the Ebony Queen. She ruled well, but it is said that in her time the worlds drifted away faster than they ever had before, and most of the worlds were lost to regular contact then. Still, to the Eight Worlds she was a wonderful ruler. But then one day, she didn’t wake up in her bed, and was stiff as a board, and eventually became darker and darker, until she was smooth and black. As a statue, she couldn’t rule the empire she had built, and no magic could seem to cure her. In desperation, while a Regency Council ran the empire, the Eight Heroes were created from her essence mixed with that of the Eight Worlds. But nothing they did saved the Ebony Queen, and still she rests in eternal slumber, until perhaps someone brings her back, if that’s even possible. Her daughter, Mistress Madeline, still lives, and is a powerful sorceress.