Queen Gemegishkirihallat is both the widow of the king and the mother of his murderer.
For many years she ruled by the tyrant's side, tempering his iron rule with charity and mercy, his radical designs to restructure society with her deep respect of tradition.
Following the murder of the king, the queen's political status is now uncertain: although loved and respected, she has no living sons from the king, and while she retains many ceremonial roles, tradition decrees that she can not rule in her own name.
As the capital seethes with intrigue as generals and concubines maneuver for the throne, an invading army approaching by sea, the queen has traveled to the northern hinterland, seeking to confront her murdering daughter.
She carries with her the dead king's sword, wrapped in cloth. A naked sword is the traditional badge of office of a king, after the dynasty founder who swore not to sheath his sword until the kingdom extends from sea to sea.
When he was strangled by his own daughter, the tyrant king grasped for his sword, but he hesitated to strike until it was too late and his strength and life were gone. Now, whoever touches the blade, is visited by the king's ghost.