The Queens of Bluebeard are the four women married by King Bluebeard of Kokkino and subsequently murdered by him. They play a minor role in the Dark Parables bonus game Trusty John and King Bluebeard.
They are based on the murdered wives in the French folk tale Bluebeard.
Appearance and Personality Edit
We only see the four Queens as skeletons inside the Forbidden Chamber, so little is known of the women when they were alive. We know that Queen Heloise, the first wife, was a kind woman who was thought well of by Trusty John and, presumably, the rest of the kingdom. We also can assume all four women enjoyed fine jewels and riches, as they all were well adorned when they died.
The Wives Edit
- Queen Heloise was Bluebeard's first wife. Since she was known by Trusty John, that means Bluebeard married her before John left the kingdom, which would also be before Bluebeard entered the Forbidden Chamber. She likely would've noticed a change in her husband once he became enthralled with the portrait of the Sea Goddess inside that chamber. Curiosity drove her to look inside the chamber for herself. She then accused Bluebeard of loving the portrait kept inside the chamber. Bluebeard responded to this by murdering her and leaving her body to rot away inside the Forbidden Chamber.
- Queen Eleonore was Bluebeard's second wife. She, too, was curious about what was in the Forbidden Chamber. Like Heloise before her, she took an opportunity to sneak into the chamber when Bluebeard wasn't around. She was horrified to find his previous wife's body decaying in the chamber. She confronted Bluebeard about the portrait and the murder of Heloise. Bluebeard responded to this by murdering her and adding her body beside Heloise's in the Forbidden Chamber.
- Queen Isaure was Bluebeard's third wife. As with Bluebeard's previous wives, she let her curiosity get the better of her and snuck into the Forbidden Chamber when Bluebeard was not around. She saw the portrait and the remains of his previous wives, but mistakenly seemed to not realize Bluebeard had killed the two women. Instead, she confronted him about the impropriety of enshrining his wives' remains near the portrait that he had such unhealthy feelings for. In response, Bluebeard murdered her and put her body in the Chamber.
- Queen Judith was Bluebeard's fourth wife. Like all of the others, she snuck into the Forbidden Chamber in order to see what kept drawing her husband to it. She confronted him merely about the portrait, apparently unperturbed by the dead bodies in the chamber with it. Regardless, Bluebeard responded to her confrontation the same way as he had replied to the others. He murdered her and added her body to the collection of dead wives he was keeping in the Forbidden Chamber.
Relevant Parables Edit
The Jealous King (from Trusty John and King Bluebeard)
Bluebeard's father, an ancient Kokkino King, was renowned as a just and honest ruler. He had only one secret, shared with not one other soul: his Forbidden Chamber. The chamber held a painting of the beautiful Sea Goddess that he worshipped and adored all his life. Before he died, he made his adviser swear an oath that his son should never enter the room; if he did, a curse would befall the entire kingdom. As soon as the throne was his, Bluebeard sent his father's adviser to Prasino as a spy, hoping to gain knowledge of the enemy kingdom's secret weapon. The adviser had barely left the palace, when Bluebeard entered the Forbidden Chamber. As his father had foretold, the beauty of the Sea Goddess in her portrait clouded his mind and his judgment. He married four times - taking the life of each young wife when she discovered the forbidden room. Bluebeard's kingdom slowly deteriorated, along with his sanity.
- King Bluebeard (husband)