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Rowena was the wife and Queen of Arthur Eld, acting as Mid-World's equivalent of the legendary Queen Guinevere of Camelot. Rowena was discovered to be infertile, which led to Arthur planting his seed in many gillies, including one from the Prim, in order to sire an heir.

Rowena conspired with a witch from the Barony of Garland to have Emmanuelle Deschain, who had already borne Arthur a male heir, killed. The conspiracy would make Emmanuelle the selected sacrifice for the Reaptide Festival, and Rowena would become pregnant with the child she desperately wanted. However, despite succeeding in having Emmanuelle sacrificed, Rowena gave birth not to an ordinary child, but to a were-spider, which subsequently devoured her. Her death brought guilt to Arthur for his neglect of her.

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