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Queen bee
Queen Bee
Biographical information
Tribe

Plains

Home

Orchard in Opal territory

Age

Unknown, elderly

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Female

Hair color

Brown (books)
Auburn (anime)

Skin color

White

Personal information
Relatives

Steven (son)
Nevets (son)

Weapon of choice

Bees

Chronological and political information
Profession

Manufacturer
Orchard tender

Position

Supplier for the Resistance

First appearance

The Shifting Sands

Last appearance

The Sister of the South (mentioned)

Queen Bee

Queen Bee as she appears in the anime.

Queen Bee is the owner of Queen Bee Cider and Quality Brand Honey. She is also the mother of Steven and Nevets.

History Edit

Queen Bee used to supply the palace guards with Queen Bee Cider, to help them regain strength and stamina.

At some point after the Shadow Lord's invasion of Deltora, she and her sons, Steven and Nevets, became allies of the Resistance. They supplied the Resistance with Quality Brand Honey, which contains special healing properties.

The Shifting Sands Edit

Lief, Barda, and Jasmine stumbled upon her orchard and help themselves to nine of her apples. Queen Bee tracked them down and demanded they give them back, but the companions had eaten all but three. Enraged, Queen Bee unleashed her swarm of bees to kill them, but Jasmine dropped her money bag. Queen Bee accepted the bag as payment, despite the contents being worth much more than what they ate. She then inquired as to where the companions came from, but upon seeing the smoking ruins of the City of the Rats, told them to go and that she never saw them.

Later, in the Shifting Sands, Lief saw Queen Bee in a dream, and was reminded of how she uses smoke to subdue her bees.[1]

Return to Del Edit

When Doom sent word to the Resistance to meet at Withick Mire, Queen Bee was one of the members informed. While she did not attend herself, she did use her bees to further pass along the message to Manus.[2]

The Sister of the South Edit

Queen Bee attended the wedding of Lief and Jasmine.[3]

Physical appearance Edit

Queen Bee is an short, plump, round elderly woman. She has thin brown hair which she wears in a tiny topknot on her head. Her face is creased and crinkled.[1]

Personality Edit

Queen Bee is fiercely protective of her apples and honey. Stealing so much as to bring her quota down by one stalk causes her to fly into a rage, and she is not above letting her bees kill those who do not return what they took. Nevertheless, she is willing to help the Resistance despite the risks to herself and her sons.[1]

Abilities Edit

Queen Bee is the only producer of Queen Bee Cider, (Queen Bee Nectar in the anime) and Quality Brand Honey. The cider acts as a strength enhancing drink, and the honey has healing properties. She can also give commands to her bees, ranging from attacking intruders to carrying messages. She does not have complete control, as she told the companions she still needs to use smoke to take honey from their hives.

It is possible that this control over bees might stem from her Plains blood.

Relatives Edit

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Steven
   
   
Nevets

AppearancesEdit

Deltora Quest Edit

Deltora Quest 1 Edit

Deltora Quest 3 Edit

TriviaEdit

  • Queen Bee was described as having brown hair in the book, though Marc McBride's illustration of the character depicted her with white hair.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rodda, Emily. The Shifting Sands. Scholastic Australia. 2001.
  2. Rodda, Emily. Return to Del. Scholastic Australia. 2002.
  3. Rodda, Emily. The Sister of the South. Scholastic Australia. 2004.

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