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The Red Queen was a Mayan noblewoman from about the year 600.


Tz'akbu Ajaw was born as the very first Fire Keeper. Hurakan made her from a piece of fire to protect the magic of the Maya.

Tz'aakb'u Ajaw was the wife of Kʼinich Janaabʼ Pakal, the king of Palenque. She came from a a neighboring city to marry him in 626 AD. Archaeologists have deduced that Ajaw and Pakal had three or four sons. Two of these sons, Kʼinich Kan Bahlam II and K'inich Kan Joy Chitam II, became subsequent rulers of Palenque, but left no heirs. Tz'aakb'u Ajaw died in 672 AD, eleven years before Pakal's death in 683.

In 1994, Fanny Lopez Jimenez and other archaeologists found her tomb and have been trying to figure out who she was ever since. Arnoldo Gonzalez Cruz gave her the name of Red Queen due her remains and the objects inside her sarcophagus were covered with bright red cinnabar powder when her tomb was discovered.[2]

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After Zane Obispo undergoes a Death Ceremony, he speaks with the Red Queen in her tomb. She tells him to go alone, as only a god or someone who a god’s blood can find him, and find the current Fire Keeper, her descendant, and have him alter the future to save both Hurakan and the godborns. During their conversation she kept talking to a torch.


The Red Queen is a woman with olive skin and black hair tied in a tight bun with brown eyes.


She tends to speak in riddles.


  • Candidates for the Red Queen's identity were Yohl Ik'nal, Sak K'uk, and K'inuuw Mat. They were King Pakal's grandmother, mother, and daughter-in-law respectively. Archaeological evidence, epigraphic data for dates, and a process of deduction narrowed down the candidates to Sak K'uk and Tz'akbu Ajaw, but a DNA test in 2012 confirmed no relationship between Pakal and the Red Queen. And so many archaeologists believed that Tz'akbu Ajaw was the most likely candidate for the Red Queen.[3]


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