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|Stefania Vaduva Popescu|
|Service of:||House of Kronenberg|
|Relationships:|| Miguel, son|
3 other unnamed sons
Adalind Schade, business client
Frau Pech, rival
Viktor Beckendorf, co-belligerent
Stefania Vaduva Popescu is the “Zigeunersprache,” or Queen of the Schwarzwald Gypsies, a group of Romani gypsies. She first appeared in "Volcanalis".
Frau Pech brings Adalind Schade to see Stefania one night at her encampment. Stefania exchanges a few barbs with Pech but greets Adalind warmly. She notes that the Schade family's roots run deep in the woods around them, but those of the Schwarzwald gypsies run even deeper. She then invites her guests into her tent to test the blood of Adalind's baby. After having her sons, Dragomir and Lucian, restrain Adalind so she can extract the child's blood, she confirms the child is Royal and shares a drink with Frau Pech. She expresses irritation at Adalind's attempt to consume alcohol while pregnant, then offers 500,000 euros for a healthy boy or 750,000 for a healthy girl. Frau Pech scoffs, saying they could do better in Budapest, to which Stefania suggests they might not make it that far. Adalind cuts in and demands her powers back in exchange for the baby. Stefania is taken aback by this request, and admits that this may not be possible.
Stefania visits Adalind in her hotel room. She tells Adalind that the recovery of powers is difficult but possible. She produces a contract for Adalind to sign, but, as it is written in the Roma language, Adalind can't understand it and refuses to sign. Stefania then spinkles some powder over the bottom of the document and presses Adalind's hand on to the powdered paper. The veins on Adalind's hand become very prononuced and when Stefania lifts Adalind's hand from the paper a handprint in blood is seen on the paper. She puts the contract in her bag and leaves. Frau Pech observes her leaving Adalind's room, but Stefania does not see Frau Pech.
Later that evening, Adalind calls to tell Stefania that Frau Pech knew they had met. Stefania was calm on the phone, but immediately after hanging up flew into a rage and proceeded to smash some ornaments while cursing Frau Pech's name.
Stefania calls Adalind to inform her that she's found a way to get rid of Frau Pech, and invites her to dinner. Once there, Stefania explains to "Adalind" that she will enlist Pech to double-cross Adalind, then when Pech arrives to negotiate a deal, she will have one of her sons garrote the elder Hexenbiest so her heart can be cut out to restore Adalind's power. An incredulous "Adalind" asks if that will work, to which Stefania replies that they'll find out. At that moment, Stefania's son Miguel appears and garrotes "Adalind," revealing the Romani queen has been aware she was Frau Pech all along. She then stabs her rival and rips out her heart through her stomach.
After she removed Frau Pech's heart, Stefania placed it in a hexagonal box inscribed with many runes and sigils, sealing it with blood red wax. She apologizes to Frau Pech's corpse, calling her an old friend. Stefania orders one of her sons to call Adalind.
When Adalind arrives, Stefania walks her through the first part of the ritual. She must cut off Frau Pech's hands and feet, then pluck out her eyes. She holds a cauldron for Adalind to place the body parts in.
Stefania, Adalind, Yanko, and Miguel go to a field of flowers where Stefania throws the top of the box containing Frau Pech's heart into the air. It flies around until it finally lands. Stefania instructs Adalind to dig at that spot, put Frau Pech's body parts into the hole, and bury the body parts and box containing the heart. Only moments after Adalind completes the task, all of the flowers within several meters of the spot die as green, ghostly hands rise from the ground. A delighted Stefania announces that Adalind has been accepted. Stefania then tells Adalind she must pick all the dead flowers for the next ritual.
When they return from the field, Stefania tells Adalind that she has to put the dead flowers into Frau Pech's body cavity, but the flowers insert themselves. Stefania tells Adalind that the ritual is going well and that "she" must like her. She then has Adalind sew up the corpse. When Adalind has completed the sewing, she compliments Adalind on her stitching, then tells her to cut the thread with her teeth.
After a while she hands Adalind a jar, telling her she'll want to fill it. At that moment a viscous red paste oozes from the body cavity. As Adalind struggles not to vomit, Stefania tells her that it's really very good for the skin and the baby.