Valda the Iron Maiden
Cover of Arak, Son of Thunder #37
Art by Ernie Colón
|First appearance||Arak, Son of Thunder #3
|Created by||Roy Thomas (writer)
Ernie Colón (artist)
|Team affiliations||Twelve Peers of Carolus Magnus' court
|Notable aliases||The Iron Maiden|
|Abilities||Brilliant swordsmanship, Superb hand to hand combat, Excellent horse riding|
Fictional character biography
Valda the Iron Maiden was a female knight and one of the Twelve Peers of Carolus Magnus' court. She was born in Aix-la-Chapelle, Frankland in the 8th century A.D., the daughter of Bradamante and (reputedly) Carolus Magnus.
After her mother's death in the ambush at Roncesvalles, Valda was brought up by Carolus Magnus, his court sorcerer Malagigi and Bishop Turpin. She was tutored as a swordswoman by the ghost of Amadis of Gaul, who she had summoned with a spell that she had overheard Malagigi using. Initially refused knighthood by the king, she posed as the "Knight All in Scarlet" and defeated her uncle, the great knight Rinaldo, in a joust to earn the honour.
She was 5' 6" tall, weighed 113 lbs, and had blue eyes and dark brown hair.
She first met Arak, Son of Thunder while she was under the spell of the sorcerer Baledor and later joined him in searching for Malagigi who had been captured by the sorceress Angelica. Valda and Arak adventured together and fell in love.
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