When not a soul reached out to help quench her debilitating thirst, a continued drought brought the serpentine Lamalia to the brink of death. Yet, as she prepared herself to accept its cold embrace, a hero appeared before her and carried her to the water's edge. The prince of a neighboring kingdom, his kindness and selfless caring transformed Lamalia. It was then she decided she would dedicate herself to protecting her savior, even as that meant relinquishing her true form.
Added on December 15, 2014 as a "Art Nouveau artistic masterpiece" in the Dragon's Hoard 7 Box Card Pack.
Lamalia is possibly a derivative of Lamia. In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia was a beautiful queen of Libya and a mistress of the god Zeus who became a child-eating daemon. Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for "gullet" (laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children. Often described as having the head and breasts of a woman and a serpent's tail below the waist. Later traditions referred to many lamiae; these were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.
The artwork is an interpretation of the painting Water Serpents I (German: Wasserschlangen I or Freundinnen I), tempera and watercolor on parchment, painted by the Austrian Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt in 1907. In 1908 he painted Water Serpents II.
- Artwork by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme.