Later in the book, Maree is 'stripped', or half of her killed, by Janine and the sorcerer Gramos?. Rupert and his brothers send Maree and her cousin Nick on a dangerous journey to Babylon to cure her.
Maree Mallory is the daughter of Emperor Timos IX of the [Koryfonic Empire]? and an heir to the throne; her full name is Sempronia Marina Timosa Euranivai Koryfoides. Her cousin Nick Mallory is another heir, and is actually her half-brother. (His real name is Nicothodes.) Ted Mallory, therefore, is really Nick's stepfather.