Lady Tourmaline is Prince Trystaen's mother. He believes her to be dead because she disappeared shortly after Trystaen's father was murdered. He was three years old at the time and only has vague memories of his mother. In reality, Tourmaline is a prisoner in a stone tower, far from the land she once helped to rule. A magical compulsion keeps her from leaping to her freedom and flying back to her son. Day in and day out, she must see her freedom, inches from her prison, and know she will never muster the willpower to break the compulsion and take that leap. This is a scene for the story I'm developing with my winged people. It's slow going, but it's slowly coming together. Please feel free to comment.