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Gayelette was a beautiful ancient Princess and powerful Sorceress who once lived in the magical Land of Oz. She resided at a jeweled Royal Palace in the northern quadrant of Oz called Gillikin Country. She is introduced in Baum's first Oz book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900. She was the original creator of the magic Golden Cap that was tied to the Winged Monkeys of Oz, long before the infamous Wicked Witch of the West surfaced.

Oz History of Gayalette:

"There lived here then, away at the North, a beautiful princess, who was also a powerful sorceress. All her magic was used to help the people, and she was never known to hurt anyone who was good. Her name was Gayelette, and she lived in a handsome palace built from great blocks of tourmaline. Everyone loved her, but her greatest sorrow was that she could find no one to love in return, since all the men were much too stupid and ugly to mate with one so beautiful and wise. At last, however, she found a boy who was handsome and manly and wise beyond his years. Gayelette made up her mind that when he grew to be a man she would make him her husband, so she took him to her ruby palace and used all her magic powers to make him as strong and good and lovely as any woman could wish. When he grew to manhood, Quelala, as he was called, was said to be the best and wisest man in all the land, while his manly beauty was so great that Gayelette loved him dearly, and hastened to make everything ready for the wedding. "My grandfather was at that time the King of the Winged Monkeys which lived in the forest near Gayelette's elegant jeweled palace, and the old fellow loved a joke better than a good dinner. One day, just before the wedding, my grandfather was flying out with his band when he saw Quelala walking beside the river. He was dressed in a rich costume of pink silk and purple velvet, and my grandfather thought he would see what he could do. At his word the band flew down and seized Quelala, carried him in their arms until they were over the middle of the river, and then dropped him into the water..."
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)

Gayelette was a good ruler, loved by her people, but she was rather vain and had a short temper. During her reign in Oz, she became very lonely because she was unable to find a proper husband to become her soul mate that was equal to her own beauty and wisdom. Eventually she found a handsome boy named Quelala whom she raised and groomed to be her husband, using her magic to make him strong and good and lovely. They were engaged to be married, and Gayelette spent half her kingdom to create a beautiful Golden Cap as a wedding present for him to prove her love for him was true.

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Gayelette on her Wedding day 1900.

One day just before the wedding, the mischievous Winged Monkeys who lived nearby tossed Quelala into a river as a prank. Gayelette was very angry and punished the Winged Monkeys by making them three times the slaves to the owner of the Golden Cap. After the wedding, Quelala commanded them never to bother Gayelette again, and it can be presumed that she and her husband lived happily ever after. (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)

Non-Canon appearances

Gayelette and Quelala play important parts in March Laumer's The Frogman of Oz.

The Wicked Witch of the West stole the Golden Cap from Gayelette. (How the Wizard Came to Oz)

Gayelette and Quelala later met Dorothy Gale and aided her when she sought them out. (Dorothy of Oz).

Gayelette is the previous Witch of the South and the mother of Glinda. She is extremely powerful though very distant from her husband and daughter. She is said to age very differently from others and is at least a hundred. Before her death, she was investigating why no one in Oz dreams. {Hidden History of Oz#1:The Witch Queens}

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