Callis of Netherwood is the town healer of Gavaldon, the foster mother of Agatha, and one of the main characters in The Tale of Callis and Vanessa. She was once the Professor of Uglification before she left.
The School For Good And Evil Edit
Callis is introduced as Agatha's mother, bearing a striking resemblance to her daughter. She packs Agatha a trunk, hoping that she would be chosen for the School of Evil. She claims to have once dreamt of being kidnapped, but The School Master didn't choose her, instead choosing a boy named Sven. She wishes for her daughter to be sent away from Gavaldon to one of the Schools.
A World Without Princes Edit
Callis assumes that Agatha is the one picked for School of Evil. She constantly presses Agatha to show her the skills and magic she would have learned from school, presumably to have a taste of her former life as a teacher at the School. When Agatha snaps at her to stop pestering her, she does, letting her off.
The Last Ever After Edit
Agatha begins to have a growing suspicion of her mother when Callis seemed unsurprised at the sight of Tedros, when she left the graveyard for long periods at a time, and furthermore when Callis lets the word "reader" slip. As none of the villagers in Gavaldon knew the word and what it meant, Callis covered up by saying that she once saw it from one of the storybooks. Only when Callis saves her daughter and Tedros from the Elders does Agatha begin to grasp at her foster mother's past.
Callis is a former professor of Uglification for the School of Evil and originally comes from Netherwood.
The Tale of Callis and Vanessa Edit
Callis is a former professor at The School For Evil who taught "Uglification". She was a beautiful, brunette, freckled woman, with a heart devoted entirely to Evil. However, she still dreamt that someday she would find love, which thus drew the Storian to write her's and Vanessa's story, "The Tale of Callis and Vanessa".
This caught the attention of the School Master, who wanted her to marry him, just as he would one day want Sophie to marry him. At first, she believed that the School Master was Good, and saw his proposal as a way to switch sides to Good and have true love, until she realized his true nature. Upon discovering this, she fled to the Woods.
When fleeing to the woods, she heard Vanessa's desperate plea for Stefan and uses her wish to bring her to Gavaldon. After this, the Storian lost track of her story and abandoned it for a new tale, Thumbelina.
Vanessa and Callis never became friends, only acquaintances. Vanessa wished for Callis to create a love potion for Stefan to love her. Callis agreed, with near-disastrous consequences. Stefan was forced to marry Vanessa when she revealed that she was pregnant with his child.
Distraught, he pleaded his case to the Elders, pinning the blame on Callis. Upon seeing her, an unmarried woman no one had ever seen before in the village, the Elders finally found someone to pin the blame of Gavaldon's kidnappings on.
When Callis was about to be burned at the stake, Stefan softened, recanting his story and agreeing to marry Vanessa, despite dooming himself to a loveless life. Callis was forced to live in the graveyard, never to meddle in the townspeople's affairs again.
When Vanessa was unable to have any more children with Stefan after the deaths of her two baby boys, she demanded for Callis to help her to have his child. Callis refused, not wanting to have anything to do with magic again. Vanessa persisted, going as far as to threaten to tell the Elders that she had cursed her to never have children, and would continue cursing the other women of Gavaldon.
With no choice but to help Vanessa, Callis agreed. She warned Vanessa that hers and Stefan's souls would never fuse to form a child, but her warning fell on deaf ears.
Soon enough, Vanessa gave birth to two baby girls. One was the splitting image of Stefan, who would grow up to become Sophie. The other, however, was the splitting image of Vanessa. Disgusted, she ordered Callis to leave the second baby to the Woods, as she could never bring an ugly child back to Stefan.
However, Callis only saw beauty in the second baby girl. She named her Agatha, and over the years, used her abilities in Uglification to steadily make herself look like Agatha's mother.
- Callis' name likely originates from Callisto, the name of a virtuous nymph from Greek mythology. In the original Greek rendition, the element Kallis (Καλλισ) means "beautiful."