Since she was young, Marlene loved to arrange parties, to which she invited all the people of the duchy. One day, during an umpteenth party, a certain individual claiming to be a beggar, heavily implied to be Gaunter O'Dimm, knocked on the door of her residence, with a bowl and spoon in hand, asking for food.
Although according to Toussaint tradition, the owner of a house must offer food and wine to his guest, Marlene refused to feed the beggar and preferred to give the leftovers of her meal to the dogs. The beggar then, to punish this slight, engraved the following words on the walls of Marlene's house: "None shall sit and dine with you at your table, no spoon you have shall sate you, never again shall you wish to spy your reflection in the mirror", broke his spoon and left. Unbeknownst to Marlene at the time, this placed a curse on her, which then gradually turned her into a spotted wight. Her family, distraught over her transformation, left the cursed estate for Kovir, leaving her behind.