The Mistress of Copper Mountain was born from a magical lizard egg a very long time ago.
It comes from a time when the spirits of forests and mountains still moved among humans, watching them, searching for those who could be taught their secrets before such ancient wisdom was lost forever. One such spirit was especially revered for her magic and power. She was an extremely beautiful woman, dressed in a great silk dress with decorations resembling malachite, a lovely-patterned green stone often found in Urals. Some people knew her as an ancient mountain goddess; others called her the Mistress of the Copper Mountain. Often people called her the Lizard Queen because an army of lizards always was all around her, they were different colors, green, bluish, brown ones with gold spots, etc. Sometimes she would turn herself into a lizard….
The Mistress of Copper Mountain is a story set in the mysterious Ural Mountains from the tales of Pavel Bazhov, the famous Russian writer, best known for his collection of fairy tales The Malachite Box, based on Ural folklore.