|“||I remember once when a tinker with a funny accent gave me a draft of some heady brew from a green glass bottle.||”|
|— Melena regarding drinking the Miracle Elixir from a stranger (the Wizard), Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West|
In the book series, she is the daughter of Lady Partra Thropp and Romen Skarr, as well as the granddaughter of the Eminent Thropp, Peerless Thropp, and the Thropp 2nd Descending; heiress of the Thropp Family. She married Frexspar the Godly to escape her life at Colwen Grounds, though she came to hate her life as a commoner. She was very flirtatious and is implied to have had an active sex life as a teenager. She also had affairs with the future Wizard of Oz, producing her first child, Elphaba, and the Quadling glassblower, Turtle Heart. When Elphaba was born, Melena was repulsed by Elphaba's green skin and sharp teeth, but grew to love her. While pregnant with Nessarose, Melena and her family were forced to flee to Colwen Grounds, and Turtle Heart was sacrificed to the Clock of the Dragon. The guilt of this led Melena and Frex to become missionaries to Quadling Country, where she would die giving birth to her third child and son: Shell.