Reimagined as female in the Lords of Shadow saga, Malphas is said to have once been a beautiful witch who threw herself off the highest tower of her castle after her lover was led to his death by a rival witch. She managed to survive by forging a symbiotic relationship with the crows that came to feed on her broken body and gradually transformed into a crow demon herself. Eventually, she battles Gabriel by spewing heavy eggs that spawn half-bird half-human minions known as Witch Children. She is often surrounded by a flock of crows that follow her wherever she flies.
Malphas sent her crows to spy on Baba Yaga and created the Scarecrows to keep the witch in check. It's suggested that Baba Yaga was the rival witch who took her lover.