While a soldier in the Ogre Wars, Rumplestiltskin is to guard a cage which is covered with a blanket and said to contain a 'tricky beast'. Rumplestiltskin does this, until the creature calls to him. he takes the cover off to discover that the creature is a little girl with no eyes on her face, instead they are on her hands. She is a seer, and she asks for some water, claiming that she hasn't had a sip in days. Rumplestiltskin gives her water, and the seer reveals her ability to see the future. Although Rumplestiltskin dismisses it, the seer mentions Rumplestiltskin's wife and tells him that he will have a son, but says that on the battlefield, when the soldiers ride cows to battle, Rumplestiltskin will die. Considering this a ridiculous thing to say, Rumplestiltskin brushes off the seer's prophecy.
However, when the soldiers mention that they'll be riding cows into battle ("cows" being a slang term for leather saddles), Rumplestiltskin realizes that the seer was right, but when he confronts the seer's cage, the seer is gone. Distraught, Rumplestiltskin breaks one of his legs with a large hammer so that he cannot go into battle. This action earns him the title of village coward.
Many years later, Rumplestiltskin has become the Dark One and meets the seer again, in the woods. The seer manages to trick Rumplestiltskin into taking her ability of foresight. They join hands and the seer's ability to see the future is transferred to Rumplestiltskin. However, it is all a jumbled mess and Rumplestiltskin can barely decode it, realizing that he had been tricked into taking someone else's power yet again. The transfer of power had fatally injured the seer, and as she lays there dying, she tells him that he will learn to figure out what can be from what will be. She then tells Rumplestiltskin one last prophecy. She says that a young boy will reunite Rumplestiltskin with his son Baelfire, but that this boy will also be his undoing.
When Emma Swan and her son Henry Mills go with Rumplestiltskin to Manhattan so that he can find his son, he remembers the seer's last prophecy, and thinks that Henry - who he had recently discovered was his grandson - will be his undoing. However, in actuality, the boy who led Rumplestiltskin to Baelfire and became his undoing was somebody else.
- None known (family)
- Her eyes being on the palms of her hands instead of her face bears a resemblance to the Pale Man in the 2006 film, Pan's Labyrinth.
- S2, E14: "Manhattan" (flashback)