Yesterday (Christmas Eve), a totally demented idea came into my head and refused to leave. Alice in Wonderland and A Christmas Carol. Stayne is working in the White Queen's court, though most everyone dislikes him greatly, and still think of him as their enemy. He's the same cold-hearted man he was when he served the Red Queen, unknown to him, will greatly effect him in the afterlife. But Stayne still has a chance, and with the help of three spirits, he may still be a good man yet.
Ghosts of Wonderland
Iracabeth was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. Stayne killed her. And Stayne's combat skill was good upon 'Change for anything he chose to put his blade to.
Old Iracabeth was dead as a doornail.