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|Posted by: The Bard Jan 7 2014, 03:40 AM|
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|Posted by: The Bard Jan 10 2014, 01:41 AM|
The desert nation of Solhara was once a proud kingdom of great wealth with a long and storied history. All of this came to an end with the Blight that consumed Solhara and left its surviving residents fleeing to Caerleon and Xehacora.
With the Sultan dead in the Blight, Jasmine has taken up residence in the Solharan sector of the Five Corners with her shapeshifting personal guard, Rajah, and the Grand Vizier of Solhara, Jafar, who desires to force her into marrying him to give him a claim to the Solharan throne. She frequents the kingdom of Caerleon in disguise, preparing to run away before Jafar can carry through with his plan.
Aladdin had no idea that he was the son of Cassim, the 'King of Thieves' in the Black Sands. He was only a beggar in Solhara but he managed to escape the Blight and join the refugees in Caerleon. If only it had been an improvement on his life, sadly he was only a beggar in Caerleon as well. He is desperate to find a way to improve his place in life whether it's in Solhara or Caerleon or somewhere else entirely. Though the rest of the world seems to be distrusting magic more and more by the day, Aladdin finds himself coming to the realization that it may be his only way out of the life he's always known....
Alice in Wonderland
Long have the wars between the Courts of Allutheria raged. Since the Fae were banished to their own world, they have done little more than squabble over who should rule. The Court of the Bull was the first to fall to the Red Court and their Goblins. But the menace which took down the Court of Hearts was another matter all together.
Not all of the Fae despise the gods. Not all of the Fae’s creations respect the Fae. Some flocked to the worship of the god of Chaos, creating one of the few centers of worship to the gods in all of Allutheria. Gifted with a collective conscience that allowed magical communication over great distances, the congregation called themselves the Mad Tea Party and termed their chapel ‘Wonderland’. With the mission of spreading chaos throughout the Fae lands, they were instrumental in the destruction of the Court of Hearts and are the reason the Queen now finds herself without a kingdom.
Alice was a traumatized and orphaned young girl, found by the Cheshire Cat, she was taken to the Red Court to foster, but the Cheshire Cat had great designs for her. If she has her way, young Alice will become the future priestess of their Mad Tea Party. After the denizens of Wonderland orchestrated the fall of the Red Court as well, Alice found herself in their temple, Wonderland, for the first time, where everything is crazy and nothing is as it seems.
The White Court is now the premiere Court in Allutheria, the only Court that has not been destroyed by Blight or insanity or relocated to Ga'leah with the aid of the gods. But that may not remain, for the White Rabbit is a former member of their court, now expelled and joining the Mad Tea Party, he is intent upon his revenge and hopeful to see the White Court fall with all the others.
& The 3 Musketeers
After Maleficent cursed the Princess of Dokrayth and she fell into an enchanted sleep, her heartbroken mother and father collected an elite group of soldiers and knights to stand as her sentries and protect her both day and night. Though they guarded her for many years, it was decided that these ‘Musketeers’ would be best served as the elite guard of the royal family and not protecting a young woman who was likely never going to awaken from her cursed slumber.
Richelieu was once the most trusted adviser of the Vauclain family and aided the King and Queen in most of their governing decisions, but he secretly craved their power and coveted their throne. When the Blight appeared at the castle gates, he seized his opportunity and slayed the King and Queen in cold blood, letting the Walking Starvation cover his tracks and erase any evidence of his crime. Only, unbeknownst to him, the Princess saw the treacherous act and escaped the carnage of the fall of Dokrayth, aided by a childhood friend and young Musketeer in training. She was so effected by the horror that she witnessed, that her memory of the events have all but been erased and the young Musketeer, D’Artagnan, who helped her escape, mistakenly believes that she has succumbed to the Blight.
With the animosity towards the Vauclains and the widely held belief that the heirs of the royal family abandoned their people, the Princess thought it best to conceal her identity and instead determined to find help for her people. With the Blight defeated, she is now equally determined to find a way to make Dokrayth habitable again so that her people can return to their homes and lives even if they no longer recognize her as their princess.
Richelieu, however, is attempting to take advantage of the Vauclain family's absence to instill himself as the new King of Dokrayth with the support of the new formed Cult of Veritas. Only the remaining Musketeers seem to recognize what a threat he is to the kingdom and its people. They are determined to stop him even if they do not yet know that their Princes and Princess are alive and that Richelieu himself is responsible for the murder of the King and Queen.
Atlantis was once a civilization of Fae who devoted themselves to Lyrielle the Coming Tide. In gratitude for their love and prayers, the goddess of the sea created an island paradise for them far from the mainland of Ga’leah where the other Fae existed. She invited a few of the gods to contribute to the island, adding plants and animals and providing other such bounties to the Fae, but never did the Atlanteans revere any of them above their ocean goddess.
When the war between the Fae and the Gods began, the Atlanteans agreed that it was best to remain neutral in the conflict. They could not fight their brothers and sisters but they likewise would not raise a hand in anger against their patron goddess. But the King was convinced by other Fae that the gods were going to lose the battle and that when their imminent loss came to pass, that the Atlanteans would be punished as traitors. Fearing the retaliation of other Fae, the King forged a weapon. The great crystal of Atlantis siphoned the magic of every man, woman, and child on Atlantis to create a magical power source he believed was strong enough to injure or even defeat the gods. His plans were intercepted by his own patron goddess, however, and out of anger she leveled a terrible curse upon them into selkies.
The Fae inevitably lost the war and were thrust into the world of Allutheria with the other Fae, but Lyrielle’s curse had rendered them all but powerless and out of fear of the predatory nature of the other Fae, the Atlanteans sunk their court below the oceans of Allutheria with the only magic they had left, the magic of the crystal they had once thought to use against the gods. This crystal would sustain the island and keep them hidden, so long as it did not fall into the wrong hands…
Milo was a scholar who had spent much of his human life dedicated to learning what he could about the Fae and their war with the Gods. One of his favorite subjects was the lost Island of Atlantis of which there was very little known. When he was approached by the Virginia Company who wished to head an expedition into Allutheria through one of the many portals that had opened during the Blight in order to find the lost city of Atlantis, he could not refuse and joined the other civilians who had been conscripted into the Solharan mercenary group as their journey to Atlantis began.
Though Milo believed they were on an educational and diplomatic mission, he failed to realize that the Virginia Company was after something else all together. The moment they found the city, Milo and the others were abandoned as the mercenaries stole the crystal that protected the city and the waters of the Allutherian sea swept in to devastate it. The Atlanteans are now displaced and unprotected, the Princess Kida is determined to recover the crystal and save her people, and Milo and his compatriots find themselves in a world of faeries and magic with very little to protect themselves…
Beauty and the Beast
Mordred, the illegitimate son of the High King of Ga'leah was brought up by his mother, Morgana, to be consumed by his own desires. Selfish, treacherous, unkind, he ran afoul of one of the Pantheon just before the beginnings of the plagues that now run rampant throughout the kingdoms. Transformed into a beastly creature whose outward appearance directly reflects the monstrosity of his soul, he was abandoned by his mother to their countryside home in Dokrayth where the shame of his current condition would not be discovered by anyone in Caerleon. But Mordred was her son, and so Morgana provided him with a cursed staff whose often shocking conditions were caused by her experimentation with magic.
Belle was a young woman who lived in the one remaining settlement in Dokrayth, the town of Aeswick. The small community managed to survive the Walking Starvation by working together and protecting the town to the best of their ability. What food they managed to find was scavenged in the Yarrow located very near the village. Belle had been tasked with foraging for food and herbs in the surrounding countryside. Her explorations brought her closer and closer to the abandoned castle Mordred commandeered and shored up against attack. Taken prisoner by Mordred, she was forced to remain by his side even after the Beast's castle was destroyed by the Blight.
Forced to relocate, the Beast kept Belle his prisoner, leading her away from the Blight ravaged land of Dokrayth to the kingdom of Xehacora where he and his mother once had a home he frequented when human. Bound by the magic worked upon them by Morgana, his servants too found themselves drawn to follow their master to Xehacora and continue serving whatever dastardly plans the man may have in mind.
& The Last Unicorn
The Horned King was once the mighty Fae of Autumn until the Green Man ripped away his special powers and left him nothing more than any other Fae, banished to Allutheria to begin anew. He reinvented himself and built a court called the Court of the Bull. In time, his court was targeted by a powerful rival, the Red Court, who with the help of his own son, Lir, were able to release the Gobins as a weapon to bring them all down. The Horned King fled the wreckage of his kingdom with those he could save, including his son, Lir, who he punished severely for his transgressions by cursing him with the form of an enslaved, great, flaming, Red Bull.
Unable to find the mythical Black Cauldron, a lost weapon of the war with the gods, he instead forced his son to round up the unicorns to sacrifice in the hopes that their ability to nullify magic would make him impervious to other's enchantments. When Amalthea, the last unicorn, turned herself over to them, she believed she could still save them. Instead, she was forced to watch them slaughtered one by one. Furious over their death, she helped Lir to kill his father and assume his title as the Horned King.
Lir was not as willing to forget the legend of the Black Cauldron, the weapon forged during the war with the gods that could amplify any magic into something godlike and unstoppable. The newly crowned Horned King with his Horned Queen, Amalthea, by his side were determined to locate the Black Cauldron by any means necessary so that they could use it to destroy magic once and for all.
Taran was nothing but a Changeling boy, found by Dalben and invited to remain with the High Priest of the lord of time to help the man live his life far from the influences and intrigues of Fae Courts. Dalben also had a secret, his pig Hen Wen was more than any mere pig…she was the first priestess of the Forebearer whose gifts of foresight were much too strong for her human mind to bear. To spare her sanity, the Forebearer transformed her into a pig to live out the remainder of her life in peace…but he failed to remove the gift of foresight. Dalben had been caring for the pig ever since. But the Blight which destroyed Caelum weakened the powers of the Pantheon and also weakened the enchantment placed on Hen Wen. Without rhyme or reason, Hen Wen has begun to resume human form for sometimes hours or days at a time before she’s once more transformed into a pig. Now, she hides in the Neverwood Forest with a Freehold of thieves and ruffians calling herself Molly Grue. The new Horned King has learned of Hen Wen’s presence in Allutheria and become determined to retrieve the oracular pig, believing that she would lead him directly to the Black Cauldron.
Little does the new Horned King know that within his dungeon there sits a Fae who was once Amalthea's only friend, Schemendrick who is pretending to be a bard named Fflewddur Fflam to get get close to her and a young Fae who might very well be his undoing, for the Princess of the Court of the Bull, his sister, Eilonwy, was saved from the labyrinth by her father, the first Horned King. Unsure how to be a father to her after all he had suffered, the Horned King bound her powers into a shining orb of light and cast her into his dungeons until he had time to deal with her properly. But Eilonwy has found a way to use her powers, even within the orb in which they are entombed, and she has found a way out of the Horned King’s dungeons, out into Allutheria…and she may know more about the Horned King’s plans than even he realizes…
|Posted by: The Bard Jan 10 2014, 03:10 AM|
During the war with the Fae, the Huntress sought to contribute to the forces fighting on the front lines. So, she fashioned a curse that would transform a Fae into a mighty warrior of the Huntress, a Berserker, a creature of fury who assumed the form of a bear when enraged. When in bear form, they could be controlled by the Huntress, and so the soldiers were used as infantry, fighting a war against their will in a form that had been forced upon them. When the war ended, only the Fae, Mor’du, escaped the Huntress by hiding himself in the Yarrow and entering into a magical hibernation, one that would last for nearly two thousand years.
When Mor’du awoke and stumbled out into the woodlands angry, hungry, and confused, he came upon a human hunter in the forest and a battle ensued, one that saw the hunter injuring his leg and contracting the curse that the Huntress had thought died out with the end of the War.
Fergus unknowingly brought the curse home to his family. The first time he grew angry after returning home, he accidentally infected his oldest triplet son with the curse. Though he tried to control his temper from that point forward, his son was just a boy and it was much more difficult.
Merida knew nothing of her father and brother’s condition, nor did she understand that they were anxious to marry her to another nobleman and send her away before news of their condition became known to others and they were hunted to extinction. After a fight with her mother, Merida left with her bow, desperate to find someone to help her escape her fate as a wife. When she returned home, she found it in a shambles and most of her family missing. Only two of her triplet brothers remained, both with the same story about bears attacking and their mother being injured and dragged away. For the last five years, Merida has sought any sign of her father, brother, and mother, but to no avail. Meanwhile, her other two brothers have made lives for themselves under aliases as a Musketeer and a Knight of the Round Table and seemingly gave up on ever knowing the truth of what happened to the rest of their family. Meanwhile, Fergus, Elinor and their infected son fled to the Yarrow where they hoped to hide until a cure for their condition could be found. Unfortunately, this did not prove possible. Calling himself John Little, Fergus nonetheless found an ally in Robin Hood.
Goldie Locke was a young woman in Aeswick tasked with helping to find food for her village, she ventured into the countryside, the Yarrow, and smaller, less enchanted forests quite frequently. On one such trip, she encountered a home in the woods where a strange, new family had taken up residence. The Dunbrochs had taken to hiding in the woods far from human civilization to protect their shameful secret until a cure for their condition could be found. They had thought their home a perfect hideaway…until Goldie stumbled upon it. Although Goldie thought she escaped them with nothing more than a scratch, she was wrong. That scratch had transferred their curse to her, and with each day that passed Goldilocks came closer to embracing her fate as one of the Berserkers…Now the Dunbrochs find themselves hunting her, both to save her and to spare them the shame of their secrets being realized…but with the Blight destroying much of Ga'leah, they were forced to re-enter human civilization. Now, between the concentrated population of refugees in Caerleon and Goldie's infection with the Berserker curse, they fear that their secret will not remain so for much longer.
& Frog Prince
There once was a Fae man who volunteered to serve the Fae in the Order of Fate, an organization of Fae from every Court and Freehold in Allutheria dedicated to safeguarding magic in Ga’leah by patrolling the only known portal between the lands and by collecting any magic objects which strayed into the wrong, human hands. Through his service he met and and fell in love with a beautiful human woman who in time bore him a beautiful Half Fae daughter. The Half Fae were not smiled upon by the Order of Fate, so he kept the child and her mother a secret. Even after the little girl’s mortal mother died of an isolated incidence of Dokyth Fever, he merely paid a human staff to care for the girl. Until the day he met and fell in love with a beautiful Fae Woman on the Allutherian side of the portal.
She was a woman dedicated to enhancing her own power by any means necessary and believed that by marrying an upstanding member of the Order of Fate that she would gain some of the prestige she had always wanted. Instead, she found herself and her two daughters whisked from Allutheria to the human land of Ga’leah and placed in the home where he had hidden away his Half Fae daughter. Shortly thereafter, the Fae man died, leaving his new wife a widow and his daughter an orphan. Unable to gain prestige through her marriage, the Stepmother set her sights on the Half Fae whose parentage had granted her a fair amount of power, more power than she or her daughters possessed even as full Fae. Jealous of the girl’s power, she set about draining them, using it to supplement their own power with the foolish little Half Fae none the wiser.
It was not until the family was invited to a royal ball under the pretense of finding the newly crowned heir to the Xehacoran throne a suitable bride that the Stepmother’s hopes or herself and her children were reignited. Though she tried to forbid her enslaved stepdaughter from attending, one of the Order of Fate, a friend of her father’s, took pity on the girl and gave her the means to attend the ball…an unfortunate thing indeed, for the ball was all a ruse to round up any magic wielding woman in Xehacora so that they could be ‘freed’ of their magic in a great purge…
The Prince had never intended to become King of Xehacora. He was the spare and was quite content to remain the spare, but upon his brother’s disappearance, he found himself thrust into a role he did not covet for himself. He went through great pains to make others believe that he was nothing more than a fop, a superficial nitwit, when the heart that truly beat within him was one of a hero. Caught causing trouble for the Xehacoran Court with his insatiable appetite or beautiful women, one of the Fae advisers to his mother cursed him into the form of a frog until he learned to properly control his libido. Now, everytime he finds himself enjoying a beautiful woman, he transforms into a frog for several hours.
As if this was not bad enough, the growing unrest in Xehacora and the animosity towards all things magical left him uneasy and fearing for the well being of so many in Ga’leah. When he caught wind of the plans for the ball being thrown in his honor, he was determined to save those that he could. Those that he was certain would not use their magic with ill intent. The lovely Half Fae was one of them, a young woman that bewitched him with her beauty and whom he was determined to help escape the ball with her life. For his effort, he was granted only a glass slipper by which to locate her, and locate her he must before those that wish to liberate her find her first…
Before the Fae rebelled against their creators, the Fae of Spring was a gentle soul filled with innocence and love for all of creation. She was not as boastful and proud as her brethren, but when they were punished for their disobedience, she was punished with them. When her powers were ripped away, the Fae of Spring lost her sanity along with them. She found herself in Allutheria with the other Fae being cared for by a male who had always loved her. He built for her a court of her own and crowned her the Queen of Hearts, his Queen. But she had grown bitter and hateful and the King found that she was not the woman he loved. He found love elsewhere, in the arms of a young Changeling woman who served their Court. Their affair lasted for a quite some time until the Changeling became pregnant. Desperate to keep the child from his Queen, the King hid the Changeling away until she bore her son. The boy was marked as a Changeling, and his powers were bound by the King to keep the Queen from ever learning the truth….but the Queen was no fool. As the boy was made to grow magically and instilled with the knowledge he would need to serve the Court, he bore a remarkable resemblance to the King. At last, when the truth was discovered, the Queen’s jealousy knew no bounds.
In a blind rage, she demanded the child be put to death. Instead, the King banished him from Allutheria where the Queen would never have to look upon him again. But before he was sent away, the King sought to give him one small gift, he unbound just enough of Hercules’ powers to grant him a supernatural strength the likes of which no one in Ga’leah would have ever seen. This small gift did not go unnoticed by the Queen of Hearts, who similarly cursed Hercules and his strength. If he used it too often or for too long, it would be accompanied by a madness that would rob him of his self-control and sometimes even his memories of the events.
Hercules made his way to a cousin of his mother’s, a woman who had a son of her own, Jason, who was roughly Hercules’ own physical age. Hercules became a man whose strength was renowned. He even took a wife in the spirited and beautiful Megara, a woman who would later bear him children…but his happiness was to be short lived. The Queen of Hearts had never stopped spying on the bastard son of her husband, and when she discovered his joy she sought to destroy it. Using magic, she triggered the insanity she had planted within him, causing the mighty Hercules to seemingly slay his wife and children in cold blood.
Waking to find what he thought were their cold, dead bodies, Hercules fled his home in a panic. He sought help from the Order of Fate, beseeching them to help him unbind his powers so that he might seek vengeance against the Queen of Hearts who had robbed him of all that he held dear in the world. But the Order of Fate would not simply grant him his wish, instead they demanded that he fulfill twelve quests for them and retrieve twelve objects of power they had long sought to add to their sizable collection. If he succeeded in delivering all of them to the Order of Fate, his powers would be free.
Little did he know that the Queen of Hearts herself was about to be offered the return of her Springly powers in return for making a truce with the Pantheon and using her powers to help feed the masses…or that the former Fae of Summer, Hippolyta, had made a similar deal with the gods to free herself and her people from Allutheria in exchange for aiding the Pantheon to destroy the Blight and help restore the land. Hecules' labors would eventually take him straight to Hippolyta, who sheltered amongst her Court of Amazon warrior women, Megara, who was only just recovering from the trauma she had been forced to suffer at her husband’s hands…
Jason and the Argonauts
When the first effects of the Blight began to take a toll upon Ga'leah, the King of Dokrayth commissioned the creation of a ship from wood harvested from the magical trees of the Yarrow. A special crew was handpicked by a mysterious young man named Jason who claimed to be distantly related to the Pirate King. Among their ranks was Hercules, a Half-Fae on a quest of his own; Orpheus, a gifted bard; Atalanta, a former Amazon; and the twins Castor and Pollux who were destined to be separated by inordinately unequal lifespans.
The Golden Fleece, according to legend, was a magical object whose creation remains largely unknown. Said to be able to cure any ailment or injury, the King feared that only the Fleece could stop the spread of the Walking Starvation and save Dokrayth. Sadly, it was not found in time to save the kingdom. Nor was it found before the Blight claimed the Maritanis and the Argonauts were grounded. Though the plague was defeated, the land was far from healed. With the former Kingdom of Dokrayth and the Maritanis now haunted by the souls of those lost in the Blight, the Argonauts once more took up their quest to find the Golden Fleece in the hopes that it could exorcise the spirits and allow the land and sea to be free at last.
Maui was the demigod son of the Huntress, goddess of animals and the hunt. Born to her from a Powhatan father, the Huntress knew that the rest of the Pantheon would kill the child the moment he was discovered. So, she set him adrift on the open sea to be consumed by some animal not of her own creation, thinking it kinder than leaving him to the wrath of the gods. But he was found by the goddess of the sea, Lyrielle, and taken beneath the waves to be raised as her son. To protect him from the gods, Lyrielle confined his power within a magical fish hook. So long as it was within his possession, he could transform into any animal he wished with but a thought and the gods would never be the wiser. But Maui was not a seafaring soul by nature and soon found himself drawn to the land. When he left his adoptive mother behind, he broke her heart, and now that the Maritanis is gone he has sworn never to set foot on the sea again. However, he may be the only one with the knowledge to combat the spectral monsters that now populate the ocean and stand between the Argonauts and the Fleece.
Moana was one of the Powhatan, a young woman who felt her destiny was not confined to the Oasis that her people called home. She longed to sail the open waters and was devastated by the loss of the Maritanis and her own Oasis to the Blight. Just as the ocean was cured of the Blight, a wave brought her a special gift. The glowing object is powerful, more powerful than she knows, for it is the Heart of Lyrielle, the now dead goddess of the sea. It may well have the power to restore the Maritanis to its former glory by repopulating the sea with living, breathing creatures, but only if it is returned to her altar on Treasure Island. Desperate to find a way to the fabled Island, her destiny may well find her on the seas alongside Jason and the Argonauts.
Jangala was a rainforest at the foot of the Hyadies mountains on the Solharan side of the mountain range. Fed by the melt and run off from the Hyadies, it is a lush and beautiful tropical woodland that has been untarnished by the mining of precious metals that have caused several such woodlands to be cleared away.
Jangala was the home to several outcast Skinwalkers who did not fit in well with the Skinwalkers of the Yarrow or the Pride Lands. They did not particularly care to live with those of their kind and only desired to exist in peace without the complexities of politics. They did not even object when one of them dubbed himself King of Jangala.
As the Blight consumed Solhara, residents sought to evacuate to locations where they would be safe. Most sought out places in Caerleon and Xehacora, but the Lycan fleeing the carnage feared they would not be accepted into either kingdom freely. Instead, they sought shelter in Jangala where they encountered a young human who had also escaped to the Jungle paradise. Knowing that the boy would not last long on his own, and being Lycans far removed from the powerful sins that dominated so many of their kind, the wolves took the boy in and promised to keep him safe. Now reborn as Lupin under the Huntsman's promise of redemption, the wolves continue to protect their human from the Skinwalkers of Jangala...but as the distrust of magic grows throughout the continent, the Skinwalkers too become more and more wary of humans who seem to want them dead, burned alive, now more than ever.
Once there was a man who sought to unite the kingdoms of Ga’leah. Uther raised an army and one by one dominated each land until all of the Kingdoms recognized him as their ‘High King’. But peace won through violence is difficult to maintain, and so Uther was poisoned by an unknown enemy and it seemed the kingdoms would once again be free to rule themselves. But an enchanted sword revealed Uther’s heir, a young man destined to truly unite the lands. Arthur ushered in a time of peace and utopia unlike anything Ga’leah had ever known. It was not to last. When his wife’s affair with his champion and best friend came to light, Sir Lancelot was banished from Caerleon and Queen Gwenhwyfar was destined to burn at the stake. Everyone expected Lancelot to ride to her rescue, and so he did, but not as a man. Lancelot came at the helm of a horde of the undead who laid siege to Caerleon. King Arthur was unable to destroy the corpse of his best friend, and so the Queen took up Excalibur and did so herself…leading the charge against the infected.
Nimue was not content to see her adoptive son die and abducted a Grail Maiden, Rapunzel, whose blood she could drain to resurrect her son. Lancelot rose from the dead but found it difficult to deal with both the sins he had committed and the sins that had been committed in his name. Meanwhile, Merlin had been infected by the Blight and after months of struggling to fight it, nearly succumbed. It was only Nimue's efforts to save him as well that saw him rise from the dead, this time as a man she did not recognize.
After months of wallowing in alcohol and his own self pity, the great King Arthur emerged to find his wife still fighting his battles. Surprisingly, both were able to forgive each other for their transgressions and together forged a kingdom strong enough to support the refugees of the Blight and even, in time, strong enough to work together with heroes from all over Ga'leah and Allutheria to destroy the Blight and save the world.
In the months since the Blight, the High Court has been attempting to help Ga'leah rebuild and recover from all that they endured. But a new enemy has already set sights upon them and the 'truth' will not set them free...
Sarah Williams was a desperate young woman who wanted to find a way to better her life. When she made the agreement with the Goblin King, she didn't understand the cost of his magical assistance. In return for spinning straw into gold and bettering her life as a refugee following the destruction of Ga'leah by the Blight, she would be sacrificing her stepbrother to a life of slavery as a Changeling in Allutheria. She did not understand this…until the night he was taken. Frightened and determined to rescue him, she set off on a mission to infiltrate the Labyrinth and defy the Goblin King with the assistance of a knight, a goblin, and a cursed creature of the Labyrinth.
Ludo was once the son of the Evil Queen of Calladahn. Though his mother loved him, she sacrificed him to the Goblin King in exchange for the power she would need to crown herself Queen of Calladahn. Fathered by the Hunstman, his wolfen inheritance showed itself when he was marked as a Changeling and he transformed into a great beast. Now kept as a guard dog with his beastial form invoked at the Goblin King’s will, Ludo needs a miracle to save him from his nightmarish existence.
The Goblin King was not always called Jareth. Jareth was a name he selected for himself the day he crowned himself King of the Goblins. The Labyrinth was once the site of the mighty Court of the Bull, until the warring courts of Allutheria created the Goblins as a biological weapon that could level the court and perhaps destroy all of Allutheria as well. The Labyrinth was constructed to cage the Goblins. Everyone else had written off the creatures as useless now that their job was done, but not the Goblin King. He saw them as a force of power and destruction that he learned to control with promises of beauty bought with the youth of the adolescents he enslaved as Changelings. He was once Rumpelstiltskin, a Fae who made deals to acquire children he could use to increase his own power. But when a Fae is cursed to be controlled by anyone who knows his name, it is in the Fae’s best interest to change that name, his appearance, and perhaps his whole identity to avoid such unpleasantness. And thus, the Goblin King was born…
|Posted by: The Bard Jan 10 2014, 03:21 AM|
Skinwalkers were once the followers of the Huntress. Long before the alliance of the kingdoms under King Arthur, the Skinwalkers had grown tired of human society. They begged the Huntress to allow them to live as the animals did, free of the constraints of human existence. She gifted them with a new life and a new form in the wilds of Xehacora where they established their own society founded very much on the same principles that governed the animals.
Mufasa led the Skinwalkers without incident until the birth of his heir caused his brother Scar’s jealousy to become unbearable. With the help of outcast members of the Skinwalker society, Scar plotted the death of his brother and exile of his nephew, Simba. Without outside interference, Scar was able to take control of the Skinwalkers’ lands and begin a tyrannical reign with seemingly no one strong enough to oppose him.
Controversy erupted shortly after Scar’s coup when a young man’s mother was murdered by one of Scar’s followers. When no justice was offered for Bambi or his mother, the boy’s father took many of the non-predatory Skinwalkers with him to the Yarrow to found a new Skinwalker society based on principles of peace and justice instead of the concept that only the strong survive.
Since the Bight, many have become wary of magic and its users. A cult calling itself Veritas and crying for magic to be purged from the land to 'free' Ga'leah and humanity from it's influence has begun to increase fears and the Pride Lands with its magical inhabitants may well prove too easy a target to ignore for long. While the Pride Lands was damaged severely in the Blight, it was never truly consumed and has proven to be habitable...for now.
Simba, now grown, left the Skinwalker society behind after he was convinced that he was the one responsible for the death of his father. Nala and others still loyal to Mufasa seek someone to lead them in taking back their society from the one who has ruined their idyllic existence. Scar continues to rain his tyranny down upon them without anyone strong enough or brave enough to openly oppose him.
& Treasure Island
Eric was just an innkeeper’s son until one of the guests at the inn changed his life forever. After listening to the man’s tales of sailing with the Pirate King, he witnessed the man’s death at the hands of a pirate with a hook for one hand. Knowing the pirate sought the magical compass he had helped the guest to hide, Eric retrieved it and escaped, determined to find his way onto a ship where he could find Treasure Island himself and crown himself the Pirate King...but sailing the seas now is more dangerous than ever, and finding anyone willing to brave the Maritanis is difficult.
Though the plague of the Walking Starvation ended, the aftereffects of the undead still plague both land and sea. Like other areas of the world that were Blighted, the seas are haunted by the Shades of those who died at its hand. Merkind, Pirates, and even monsters of the deep still stalk the seas in spectral form and pose a terrible danger to anyone who crosses their paths. The Sea Witch, Ursula, has promised Merkind protection and an immunity to the possessions and hauntings that plague the sea, but they come at a terrible cost.
Many months ago when the Blight was ravaging the land, it was time for Ariel’s ‘Breach’, a ritual that allowed the Merkind to spend a single month on land with legs amongst the humans. At the end of the Breach, the Merkind would choose whether to return to the sea or remain on land for all time. Triton feared his daughter’s obsession with the land dwellers would cause her to forsake her people. So, he used the Blight as an excuse to cancel all upcoming Breaches and keep all Merkind confined to the sea. Angry over the decision, Ariel made a deal with the Sea Witch to be granted legs to venture onto land. For Ariel, this deal required that she serve Ursula the Sea Witch's interests until her debt was paid in full. Ariel did not know that this would require nearly a year of service as the Sea Witch's slave, nor did she know that she would not remember any of the terrible things the Sea Witch made her do.
Desperate to find and save the princess, her dearest friends among the Merkind were granted human form by King Triton himself using the magical trident given to him by the Coming Tide. Sadly, before Ariel could be found and returned home, the Blight began an assault on the Maritanis. In a final effort to save her beloved seas, the Coming Tide, goddess of the ocean, gave her life to create the mystical Sea of Lyrielle inland, to grant her Merkind the limited ability to walk on land, and to move the Merkind capital of Mahrielle into the Sea of Lyrielle now located next to the capital of Ga’leah, Caerleon. King Triton died protecting his people from the Ocean Blight.
The Merkind could afford no time to acclimate themselves to their new home in the Sea of Lyrielle. Instead, they joined forces with the High Court to fight the Blight and save the world. Now the Blight has ended, the dilemma of who will succeed Triton as King of the Merkind has become the primary problem for Merkind. Mermaids are merely warriors, foot soldiers taught to protect the much more rare Mermen and their Mersociety from threats. None of Triton's daughters are permitted to succeed him as ruler, and for this reason, the Mermaids have begun whispering about revolution... whispers the Amazons have promised to turn into a battle cry.
Mulan was a member of one of the strongest tribes of Solhara. Strong enough to take possession of an oasis and keep it, even throughout the famine and anarchy that followed the beginnings of the blight in Solhara. A year ago as the Blight began, by decree of the Sultan a quota of able-bodied men were conscripted into military service. Some were to help guard Zabier against further revolt, while the rest would be sent to Caerleon to help defend the capital of Ga’leah from the Walking Starvation in the hope that they would somehow be rewarded with food from the capital to help feed their own people.
Though Mulan’s father was selected to join those sent to Caerleon, Mulan took his place; changing xir name to Fa Bao, and masquerading as a man. Xe trained with the military and marched with them to Caerleon to battle the infected that still battered the capital every day. Though xe proved to be a true warrior, Bao still fears what might happen to xirself or xir family if xir lies were ever discovered…even if the new High Queen seemed not only to revere warriors of all varieties but to be intent to surround herself with them.
Though the Blight has ended, Bao's service has not. With the mass evacuation of many of the kingdoms, there are still many of refugees in need of protection and aid in beginning their lives anew. Many of these are xir own people and family, making it that much more difficult for xir to keep xir secret.
Compounding the problems of the refugees merely trying to rebuild there broken lives are the haunted lands that have followed the Blight in tormenting the countryside and the cult which preaches an end to magic to save mankind.
& Fern Gully
The Druids were a private group who lived in the sovereign society of Deepwood within the borders of Caerleon. Although they were not forced to recognize the authority of anyone aside from the gods, they chose to show respect and honor to the High Court that in turn respected and honored them. Descended from the magical Dryads that now protect their village in tree form, they were people who have learned a little magic and lived in harmony with the world around them. Led by a High Priest and Priestess, their seclusion was been sacrificed during the Blight in favor of helping refugees. Crysta, an apprentice of the High Priestess, Magi, was particularly active in aiding those stranded outside of Deepwood to acclimate to the druid lifestyle and find some manner of comfort and safety there. This was how she first encountered, Zak, a young man working with the Virginia Company, a group of Mercenaries hired by the nephew of the Evil Queen of Calladahn, Lord John, to find him food, resources, and a land to rule. The Virginia Company may have bitten off more than they could chew, however, for they are not the only ones seeking to battle the druids of Deepwood. In addition the Virginia Company, the former High Priest of the Druids, Hexxus has returned. Infected by the Blight and left for dead, he survived and joined the cult of Veritas, determined to remove all magic from the world, including that of the druids.
The Druids are no longer alone in Deepwood. The Powhatan were a tribe whose loyalty and worship to the Green Man was rewarded with the creation of a special oasis in the Solharan desert. Sadly, their Oasis succumbed to the Blight and the Powhatan were forced to flee. They salvaged cuttings of what plants they could and fled, seeking refuge with the Druids. Pochontas, the daughter of their chief, believes that peace with the Virginia Company can be achieved and she is determined to bridge the divide between them, beginning with one of their warriors, a man named John Smith.
From the time of her birth, all knew that Rapunzel was important. The younger sister of Sir Percival, she bore the birthmark of a 'Grail Maiden', a mythical young woman whose blood was said to contain unparalleled healing properties. Because her family was beholden to the sorceress, Morgana Le Fay, Rapunzel was taken from them when she was still very small. Morgana locked her away in a tower where her healing blood could be used only by the sorceress for her own purposes.
But Morgana was not able to keep the secret forever. Rapunzel's identity was discovered by a prince of Xehacora, and then by the Lady of the Lake. The Prince was detained by the Lady of the Lake, and she assumed his form to 'rescue' Rapunzel from her tower only to use Rapunzel’s blood in a ritual to resurrect Sir Lancelot from death and heal him of the Walking Starvation. The ritual was successful, but left Rapunzel almost entirely drained of blood. Left for dead on the outskirts of Caerleon,she remained in a coma until shortly after the Blight ended. She awoke believing herself abandoned by her prince and afraid that if anyone knows she still possesses the magic of a Grail Maiden, that she will be tortured again and again.
A Prince of Xehacora, Eugene, was the youngest son of Maleficent and the only son of both Maleficent and the King of Xehacora. With two demigod half siblings, Eugene was considered unremarkable by his mother. Lacking in any other use to his heartless mother, he was given to the Big Bad Wolf as a gift when the two villains struck up a partnership. Transformed into a Lycan by the Big Bad Wolf, Eugene found himself slipping into a world of vice and sin for months. He remained lost and completely devoid of his conscience through most of the Blight, until the new god of the hunt found him and gave him a new purpose. He became one of the first of the reborn Lupin and was set the task of safeguarding the Grail Maiden Rapunzel from further injury…the same Rapunzel he had abandoned to the Lady of the Lake after he first fell to his Lycanthropy. Awkward.
Red Riding Hood
The Lycans were once a scourge upon the land of Ga’leah. Raping, pillaging, and killing wherever they went, they were even once responsible for the abduction and near death of the High Queen. In those times, it was only the legendary Red Riding Hood who stood between the Lycans and world domination. Descendants of a young woman who once prayed to the Huntress for the power to avenge the family she had lost to the wolves, there was a Red Riding Hood in every generation fighting the wolves and saving the people. Until now. Shortly after the Blight began, the last of the true Red Riding Hoods fell in love with the leader of the wolves. When he killed the great goddess of the hunt, he was punished with eternal imprisonment and she was forever sealed away with him as his guard. Red Riding Hood was gone, but the Lycans were not.
The Reapers were followers of the goddess of death, deceased souls who worked as her servants helping the dead to pass from this world into the next. They had seen more horrors than most during the Blight. It was no wonder as gods died and godhoods were abandoned that they began to turn their backs upon the Pantheon. Even when the Blight was officially vanquished, it was not enough to restore their faith in the gods.
One among them, Dracula, was the first to learn that by drinking the blood of the living they could become something new, something ungodly, something free. And so, some of the Reapers turned from the gods to become Vampires. Dracula stood as their self-appointed king, and to his side he took a Queen, a Reaper who had once been a Red Riding Hood many years ago. Unwilling to see her line die with her traitorous descendant, the new Queen of the Vampires has begun to hunt more of her children’s children, determined to create a new breed of Red Riding Hood that are not bound to any god and who can destroy the Lycans once and for all...if Dracula does not become distracted by the legends of Grail Maidens and their magical blood...
But the Lycans are no more. In what most believe was his first great and also final act as the God of the Hunt, the newly crowned Huntsman sacrificed his godhood to recreate the Lycans as something new and honorable, the Lupin. With the sudden and unexpected rise of a new menace in the Vampires, the Lupin have been given a new purpose...serving the Pantheon, and killing the vampires.
Wyldgate was a small settlement in the early days of the Blight merely trying to survive the horror. When Lord John was denied entry into the protected city of Thrine, he used his considerable wealth to purchase the services of the Virginia Company. With the help of a man known as 'the Sheriff', the city of Wyldgate was subjected to his tyrannical rule with only a small group of outlaws in the Yarrow attempting to stop them.
Eventually Wyldgate fell to the Blight and most of the survivors were forced to take refuge in Caerleon. For a time, Lord John seemed content with his place in the Calladahn sector of the Five Corners, but soon he sought out the Virginia Company again, eager to claim the magic and riches of Deepwood for himself at any cost. But Lord John and the Sheriff were not the only survivors of Wyldgate, Robin, Marian, and the Merry Men survived as well and will not allow the Virginia Company to victimize Deepwood as they once did Wyldgate. Not without a fight. Wyldgate is a moderately sized city on the outskirts of the Yarrow, an uncharted, enchanted woodland which begins in Calladahn and ends in Dokrayth. The Sherriff of Wyldgate entreated the Evil Queen to allow him entrance into the capital city of Thrine, but was denied. Instead, he was told to hold Wyldgate for the Queen against the impending Infected hordes and quell the rebellion rumored to be building in the Yarrow.
The Vauclains had ruled the kingdom of Dokrayth for generations until King Stefan and Queen Leah were unable to produce an heir. Their desire for a child was well known throughout the land of Ga'leah and beyond. Though the gods did not see fit to answer their prayers, many Fae and healers tried to help them conceive but to no avail. Finally, Maleficent visited the King and Queen with a beautiful baby in her arms, a Demigod baby she had stolen from the moon goddess Selene to give to the royal family. They did not ask where the babe came from. They did not want to know. Selene tried everything she could to bring her daughter home, but could not, for the Pantheon hunted and killed the Demigod children of the gods and stealing Aurora back would only reveal her to those who would kill her without mercy. Instead, she entreated those gods she trusted to help her protect the child from harm, a promise they made without hesitation.
But, Maleficent was not granted the gratitude she expected for her gift to the King and Queen. She had been promised the babe's power which she intended to use to amplify her own. Instead, the King and Queen desired to keep the babe's demigodhood and so on the celebration of Aurora's first birthday, she arrived to level a terrible curse upon the princess. The princess would prick her finger on a spinning wheel and sleep for a hundred years. Though the King and Queen tried to circumvent the curse by sending Aurora to grow up with three priestesses in the Yarrow, their efforts proved fruitless and the princess fell to a curse that was a personal affront to her own mother who could not save her without revealing her to the Pantheon.
Though the Vauclains tried to protect her and many tried to wake her, none proved worthy and in time the tale of the Sleeping Beauty in Briar Keep became little more than a bedtime story... If only they had known that there was more to Aurora's curse, however, than an insulted sorceress. Aurora was a demigod and even under a sleeping curse, she was far from as helpess and 'trapped' as they thought she was, for the kingdom of dreams was her to explore and manipulate and her soul was not bound to her body...
Gawain was not a prince, but he was the great-grandson of the Sun God himself. Not quite a demigod,his ties to the sun were still present. The higher the sun was in the sky, the strong and more resilient he was. He was more than a normal man and rose to the ranks of the greatest knights in the land as a Knight of the Round Table, but Gawain was haunted by tales of the sleeping princess in Dokrayth, a quest that had yet to find a champion because of the superstitions that surround Briar Keep. Now, those superstitions are more than just stories and it seems no one will ever succeed in waking her. Since Maleficent's death, the castle has become the home of one of her dragons, a creature determined to use the sleeping princess to its own ends and prevent anyone from saving her...
|Posted by: The Bard Jan 10 2014, 03:50 AM|
Young Chihiro Ogino and her parents were attempting to evacuate to Solhara to avoid the Blight. They took a wrong turn on the way from their small village to the nearest Shifting Silver and were forced to attempt to flee through Tara's Door, a portal into Allutheria. Although the portal should not have allowed humans to pass through, the magic of the portal had been altered somewhat to allow the people of Solhara to find saftey.
Chihiro and her parents found themselves in the strange city of Shangri-La where magic was in the very air and everything comes back to you three-fold. Having gone so long with so little, Chihiro's parents were captivated by the excess of food and drink suddenly at their disposal. Unfortunately, their piggish activity resulted in their magical transformation into pigs, leaving Chihiro alone in a strange new world.
Chihiro befriended the secretive boy Haku and a strange Fae called 'No-Face', and was taken into the employ of the Fae Yubaba who renamed her Sen. With each day that passes, Sen loses a little more of her former self to the strange magics of Shangri-La and finds it harder and harder to escape.
& How to Train Your Dragon
Once, long ago, the Green Man was weary with the seasons and did not wish to strip the green from his beloved trees just to watch them bloom again in a few month's time. To ease his burden, the Source created the Seasons, the first Four Fae, that would help him by taking responsibility for the passing of the seasons. As more Fae were created and new generations of Fae were born, the Seasons became enamored with their own power and began to believe themselves better than the gods. They spearheaded a war against the gods but ultimately lost and were punished dearly. The Green Man hunted down the four fae he had favored and sought to strip them of their powers. He only found three of the four seasons. These three were stripped of their power with only a weak remnant of their original magic remaining. Winter, however, had eluded the Greenman. He remained hidden when the other fae were banished to Allutheria.
Soon, Humans were created and allowed to populate the world. Thinking he was safe, Winter came out of hiding, but Greenman had not stopped searching for him and it was only a matter of time until he found Winter. So, in order to protect himself, the Fae transferred his powers over winter into a newborn human babe. The child’s hair turned from black to white, her brown eyes became crystal blue, and her skin pale as winter snow. The spirit of Winter disappeared and hoped to bide his time till he could take his power back.
Elsa, the girl who had given his powers grew and with her so did her power. The abilities she had, though, were frightening. She had no idea what they were or how to use them. Many of the villagers feared her and spoke of her as a monster. Her little sister, Anna, was the only friend she had, until one day Elsa hurt her by accident. Elsa fled the village she lived in and was not seen again for years. Anna grew up looking for her sister and trying to find where she went, but the years dragged on and Anna was unable to find her. When she finally found her in the frozen wastes of the peaks of the Hyadies, Elsa accidentally froze her in a fit of temper. There Anna remained in the ice as centuries passed. It was not until after the Blight until Hans, a man who had become much more in the dragon rebirth, found the girl frozen in ice and set about freeing her.
Centuries upon centuries have passed since Anna last lived. Her town of Berkendell was victimized by the first dragons who, after their creator gave up his godhood willingly to give his sister a chance at revenge, could no longer control their destructive nature. Though the people of Berkendell learned how to kill a dragon, a skill few people have, they also lost a great deal to the dragon's nearly rabid fury. Over the generations that followed, the people of Berkendell were taught to respect the gods but never expect them to save them. The people of Berkendell were always, first and foremost, self sufficient. So, when the dragons were reborn at the end of the Blight, they were ready to do whatever needed to be done. All except a boy named Hiccup whose encounter with a dragon left him believing that these new dragons were not the monsters their forefathers had been and that death may not be the only use for them. An unpopular opinion, and with the mighty Green Death commanding the scores of scaly beasts to raid, pillage, and do their best to destroy Berkendell and all its human residents, the likelihood of peace between dragons and humans is slim.
Meanwhile, the spirit of Winter has managed to regain some of his skill with ice and snow from years of practice and has sought out Elsa in an attempt to kill her and regain his powers. Kai, brother of Astrid, fell victim to a broken magical artifact, a mirror, found in a cave in the mountains. The mirror, before it was broken, was only able to reflect darkness and evil. A shard of the glass became trapped in Kai’s eyes making him blind to all the good in the world. Gerda a young girl near Kai’s age and his best friend has since taken it upon herself to find Kai with the help of her estranged brother, Kristoff.
& Peter Pan
Calladahn was once a kingdom of peace and prosperity. It was led by a King whose leadership was guided by his kind and wise Queen. Though the kingdom rejoiced when she gave birth to a lovely baby girl who was everything the Queen had desired and more, they also mourned beside the King and Princess when the Queen died tragically and unexpectedly. Few outside the court knew that the King was not wise enough to rule alone, but those who did understood how important it was that they find a Queen for their King quickly. Unfortunately, they did not choose well. The new Queen was not as kind as her predecessor and the King did not thrive at her side. When he too died, some say of a broken heart, the Princess was left alone with a woman who very much wanted her dead. Luckily, the Queen's former lover and perpetual co-conspirator, Captain Hook, did not carry through with the Queen’s commands to kill the Princess Snow White and instead let her go near a portal to the fairy world of Allutheria where he hoped the Queen would never find her.
Peter Pan was not always a lost boy. Once, not so long ago, he was a prince. The youngest son of the Vauclain family and the rulers of Dokrayth, Peter was Snow White’s betrothed from birth. His constant presence at the palace in Thrine and his closeness to the Princess were troublesome to the Queen, so she called on the Fairy Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell was a well known mercenary, a powerful Fae who would do almost anything if the price was right. And the price had better be a human boy she could add to her collection in Allutheria, for Tinkerbell loved her pets, her Lost Boys, and when the Queen offered her a prince simply for getting the boy out of her hair, Tinkerbell could not refuse.
With his memories magically removed all quests to find the missing prince turned up nothing, and searches for the prince stopped abruptly upon the destruction of Dokrayth accompanying deathes of the King and Queen, Tinkerbell was quite happy to live out her days playing in Neverwood in Allutheria with her pets…Until the day a girl showed up, a girl who was not welcome amongst the Lost Boys.
Snow White recognized her betrothed, the missing prince of Dokrayth, instantly. But he did not seem to know her. Now pretending to be a common girl of Ga’leah displaced by the Blight, a girl named Wendy, Snow White struggles to find a way to reclaim her throne and help Peter Pan to regain his true identity while also avoiding Captain Hook who is on his own quest to claim the Pirate Throne and may not spare her life a second time...
Once upon a time the White King and Queen of Allutheria had a baby girl. They named her Odette and she was their pride and joy. Odette was quite spoiled and grew up wanting for nothing. She had servants, dresses, riches, and anything else she might want. Her whole life would change on her birthday when Odile as her alter ego Rothbart lured Odette away from her ball and cursed her to be a swan.
Odile, an Amazonian half fae, was always jealous of the full fae and their stronger magic. If she could she would have killed herself long ago so she might choose to become a full fae, but death always seemed to evade her. So Odile chose to get power in other ways. First she got into Hippolyta's good graces so the Amazonian queen might give her the magic of the male fae. Then when that didn't suffice she began using a glamour to disguise herself as a man named Rothbart and stole fae magic that way from within the Red Court itself. Knowing Odette was the daughter of such powerful fae she decided to take her magic.
Now Odette is cursed to be a swan by day and a fae by night. The curse allows Odile to access Odette's magic cutting Odette off from it.
& Emperor's New Groove
Kuzco was the eldest son of the Xehacoran King from his first marriage and therefore the heir to the throne of Xehacora despite his father's second marriage to Maleficent and the three children she gave him. Kuzco was a vainglorious prince who believed he was entitled to everything his heart desired and who cared very little for anyone or anything he deemed beneath him. LIttle did he know that his existence interfered with his Stepmother's plans for the world. Just as the world was seemingly about to fall to the Blight, Kuzco found himself transformed into a llama by one of his mother's Fae advisers, Yzma and a royal guardsman known as Kronk. By the terms of the curse, each time Kuzco did anything cruel and selfish, he would become a llama. Only by then doing something selfless and kind would he once more become a man. Abandoned in the middle of the countryside, he was left to die as the helpless, hopeless fool that he was.
Diego was the lord of Bellazmar, a small town on the outer coasts of Xehacora. He tried to be a fair and just lord despite the reputation as a scoundrel he had garnered in his youth before his father's death. In his younger days, he had abandoned Bellazmar for the bustle of the city of Fynnon where he had plied his craft as a swordsman in many a duel to achieve wealth through wager. It was in this manner that he first met and befriended Kuzco's oldest stepbrother. After his father died, Diego returned to Bellazmar with the reputation of a gambler and a playboy, one that he soon learned to live with and even exploit for his own desires. When the Blight threatened them all, he donned a dark costume and ventured out to protect them as a man who only called himself 'Zorro' eager to keep his true identity a secret to retain his ill gotten reputation to avoid detection by the cruel and tyrannical Xehacoran Court led by Queen Maleficent.
After the Blight was defeated, he thought the days of Zorro were behind him, until he found a llama wandering frightened and alone and claiming to be the crown prince...and before the Veritas emerged as a dangerous cult of individuals determined to free the land of magic...