Story Seed : Tale of Two Kingdoms
Concept: There are two townships who have had minor skirmishes with each other in the past, but never open war. Each side would show enough strength to save face, but each ruler knew that open war would ultimately destroy both kingdoms. The Fair Folk are kept at bay by the combination of the peoples’ strength and each township’s god. The Exalts find themselves holding each side at bay as the child of one of the monarchs has gone missing, and rumored to have been taken by the other.
Example: The Sparkling Gem, before her union to Hamel, the Prince of Moza, played the harlot in her youth with Mok’La, Prince of the Land of Non. That night of passion brought her a son whose true lineage was kept a secret. Almost seventeen years later, Mok’La, now the King of Non, learned of this secret when his god refused to bless the son of his household. The god of Non spoke to Mok’La saying, “This is not your firstborn, therefore I will not bestow my blessing on him.” Upon learning the truth, Mok’La’s second born – who will forever be the Nameless One – attacked his father for denying him his birthright. After the battle, the nameless son is dead, and Mok’La is mortally wounded, because the blessing of his god was withdrawn from him.
The Nameless One returns and haunts his father, torturing him even in death. As word of the Nameless One grows, so does his power. Mok’La passes into the underworld from infection and losing the will to continue.
The Nameless One’s power grows, and the dead begin to attack the land of Non. With no heir to the throne, chaos erupts. The Queen of Non prays to her god to stop her child’s assault. “Bring me the child of your former husband,” is the answer she gets. Knowing the truth, and fearing for her people, she sends out a group to take back the rightful heir to Non by kidnapping the illegitimate prince of Moza.
The Exalts find themselves first trying to discover the whereabouts of the missing prince, then later confronting the original sin of the queen. To make things more difficult, the missing prince wants to stay and be King of Non after learning the truth. Will the King of Moza go to war with Non? Will he discover the truth? Will the Queen confess to her husband what she did over seventeen years ago? Will the prince-king of Non go to war with his foster father? Will the Fair Folk who whispered this sweet temptation to the queen seventeen years ago now make their move in the chaos they have created? This story is yours to tell.