Tyranny and Liberty!

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Tyranny and Liberty!

Postby Calbrenar » Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:17 pm

Once upon a time there was a kingdom. Now unlike most fantasy kingdoms it wasn't ruled by just a king, it also had a prince. Now the king like to pretend that he ruled with fair and just means but with just a tiny bit of resistance his patience would disappear and he would get angry. The prince played nice and tried to be everyone's friend but the true power was held by the king.

Now the hero of our story is a young woman named Joclyn. She ran a land called Travin. Now her leadership of this land came about as an interesting circumstance, which has no bearing on the story, but does lead into a key fact, she had no knowledge of how to run her land. She keenly felt the responsibility of looking after her people but needed to know how to do so. To rectify this she allied herself with another knowledgeable group -- but because there was so much she needed to know they couldn't tell her every little thing. As a result Travin was woefully unprepared when an evil goblin known only as "D" attacked and burned most of the beautiful country to the ground. Now our hero was devastated. All of her people were dead, her beautiful land burned and for what? Did the goblins need the land to expand? No, they destroyed the land and made no use of it. Were they unable to live ideologically with the humans? Possibly but this wasn't the stated reason for the assault. No apparently thousands had died for the simple reason that a piece of paper which had origionally been approved by one of the King's henchmen lacked in a minor way to conform to some silly standard.

Now the reprisal hadn't come from the king or any of his men, at least not openly. Some speculated that the goblins were working for him but this was flatly denied. In fact the king grew angry and insulted at the tongue in cheek insinuations that the goblins were working for him. This is of course not very surprising since what king would want to be responsible for the deaths of thousands over such a minor issue. However as the messengers galloped back and forth bearing responses the king rapidly grew incensed threatening to disband our hero's group of teachers and allies opening them up to threats from dozens of sources and likely leading to their destruction. That the king would open up thousands of his own citzens to utter annilhation at the hands of the splintered factions of the nation simply because he was "annoyed" boggled the mind. Our hero resolved to put her pen to paper and attempt to clarify this craziness only to be reined in by the prince. Apparently questioning the king is forbidden. Our hero was blocked from sending further messages and was notified that the king would send the last word and that it would be final.

Now our hero has truly witnessed the death of liberty. What can be done. Would dying in a blaze of glory serve her people, or is there some way she could fight back, possibly using some form of generic stories or legends that would be passed down through time so that as the years passed people would know that at least some were willing to stand up to the prince and his dreaded king

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Re: Tyranny and Liberty!

Postby Kaz » Mon Jun 16, 2008 2:52 pm

The Prince sighed at the memory of the last few weeks.

A new leader had emerged to rule over lands that were now being called Travin. Joclyn was much like other new rulers to the land, unprepared for the reality of the world she was entering into. In order to try and establish the best way to run her new Kingdom, she had found herself looking to the Elven inhabitants of Calael Os Si Eilol for advise and friendship.

Soon it became known that the Elves from the Haven of the Ancients had neglected to mantain the magical seals on their borders, and allowed a small contingient of Goblins to enter and destroy much of Joclyn's kingdom.

In an attempt to help the Elves of Calael, the Prince had advised them that their magical seals had become flawed and that in order to help protect their lands from the Goblins, they would need to rectify the problem. At this Joclyn and the elves had become angry, acusing the King of being responsible for the goblin incursion.

Perhaps this new leader was a little bit derranged in the head.

Instead of helping her brethren fix the seals and restore the Kings protection, she accused the King of having learned of the broken seal, and sent the goblins in order to finally destroy her lands, and those of her allies. Although the acusation was unfounded Joclyn had proceeded to continue to see how much she could slander the King before being executed. Friends had advised her that the seal must be mantained by the law of the land, but she could not understand why this was important.

She had presented herself at the Kings court, and demanded answers to a simple question. Being busy - like Kings are - she was sent on her way and advised where to look to find her answers, this was not good enough for our 'heroine' who felt that she needed to accuse the King to his face of threatening to obliterate them. Coldly the King had looked at her, he could see that she was determined to press him until he destroyed the Elves, as requested he advised that if the seals were not restored, he would send his own forces to obliterate them.

It would seem that Joclyn had not contemplated that the King would actually turn and threaten to fulful the accusations she had been making about him. To cover her own failings she returned to the Kings short response to her earlier question.

It was at this point that the Prince had noticed the fires burning in the Kings eyes, and the twitching of the Kings fingers on the hilt of his sword. Joclyn was about to lose her head. To save her life, the Prince had escorted her from the audience chamber before the King ordered her execution.

This still wasn't good enough for our heroine. One could only suspect that she had spent some time in other lands, where socialism or democracy ruled, rather than an all powerful Monarchy. Thinking that she was more important that the rulers of Tonan, Joclyn had snuck back into the royal grounds and broken into the private anteroom beside the audience chamber.

This time the Prince had been waiting for her, having learned from his sources that she was likley to continue to try this he immediatley had apprehended her, and had her taken to the dungeons for trespass.

And that is where she now existed, waiting on the King to decide if he wanted to see her, or whether to leave her rotting in her dark windowless cell. The Prince still could not understand why the lady had been so determined to be banished from the kingdom. Maybe he would find out, leaving a guard on the door to her cell the Prince requested that the guard update him should he learn anything interesting.
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Re: Tyranny and Liberty!

Postby Joclyn » Mon Jun 16, 2008 4:07 pm

[ooc] its extremely poor form to take actions upon someone elses character -- such as locking them in a dungeon, but its also extremely sweet that you responded in kind so i'll play along[/occ]

The cell barely had enough room to take a few steps before being forced to turn around, even with her small feet and stride. There was were two pots, one for drinking and the other for..... well let's just say she was very careful not to mix them up. The bed, if it could be called such, was full of so many living things that she could not bring herself to add another no matter how tired she was. It was obvious that this jail represented the entire kingdom, rotting from the inside. It wasn't hard to imagine why. Even the prince knew that the king was running wild and was dangerously unbalanced and needed to take steps to protect the realm leaders from his wrath. One would think that someone as powerful as the king would be skilled enough in the arts of diplomacy and especially patience and be able to reign in his emotions and participate in discussions without resorting to threats and executions, but her position in the dungeon told otherwise. Apparently the king was not secure enough in his position to withstand even the mildest criticisms. Perhaps there was a way to twist the prince against the king. If the king, in his unbalanced state could be made to think that the prince was thwarting him, possibly in an attempt to get the kingdom for his own...

The question was how to communicate with anyone. The guard was obivously loyal to the prince. She had been unable to get any kind of a response out of him. Offers of bribes, or pretending to be sick none of that worked. Pointing out that the kingdom was a mere shadow of what it could have been and that if she was free perhaps she could inject some fire into a sadly smokeless hearth, all seemed to fall on deaf ears. There had to be a way to escape.

She considered trying to seduce the guard but judging from the smells she detected coming from herself, it was not an option. The guard was ugly but he wasn't -that- ugly. Still there had to be something she could do... Perhaps Calael was working on an escape. It wasn't in her to just sit and wait for rescue though she had to at least try.... something....
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Re: Tyranny and Liberty!

Postby Kaz » Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:43 pm

[OOC] Perhaps if you had not decided to randomly cast me as a Prince in a roleplay world where that was not the case, you may have had a different response. But if I must create a random character that is a Prince, then you have given me the power to order what I will with regards to my subjects. Bad form would have been roleplaying your execution to completion. You also havn't left me much to do here[/OOC]

The Prince had recieved several reports of the status of the prisoner. She certainly did not seem pleased with her predicament, but he had to concede that she was an interesting captive.

She had started, as prisoners often did, by trying to bribe the guard with offers of money and then even a few offers of land. But as the Princes servants all lived under conditions far superior to their station, this had had no real effect.

She had then faked sickness, quite convincingly infact. He suspected that she must have sampled something unpleasant from a dark corner of her cell to have acheived that amount of vomit. The guard had simply entered, doused the wall with a bucket of water, and then left her in the cell. The Prince suspected that the smell would soon start to become unpleasant.

She had finally tried to convince the guard that the world would be better if she was free, but the guard knew a good thing when he saw one, and there was nothing really bad about the guards world. The Prince wondered whether she would try to seduce the eunuch next.
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