Cresal's Queenstrial

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[size18 [google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Sue+Ellen+Francisco] [sue+ellen+francisco [center The King of Cresal has finally reached the ripe age of twenty-one - meaning the kingdoms most adored tradition is about the begin: The Queenstrial. Thirty lucky woman between the ages of 17 - 20 are selected, one from each sector of the kingdom, to compete for the king's hand.]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center The Queenstrial is composed of two major competitions. The first being three months of intense combat where each young woman shows the king and their kingdom exactly how capable they are of protecting the people of Cresal should war break out. During this segment, twenty-five competitors are eliminated - leaving the remaining five to be tested in a far more subtle warfare: that of the King's court.]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center The second part of the trial takes place within the heart of the kingdom, the home of the royal family. The remaining five move into the castle where they will be expected to partake in studies of etiquette and history. Each week the girls will have to put on a banquet for visiting dignitaries to show how capable they are of hosting members from different cultures. This does however provide the young women with the opportunity to get to know the King.]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center However, there are is some history that won't be taught - like the real reason magic is outlawed in the kingdom of Cresal. A very well hidden secret of the royal family is a long line of powerful shape-shifters. However, the previous King had been romantically involved with a witch for several years outside of his union to the Queen. When the truth of their endeavors came out, the King promptly ended the affair to save face. This did not end well for the king though, for the witch then placed a curse on the king and all that are descended from him. A curse of an uncontrollable beast that craves blood shed, that takes control at night one week out of the month, to which the only cure is a married forged from reciprocated love. ]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center Having not believed the witch, the king continued on as though nothing happened. But upon the next full moon the king transformed into a monster of nightmares - slaughtering his beloved wife and several innocent servants of the castle. The devastation caused the king to go mad and take his own life.]]]


[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center The loss of both of his parents due to this curse caused the young king to outlaw the use of magic, an offense punishable by death, not knowing that magic is a genetic abnormality. Like his royal bloodline, magic is not something that people acquire - they are born with it, or have it inflicted upon them.]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center Years pass and the mandatory lottery is held for the lucky women selected to take the king's hand in marriage - yet somehow Mariana feels anything but lucky when she is announced as the Aspa Sector's chosen contester. If anything it begins to feel like a curse when she becomes a favorite of the people and makes it into the final round, for she has a secret of her own. And if the king finds out, she could lose her head.]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [i ~ * ~ The Finalist ~ * ~]]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco[b [center [#DAA520 Mariana Faye]]]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b Basics]
Name: Mariana Faye
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Bi-sexual
Romantic Orientation: Bi-romantic
[b Physical]
Height: 5'7"
Race: Cresalite
Skin Tone: Tan
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Green
Identifying Marks: Bullet Wound Scar on the back of her left shoulder.
[b Personality]
Character Traits: Brave, Confident, caring, passionate
Character Flaws: stubborn, withdrawn, temperamental, easily attached
Likes: The feeling of cold rain on her skin, sunrises, honesty, the feeling of moist soil, food
Dislikes: total darkness, dishonesty, unnecessary violence, squishy food, wasting food
Hobbies: gardening, sparing, reading, sketching, horse back riding
[b Other]
Nationality: Cresalite
Religious Affiliation: Follower of the Moon
Occupation: Healer's Assistant
Powers: Control over the natural elements
Color Code: #DAA520]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [b [center [#f08080 Jocelynn Turner]]]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b Basics]
Name: Jocelynn Turner
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Hetero
Romantic Orientation: Hetero
[b Physical]
Height: 5'9"
Race: Cresalite
Skin Tone: Fair
Hair Color: Fiery Red
Eye Color: Green
Identifying Marks: None
[b Personality]
Character Traits: Polite, Scholarly, Reserved
Character Flaws: Conniving, Controlling, Perfectionist
Likes: Soft music, delicate jewelry, quiet
Dislikes: Loud talking, people stepping out of station, dysfunction
Hobbies: Reading, Dancing, Playing the violin
[b Other]
Nationality: Cresalite
Religious Affiliation: Follower of the Sun
Occupation: N/A
Power: N/A
Color Code: #f08080]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b [#4b0082 Rebecca Roose]]]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b Basics]
Name: Rebecca Roose
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Pan
Romantic Orientation: Pan
[b Physical]
Height: 5'6"
Race: Cresalite
Skin Tone: Tan
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Identifying Marks: Triple Goddess Dream catcher tattoo on Left Hip.
[b Personality]
Character Traits: Logical, Kind, Strategic
Character Flaws: People Pleaser, Planner, Disconnected
Likes: Privacy, Order, The smell of Apple Cinnamon
Dislikes: Law Breaking, Chaos, Greed
Hobbies: Sword Fighting, Horseback Riding, Reading
[b Other]
Nationality: Cresalite
Religious Affiliation: Secret Follower of the Moon, pretending Follower of the Sun
Occupation: City Guard Captain
Powers: An Affinity for all animals, controlling them, healing them, altering them.
Color Code: #4b0082]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b [#8b0000 Alyssa Baker]]]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b Basics]
Name: Alyssa Baker
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Hetero
Romantic Orientation: Hetero
[b Physical]
Height: 5'4"
Race: Cresalite
Skin Tone: Slightly Sun Kissed
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Identifying Marks: None.
[b Personality]
Character Traits: Confident, Determined, Tender
Character Flaws: Malice, Selfish, Two-faced
Likes: Revealing Clothing, High Tempo Music. Gourmet Food
Dislikes: Losing, Thunderstorms, Being Called out
Hobbies: Painting, Swimming, Shopping
[b Other]
Nationality: Cresalite
Religious Affiliation: Follower of the Sun
Occupation(s): N/A
Power(s): N/A
Color Code: #8b0000]]]


[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [b [center [#228b22 Amberly Foster]]]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b Basics]
Name: Amberly Foster
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Questioning
Romantic Orientation: Questioning
[b Physical]
Height: 5'10"
Race: Cresalite
Skin Tone: Tan
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
Identifying Marks: Thick Claw Marks covering her back.
[b Personality]
Character Traits: Generous, Kind, Strong Willed
Character Flaws: Naïve, Insecure, Sickly
Likes: Snow, Cats, Warm clothes
Dislikes: Unnecessary Violence, Animal Cruelty, Elitism
Hobbies: Horseback Riding, Gardening, Dancing
[b Other]
Nationality: Cresalite
Religious Affiliation: Follower of the Sun
Occupation: Horse master
Power: N/A
Color Code: #228b22]]]


[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco[center [i ~ * ~ The Finalist in Art Form ~ * ~]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [b [center [#DAA520 Mariana Faye]]]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b Basics]
Name: Mariana Faye
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Bi-sexual
Romantic Orientation: Bi-romantic
[b Physical]
Height: 5'7"
Race: Cresalite
Skin Tone: Tan
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Green
Identifying Marks: Bullet Wound Scar on the back of her left shoulder.
[b Personality]
Character Traits: Brave, Confident, caring, passionate
Character Flaws: stubborn, withdrawn, temperamental, easily attached
Likes: The feeling of cold rain on her skin, sunrises, honesty, the feeling of moist soil, food
Dislikes: total darkness, dishonesty, unnecessary violence, squishy food, wasting food
Hobbies: gardening, sparing, reading, sketching, horse back riding
[b Other]
Nationality: Cresalite
Religious Affiliation: Follower of the Moon
Occupation: Healer's Assistant
Powers: Control over the natural elements
Color Code: #DAA520]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [b [center [#f08080 Jocelynn Turner]]]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b Basics]
Name: Jocelynn Turner
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Hetero
Romantic Orientation: Hetero
[b Physical]
Height: 5'9"
Race: Cresalite
Skin Tone: Fair
Hair Color: Fiery Red
Eye Color: Green
Identifying Marks: None
[b Personality]
Character Traits: Polite, Scholarly, Reserved
Character Flaws: Conniving, Controlling, Perfectionist
Likes: Soft music, delicate jewelry, quiet
Dislikes: Loud talking, people stepping out of station, dysfunction
Hobbies: Reading, Dancing, Playing the violin
[b Other]
Nationality: Cresalite
Religious Affiliation: Follower of the Sun
Occupation: N/A
Power: N/A
Color Code: #f08080]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b [#4b0082 Rebecca Roose]]]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b Basics]
Name: Rebecca Roose
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Pan
Romantic Orientation: Pan
[b Physical]
Height: 5'6"
Race: Cresalite
Skin Tone: Tan
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Identifying Marks: Triple Goddess Dream catcher tattoo on Left Hip.
[b Personality]
Character Traits: Logical, Kind, Strategic
Character Flaws: People Pleaser, Planner, Disconnected
Likes: Privacy, Order, The smell of Apple Cinnamon
Dislikes: Law Breaking, Chaos, Greed
Hobbies: Sword Fighting, Horseback Riding, Reading
[b Other]
Nationality: Cresalite
Religious Affiliation: Secret Follower of the Moon, pretending Follower of the Sun
Occupation: City Guard Captain
Powers: An Affinity for all animals, controlling them, healing them, altering them.
Color Code: #4b0082]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b [#8b0000 Alyssa Baker]]]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b Basics]
Name: Alyssa Baker
Age: 20
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Hetero
Romantic Orientation: Hetero
[b Physical]
Height: 5'4"
Race: Cresalite
Skin Tone: Slightly Sun Kissed
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Identifying Marks: None.
[b Personality]
Character Traits: Confident, Determined, Tender
Character Flaws: Malice, Selfish, Two-faced
Likes: Revealing Clothing, High Tempo Music. Gourmet Food
Dislikes: Losing, Thunderstorms, Being Called out
Hobbies: Painting, Swimming, Shopping
[b Other]
Nationality: Cresalite
Religious Affiliation: Follower of the Sun
Occupation(s): N/A
Power(s): N/A
Color Code: #8b0000]]]

[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [b [center [#228b22 Amberly Foster]]]]]

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[size18 [sue+ellen+francisco [center [b Basics]
Name: Amberly Foster
Age: 17
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Questioning
Romantic Orientation: Questioning
[b Physical]
Height: 5'10"
Race: Cresalite
Skin Tone: Tan
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
Identifying Marks: Thick Claw Marks covering her back.
[b Personality]
Character Traits: Generous, Kind, Strong Willed
Character Flaws: Naïve, Insecure, Sickly
Likes: Snow, Cats, Warm clothes
Dislikes: Unnecessary Violence, Animal Cruelty, Elitism
Hobbies: Horseback Riding, Gardening, Dancing
[b Other]
Nationality: Cresalite
Religious Affiliation: Follower of the Sun
Occupation: Horse master
Power: N/A
Color Code: #228b22]]]


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As Michael is talking to Joffrey and Caulder about tactics, Joffrey nudges Michael and tells him to look with just the movement of his eyes. Michael turns around and is awe as he sees Mariana dressed in her green dress. Michael thinks to himself she’s beautiful. He approaches her with a bow and an extended hand. [#000080 “May I have this dance my lady?”] [#DAA520 “Oh I didn’t realize we were starting right away, sure.”] As she takes his hand he stands up and places his hand on her hip and they start to dance, to the masterpiece of the orchestra.

As they dance Joffrey is smiling and looks at Caulder with a smile. Caulder smiles as well and returns his glance towards the couple dancing. [#000080 “You look absolutely beautiful Mariana.”] He says looking deep into her eyes. [#DAA520 “Thank you.”] She says looking around the room as if she were bored. [#000080 “Is everything ok lady Mariana?] [#DAA520 “Everything is fine, just not big on dances or being called a lady.] He twirls her around and holds her back to him. [#000080 “Is there anything you would rather do than dancing?]

[#DAA520 “I could think of a number of things.”] [#000080 “Then what shall we do instead?”] He asks as he waves his hand the music stops and Jocelynn stops swaying and asks Amberly, [#f08080 “What is going on?”] [#228b22 “I have no idea all of a sudden the music stopped and Michael and Mariana are just standing there talking.] She says as she squints her eyes trying to read their lips but can make nothing out. [#DAA520 “Isn’t the tradition to dance I don’t know what else we could do on national viewing?] [#000080 “I have no tendency to follow this tradition because I feel it is quite absurd.”] [#DAA520 “We might as well keep dancing because I do not know what else we could do."] [#000080 “Do you like art Mariana?”] [#DAA520 “Yeah.”] [#000080 “Follow me!"]

He says as he holds her hand tight and they walk faster than normal toward a door leading to the Kings wing. As Mariana follows she turns around to look at the people and she notices them gawking at them both. [#DAA520 “Where are we going?”] Michael smiles [#000080 "That is a surprise, Henry make sure the crew don’t follow."] He says to a mountain of a man standing next to the door. Henry nods and as they close the door behind them Henry stands in front of the door. Michael stops and smiles at Mariana and says [#000080 “We may walk from here, it shall only take us a few moments, I’d say eight minutes at most."] [#DAA520 “Ok, can I know where we are walking to now?"] She asks with sheer curiosity. [#000080 “I to enjoy art and I would like to show you my studio."] [#DAA520 "Ok."]

Michael sees that as he mentioned his studio she seemed intrigued.As they continue walking the beastly murals become more gruesome. [#DAA520 "What part of the castle are we in?"] As Mariana asks Michael catches himself looking at the gruesome mural of the beast on the wall he pulls his head back [#000080 “We are in the kings wing.”] [#DAA520 “Is everything alright your grace?] She asks as she notices the king pull his head away from what should be a bare wall. [#000080 “These walls are… a constant reminder of what I am.] [#DAA520 “What might that be your grace.”]

[#000080 "I am king not by choice but by law."] he says as he opens the door to his studio and Mariana can see animals of all sorts from out his windows that stretch from the floor to the ceiling. She sees his desk covered in paintings and sketches and then she sees a painting on top of the others of a wild stag in the gardens.
The look of horror on Alyssa’s face is nearly as shocking as the punishment itself. Mariana had figured that there would be a lot of trash talking during the contest; she truly did come from the lowest position in the kingdom. Even in the first portion of the contest, she was the only one not from an actual town. During the first portion, she had heard leagues worse than what Alyssa was saying to her, but she was told to just ignore it. I guess the stakes have truly changed.

Joffrey leads the girls out of the great hall and to a large room that is lined with bookshelves with what little walls left covered in maps of the old world. The maps are brown with age and wrinkled near distortion. There are artifacts boxed and placed on display on the shelves around the room along with books with leather bindings filling the space. It’s almost as if the room itself has been preserved since the time of old, including the woman sitting at the large wooden desk in the front of the room. She has long black hair with braids spread seemingly random throughout her hair, secured by what appears to be feathers. Her ebony skin is smooth, but the wrinkles around her eyes hint at an age far beyond their own, and wisdom practically pouring from her eyes. She stands far above the rest in the room, with a very strong appearance as well, dressed in strange attire, unlike anything Mariana has ever seen before. Her pants seen to be made out of a mixture of materials with a blue tint to them, and a hide top with fringe coming from the bottom of it. [#D2691E “I believe we are missing someone Joffrey, has someone already managed to be eliminated?”] The woman asks, looking at a clip board that has papers on it. [#2F4F4F “No my darling, just needed to show that our actions do have consequences. Alyssa will be joining your class in about an hour, for now I shall leave you to your class.”] And with that Joffrey leaves the room, leaving the four girls to find seats at the desks facing the front of the room. Mariana chooses a desk towards the back of the room, hoping to avoid drawing too much attention to herself. [#D2691E “Alright, I guess we shall begin, my name is Kiwidinok Royce. No one is very good at pronouncing my name so please just call me Professor Royce. I will be taking care of your history lessons, and we have far too much to cover to spend much time talking. You will find pencils and notebooks on your desk, take notes, you’ll need them,”] and with that the lessons begin.

The world of old had fallen into a war unlike anything we could ever imagine, blessed or cursed, by the gods. The war brought lots of smoke and death, destroying all that had been known or established. After time the world began to rebuild, with many small kingdoms forming at this time. Eventually four major kingdoms gather control of the livable areas, leaving the waste lands to find for themselves. The main kingdoms rein still to this day, the kingdom of Cresal being the largest, followed by Eswa, Boclen, and Upra. There are many small kingdoms left in the world and lands across the seas that are untouched by the man in today’s world. Cresal has many peace treaties with most of the known countries with few exceptions, like that of Upra, a dictatorship led by Emperor Gabriel Faymosta who uses magically openly to oppress his people.

After an hour Alyssa joins the group and not much later the history lesson is over, and Professor Royce leaves, and a petite blonde woman walks in with a very stern look on her face. She introduces herself as Lady Katherine Baker and immediately begins to instruct them on the proper way to sit. The remaining two and a half hour before lunch are spent going over the beginning of three different languages and the proper silverware to use for each dish. She practically stands directly behind Mariana for most of the session, feeling free to physically correct her any time she starts to slouch. Mariana feels like a fried nerve by the time Joffrey reemerges to take them to the great hall for the continuing of the festivities. They are provided with a chance to go and change, and the only one who has to take the offer is Mariana, the only one who chooses to change is Alyssa. The other girls are immediately escorted to the great hall, after choosing not to change, whereas Alyssa and Mariana are escorted to their rooms to change their gowns. After a few seconds of looking at the multitude of dress options, Mariana elects to wear a beige dress with emerald green embroidery overlaid on top of it. Her hair is let down and put into loose curls with a circlet put on her head, and just a small amount of makeup put on, before she’s taken to the great hall.

She finds that she is the last one to arrive, even later than the king. The camera crew is already set up, and the great hall has returned to the festive appearance that it had the previous day. The other contestants stare at Mariana, half in awe, half in annoyance. Alyssa had elected to change into a much simpler piece, a solid red ball gown with a sweet heart neckline but no ornamentation on it. She is surprisingly looks at her in awe as well.

Mariana looks around the room [#DAA520 “I’m sorry for holding things up, King Michael.”] She says, giving the best kind of curtsey she can before trying to make her way to her designated table.
  Mariana Faye / bellerose1207 / 1d 2h 10m 16s
As Jocelynn asks her question of the flowers in the garden, Michael takes a bite of breakfast. As he finishes his bite he clears his throat and answers. [#000080 "Most of them are roses, mother’s favorite, but there are definitely flowers imported. Yet I do not know exactly where they are from."] He says as he softly chuckles as he takes another bite and as he looks at Mariana and smiles as he notices her plate is empty. He finishes half of his plate before he excuses himself from table.

[#000080 "Again ladies you all look beautiful oh and Mariana there are seconds so help yourself I know I always do."] He says as he smiles and pats his stomach. He opens a door and walks out humming the song his mom would sing him before bed. As Michael vanishes Alyssa looks at Mariana and says [#8b0000 "Does your district not have any food,you don't belong here peasant. I can't believe that I, let me correct myself, that we have to compete with the scraps thrown to the dogs."] She scuffs and rolls her eyes.

[#228b22 "Alyssa what is wrong with you, leave her alone!"] Amberly shouts, frustrated by Alyssa's increasing rudeness. The yelling draws the attention of the guards outside the room. Two guards enter the room [b "Is everything alright in here?"] [#228b22 "Yes Alyssa is three utters shy of a cow and she does not deserve to be in this room with us."] As Amberly finishes her rant Joffrey enters the room with a chuckle [#2F4F4F "Ladies play nice, Alyssa if you can't play nice at all well then why bother playing?"]

He says with a smile . [#2F4F4F "So Alyssa for punishment you shall remain in here by yourself for an hour and then join the rest of the ladies later. Ladies if you will torturing is about to begin please make your way to the room."]
  Michael Van Broux / beastrose1207 / 1d 23h 4m 36s
The morning greets Mariana with a flurry of giggles. Mariana shoots up and looks around, finding Tarinea and Charlene standing just beyond her feet, holding dress bags and staring down at her. [b "Comfortable my lady?"] Charlene asks before they burst into another fit of giggles.

Being disoriented from the new location, it takes Mariana a minute to realize that she's laying on the floor. In a fit to get comfortable enough to fall asleep, she had decided to make a make-shift bed from the enormous amount of pillows and blankets at her disposal, on the floor. She can't help but blush as she stands [#DAA520 "Ah, well yes, the floor was actually more comfortable than the bed. It felt like I was sinking into it and it made it impossible for me to get comfortable. Also, you don't have to call me my lady, at least not when it's just us. I really am no better than you guys, and not a lady."] She says, running a hand through the knots of her hair.

Adriana walks into the room, pulling behind her a rack with several more dress bags hanging from it. [b "If that's your wish, then Mariana it shall be. We will also make sure that the bed is replaced quickly. Now to business, your seamstress team has finish with a few options for your typical day to day activities for you to choose from. We don't have a lot of time, so we have to get started dressing you in each to make sure they fit."] Adriana positions the rack in front of the balcony doors, blocking sight from outside.

[#DAA520 "I can dress myself you know."] Mariana says, giving her a confused look while walking towards the rack.

Charlene giggles, while joining putting the dress bags in her hands on the rack [b "Mariana, do you even know what a corset looks like, let alone know how to tie one"] to which Mariana gives a frightened look, causing them to burst into a fit of giggles [b "It's okay, that's what we are here for. Go head and get undress, we will start with your training attire."] Charlene says, pulling out five dress bags.

After at least an hour and a half passes while Mariana is trying on clothes, before she actually manages to get ready. She has to argue with Adriana for at least half an hour before they can compromise on her outfit. She is in a pair of sleek and form fitting black pants, an emerald green silk blouse with quarter sleeve and a small golden chain secured to the base of the collar in the front with four diamonds hanging from it, and a pair of black flats while her hair is straightened and pulled back into a tight and high ponytail.

When she finally steps out into the hallway, she finds only Amberly ready to go. Amberly has her long blonde hair done a half up do with loose curls falling everywhere. She's in a floor length fuchsia gown with crystals covering the bodice completely and strings of pearls draping over her shoulders and white gloves covering her hands. [#228b22 "You look really nice, and comfortable"] The look on Amberly's face is one of a sad envy.

Mariana can't help but feel a pang of guilt at her comment [#DAA520 "Your dress is breath taking though, I like the little pearl chains."] she says, gesturing to the sleeves.

It takes Amberly a moment to respond, and during this time Jocelynn comes out of her room in a floor length long sleeved powder blue gown with a navy blue peterpan collar and two thin stripes of the same color ending at a thin belt on her waist and her hair in a loose braid over her shoulder. She politely mumbles her good mornings with a kind smile on her face.

[#228b22 "It really is breathtaking, I am so grateful that my seamstress made this for me. The corset was a fun thing to learn."] Amberly says, placing a hand on her stomach as her eyes flutter a bit. The drain of color on her face causes Mariana to rush over to her.

As Mariana reaches Amberly, she hardly notices that Rebecca came out of her room. She's fighting with the strings on the back of Amberly's dress and she starts to sway. She begins to lean forward before suddenly becoming steady, Mariana glances up to find Adriana holding Amberly up. When Mariana finally manages to get the knot undone, she quickly pulls the corset strings loose and Amberly begins to take deep breaths, clearly starving for air.

Mariana sighs a bit before starting to secure the corset with enough room to breath. The only distraction that comes is in the form of Alyssa snickering [#8b0000 I see Mariana is already accepting that she'll never amount to much more than a mere servant, even dressing as one, how quant. I always knew that this competition would come down to the nobility of the kingdom, as it should."] Mariana stares at Alyssa for a second before electing to say nothing and finishes securing Amberly in her dress.

When she steps back to Amberly's side she notices the guilty look on her face, [#228b22 "I didn't mean to make you help me. You are a contestant just like the rest of us."] She says in a hushed tone with the look of a beaten dog on her face.

[#DAA520 "You didn't make me help you Amberly, I did it because you looked like you were going to pass out. I wasn't just going to sit there and watch you faint. It's really okay."] Mariana says giving her hand a slight squeeze to reassure her.

She lets out a sigh of relief and looks up at Rebecca and Alyssa, finally having a chance to take in their attire as well. Rebecca stands perfectly straight in a blue gown with long and flowing sleeves that is straight and not form fitting at all. It has vibrant flowers swirling around the gown in purples, oranges, reds, and greens with a red and gold sash wrapped around her waist. Her hair is half up in a tight bun, with decorative sticks coming out of it, and half down with loose curls.

Where as Alyssa stands leaning against the wall in a floor length black gown that is see through in the center, showing off the bones of the corset and designs on the lace. It has a deep sweetheart neckline and deep red flowers embroidered where the corset meets the bottom of the gown and wraps around the corset, creating two shoulders and a high neckline, but only one sleeve made of the same lace material with her hair flowing straight down her back.

With perfect timing, Joffery shows up and looks between the girls, lingering only slightly longer on Mariana, before clapping his hands. [#2F4F4F "Alright ladies, it's time for breakfast."] He says, gesturing for them to follow him. [#2F4F4F "The king is in a particularly good mood this morning, best not to bring up anything to upset him."] He says as he leads them through the many halls of the castle, while Mariana does her best not to take in the murals on the walls. [#2F4F4F During breakfast you'll also receive your finalized schedule for the day. Be sure to use some of your free time to familiarize yourself with the approved areas of the castle, because after tomorrows dinner you will no longer have me to guide you through the castle."] He says leading them down two flights of stairs before ending up at a set of double doors [#2F4F4F "And here we are, your seats have are designated by your name card, this is where you will be sitting during your stay here. After someone is eliminated the seating will change. The king will be in shortly, make sure you stand upon his arrival."] And with that Joffery seems to vanish again.

Mariana chuckles a bit to herself but quickly finds her nametag. She's grateful to have Rebecca to her right, acting as a buffer between her and the king, and Jocelynn on her left, with Alyssa unfortunately across from her. Just as she goes to sit down, the King walks in [#000080 "Wonderful morning, isn't it ladies? I strongly advise you to take a stroll in the garden's today, our new gardener is amazing."] The king has an alarmingly large smile on his face, however it's the mention of the gardens that causes Mariana's heart to skip a beat.

She sits down and does her best to keep her expression bored as the servants bring out food. The mere scent of the food far surpasses anything Mariana ever dreamed of eating, and the moment it's placed in front of her she can't help but to begin eating after saying a quick thank you to the servant who delivers the food, completely forgetting that she's supposed to wait for the king to begin eating first.

[#f08080 "That sounds absolutely wonderful Michael, what kind of flowers are in the garden? Anything imported?"] Jocelynn asks, not even glancing at the food or saying thank you to the servant but instead keeping her eyes glued on the King.
  Mariana Faye / bellerose1207 / 2d 23h 45m 2s
As Michael lies in bed he can’t stop thinking about his brother, is he safe where he is, what’s he doing what’s happened or is he dead? Michael shakes his head to shake the thoughts from his head. [#000080 “I need a walk, to clear my head”] He picks up the radio and turns it on static fills Michaels ear [#000080 “Joffrey are you awake?”] [#2F4F4F “I am sire, what can I assist with?”] [#000080 “I need to go on a walk but with no guards, I need to clear my head.”] [#2F4F4F “May I accompany you sir?”] [#000080 “Of course Joffrey, only thing is we will be wearing common clothing.”] He says with a smile. [#2F4F4F “Oh goody I love those itchy garments. I shall be ready and meet you there sire.”] [#000080 “Thank you Joffrey.”] [#2F4F4F “The pleasure is mine sir; I shall be your shadow you won’t even know I’m there.”] [#000080 “Ok, meet you there.”] Michael goes to his closet and separates his clothes and presses the lion head on the mid wall frame and a secret door opens, Michael opens it further and a small room filled with common clothes. Michael dresses quickly and opens another door at the back of the small hidden room leading to a narrow passage way as he continues down the way he meets up with Joffrey. [#2F4F4F “Ah sire there you are I was beginning to think you changed your mind and I’d be able to get out of these ghastly threads.”] [#000080 “I do apologize Joffrey but the guards are far too noisy and everyone in the streets will notice and I need time to myself outside this place.”] Joffrey nods his head as he opens the final door. Beautiful scenery of woods meets both of them. Michael enters the woods as he does Joffrey stays back and counts Michael’s steps. Joffrey shuts the door and checks to make sure the moss that has grown on the door over the years is still intact. He smiles as the moss is strong and still in place hiding the door, he turns around and follows Michael. As Michael walks he thinks to himself, I would live in these woods if I could this place is beautiful. As he continues his path he subtly hears Joffrey [#2F4F4F “Sire, please hold your footing and duck.”] Michael does and as he crouches in the shrubbery in front of him a group of five men walk passed him talking about what tavern should they loot. Michael instantly becomes angered then feels a soft hand on his shoulder and Joffrey looks into Michaels eyes and puts his finger on his lips and whispers [#2F4F4F “We shall find out which one they intend to attack and simply double the guards.”] Michael smiles and nods his head. [#2F4F4F “Leave it to me sire.”] Joffrey slowly stands up and follows the band of thugs. Michael studies Joffrey’s movement, Ah that’s how he does it. Sneaky old fox. Michael stands up and walks the other direction further into the woods. As the night passes Michael returns to the castle’s secret door, but there is no sign of Joffrey. Mmm wonder if he’s inside, Michael thinks to himself. Michael opens the door and returns to his room. Removing the clothes from his body he slowly crawls into bed and soundly falls asleep. Come morning the king is awoken to a knock on his door. [#000080 “Yes what is it?”] The door opens and Joffrey enters and hands Michael his cup of Chocolate chip mint coffee that Michael has every morning. [#2F4F4F “I have inquired the information we needed to secure the tavern they intend to strike sir.”] [#000080 “What tavern are they striking Joffrey?”] [#2F4F4F “The tavern is called “The Rusty Bucket” sire.”] [#000080 “Mmm maybe they should change the name of it to.”] Joffrey laughs and informs the king that he should start his morning walk through the gardens. As Michael walks outside he instantly is in awe. [#000080 “JOFFREY”] Joffrey runs to Michael and also is taken over by the beauty of the garden. Michael knelled on the stone walk way with tears slowly falling down his cheeks. [#000080 “Who did this and this quick, do we have a new gardener?"] [#2F4F4F "I’m not sure sire but I shall find out.”] A tear falls from Joffrey’s left eye as the sight takes him back to where he can see his late lover Sabastian tending to the flowers alongside the queen. [#000080 “It’s so beautiful Joffrey”] [#2F4F4F “Yes it is Sire, Come let us attend the ladies in the dining hall.”] Michael stands up and his spirit has been lifted. He walks lighter and a smile covers his face and it seems he is not plagued by his thoughts. He glides into the dining hall [#000080 “Wonderful morning isn’t ladies, I strongly advise you to take a stroll in the gardens today. Our new gardener is amazing.”] He says with a gigantic smile on his face. He sits down and Joffrey chimes a bell and servants bring out platters of fresh warm breakfast the trays are set down in front of everyone. Michael takes a bite as he hums the song his mother would sing to him before bed.
  Michael Van Broux / beastrose1207 / 3d 22h 53m 34s
With the king finally away from the table, Mariana finally feels as if she can breathe again. She looks around the table giving everyone a kind smile, receiving nothing but confused and curious glances in response. [b “Lady Mariana you are truly too kind. Allowing another contestant to dance with the king before you is very generous of you.”] Tarinea says taking a very satisfying bite of the food in front of her.

[#4b0082 “Yes, very generous of you, but also rather foolish of you, look at how closely they are dancing.”] Rebecca gestures to the king and Alyssa dancing so flawlessly intimately. [#4b0082 “Allowing them to dance together might not win the points you think that they will. Perhaps allowing your generosity to come out sparingly is a wiser move.”] Her eyes seem focused on something, but it certainly is not Mariana in that moment.

[#DAA520 “If I cared about winning I’m sure that would be sound advice.”] Mariana says leaning back in her chair, getting the exact response she expected from everyone at the table, horrified gawking.

Yet before anyone even has time to begin responding, the King is suddenly announcing that the festivities would continue the following day and that the next person who he’d be dancing with is Mariana. This is followed by at least a dozen castle guards coming in to explain that a wretched witch was within the castle and about to be tried for treason. The contestants were expected to attend this trial and are to be escorted there immediately. Mariana manages to appear perfectly calm, even though each step closer to the throne room filled her more and more with disgust and rage.

She somehow finds herself seated in the center of the group, and with the best view of the prison in his seat. The bag over her head is exactly as she’d imagined it would be a thick black material with strings to allow it to be tightened should it be necessary. The sight of the large throne room, with the throne sitting high above the rest of the room, makes Mariana want to throw up. She figured that this would be a scene that she’d have to see while here, but she didn’t imagine it being the first day in the castle, or that the witch would be anyone besides herself.

She can’t help but take a deep breath and reach out to the man, trying to sense if he truly is gifted with magic. She can sense magic, but it’s far too close to her to belong to the man in the center of the room. She looks around the room, hoping to see a worried look or a sign of who might be the other witch, but she finds none. Instead, Mariana is alerted to the king’s entrance by a loud trumpet, blaring out all of her other senses. She follows suit with everyone else and stands, waiting till the king is seated before reclaiming her chair.

[#000080 "Timothy please remove the burlap sack from this poor saps head"] The king commands before a guard moves from his stationary position to beside the prisoner. The hood is removed from the man, revealing a chiseled face of someone who couldn’t be much older than the king himself. The man has short blonde hair, kept in a similar fashion as that of the guards, with a scar so deep you can almost see the white of his bone marring the right side of his face from eye to chin.

While most of the court gasps, it’s the brief look on Alyssa’s face that grabs Mariana’s attention. Sincere recognition and concern fill her eyes, but are gone as quickly as they came. [#000080 "Silence please,”] The king says, clearly straining to take in the appearance on the man in front of him. When the court finally falls quiet again, he continues [#000080 "Who are you sir?"]


[i [b "Where do I begin your highness?"]] The prisoner’s voice practically drips with amusement, as he lifts his head and meets the King’s eyes.

The sound of the king slamming his fist on the arm of the throne causes quite a few to jump, Mariana included [#000080 "Start with your DAMN NAME!"]


[b [i "My name is Donovan Valbrex, my liege."]] even with the severity of his position Donovan stares at the king with a look so sinister that the emotions flowing from the man sends a chill straight through Mariana. It takes everything in her to not wrap her arms around her as if bracing the cold coming from the man’s emotions.

[#000080 "Joffrey my sword,”] The king demands, standing without a second thought. Within moments an expertly crafted blade with the most ornate metal work Mariana has ever seen is tossed through the air, which the King grabs with not even glancing in the direction it comes from and swiftly put against the Donovan’s neck. [#000080 "Tell me why I shouldn’t end you now you filth."]

[b [i "You don’t have the guts to do it, at least not in front of all these people."]] The bone chilling laughter that follows this statement is short lived, for the King swiftly quiets the man with the hilt of his sword against his temple.


[#000080 “Get this man out of my sight,”] the king gestures to the guards, who swiftly drag the unconscious Donovan out of the throne room. Within seconds, the calm and cool composure of the King returns and he looks out to the crowd [#000080 “I hope you will forgive me for my sudden outburst as well as my sudden departure, but I have much to attend to.”] He says giving a slight nod of his head before heading out the door that he came into the room from.


Mariana simply looks around the room a bit confused, hoping that someone could give proper directions from here. She doesn’t have to wait long, for the finely dressed man quickly approaches the girls and gestures for them to follow him out of the room as well. Mariana is glad to have the direction and is quick to follow him out of the room of gazing eyes.


Once outside the throne room, the girls are reunited with their handmaidens [#2F4F4F “Alright ladies, your handmaidens will escort you to your rooms and proceed to take your measurements for proper attire for the following morning’s events. Given the sudden change to the schedule the continuation of festivities will continue after your morning lessons but before your physical training. You are to return to the grand hall immediately after your lessons. You will receive new sets of clothing in the morning to wear throughout the day. Do try and get some sleep tonight ladies, you will need to be fully rested for tomorrows events.”] The finely dressed man says, handing each of the girls with a key, likely to their rooms.


As most of the girls begin to turn and follow their handmaidens to their chambers, Mariana stands still for a moment [#DAA520 “Sir, before I head to my room, may I know your name first?”] she asks, glancing from the girls walking away to the man in front of her.

[#2F4F4F “Of course, my name is Joffrey, now if you will excuse me, I have much to attend to. Get some sleep Lady Mariana.”] And with that he seemingly vanishes into an unknown room.

Adriana begins to direct Mariana to her room as well as pepper her with questions about her preferred fabrics and clothing styles. The walk to the room is a long one, filled with questions of allergies, persistent conditions, things to avoid saying or doing to avoid offending her, how many pillows she likes, if she gets cold frequently. It seems like an eternity before they arrive at Mariana’s chambers, but when they finally do, she is unsure about whether to enter or not. She doesn’t even have to glance around to know that there are at least four other lit rooms in this hallway, but entering this room will make Mariana’s presence as a castle guest a reality. She stares at the door for a bit, fearing what will happen when she enters it, as if it will hold a monster inside.

She can tell her handmaiden’s are growing concerned, so she opens the room with shaking hands. The room is larger than her entire home, with a bed so large that it would more than fill her room at home, with a canopy of the finest material that she has ever seen. The room is rather plain, with neutral tones all over the room, from the hard wood floor to the beige walls and bedding. The furniture is matching in a white wood carved very delicately with designs of roses and vines. There is a large set of glass doors leading to a balcony on the far wall that seems to oversee the royal gardens. Mariana feels like her throat closes a bit as she steps in, for even this room is marred with the horrifying images of a savage beast slaughtering countless people.

Mariana keeps her eyes down to the ground as she walks in, allowing the handmaiden’s to do as they please in directing her every move, from bathing her to measuring her. Somehow Mariana ends up in the room alone, laying in a bed far too soft to be real. She tries to keep her mind quiet, but the vibrating sensation rushing through her keeps her mind racing, signifying that it has been too long since she last performed magic. If she goes any longer she will begin to burst with magic, causing unfortunate problems for her.

Mariana climbs out of bed and steps out onto the balcony, hoping that the fresh air will help calm her down. It doesn’t, she knows that it’s risky, but she has to expel some of her magic or she will certainly get caught. She looks around, making sure that there aren’t any guards nearby, before taking a deep breath and blowing out some of her magic over the garden.

Instantly the garden comes to life, the flowers blooming and growing bigger than before, returning to life those that had begun to wither. The longer her breath is the more life is given back to the plants, and the less out of control she feels. Eventually the garden is far more vibrant than it had been since the last Queen’s passing, and Mariana is in enough control of her magic to finally fall asleep.
  Mariana Faye / bellerose1207 / 4d 23h 2m 31s
Michael has an intrigued look barely posted on his face. [#000080 "Well now Alyssa it seems I am do dance with you first."] He takes her hand and spins her around, and holds her waist gently as they sway back and forth with the beautiful music provided by the royal orchestra. [#000080 "So, Alyssa tell me something about yourself that no one knows."] [#8b0000
"Um my king, that’s very straight forward of you."] [#000080 "Well in order to be queen I must know you, even things no one knows about you."] He then twirls her and holds her back to him. [#000080 "You do not have to answer me now, but you do have to tell me before the last night of the trials."] He spins her around and faces her as he smiles at her she has a discerning feeling about telling him her darkest secret. He bows to her and she curtsies.

[#000080 "Thank you for the dance Alyssa."] Everyone claps their hands and as the king goes to choose the next partner to dance with Joffrey approaches and whispers something to the king, the happiness from his face flushes and the king is now firm and looks like he is ready for a battle of words. [#000080 "Ladies if you will excuse me I am very sorry but there is a pressing matter I must attend, we shall continue this tomorrow with my partner being Mariana."] He smiles then walks out a door garnished in silver and white gold. As the king becomes no longer visible Joffrey walks to the door, a camera crew jogs for the door, but tragically the door shuts in their face.

[#000080 "Where is this ghastly creature?!"] [#2F4F4F "Sire I think it would be wise to calm down before you proceed to the court room."] [#000080 "Why should I Joffrey?"] [#2F4F4F "Sire this is no ordinary witch, I strongly advise you to settle yourself for a few moments before proceeding."] [#000080 "Fine I shall."] He paces the hall gaining his control. He knocks on the door to signal Joffrey he is ready to start. [#2F4F4F "His majesty presents himself all rise for the king."] Michael waits for a couple of minutes then enters. He opens the door and looks to the middle of the court room to see a man with a bag on his head, as he walks to his chair he stares with curiosity. He thinks to himself who is this man? As he looks to the crowd he sees the five women from the trails. He sits down and waves his hand and everyone who has the luck of having a chair or stool sits down. [#000080 "Timothy please remove the burlap sack from this poor saps head."] Timothy nods and walks to the man bound to the chair and removes the burlap sack.

As the burlap sack is removed some people in the crowd gasp. [#000080 "Silence please."] The people regain their control and stay silent. [#000080 "Who are you sir?"] [#01014D "Where do I begin your highness?"] The curious man says sarcastically. Michael slams his fist on his desk as he thinks, that mans voice seems familiar. [#000080 "Start with your DAMN NAME!"] [#01014D "My name is Donovan Valbrex, my liege."] As he looks up at the king with a sinister look on his face. Michael feels the beast roar inside him and yells out. [#000080 "Joffrey my sword!"] Joffrey without hesitation tosses the sword to Michael as Michael jumps over his desk down to floor, Michael catches the sword and puts the tip in Donovan’s shoulder. [#000080 "Tell me why I shouldn’t end you now you filth."] [#01014D "You don’t have the guts to do it, at least not in front of all these people."] Donovan starts to laugh maniacally but is short lived as Michaels pommel strikes his temple knocking him out.
  Michael Van Broux / beastrose1207 / 6d 23h 2m 29s
After the introductions are fully done, the King allows them to get food. Suddenly being reminded of food, Mariana's stomach growls. She glances over at the buffet table and is far too excited at trying the different foods available that she doesn't have time to even notice that no one else is getting up to go get their own food. That is until she's standing at the buffet surrounded by servants filling up plates for the other girls.

Mariana glances over at her table and finds Charlene looking at her with longing eyes. The sight is a bit confusing, but when she really looks at the food, she can understand why. This food is beyond anything Mariana could ever dream it to be, and there is way too much to feed only four people.

Mariana begins to fill up plate after plate with small portions of food from each kind, wanting them to be able to try everything that they can. When she finishes filling the plates up it comes out to a total of six plates, which she carries back three on each arm. She puts the food on the plates, feeling proud of herself for being able to carry that many plates after not having done it for a few months now.

[#DAA520 "So there is a crazy amount of food over there so I figured I'd bring a bit back from each plate for us to all try. I don't know about you guys, but I'm really looking forward to trying whatever that crab thing is."] Mariana says passing a fork to each of her handmaidens before sitting back down. She does her best to ignore that they look for the kings approval before eating, but it's impossibly for her to ignore the king suddenly clapping, quickly joined by the surrounding servants.

With a mouthful of food, she looks up a bit wide eyed at the king as he praises her for being truly queen like because she decided to share food. She gulps down her food and clears her throat as the king approaches [#000080 “May I join this wonderful company?”] His silky voice is deceiving, as if he wouldn't take her head if he knew she was a witch.

While she refuses to allow herself to be fooled by his silver tongue, she knows that she can't exactly turn the king down on national viewing [#DAA520 "Of course my king."] Mariana says, completely unsure if she's supposed to stand till he is seated again or not.

[#000080 “Please, call me Michael.”] He is clearly just trying to pull the wool over her eyes that he is anything but a hateful king. As if giving her permission to call him by his first name changes anything he's done.

[#DAA520 “Of Course, King Michael you may join us.”] She says, refusing to allow herself to drop the title. With him sitting so close, she finds it hard to enjoy the food, or the conversation. She puts on a good show, acting as if the food is the most amazing thing she'd ever tasted, even though it tastes like poison. Her laughs at the kings joke seem genuine, but are filled with hatred.

Finally when he stands and begins talking again, Mariana feels as if she will finally be freed from his presence. Unfortunately, she is granted with the choice of who he should dance with first [#DAA520 "Would you like me to choose now?"] She asks, looking around a bit confused.

With everyone chipping in about her being the first person to dance with him, she feels like she should just get it done and over with. She looks around the room once more, and when her eyes land on Alyssa, the only one who didn't join the group, she feels a pang of guilt. [#DAA520 "I think it should be Alyssa, the tables been pretty crowded and she's been by herself because of it, so she should get the first dance."] She says, giving the girl a kind smile, only to have it returned with a quick but snide grin.

[#8b0000 "You are far too kind Mariana, thank you for allowing me the first dance with Michael."] She says in a sweet voice, batting her eyelashes. She stands and walks over to the king, holding out her hand to begin the dance.
  Mariana Faye / bellerose1207 / 9d 23h 30m 0s
Michael smiles at each of the girls and thinks to himself ,these girls are something else, I like that Mariana girl don’t know what it is but I feel like I’m drawn to her. [#000080 “I am pleased and honored to have you five as the last contestants. Please sit down let us eat then we shall dance”.] Michael waves his hand and a waiter brings out a already prepared plate, Michael unfolds the cloth napkin and tucks into his shirt, [#000080 “Thank you Francis.”]Francis nods his head not saying a word and Michael begins to eat. As the other girls raise their hands to be served, Michael notices Mariana get up from her table and survey the table. He continues to watch her and chuckles as he watches her balance three plates on each arm.

Mariana makes it back to the table and sets the plates around her table. [#000080 “Joffrey did she separate the food by nationality?”] [#2F4F4F “It seems so sir.”] [#000080 “That’s very impressive.”] As Michael speaks with Joffrey they both notice that Mariana hands out forks to the servants around her table. They look to the king, he smiles and waves his hand and they sit down with Mariana and eat with her. Michael stands up and claps his hands everyone stops eating and looks to the king. The servants stand up from Mariana’s table [#000080 “No please sit down and eat, people this is absolutely magnificent, a queen in the making.”] He walks over to the table [#000080 “May I join this wonderful company?”] Mariana looks up at him and finishes her bite.

[#DAA520 “Yes of course my king.”] [#000080 “Please, call me Michael.”] [#DAA520 “Yes King Michael you may join us.”] [#000080 "Just Michael please."] Michael smiles and turns back to his table and grabs his plate, he walks back with a genuine smile. [#8b0000 “Why is he sitting with her?”] [#f08080 “This was obviously a test.”] [#4b0082 “Well whatever it is I’m going to sit with them!] Rebecca stands up and walks to the table. [#4b0082 “May I join your table too Mariana?”] Mariana looks around the table checking if there is room. [#DAA520 “Of course Rebecca, pull up a chair.] Rebecca pulls up a chair and sits down with them. Michael to break uneasy ice starts to tell jokes, not very good ones but enough to break the ice and get everyone joined in. As time passes everyone has joined the table except for Alyssa. Michael stands up and addresses his people.

[#000080 “Ladies and Gentlemen, this is how a queen treats her people. See how she brought everyone together. A true queen does this no matter what situation arises. Mariana you have passed the first trail, and have won the decision of who I shall dance with first.”] [#DAA520 “Would you like me to choose now?] [#000080 “No whenever you are done with your food.”] Alyssa rolls her eyes and shakes her head as she grips her fork with anger. [#f08080 ”You should go first Mariana, you did pass the trial.] [#4b0082 “Right I second her notion. You should dance with Michael first.”] [#000080 “Ladies please, let Marianna choose for herself.”]
  beastrose1207 / 9d 21h 45m 22s
Mariana sits there for a moment, allowing the reality of where she is sink in. She takes a deep breath and focuses for a moment on the sound of the other girls peppering their maids with questions. It seems that most are wondering about the king and what he’s like in person, his favorite things to do and what kind of women he’s interested in. Mariana glances up and looks at the three women sitting around her, clearly waiting for her to speak first. The women appear to be in their late twenties, perhaps even early thirties, dressed in what appears to be uniformed attire. The one sitting directly across from Mariana has mousey brown hair, tightly wound into a bun and laugh lines marking her face. The one to her left is very petite in size with chin length blonde hair and large doe eyes. Finally on her right is an ebony tones maid with vibrant green eyes and her hair in twists unlike anything Mariana has seen before. [#DAA520 “Hi, I’m Mariana, it’s nice to meet all of you. What are your names?”] She asks, feeling horrible for the fact that their lives are being put at risk for simply being assigned her hand maidens, for they will be aiding a witch in a land of hate.

[b “My name is Adriana, I’m the head assistant, and these are Charlene and Tarinea. We are pleased to be of service to you my lady.”] The one on her right says in a very professional tone.

[#DAA520 “Please, I’m no lady. I merely come from a small village where we have to hunt for our own food. Mariana is just fine, and I want to thank you ahead of time for your services. Believe me I’m more grateful than you will ever know for everything you’ll do for me.”] She says, feeling incredibly nervous all of a sudden. The more they talk the closer she is to coming face to face with the king. What if he can sense that she’s a witch upon merely seeing her? What if she says the wrong thing and gives it away? What will happen to her mother? Will she be executed on national viewing like the others before her?

The sound of the trumpets signaling the king’s arrival pulls Mariana from her thought as she nearly knocks the chair over to stand. Someone to her left laughs at her nervousness, but Mariana hardly hears it over the sudden pounding of her heart. She does her best to keep her face in the same calm and slightly bored appearance she’s been giving the rest of the kingdom during the competition.

When the king walks in, Mariana’s fear subsides, replaced by a surge of confusion. The king walks in with what appears to be plain sparing clothing. A plain white shirt, tan bottoms and leather boots, surely he isn’t attempting to seem personable in this moment, on national viewing. She bites the tip of her tongue hard as to not make a snide comment when he asks if there are any questions at the moment.

After a few moments of nothing being stated, the finely dressed man states [#2F4F4F “Well if there are no questions, it is time for the introductions to begin.”] He gives a slight nod to Alyssa Baker, the contestant that preferred fighting with a spear and net, who steps forward and gives the king a curtsey while simultaneously showing off the deep v neckline that shows off more skin Mariana could ever imagine showing.

[#8b0000 “My name is Alyssa Baker, Daughter of Lord Robert Baker, from the Titanos sector, I hope to bring good fortune to you and your Kingdom my grace.”] Although her words are pure and simple, there is something in her tone that seems deeper and more alluring than seems reasonable.

[#f08080 “Your grace, my name is Jocelynn Turner, daughter of Head Master Jonathan Turner, from the sector Klistar, and I hope to bring sound council to you in times of need”] So are they supposed to just throw out what they hope to give the king?

[#4b0082 “King Van Broux, I am Rebecca Roose, daughter of General Roose, from the Illea sector, may I provide you strength in times of conflict.”] That’s exactly what they are doing. Perfect, Mariana should just go up and say, hey I’m Mariana, and I’m a witch, pleased to meet you.

Despite the roaring fear inside of Mariana, she moves forward, giving the king a half-assed curtsy before the words come spilling from her lips [#DAA520 “Hi, I’m Mariana Faye, daughter of Josephina Faye, from the Aspa Sector, and I don’t really think I can offer anything anyone else has listed, or much for that matter given that I know nothing of how government works, so yeah.”] With that, Mariana straightens up and walks back to her table, looking around the room, trying to calm herself down.

The final girl to Mariana’s right stares at her in shock for a few moments before the finely dressed man clears his throat. She appears to come to her senses and practically rushes forward, telling the king her name is Amberly Foster, from Mothers Crown sector, daughter of some other lord, but Mariana hardly pays that much attention.
  Mariana Faye / bellerose1207 / 11d 22h 9m 0s
[#000080 “Get out! None of your ideas are working, I'm meeting the last five contestants and you want me to wear this!?”] As the man leaves the room quickly, Michael thinks this is pointless. He tears off the clothes that he was wearing and collapses on the bed. [#000080 “Why am I king, well prince I have no queen. I didn't ask for any of this, UUUGGGHHH!!”] [#2F4F4F “Well sir, if I may, it is your birth right. Your father was king and you are his heir, unless you want to relinquish the crown to your cousin.”] [#000080 “No he would undo everything my father and I have done, that can't happen. Will you help me Joffrey?”] [#2F4F4F Of course sire, as always I am here to serve you in anyway.”]

[#000080 “What would I do without you Joffrey?] [#2F4F4F “To be honest sir, I don’t quite know”] Joffrey chuckles [#000080 “Good point”.] [#2F4F4F “Shall we get you dressed sire, you do have company waiting on you. Mmm ,let’s go with your sparring outfit, a light white shirt and your brown pants with perhaps your black boots?”] Michael smiles and nods to Joffrey and changes quickly, he steps out of his closet. [#000080 “You’re a genius! I could kiss you Joffrey!”] [#2F4F4F “I’d rather not sir you’re not my how do you say, my type.”] Michael laughs. [#000080 “It’s a figure of speech Joffrey I don’t really want to kiss you, come lets go see our last five.”] [#2F4F4F “Indeed sire I have already gone over the rules with the young women and to be honest they are all quite beautiful.”]

Michael and Joffrey leave the room and walk down the hall, Michael reminds himself you must stay distant, you are a monster, there is a beast deep inside you and it will kill anyone you hold close to your heart. A tear glides down his face as Michael continues to tell himself that he shall be alone forever. He wipes the tear as Joffrey opens the door into the dance hall. [#000080 “My people, I do greatly apologize for keeping you waiting, this is no way a king should treat his people.”] He walks towards the five women and bows to them all and gives them a kiss on the hand. [#000080 “Ladies such beauty you all have, my name is Michael Van Broux, any questions you have feel free to ask.”]
  beastrose1207 / 11d 23h 19m 48s
As the finely dressed man directs the girls through the halls, Mariana takes note of the delicate paintings. The sheer amount of detail given to the landscapes of the different sectors is breath taking. However, it’s what lies on the walls themselves that truly takes Mariana’s breath away. On the walls there is a continuous mural of a beast, doing only Goddess knows what underneath the perfectly placed paintings. With a quick glance at the other women, it’s obvious to her that only those with magic can see such travesty.

Mariana does her best to keep her appearance neutral as they finally enter into a waiting room of sorts. Allowing her eyes to remain unfocused, Mariana takes a seat as instructed, wondering what kind monster haunts these halls.

It is but a brief second that the girls are left alone in the room, before the finely dressed man return and ushers them into another room. The new room the girls enter is vast and decorated in proper Cresal colors, tapestries line the walls with the sigil of each sector, an orchestra plays from the far right corner, and a feast is placed upon a set of tables lining the left wall. The camera crew is strategically placed throughout the room to capture the first moment the King lays his eyes upon his guests. A few tables are placed with four seats at each one close to where the girls enter, with a single table at the far end of the room clearly for the king, with enough space between the two groups of tables to create a vast dance floor.

[#2F4F4F “You will find your seats with your sector’s colors designating them, if you will be seated.”] The finely dressed man says standing in the center of the dance floor. Following his instructions, each girl takes their seat and waits silently for further instructions. They don’t have to wait for long, for the moment each girl is settled, he begins talking [#2F4F4F “Good, now before the festivities begin, we have a few ground rules at the castle.”] with the snap of his fingers, a scurry of maids appear and settle into the empty seats at each table. They hand a stack of papers to the girls as the man begins to speak again [#2F4F4F “This package contains a reminder of the rules, in case you are too in awe of the castle to fully process the rules. If you would please follow along in the packet, we will begin with the daily schedule. Your mornings will start at 6:30 each morning, your hand maidens will assist in you getting ready for the day. You are expected to be ready and in the great hall, which is the room we are currently in, each morning by 8 am for breakfast. Breakfast will begin when the king arrives in the morning and not a moment before. Breakfast will end an hour after his grace arrives, even if he is no longer present.]

[#2F4F4F “From then you will be taken to a group tutoring session, where you will be taught proper etiquette and the history of this great kingdom, as well as common foreign languages used by our most frequent visitors. After this is an hour lunch in the tea room, from which you will have 2 hours of physical training, to keep you in proper form. After the training session is complete you are free to roam the castle with few limitations. As none of you are yet Queen, you are forbidden from entering the Queen’s study. As well, the Kings wing is off limits as well. If you are found in these areas uninvited you will be disqualified and sentenced to time in the castle’s prison before being sent home. If you begin any romantic relations while here with anyone besides the king, you forfeit your bid for becoming queen. If you and another contestant get into an altercation, the instigator will be sent home. If an employee of the Royal family tries to end the altercation and you strike them, you will also be thrown in the castle prison. If you are caught stealing, your punishment will be decided by the King himself. Also, you are not to talk about the late King and Queen.]

[#2F4F4F “Finally, you will each have a room of your own in the princess wing. This room is currently bare, but with the assistance of your hand maiden’s, you will be given a budget to make the room a home during your stay. Your clothes will be provided to you by the queen’s seamstress team. Your hand maidens will take your measurements and clothing preferences and the designed pieces will be delivered each morning to your room. Most importantly, anything gifted to you, whether it be as simple as the clothes made for you or a personal gift from the king, is yours to keep and take home with you once you leave here.”] He clears his throat and glances to the doors near the kings table. [#2F4F4F “With that, you may take this time to speak with your hand maidens until the announcement of the kings arrival, to which you will stand and curtsy in respect. Shortly after, you will formally introduce yourself to his grace. You will each get one dance with the king during tonight’s festivities, make the most of it.”] And with that, the well-dressed man disappears through the doors he had glanced towards. Mariana wonders if the king is late, and his servant was merely stalling till his arrival.
  Mariana Faye / bellerose1207 / 12d 21h 56m 38s
A slim man comes out down to the gate and proceeds to open it, As he does the royal trumpets sound in a tune that is pleasant to the ears of the five young women. "Please follow me ladies" as the man waves his hand and turns the young women notice that his clothes are in pristine condition and has gold lining in swirls in the navy blue jacket and his sapphire cuff links with light tan pants and shining black shoes. The young ladies proceed to follow the gentleman through the gate and into the castle immediately the girls are in awe with the hallway as pictures line the walls of paintings of every district. As Jocelynn reaches out to touch the one of her district. "Please DO NOT TOUCH the paintings the Prince painted those himself. These paintings are very dear to him. Ah here we are ladies please enter this room and have a seat the prince shall be with you shortly ." Some of the ladies take there seats as Alyssa looks at a painting with a man and woman on horseback, they seem to be having a good time together and holding each others hand.
  beastrose1207 / 12d 21h 54m 33s
There are moments beyond our control that alter the course of our lives forever. Such an event occurred the moment letters were sent out alerting the kingdom to the beginning of the Queenstrial, an old tradition adored by the people of Cresal. A competition that compares to no other, for the grand prize is a marriage to the King. There is one lucky woman selected from each sector of the kingdom, totaling out to be 30 women, which are transported to The Hunting Grounds. The Hunting Grounds holds the first portion of the Queenstrial, testing everyone on their survival skills and combat prowess. During this time frame 25 out of the 30 women are eliminated from the competition.

Most would relish at being able to compete for the chance to marry the King, but news of the lottery was a somber day in the Faye Household. The chance of being close to the King is the last thing Mariana would desire, for she descends from a magical linage. However, the lottery is a mandatory drawing and there is no changing who is chosen as the sectors competitor. So on the day of the drawing, Mariana and her mother said few words, barely noting that the chance of her being drawn is slim, but couldn’t bring themselves to be anything but worried. So there they stood, in the town center, surrounded by lots of eager young woman, praying that Mariana’s name wouldn’t be drawn. But as fate would have it, the announcer draws Mariana’s name, changing the course of her life forever.

During the days prior to her leaving, Mariana and her mother searched for a silver lining, finding only the money granted to those who make it into the final 10 as a positive result. The money would change their lives for the better, allowing them to make much needed repairs to their home and grant them tools that would further assist in their day to day life. Yet what they wouldn’t be able to predict is Mariana becoming a favorite of the people, who furthered her ranking.

Being the favorite of the kingdom is something that Mariana couldn’t have accounted for, but she certainly wishes she had. For now, Mariana stands in front of the gates to the Kings castle, one of the finalists. The iron work of the fence before her is delicate and detailed, and Mariana isn’t sure if she should be in awe or terror of the master crafted gilded cage before her.

All the while, Mariana smiles, waiting what she expects will be her last few weeks alive. For her darkest secret is the kind that gets you killed on National Viewing, the ability to perform magic. If she has to go out from discovery, she is grateful for the chance to be near the king, because at least she has a sliver of a chance to change his mind. She knows the likelihood of her succeeding is slim, but it’s the only thing keeping her from running out into the surrounding woods.

So here she stands, in the finest golden dress she had ever seen and shoes so delicate she wonders if they will hold her weight, waiting for the gilded cage to open and allow her and the four other girls to enter.
  Mariana Faye / bellerose1207 / 13d 5h 58m 16s
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