Once - a Fairy Tale setting

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Re: Once - a Fairy Tale setting

Postby NYpurdy » Mon Aug 12, 2013 8:03 am

Here is another set of Characters that fit right into the Royal Kingdoms.

Chessboard Kingdoms

The fields here are laid out in large squares of manicured lawn that alternate between a deep, dark green grass and one of light, pale sod. On opposing ends of the field are two spectacular castles. The Red Castle with its brilliant blood-colored stones and the White Castle with its gleaming stones of the purest white.

The Red Queen and and the White Queen are the true rulers of these Kingdoms, though both have a King that rules beside them. These sisters have wages war against each other for as long as either can remember. They spend a month gathering together their forces and then begin the days battle in the center of the Chess Kingdoms. Many of these warriors are Pawns, simple-chess piece like men. Both sides have their own pairs of Rooks, Knights, and Bishops who lead the battle, with the Kings and the Queens in the rear. Every battle has ended with Both sides decimated and the Royals from both ends claiming victory and returning to their castles.

The White Queen

The White Queen is the older of the sisters, and appears as a woman approaching elderly. Her torso changes into a chess-piece-like body below the waist. Both her skin and clothes are pure white, and she carries a scepter with a large sphere on the end that matches the ball that sits upon her thrown. The White Queen has the natural ability to see the future shortly before it happens; she may say ouch before an injury and complement the gift before it is open, busy she may also identify the betrayer in her court and have the rascal exiled immediately before the wrong can truly occur. The White King is thin and frail, and partially deaf. Still, he is loyal to his Queen and is usually by her side.

The Red Queen

The younger of the sisters, the red Queen is middle-aged by Real World standards, and her countenance matches her stern and calculating nature. In many ways she matches her sisters appearance, with the same base and crown, except she is colored completely in red. The Red Queen is able to move at remarkable speeds, covering half the fields of the Chess Kingdoms in a moment. As such she is usually encountered without her King - a man who loves pomp and ceremony and busies himself with making official declarations and throwing galas while the Red Queen wages war.

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Re: Once - a Fairy Tale setting

Postby NYpurdy » Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:48 pm

It's been a long time since I've added anything to this setting - so here you go!


Markets of Once

The Christmas Market

The Christmas Market is a seasonal fixture run by the Family Christmas. For the month before Christmas, Father Christmas' kin set up a small gingerbread village on the southern shore of the North Sea, in a location much easier for the citizens of Land to reach than the North Pole. Here, treats and candies are plentiful, as are festive decorations and toys; Items of unique magical properties might be as plentiful at the Christmas Market as at other markets across Land, they are still to be found. Admission is free and prices are remarkable (sometimes free as well for especially nice girls and boys), and even though undeniably bad characters are freely welcome at the market they should not expect the same cordial welcome from the sellers.

The Great Bazaar

Located in the Sultan’s Royal City far across the Sands of Time, The Great Bazaar is an immense open air market made up of semi-permanent tents and carts, and traders from all across Land travel to the Bazaar to peddle their goods. Shoppers need both an appraising eye and a haggler’s tongue or they may just find they leave with worthless trinkets they've paid top dollar for - but for those who have both (or a good deal of luck) amazing treasures can be had at a steal. Besides the shopkeeps, one must watch out for the many pickpockets and street urchins that live on the streets in the shadow of the Sultan’s Royal Palace.

Scarborough Fair

This permanent fair ground is located within the Royal Kingdoms. It opens intermittently, running for 45 days before closing for at least as long. When the Scarborough Fair operating, its just as much of a festival as it is a market. Jousting, archery, dances, and midnight masquerades are enjoyed by Commoners and Royals alike. While there are certainly many mundane craft goods and foods available, the hallmark of the Scarborough Fair is its great barter culture. Individuals come from all over Land in order to trade some family treasure for another.

Goblin Markets

Goblin Markets pop up all across Land, and rumor has it in the Real World as well. The Goblins themselves are a hodge-podge of animal and man, most grotesque and off-putting. They arrive in a place, usually at dawn or dusk, with trumpets and bells and yells. Pushing carts and carrying baskets, or riding on large wagons, Goblins exclusively sell magical items. These include the famed Goblin fruit, which is said to cure any ailment, but leaves a taste and want for the fruit that will never be satiated. It is difficult for all but the most wise or magically inclined to predict when the Goblin Markets, yet if there is a rare bit of artifice needed whose nature is a bit… disreputable, the Goblin Markets might be the place to find it. Money, unless it is ill-gotten, is never accepted by the Goblins, so shoppers must be prepared to purchase their goods in other ways...

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Re: Once - a Fairy Tale setting

Postby NYpurdy » Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:36 pm

Two other Notable Grimms

P.T. Barnum

P.T. is well known in the real world for his side shows and famous circus, despite also being an accomplished politician and reformer. What the Real World did not know is that many of Mr. Barnum’s fabulous and freakish acts were inspired by what he encountered as a boy in a trip to Land. These same experiences led him to be an debunker of frauds and psychics in the Real World, as he looked for a way to return to the fantastical world of his childhood.

As an elderly-man he got his chance - and took it - disappearing into Land once and for all. Since then, he has established a mesmerizing three ring circus, with performances happening at all times of the day. He looks much like he did when middle-aged, always dressed in fabulously flashy clothes and a top hat, and the nature of Land has made him even more of a showman than he was before. Being a Grimm, nearly anything Mr. Barnum wants occurs within the walls of his big top. He is an ally to Real Worlders Land, remembering what it was like for him to first be plunged into the place, but he rarely helps those who want to return home, remembering that as his biggest mistake.

Shahrazad

Shahrazad and her sister, Dinazade, found themselves lost in a Persian sandstorm. Rescue came from a caravan of merchants riding camels with clock faces for humps. Transported to the Sultan’s Royal City. Shahrazad’s story of lulling the Sultan with stories is well known to Real Worlders, what is not well known is the tyrannical reign the Sultan had over his desert Kingdom. His potential brides were not the only ones that faced his wrath, as many of his advisers, citizens, and foreign diplomats were executed in cruel and gruesome ways. After her sister was wed, and then murdered, by the Sultan Shahrazad volunteered to be his next wife. On the eve of their wedding, while Shahrazad distracted him with her tales, she slipped poison into his drink. Thus ended the Sultan’s Bloody Reign.

Fully expecting to be tried and punished for the assassination, Shahrazad instead found herself to be heralded as a hero by the people, and wed the Sultan’s Son, Shahryār. He now rules as the new sultan, and Shahrazad his powerful Sultaness. With her gifts as a Grimm, Shahrazad’s tales continue to enrapture all those who hear them. While her creative powers are not as powerful as some other Grimms, her influence is broad - reaching to the edge of the Sultan’s Royal City. She now appears as an attractive and handsome mature Persian woman, with graying temples and elaborately embroidered gowns. Her three sons, the princes Husain, Ali, and Ahmed are well known as the most eligible bachelors and frequently are sent out as dignitaries to foreign kingdoms.

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Re: Once - a Fairy Tale setting

Postby NYpurdy » Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:40 pm

Sultan’s Royal City

Across the Sands of Time is the large walled city ruled by the Sultan Shahryār and his wife, Shahrazad. At the center of the walled city is the Sultan’s Royal Palace, which is itself surrounded by a second wall. This Taj Mahal style building is of huge proportions, and boasts hundreds of gardens and fountains.

Surrounding the outer wall of the Sultan’s Royal Palace lies the rest of the royal palace, including the Great Bazaar. Here, traders from across all of Land across land come to sell their goods. The reason for this city being such a hub is its location on the Silk Way.

The Silk Way

The Silk Way is a magical road made of wide and flowing silk cloth of a rich magenta, that connects the lands on the east and the west of the Sands of Time. This magic road protects those who walk on it from the magical distortions in time that occur in the Sandman’s kingdom. The Silk way has a tendency to creep and move across the dunes of the desert, so the trip along the road is sometimes longer or shorter than at other times. Many travelers are tempted to cross the sands to cut out the time it would take to travel along a long loop in the Silk Way, but such travelers take a large risk in doing so.

The Silk Way’s ends are kept in place at both sides of the desert by four large, golden nails that affix the silk to the ground.

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Re: Once - a Fairy Tale setting

Postby Libra » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:32 pm

Fine work as ever Mr Purdy! :D
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Re: Once - a Fairy Tale setting

Postby NYpurdy » Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:29 pm

No new material, but I thought I'd link the website I've set up for all of this info. Much prettier than a forum thread, but I'll keep posting here too.

http://landofland.wordpress.com/

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Re: Once - a Fairy Tale setting

Postby NYpurdy » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:17 pm

Animal Island
This large island in the South Sea. The sandy shores quickly give way to palm trees and savannah grass. All of these plants seem to have a rough look to them, with fuzzy edges and smudged colors, as if drawn by crayon or colored pencils. Only animals live on Animal Island (with one notable exception) - and humans who find themselves on Animal Island should not expect a warm welcome from most of it’s citizenry.

Animal Island is ruled by two dueling Kings, who constantly battle over which is the proper King of the Jungle. These battles are sometimes actual violent conflicts , but sports events, political speeches, and sabotage are also forms this political campaign takes. The winner earns followers to his side. Animals constantly shift allegiances between the two rulers; the Elephant King Babar and the White Lion Prince Kimba.

Babar the Elephant King
Once an elephant from the Real World, Babar found himself in Land, and it’s magic worked on him. Now a haughty king, he remembers the terrors of poaching in his native Africa and tends to hold all people accountable for the death of his herd. He surrounds himself with a court of other elephants, who each tend to wear some type of human garb; monocles, wigs, hats, and scarves. Babar himself wears a stunning crown of beaten gold. Madame, the only human who lives on Animal Island, is treated as Babar’s personal guest. This french gentlewoman keeps her origins a secret, whether she’s Real Worlder or Landian, but Babar would do anything for her. Babar was once an ally to the former king of Animal Island, Panja the White Lion, but has claimed the crown for himself instead of allowing it to pass uncontested to Panja’s son. Babar’s side is orderly, constantly promoting a false decorum and sense of duty.

Prince Kimba the White Lion
Kimba’s father once ruled all of Animal Island. With his death at the hands of invading pirates, Kimba swore to abolish the island’s peaceful policies and declared “animals first” to be Animal Island’s warcry. Kimba sees himself as the rightful heir to the crown, but Kimba was seen as too young by many of the Animals and they chose to follow Babar instead. Kimba’s side is constantly celebrating, much like teenagers throwing a party while the parent is away. Kimba holds all human’s responsible for the death of his father, but holds Babar as his greatest enemy.


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