My entry for
's Winter Contest: [link]
with the theme 'Finding warmth in the cold.'Submitted: 17.50 GMT, 30/01/2013.
Continuing my fine tradition of last minute contest entries (Alright, the day before isn't exactly the last second, but it's close enough.
) here we have 'The Prince and the Queen'.
[I'd recommend reading this bit after the deviation, it explains some things but the narrative itself should be clear enough. Take a look at the pictures though, they can help]
Confused by the title? You should be, I don't disclose much information about Akataras on here and the queen portion of the title isn't even one of mine. I suppose I should get to explaining (quite a fair bit in truth, and not just about the title). I've outlined some basic information below but if you'd like an in-depth detailing of the construction of this piece and some of its concepts, you can find a companion document in my scraps, here - [link]
- (Companion Document now complete)
This is the only contest entry I've enjoyed writing so much that it requires a development log. XD I had tons of fun coming up with this piece, researching the characters and developing my own unfinished concepts into a more substantial form. All in all I loved writing this piece and enjoyed learning about the characters that could have been in it, the members of the Dream-And-Day group and
have some magnificent characters that were a joy to discover and write.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them, but if they relate to concepts and the like, please ask them in the companion document. Questions about characters etc. are fine to ask here. I'm more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
First, since it's only polite, a little information on the character that isn't mine. - Azyriel -
Azyriel: The Exotic Wonder, eventually known as The Dragon Queen
A wood elf with blonde hair (that darkens to brown over time) and turquoise eyes.
Member of an elven clan until she falls pregnant with a human's child (The father is not the paternal type) and the clan threaten to kill the child after birth due to it being tainted. Azyriel roasts the elf that threatened to kill her child and then burns her way out of the clan for good.
She wanders for a time with her child (Thalion) before joining a travelling caravan as a dancer.
Eventually she becomes The Dragon Queen and leads a peaceful life until the death of her husband sends her on a rampage.
And my own character.- Akataras -
Akataras: eventually known as The Bastard Prince
An elf with dark brown hair and turquoise eyes.
He had a dragon's body once, but lost it due to his hubris.
As a dragon, he was found by an elven tribe as a child and raised among them. His existence was hidden from the other elven clans and the outside world until adulthood.
During his life as a dragon, he lost his lover to the schemes and plots of deceivers and traitors.
This would drive him on a campaign of vengeance that would see him leaving his own world.
He would then join the ranks of an ancient order in order to learn their secret magic and grow strong enough to avenge her death.
Time would weather his rage and he would return to his world without blood-lust in his heart.
After his return, he would learn of his status as an illegitimate heir to the royal throne, and gain the title 'Bastard Prince'.
Eventually he would lose his dragon body, and after this, gain a second chance at happiness. The actions that had led to the loss of his body however, would not allow this happiness to last. The consequences of those actions, would steal from him that second chance and cost him everything that he had left to hold dear.
This story begins a time after those events, where a vulnerable and desolate elven Akataras is wandering the road to his future, whatever that may be. He knows only the road ahead, not the journey on it, nor the destination.
That's the source of the title. Originally the piece was going to be named after the theme of the contest, but after I decided which characters to use and began actually writing the piece, 'The Prince and the Queen' popped into my head and just seemed perfect. Additional information can be found in the companion document. -
Azyriel is (c) to
Akataras is (c) to me.