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Behind the masks, everyone is safe.
The Kingdom of Luxor was never the same. A great divide between the rich and poor sets
this land apart from any other in history. Rich and luxurious, for which the kingdom derived
its name, the nobility of Luxor is without complaint. They are privileged beyond belief, never
exposed to the trials and tribulations of the poor. They adorn themselves in rich porcelain
masks to hide their faces, their true selves and intentions, from any who would look upon them.
This is called "The Game"; a great political scandal that keeps the nobles on their toes and the
royalty quite weary. Backstabbing, murder, gambling, affairs, and all manner of inexcusable
crimes are committed with no evidence to the suspect. Grandiose and false is the description
of Luxor high society, where King Francoise sits on his high golden throne, weary of the
Game and all who play it. Surely there must be someone who shares his beliefs.
Enter Lillian, a beautiful young teacher among the poor ranks of society. Sold to the castle
to pay her father's debts, she becomes the first real face that the king has seen in years.
Adoration is quickly born. When the nobles become aware of the king's affection for the new
servant girl, alliances are made, promises broken, hearts shattered and blood spilled in an attempt
to gain royal favor. All the king wants is a bride who will love him and his dark secret. But
as time passes, he begins to believe that future to be unattainable, just as he feared.
Follow the tale of our lonely king and beautiful maiden, who must defy the law itself
to consummate the forbidden love they create.
Lillian Marie Harper
Five feet and six inches, one hundred and thirty pounds.
Lillian was born into a family that has lived in poverty for years, but have made the most of it during them. A happy family that never complained about anything as poor as they were, always saying that tomorrow will always be a new fresh start. Her father is a farmer, willing to give others free produce whenever they needed food to eat. Little did the family know, it was hurting them and the little money they had was running low. Of course they were always positive, selfless individuals who did not care for anything. They made the most out of life. Her mother is a seamstress, doing her best to keep clothes on her family's backs and will also help clothe other families when they were in need.
Lillian goes around and helps others when they are in need. She teaches children how to read and write, trying to keep them literate as possible with the little resources that she had. At least it was something. In a way, she seemed to be the only school teacher that had the most education even if she taught herself the little that she knew. Besides that, she plays with the children and makes sure that they keep their spirits up.
Considering that, Lillian has always been a free spirit and a positive individual that others admired. The others in poverty always looked to her and her family just because they always seemed to be happy even if their lives were not glamorous. She learned to be selfless, always putting others ahead of her and wanting to make others happy. That was just how she was, never thinking twice about it. Nothing was wrong with her. People admired her.
-Children, they keep her imagination alive and makes her feel young.
-Nature, she sometimes roams around in small forest areas and loves to bird watch.
-Dancing, it keeps her energy up and delighted.
-Helping others, it is her passion to make others happy as it was her family motto.
-Selfish people, which is a trait of most nobles and people who think they did not need help.
-Taking orders, as being a free spirit she does not like being told what to do.
-Nobles, she just hates the fact that they put everyone in poverty and how they do not do much to help their people.
James Rem Harper, father - 51
Alicia Mae Harper, mother - 48
Cassandra Kristin Harper, sister - 16
King Francoise IV[/I]
Six feet and three inches, two-hundred and ten pounds
Francoise was the first-born son of King Donahue I and Queen Esmeralda. His mother's pregnancy was a difficult one and it took her many years to conceive. She believed that upon her conception, she had been blessed by the gods. However, after Francoise's birth, the king and his wife no longer trusted the divine. Francoise was born warped and twisted, with a facial deformity that was hideous to look upon. The custom of nobles and their masks had been in place long before the birth of the crippled prince, but King Donahue was all the more grateful for it, as it would hide his son's deformity from the world.
Francoise, on the other hand, was indifferent to his own "shortcomings." He grew up in masks around others and felt no discrimination for a condition no one could see. He was told strictly by his mother and father never to expose to anyone the secrets of his face, so he didn't. The young prince has only seen a handful of faces in his life.
At the age of thirteen, his father passes away from age and his mother followed suit mere months later. Francoise was crowned king and his younger sister, Estelle, was named Princess Royal until Francoise takes a wife and produces heirs. He is hesitant to marry, however, for Francoise has a gentle heart and a brilliant brain, and he despises the games his fellow nobles play. He wants to find someone his heart can belong to, but he fears such things are impossible. He is afraid of his own face when he takes his mask off at night, and he is afraid his future wife will think the same, too.
-Antiquities. He values things that have survived over time.
-The human body. He appreciates the look of skin and facial structure.
-Books. He spends hours locked up in his personal study, reading about ancient times and various subjects.
-Music. He is quite the accomplished musician, especially with the harp.
-Forceful people. He is king, and does not like to have his authority challenged.
-Social activity. Large gatherings make him uncomfortable.
-Bad politics. He just wants everything to run smoothly.
-Princess Estelle, sister, 25