When I first started this blog, I wrote six short stories in development of a princess project, mentioning I’d gone through a few iterations and adjustments to the ideas. I’m still going though those iterations and figuring out which version of the story is the one I like best, but the thing I do like about fairy tale stories is the idea of “the story” itself. I’ve always been fond of Neil Gaiman’s “Instructions“, or stories like No Rest for the Wicked, which rely on the tropes as part of the world. I’m also fond of “after the golden age” style stories as well, where the great things that have been told in stories have long since passed and another generation is living under their shadow, and all of this came together in the idea for the Seven Patron Princesses.
In Adalandia, continent of a hundred kingdoms, the seven patron princesses are more than the ancestors of the seven largest kingdoms, but icons and saints, worshipped in small ways throughout the land. Each are said to represent a virtue and depict the proper way to live. Snow White, who represents purity, is depicted in red running through the snow as the forest tries to pull her back into darkness, and survived death. Sleeping Beauty, who represents patience, is most often shown in her tower, where she remained until her brave prince saved her. Rapunzel, who represents bravery, remained strong in her tower where she was stolen away by a witch. Cinderella, who represents diligence, is often depicted with fairies as she dances in her golden shoes. The Little Mermaid, who represents honesty, tied together the cliff keepers and the mermaids and became princess of two kingdoms. Beauty and the Beast, who represents kindness, entered the dark forest and tamed the King of Beasts. The Princess and the Frog, who represents humility, depicted often at her well with her frog prince in her hands. They are more than just stories.
But this was all hundreds of years ago, and now there are seven princesses again, each tied to the original seven, and they are all, for the first time, in one place.
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Princess of Brimav, descendent of Snow White, Analise is attending the School for Noble Learning after a few indiscretions. She’s been told to straighten up, or she’ll be taking school beneath the Iron Mountains with the dwarfs, and she’s honestly trying her best. She can’t help it that she falls for every handsome boy she meets, even if she loses interest after the first kiss. Of the seven, she’s the most rounded, friendly and sweet but unwilling to back down. No magical talent to speak of, but a vast intellect when it comes to dealing with people. She looks forward to the day she’s queen, happily married to a man she loves, making her parents proud.
Princess of Fortegard, descendent of Sleeping Beauty, Rosalind is doing the least to live up to her family name. She is undoubtedly lazy and prefers to party over taking any sort of etiquette lesson. She rarely thinks past the moment, and she’d much rather one of her two younger sisters take the throne away from her. Still, she shows talent at organizing, and can plan parties to the last minute. On her right pointer finger is a birthmark, supposedly where Sleeping Beauty herself was pricked, and she worries about the curse making itself known in her blood.
Princess of Mazra, descendent of Rapunzel, Parsley was also sent to the school as a punishment. Her parents consider her a wild child, and she does have an overabundance of energy that she likes to let out by climbing, cooking, running, and a hundred other things. She’s the most daring of the princesses, and the most willing to be herself, never backing down from the things that she wants.
Princess of Balbaq, descendent of Cinderella, Chriselda is something of a mystery to even the other princesses. Known for her elaborate wealth and constant charity, she is still somewhat aloof and views many activities as not worth her time. She hates going outdoors, especially because birds tend to flock to her, and she’s one of the louder complainers. She is dealing with her own step-mother, who she’s determined to be evil, and worries with the new birth announcement that she’ll lose her place as crowned princess.
Princess of Klipmeer, descendent of the Little Mermaid, Cordelia desperately does not want to be here. She identifies strongly with the merperson side of her family and wishes to live beneath the ocean at all times, and she comes off as curt and mean to non-sea persons. She’d keep to herself if she could, but annoyingly finds herself in the company of others. She’s usually the one to speak the truth, regardless of other’s feelings in the matter.
Princess of Silmor, descendent of the Beauty and the Beast, she’s been facing a transformation of her own lately. She chose her name to reflect her connection the Beauty, and she’s ready to prove herself as a proper princess. The school has been welcoming to her, but she still struggles somewhat to find her place. She actually has a talent for magic, thanks to the fairy blood in her ancestry, and her friendly personality makes her an instant companion to near everyone.
Princess of Zeleny, descendent of the Princess and the Frog, Jada is the most stuck up and hard headed of the princesses. She views herself as better than most, and allows herself to judge anyone and everyone. She does not like to be outdone. Her general callousness and overconfidence makes her a natural mean girl and the hardest princess to get along with.