“You have been through so much, all of you. Lost so much, suffered so much. I have no right to ask this of you, but I also have no choice. What came before is gone, but the force that destroyed it remains. The darkness, I know, is deep, and I know the Thorns are sharp, but if the Adversary triumphs, all will be truly lost. I have given you all I can, as paltry as it is, and now you must do the rest. I know you will doubt. I know you will fear. Most of all, I know of you will suffer. But through it all, you must remember, always, that you have been through the Thorn and the Fire before – and have returned stronger for it. Reclaim the kingdom. Save those who remain. Do not let my sacrifice be for nothing…
…Remember, this is your story.”
– High Queen Annabel Lee.
It was many and many a year ago, that a Kingdom rose by the Sea. A thriving expanse of long balmy roads and shining cities, it was a paradise for the beleaguered Lost who came to it.
Then it was gone, destroyed in a mysterious cataclysm. The Lost were dragged from the streets, from their beds, from their hollows, and save the noise and light of the blissfully unaware, the balmy streets became quiet and the shining cities grew dim. Only a small handful of the Lost survived and endured, many of them only doing so at a terrible price. Only the hollow at the fallen freehold’s heart stood fast, and in it the Kingdom’s last Queen watched and wept as her Kingdom fell to ruin. For a year and a day she wept in the darkness, until finally her tears were spent. She rose, and traveled to the hollow’s courtyard. Beneath the alien stars of the Hedge, she swore a dire bargain, and in the darkness, something answered. A great storm rose from the hollow and battered the roads and gates of the Thorns and even Faerie itself, gathering Lost souls and carrying them to the hollow, to the Hotel California on warm winds. Tempest-tossed, a motley band of new escapes, exiles, and Lost travelers found themselves in a well-fortified oasis of luxury and safety, met there by the Queen. She told them of the Kingdom, she told them of the Cataclysm, and she told them that if not prevented, it would come again – and take far worse a tithe to Hell than it had before. She gave them reign of the Hotel California, and then she fell into lifeless slumber, the price for her bargain come due.
Now, those tempest-tossed souls find the Kingdom awaits them, its doom now theirs to share if they cannot find a way to save it, a way to save the Kingdom by the Sea….
This is Your Story
Once upon a time, you were just another in the crowd. But not even the thousands of people around you were enough to protect you from Them – the evil queen, the traitorous brother, the psychotic shadow-man. All these monsters waiting to shape your tale, to shape you. The Gentry stole your agency once, but now you’ve reclaimed your place as the main character in your own life. You’ve lost what you once had, but now is your chance to begin again. The Kingdom by the Sea is no more, but you can build something new in its place. Faced with the heady rush of such absolute freedom after so long spent in chains, what will you make of the opportunity?
Lost and alone, a starving man in a desolate place, tossed to the wolves with nothing but your bare hands to protect you. Thrown into a dangerous and unknown situation with enemies surrounding you on all sides , you barely know what to make of what you have become, much less anything else. While there is safety in numbers, can you trust those who seem just as lost as you?
Excess & Escapism
“Please sir, can I have some more?” Those words still echo in your head, and after untold years of want and privation it’s no wonder that even the simplest joys and luxuries can become addictive. Each passing minute of every day spent free, the threat of danger hangs over you, and you have no future guaranteed. The call to lose yourself in wanton carnality pounds in your head, throbbing crimson with blinding intensity. Tomorrow you might be dead or in chains, so why not feast like kings and screw like rock stars tonight?
Moods & Inspirations
- American Horror Story (2011-2015)
- Stranger Things (2016-2018)
- Carnivale (2003-2005)
- Night of the Living Dead (1968)
- Hellraiser (1987)
- Predator (1987)
- Doomsday (2008)