A Kingdom in Disarray
The scene: An Alberian city. As people lament the turmoil in their kingdom, they hear rumors from a former Dyrenell soldier that the seventh scion has been possessed by the Other. Amidst a backdrop of distrust towards the royal family, rumors race like wildfire across the land.
Please, you already took so much! Any more will ruin me!
Ain't my problem, boyo. If ya wanna hate someone, look to this kingdom what won't provide work or bread for the masses.
It's a m-monster!
Water's flooding in! Everybody run!
The paddies and fields... My home... It's all been washed away.
How are we to live now?
A Small Roadside Town
Thieves again, I hear. A bunch of shops and storehouses got hit. How many cases is that this month?
I hear there was a town destroyed nearly overnight by some kind of ghastly fiend. These times are frightful ones indeed.
Everything's been a complete mess since we became the damn Dyrenell Empire. What are the guards even DOING?!
Passing strange, if you think about it. King Aurelius bringing back the very empire that revered the Other?
Yeah. And Prince Leonidas and Princess Chelle are still shut away in their own cities, not saying a thing...
Also, I hear Prince Phares has gone missing. Just what is going on?
And what happened to the seventh scion? Didn't he sneak into the capital so he could challenge Zethia to some kind of decisive showdown?
Yeah, that IS strange! You'd think the winner would be strutting about and crowing over their great victory.
Hmph. The whole thing's just a sibling quarrel to them. They don't care what effect it has on us.
If you seek news on the seventh scion, then I am your man.
Huh? Who're you?
A former soldier of Dyrenell.
Ha! You've got some nerve to show your face in here when your people are the reason our lives have been so hard!
Save your bellyachin' for the people in charge, not the grunts. Or EX-grunt, in this fellow's case.
I, too, am a victim of the royal family. My unit was suddenly disbanded and left to fend for ourselves without coin or provisions.
Sounds like you've had it hard as the rest. Now what's this news about the prince?
Right. I heard this from my former superior officer. You see, the prince...
...Blimey! What's that supposed to mean?!
They say he returned to this world.
Well, I suppose the story DOES add up. So the Other came back...
And not only was King Aurelius possessed by the Other, but so was Princess Zethia...
So that's why the kind Auspex suddenly became the cruel Empress...
It must be because of the Other's power that we've had so many fiends showing up lately. Frightful stuff, that!
And now it's Prince Euden who's been... No wonder they don't want to tell us anything.
I'll tell ya what it means: The Other and the dragonblood royals are all monsters of the same ilk!
...Hey, keep this a secret, yeah? Mum's the word!
Ooo! Tell me!
Well, I have it on very good authority that the Seventh Scion...
...has been possessed by the Other.