Prologue: The Legend of the Rose Kingdoms
Long ago, in the land of Rosarion, there lived two kingdoms. The White Rose Kingdom, which was ruled by Mercury – the former Prince of the White Rose Kingdom and twin to Solomon – while the Red Rose Kingdom is ruled by King Solomon himself. From these villages come two people… two people who could change not only the villages, but the country forever.
On 15 March 1380, two citizens from the two different kingdoms ran into each other by mere accident. Despite such a thing happening, they both learned of each other and became friends. Because of their kingdoms getting along quite nicely, they decided to visit each other in the nameless forest that could bring about miracles.
The woman – who is from the White Rose Kingdom – looked as if she reached the age of 25. She has wavy golden-blonde hair that reaches down to her shoulders, and – suiting well with her golden-blonde hair – soft, sky-blue eyes. Since she is from the White Rose Kingdom, her outfit consists of a long-sleeved white dress with a pair of white, high-heeled sandals; on her right shoulder, she bears a birthmark in the shape of a golden rose instead of a traditional white rose, which represents the White Rose Kingdom. Despite looking femininely innocent, she carries a dagger with her just in case she was to be attacked. This woman is known as Amarante, who is a rather brave yet cautious woman.
The man, on the other hand, looked as if he was older than Amarante; in fact, he looked as if he was about 2 to 4 years older than her. He has short, straight silver hair that is shown to be quite messy, and – like how Amarante’s eyes suit well with her hair – his eyes are a golden-hazel color. Being King Solomon’s Captain, he wears a silver armor with the Red Rose Kingdom’s rose crescent on the right breast of the armor; he carries a medieval-looking sword that looks sharp enough to cut through wood. Like Amarante, however, he has a birthmark that is in shape of a silver rose rather of a traditional red rose. This man is known so-well by the name of Cadmus, the Captain of King Solomon’s guardsmen.
Two months later, on 11 May 1380, Amarante and Cadmus walked through the forest together to talk about the good and bad tidings in their kingdoms, only to be visited by a pale ghost.
With the ghost’s long, white hair flowing down to its ankles and its eyes as blue as the night sky, the ghost stands in front of Cadmus and Amarante with a white dress that looks as if it was tattered and torn, thus letting both Amarante and Cadmus that the ghost is – in fact – a woman. On her sternum, there was a white rose birthmark, showing that she is from the same kingdom Amarante comes from.
“Who are you…?” the ghostly woman asked, her eyes scanning both Amarante and Cadmus. “State your names and the kingdoms you’ve come from…”
“I am Amarante,” Amarante began with a slight tone of fear in her voice, “and I come from the White Rose Kingdom, which is ruled by King Mercury.”
“And I am Cadmus,” Cadmus said after Amarante hesitantly told the ghost her name and kingdom, “the Captain of the Red Rose Kingdom, which is under the reign of King Solomon.”
“… now that you two have introduced yourselves to me,” the feminine ghost began after a short pause, “I will introduce myself. I am Arabella, the late Queen of the White Rose Kingdom.”
Arabella…? Amarante thought to herself, remembering the rumors and myths about the deceased White Rose Kingdom’s queen.
Why has she come to us like… this…? Cadmus asked himself in his thoughts, raising an eyebrow as the silence engulfed them once again.
“Amarante and Cadmus…,” Arabella began, catching the citizen’s attention. “Do you have a rather… unique birthmark on you anywhere?”
As she asked the question, Amarante rolled up the sleeve of her right arm and showed her birthmark, which is of a silver rose. Cadmus took off his glove on his left hand and showed his birthmark, which is – of course – of a golden rose.
“I thought so…,” Arabella said, mostly to herself. “You two are the rulers I have prophesized. Amarante and Cadmus… you two are the rulers of the Gold Rose Kingdom and the Silver Rose Kingdom, respectively.”
Upon hearing what Arabella had said, silence engulfed them. To Amarante and Cadmus, it felt like time stopped its tracks and froze in place forever, never to be moved again. With a slight shake of her head, Amarante breaks the silence.
“W-Wait…,” Amarante began, trying to figure out what to say. “Queen Arabella, why would you say such a thing…? I mean, we were born in only two existing kingdoms.”
“It’s rather simple, my dear,” Arabella began to explain with a small smile on her face. “Everyone is born with a certain birthmark in a certain shape and color; however, if you are of royalty, you bear a birthmark of your Rose Kingdom. Amarante, you bear the golden birthmark in the shape of a rose, thus you are the Gold Rose Kingdom’s missing ruler. The same goes for you, too, Cadmus, but you are the ruler of the Silver Rose Kingdom.”
Makes sense…, both Amarante and Cadmus thought, looking at their birthmarks with a blank expression on their faces.
“Well…,” Cadmus began, putting his glove back on. “Why are you telling us this, Your Majesty?”
“Because it’s time for you to take back the two Rose Kingdoms from the Kings,” Arabella explained, throwing Amarante and Cadmus off-guard upon saying the word “kings”. “Your kings are just tyrants from the Black Rose Kingdom, a kingdom that is e’er so full of darkness…”
“But how do we…?” Amarante began, but was immediately cut off when Arabella raised a hand to silence her.
“Find those who are tired of Solomon and Mercury’s rule and ask for their help,” Arabella explained, looking at both of them with a stern look in her eyes. “As soon as you reach your ruling tyrants, battle them to the death until the said king dies. Once your tyrant dies, walk outside and exclaim who you truly are… the rulers of the Gold and Silver Rose Kingdoms!”
“When will that time be?!” Cadmus demanded, earning a small sigh and a slight smile from the ghost.
“You will find out very soon, King Cadmus of the Silver Rose Kingdom…,” Arabella answered in a calm tone as she vanished from their sights. “You will find out very soon…”
“… Cadmus,” Amarante began, catching Cadmus’s attention in a rather quick way. “King Solomon and King Mercury are going to visit each other for a meeting on the ides of June. We should start rallying up allies if we’re going to take them both down.”
“… yes,” Cadmus simply replied with a slight nod of his head. “You rally up your kingdom’s citizens, and I’ll try to find some more help from mine.”
“I wish you luck,” Amarante said with a bow of her head.
Answering her with a nod of his head, both Amarante and Cadmus walked away from each other, heading back to their respective kingdoms; as the ides of June came closer, both Cadmus and Amarante both have gained several allies and began to battle it out with their tyrant kings.
When the ides of June had arrived, both kingdoms have broken into a riot in the Red Rose Kingdom. As the citizens of both the Red and White Rose Kingdoms fought against the guards guarding the Red Rose Castle, Amarante and Cadmus get through by using a secret passageway only the Captain knows about. Once inside, both the prophesized rulers went to search for the tyrants, only to find them both in the throne room.
“Cadmus, what’s the meaning of this?!” King Solomon of the Red Rose Kingdom asked, outraged at the fact that his own Captain would not be stopping the riots, as usual.
“I would like to ask the same question to Madame Amarante,” King Mercury stated as he stared at the citizen he rules over.
“King Solomon of the Red Rose Kingdom…,” Cadmus began, unsheathing his sword from its sheath.
“And King Mercury of the White Rose Kingdom…,” Amarante cut in as she drew out her dagger. “You two have reigned over the kingdoms as tyrants for too long…”
“Now that you two have been revealed as the Princes of the Black Rose Kingdom…,” Cadmus began once again, pointing his sword at his former king as Amarante does the same to her former king.
“It’s time for us to take back the kingdoms!” Cadmus and Amarante claimed together, surprising both Kings Mercury and Solomon.
“How troublesome…,” King Solomon began, standing up as he reached for his sword. “Looks like you were right, Mercury. They were the prophesized.”
“I told you to send your army to kill them no sooner than today,” King Mercury said with a sigh, drawing his sword from its sheath. “But since they’re here… we might as well kill them now.”
With that, the tyrant kings and the prophesized rulers battled it out in the kingdom as the civil war raged on outside.
Two hours later, the civil war came to a halt with the citizens winning the battle. The two prophesized rulers, tired and wounded, walked outside, dragging the tyrant kings outside, indicating that they have won the battle.
“Citizens of the Red and White Rose Kingdoms…,” Amarante began, breathing heavily as she looked to the people of her birth kingdom. “The prophecy stated that two rulers – one from a kingdom of Gold and the other from a kingdom of Silver – were to defeat the tyrants who have been wrongly ruling the Red and White Rose Kingdoms for nearly 20 years… that prophecy has now come true… Captain Cadmus and I stand in front of you to tell you who we truly are…”
“I was once known as Captain Cadmus…,” Cadmus began, his eyes closed as the crowd who fought so willingly with them stood silent. “But when ghost by the name of Queen Arabella came to Amarante and I to tell us who we truly are… I abandoned my rank as Captain. I now stand in front of you as King Cadmus of the Silver Rose Kingdom.”
“And I am now Amarante…,” Amarante said with a stern look on her face. “Queen Amarante of the Gold Rose Kingdom, and both King Cadmus and I will rule our rightful kingdom!”
After their speech about the prophecy and who they really were, the citizens that were fighting with the prophesized rulers cheered gaily. Now that the citizens knew who they truly were, Amarante and Cadmus began to rule their kingdoms.
Months later, the Red and White Rose Kingdoms ruled in peace as the Gold and Silver Rose Kingdoms, ruled by Queen Amarante and King Cadmus respectively, came to be under their rule. As days turned into months, and months turned into years, several more new kingdoms came to be. These kingdoms were Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, and Pink Rose, and their rulers have all learned from Queen Amarante and King Cadmus of how to rule their kingdoms rightfully; however, as years went by, another era was brought to life.
The said era was ever so full of darkness that even the citizens claim that “Fair is foul and foul is fair,” and “What’s dark is light in an era full of betrayal and murder”. This era began when the Princess of the Black Rose Kingdom, known as Pandora, began her reign as Queen of the Black Rose Kingdom at the young age of ; because of her cunning and frozen-cold heart, she ruled her kingdom with a fist that could be made of steel spikes. Under her reign, she began the Withering Era, which began on 31 October 1405 when the Black Rose Kingdom’s arm ambushed the Red Rose Kingdom’s army. When the kingdoms turned to the help of King Cadmus and Queen Amarante – who were 53 and 50, respectively – they were never found, for they vanished from the world; after 7 years passed by, they were pronounced dead.
There comes a rumor that another prophecy has been made by Queen Amarante, but it was never said for she was already pronounced dead by her kingdom. What they didn’t know is Queen Pandora of the Black Rose Kingdom, now 24 years of age, had found out the prophecy through Amarante’s last will. It reads as followed:
To Whom It May Concern,
If you have found my letter, then both King Cadmus and I have been kidnapped and killed by Queen Pandora herself. I know this may be off-guard, but I have to tell you of a prophecy I was told by Arabella once again. Instead of Gold and Silver nobles, however, they are the nobles of the Red and Purple Rose Kingdoms. I have yet to know their name, but I know that they are the Prince of the Red and the Princess of the Purple. Both are young and inexperienced, but they will soon mature into strong, intellectual nobles. If you ever find them, please tell them of their destiny. They are to destroy the Withering Era and bring about a new era. They could be our last hope… and if they fall, the Kingdoms will fall…
Amarante, the Late Queen of the Gold Rose Kingdom
Little to nothing is known, but our story will begin in a kingdom, where the Prince of the Red and the Princess of the Purple come together and meet in a garden just outside the Purple Rose Kingdom. They are now the hope that rests on everyone’s shoulder. They are the destined heroes who will save the kingdoms from the Black Rose Kingdom…