Once upon a time, in a big white castle in a faraway land, there lived a king and a queen. The king and the queen were loved by everyone in the land because of their generosity and their kind natures. Every holiday taxes were stopped and everyone in the kingdom had a day off on their birthday.
But what the kingdom did not know was the sacrifices the king and queen had made to keep their wealth and power. What the people never found out were the seven children that were sacrificed to the Old Gods.
The first child was a daughter, thought to be the fairest creature in all the land. When she was born, the king and queen lived in a small hovel in the forest and were just normal people with dwarf problems. Then an Evil Queen of the Gods came along and told them that if they sacrificed their daughter to and endless sleep, she would give them great wealth. After much deliberation, they took the evil queen up on the offer and fed their first born a poisoned apple. The Evil Queen of the Gods made good on her promise and gave them all the wealth they could ask for.
A year or so later, the couple welcomed into their newly bought white castle a beautiful baby boy. The god of war came to them and said if they would sacrifice their child to the cause of war, he would allow them to conquer all the surrounding land as far as they could see. They thought long and hard, then told the god of war yes. The child was turned into a savage beast and locked into a castle with a rose because why not and was last seen talking to cutlery.
When the couple, now king and queen of the lands and loved by all for sharing their wealth, when the had another baby, they vowed to keep it. But then the Dragonmen invaded and the god of Ice said if they allowed their daughter to fall into a never ending sleep he would give the king the power to defeat the fire-breathing Dragon Men. They saw the danger the Dragonmen posed, and figured they already had one daughter asleep in a glass coffin and two couldn’t be that bad, so why not. And so the god of ice imbued the king with the power of ice blasts and flight and he beat down the Dragonmen, causing their extinction.
The next time the queen became pregnant, they were like, “this one we are so keeping.” Then the Goblin Centaurs from the Southern Forrest attacked. As everyone knows, Goblin Centaurs are immune to cold, so the king’s new powers were ineffective. When the fire god showed his face, they tossed the baby boy his direction and he gave the queen mighty powers of the fire beams and lava breath. The entire kingdom ate goblin horse meat for a month and the fire god took the baby boy into the woods to be raised by the animals.
By now the king and queen had a power lust that was only matched by the riches they showered onto their citizens, for what good were citizens that did not love you? Then one day, a small boy frowned at the queen and she saw what she was missing. The king and the queen then sought out the very thing they had attempted to get since their days back in the hovel: dominion over the realm of the dwarves, for that little boy that had frowned at the queen had looked like a dirty dwarf. They found the spirit of the earth, who told them that to gain power over the dwarves he needed a child to train to combat. The king and queen agreed and gave the earth spirit a boy who the spirit twisted and made strong and sent to rule the dwarves by rite of combat.
By this time, the king and queen were very old. They began to think back on their life, all the wonders they have seen and performed. They looked at all the sacrifices they had made, both figurative and literal. They saw the breadth of their lives and realized that soon they would die and their kingdom, however happy and well populated, would unravel without them. So they went looking across the land for a magical creature to turn them immortal.
The king and queen located an old half woman, half octopus sea hag at the bottom of the ocean. She agreed to grant their desire for immortality, but in return she wanted- but before she could finish the king and queen handed her newborn twins, a boy and a girl. She was appalled by this willingness to just give away babies like tic tacs at a halitosis convention, but decided what they hell and granted their wish anyway.
And so the king and queen returned to their white castle to rule their kingdom for all eternity.
It seems the old sea hag had enemies. Enemies such as the bugsharks and klingtopi that would hurt the children to spite her. She attempted to raise the twins as her own, to raise them up right as all sea hags are, but they turned into selfish, spoiled children like their parents because she had to constantly keep moving to stay ahead of her enemies. Because of their nasty ways and to protect them from her enemies, she locked them up in a sea tower. To punish the children even more, the old sea had cursed them. At day the boy became a frog and the girl was a girl, but during the night, the boy was a boy and the girl was a frog. The two of them lived in the sea tower for several years, each talking to the other until the change overtook them while the sea hag stopped in to have tea every once in awhile.
Then the bugsharks and the klingtopi followed the sea hag back to the tower one day. Intent not to just see her dead, but to see her hurt, they waited for her to leave and then struck. Because it was the daytime, they only saw the girl and ate her whole while the boy watched.
When the sea hag came back at nighttime and saw what had been done, she felt just awful about the whole thing. She told the boy about his parentage, about how he had come to live with her and the king and queen and their awful ways. Just as she was about to take away the curse that turned him into the frog, he stabbed her in the back with a homemade shiv he had carved out of a piece of whale bone. The madness overtook him and he stabbed and stabbed until she moved no longer.
Then the frog prince left the sea tower to hunt for this king and queen and gather his birthright.
To be continued...