Wind Before the Storm

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Fantasy Realm

ONCE UPON A TIME in a world much like our own, magic has all but faded away to superstition. It is spoken of in fables to scare naughty children, and those casters of it are few as these gifts have been lost to time. Those few with the talent are feared and shunned by those who do not.

In this time, we follow a willful but kind princess named Lady Catherine. Little does she know, her life is about to change forever. First, her father announces her secret betrothal. Second, on the eve of her wedding, Lady Catherine is whisked away from her home. Her kidnapper wants something from her, needs it, yet she has no idea what it is.

Could this rogue truly want the princess for a mere ransom? Or is there something more to the kidnapping? Something secret she must uncover... like the face her captor hides behind the mask? Like the meaning behind the strange dreams that plague her each night of a past that seems too real? Only time will tell…

Table of Contents

In the Beginning


In the beginning, gives us a starting point for our tale that in many ways could be seen as an end.


"With a love that shall not die 'Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old." --William Shakespeare
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Homecoming


The crown prince returns home triumphant from war.


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Betrothal


King Drenar confesses to his daughter a long kept secret.


"With a love that shall not die 'Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old." --William Shakespeare
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Arrival


Prince Zoran arrives at the castle of the young lady he has been linked to marry.


“With a love that shall not die ‘Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.” --William Shakespeare
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Summoned


If the King Drenar has summoned her, Lady Catherie surmises that they have received guests to the Barazan Castle.


“With a love that shall not die ‘Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.” --William Shakespeare
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The Nature of a Beauty


Left intrigued by the first encounter with the young lady who is to be his bride, Prince Zoran seeks to learn more about Princess Catherine.


“With a love that shall not die ‘Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.” --William Shakespeare
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Uncomfortable Breakfast


Tensions abound during the breakfast when it appears Princess Catherine has disappeared.


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Seeking Connection


Prince Zoran attempts to get to know his fascinating fiancee better by finding common ground in which to relate to her.


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Risk of a Friend


Princess Catherine risks the wrath of her father to help a friend.


“With a love that shall not die ‘Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.” --William Shakespeare
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Keeping Secrets


Prince Zoran and Lady Catherine strike a baragain.


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Mother's Wisdom


Queen Yanara has a candid talk with her daughter Lady Catherine.


“With a love that shall not die ‘Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.” --William Shakespeare
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Foolish Desperation


Lady Catherine is stunned by the discovery of how to break the marriage contract to Prince Zoran.


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Search for His Quarry


Prince Zoran and his men search for the runaway princess.


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The Promise


Prince Zoran watches over his fiancee and finds his feelings growing deeper for her.


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Closing Fate


The eve of Catherine and Zoran's wedding is marked with a celebration with nobles gathered from all over the Degrifton kingdom.


“With a love that shall not die ‘Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.” --William Shakespeare
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Night Sounds


The sound of music wakes the princess from her slumber on the night before her wedding.


“With a love that shall not die ‘Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.” --William Shakespeare
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The Discovery


The servants begin making preps for the royal wedding only to discover something amiss.


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The Huntress


The prince and his men seek to find out more about the unconscious stranger found near the balcony of Princess Catherine.


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A New Adventure Begins


The prince and his men embark on their journey to find the abducted Princess Catherine.


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In the Company of Strangers


Prince Zoran and his men along with Deanna stop at an inn to escape the storm.


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Stormy Arrival


The mysterious man who kidnapped Princess Catherine has arrived to the desert he calls home.


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Awakening


Princess Catherine awakens and realizes she is not home anymore.


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Horrors Never Cease


Princess Catherine seeks her escape lost in the dark.


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Truth in Rumors


The princess awakens again back where she starts but much has changed.


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Settling In


Catherine's kidnapper reflects on how close he came to losing the princess and contemplates his next steps now that he has her in his possession.


“With a love that shall not die ‘Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.” --William Shakespeare
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Confused Feelings


Princess Catherine is enchanted by her surroundings.


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The Wastelands


Deanna leads the band of strangers toward their destination.


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Exception to Every Rule


Deanna experiences a bit of guilt by association.


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Welcome to Varado


Prince Zoran and crew arrive at the desert town of Varado.


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The Introduction


The master of the castle finally makes an appearance.


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Happy Celebrations


Deanna gives a tour of the desert town she used to call home.


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Nature of the Master


Catherine awakens in the dark.


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Dreams of the Past


Catherine seeks out her mysterious captor.


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Phantom’s Abode


Deanna awakens early with the goal of resuming the hunt for the Phantom.


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Rising Danger


Androse notes visitors to the castle while the princess seeks her new friend.


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Castle Rock


Deanna leads the prince and his band to the mysterious castle in the desert.


"With a love that shall not die 'Til the sun grows cold and the stars grow old." --William Shakespeare
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Friend in Need


Princess Catherine discovers her new friend in dire need of aid.


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Unfolding the Mystery


Princess Catherine dives into her dreams.


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Willful Innocence


Catalina has another chance meeting with the handsome prince of the land...


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