The Knight

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Among the Daoine Sídhe, the only constant lies in the balance of power between the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. When a human usurper with malicious intent steals the Seelie Queen's throne, the realm of the Fae teeters on the edge of bloody chaos. Only the Knight of Seelie Court can unseat the false queen and restore order. But to succeed, he must venture into the human world, enlist the help of the Seelie Queen's lost daughter, and, in doing so, exploit the usurper's human weaknesses at the cost of all he holds dear.

Chapter 1 (v.1) - prologue.

Submitted: March 26, 2014

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prologue.

 

There are many things that humans seek perpetually through time, but only four remain unchanged from century to century, millenium to millenium: wealth, power, enlightenment, and immortality. Or, as I call them, the "magnificent four." They are magnificent to the beholder, and in their magnificence, they inspire greatness and suffering in equal parts. 

One could also argue that love may qualify as the fifth, but love is invariably within the grasp of anyone who chooses to pursue it, time-consuming as it may turn out to be. Love is a simple — though potent — concept dressed in complications and drama for flavor, a temptress who likes to dance just beyond one’s fingertips to entice, but must allow herself to be caught in the end to achieve true seduction; then the irony lies in the fact that she can then only maintain her charm and vivacity for so long before she loses her sparkle. That said, love is an endless wellspring of inspiration for humankind, but to the Daoine Sídhe as a whole, it fails to become any more complex than what it is at face value.

So, without love, the “magnificent four” remain as they are — tantalizing prizes for the ambitious, the adventurous, the hopeful . . . and, in some cases, the malignant.

The Sídhe, as I have known them — and I can never hope to truly know any of them for exactly what and who they are, but I know enough to discern their general nature and to dabble in their unspoken secrets — deal with the “magnificent four” less openly than humans do. It is, and has always been, a delicately choreographed dance. Wealth has never been an issue of excessive importance, enlightenment is easy to come by, and immortality is far from uncommon. But when one speaks of power in the presence of other Sídhe, it would serve him well to tread lightly. One must never offend more than he needs to, if at all. If there is one thing I learned in the past century of servitude as the Knight of the Seelie Court, it is that.

The liquid surrealism of the Sídhe offers only danger and inconsistency in return for my eternal loyalty. I have lost and sacrificed and triumphed and lost again, but still, I stay. Still, I remain constant, a glorified human in a court of Fae, forever bound by my oath to my liege, the fair Queen Ilona. It is by my own choice, and one I keep faithfully. It was the one I was destined to make.

However, Her Majesty is no longer queen of the Seelie, though she has rightfully and justly ruled over them for centuries. A usurper has relieved her of the throne through lowly trickery and manipulation, and Her Majesty has been forced into hiding. My duty is not to serve the farce who now sits upon my queen’s throne, but to bring about her downfall as quickly as I am able before I am dispossessed and killed. The balance of power must be preserved. The false queen must not be allowed the opportunity to destroy that balance.

Only I can hope to find the one who will help us. Her Majesty has many children, but only one who — if found — will have a hand in unseating the usurper. Fair like her mother, brave of heart, and possessing a will of iron, she is unlike the rest of Her Majesty’s offspring because she is of lesser magic roots, but nevertheless she will help us. She must. She shares a connection with the false queen that none other does, though she does not yet know of it.

As with humans, the Sídhe are plagued by the hand of fate. Power has overcome them all, and now it threatens to bring chaos upon the two Courts. We have but one chance to right this wrong, to restore equilibrium, to avoid the impending peril. She, the one who must free us all from the wretched net of corrupt sovereignty that has fallen over the Seelie, will become Her Majesty’s savior. In this daunting quest, she is my last hope.


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