Occavatra -> Queen of Roses, The (8/18/2018 9:23:46)
The Queen of Roses
Location: First Halo -> Quests! -> The Queen of Roses
Level/Quest/Items required: Completion of Culture Shock
Release Date: August 18th, 2018
Objective: Queen Victoria is burdened by the reign.
Objective completed: Akanthus, just as Jaania, has found his conviction.
Scaled Yes/No: No
Experience rewarded: 0
Gold rewarded: 0
*An apparently distressed Robina stands on a balcony in Swordhaven's castle to contemplate her new responsibilities as ruler of the kingdom during its time of need.*
Robina: *deep sigh*
*She looks up at the bright sky, wishing the best for her recuperating father to give herself reassurance, yet she still feels out of place.*
Robina: I hope you are well, father.
Robina: I'm not cut out for this. I never thought ruling a kingdom was so... exhausting. You do it with such ease.
Robina: You know how to deal with the dignitaries. Which hands to shake.
Robina: I should have watched you. I should have been around.
Robina: Brittany's much better suited for this than me. Even Tara.
Robina: Brit's not doing well... Whenever she starts regaining even a sliver of health, the next day she's robbed of it.
Robina: She's getting worse and I don't know what to do.
Robina: I'm trying everything. The best mages and medics in the kingdom.
Robina: I can't do anything...
Robina: I can't do anything right...
Robina: Even though people tell me otherwise, I know that the kingdom is crumbling under my "rule". I was never good at this.
Robina: I can't sleep...
Robina: I have no one... No one I can trust here.
Robina: I'm surrounded by sleeziness...
*She begins to tear up, lamenting that her simpler days were behind her now.*
Robina: I don't want this!
Robina: I want to go back to the days I could just...
*She cries in silence for several minutes until a familiar individual unexpectedly shows up on the balcony to see her.*
???: That's not how a queen should act.
*Robina's eyes widened in surprise. She turns around to greet who she thought came to see her.*
*Her surprised look shifts to a frown in seconds when she realizes who actually came to the balcony.*
Robina: It's you.
*The individual is revealed is none other than Jaania herself who returned from her travels to the Fissure. Robina is obviously less than pleased to see her because she unknowingly misinformed the kingdom about what happened to Alteon.*
Robina: Don't you ever knock?
Jaania: Greetings, my Queen. I just wanted to notify you that I've returned and I'm ready to serve you as you see fit.
Jaania: My Lady... if you ever need advice, please don't hesitate to knock on my door.
Jaania: I know a thing or two about managing people.
Jaania: You said you can't sleep. I'll be more than happy to help you with that.
Jaania: Although... a good leader loses sleep, so that their subjects can rest well at night.
Robina: Thank you, but I don't require your advice.
Jaania: Very well.
*She smiles blissfully not long after her silent disappointment that Robina is resistant.*
Jaania: I'd make a good queen...
Robina: I beg your pardon?
Jaania: Ah, my apologies. Fare thee well, my Lady. I'll be in my study, if you need me.
Robina: I won't.
*They exchange uneasy stares until Jaania leaves the balcony, leaving Robina by herself once more. Meanwhile, Akanthus is within the Ivory Tower eyeing a lit cyan prism when Amadeus approaches him from behind as well.*
Amadeus: General Akanthus.
*Akanthus's eyes shift toward Amadeus's general direction.*
Akanthus: Don't you ever knock?
Amadeus: Lady Jaania has returned from her voyage and asked me to deliver these reports to you.
Amadeus: She expects you to familiarize yourself with them and report to her post haste.
*He hands Akanthus the reports. He puts down the prism and takes his time to look over them.*
*He is taken by surprise by what the reports document and becomes alarmed when he finishes reading them.*
Akanthus: Have you read this?
Amadeus: I didn't, obviously. These documents were sealed.
Akanthus: This... this is huge. The Fissure...
Akanthus: You're dismissed.
*He walks out of the room while Amadeus looks at him from behind without turning around. Just as the coast is clear, his attention shifts to the prism Akanthus put down. Fades to black.*