Painting the Roses Red A modern kingdom roleplay set in Wonderland
FOUND IN A LEATHER BOUND BOOK, STAMPED WITH A PICTURE OF A MIRROR, JUST OUTSIDE THE LONDON CITY LIMITS
I could have never dreamed that things would get this bad. Then again, I wouldn't have dreamed that I would one day be back here, either. Since my childhood, I have spent days and nights trying to convince myself that it had all been a dream. That Wonderland, my precious Wonderland, wasn't real- that I hadn't killed the Queen of Hearts, that I hadn't been the only human to fall in the Looking Glass and come back out again, sane. I convinced myself that it had all been a dream.
It seems that the more we wish we Imagined things, the more true they become.
Because I did kill the Queen of Hearts- on accident. And It turns out that when I killed the original Queen of Hearts, I left the Looking Glass unmanned.Or unwomanned, as it were. A large, pure glass orb; it is a conduit between the mortal world and Wonderland- a conduit of ideas and imagination. When taken care of, as is prescribed in Wonderland law as the job of only the Queen, the Looking Glass provides imagination and dreams to human children and adults alike. But the Queen also must keep the bad things from the human world from coming in through the other side. When the Red Queen was vanquished, so was Wonderland's only protection from my world. Greed, wisdom, want, need, lust, cruelty, worry, skepticism.... it spilled into Wonderland and took its inhabitants by surprise, causing its quick decay.
I have, with the permission of the majority of the people, taken the throne and the responsibility of restoring the Looking Glass Kingdom. We strive now to fix Wonderland and bring it back to its former glory. With the help of my Suits, we see it as our duty to bring Imagination back to our people; even though many stand in our way, including the Hearts and Spades who have been profiting from the confusion of my people in their time of darkness. We are at the brink of war, and on the edge of madness.
This peace will not come without sacrifice. The Hearts are preparing an all out takeover. I am afraid for my people. I am afraid for my children. I cannot allow them to be forced to live in the squalor they were surviving in any longer. We prepare for battle- whatever the outcome, at least we can say we fought.
I'm afraid that tonight
The Roses will be Painted Red with the Blood of Wonderlanders
With much fear,
Queen Alizbeth Rose Liddell
of the Looking Glass Kingdom
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