Shattered Under Midnight
Let the red dawn surmise
What we shall do,
When this blue starlight dies
And all is through.
-- Cassilda's Song, "The King in Yellow" Act 1, Scene 2
One hundred years ago, the Champions of Faerie sacrificed much to win their way through the woods surrounding the Heart of the World. Fiona of Amber was rescued, Faerie was healed, and the dreaded Fell vanquished. Orpheus, the Prince of Dreams, became Faerie's new guardian, and he has served you well.
For one hundred years, there has been peace. There has been happily ever after.
But Faerie is changing. You feel it all around you. The Endless Starlight -- shards of Fiona's broken "pattern", the source of magic and continuity in the realms -- is disappearing, leaving parts of Faerie lost in darkness. You know it in the way your own story has altered, and not for the better.
The Queen's mind is broken, and General Benedicte is a most unwilling Regent. The Marquis of Argent, Brandwell, disappeared long ago, yet his ghost, or something like it swathed in yellow, roams the land. Where he goes, madness follows. Orpheus, Dream's son and Faerie's guardian, is missing … and the nightmares have begun.
You, the Champions of Faerie, are the realm's only hope. Can you save the realm before the magic is lost and all stories fall utterly into silence?
*This is the middle chapter of the Under Endless Starlight trilogy, and re-imagining of the game of the same title run at ACNW '08. If you played then, you're more than welcome to return, as the plot is completely different.
Both returning and new players are welcome.