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The Dagger and The Rose

The Dagger and The Rose

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A 1 on 1 RP about a fool and a princess

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Welcome to Gardindelle

A magical and fantastical kingdom that lays on the edge, in the fertile valley of Thanteth the mountainous continent to north of Xer'Vendai the world as they call it.
The kingdom of Gardindelle by the king Lante Kentria.
He has two sons and a daughter
Son-Daughter-Son
Some say the king is a tyrant but that his successor his womanizing and possibly crazy eldest son would be worse.

What will happen to the Gem of Thanteth? Will it be over thrown or uprisen?

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In the king's orchard, a young jester sat high up in the branches of a tall Shell Fruit tree. The jester cracked open shell fruit and ate the juicy inside as he lounged against the thick trunk. He hummed a song gingerly, happy to eat after only three weeks on his journey and eighth day without food.

His large hat was tilted over his eyes, further shading his eyes from the sun's light that made it through the thick leaves. Below him was a wide clear lake that glistened and twinkled in sunlight. Joker had considered stripping down and jumping in, but food seemed like a higher priority.

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Elita stood tall as pins and needles began making their way around her waist and arms. Her ladies-in-waiting were hurrying to complete a dress for the upcoming ball, causing her to get pricked numerous amounts of times. She held bak the tears though, this was her last task today, that she had on her schedule anyway. She sighed and blew a piece of hair out of her face. "There you are princess. We will be back tomorrow night for the fitting." Her ladies bustled off to new things and left Elita standing in her room.

Elita smiled as she ran to her closet and pulled out a simple sky blue gown filled with golden embroidery. This was her favorite gown. The satin fabric was smooth on her skin and even with long sleeves, the dress still kept her cool on these summer days. She twirled in front of the mirror before tossing off her toe scrunching shoes and gliding from the room. She pulled the pins out of her hair and adjusted the goldn circlet she was commanded to wear no matter what. She kept running through the palace until she found the orchard. Everything around her was blooming and she twirled again, enjoying the feeling of grass beneathe her feet. It felt nice to not be the matured princess who ran the palace. For now, she could just be Elita, the crazy girl who ran through the palace and danced in orchards.

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Joker lounged out lazily, his stomach full of shell fruit he felt like lying down and maybe sing to let his belly settle. He slowly began to sing out an ancient lullaby with words of a dead language. Joker pulled his tarot deck from its satchel and began shuffling it lightly. He then drew the top card to predict his immediate future. The Tower? Joker questioned in his mind. Well that could be bad...

The Tower meant a sudden change, a turn of events. Things seemed pretty peaceful right now, he hadn't felt so good in weeks, he was leery of all of that changing.

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Elita had just finished eating at apple when she heard a man's voice. Wondering who it could be, she wandered over to the shell fruits, se saw a man looking quite like a jester. She immediately smiled and approached his slowly. She hadn't ever really been able to watch one at work due to the fact she just met with them to arrange the set up of events. This time though, Elita was going to have some fun. She stood in front of him, barefoot, with her long hair flowing behind her, and smiled. "Excuse me, I was wondering if you were indeed a joker, and if you could do some card tricks for me maybe?"

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Joker heard a young gentle feminine voice. A smile came over his face and his eyes flashed to a cool turquoise blue. Joker swung down from the branch by his knees and hung upside down like a bat looking down the voice's master. Joker's smile grew when he saw such a beautiful woman with long blond hair and a stunning blue dress. "I am indeed a joker, my lady."

With the acrobatic finesse and agility he leapt and swung from branch to branch like a trapeze artist, soaring and swirling through the air until he landed gracefully and with ease. He smiled charmingly down at the young woman standing in front of him. Between hand to hand he began rapidly shuffling his tarot cards masterfully and showingly. "What kind of card trick would you like?" With a roll of his wrist, he showed the cards of his deck but they were blank. With another roll of his wrist in the other direction, he revealed the tarot images had returned.

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Elita gasped and clapped her hands like a child while the man swung toward her. She was already beginning to have fun and she was feeling overjoyed with excitement. Watching the cards flow through his hands so fluidly, her eyes widened, wishing she could do the same. When he asked about card tricks though, she was at a loss. She had never really been around the entertainment enough to know one card trick from another. She bit her lip and smiled. "Show me one that impresses the courts you have worked for."

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Joker smiled darkly as his eyes flashed to a solid black, all of it turned black. "Very well, I shall give you an assessment of your past, present, and future." Thr cards ran so fluidly between each hand it was liked stream. Suddenly Joker drew the cards in close, so fast, it made a ball shape.

Joker slowly made the ball tighter, shuffling faster, all the while looking at the young woman intently. His smile held strong as he gazed with empty black eyes at the maiden. "The first card reveals the past."

With a clap of his hands the cards ceased shuffling between his hands, and with a sweeping arch motion made a rainbow of cards above him, one card flew higher than the others and when Joker pulled the other cards back to his hand, the single card landed face up on the ground infront of the young woman's feet.

The Sun. But something was different about it, the image almost like a setting sun or the sun being held down to the horizon. It was the Sun, reversed.

"Such a lonely young lady, among such luxuries and yet you still feel poor in your heart. The middle child forgotten as anything but a bargaining chip for your father? To be primed and pricked into a respectable woman, suitable for any groom. But that is not you, your like the sun ready to rise but held back by the night. You want more from life, right?"

Joker chuckled softly and began shuffling between his hands again.

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Elita was transfixed on the cards. How did he do that? Was it magic? If so, what kind? It seemed like something dark, but how could something make her so interested? When he clapped, she jumped back in excitement, a little afraid of what was to come. She looked down to the card on the ground. It was a sun, almost a backwards one. He explained what the card stood for and gasped again. Everything he had said was true. She wanted so much more out of life, and she didn't understand why she had to do the things she did. Trying to brighten up, she smiled. "That's amazing, almost magical. How did the cards know that?"

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"The cards let me reveal the past, assess the present, and glimpse the future. Through them I am a master of divination, able to see what has been, what is, and what will come. I can see all, Princess." Joker said as he shuffled the cards masterfully and fluently. "The second assesses the present." With another clap, Joker brought the cards together again, but this time the cards rolled through the air from one hand to the other. One card fluttered down to the ground, facing to the ground but just before touching it looped and landed face up.

The card was of two cups, clinging against each other in a toast, the Two of Cups, upright.

"Ah, a new union will be made. A change in your life will be brought with a new friend. This union will bring you closer to the happiness that you truly desire." Joker said as he gazed at the young woman charmingly. "And more."

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Elita watched in wonder as the cards once again flashed around in front of her. She wondered what this man had gone through to learn all of it. She certainly couldnt keep up with him. He must have gone through so much memorizing to learn every card and teir value. Elita imagined herself struggling if put to the job of the joker. When he clapped and mentioned a union, she smiled. She enjoyed new friends, en if they were just between kingdoms. "Who is the union with though?" She asked, almost knowing she couldn't give her an answer.

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Joker smirked darkly and closed his eyes as he spoke, holding deadly still clinging the cards between his hands like a statue. "The third glimpses the future." With that there was no sound, it was as if everything around them went still. In the distance, a tree with a branch hanging over the clear lake had a droplet of dew dropping as if in slow motion as Joker drew the third card. As the drop hit the water, Joker turned over the card beside the other two.

The card had a person sitting in the remains of five jars that have broken on the ground.
"You will suffer a great loss, you will lose someone very important to you. Your sacrifice is unavoidable but from the broken pieces you shall rise again."

Joker's eyes faded back to a soft turquoise iris again. The world seemed to be released and began to move once again.

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Elita watched him intently. As the last card came into view, her fear made her breath catch in her chest. Gasping, se saw the future card and listened. She was shocked as he unveiled the full meaning. Who could she loose though? She didn't want to loose anyone. She could feel herself start to sway as Et world started to spin. Elita had always been good with drastic events, but not life changing ones. See started to talk herself back into a peaceful state while closing her eyes and taking deep breaths. Opening her eyes, she smiled at te performer and nodded her head "Well thank you."

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With a wave of his hand, the cards seemed to vanish into thin air and Joker bowed slowingly, gently taking the hong woman's hand and kissed it softly. "It was a pleasure, your highness." He looked up at her with his icy blue eyes, like stones at the bottom of a slow creek. Through his midnight bangs of hair, he gazed up at the young princess, having learned much abou her from those brief glances into her soul through the cards.

To survive since leaving the wing of his master, to set put and find his destiny, Joker had been selling his talents, as a fool and mage. He would tell stories and jokes, spun fanciful spells and performances, sung songs and presented dances, but his most desired trade was his gift of the cards. Joker held a special bond to the tarot, allowing him to not only read them masterfully, but he spoke how he could unlock the cards' true potential.

To avoid the fact that he was in the king's orchard, a place where no one could just enter, much less a wandering jester. He had scaled the tall stone walls that surrounded it, climbed the trees and ate their fruit. In most countries this could easy be grounds for execution, so Joker simply wanted to lull the young princess to forget he wasn't suppose to be there. Then he could slip away before she called the guards.

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Elita smiled and curtsied back to the Joker. "I'm sorry but I ant pay for your talents at the moment." She began to feel very bad about not being able to pay the man but then an idea sparked into her mind. "How about you perform for the king and people of the court tomorrow night? I could have all the arrangements made and you would be paid in full." She quickly glanced around her. "Oh, and between you and me, neither one of us is really suppose to be here. Well, not dressed like this I not, but I shall inform the guards of your duties to te court." She knew she should wait for an answer from him but she had too many things running through her mind. "Will you be needing a place to stay, Mr..."

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Paid in full... By a king... Now this could be... Profitable. Joker thought, thinking of how well he could be living with the small fortune he would make from this young girl. Joker remembered what his master had told him, to never trust a king with loose purse strings. If he had such abundance, why not share it with his kingdom. He was new to the land but the kingdom looked glorious. Prehaps this king would be fine.And with this little princess's attention, no one would hinder me. With the money he could make from a successful show, he would be able to travel on his journey in luxury.

A large showy smile crossed his face, "Joker. Just Joker, your highness. And yes, I will be needing somewhere to stay." He said with a seductive chuckle.

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Elita smiled and nodded her head and motioned him to follow her. Finding the guards would be easy, they were young boys newly recruited, and were usually found leaning against the gates smiling at the young girls. She approached them silently before tapping on their shoulders. They turned, eyes widened, and fumbled with their weapons. Watching them stutter like idiots made her laugh. "Have no fear boys, I just came to mention a new man working here." She motioned toward Joker and smiled. "He is allowed full access to the grounds." The boys nodded their heads and bowed to Elita. She headed back to the castle and looked to Joker as they entered. "You're room will be a few down from mine..."

She stopped a few of the maids, looking confused by her outfit, and told them to ready his quarters. Elita stood by the door and waved her hand toward the room. "I hope you find everything suitable Joker. Dinner is in a few hours and I do hope you will attend as a guest. My father always holds banquets for the peasants who cannot attend the balls due to their salary, so just wear whatever you want, and you won't have to perform." She curtsied before walking toward her room. Halfway back, she stopped and turned around, smiling. "Oh, and don't expect the best of food. For the peasants, who cannot pay much, my father decides on whole turkeys and maybe bittersweet chocolate and fruits for dessert."

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Joker smirked as his irises flashed to a green shade. NEVER trust a king with loose purse strings! His master's voice flashed in his head. Joker did his best to hush his memories so he could enjoy the rare hospitality he was being given. It was like a stray dog being taken in by a kind butcher with table scraps of all kinds. "You are too kind your highness." Joker spoke charmingly as he bowed back into his room, giving the princess a seductive wink. "If you ever wish for my services, please do not hesitate to ask."

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Elita had to stop herself from rolling her eyes. She had met admirers before and had been admired, but not like this man. Every way he moved, every wink she saw, felt like a seduction technique. No man had dared wink at the princess, or do anything affectionate for that matter. Niceities aside of course such as taking her cloak or helping her into her chair. No, Elita had quite accomplishe not being this admired. Something was pulling her back to him. Maybe it was his mysterious pattern of living? Elita shook her he's and smiled ather ladies as they entered. Shedding her clothes, the women began taking measurements for the gown being prepared.

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Joker walked into his room, swiftly locking the rotation lock and the two safety locks at the top and bottom of the door, a pleasant surprise but he was in a castle. It wasn't that he thought someone going to come in, he was just paranoid. Joker's mind had continued to fail him lately, he was slowly slipping into an insanity, everyday it was getting worse. This was Joker's deepest secret and the reason for him trying to discover the powers of his cards. He had figured out a few, but had yet to discover most. There just had to be one with the power to heal his mind.

Joker began to look around his room. It was covered in luxurious sheets and tassels. A huge bed, the first bed he'll have slept in in so long, he almost felt like crying. He dove through air and landed on the bed, sighing out in joy as he sunk into the soft mattress. "Ahhhhhh....."

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Elita stepped down from the pedestal while her maids slipped the improved gown over her head. As they left,the head maid stayed behind to read the rest of the day's schedule off to Elita. "Well, this evening you have the peasant's banquet, then the dance afterwards and that seems to be it for the day." She closed her booklet and smiled at Elita. "Oh Jane, what would I do without you?" Elita stood up and smiled back to her friend. "Oh, could you make another place setting for Joker, the man staying in the room down the hall, oh and do you think I have time for a walk through the village?" Jane had wandered to the closet, scanning through the gowns for the right dress. "I suppose so, but only for an hour or two, you have to check the food before it goes out."

Jane had given Elita a cloak and one of the most simple gowns she could find. Elita was now hooded, had her hair elaborately braided over her shoulder, and was wearing another blue dress. She adjusted the ringlet around the crown of her head and was about to walk into the village when she remembered Joker. Elita quickly found his room and knocked on the door. "Excuse me, I was wondering if you wanted to take a walk through the village with me."

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Joker got up from his bed and streched happily, but when spreading his arms he caught a wiff of himself, he'd been bathing icy rivers and lakes since he left his master. It wasn't that he stank, he just smelled like he had been living in the woods. He took off his shirt and arm covers letting his cool dirt bronzed muscular body feel the soft air of room.

Suddenly there was a knock at the door and a soft beautiful voice spoke behind it, "Excuse me, I was wondering if you wanted to take a walk through the village with me." It was the princess.

Joker walked over, unlocking the three locks and opened the door, still shirtless. "I have never been to this kingdom, a walk through the village would be lovely. Could I perhaps take a bath first?" Joker asked almost invitingly.

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Elita smiled when Joker opened the door and turned her head when she saw his lack of clothing. "Of course..." She avoided touching his bareness as she entered his room and pulled on a metal rope by his bed. A series of blushing maids entered the room, giggling. "Mr. Joker needs a bath ran for him, please attend to him as you would any other guest." She turned back to Joker, keeping strict eye contact. "You may find me in the dining room." Elita turned on her heels and hurried to the kitchen where she would help prepare food.

Walking into the kitchen, she waved off bows and waved to the people around her. "Could I please see the menu for tonight?" She asked one of the kitchen maids. With a curtsy, the lady scurried off to retrieve a scroll. Checking over the list, Elita smiled and nodded her head. "That sounds perfect Lydia. How are the turkeys coming along?" Lydia motioned to the smoke stacks and nodded her head. "Perfectly fine miss."

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Joker smiled charmingly at the blushing maids, bowing respectfully to them, his green eyes flashed to a cool turquoise. He felt slightly embarrassed by the presence of all these young giggling women. He wasn't embarrassed about being half naked, he actually enjoyed his nudity, but he was dirty and not quite sure there were so many for a task he usually does alone. "Umm... Hello ladies... It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance." He spoke with a subconscious charm.

"Thank you your highness." He spoke with an inviting smile to the princess as she left. "I'll be along shortly."

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Elita graced the kitchen, smiling at everyone she knew. "Everything looks absolutely great! Please continue your work." She exited the room before slipping off her annoying heels. She hated the way her feet ached after wearing them, and was overjoyed when she could wear her working shoes. The leather was padded so her feel could relax and she sighed while lacing them. Glancing to the clock, she decided to walk back to Joker's room. A half hour had passed and she had about six before the ball. With her preparations though, it was cut to about three.

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Joker had insisted that the maids let him was himself with the large pale filled warmed water and soap bar they had brought him. He told them they did not need to stay or hold onto his clothing for him or watch him so intently, but they claimed they were doing as they were told, each with bright red cheeks and trying to hold back smiles. Joker turned and stripped the rest of the way down and hand each maid an article of clothing questioningly, however he took off his jester cap and placed it on the bed and stepped into the pale. He scooped and poured water through his midnight black hair, running his fingers through his hair and sighing out deeply from the warm feel.

Joker continued to clean his body, facing away from the giggling maids holding his worn clothing. He ran the soap along the creases and curves of his well toned and muscular body. He stood up from the water, finished and more at ease than he had felt in weeks.

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