TW for sexual abuse, psychological abuse, physical abuse, torture, just. Some dark stuff. Young ones pass no further, do not pass go, do not collect $100, this is not for you.
The Arden family has ruled Taero for a very long time.
Three years ago, the king, queen, and their oldest son were captured by a group of fanatic rebels. They were held captive for months, and by the end of that time period, the king and queen were dead, and their son was traumatized. While the family had been held captive, the youngest son had been named emergency regent, at the ripe age of 18 years old. Upon the return of the eldest, Cassio, most people expected the throne to be surrendered to him, as the eldest. But it wasn't. Cassio, upon return to the palace, seemed to decline in sanity. As if the experience had snapped his mind. And it certainly seemed that way.
So the younger brother, Marcus, never returned the throne. He was first regent, and then, when Cassio's state seemed to grow no better, was crowned king. Cassio, the mad brother, remained a prince, and is mostly kept out of the public eye. The few times he is seen in public, it is always close by his brother's side, along with one of his "caretakers"; people hired by Marcus to keep Cassio subdued and controlled as much as possible.
From the surface, from the outside, all seems as if the story told is the truth. Older brother is captured, goes through highly traumatic experience, and goes insane. Younger brother takes the throne, and ensures that his brother is taken care of by people who know what they're doing. Everyone lives happily ever after. But that's…not quite what is happening.
The caretakers are abusive and cruel, and Cassio's insanity is…not quite natural. Yes, there was deep-seated trauma. Yes, there was some instability. But, well, what he has become, what has happened to him? This is something being forced on him, magically imposed to keep him from being able to take the throne out of Marcus's clutches. He can barely grasp at sanity, can barely surface from it before he is pushed back under. When he's out of the palace for long periods of time, he becomes more lucid, more sane. But he is always dragged back to the palace before he can fully shake it off.
Enter (name), your character. They have been hired as Cassio's main guard, after a failed assassination attempt on the mad prince. At first, they believe everything that they have ever heard about Cassio and about the Arden family. Marcus is the prince who unwillingly took on the burden of kingship, the savior of the family, the caretaker of his brother. The golden son. Cassio is the mad prince, the heir who will never be king. But the more time they spend around Cassio, the more they discover that something more is going on here. That something is deeply wrong with this scenario.
They begin to help Cassio, trying to free him from his brother's clutches. All the while, the two are also slowly falling for each other, despite everything. But there are a lot of mysteries in this palace that (Name) knows nothing about, a lot of tension happening that they, as a guard, have not yet seen.
- Andrew's rules apply
- Again, this is mature, please no one younger than 16
- This is going to feature some dark shit. Please be aware of that and proceed accordingly
- LGBTQ+ characters are of course welcome. Your character can be any gender or sexuality, I've purposefully left the gender vague. I would prefer mxm or mxnb, but I'm okay with anything
- Please have proper grammar, and put some effort into your replies. No one or two sentence replies, I would prefer at least a decent sized paragraph
- I reserve the right to say no
Temps will be posted after someone joins