Background story: There is a people living deep in the forest. A distant cousin to the elves. They are called Nymphs. They are a wise people, living in perfect harmony with nature. They’ve understood long ago, centuries ago, that they had to find a balance or else the world would become a very difficult place to survive in. Seeing how humans would expand their territory to grow food for their uncontrolled population growth, the Nymphs have made a pact with the goddess of nature. Each generation would see one of their own be bound to a human to try and instill some wisdom into the race. In exchange, the Forest of Myst - that’s how the humans called it – would be protected by the goddess in a way that would confuse any human who walked into it or intended to harm it.Other notes:
Time has come for the bargain to be honored again. When such a thing happens, the Nymph queen is allowed two children, which is one more than she normally would have been. One, the eldest, to rule the Nymph, and one to send to the human world. Raena is the youngest of the two. She knows her fate ever since she is old enough to understand, and despises it. She grew up being told that humans never really become wise, as they die while they are still children (in an immortal’s Nymph’s eyes 80 years old is really young), they are barbaric in their ways, almost savage. Their skill with magic is limited. She’s got her head full of prejudices, not all of them true.
The bargain is unknown to the human race. All that is known is that there is a mysterious people living in the Forest of Myst. Since a generation to the Nymph is about 200 years old, the wedding of such an exotic creature makes a big impression at first and then gets forgotten, or the nymph passes for an elf and the rest is history. However there is an historian advisor to the king who studied the archives and noticed that each king that has married such a queen lived abnormally long, well beyond the hundred years. With each union between such a special woman and a human king, the kingdom thrived. Peace treaty that were deemed impossible were signed, the problem of failing crops were solved, etc.
The human king sends his son with a royal guard to the elves, so he can find his future “special” queen. The King intends to have her to himself, while his son’s engagement to a neighboring country’s princess is planned to happen in a couple of months. He sends his son so the young man can prove his dedication to the country. As they head toward the elf’s territory, something happens. The road has collapsed and forces them to take another route that passes through the Forest of Myst. The bad reputation of the beautiful and lush forest is justified. The royal guard is attacked and killed. Only the prince is left alive, but barely. Raena, who has no idea who the prince really is, and what is his mission, saves his life.
With her standard of beauty being the one of her people, a man would be much like elven males. Tall, willowy, delicate. One could say effeminate. Raena will find the human to be bulky, and unattractive at first, but his looks will grow on her. Hearing what was his mission, and knowing which queens he refer to, Raena will know it for what it is. The idea of marrying someone who has half his life gone, however, isn’t appealing to her. Still, she’ll lead him to her father none the less, because it’s her duty to her people and more so to her goddess.
The human would have to be on the muscled side of things, for Raena to find him bulky. That’s one important detail to me. The plot, I think, would be more or less divided in four parts:
1. Saving the prince and leading him to the Nymph’s realm (1 day)
2. Living in the Nymph’s realms to fully recover and learn of his future mother-in-law’s culture. (A couple of weeks)
3. Making the journey back home (3-4 days)
4. Raena becomes the future queen by marrying the prince (from there, it’s for as long as we want it to last)
Of course, all this is negotiable
I create the nymph culture, you get to create the human’s culture. I am willing to add steampunk elements to it, though Raena’s lack of knowledge about it will not be fully IC. I’ve never played steampunk before.