The Lost Heir
Story Elements: Revenge, Romance, Manipulation, Captivity, Slavery
Characters : Mercenary Veteran (MC) X Captured Princess (YC)
YC is the princess-heir of the kingdom of Arindel. When her cruel uncle allies himself with demon-summoning usurpers, the right of rulership falls to you. There's just one little problem...
On the fateful night that the kingdom falls and your uncle establishes himself as the new monarch, you escape the castle where you have lived all your life in the company of a small company of trusted retainers and men at arms. Unfortunately, your escape is noticed and your group attacked by a mercenary band led by MC, a lieutenant and veteran soldier-for-hire. My soldiers drive away or kill your protectors and, under the rules of war and the contract by which the mercenary company was hired, take you prisoner with the intent of selling you into slavery.
Back in camp, and after removing my armor, you discover that I am that rare breed of woman warrior rising to power and prominence in a man's world through force of will and skill at arms. You are inspired and quick witted enough to appeal to me for help and sympathy for your plight, and, grudgingly, almost unwillingly, I agree to take you as my own personal spoil from the campaign rather than sell you on.
Now you are placed at the right hand of a woman at the right hand of a large and talented mercenary company. If you are going to seize the throne that is rightfully yours, you will need an army, and it just so happens that I am one heartbeat away from commanding a rather sizeable army. But how could I ever trust you to remember who saved you from ignoble slavery, who put you on the throne, given the circumstances of our meeting and the uses to which I put you in the days before I knew the truth of your heritage. And how can you trust me to give up the lovely princess on the other end of my leash, when having her is so sweet...
This is a fairly simple "captured princess" story, but one I hope to put a few twists on. For starters, I have three distinct time periods in mind. The first is during and in the days immediately following your capture and enslavement, as our characters get to know each other and establish how their relationship will work. After that, I would like to move ahead in time five years, to the point in time in which my character is ready to take over leadership of the mercenary army, and we can see how our characters have developed and grown together in the intervening time. And then, a few years after the middle section, we can go to the grand conclusion, in which a mercenary army is set to invade Arindel and put you back on the throne that is rightfully yours...or not, depending on how we've arranged things in the meantime.
If the story seems to get more and more vague as it progresses, that's only because I believe that you, my partner, should have input as to the direction and ultimate resolution of the story. It should also be the result of the interaction between the two unique characters and how they've defined their relationship and how much they trust and support one another.
Something else I want to explore in this game is how two opposites can work together. Your princess can be cunning or straightforward, wicked or kind. But I would like her to be very intelligent, cunning, and, for want of a better word, manipulating. My character will be more straightforward. Not stupid, not by any means, but more simple and direct; a woman of action who thinks in the short term rather than in terms of the big picture. Hopefully, we can bring two people to this story that can achieve more together than either could alone, and they will do gloriously...