In England, there was a very long period peace among the powerful Lords considered the strongest because no one wanted to start a war with them. One such Lord was Lord Buchanan. Lord Buchanan was feared, but respected and loved by the people ruled by him. He was a man that protected not just his family, but everyone in his rule and often held celebrations to keep those in his manor happy and on good terms.
Lord Buchanan had a wonderful wife, who was loved by those in the manor as well and three children; two sons and a daughter. His daughter, Alice, was the eldest and was merely fourteen years old. Daniel was the eldest son being just eleven years old and then there was (insert name), who had just turned nine year old. The children were well-loved by those under Lord Buchananís rule, but tragedy would strike when no one was expecting it.
During the time of peace lesser nobles were plotting to betray their lord and the other members of Lord Buchanan's manor. It was members of the manor that had been loyal to the lord for over 20 years and were just buying their time. The night of Danielís twelfth birthday was when the traitors made their move. Most of the manor had been in attendance of the celebration in the great hall and most of the men let their guards down. The traitors killed their own comrades that were standing watch before they could sound the alert and then when the signal was made a slaughter occurred. Lord Buchanan was furious and those that remained loyal to him. They fought the traitors and tried to protect the children, but the traitors had anticipated it. Their main targets were the lordís family and those higher up on the Lordís list.
Women and children ran and tried to escape, but one little girl stayed and pulled the youngest of the Lordís children and did her best to get him out. The young girl was merely six years old, but knew most of the secrets because her mother was a servant in the castle and the young girl had looked up to the youngest of the lordís children. He had never picked on her for trying to read nor had he ever called her a twig. There were times he even protected her from the big kids that picked on her. As they tried to make their escape, Ashling was tripped up and pushed down four stairs in the dark passageway they took. Just before she got pushed, she had left go of (insert name)ís hand because the stairs were steep and dangerous. He waited at the bottom for her, but as she got pushed, she screamed and then was silenced. She was stunned and hurt badly and the last thing she had yelled to her friend was to escape before she blacked out.
When she awoke, she was no longer in the dark passage or even in the Buchanan castle. Ashling was taken to the Lord Brodie, who was Lord Buchananís closest ally. There she was taken care of and taken in by Lord Brodie and his wife. The only problem was that since she was so young and hit her head, she couldn't recall who she was, so her name was changed to Kenna. Kenna could not remember what her name used to be, but she had dreams about a kid she knew, but could not place a name to. Her mind had locked away the trauma to protect her and since she had never been pushed to remember what had happened the memories remained locked away.
The surviving members of Lord Buchananís kingdom became loyal to Lord Brodie. No one knew what became of the youngest of Lord Buchananís children, the only one who survived.
Fast forward 11 to 12 years and the role play would go from there. The Lord sonís returnÖ
TWO PLOT OPTIONS:
Well, the Lord's son returns and depending on what happened to him in the time he was missing, the role play could go anyway.
He returns to the Buchanan Manor to find that it was abandoned since the night of the slaughter. The Lord's son finds members of the abandoned manor that are around his age or older that recognize him. The Lord had changed greatly from who he had been as a child and his want of revenge against those that killed his family had been his driving force to survive. Throughout the years he was gone; his mind wandered on what happened to the young child that saved his life.
The young girl wasnít so young any longer. Growing up in Lord Brodieís castle, Kenna was granted freedoms and one of those was to go riding to the abandoned Buchanan manor. She just loved riding and always went back to the site of tragedy despite not knowing why. On one such ride, they meet only she doesnít remember him. Upon meeting her, heís almost furious and curious as to why she doesnít remember who she was or even him. He recognized her right away and yet she doesnít know him, so he forces her to stay in his castle. The Lordís son doesnít tell Kenna who he is and he doesnít show her his face.
Despite Kenna being at the castle and knowing the child who saved his life was alive and well, he was angry she had no memory of him or who she was. He never showed her his face in secret hopes that sheíd remember who he was. While keeping her in the castle, he is so focused on vengeances and rebuilding the manor to the glory it once was, he doesnít see that some of the traitors are too close for comfort. Heís blind to the fact that while he has softened somewhat towards Kenna that the traitors picked her as their next target to get to the one they hadnít killed so many years before.
During the times he spends in Kennaís company, they each help each other with things. For the lord, he learns to care and show a soft side and not always think about that terrible night. And for Kenna, she eventually remembers who she was, who he is, and remembers what happened that night she saved his life.
OPTION 2) (She remembers everything, but still changes her name.) Think Beauty and the Beastesque!
After the slaughter...he gets captured by some group one of his fatherís enemies and tortured and/or imprisoned which attributes more so to his cold and calculating demeanor and could make him quite unforgiving to his own enemies which would horrify Kenna. Because of his harsh treatment...he doesn't know what a soft touch feels like. He's a bit wild but Kenna slowly helps him through that.
When he's alone with her, he shies away from her touch out of sheer habit. Around others he's overly brutish and tries to show no emotion or feeling so they don't think he's weak.
If she can just get him alone she can help him but he feels a bit of weakness and a bit of warming of his heart around her but doesn't know what it is and thinks it's weakness around others. He doesn't know his own strength or in a fury he does something he regrets. It's not until something happens to her that he feels a twinge of something awakening within him. Something that could quite possibly be caring and maybe even the ability to love again.