Jesters have always been the favored companions of kings, mostly for their ability to tell stories and to relieve any stress that their lord might have. In Asia, the emperors have always been symbols of utmost power and thought of themselves as higher than their subjects. An Emperor can have whatever he wants, whenever he wants. That is, until, a particular Emperor is assigned his current jester.
The royal comic troupe is from a small town, nothing more than country bumpkins, but there is one gem there. Lee is a young man with features that are extremely feminine, and he plays the females in every play put on by the troupe. He is assigned the role of the jester and close personal companion to the Emperor because of his lovely looks, and most of all, his innocence. He has been poor his whole life, and delights in the beautiful things the Emperor gives him, which incites the jealousy of not only the Emperorís advisors but the jealousy of the older man in his troupe who has looked after him his whole life and loves him.
Lee, in turn, offers an escape from the stress of the emotionally difficult life that the Emperor leads. The Emperor's mother was a concubine of the previous Emperor, and ordered to drink poison when rumors of supposed infidelity arose. It has stuck with the current Emperor to this day, having watched his mother's body removed from the royal compound, though he rarely speaks about it. The only person who seems to be sympathetic to his fits of rage or his spurts of violence is Lee - when the Emperor first tells him about his mother's death, Lee began to cry. The Emperor's anger is only compounded by his constantly being compared unfavourably to his father, and the fact that his advisors do not approve of his having such a close relationship with a poor acrobat from the country.
The Emperor, driven all but mad by the innocence of the young performer, starts taking him everywhere with him and becomes extremely jealous of anyone who speaks to him. (This is inspired by the movie The King and the Clown, for anyone who has seen it. Iím looking for someone to play the Emperor to my Lee. Even someone who'd like to play a fellow court performer, or another member of the Emperor's court. Iíd greatly, greatly appreciate any serious offers for this oneÖIíve been dying to roleplay it).