A core of 3-5 characters.
The hunter – me
The small kingdom was completely self-sufficient until the new king took the throne. He was utterly mad, and it only became worse when his beautiful wife died when the twins were only two. He enslaved all the poorer classes and forced most of the nobility to flee. He disbanded the army as he didn’t trust them and replaced them with hired killers.
Life for the two princesses was dull, yet they lacked for nothing and having their mother’s beauty soon had everyone wrapped around their little finger. They had no desire to see the world outside the walls of the palace and became bitter and manipulative.
When they were 17 slaves started to run away and the king hired a man only known as the hunter. They watched him coming and going from the palace on his massive black destrier always accompanied by his two great hounds. He always succeeded in finding the runaways. He sat tall in the saddle, with strong tanned muscular arms yet his head was always hooded or helmed.
Days, weeks and months went by and the two sisters decided to visit their father on his birthday. Gathering their trusted guards they wandered the maze of halls noticing that they were empty of all life. Coming to their father’s chambers they noticed the squad of guards gone and the door ajar. Not believing that anything could happen in the palace they opened the great doors and looked in. Within the royal chambers stood a great number of battle ready soldiers weary the livery of one of the banished great houses. Then two men similarly attired came from the king’s room dragging his lifeless corpse between them and followed by the hunter. A gasp unbidden escapes your lips. All turn and glare at you.
“Get them!” ordered the hunter and all in the room begin to draw weapons and move in your direction.