She is a savage by society's thinking. A child reared by slaves that escaped in the Great Revolt thirty years prior. Most believe that the escaped slaves ended up dying out in the wilderness but he's found out that that is not the case.
As with any idea I post, I prefer to hash out the majority of the details with whomever takes on the story.
She prefers a life of solitude and has distanced herself from everyone - for both her own sanity and to evade those who think to use her. You see, she can hear everyone's thoughts. It's a maddening curse that she has little control over. And yet, for some reason - she cannot hear his. Why not? Is this a blessing or yet another curse? [In Discussion]
Yeah, she's had the life of luxury. The only daughter to an aging ruler - raised in splendor that many only dream of. Castles and palaces, private hunting lodges, balls and masques, fancy clothing and sumptuous feasts. But she longs for the one thing she can never have. Freedom. She knows she'll never inherit the throne - she has five brothers, three of which are already married with their own sons. She's to be a political pawn. That is until she falls in love for a man completely unacceptable to her family.
She's the leader of the resistance against the crown. She was born into poverty to a prostitute - grew up in near slavery conditions to the owner of the brothel who had every intention of selling her into prostitution when she reached age. She's spent her whole life hating the monarchy for their greed and gluttony, their lack of caring for those they live off of.
The monarchy could be fallen angels/vampires/elves/humans/demons/whatever. but imagine the surprise when the newest recruit is discovered to be the prince (either sent in to infiltrate or because he is dissatisfied with his life)
With the death of her parents, Mika finds herself at the mercy of her mother's relatives who are intent on stealing her inheritance from her father. Desperate to get away from them before they force her into marriage with her feeble minded cousin. The question was - how was she going to escape without help? Being relatively new to the country meant that there were very few outside of her relatives that she knew.
The Earl of March is teetering on the precipice of being destitute. Being an Earl meant nothing if there were no funds to support the title - and there were no funds. His father had seen to that with all of his gambling and bad business dealings. He had been forced to sell off heirlooms just to pay the servants in the country estate and the London house - and the creditors were still demanding what they are owed. How was he suppose to get out of this mess? Marry a lass with a large dowry? Not likely. His reputation as a rake ensured that all of the mamas kept their precious heiress daughters away from him.
Sabina is the eldest daughter of a country vicker - the eldest of 9 children. The prospect of a good marriage is non-existent and she has long accepted that if she marries at all, it will likely be to a farmer that did not expect a dowry, especially after her mother passed.
But imagine her surprise to be called into her father's study one late autumn day and told that she is going to be the wife of the Earl of Arundel - and eventually the Duchess of Norfolk when her husband's grandfather passes - with no dowry needed. In fact, her soon to be husband's grandfather has not only accepted her without a dowry but he is going to ensure her younger sisters have dowries and make sure her brothers have connections to better their lives. She is the proverbial sheep to slaughter.
Siani has never known a life outside of the convent. With the death of her parents, the King ordered her to be taken into the convent and raised there till he decided what to do with her. That was sixteen years ago when she was just a year old. She has always known that the King had her parents killed because of their closeness to the throne - the fact that they had more royal blood than he. She has also been raised to know it is treason to speak such and that chances of her ever leaving the convent are slim. But the King has not forgotten the Welsh orphan living in the convent just two miles upriver. In fact, he has found the perfect way to ensure that she never becomes a throne in his side like her parents were. [with Merconis]
He has been a loyal supporter of the King since they were both in their early twenties. He has fought by his side numerous times and did everything asked of him - even when it has left him scarred and nearly disfigured. But the order to marry a young girl raised in a convent and take up her ancestral title to hold the Welsh border is one command he is not sure he can do. He is called the Beast of Normandy - a moniker that he has accepted and learned to use to his advantage. A beast did not marry innocent nun raised females.