When Queen Pirouette went to the site of her new palace to inspect the progress of its construction, a large block of marble fell from a parapet and nearly crushed her. That evening at a banquet in honor of a new ambassador from the kingdom of Caninia, her lady-in-waiting, la duchesse de Dégoûter fell desperately ill after accidentally drinking a goblet of wine intended for the Queen. The very next day, Her Majesty was accepting petitions from all comers. before entering the Great Cathedral for Mass, when a mad man approached with a dagger drawn and tried to stab her. Luckily, she was wearing her ceremonial sword and she dispatched the poor soul just as easily as if it had been razor sharp.
The Queen look at her new lady-in-waiting, la comtesse de Contraire and said, “I’m afraid somebody wants me dead.”