Before the old King grew very old, there was an organized and orderly system of centralized government. As their King descended ever more into senility, so did the nobility become emboldened to ignore his edicts. In the matter of a few years, blood feuds and property line disputes became the order of the day. It was into this morass of internecine warfare that Princess Devant, a widow and her daughter, Princess Pirouette found themselves upon the death of Prince Devant.
Prince Devant had been the focus of the people’s hopes and dreams for a brighter future. Upon his demise in a hunting accident, there was an overwhelming outpouring of grief on a national scale. Funeral wreaths were hung on every door. Black was the only color to be seen in apparel and interior design. For the King and his council, it was a crisis of such magnitude that Parliament was convened for the first time in a decade. Their first act was to summon Princess Pirouette and her mother to Court where His Royal Majesty could keep an eye on them and protect them from the factionalism that was tearing the Kingdom apart.