The Mirror Tells No Lies
Over 250 years after Snow White’s death, a new generation of heroes, magicians, and monsters struggle with the consequences of her happily ever after.
Some would say that when Snow White and Prince Charming the First ruled the Kingdom of Evaenor, they brought a Golden Age of peace when they banned the barbaric ways of magic the Poisoner Queen wielded so ruthlessly. In fact, that is what Ruby Wryder believed until the Inquisitors came to arrest her and she had to flee to the forest. She finds shelter with a mysterious group of healers calling themselves The Sisterhood who use magic in defiance of the law. Their leader is the enigmatic Abbess, a powerful magical creature who at once fascinates and terrifies young Ruby. While Ruby strives to learn more about the secret magic that attempts to survive in the shadows of the Kingdom, she and the Sisterhood are unaware that the King has fallen deathly ill. Desperate to save his father, Prince Phillip Charming the IV must seek the help of the Sisterhood, though he distrusts magicians as much as they distrust him.
Snow White. Cinderella. Prince Charming the First.
They are dead.
They have been dead for over 250 years.
You’d never know it with how damned near-obsessed people still are with their lives, as though we’ve already achieved all the greatness we can as a society. Is our Kingdom so mediocre that we cannot hope to achieve better than a pumpkin carriage and ridiculously small and impractical footwear?
I think we love that old guard, that Golden Age, because we dream that we can be them one day. Someday, our bitter cup could be taken away and we too might live happily ever after. People love a bit of fantasy.
But there are consequences to a happily ever after too easily won, though they never felt them in the halls of the White Palace. We carried them on our backs.
Then, just as we were all about to sink from the weight of our burdens, a few brave souls crawled out of the mire and fought for happily ever after.