Legends are told of great heroes and villains, their deeds, accomplishments and their
failures but there are also many other stories that are rarely told; stories of the every
day man, the common folk. They are the ones who lived it, saw it and were most
affected by it, though history rarely showcases their stories. Until now. Did you ever
want to know how the greatest heroes of legends got be so? What information did they
have that allowed them to become famous? Or in this case, who was it that forged the
Elemental Swords of Elvendia ? How did they become so imbued with magical energy?
Merithyn Vulcane. He was the blacksmith of T’Landia village where some claim the
swords were forged. Or how about the Knight-Captain Joan D’Arche? Her courage
saved many lives when she was part of the queen’s guard that took out one of the most
feared acolytes of the evil sorceress Mystaria. These are just some examples of the
unsung heroes of Elvendia. And this series will chronicle their adventures and reveal
their contributions to the history that is now so famous.
And now for the main purpose: if you’re a reader of my legacy The Quest for Peace, I
make many references to my world of Elvendia. But since the legacy is about the quest
given to one family to restore the God of Peace back to Olympus, this series is about
Elvendia itself. Using my newest obsession with The Sims Medieval I will try to make
stories using the heroes present in the game and the quests they can undertake to build
the kingdom. Let’s pretend that this isn’t about Earth’s medieval history period…despite
similar sounding names to famous Earthlings of that era…
Lady Ani-Mei sat upon her throne in Elysnos trying to not look so bored with the
mundane and trivial concerns the villagers had. Over all she was a good queen, well
loved and highly respected in the other kingdoms outside of T’Landia but sometimes she
found it hard to not let the people see how exasperated she was with their concerns which
could easily be solved by themselves without her. Her namesake, the goddess Lady Starr
was known for her benevolence and gentle nature.
Build Master Dorian had asked to see her upstairs in the drawing room, she was grateful
for the distraction from court proceedings.
Dorian: Mi’lady, may I ask for a small increase in the grant money allotted for
construction? It is taking more than my original estimate to produce.
Lady Ani-Mei: Of course. Take what you need Dorian.
Dorian: Thank you my liege.
Lady Ani-Mei finally made it out of the castle to walk her lands. T’Landia village was
a small kingdom located in the Central Lands of Elvendia and the hub for trade and
economy of the two surrounding kingdoms of Crafthole and Tredony. Herbology was
introduced from Tredony and she found that she quite enjoyed it. It was relaxing and
allowed her to get her mind of the pressures of being queen. She knew soon that she
would have to be meeting with the foreign dignitaries of the two other kingdoms to
prepare a treaty of ongoing peace.
Occasionally she would venture into the forest surrounding T’Landia village; it was a
bylaw that all travellers to the forest had to carry a weapon of some sort and at least
some form of armour. Lady Ani-Mei was well aware of roaming bandits and thieves that
plagued her kingdom’s borders, it was one of her top priorities to resolve as soon as the
barracks were finished. For the time being however, she had to make due with what she
had; mercenaries from the neighbouring kingdoms.
A loud cry and sounds of approaching footfalls signalled that she was about to encounter
one such bandit herself.
Bandit: ‘Ello there pretty, how bout handing over all yer gold. Then oi won’t ‘ave to kill ya!!
Lady Ani-Mei: You chose the wrong woman to mess with knave!! Engarde!!
The sounds of clashing swords rang through the still, cool air of the forest. The bandit
was clumsy and plodding; his attacks ill-timed and poorly executed. He was an easy
opponent to beat. Lady Ani-Mei had him down on the ground in no time and
whimpering for mercy as she landed another near fatal blow to the main artery of his
right leg. Her intent was not to kill him, just to incapacitate him. He would survive if he
had the brains enough to limp back to wherever he came from and get immediate
treatment; though she had her doubts he’d survive the bears and wolves in the forest.
She was on her way to the caves before the bandit intercepted her, a request had come
from the grave digger about the people who had been dying or were already dead from
the rampant plagues that had only recently been cured. She was concerned for their
souls, and about proper burial rights for the dead. It was well known that the dead would
be sent to spend their Eternity in the After-World which was lovingly tended to by the
goddess Lady Starr, but there was a lack of priests and holy men to ferry their newly
departed souls to the goddess; most of them had died in the plagues themselves.
Lady Ani-Mei assured the grave digger that she would send out a request for a holy man
or priest as soon as she returned to Elysnos. It was not long before she had a reply come
in; a newly ordained priest known as Brother Cassius replied. She welcomed the priest
and made arrangements to have a cathedral built near Elysnos. He was informed of the
differences in the kingdom and he was accepting of them. Though he still worshipped the
one he called the Watcher, he did respect the multiple god hierarchy system that T’Landia
was built upon.
Brother Cassius did seem to be in contact with some sort of being that the
people had never seen before; whoever or whatever it was displayed a rather
unique sign. The shining shafts of light came right through the ceiling, it was
very beautiful to them.
One of the most enjoyable things Lady Ani-Mei looked forward to was the visit by the
minstrel Keenan. He was a dashing, handsome young man who was sought after by
many ladies. He was rumoured to be from an area north of T’Landia but no one could
ever confirm it, certainly his features were unique among the people of the kingdom his
hair colour was that of the sun and his eyes were blue as the seas. Even Lady Ani-Mei
was captivated by him, and she suspected that me might be as equally enamoured with
her. She caught him glancing up at her from his lute as the others danced around; his
eyes only saw her.
Keenan: My queen, if I may?
Lady Ani-Mei: You may.
Keenan: It is my dearest hope that you, in your infinite wisdom and grace, were able to pick
up on my song’s meaning. For you are my muse; my inspiration.
Lady Ani-Mei: I have indeed. You are most talented.
Lady Ani-Mei: As such I shall make a request of you, I wish for you to reside here
permanently so that I may continue to inspire you. You, Minstrel Keenan shall be the Royal
Bard and in my keep.
Keenan: I am honoured, my queen, by your generous and gracious request. I shall
endeavour to serenade you daily and provide entertainment for your royal highness.
Lady Ani-Mei knew then that she had found someone she truly loved. His visits
always made her day. She was able to handle the stresses and pressures of
being the monarch when she could count on his presence to soothe her. His rich,
melodious voice resonated deep within her soul and filled her with such
happiness and joy. Ani-Mei knew he would make a great king some day, he
was as well loved as she was so her people would rejoice if he were to become
Her focus was greatly improved and the treaty she drafted went over very well
with the neighbouring dignitaries. Their alliance was secured and now that it
was done, Ani-Mei could shift focus to her kingdom’s internal strafes. After all,
a kingdom is only as good as its people are; and happy people make for a
In the meantime, until her relationship with Keenan was known she still had to
go through the courtship phase with him. It was the most fun part of the whole
thing really. Ani-Mei could get away for a secret rendezvous with him when
things got tough and he would absolve her of all cares; leaving her with only
him to focus on.
Keenan enjoyed their secret dates as well. He never thought that he, a lowly
minstrel, would be the object of a queen’s affections. He had half expected her to
go for the licentious prince of Tredony who couldn’t keep his eyes (or his other
parts) from wandering and the idea of his muse being trapped with such a poor
excuse for a man made his blood boil. But she chose to court him, an unusual
move for a queen, but nevertheless he was thrilled to be her chosen.
It was beautiful, his love for her grew ever y time he saw her. Some of his most
lovely ballads and sonnets were inspired by their secret meetings; they became
his most requested songs during a performance. For nothing makes a
minstrel’s playing more beautiful than having someone to inspire it daily.
And there you have it; my first attempt at making a series based on The Sims Medieval. I change modes
from first person to narrative only because it helps to keep the flow going for the hero that the chapter
is about. This prologue is based on the first quest you have to do as soon as you make a new kingdom
and some of the later shots are from others that feature the monarch, simply because I didn’t know how
to work the relationship things with them until after I took the first shots. Still can’t figure out the
woohoo portion. I need a little prince or princess for the queen and her minstrel lover. So far the
monarch is the only one I’ve got who’s married but that comes later on. I love this picture of the castle it
was taken right before sunset in the game. ^_^