It is never easy raising two boys bound for royal service. From the time they were small, their manners were checked, their cloths pressed, and their studies strict. Whereas a queen in the wealthier countries would rely on a nanny’s assistance in the rearing of the future king and his brother, Queen Felicia took it upon herself to raise the princes.
Marques, the Prince Royal, would someday wear the crown of Alisubbo, and so he learned the ways of diplomacy, sat in on meetings with foreign dignitaries, and studied his own country’s strengths and weaknesses.He grew into a bright young man full of compassion. After the final battle against Taikus, when war devastated his country, the plague spread. Marques took it upon himself to find a cure and traveled the world over studying medicine, and gleaning from knowledgeable professors, journals, and essays – so that he might bring a cure back to his native land.
Martim, the younger, was an artist. A musician, a lover of peace, an introvert. He cared for his country, loved his family, and spent his time with the children in the hospital, teaching them music. It was in the arts, he understood, that souls were enriched. A child may have all the medicine in the world, he believed, but if they did not have a melody in their heart, they lacked a will to live. And so Martim brought life to the hospital. And when the children were healed, they came to the castle and played music for the queen. In this, Martim felt fulfilled.
Queen Felicia was proud of her sons. She taught them that humility was more royal than pride, that responsibility as a ruler rest in the care of souls rather than acquiring wealth, and that love was more important than recognition. Her humility was seen by the commoners of Alisubbo,and appreciated.
However, as is so true in all of life, that which is quiet and peaceful, was overruled by a blaring trumpet of discontent.