What if a child were born holding a sword? Literally, holding a sword.
The Farellas are born with weapons. These weapons are immediately confiscated and hidden on another world in a secret location, reserved until their rightful owners are old enough to master them. This has been the history for generations of Farella rule over Grendhill. Children born to the ruling Farella heir or heiress are born to protect the realm from invasion and war. They are born to train, to study, and to serve their people, marked by their royal arms which never rust or chip.
Until Aton is born without a weapon in his hands.
Aton and his siblings (quintuplets!) grow up as tradition demands, until their day of Departure, when Domire, Valkyr, Misolfa, and Tido travel to Harrval to retrieve their weapons and train in isolation. Aton stays behind and narrowly misses witnessing his parents being abducted.
Now the five siblings need to steer Grendhill through this national crisis while trying to rescue (or ransom?) their parents in the middle of a period that is supposed to be a time of isolation and concentration for them.
The Grendhill Chronicles Podcast - Prologue, Part 2
Solmi carries the Royal Arms to Harrval. Don and Sam discuss issues with this story segment and also explore details of government in Grendhill and Esclace.
Story - Chapter 1-Tradition-Part 1
We meet our young royals, now about to come of age to go retrieve their weapons from another world.
Chat - Powers Explored
In this world building discussion episode, Don and Sam explore what special abilities Aton might have.
Story - Prologue Part 3
We meet Uillia and Solmi hides the Royal Arms, and we meet Zulfanael, Myndael, and King Augfi for the first time. Read this story segment here and here, or access it wherever you get your podcasts.
The Grendhill Chronicles Podcast - Prologue, Part 1
Background of Grendhill and the Farella children. Discussion on naming of social media presence.