Of Lite and Darke

The New Reign (Book 1: Of Lite and Darke)

I am Larna, daughter to the queen of Feyen. Second in line to the crown. Second... BAH! My mother is a fool. My sister will never become queen. I've seen this in a vision. As the good daughter I told my mother this... and did she believe me? No, of course not. So it is up to me to prove her wrong.
As soon as the moon is high. As soon As my sibling sleep their lives will be over and I will rule all of Feyen. Of course I will need someone to blame. The visiting princess. The heir to Darke will do nicely. Her and her teacher.
No, maybe not her teacher. He knows the Dark Arts. He knows how to kill with nothing more than a look. Yes he would do nicely for my consort. His power adding to my own. Then I can rule not only Feyen but all the lands where Feyen blood runs.
Yes that will do nicely.

I am Nisha, the only daughter... the only child of the late Queen Adrianna and her husband Myrddin. Both died... vanished... were taken? I do not know the truth. Those who might are no longer of the living nor the dead. And how do I know this?
Because I am the Queen of the Under Kingdom. The Queen of the dead. And I have questioned every person... every being that has ever existed... as to what had happen that night. No one knows the answer. So I must wait until my eighteenth year. I must wait until I take what is mine by birthright.
I plan every day to find the truth. I plan to destroy anyone who dared to take my parents away. With help of my dear cousin, The Crown Princess of Lite and her Betrothed we press each other's natural abilities not daring to learn anything that does not come naturally. Least not yet.
But soon. Oh So Soon I will teach those who doubt me... those who took my parents from me... Exactly why they should fear me.
I am Nisha... And I am the darkness.


Chapter 1: Larna
She stood towering over her mother's body. Her golden sword plunged into the heart of the woman who had given her life. Holding her translucent black wings still, she glanced over her shoulder, her father's lifeless head on the floor but a few feet away from where his body had fallen. He had been the last Feyen warrior to fall.
The last before her mother.
Her mother's blood was already starting to pool around her body. Not the red lifeblood that most fey had, no her mother's was blue. An oddity unto it's self. Watching the blood seeping out of her body, she could have spat on her face for making her take this drastic measure. But if she did it would ruin her plans, and that she wouldn't do. "You should have listened to me mother. Now look at what has become of you."
Pulling her blade free she used it to cut the fabric of her golden gown. Made sure the cut on the fabric mirrored the cuts on her own skin. Not deep enough to hinder her but deep enough to look like she had escaped the slaughter. Escaped as the last surviving heir... the last of her mother's bloodline. After all anyone who had seen anything were bound to her. Their memories were whatever she decided that they would be. Right now she choose for them to believe that a hooded man stormed the castle coming from out of nowhere and slaughtering all that had stood in his way.
Yes that would do nicely. And as for the man... Oh well she had plan for that as well. Myrddin was either going to marry her or every Feyen citizen would believe that he had been behind the massacre. After all there wasn't anyone alive that didn't know how powerful he truly was nor how dangerous.
A smile formed on her face. He was exactly what she needed. A Feyen man with more natural ability and dark power then the whole royal family of Feyen. Or she should say the now dead royal family.
But tomorrow would be soon enough for that... Tonight.... She had to finish this. Sniffling till tears started to run hot down her face she took a deep breath then took off in a terrified sprint down the bloody castle halls. Her ripped gown collecting blood from the fallen guards as she ran. There wasn't anyone alive in this part of the castle or at least not anyone that would be to any use for her plan to work. So screaming for help would do no use at least not until she saw the light coming from the main gate... Then she let out a shrill scream, "HELP! Help Me!"
The guard turned at once toward the sound. It only took a second for him to recognize her as one of the royal family. When he did he ran to her aid. Just as he made it to her she collapsed into his arm sobs running down her face as she gasped for air, "Princess... What..."
Catching her breath she forced out, "A hooded intruder... My mother you have to ..." Clawing at him she tried to push away, "Please you have to help her."
That was all he needed to hear. A bolt of lightning flashed from his finger tips lighting the signal fire. Not a moment later more than a dozen armed guards stood surrounding them. All their eyes battle ready and scanning for signs of trouble. Yet none moved for a minute waiting for the captain to join them.
A heart beat then two and guard who was holding the sobbing princess took command. "We'll notify the captain later. The royal family is being attacked. The Queen is first priority." Glancing down at the princess he continued, "Princess Larna please come with me. The guard tower will be safe. You have my word."

I can't believe how much one person can ruin everything inside of my Kingdom. My grandmother's gardens that I have seen paintings of are now overgrown. Weeds choking out the life of her beauties. Not that it really matters in the whole scheme of things but tit sums up the state of Darke pretty well. 
Edrich is gone but his influence not so much. 
The low borne who has been running everything are threatening revolt. The Highborne who have been forced into a kind of slavery have little to no fight left in them.  
And the laws from the queens before me...  
How could anyone live under so many archaic pieces of nonsense that it doesn't even add up to troll dung? It's ridiculous to say the least. It is little wonder that my mother was faced with the revolt that took both her and my father away from me. A revolt  that kept me away from growing up in this vast country.  
But I can fix this. 
No I will fix this. I don’t have a choice. 
Ethan however does. And he chooses to silently watch everything and everyone. Speaking only after he has formed an opinion on what needs fixed depending on the situation. Of course speaking before thinking had proven a good way to be turned into furniture.  

-Journal of Queen Nisha 

Character Interview with Nisha

Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?

What is the happiest memory from your childhood?

Who was your best friend growing up?

Well I was born in the Spire which boarded my mother's kingdom and my aunt's. However I was raised by my aunt in her kingdom of Lite. It was fun I guess. I mean I had my cousin to grow up with but I often wonder how much different my life would have been if I would have been raised in my own kingdom.
Well... there was this time Lilly and i were playing in the courtyard and all of the black birds from the kingdom flew down around us. Now, no one has ever believed me... but they... the birds... told me that I would look fabulous in feathers. So I agreed them. Of course once i had all the darling feather we had scores of birds without feathers and they were all shivering. So Lilly and I spent the rest of the day making each one it's own sweater to wear until their feather's grew back. Aunt Celeste was not happy but my Uncle Blake found it hilarious and even said I could possibly be worse then hoe my mother had been when she was young. I never did get him to explain that to me.
Well I'm close to Lilly but my house elf marigold is my best friend. She is the only one who will scold me and argue with me. Even today she's the only one willing to step up to that unspoken line.

Who is your enemy? What makes you enemies?

Do/did you have a close relationship with your family?

I do not know who my enemy is. Or at least not who is pulling the strings. I know someone orchestrated the disappearance of my family. I know my Proxy has stolen my kingdom. Or at least takes liberties that are not his to take. But the whispers tell me some one else is behind everything. And that some one wants my powers for their own. And I am not someone who will allow any one to use me. 
I am very close to my cousin Lilly even if she is my exact opposite. Well maybe not my exact opposite... but we do complement each other pretty well. 

Who do you most admire in your world? Why?

There are so many interesting people in the whole of my Star. But I would have to say that I am still in awe of the vale that covers Darke. It blocks most of the suns rays and allows for those who can't tolerate the sun to carry out activities during normal hours. Some even run shops. It's truly amazing. 

Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?

What are your goals? What would you like to achieve?

What is the most important lesson you've learned about life?

The star has no name. Or at least not one that any know. But my Kingdom is the largest and is in the middle of the great landmass. My aunts country is north and is called Lite. Feyen is just north of that. to the left of Feyen is Manicora to the right is the Mystic Woods. The woods boarder the entire right sides of Feyen, Lite, Darke and the right northern boarder of the Marsh Lands. The marsh runs along the southern boarder of Darke and into Draken. Draken then Borders the left side of both Darke and Lite and southern boarder on Manicoria.

However I hear that once long ago all of the countries were one. And were ruled by a single queen. I have no way of knowing if this is true or not.
Let's see short term taking my kingdom back to the point where my mother and grandmother had had it. Long term? Rid the realm of the serpents that dwell in the marshlands. Not that I can but oh how i would love to. So realistically, i don't know... Learn how to be a daughter and wife. Learn more about all of my new abilities that I find myself with. But mostly teaching Ethan how to handle his natural abilities. 
Never ever trust anything. Words Lie. Actions can me manipulated. And memories changed. Of course I suppose you need to trust in something so trust yourself and what your gut tells you.

What is the strangest situation you've ever found yourself in?

I don't know about strange but Lilly says it terrified her.... You see Lilly and I was visiting the Draken royal family and I wanted to go explore. His majesty had his eldest son take us out to the forest. I guess he was there to protect us from all of the butteries and bunnies.

Anyways we walked through the woods for what seemed like forever and out of nowhere we were surrounded by more then a dozed slobbering, snarling trolls. The prince attacked one that would have given us a way to escape.

But the beast scared poor Lilly so badly I know I had to so something. I'm not really sure what I did but all but the one troll that the prince took down was shredded into nothing more then ribbons. So like I said not strange but it's close enough.

What is your greatest fear? How did/will you overcome it?

Believe it or not but i am terrified of heights. Not something I have really gotten over but I try not to think about when I decide that I want to be a dragon for a few hours.

Oh shoot...
Don't tell anyone that I'm the dragon it's suppose to be a secret. 

What was the most embarrassing moment in your life?

Oh geese, I would have to say the first time I met Marigold. I was trying to find something to wear to some party or some other nonsense that my aunt was having. Any how Marigold came into my room and there I was in my undergarments standing knee high in skirts, blouses, dresses and bits of cloth that I still don't know where they had come from.

She took one look at me and... yelled... well yelled after making a sound of teakettle. Marigold caused such a commotion that my room filled with every castle guard that had been close. Then after she realized we were sounded with very battle ready guards , she had the gull to tell me that it was my fault.

Not a fun day to say the least. 

Do you have any hobbies? What are they?

I love changing into different things. From animals to objects both large and small. Lilly would say I love tossing water on bags of cats. I'm not sure what that means but if it means getting into trouble that just about sums it up.

Who has been the greatest influence in your life? Why?

Where is the best place to visit in your world? What places should visitors avoid?

Do you have a secret you've never told anyone? Would you tell us?

Grandmother is my greatest influence. She worked with me on some very complicated spells that she swears neither my mother nor aunt could ever dream of completing. We have always had a special kind of bond with each other.
I do. You see when I was about ten Marigold's father was assigned to be my personal guard. Anyhow we were exploring a old cave or interesting bugs, rocks and moss. And he went a head of me and the cave fell in.

It was the first time used my ability to transform into anything. I don't have a name for the created I became but I was able to dig him out of tons of rock. It didn't matter that I had worked quickly because his injuries were very bad and my skill with healing is horrible even today. However I am wonderful at bringing the newly dead back to full life without any scratches or anything.

Now I could have ran back to the castle and go help. But I didn't And I will not apologizes for what I did. Nor did my guard ever want me to. But I stopped his heart in order to save him.

I only ever told Lilly. She requested that I never tell anyone... ever.
Let me think, I love the underwater kingdom but most people can't visit it. But let me assure you it's breath taking. Image a large brightly colored city. Towering buildings. Trees made of fur and scales. Flowers that smell like honey. All the while the sea creatures and fish swimming just outside of a massive dome.

Oh and I know for fact that the mer-people have the ability to loose their tails for legs anytime they wish. I don't know who came up that they have to stay in the water and swim ever where. It is very puzzling to me.

Now as far as stay away from. One would think it would be the Forbidden Wasteland but in truth it's the Under Kingdom. Those who live there have retired from the living and want their powers to drain away returning them to the star itself. They are very private people and fiercely protective of their space. Even if those who dwell there hated each other in life they let every go to live together there. 

What is the greatest obstacle you have ever had to face?

Finding what happen to my parents. According to my aunt both my mother and father died in a fire during an uprising. But according to my grandmother and everyone else they say the fire just took them. So if the fire took them where did they go? It took a long time for me to find that answer. 

Have you ever been in love? How did that work out for you?

Not really. At least not until I met Ethan but that was after I was told that we were betrothed. IT seems to be working out just fine for the moment. 

What kind of clothing do you prefer to wear?

What do you own that would be hardest to part with? Why?

What was the most exciting adventure you've ever been on?

Anything that is comfortable. Mostly long dresses because a queen must look a certain way. But I've been known to wear leggings and blouses. 
I have this one necklace I don't wear it often but I simply could not bare to part with it. You see it was my mother's given to her by my father the day received the blessing from Queen Elista to marry.
Um... Well.. I guess that would be the first time I swam to the underwater kingdom. It started out I was playing hide and seek with Lilly and David. And well... I saw the bottomless lake so I dove in the water. You can't even fathom the moment I realized that I can breath under the water. Needless to say I spent far too much time under the water and Lilly though I had been kidnapped or something.

It was a few years before I told Lilly the truth. It wasn't until I dragged her into the water with me that she knew what I said was truth. Sadly Lilly couldn't breath under the water so I couldn't show her the beauty of the kingdom.

What is your favorite food? If it's an usual one, could you describe it for us?

What was your greatest achievement?

Well I so hate to brag but most fey only master five natural abilities by their eighteenth year. Then later they may learn one or two more. Currently I have mastered nearly two dozen. And just think it will be another century before I grow into my full strength. The thought alone terrifies my aunt.
Any fey worth anything loves nectar but I do so love anything sweet. My cook makes me special tarts with fruit and some kind of sweet cheese. They are so good they actually melt in my mouth. 

What do you regret most in your life? Why?

Not having my parents for all of the special moments. You know most kids have them there for their first steps. Their first flight with their wings. The day they turn ten light cycles. Little things. I never had that.

Oh, I had my family but I always felt something missing.

Known Family tree 

Queen Alista

Royal Family of the Marshlands

Royal Family of Draken

The Royal House of Lite and Darke