Story Background – The Story of Jewell

25 Nov

This is a bit of background – i was trying to mimic a dramatic recitation – for a later SIM story.


The Story of Jewell

A long time ago, in a kingdom now lost to time, there were three princes – their names have been forgotten – and a princess.  Her name was Jewell.

The king, their father, called his sons to him and said “I will give each of you money, men and a Royal Charter to do with as you please, so I may divine which of you is suited to inherit the throne.”

The princess, upon hearing of this, demanded to be allowed to take part too.  Her brothers laughed at the thought of a princess making a bid for the throne, but her father agreed to let her try to prove herself.  And so the four royal children set out into the land.

The first brother took possession of a vast estate and ruled with an iron fist, draining every last drop from the land.  And so he became known as the Prince of Might.

The second brother built an army and invaded the neighbouring country.  And so he became known as the Prince of War.

The third brother moved to a town and spent his money on wine, women and song.  And so he became known as the Prince of Pleasure.

The princess moved to a small town on the other side of the great swamp, showed the population her charter and went to work, digging out harbours and damming rivers and draining parts of the swamp and, most importantly of all, calling sailors and craftsmen and everyone else who wanted a new life to her banner.  Her new city grew and thrived.  And so she became known as the Princess of Coin.

And then, before he could proclaim the winner, the king died.

The Prince of Might insisted he should rule.  He’d run an estate and made it pay.  But he was deeply hated.

The Prince of War insisted he should rule.  He’d crushed army after army.  But he was deeply feared.

The Prince of Pleasure insisted he should rule.  He was loved.  But he was neither feared nor hated. 

And the Princess merely smiled, and watched as her brothers went to war.

The civil war lasted years.  The land was devastated.  But in the end, one prince took possession of the ruined kingdom, and his eyes alighted on his sister’s domains.

And he led his army across the swamp and stopped under her gates.  “I am the King of this Kingdom,” he roared.  “Give me your homage, as your rightful monarch, or I will take it by force.”

And the Princess replied “these lands were granted to me by our father, to have and hold as I see fit.  They will never be yours.”

The Prince roared a command.  His army advanced on the walls.

And the Princess spoke a single word.  “Drown them.”

The dams broke, one by one, unleashing a torrent of water that cascaded down and swept away the enemy army.  The Prince died, howling his defiance to the last, as his horse was picked up and carried down to the sea.  They say his ghost still haunts the swamp to this day.  Certainly, no one dares go out after dark.

But the Princess?  She became our first ruler.  And we named our city in her honour. 

That was then.  This is now.

7 Responses to “Story Background – The Story of Jewell”

  1. stephen November 25, 2022 at 3:19 pm #

    Spoke a single word, nice try. hehe please sir may I have some more

  2. Alan Baldwin November 25, 2022 at 5:08 pm #

    Hi I have some very sad news to give you. Alan was in a motorcycle accident the end of Sept. and has since passed away Oct 30. He very much enjoyed your stories & was an avid reader. He will be missed by many many people. Please take care. Gail Alan’s wife.

    • chrishanger November 25, 2022 at 6:31 pm #

      I’m very sorry to hear that – you and he will be in my prayers.


  3. Bob November 25, 2022 at 9:30 pm #

    Moar !!!

  4. Matthew W Quinn November 26, 2022 at 1:36 pm #

    Oh that’s a clever story.

  5. Matt Harris November 28, 2022 at 11:58 pm #

    That was a tasty tidbit.

  6. MarkR November 29, 2022 at 5:17 pm #

    Please don’t use the word “mimic” in your posts Chris (‘This is a bit of background – i was trying to mimic a dramatic recitation – for a later SIM story.’) You know how much it will scare the SiM natives!!

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