Edwards Royal Estate, somewhere in the countryside of Laona Province, Xagrurg
Surprisingly, in a nation known (or formerly known, depends on how you look at history) to be an ancient and historical bastion of democracy and liberty, there is a king, queen, and their respective titles and inferiors in Xagrurg, albeit in ceremonial roles in the present day.
At the Edwards Royal Estate is a ball occurring in the large and opulent mansion, with aristocrats, nobles, and other royal family members and relatives attending the evening. As Laona was spared mostly from the attacks of the Auroran-Pacific War, it remained relatively intact. Important people attending the ball were especially the Xagrurgian king, queen, and his prince and princess. The ballroom was bustling with activity, with conversations between landed men filling the room. The prince, whose name was Steven, wearing his expensive suit, tailored by the best artisans in the nation, emphasizing Stevens dashing and handsome figure. Prince Steven was supposed to be attendning a prestigious university overseas, though he hadnt chosen one yet even though he graduated with top honors at his elite boarding school, a noteworthy feat for him. He was to be raised to succeed the king who made sure his children received the best education and opportunities. Unfortunately, Steven had to face the enormous political and social obligations of being the successor as a result.
Back in the ballroom
As other duchies and nobles conversed and danced around Prince Steven, the princess, and two other childhood friends (names of whom are David and Samson) from preparatory school, the group was discussing about recent events and other intellectual topics, Stevens forte, taking a liking to history and learning about political ideologies.
Prince Steven: So, what are your opinions on this rabble going on with our friends to the north in Yasteria? Valokchia is the name I believe of the nation, sipping from his glass of champagne.
David: Valokchia? Steven, how do you expect us to know every nation in the world you nerd?, chuckling. Not all of us are Top 1%ers like you, smiling.
Samson smirks at Davids joke and then says to the group, My knowledge of Yasteria is a bit limited, as I tended to only listen to the parts of Ms. Gleasons lessons where she discussed about Aurora and Concord, though I definitely know that the bloody Kalatian bar-bars are uncivilized savages, grinning widely.
Everyone laughs at the stereotypical joke Samson gave about Kuthernburgs previous infamous history of eating victims alive as Kalatianburg centuries ago. After a minute, the princess, whose name is Amber, finally speaks up.
Princess Amber: Hey, am I the only one here other than Mr. Know-It-All that actually tried in class?, sarcastically mocking David and Samson in a light-hearted way.
Yes! David and Samson yelled in unison at Amber jokingly, attracting the attention of a few nobles to their group.
Princess Amber: Anyway back on topic about Valokchia; my opinion on our friends is that its an interesting situation to observe, looking at the rise of that new ideology Syndicalism I think its called.
Prince David nods in agreement and then says, Quite so, though the loss of innocent lives to the civil war is tragic.
All four of them agree silently. Suddenly, David tries to break the somber mood by changing the topic. So, have you guys heard the new album Sheep by Nervena? Its a fantastic album, probably even better than their Nivermind album, in terms of being more grunge anyway.
Prince Steven: Yeah, Im a fan of them since my prep days, their music acts like a vent for me to relax from all these damn obligations.
Princess Amber: Im not really a fan of Nervena or any of those rock bands. I prefer the classics with instruments such as the piano and acoustic guitar.
Prince Steven: You might find their 93 ME Unplugged album to be good Amber, it has a bunch of acoustics and none of the raunchy stuff in their normal albums.
Princess Amber: Alright, Ill consider it. Anyway, I best be going now, I should discuss with Father about where Im going to go for my university education. See ya guys!
All of three of them wave at Princess Amber as she walks away, displaying her graceful movements and beautiful figure.
David: Shes quite the young lady isnt she?, his eyes stuck on her.
Prince Steven: She has grown up to a strong and amazing lady, Ill give you that. Noticing David is staring at Amber who is presently talking to her father, Steven teases him about this.
Prince Steven: Look what we got here lads, someones got a crush!
David snaps out of his trance and his face quickly turns red. Shut up Steven. Shes charming, Ill give you that. But shes not my type.
Prince Steven then says, Whats is your type then? Men?, smirking.
David again tells Steven to shut up and then suddenly a man gets on the podium at the middle of the ballroom who announces the dance has started.
Well, we better get to our places then, see you guys at the tennis match on Saturday, Prince Steven says to them.
Im going to beat your ass harder than our principal did on students with the slapper, David says to Steven, still remembering the teases from earlier.
Samson then calms David down and hurries him away while Steven quickly runs to his place in the ballroom.