🗝️ rune leovani🗝️
the key to the kingdom
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✨ appearance ✨
their transformed appearance is the same as above, except…
🏰 personality 🏰
On the surface, Rune is the model royal — impeccably polite, charmingly friendly, and astoundingly bright. There are times when they seem distant and aloof, maybe even cold, but they're quick to shake off such appearances with a smile... until they find a moment to themselves. Away from prying eyes they're a withdrawn, anxious, paranoid mess who is distrustful of everyone and everything. They're easily frustrated, extremely temperamental, and quick to anger, but Rune takes care to never let anyone get close enough to see it.
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✨ history ✨
Nothing much was expected of Rune Leovani when they were born. A child from one of the more derided lines of Dovendale's royal family, and with their position in the line of succession leagues away from the throne, all that was asked of Rune was to look handsome and to avoid embarrassing the crown. This unusually loose leash for a child of royalty let them pursue whatever subjects they wanted, and they almost instantly found themselves neck-deep in the arts and sciences. A tween Rune with a bodyguard on their heels was a well-known sight in the salons and ateliers of the kingdom.
Whatever future Rune could have had as some sort of wunderkind vanished at their first coming-of-age ceremony. They were supposed to simply swear their loyalty to the kingdom on the crown's most prized possession, Dovendale's Key, and then they would be free to leave and do whatever they wanted for the rest of the day. When Rune touched the key, however, a bright light enveloped them, leaving them wearing strange and powerful regalia when it abated.
The entire ceremony was thrown into chaos. The royal family went into a frenzy. Historians were called. Mages were summoned. Rune spent weeks sequestered in the gilded bowels of the royal castle, where they were always in arm's reach of a wizard or a witch doctor or a monk always wanting one more test, one more scrying session, one more recitation of what happened. All the academics and all the spellcasters eventually gathered all their research and presented their conclusions to the king and queen. The shockwaves from the bombshell they would drop tore through the royal family and turned their frenzy into an uproar.
Dovendale's Key, thought to be just a piece of history, was in truth a powerful artifact whose magic was long thought lost, lying dormant for generations before it bound itself to Rune. The academics also brought up an obscure law dating back to the kingdom's foundation that was of greater concern. The law read that if Dovendale's Key ever found a bearer it bonded with, then that bearer immediately became the heir-apparent. And since there was nothing in the current laws that superceded or conflicted with it...
The king and queen were in shock. Rune's family was confused, then exhilarated. Rune themself was dismayed and devastated. Everyone else was absolutely, totally, utterly furious.
At first, attempted theft of the key was common. Rune was always seen with it while miserably slogging through their new set of duties. It seemed simple for a bitter relative to snatch the key when no one was looking and book it — only for the relative to uncurl their fist a second later and go wide-eyed at their empty hand. The key would reappear at Rune's side like it was never disturbed.
Then efforts to get Rune out of the picture escalated. Practice weapons were sabotaged. Carriage wheels were loosened. Reagents were tampered with. Food and drink were poisoned. The power of Dovendale's Key helped Rune brush off every attempt and someone eventually got desperate enough to straight-up hire an assassin. The plot was found out and thwarted before it could begin, but it finally inspired Rune's parents to find some way to protect their child.
A few nights later, their prayers were answered with another key. After conferring with the royal mages came up with nothing, a traveling bard overheard their plight and took pity on the parents' predicament. She handed them a strange key that would open the way to a sanctuary for magic users and told them how to use it. Rune would be safe as long as they stayed there, the bard assured.
Mr. and Mrs. Leovani made a beeline to their home and immediately had the servants pack their child's things. Before dawn's light broke, Rune was unceremoniously shuffled through the door to Mahou Wando with all their belongings in tow.
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