A rebellion rages in the Kingdom of Draiwen as the land grows ever more enveloped in winter. Spies lurk in the castle, awaiting their next opportunity to strike, while the royal army pushes on to eradicate the uprising. Meanwhile, across the sea, on the throne of the kingdom of Myrh sits a mad king, a self-proclaimed god. His litany of bastards fill the kingdom, and everyone struggles to carve out a piece of power for themselves.
PB: Cillian Murphy
As a bastard son of the god-king, Balan Storm should have gotten everything he wanted. He took land and title, and the position of Lord Huntsman in his father's court- tracking down other siblings who try to hide- easily enough, but what he could never capture was the heart of obsession, Iseult Sabanok. She reciprocated the interest for a time, but instead fell in love with Malphas Storm, one of Balan's half-siblings. Seeking revenge, Balan became lover to Iseult's married sister, Lyona Valefar, fathering a child by her that he has only recently learned of, twenty-three years after the child's birth. He now finds himself promised to protect his son, Krispin, searching for ways he might prove useful in the constant struggle in the god-king's court...
Character Connections Already in Play: Lover, son, rivals, multiple half-siblings, father, object of obsession
PB: Gwendoline Christie
When everyone is looking to take, you must be able to give... a sword to the gut. Despite discouragement from learning how, Nimue is better with a sword than most would be willing to test themselves against. She stands with her brother to protect her family against a court of wolves and snakes. It's complicated by a nephew's illegitimate lineage that has forced the family to court.
Character Connections Already in Play: Brother, Sister-in-law, Nephews, Enemies, Potential lover
The Illicit Lovers
PB: Marion Cotillard
Caelia is the bastard child of a madking and a woman of absolute ambition. Her parents raised her to be a queen and nearly everything she has done has been in pursuit of this with the exception of her love affair with one of the king's other bastards, Lucan Storm. Married to the King's Torturer, her affair with Lucan is a secret that could end her life. Caelia is no put upon woman, however, playing both men equally. She enjoys the control she has over Lucan, getting him to do her bidding, stringing him along even though she would give up even him to become Queen. Complicating such matters is her husband's daughter from a previous marriage who knows of her secret affair, her lover's growing obsession with her step-daughter as he works to bring down her husband, and her other half-siblings who have similar ambitions to her own.
Character Connections Already in Play: Husband, step-children, half-siblings/rivals, father
PB: Matthew Goode
One of the king's many bastards, Lucan Storm has always been a man who has preferred the appearance of seeing entirely uninvolved with court scandals. He has been in love with his half-sister, Caelia, since he first arrived at his father's court, trying to get her to run away with him. She refused and so he has stayed, wrapped up in all of the games that they play. Though he acts a gentleman who never gets his hands dirty, he relishes in manipulation. He has a long-standing hatred for Caelia's husband, Lord Dagon, and would like to see nothing more than the man destroyed. He's developed a fascination with the man's mad daughter and would delight in using her to utterly destroy the man. He might not want to be King, but Lucan is a man who works to get what he wants and destroy who he wants.
Character Connections Already in Play: Various half-siblings, main rival, lover's stepdaughter/object of interest
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