This idea has been tossing around in my head for a while now and I thought it’s was finally time to get a second opinion on it. I’m currently writing an isekai/dark fantasy IF that’s about 50k words currently without code, but this idea has been plaguing me so I’ve been wondering if I should start writing it. Here’s the rough synopsis:
You are the lowly halfling child of the High King of Faeryim.
No one cares about you. No one sees you. No one gives a damn if you live or die.
It is a price to pay when you’re the twelfth born to the throne. Usually, that wouldn’t matter in Faeryim, and you would have been treated with the same respect as your siblings. The Fates do not discriminate against such things when the heirs’ petition for the throne. But the fact that your half-human disrupts the courts and, consequently, the Fates as well. Humans were once a slave race in Faeryim. Although your father had outlawed slavery among the courts two hundred years ago after signing a peace treaty between the human houses and the fae, the old ideals still remain throughout the fae realm. There have been many cases where humans become caught in a deal or glamoured to serve the fae ‘willingly’ until they eventually die from unspecified circumstances. No one spared a blink to investigate further; after all, the treaty only covered the specific conditions, and The High King made room for loopholes without causing total enslavement and then the extinction of humankind.
Though thankfully, you are also half-fae. So, most leave you to your own devices if you do not stir up trouble. So, you attend your lessons, avoid the machinations of your fellow peers, and try to stay out of the fae court’s deadly dances until you’re old enough to fight back. But one night, you start receiving visions of strange creatures (well, strange for the Faeryim anyways), and you are left scrambling to figure out what they mean.
Tensions start to rise amongst the Courts as rumors of one of your father’s old foes resurface, and you somehow find yourself caught in the middle.
Something is coming to Faeryim, and you can only hope that you will survive the fallout.
Viridian (he/him): The emotionless heir and firstborn of the ruling Duke of the Winter Court. A cold, stoic, and incredibly handsome fae who inspires to live up to his family’s reputation as the High King’s generals, nothing seems to faze him. He usually ignores you, and you prefer it that way; you’ve seen what that fae can do with a sword. But when you outdo him in class or any other activity, he always makes sure to put you back in your place, though you’ve noticed that you are not unique in this treatment. He tends to eliminate anyone who outshines him. But what’s curious about him is that he has never judged or scorned you for your human blood, just for your deeds. He is an odd fae, and he leaves you with so many questions when you find yourself in a rare chance alone with him.
Mayra (she/her): The bubbly daughter of the Light Court’s Ambassador. She is a sunny and bright little fae who is new to the High Court and unbeknownst to the court’s ways. Her mother dumped her at the castle while she dealt with the High Court, and you met Mayra on accident while walking to the Grand University. Now she has declared that she will be your friend, with or without your consent, and has been your devoted protector when other fae decide to ridicule you. As she gets used to her new life at court, she surprisingly becomes immensely popular, and you often wonder if the kindness Mayra gives you is not some sick trick she is playing on you for her amusement. After all, no one makes it in the fae court’s higher social circles without a bit of blood on their hands, and you refuse to become another victim.
Cassius (he/him): The only surviving fae to the ruling branch of the Night Court and Duke of the Night Court when he reaches the proper age to rule. Years ago, a fire burned down the Night Castle, and the entire family perished except Cassius. Many do not know what happened that night, and Cassius refuses to talk about it, though there have been many rumors that the fae himself was the one to start the fire. It would explain his behavior, as he turned quite nasty after the event. Or that’s what you’ve been told. Cassius has never spoken a kind word to you, nonetheless, about his family. All you get from him are barbs, harmful pranks, blatant bullying, and borderline assault when a sword fight goes wrong. Everything you do annoys him, so much so that he tends to mock you whenever he sees you.
Solandas (they/them): The baron of the Fall Court’s wayward second child. A trickster through and through, you meet them after the end of their quest to steal Cassius’ necklace and trade it for some mulberries in the market square. Unfortunately for them, it did not turn out well, and you find them strung up, hanging upside-down from a tree while on your way back to the castle. As you get to know them, you become unlikely friends as they tell you about their travels, and you are surprised that they don’t seem to care about your human blood. Although they seem like a very go-lucky kind of fae with their rakish smiles and charming winks, you can’t help but notice how their shoulders tense up when you mention anything about the Fall Court.
Areyuina (she/her): A human girl you saved from dying in a glamour-induced state. Instead of running off back across the human border like most in her situation, Areyuina has sworn herself into your service for your kindness. A very tough and loyal woman, she has become your guard of sorts and has taken up the sword to defend you in your time of need. Areyuina is very closed-lipped about how she ended up in Faeryim, though she has told you a bit about how she was tricked by a Gaurnal and forced across the border against her will. You do not bring it up usually in respect to her wishes, but it doesn’t keep you from wondering, especially when she has been disappearing from your side more often than not lately.
Viridian: Like most of the Court of Winter heirs, Viridian has short straight white hair that is pushed back from his face, showing his pointy ears and sparkly snowy pale skin, which is stark against his ruby red eyes. Many have compared Viridian to his father for their similarities, though Viridian eventually surpasses his father in height, standing at 7’3. He prefers to dress in all white, keeping his ivory feathered wings tucked away, and he always has a signet ring of the Winter court over his gloved thumb.
Mayra: A beautiful fae, even amongst faerie standards, Mayra has golden irises and black scleras that shine against her glimmering ebony skin. Like most of the light court’s shifters, she has golden marks decorating her skin that change shape and color depending on her mood. Mayra also has a habit of changing her hairstyle: from multicolored box braids to dying her naturally coily hair into a hideous bright pink; you don’t believe there is anything that fae won’t experiment with. She usually looks like a rainbow threw up on her, and it becomes a bit blinding as she is pretty unavoidable not to look at being 6’1.
Cassius: This nightingale fits almost too perfectly into the stereotype of the Night Court. With short wavy black hair that falls slightly over his forehead and midnight blue eyes that have slits down the middle, he intimates most he comes across, whether it be from his painfully sharp beauty, devilish smirk, or his towering 6’8 height. He usually can be seen in blacks or dark midnight blues that enhance the shimmer of his lightly tanned skin, though no matter what he wears, a brilliant sliver pendant with an odd symbol hangs down from around his neck. You never see his wings, horns, or tail that nightingales usually have, but you sometimes notice a quick flicker of scales on his skin. Of course, he could be mistaken as human if it weren’t for his pointy ears, black claws, and unearthly beauty, but you would never want to be caught saying that to his face.
Solandas: Fae come in all colors and species, but this fae has a penchant for matching the colors of the court they hail from. Their long silky red hair, dark brown antlers covered in gold, and sharp purple eyes are quite in the pattern for an autumn fae, though the odd twig or two they tie up their hair with is not. They like wearing clothes along the same color pattern, and a few leaf-like accessories can always be spotted on their ensembles that match the little doe-like spots on their bronze skin. Sol tends to express themself with intricately drawn patterns of glitter and eyeliner which you think they steal from Mayra, but if someone asks, they are usually with their signature sharp-toothed grin. Also, they are considered one of the only short fae you have an acquaintance with since they are 5’8, although they don’t seem bothered by their height. In fact, you swear they might enjoy it.
Areyuina: A short and stocky woman, Aeryuina is all muscles. She stands well below the fae at 5’4, but this does not seem to affect her in any way. On the contrary, many tend to outright run from her, which you suspect might be due to her fierce success on the training grounds. She has thick black hair cut to her shoulders and wears properly cleaned silver-plated armor. In addition, she wears a pair of brown pants that hug her muscled thighs and calves, bringing out her soft brown eyes and olive skin.
MC can be set as either male/female or non-binary
MC can romance all ROs regardless of their gender.
MC is half-fae so they will have options to have wings/tail/etc. in the game. But this is will be an optional choice for the player and not a requirement.
MC will always be half-fae and will always be the twelfth born of the High King’s children.
Should I write it?