In the highest mountains of the land lies the Kingdom of Snow. Humans have learned to live in the rough terrain by forming a strong alliance with the dwarven kingdom the lies beneath the surface. Together, both kingdoms have prospered, becoming stronger. Though the windows of the human castle are always frosted, the hearth stays warm and the mead flows freely. However, things have never quite been the same since the death of the dearly beloved human king. With the alchemist queen on the throne, the alliance has slowly been cooling as the royalty struggles to fill the void left by the king father. As the royal court attempts to regain its unified footing once more, a shamanic religion of ice and frost has begun to influence the kingdom. While the dead king's confidants weave the tapestry of royal secrets ever tighter, the younger members of the court work to unravel the threads of their hidden legacy.
Attire: Nordic and viking wear, this kingdom displays furs and woven garments suitable for the harsh climate in the mountains of the north. Find costume inspiration here.
When a woman of common birth was married into royalty, many in the kingdom believed a new age of equality would begin. However, their champion, Cinderella, has set about restoring the kingdom to its former glory, with her ruthless eye for detail. She has also recently started producing the most enchanting garments that everyone is vying over. This increased commerce has restored the Kingdom of Glass' wealth almost overnight.
The common people felt betrayed by their new princess, and with the lesser fae of the working class dying in the streets, whispers of revolution fly about the kingdom. With an impending uprising on their hands, the royalty of Glass has been scrambling to maintain the thriving textile industry while trying to quiet down the rumblings. Among this chaos, Cinderella's court is a patchwork of mercenaries with cutthroat attitudes who will stop at nothing to make sure that the kingdom thrives again even if it means a class war.
Attire: Elegant ball gowns and courtly attire for those attempting to maintain the civility and pretense of the royal court. Edgier hunting fashions and leather armor for those looking to get into some trouble. Find costume inspiration here.
Opulent and ostentatious, the Kingdom of Velvet proves time and time again that no other kingdom can boast quite the extravaganza like they can. The nobility cares deeply about appearances regardless of the plebeian lives they crush under their heels. Make it blue or make it pink, they are not concerned because everything they touch turns to gold. The royal family has created a legacy of affluence and prosperity by littering the countryside with many large opulent castles built on the weak backs of the less fortunate folk.
Although this kingdom may boast the brightest and reddest roses, they also have the largest and sharpest thorns. When the king and queen of the kingdom were murdered, scandals surrounding the royal family seeped through their realm. Stories of abused power, black magic, enslavement, and a bloody nightmare haunting the capital swirl while the royalty secures a strong hold. Despite the countless floggings, the commoners have managed a clandestine agreement with the nobility to assist them with their missing children.
Attire: An indulgent style sets these golden fashionistas apart, with their elaborate hair styles and gowns dripping in embroidery, they are not afraid to show off their wealth in their clothing choices! Find costume inspiration here.
After the magic curse that bound the Beast and his servants was broken, the Kingdom of Petals vowed to never again be subjected to the whims of the arcane. The kingdom had been left unattended for quite some time, and while all of the humans were restored after the curse, the buildings and infrastructure were not. Through militant dedication and an emphasis on industry, the Kingdom of Petals pushed the wolves out of their borders and restored order. The royal family had the people of the kingdom tear down the castles and re-purpose the ornate scrap into raw materials for their war machines. Any remaining magic users in the kingdom have been hunted down and all the enchanted objects burned. Led by their transformed ruler and his curse-breaking bride, the Kingdom of Petals embraced the power of steam and engineering, and condemned any hint of arcane power.
In the midst of this progress, the villages of Petals were attacked from the sea by the merpeople of Tides who have come ashore and attempted to gain territory for their newly established kingdom. The battle rages on as the military might of Petals is matched against the superior strength of the Tides warriors.
Attire: The military and engineering might of the Kingdom of Petals would not be denied even under blockade so most people attire themselves in uniforms, utilitarian dresses, steampunk fashion, and every manner of gadget and tool can be found in pockets. Find costume inspiration here.
Coming ashore to escape their tyrant ruler, the Kingdom of Tides quickly turned from newcomer to invader. They laid siege to the Kingdom of Petals when they landed on their shores. Faster and stronger than humans, the merpeople are tenacious and tireless soldiers, and are fully devoted to their young charismatic leader. This small but ferocious kingdom has demonstrated themselves to be formidable warriors, equipping themselves in flotsam and jetsam armor. This salty barbarian horde is continually proving that anything is possible if you think creatively by building a kingdom out of sunken ships and driftwood. With a constant supply of food and materials from the sea, they are able to maintain their invasion and carve a piece of land all their own. Their overzealous lust for life is equal only to their determination and brutality.
Attire: With an initial lack of fabric, most of their clothing consisted of creative garb made from shells and shipwrecks. Now they wear armor and carry weapons more adapted to the warfare on land but their ocean origins are still unmistakable. Find costume inspiration here.
The citizens of Emeralds know that everything can be obtained for a price. It's even easier when your land magically produces anything a heart could desire. Surrounded by the Deadly Desert, the people have always felt safe from any military intrusion. Life in an impenetrable city of emeralds is the pinnacle of glitz and glamour, but even the shiniest gems can't hide the decay that is spreading underneath. The desert that keeps the kingdom safe is creeping inward and rapidly destroying their naturally abundant lands. Tendrils of savage sands slither across the land choking the magic that sustains the glorious Kingdom of Emeralds. The dusty clouds around the kingdom grow dark with suffocating sandstorms, but the royalty has come together to bring light back to their people. The royal court must find a solution to glow again, or the gems will sink into the earth once more.
Attire: The Wizard brought the roaring 20's to the land of Oz and they never let go of the art nouveau style. Flapper dresses and stylish suits are the cat's meow, and of course everyone wants to be seen in green. Find costume inspiration here.
The Kingdom of Echoes is a dark and sinister place. It is the realm of the shadowed fae, a haunting abode of monsters and boogeymen. Parents warn their children of the dangers lurking in the dark tunnels and hidden forest paths, where roots fight for nourishment against the twisted brambles which penetrate deep winding tunnels. The air below is damp and heavy with the spores of mushrooms growing everywhere, their pale luminescence the only light to see by. The doors to this ancient kingdom was forgotten by those who dwell above, but the entrances to this realm can be found in every other kingdom in the land.
Recently, an encounter with a little girl named Alice has introduced a new madness which is leaking into the royal court, and now they struggle to keep their heads clear. The unseelie fae King was cursed, and the queen lost her tight hold on her subjects' minds. She now struggles to regain total control as the dark fae are unleashed upon the world above. The remoteness of this kingdom did not save it from being struck by the same tragedy that plagues the Overlands, as the fae changelings and human children fostered by the unseelie fae below are vanishing, further driving the queen and the court deeper into insanity. They have no choice but to venture into the world above for the first time in millennia if they ever hope to bring back their charges.
Attire: the unseelie fae of the Kingdom of Echoes prefer ephemeral dark and jeweled colors of the underground, ethereal and shimmery to ward off the oppressive gloom, with warmer upper layers to protect against the chill of the earth and rock that surrounds them. Find costume inspiration here.
As the legend tells it, the Kingdom of Mists was a powerful and mighty realm a long time ago before the veil of mists shrouded the isle, preventing any brave seafarers from venturing there. A host of true and valiant knights ruled there arrayed at a round table and many brave and noble deeds were accomplished there. Many a second son or a young person seeking their fortune left their home for the glory of the Kingdom of Mists, and never returned once it vanished into the haze. As home to some of the most powerful arcane objects, the kingdom is rumored to hold four ancient relics that can control the balance of cryptic magics: pentacle, cup, wand and sword.
Now the veil is lifted once more and each realm's long lost legends have returned home to extend the invitation to this wondrous and secretive land as all kingdoms face calamity. The heroes of the Kingdom of Mists stand ready to welcome the wary delegations and remain vigilant for anyone who might break the uneasy truce.
Attire: The Kingdom of Mists' denizens garb themselves in clean cut and simple robes and tunics, borrowing some manners of dress from other kingdoms but always returning to the classics. Find costume inspiration here.