Chapter 1: The Valentines
Water rippled along with her motion, as it was drawn to mirror her empathy and depths.
Though the elements endowed her with otherworldly power, her love for them was most essential to her.
She embodied the instinctual compassion and connectivity that Erosia stood for.
Erosia was left devestated when Emerald died giving birth to Ruby, her first and only son.
Her sisters, Olivia and Magda, prayed to Nokoma every day for a leader worthy of succeeding her.
Olivia was the gatekeeper of Erosia.
She communicated with the magic walls that blocked the islands from each other, and also, separated Erosia from Dystopia.
Her palace was located atop a mountain on an island between the others.
There, she hosted travelers who wished to pass through the magic walls.
Her eccentricity delighted them and awakened their inner child.
Once they were open and vulnerable, she put them to the test.
With her startling command of fire, she embodied danger and terror. If they still showed her empathy, she let them pass.
Magda was the keeper of the Valentine Palace.
Sometimes, she left the palace gates open and read near the entrance, aiming to attract bold and curious Erosians.
She rewarded their adventurousness by enslaving their minds and enchanting them with stories and poems about Nokoma.
The poetry infiltrated them so deeply, they overflowed with love and admiration for Magda.
When artists and performers were especially talented, Magda invited them to stay at the palace and entertain the Valentines.
She called upon ancient magic to build invisible walls which allowed guests to see the private wing, but not to enter.
This was one of many ways she maintained her family's royalty and showcased their dominion over the common people of Erosia.
Magda had three children. The eldest, Violet, protected the royal family with her ruthless pride. Only the most beautiful and talented could escape her judgment.