Kosuranda, Princess of Albatrosses
20. Princess of Albatrosses
Also known as the lady of bad luck, this princess breaks mirrors, spills salt, crosses the paths of black cats and every other superstition known to man. She remains perfectly safe, but the bad luck falls around her like rain. Few are willing to be around her for too long, afraid that her bad luck will rub off on them.
From 30 Princesses No. 20:
Being the offspring of King Norman Drado and his foreign Queen, who is of dryad descent, Princess Kosuranda has inherited the exotic colouring of her mother- a milky pink with a sheen of light gold. She is a dainty creature with long flowing hair of the colour of oak and large round eyes of emerald.
Despite her half-dryad heritage, Princess Kosuranda is a serious-minded scholar of science and scoffs at the notion of there being superstitions. To this end, she often does things that are considered taboo in an attempt to prove that commonly held superstitions are nothing but made up tales. In fact, she is often seen in her private banquet hall holding demonstrations for her retinue of maids and guards (and any unfortunate courtiers who she chances upon) in which she 'disproves' a superstition. Always, no harm ever befalls her and she would conclude triumphantly that she is right and happily go back to her scholarly pursuits. Never does she turn her head around to see all kinds of mayhem happening in her wake- courtiers tripping over each other, chandeliers dropping down on toes etc.
2 likely scenarios where this princess would have a role:
a) A foreign prince (of the bumbling scientist type) falls head-in-heels in love with Princess Kosuranda. Mindful of the devastating power of her bad luck, he commissions the PCs to find a solution to the problem
b) The Princess is kidnapped! Good riddance, you say. But alas, the Kingdom is defeated and she is supposed to be married off to the unbeknownst conqueror as a bribe in a fortnight's time. Finding her proves to be no problem (due to bad luck falling on her captors). But what would happen when the princess is in the hands of the PCs who have to bring her back- what bad luck will fall on them?
Explaining the "curse"
Princess Kosuranda's bad luck curse is caused by her rejection of her innate magic. The curse will be lifted if she can be persuaded to delve into magic.
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? Responses (13)
I like this princess-not one I'd like to get too close to for too long, lol.
This one's actually funny! Princess Chaos in all her beauty. Meet her and weep. :)
I must say I'm quite fond of the character myself. Glad that others also like her :D
Thanks for the comments.
She'd be a hoot in a party of dungeon delvers.
Clever and well-described in few words. #2 made me smile. Bringing her back would be like 'running-the-gauntlet' for PCs. Like Robert DeNiro bringing back that guy in Midnight Run.
Not bad, and certainly not the way I pictured this princess when I wrote her up. don't forget to link back to the sub Moonlake :)
Updated: added link in main text
A nify expansion - nicely done!
Oh so much like Kelloggs Frosted Flakes...This is Grrrrrreeeeaaat !
I like the Knight of old am a sucker for a good princess !
Updated: Too slack to rework this fully but has dreamed up an explanation for this character's quirk
good stuff, smoothly written
A little short for my taste, but OK. A little more color would be welcome.