Challenge #04107-K089: Truth and Consequences

An egotistical heir to a throne was lying to everyone about how they were "best friends with Wraithvine hirself!" and using that as a threat to get people to listen. Wraithvine finds out about the loose-tongued young teen and decides to make it so they have to be more....honest, whether they want to speak honestly or not. -- Anon Guest

It's technically well-acknowledged that an heir to the crown can take charge of their nation at the age of twelve. It's also well-acknowledged that letting that happen is a very bad idea. Evil advisors creep in, or viziers find a way to take over.

There's very little more vulnerable to oily flattery than a twelve-year-old between throne and crown. Unfortunately for everyone involved in the affairs of the Crown Prince Demetrios Ijallahath, he had an ace up his sleeve that he played often. His very good friend Wraithvine.

Nobody ever saw the Eternal Wizard, but there was an essential element of plausible deniability in hir existence in the area. After all, ze was a legendary mage who could do anything and frequently did. Further, there were assorted Mummer Mages who went around absorbing Wraithvine's fame for their personal fortunes. There could well be someone pretending to be Wraithvine somewhere in the castle's multitude of wings.

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