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Once Upon a Murder
Once upon a time, there was a faraway land called the Enchanted Realm. The people of the land got along harmoniously for many centuries...that is, until Queen Black gained control of the Silver Tree Forest.
It was not long before happy endings turned into nightmares, as the ruling Kingdom of Gullyshire suffered repeated attacks, and the villains began to gain control. The mystic mountains filled with nefarious monsters and were no longer safe, and wicked witches took over the charmed forest.
Queen Black has shocked the realm and has invited all of the territories to the Dark Castle of the Silver Tree Forest to sign a peace treaty.
She may have evil intentions.
Nonetheless, you have been invited by Queen Black. This is where your story begins.
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Princess of Silver Tree Forest
Ice White is the most gorgeous woman in the Silver Tree Forest. Her beauty has infuriated her wicked stepmother, Queen Black, who has undergone many failed attempts at taking her life. The princess has a cheerful demeanor and doesn’t allow negativity to infiltrate her. She is on a challenging mission to make her evil stepmother love her.
Costume Suggestions: Red hair bow, dark hair (wig if needed). Red, yellow and blue princess dress.
Queen of Silver Tree Forest
Queen Black is the malevolent ruler of the Silver Tree Forest. There are whispers across the land that the Queen murdered her husband, King White. However, there is no evidence of any crime and the queen claims he abandoned her. Nonetheless, Queen Black doesn’t let the princess get in her way and rules the land by instilling fear in the hearts of her people.
Costume Suggestions: Gothic queen attire. Black hair (wig if needed) and gothic makeup.
Resident of Dreamland
Alicia is a mischievous young girl from London who accidentally ended up in the topsy-turvy world of Dreamland. This is where she met her true love, the Heart Knave. However, she has had to keep her relationship a secret in fear that the Heart Queen will have her peasant head on a golden platter.
Costume Suggestions: Light blue headband, blond hair (wig if needed) and blue dress.
Pandella lives with the infamous Azalea family of Gullyshire Kingdom. Her father’s untimely death landed his estate in her stepmother’s lap, and she was reduced to a mere servant of the palace she grew up in. Her former name was Della, but in honor of the pans that she uses to cook with, her five stepsisters nicknamed her Pandella. She would do anything to escape, but doesn’t have the means.
Costume Suggestions: Blue princess dress - you’ve stolen it from your stepsister, but you don’t care. Blonde (wig if needed) hair in an up-do. Glass (clear plastic) shoes as an optional accessory.
Bella’s father, the king of the Charmed Forest, angered a magical beast as a child by stealing blackberries from the beast’s garden. In retaliation, the irrational monster vowed to take the future king’s first born child as his own. The fiend made good on his promise and took Bella on her 25th birthday to a cursed palace that can only be seen by those possessing magical powers.
Costume Suggestions: Yellow Victorian-style ball gown with long brown hair in curls (wig if needed). Red rose as an optional prop
Ruler of Mystic Forest
Magnificent is the courageous queen of the Mystic Forest. Magnificent has the magical ability to control the living entities of the forest, and this gives her territory great power and protection. However, Magnificent has recently had to protect the adjacent Mystic Mountains from an increasing number of monsters from another realm. The residents of the Mystic Forest are very worried that she may one day lose the fight.
Costume Suggestions: Gothic ball gown, hair styled into ‘horns’ (wig, if needed).
Scarlet lives in a tiny village in the Mystic Mountains and runs the only medical clinic in the territory. However, she has a very ill grandmother that lives deep in the Silver Tree Forest. Scarlet often travels to visit her grandmother to give her food and administer medication. However, the strange influx of monsters to the Mystic Mountains has hindered her journeys lately.
Costume Suggestions: Red cloak with a black & white dress underneath. A basket of food, toy weapon, and fake medicine as optional props.
NAUGHTY WITCH OF OSLAND
Ruler of Osland
The Naughty Witch of Osland wears a magical pair of golden shoes that gives her insurmountable power in her territory. She uses this power to control her army of winged baboons and bees to get whatever she wants. Osland has three witches that are constantly at war of good versus evil, and the land is in a constant state of turmoil. Rumor has it that this witch is growing bored of the fighting in Osland and is yearning for more power.
Costume Suggestions: Witch costume with green face and hand makeup. Golden shoes as an accessory (you can purchase a cheap pair and spray paint/glitter them).
Rumble Milton is the antagonistic sorcerer of the Enchanted Realm. Rumble is the most powerful being in the land, yet is the most selfish person you’ll ever meet. He is known for bailing people out of trouble; however, if one calls upon Rumble for assistance, they will owe him dearly. It is best to stay clear of this roguish warlock.
Costume Suggestions: Burlap style cloak. Sorcerer’s staff / cane as an optional prop.
PRINCE EDWARD JON
Prince of Gullyshire Kingdom
Prince Edward Jon, otherwise known as The Charming Prince, is the heir to the Gullyshire throne, which is the main ruling body of the Enchanted Realm. There are constant threats of uprisings throughout the realm, but the royal army has managed to keep things under control thus far. An unidentified army has been repeatedly attacking the castle, and King Robert Charles, I, has mysteriously fallen into a coma. Prince Jon is now ruling the realm.
Costume Suggestions: A prince’s uniform.
CAPTAIN JIM BLADE
Pirate of the Caspar Sea
Captain Jim Blade is the notorious pirate of the Caspar Sea. Everybody in the realm knows Captain Blade, but Captain Blade claims he is a friend to no one. Captain Blade has kept busy battling an infamous sea monster from another realm, sea witches and attacks from the shore of Spellbound Island. He was already slightly bad-tempered, but his current situation has him utterly cantankerous.
Costume Suggestions: Pirate costume. Optional to have a toy cutlass sword and parrot as optional props.
Leader of the Boys of Spellbound Island
Petey Pen is the fearless leader of the Doomed Boys of Spellbound Island - an island of banished hooligans. Petey and his group were banished to this land for various forms of rebellion. There are rumors floating about that Petey has recently acquired magic. If this is true, it could mean disaster for the Enchanted Realm.
Costume Suggestions: Gothic attire.
Resident of Gullyshire
Rapinzle spent many years trapped in Trimtote Castle with The Monster. A few years ago, a pirate of the Caspar Sea spotted her as she escaped from the invisible palace and was attempting to swim away. She now lives in a charming cottage in Gullyshire Kingdom as a hair designer.
Costume Suggestions: Long, flowing gown and an extra-long wig.
Queen of Dreamland
The Heart Queen is the maniacal sister of Queen Black. She rules Dreamland with an iron fist and is quick to order your execution if you cross her. She is constantly surrounded by her army which is led by the Heart Knave.
Costume Suggestions: Red Queen costume with heart décor. An auburn wig and theatrical makeup.
Princess of Mystic Forest
Princess Adora is the former Queen of Mystic Forest. After waking from a long-lasting sleep curse, she convinced Magnificent to take her place, as Magnificent is powerful and had proven her leadership abilities during Adora’s sleep curse. Princess Adora is the last remaining member of the royal family and is unable to handle the stress of being queen. Princess Adora still serves as Magnificent’s chief advisor, however.
Costume Suggestions:White princess dress, a nature-themed crown.
Ruler of Trimtote
The Monster is a fiend that rules the invisible territory of Trimtote. Rumor has it that this beast is inconsolable, unpleasant and even dangerous to be around. Long ago, The Monster had a skirmish with Bella’s father over magical blackberries. In retaliation, The Monster vowed to steal Bella on her 25th birthday and keep her as a lifelong prisoner. The fiend kept his word and Bella is now living in Trimtote Palace with the beast.
Costume Suggestions: Lion-style makeup and headdress with normal party attire otherwise.
Diamond Miner, Silver Tree Forest
Grouchy is a bad-tempered diamond miner in the Silver Tree Forest. Queen Black sets a rigorous schedule for the seven miners of the diamond mines, but Princess White secretly does what she can do to make them comfortable.
Costume Suggestions: Dwarf-life costume with a toy pick axe as an optional prop.
Diamond Miner, Silver Tree Forest
Dreamy used to be a quiet daydreamer but is now the tortured soul of the diamond mines. Queen Black caught wind that Dreamy had a crush on Princess Ice White and turned his dreams to nightmares. Dreamy has done everything in his power to avoid sleep since that day.
Costume Suggestions: Dwarf-life costume with a toy pick axe as an optional prop. Draw black circles under your eyes from a lack of sleep due to nightmares - use black / purple eye shadow. Sleep cap as an optional accessory.
GWEN THE NICE WITCH
Resident of Osland
RGwen the Nice Witch is the only reason that Osland hasn’t declared war on the rest of the Enchanted Realm. The balance of good and evil in Osland has recently been disturbed after the Naughty Witch acquired a pair of very powerful magic shoes. However, Gwen’s good magic is also powerful and she has been able to keep things under control in Osland…for now.
Costume Suggestions: White princess style dress, white wig and a glittery scepter/wand.
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