"Not quite," Vich explains. "The royal family complied at first. Everyone's got their own version of the story, and it's hard to say who knew what and when. But I grew up in the middle of all this. The royal family didn't know about the Princess beyond that she was a demon and that her father was a very powerful and rich demon himself. Oceans bless 'em, they probably thought they were gaining an ally by getting on the King's good side.
"That is to say, the royal family agreed to provide what the Princess wanted, providing all manner of wheat, flour, honey, sugar, crops and other supplies for the wedding. However, her requests never stopped, and the royals kept supplying her until it was clear that these demands were starting to put a strain on the island. Around that time, we started getting news about what had happened to the other islands when the Princess visited them. Same story all around: she bled them dry and got violent when they refused her.
"But rather than nutting up and telling the Princess to shove off, they tried to brush this under the rug, silencing news as it came to other cities on the island, to try to buy time until they could find another way of forcing the Princess to leave without pissing her and her daddy off. But in Aristar, the Families hear everything. When it was clear to the Heads of the Families that the same shit was going to happen to this island? We threw out the royals ourselves. Kicked down the doors, set fire to the tapestries, and chased them out while they were still trying to carry off all their fine heirlooms and dresses.
"I don't need to get into the details, but even though we might've averted a complete depletion of the island's resources, it didn't come without nine years of infighting and civil war after that; there was a lot of backlash against us for kicking out the royals, and a lot of good people died. Of course, this put a halt on the production of the resources that the Princess wanted, so she fucked off.">>696183
Vich shakes his head. "She's had dozens in these past years!">>696182
"Hmm, well with those criteria – eh, except for the dolphin one – that doesn't leave us too much to work with. Sex sells, it's a rotten part of the business but a staple, I'm afraid. But let me get you something classy… ah, this will do."
The cast member takes a sleek black-and-red acrobat's striped jumpsuit out of the rack. It's styled like a vest and trousers, only showy with some frills and the like around the neck and wrists. It looks like a comfortable wear, and is rather classy.>>696184
"Yeah, that's what I was thinking," Paraiba says. "This might help us learn more about the Crimson King and how to get to him."
"I don't know how long I want to sit here and watch 'em practice," Zerk says. "But what about you, Alder? Whaddya wanna do while Cutlass is back there?"