Ark Fantastic stories: A Concise History of The Animal Kingdom

Part IX: Tyranny’s end by Scholar Bernard

This tale from the Animal Kingdom is considered to be “official”, although only the copy of the book series has been found. Scholar Bernard is long gone, and there is no actual proof the scholar is the author.

Although, there is an interesting tidbit about Bernard. Just before his passing, he asked “What door?”, while standing before a massive wooden door, when he died of a heart attack. There was no formal autopsy following Bernard’s passing, but apparently, he was getting blind. Intriguing, to say the least.

Author’s remark: The images seen in this blog may not be related to the characters or the places of the story.

The royalists had sacked the entire capital, taking every piece of grain from the storehouses and moving it to the citadel. In their effort to inconvenience the approaching army they had also poisoned all possible water sources. Everything to make the siege of the citadel as taxing as possible for the prince’s army.

This tale of the Animal Kingdom is about the prince who saved his starving people from the brutal tyranny, and set the foundations for today's capital.
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The tyrant and the remaining loyal part of his army were safely stacked away in the citadel, with supplies that would last them at least a year. The populace of the capital was left behind and without any food remaining in storage they were left starving by the indifferent king.

When prince Lav arrived, he found his entrance into the capital uncontested by any royalists. What he did however find was a malnourished populace on the brink of starvation. One of the first commands Vincent ordered when entering the city was to evict all remaining citizens from the capital and relocate them to temporary shelters in the private royal estates.

This tale of the Animal Kingdom is about the prince who saved his starving people from the brutal tyranny, and set the foundations for today's capital.
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Most of these refugees would set up shop permanently in these estates, giving birth to the new capital we have today in the Redwood Forest. After dealing with the civilians, it was time to set up a siege. The walls of the ancient citadel were not easy to breach as it was carved out of solid rock directly in a steep cliff face. Even with the help of the birds the prince’s army was not able to crack the defenses of the bastion, even after weeks of trying.

The prince knew that he could not supply his army for much longer, nor could he allow the royal affairs in the remainder of the kingdom to go unattended. Without a system to oversee them, the nobles and magistrates of the kingdom had taken it upon themselves to bend the rules and regulations for their own benefit and comfort.

This behaviour could not be tolerated much longer as the prince was advised that soon there wouldn’t be a kingdom left to rule. It was then that he made the decision to call upon a cadre of his most trusted companions, to make one of the most difficult decisions the young prince had faced in his life and would scar him for years to come.

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Initially, the prince had liked to see the tyrant brought to justice, to make his brother see the error of his ways, but those delusions could not last, the tyrant king would have to die and the royalists that still clung to his rule broken. And this would have to happen as soon as possible…

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A Charming Conversation With Charles on the Topic of Charity!

A Charming Conversation With Charles on the Topic of Charity!

This will be a short entry to read, but might provide you with a lot of replay value!

We already talked about our dialogue system, more than once, and for this weeks lore blog, we decided to give you a glimpse of how the conversation works with actual in-game dialogue. It’s from almost the very beginning of the game, so don’t worry about spoilers.

As you might know, we’re using ink, the open source format for writing non-linear stories. So far we’ve written tens of thousands of words of dialogue, not to mention many times that amount in lore discussions and so on… Just the blog-posts alone count over a hundred thousand words already. We’re prolific that way, but is there quality behind the quantity? We’ll let you decide for yourself today!

We’ve compiled a short conversation excerpt from the Burrows (the mining city where Charles also has his lab), and it’s really all a tangential discussion on the role of charity in society. It gets triggered when you ask the miners (Inigo, Crabbe, and Rowan) to answer some questions about the outbreak of a strange new disease, but they would much rather you didn’t investigate out of the goodness of your heart.

A Charming Conversation With Charles on the Topic of Charity!

The dialogue should give you insight in the problems ailing the Kingdom and the solutions that are slowly arising. The main characters:

A Charming Conversation With Charles on the Topic of Charity!

Rowan – a young miner, a revolutionary at heart, spreading dissent and enticing his fellow miners to strike. He’s using the outbreak to try and stir up a strike and change the working conditions in the Burrows for the better.


A Charming Conversation With Charles on the Topic of Charity!

Inigo – an older miner who’s gotten over the disease and whose insight you really need to help the doc solve the outbreak. He’s bitter over what happened to his friend Paul (a miner who also got the disease but didn’t quite make it), and is helping Rowan strike against the management of the mining company to get them to do something about the outbreak.


A Charming Conversation With Charles on the Topic of Charity!

Crabbe – a tough cookie, a bit slow but well-meaning at heart, and although he doesn’t get most of the stuff Rowan says, he believes Rowans union is in his best interest, and that of the other workers too (incidentally, some of us think so too)


A Charming Conversation With Charles on the Topic of Charity!

And finally – Charles – our protagonist – a hedgehog scholar summoned by the King for an unknown but urgent reason, now sadly stuck in the Burrows due to the mine-shaft elevator being broken down and the main engineer being in a coma induced by an outbreak of an unknown disease.


Find out why the rabbit miners don’t want you to help out for free, and see how you can convince them to share their insights anyway in this short exchange. Feel free to replay as many times as you like for various conversations, by using Quill, the online ink compiler:

Once you’re done, we’d be happy to catch your thoughts and get feedback on any of our standard channels – Discord, Facebook, Twitter or even right below this very article.