Chronicles of The Game: The First Age In a time long forgotten the King and Queen of Diamonds lived happily in their luxurious land of Woodfordia, delighting in the spoils of their rich and abundant kingdom. With the wise advice of their trusted counselor the Ace of Diamonds, the country enjoyed a peaceful and prosperous time where want, poverty and hunger were unknown. Into this paradisiacal idyll there came a poisonous passion which forever changed the fortunes of the joined kingdoms of Woodfordia. The dastardly Five of Clubs, named Zoltar by the people of the underworld, stole from the faerie underworld a precious shiny thing with which he charmed the King and Queen of Diamonds. With forked tongue Zoltar told the King and Queen of Diamonds of greater riches to be found deep in the fortress of the earth under the Palace of Hearts. Banished now from the Kingdom was the Ace of Diamonds, for this wise and valiant soul tried in vain to dissuade the King and Queen of Diamonds from pursuing the wealth of their neighbors, bringing conflict to a country where for many years cooperation and peace resigned. The evil Zoltar had the King and Queen bewitched and they were consumed by a passionate greed for things that remained hidden under the earth, while the Ace of Diamonds was left to wander in Nowhere Land. Now the magic of the evil Zoltar was shown to be yet more powerful as he cast his spell upon the Kingdom of Hearts. A forbidding enchantment was woven and the King of Hearts departed his Kingdom so suddenly and completely that he was mourned as dead, where his beloved wife conceived of such a fantasy that the King had been transformed into a bird and awaited his return in a tree where she now made her abode. With the Kingdom of Hearts in disarray, the King of Diamonds began forthwith his preparations for mining the earth and revealing the hidden treasures for which he yearned. In the Company commanded to make good the deed of mining there was division and subterfuge. Two jacks of surpassing beauty, courage and skill battled for ascendancy. The Jack of Hearts, hid his noble intentions and for a time seeming to toil for the company of the King of Diamonds while secretly plotting to save his own Kingdom. With stealth and cunning, and yet an honorable cause the Jack of Hearts continued to serve his King and Queen and Country. The Jack of Spades likewise joined the Company of the King of Diamonds. Not for honor or the right cause did he toil, but in pursuit of an illicit and unrequited love. For the Jack of Spades loved the Queen of Hearts with an unholy passion and wished to dispel her from the lofty arbor where she had made her home, awaiting the return of her lost King, in the hopes that the Queen would fly into the arms of the Jack. A wandering minstrel now, the King of Hearts was not dead, nor turned into a bird. But the king believed himself, in this time of bedevilment, to be the Ace of Hearts and in the guise of a humble musician he wandered and sang with the Ten of Hearts. These two wayfarers kept the heart of love beating strong with music but knew not of what they sang. There also lived at this time another wicked spell-maker, for the Queen of Clubs dabbled greatly in the Dark Arts. A strange and solitary woman, she turned her own daughter into a mermaid upon discovering her in passionate embrace with the King of Spades. The two lovers were left for many years in aching misery, unable to consummate their love, until a mysterious stranger, The Wild Card, was able to free them from their suffering. Sadly for the King of Spades, once his beloved had been restored her fine long legs she thereafter did run away with a younger and more lithe knight. While the King of Spades dallied on the lakeshore, the Queen of Spades had swiftly departed the Kingdom carrying with her whatever wealth she possessed. The Queen of Spades then found a new Kingdom where she lavishly enjoyed her wealth of precious stones and metals, swam with whales and dolphins and ate organic locally grown produce. The Queen of Clubs however was greatly afeared for her life as a Ninja Assassin from the far east with black eyes was sent to execute her. The Queen believed it was the King of Diamonds who had hired the black assassin, but it was her own husband the King of Clubs. Tired of his aloof and spiteful wife, the King of Clubs wished to woo the Queen of Hearts and claim her kingdom’s wealth for his own. The cold-hearted and cruel plan of the King of Clubs was foiled by cupid's bow. For no sooner had the assassin seen the Queen of Clubs than he fell madly in love with her strange and ethereal beauty. To prove his love and devotion the Ninja Assassin murdered the King of Clubs. But alas, when he tried to approach the Queen, she ran away in fear and his longing to be near her was forever unrequited. The chroniclers of this tale, the Spades Two and Nine, were able to uncover all the lies and deception of the King of Clubs. These chronicles made further investigation of the evil magick of Zoltar.