The country of Hannibal stood alone in the most northern reaches of the continent of Icemark. Hannibal was known for being blanketed with snow at least half the year (if not three quarters), the rest of which was never nearly as warm as any country south of it. At the head of the capital city, Mordune, stood Regent Marcellus Shield in place of the Princess until she was old enough to govern. Below the Princess was her younger brother, the Prince Leonard Hannibal who was destined to be the Crown Prince, even King someday should he marry before his sister. The two young royals' parents, King Griffinos and Queen Donnalia, had died two years prior of a deadly influenza epidemic that the children were lucky enough to have avoided, but a percentage of the country had died from. Hannibal was still weak, but holding on thanks to allies. However, this help would have to be repaid someday.
Despite having survived the epidemic, little Prince Leonard, or Lenny as he was called by his caretakers and loved ones, was a sickly child. He was pale, and on the edge of blind as he could only make out blurred shapes and colors. Those blind eyes were pale, silvery-blue. His hair was long as was custom of royalty, a fine medium brown held in a simple ponytail. On a usual day, he'd wear the less formal Prince robes, also as custom. Being so frail, he couldn't do much even though he loved to ride his horse and walk in the gardens. Above all, though, he loved to spend time with his sister.
One particular mid-December day, young Lenny came to find his sister, as he did every morning since he could walk. She'd been his best friend his entire life.