18TH CENTURY FRANCE / ACTION / ROMANCE / DRAMA
History has painted for us a bittersweet portrait of Marie-Antoinette. A beauty whose lust for all that was pleasing to the eye drained the French treasury; an Austrian whore upon the throne of France; a flippant, frivolous girl who forsook the nation, laughing off death with the soothing words, “Let them eat cake!”
What of the mother? What of the young woman who spent lonely nights in the presence of a weak-willed king? Of the girl whose home lay over many waters? What of the innocence that was bruised, the reputation that was tainted by countless enemies and their schemes?
What of our Queen?
It was said that Marie-Antoinette loved all that was bright, beautiful, and new. Those of the old ways and the old monarchy hated her. The Queen’s new ways did not gain favour from those who were deemed of great importance, but she cared not. The stiff formalities of court life, the falseness, the ordered flattery – it all raked her.
As a result, she spent much time instead at the Petit Trianon, the château in Versailles given to her by our King Louis XVI. There she surrounded herself in a world of beauty. Some viewed the Petit Trianon as merely that – pleasure for the Queen. Yet they never knew of the Ordre du Bouclier, the Order of the Shield. They thought she was protected only by Royal guards and hired spies.
But the Petit Trianon itself was a complex creation of beauty. Apart from the building proper, within the grounds were several other buildings: the Belvedere Teahouse, the Temple of Love, and our home: the Pavillon Français.
Underneath the Pavilion, underneath its white stone, its brocade and silk and jewels, was a group of deadly trained warriors. King Louis XVI might have ruled from his throne… but the Ordre du Bouclier planned out the entire kingdom from underneath Versailles.
The Bouclier were a group of warriors that resembled other beauties adorning the château. We were youth… all of us. Young men and woman with pleasant dispositions, for Marie-Antoinette would have nothing less. And not all of us were born with titles. Such a revelation would have been scandalous. The Queen would have been seen as treasonous and untrustworthy, having those not of noble stature in her presence, those who were unknown. She was accused of everything, the Queen, from sucking the national budget dry, to mocking the court, to ridiculous love affairs.
Protect. Merely protect. Nobody ever found out about the Ordre du Bouclier, though rumours and legendary stories abounded. Years later, when the Petit Trianon was ransacked and all its glory demolished, the underground room was maintained.
Maintained, filled with faded dreams of France in all its glory.
In the court of the Shield, we kept many secret documents, many that could both build and fell the French Empire. We would not kill for money, for jewels, for power, for the Queen would have none of that. We were to protect. We were the Order of the Shield, not the sword. We fought the one war, it seemed, that we had been born for. When the Bastille fell, on July 14, along with it fell the régiment ancien.
“It is a revolt,” said the King, when informed.
“Nay, sir, it is a revolution,” replied his minister.
But for now, when all the splendours of Versailles were at the Bouclier’s disposal, we contented ourselves with our positions. Yet a part of our heart was always reserved for the Queen. We were young, we were wealthy, we danced in the moonlight and sipped from silver goblets. And in the hours between midnight and the dawn, we would protect the Queen.
Our time was fast dissolving, but this?
This is our story.
This is a historical RPG, based on real events and the novel The Frenchwoman by Jeanne Mackin. There will be two opposing teams, the Order of the Shield, and the Spies of the Duke.
Versailles (The Royal Quarters, the Royal Court, Petit Trianon)
Palais Royal (Bertin’s shoppe, numerous other fashionable shops, brothels, and restaurants)
Pro-Monarchy: Main territory within Paris: Versailles.
- Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette
- Count Axel von Fersen, Diplomat between Austria and Paris, and lover to the Queen
Pro-Revolution: Main territory within Paris: Palais Royal.
- The Duc d’Orleans, the King’s treacherous cousin who wants the throne. Owns the fashionable Palais Royal.
- Robespierre, mastermind behind of the French Revolution
- Mademoiselle Bertin, owner of the most popular women’s fashion shoppe in Paris, courturier to the Queen. Her shoppe is visited by many, including men who sought to buy fashions for their wives and/or mistresses. Among the closed curtains, political intrigues abound.
- Princesse de Lamballe, closest and oldest friend to the Queen
- Duchess de Polignac, most powerful of the Queen’s courtiers, favoured by the Queen. No courtier is truly accepted within the Queen’s circle, unless approved by Polignac.
The RPG takes place weeks after the Affair of the Diamond Necklace has ceased its hearing in court, and before the actual Revolution. Marie Antoinette is declared innocent, yet many of the Parisians do not believe her. The Affair has become cause for bolder accusations against the Queen. Amongst the people, the hateful fire of the Revolution is growing stronger.
Order of the Shield
Title (May be real or fabricated, please include here):
NOTE: YOU MAY WRITE YOUR BIO HERE (HOW MARIE-ANTOINETTE CAME TO HIRE YOU), OR REVEAL IN-POST.
Occupation (Those with titles have no occupation):
NOTE: YOU MAY WRITE YOUR BIO HERE (HOW THE DUKE CAME TO HIRE YOU), OR REVEAL IN-POST.
I am open to one or two traitors within the Shield, depending on how many players we get.
Order of the Shield
Name: Oriel Vernon
Age (16-21): 17
Title (May be real or fabricated, please include here): Vicomtesse, false
Appearance: 5'3", thin, black hair often powdered, golden complexion also often powdered, grey-blue eyes.
Combat Skills/Weaponry: Hand-to-hand combat. High speed & agility. Carries twin daggers encrusted with pearls.