I beg of you, Your Highness, we need much more compost. The consequences of Alruna commanding the King's full attention became more and more abhorrent. At first, he would shirk his duties to tend to her in the garden. Then, she requested he purchase exotic flowers at exorbitant prices, which were financed by a litany of new taxes. Finally, she merely suggested that rotting flesh was the ideal fertilizer, prompting him to murder his own people and bury their bloody remains beneath the garden. As Alruna and the flowers absorbed the nutrients, they indeed bloomed brighter and more captivating than ever...
Artwork by Viktoria Gavrilenko.