Last Edited on October 5, 2022 by Sarah.
Due to popular request, Kingdom of the Cursed has now been recapped! Again, as usual, please do not copy this, everything in the post is 100% my own words (or the Maniscalco’s words). This did take me a while given that I am currently on vacation, with slow internet. Also make sure to check out my other recap of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes! Without further ado, here’s the Kingdom of the Cursed Recap!
The story of the two twins was an omen. One would have to forfeit their mortal life, the other would have to sell her soul. Once upon a time, a king was strode through his castle to the vengeful witch in a foul mood. Silver-tipped wings of white flame appeared between his shoulders as he opened the door. The witch was sat on his throne and had been trying to talk to him before and used logic and reasoning, but it hadn’t worked. She offers an erotic proposal to which the king refuses and threatens to force her out. The witch pressed up against the dagger the king held to her throat, releasing her blood. With a snap of her fingers, the witch turned his unusual silver and white wings of flame into ash and then they disappeared. That’s why she spilled her blood, it was an offering to one of her goddesses. The witch said, “From this day forward, a curse will sweep through this land. You will forget all but your hate. Love, kindness, every good thing in your world will cease. One day that will change. When you know true happiness, I vow to take whatever you love, too.” The witch’s voice was both young and old. He couldn’t kill the witch, otherwise he’d never get his wings back. Then the King of the Wicked and offered to strike a deal.
Wrath transported Emilia to the Seven Circles using demon magic. During the journey from Palermo, Emilia had nightmares about the realm. Emilia no longer trusted the Prince of Wrath and yet she willingly signed her soul and promised to wed their king, Prince of Pride (the Devil), to end a curse, or she led them to believe. Emilia was completely unprepared and her confidence on avenging for her sister’s murder after she signed the contract with her blood had diminished. Unnerving silence filled the area after Emilia asked Wrath if they were waiting for her betrothed to arrive. They were at a cave. Despite Emilia clenching his hand tightly and her signing the contract with Pride minutes ago, Wrath only displays indifference. Emilia believes she was a fool to believe that Wrath wouldn’t turn on her the second it suited his needs. There was no sign of the devil, where they were outside the Seven Circles. Emilia and Wrath don’t get along and Emilia is upset over his deception.
In her hurt, she says she’ll always choose the devil over Wrath. Over this, Wrath is mad and asks Emilia to swear a blood oath if she’s certain about the devil, which in spite, she does. As they walk, Emilia begins to shiver and suddenly a cloak appears in around shoulder. Emilia remembers that the delivery of her soul to Pride granted him freedom from the underworld, which he prized. As they enter Hell, Wrath cautions Emilia with three rules: Never say her true fears, control her desires or they will taunt her with illusions similar to reality, and be cautious when making blood bargains with a prince of Hell, especially with the Devil. Wrath tells Emilia they will enter the Sin Corridor where new subjects of the realm are tested to see which royal House their dominant sin aligns best with.
Emilia thinks the gates of hell were broken but finds out they no longer are because the Horn of Hades has been returned. Apparently any demon prince could wield them, but Emilia wasn’t sure if Wrath could. As they walk, Wrath tells Emilia that in the Sin Corridor, Transvenio magic is forbidden the first time you cross the realm and traveling by foot is necessary. The Sin Corridor is a way for newcomers to form alliances with others who share their dominant sin. As she begins her journey, Emilia asks Wrath if the Sin Corridor is the same for humans as it is for demons. Wrath says most mortals don’t reach the Sin Corridor or the Seven Circles and tend to imprison themselves in their own separate isle outside the gates, a self-inflicted punishment. The isle is like a prison and the humans live in their own reality and can leave at any point, but most never do. Emilia then asks Wrath that if Star Witches were guardians between realms, why would mortals and the Wicked need guards if they never leave. Wrath responds saying mortals and his brothers are not all they keep watch over.
In the corridor, Emilia wasn’t wearing her amulet because Wrath still had it. Lust was the first challenge Emilia encountered. The second was pride and third was wrath. Due to an incoming storm, Wrath and Emilia begin building a shelter from wood. The fourth is envy which proved to be a struggle while sleeping beside Wrath. Emilia’s lust towards Wrath felt primal and ancient. While they are close to doing things together, Wrath pretends it’s an illusion Emilia had. When Emilia fell asleep, she dreamt of a vicious murder and a beautiful woman, screaming a curse of vengeance. Emilia felt like she knew the woman and her curse had been directed towards her.
Wrath tells Emilia, when asked, that Antonio is someplace safe. Emilia also notices that Wrath is wearing both amulets, making her angry. Wrath then challenges Emilia’s opinion on her lust and potentially love for him, which she partially denies because he can detect lies. When Emilia finally leaves the cold and treacherous Sin Corridor, she encounters Wrath’s hellhound, who nearly mauled her. Then as Emilia and Wrath continue walking, Emilia falls severely ill with frostbite. Wrath ends up picking her up and bringing her the rest of the journey which Emilia could have sworn he said he wouldn’t do.
Emilia wakes up to the sound of Anir, Wrath’s second in command, asking if she is dead. Her skin felt like fire and her body thrashed against Wrath’s body that was holding hers in place. Wrath lays Emilia on a bed, saying she has a mild case of hypothermia. Right after explaining, Wrath immediately removes Emilia’s soaked clothes and replaces it with a blanket. Emilia fights the urge to remove the blanket, much to Wrath’s annoyance. She then takes a syrup-like remedy to help the hypothermia. In her daze, Emilia thinks Wrath is an angel. Before Emilia falls asleep, she tells Wrath she wishes they could’ve been friends and aligning themselves, she also tries to thank him, but sleep takes her first. In return Wrath began speaking in whispers and hushed tones, like a secret. Emilia felt that whatever he was saying was important to her reality, like trying to shake something awake before it went to sleep.
When Emilia wakes up, she finds out she’s still in Wrath’s house. Emilia is asked if she wants to be at House Pride and she lies saying yes, causing Wrath to be upset. She finds out she can’t go to House Pride without an invitation. Emilia then strikes Wrath’s nerve by insinuating she could go to Pride’s territory without an invitation because she is technically part of it. He then tells her Pride likes to bed multiple people and wondered if it intimidated her. Emilia gets mad and jokes about Wrath’s ego and asks why he didn’t leave her already. Wrath, angry, storms out and invites Emilia to leave.
Later when Emilia’s done getting ready, Anir knocks on her door with wine and food from the human world, saying Wrath thought she wanted something that reminded her of Sicily. Emilia believes Anir is here to get her drunk and tell him things. She also knows he can lie, unlike Wrath. Emilia also admits she doesn’t understand Wrath’s intentions because he already has his freedom. Anir says Wrath lives by the principle, actions not words, which doesn’t answer Emilia’s questions. Frustrated, Emilia changes the subject to which Anir advises her to take a subtler approach with asking questions because people won’t give her anything without gain and if she demands it. Anir tells her to gain the prince’s trust, become their friend, play into their egos and sins they represent, and pick things she wouldn’t mind sharing or having used against her as well as defining the terms before she agrees. He says there is no way for a fast solution because she is involved in something that has spanned decades. Anir then opens up to Emilia and says he joined House of Wrath because anger was his biggest comfort when his parents were murdered. He also mentions to Emilia that Wrath brought down an entire mountain, causing the House of Lust and Gluttony to send in letters. Emilia finds out through Anir that Wrath also chose to escort her and could’ve left her the instant they crossed the underworld and Sin Corridor. When Anir leaves Emilia notices a human skull on the bed.
The skull says, “The Angel of Death Lives. Fury. Almost free. Maiden, Mother, Crone. Past, present, future, find,” in Vittoria’s voice. Almost as soon as it appears, the dark magic fueling the skull disappears. Emilia didn’t even know of a spell that could control bones, leading her to believe it was something worse than il Proibito. Emilia remembers her friend Claudia, who’s last scrying session had her mind taunted with the voices of the dead and the angel of death. Claudia said something about a thief stealing the stars and drinking them dry. Emilia comes to the conclusion that either Wrath, Envy, Greed, or Lust had to been the angel of death given they were the ones in Sicily at the time. She recalls the time she called Wrath, Samael, the angel of death, which he warned her to never call him again. Emilia thought perhaps Wrath hadn’t been chosen to solve the murders; perhaps he was furious someone sullied his title and involved him without the Devil’s consent. This would explain why Pride didn’t yet invite Wrath because of his disobedience.
The Maiden, Mother, and Crone were the three goddesses who ruled the heavens, the Earth, and the underworld. Old witch legends claimed the the three goddesses gave birth to the goddesses witch’s prayed to. The goddess of the heavens and sun was La Prima Strega’s mother. If she was real, the goddess of the underworld or any of the goddesses birthed to her realm would probably have the kind of magic that animated bones. Goddesses have never shown interest in involving themselves with witches. When Emilia sees Wrath again he says Envy, Lust, Greed have shown interest in hosting Emilia and requested her presence at their Feast of the Wolf celebrations. The Feast of the Wold is one of the few times all seven princes are invited into the same royal domain. Then it’s three days of dinners, hunts, a masked ball and feast. After it is decided where it will be held based on where the guest of honor chooses to go and which prince with the highest rank decides to host. Pride is hosting this year and Wrath says the princes aren’t of equal power. Emilia has been nominated guest of honor this year and because of this either has to share her biggest fear or give up a secret as part of the sacrifice.
Emilia immediately refuses to take her role as guest of honor. Wrath and her end up in a heated argument and Emilia finds out that Wrath wanted her to refuse Pride. Wrath tells her he couldn’t interfere. Emilia asks him if he’s cursed or if there’s something she doesn’t know about him. He responds saying her mortal family would know and they have selective gaps in their story telling. Emilia realizes after Wrath leaves that there are many things her Nonna and family omitted from her. Her Nonna always talked about a blood debt between the First Witch and the devil, about how he demanded a blood sacrifice for The Horn of Hades. Wrath used the Horns to lock the gates of hell and hid them from Emilia. Emilia found out about star witches through Envy and Wrath though Envy called her a Shadow Witch. As Emilia is thinking, a distant memory stirred and she had a strange impression that maybe the devil hadn’t been cursed at all. If that was true then maybe the witch murders had nothing to do with his finding a bride.
Later Emilia finds a grimoire, and learns about the Spinners of Fate and praying to one specific goddess. She had always been taught to pray to them all making her believe that maybe the twins magic wasn’t closely aligned with any of the elements. As Emilia focuses on her magic, she feels something ancient and powerful being awoken. This power didn’t fit into any of the powers in the grimoire: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, or Aether. In the library, a girl named Fauna approaches Emilia and talks with her. She briefly mentioned that Wrath had brought a mountain down on Domitius, his lieutenant general. Both the general and Lord Makaden made inappropriate remarks about Emilia. Fauna mentions that though one can stand in replace for Emilia’s fear, none are likely to do so. Later that day, Emilia visits Wrath’s library, Hell, where she finds eight volumes of books about the demon princes, despite only having seven deadly sins. Emilia also finds a note that reads, “Brother, they have been found. VIII. G”
As Emilia is ready to leave to go to the House of Wrath dinner, there’s another skull that says, in Vittoria’s voice, “Seven stars, seven sins. As above, so below.” Emilia believes this is part of the prophecy and that her and her twin signal the end of the devil’s curse. It was likely their birth that broke the magic binding the devil. Emilia wonders why Pride possessed the body of Antonio and sent Wrath to collect her for him and if he was not forced to reign in Hell, he could have come for me himself. Pride could have came to collect all of his potential prides which doesn’t make sense why he sent Wrath unless he was never in need of a bride and the murders were committed for another reason. Later, before the dinner, Emilia rushes into Wrath’s library to collect the journal on House Pride. Before the dinner, Emilia encounters Wrath who gives her her cornicello to wear for the night. Emilia lies to Wrath that she doesn’t want to kiss, but he detects her lying, kissing her.
When Emilia asks Wrath why he marked her, he ignores her and enters the dinning hall. Before they enter however, Emilia’s cornicello glows purple, the third time since witnessing Vittoria’s death and Envy stabbing Wrath. When Emilia touched her cornicello, a spark went through her hand, but she decided no to tell Wrath. Wrath introduces Emilia as her highness and future queen. While eating, Lord Makaden stares at Emilia before asking her whether she liked demon fare. He then makes an inappropriate sexual comment to which Wrath responds immediately by unaliving him. Wrath announces the dinner is over.
Anir escorts Emilia out of the dinning hall. He leads her up to her room where Emilia notices that Wrath has magic preventing people from entering. Emilia is upset that Wrath didn’t let her defend herself. When she reaches her room, Emilia is saddened that she can never return to what she once was. Alone, Emilia summons fire for the first time, burning the ring Wrath gave her that later turns into a flower. Minutes later, Emilia barges into Wrath’s room. Emilia, asks him for a weapon to which he responds only if she is willing to have lessons on wielding it and blocking magical influence as well. Before she leaves, Wrath tells Emilia Pride is aware of her being in his House but has yet to summon her. He also tells her about The Crescent Shallows, a lagoon in the House of Wrath. To enter one must remove anything made and on occasion the lagoon seeks the heart of those who enter and reflects their truth. Wrath encourages Emilia not to go, but she remains persistent, insinuating he was worried the lagoon might reveal something he wanted to hide.
When Emilia and Wrath head into the lagoon she notices he has a tattoo that reads, “the stars incline us; they do not bind us” and is reminded of the betrothal bond and the summoning circle she subjected him to. She also notices another tattoo that reads “Actions not words.” Later in the lagoon they begin to get closer till eventually Wrath transports them to his bedchamber.
Once the two are in his bedroom, Emilia feels a sharp, stabbing pain in her chest, right near her cornicello. Wrath brings her to the Matron of Curses and Poisons. The Matron puts Tears of Saylonia, the goddess of grief and sorrow that were collected at a Temple in the Shifting Isles to help with the taste of the drink. The Matron guesses Emilia had been in the lagoon because certain magic cannot enter the waters without grave consequences. Some say the water there once belonged to the goddesses and burns away that which doesn’t belong. Others believe the Feared seek to reclaim what was taken from them and do not care how they succeed in restoring their power, only that they do. Emilia is confused as to who the Feared is, but Wrath cuts her off and brushes off the question as a superstition and old folktale. When Emilia accuses Wrath of knowing the consequences, Celestia said if he knew the effect it would have on you, she doubted he would’ve taken her there. She says it’s his other secret Emilia needs to inquire about and he is fully aware of how that one affects you both. Wrath becomes angry and warns the Matron. After Emilia drinks the concoction, she asks whether or not she should take off the amulet but Celestia says no, the charm wouldn’t trouble her anymore. Celestia tells Wrath to finally tell Emilia what she should know and surprisingly, he agrees.
In his library, Wrath tells Emilia that the Mark he gave her cannot be broken, not even in death, meaning their souls were forever linked yet she had sold her soul already. The night of her Viperidae attack, Wrath told her to live long enough to hate him. The magic Emilia mistook for a rebirth spell was the Mark and it tethered them, flesh to flesh, in a way that allowed Wrath’s powers to heal her. Emilia only survived because Wrath took the venom through his body through the magical bond. The Mark meant more that just being a way to summon Wrath or save Emilia because of another magical bond they share. Wrath tells Emilia Pride will not seek her because she is not his intended and belongs to Wrath.
Emilia and Wrath are still betrothed. She realizes Pride isn’t her husband, but Wrath. This was a complication that Emilia couldn’t afford largely because she vowed to avenge her sister. Wrath says the Mark was the best alternative he could come up with at the time and because of the venom, he didn’t have many other options to explore before it stopped her heart. That night he asked her to grant him permission to help and she agreed. The Mark was an alternative to delay certain urges the betrothal acceptance creates. All of Emilia’s lust-filled thoughts and feelings towards Wrath had slowly been intensifying and eroding her distrust. It was part of an ancient need to claim her husband to secure the marriage. The realm and the bond have been encouraging Emilia. Marking her subdues the marriage urges because it’s its own unbreakable link. Wrath never told Emilia about aligning herself with his House because he never wanted her to come to the demon realm. Emilia asks why but he says he cannot tell her. Wrath tells Emilia the witch murders are no longer happening which means Wrath’s mission was never truly finding a bride for Pride, but Wrath couldn’t say anything about the situation. The Contract with House Pride becomes a void if Emilia chooses to continue the marriage. If she choosing to do nothing then it will eventually be up to the Temple of Fate where a council of three will convene on the matter. The council will decide the fate of them all. Angered after finding out the whole court knew about their marriage and Wrath might have consummated the marriage that night, Emilia accepts Envy’s invitation to his court.
Emilia thinks maybe there was someone Wrath preferred to wed. When they first met, he hated witches. Emilia had been willing to have a marriage of convenience with Pride because it granted her access to his House and a better understanding of how his wife’s murder might’ve been related to Vittoria’s. She didn’t gain anything from being married in House Wrath. Emilia is upset because it was the demon prince that helped her through grief, not her family. The more Emilia thought about Vittoria, the easier it became to distance herself from other urges. In her room, Emilia continued to delve into Source, creating flaming flowers, extinguishing some and increasing the intensity of the flames and sizes. Wrath takes Emilia to Envy’s court. Envy tells him to leave, but Wrath doesn’t until he escorts Emilia to her chamber. He gives her a leather sheath to hold a dagger for safety.
Once Wrath left, Emilia is informed she’ll be having dinner with Envy in his private courters. Emilia wears the dress of House Envy and Envy tells her he’s disappointed that she came here to make Wrath jealous. He also tells her he knew of the betrothal. Emilia insults Envy and in order to prevent his influence on her, she subtly touches her mark. Envy gives Emilia saying in wine, there’s truth. Emilia asks him why he hates mortals and responds saying assumptions are the death of truth and proceeds to ask her if she’s ever tried magic in her food. Emilia says, “Why in the seven hells would she do that?” Envy corrects her by saying eight and suggests they magic the wine into forcing the other one to tell the truth. With the magic in the wine, Emilia asks how Envy seemed to know her Nonna the night she attack him. Envy responds saying curses are curious things that stay rooted to the spot they’re planted other times they thrive outside of that original patch, not quite answering her question. What he said was true but there are things he cannot say no matter the amount of magic on the wine because there are greater powers involved, but he knows Emilia’s grandmother. Emilia then asks Envy about the curse, and he talks about the story of curses and stolen memories, the unraveling of many lies. Abruptly, Envy then says Wrath would never force her to marry him because it goes against what he stands for. Yet, Envy says Wrath will still make his intentions know to the other royal houses. This causes Emilia to ask why he likes to spread distrust amongst her and his brother. He responds saying his brother’s temper caused something important to be taken from him and one day he wants to return the favor he is motivated by retribution, a feeling he shares that is the same to Emilia’s. Envy asks Emilia if she loves Wrath and she says no but is attracted to him. Emilia then asks Envy why he likes to collect objects and he responds saying he likes collecting divine objects and is only interested in one now: the Triple Moon Mirror. Envy says the mirror is of the goddesses and can show you the past, present and future because it is embedded with the Maiden, Mother, and Crone’s magic. This is what the enchanted skull was referring to. It is said that one needs the Crone’s book of spells, The Temptation Key and the mirror to activate the goddess magic.
When Emilia follows Envy to see his personal collect, she gets a strange sense of deja vu despite never being there and never going to a museum, which takes inspiration from Envy. According to Nonna, it wasn’t uncommon for magic to continue developing throughout a witch’s lifetime. Emilia thought it would make sense that her newfound use of Source unlocked other magic. She then wonders about Envy’s heartbreak and who hurt him. Envy has a sculpture of the devil, who looked a lot like Wrath, when he lost his wings to remember that he lost them too. Emilia notices Envy has a La Prima’s personal spell book, the one that disappeared from Emilia. Envy tells her that what she calls the first book of spells is not a complete manuscript, it’s one third of a grander, more elaborate text. He has possession of the Mother and the Crone but the Maiden has gone missing. Emilia says to Envy the first book of spells belonged to the First Witch, not the goddesses. Envy corrects her, saying the books were written by the goddesses and her First Witch stole the book of the dead, the Crone’s book of underworld magic. Envy also reveals to Emilia that he is searching for the Temptation Key. From Envy, Emilia also learns of the Curse Tree Fable, where one may go to the Bloodwood Forest and approach the tree planted by the Crone to have her consider hexing a sworn enemy if the desire to curse them is true. To request the Crone’s Curse, one must carve their true name in the tree, write their wish on a leaf plucked from its branches, then offer the tree a drop of blood. Put the leaf beneath your pillow and if it is gone the next morning, the Crone, mother of the underworld, has accepted your offer and granted your wish.
Emilia decides to take the Book of Spells with her. Not long after, Emilia finds out Envy has left the premises and won’t be back for a while, so Emilia decides to leave the next morning. The next morning, Wrath doesn’t pick Emilia up, but rather a cold emissary does. She doesn’t offer any clues as to where Wrath may be. When Emilia arrives there’s still no sign of Wrath so she decides to work on finding Source again but later her magic crashed. Emilia tries to read Pride’s journal, but is still unable to decipher the writing. The next morning there’s still no sign of Wrath. Later Emilia runs into Anir, who shows her the House Wrath weapons room. Anir teaches her to work on her stance and also tells her Lady Sundra, the emissary, father is a duke and she’s been trying to wed a prince. Emilia asks Anir if there was someone else Wrath wanted to marry before her and is interrupted when Wrath appears.
Wrath tells Anir to leave the room before he places a sloth mind spell on her. He then uses an Envy spell on her to get her jealous of him with other people in bed. He compels her through her mind to take of her dress and refer to him as a specific name, against her will, showing her the demon princes will have the same intentions. The last thing Wrath makes Emilia do is stab him multiple times in the heart, manipulating her wrath and anger.
Wrath is just as angry as Emilia and tells Emilia to fight back with her own magic but she is unable to. Emilia is unsatisfied with stabbing Wrath after he was cruel to her proving his point that revenge will only make things worse. Wrath tells her they’ll meet again to tomorrow and after that till the Feast of the Wolf, Emilia objects but is then reminded she didn’t set rules for her bargain with Wrath. When Emilia gets back to her room, she finds another enchanted skull. It is at that moment Wrath enters the room and is furious to see the skull. Emilia explains to him when she first saw the skull appear and Wrath says he’s going to bring it to his private study. In response, Emilia says she wants to know everything he finds out about it and the two bargain. Wrath also sees the Pride’s journal and knew Emilia was going to strike a deal with a demon to understand what was written. He tells her he could’ve given her the answers that are in the journals, yet when Emilia asks him if he would teach her how to read it, he says, I don’t know.
When Emilia is out strolling the gardens outside House Wrath, Envy appears placing a dagger against her calling her a thief. He reminds her stealing from a Prince is punishable by death, but that’s not why he’s there. Envy tells her he cursed her magic, making her a mortal because she stool his book of spells. Underneath the ground she stands on, Emilia hears hopeless cries and Envy soon vanishes. To remove the curse from herself, Emilia needed Envy or she needed to untangle the web of magic and cut the source, if she cut the wrong one she could die. Emilia later receives a letter stating she would be the guest of honor and the Feast was taking place in House Gluttony. Fauna approaches Emilia, noticing she’s nervous and offers to bring her to the kitchen. The chef allows Emilia to bake and from a window in the kitchen she notices Wrath and Anir dueling outside. Fauna tells Emilia that some people think Wrath is weak because he’s letting Emilia choose whether or not she wants to marry him. She tells Emilia that if a prince’s clothing is messed up it’s a sign he can’t protect the people in his House. Emilia asks Fauna if bedding Wrath was the only thing needed to consummate the marriage, she says no, they’d still need a ceremony. Later that day Wrath sends Emilia a note to meet him at midnight for training, asking her in advance like she wanted.
When Wrath commands Emilia to do something, she does it, unable to block him from manipulating her emotions. Wrath teaches Emilia how to wield a dagger and a knife before teaching her how to dance after Emilia reveals she doesn’t know how to dance. At the very end of the chapter, Anir comes into the room, saying Antonio is asking for Emilia.
Upon seeing Antonio, Emilia is enraged and wants to kill him. Emilia decides to ask him about her sister. Antonio says the matron and goddesses and magic affected him. She tells him once he’s regained his memories, or whatever it is he’s claiming the matron is helping him with, to call her. She warns him not to lie to her again and threatens him. When Emilia gets to her room, a servant prepared her a bath. She thinks that it’s hard to fight off a magical attack and speculated that perhaps a witch met Antonio, pretending to be a goddess. As she’s in the bath, Emilia feels a prickle down her spine and a piece of linen tightens around her neck. Emilia remembered the slim dagger Wrath gifted Emilia. When she turns around, the assailant is gone, Emilia calls for Wrath immediately who later goes off to kill the assailant.
When Emilia is cooking in the kitchen, Wrath shows up to tell her she killed the assailant defending herself. He wasn’t able to get anything from the assailant because they severed their tongue. Emilia says she’s been filled with rage since Vittoria’s murder and sometimes believe she cursed herself and not the devil. Because her twin was murdered, grandmother was attacked and her parents were held hostage by Envy. That night Wrath exposed Emilia to the sin of Gluttony. Under the influence of his magic, Emilia was forced to drink demonberry wine in excess. Emilia asks Wrath why he doesn’t seduce her since him avoiding the consumation of the marriage contract looks like a sign of cowardiance, he says he does not currently wish to.
Wrath asks Emilia about what she thought about him in the Sin Corridor and he makes it up to her and seduces her. Yet, as the two are close to completing their marriage bond, Wrath tells Emilia training is over.
The next day Emilia and Fauna are talking about Wrath and Emilia jokes that the Matron is probably hearing them and will report back to Wrath. Fauna responds saying that it isn’t likely not because of the hostility between the tow but because some say the Matron’s daughter was cursed and the prince did nothing to save her. There is some speculation that his highness banished her from this circle but it’s possible the matron retrieved her and has her hidden somewhere. Emilia’s mind goes to the wailing she heard underneath the statue. She doesn’t doubt that the matron could have done something like that, not to punish, to protect. Maybe the creature beneath the ground was her missing daughter and Wrath knew everything that occurred within his circle which meant the Matron was hiding her daughter from another prince. This story is similar to the story of La Prima Strega and her daughter. The First Witch was rumored to have cursed the devil because her daughter fell in love with him and they refused to give each other up. The Matron of Curses and Poisons may actually be the First Witch. If she was and cursed the devil, Emilia wanted to know why she was in Wrath’s castle, claiming to be someone else. He must know her true identity which meant he also knew her true identity and knew what she’d done to his brother, explaining their hatred and history. Emilia wonders why he would be willing to keep her secret, unless she knew one of his.
Later Emilia goes to Celestia and asks about Arcane symbols, which can be a powerful ally to those with magic in their blood and can be used to enhance one’s source but not for those who are Source (the goddesses) because Arcane symbols originate from their essence. Celestia tells Emilia she doesn’t believe a demon prince or witch was responsible for the skulls because there were no etchings on the skull, but rather someone closer to Source. Someone like the First Witch would fulfill this. If Celestia was the First Witch and her daughter was cursed, that meant the devil’s first wife wasn’t dead after all and if she lived, then Emilia was right about the witches on her island being murdered for a different reason. Emilia asks Celestia about the Curse Tree, to which she responds saying you carve the person’s name in the tree and take a leaf, only crushing it when near the person who’s name you carved. Yet, one cannot put someone’s title on the tree, only their name.
There were no records of the First Witch in Wrath’s library, but maybe that was because Emilia didn’t know her first name. There were also no records of Celestia and no mentions of the Matron of Curses and Poisons. Wrath told Emilia that the First Witch had used the darkest of magic to remove her daughter’s power and it had unforeseen consequences. Emilia ponders whether Pride’s former wife’s missing heart wasn’t part of the murder ritual and if it was one of the consequences brought about by La Prima it might have been a way to set her free from any mortal constraints. Because La Prima’s daughter was cursed and not dead, she might be the monster who ran around ripping out witch hearts and devouring them, being motivated by revenge against her mother at whatever humanity might have been stolen when her powers were taken from her. If the devil was her eternal love maybe she was driven mad and killed his potential brides or maybe it was like the illustrated journal claimed – if she was no longer in possession of her humanity, maybe she craved hearts for everything she no longer had. Emilia goes back to visit Celestia but she’s no longer there. Wrath shows up later and asks Emilia what she’s been doing with his books, she doesn’t respond and instead schedules one last training before Gluttony’s party. Emilia shows up to training and asks Wrath to test her Pride. She seemingly is able to avoid his magic influence and gets close to him, braking the magic he tried setting in place. Emilia suddenly gets this vision of her and Wrath that she’s never gotten before, of the two of them becoming passionate. She is quickly drawn back to the present and leaves Wrath in the training room, in order to figure out whether these visions were memories or illusions.
Emilia questions why Wrath would pretend not to know her in Palermo when they met, if he already knew her. There were times when he knew things she never shared like where she lived, her name, etc. She used to think it had something to do with his rebirth spell, the night she had been attacked by the Viperidae, they’d been inside each other’s minds for brief seconds. It was also possible Emilia was seeing through his memories with someone else. Emilia knew demons could possess people but had never heard of a witch doing the same. She also thought of many theories, that she might be the first witch or that Wrath was Pride. Emilia wondered if falling in love with Pride, without any memories of them was the key to breaking the curse. Wrath meets Emilia to go to the feast. They ride in Wrath’s carriage that is being pulled by steeds named after the four horsemen. When they arrive, the two are greeted by exotic and erotic sights of gluttony.
Gluttony introduces himself to Wrath and Emilia. He tells them the hunt begins at dawn before leaving to talk to a journalist from the Shifting Isles that has come to crash the party. When the two venture into the pleasure gardens they encounter Lust. As far as Emilia was aware, the last time the two saw each other, Wrath had stuck a dagger in his chest. Lust requests a word with Wrath privately so Emilia is escorted to her chamber by a servant. Wrath promises to stop by her chamber later. Wrath never comes to her chamber later and when Emilia wakes up she sees a note that reads, “SilverFrost Garden, southeast tower, dawn. Wear something to die for. And come masked.” It turns out it’s Gluttony who sent her the note. He tells Emilia that this year in the Blood Season, they’ll be hunting an Ice Dragon, but not killing it. The prize is determined by whoever draws the first blood. If a noble or lesser demon wins, they can drink blood, the elixir of life, hence the name. If a royal wins, they have the option to claim their own prize, if at least four of them vote in favor of it. Once Gluttony leaves Emilia alone, she decides to join the hunt.
Emilia picked a horse from the stable and began riding with her around the castle. A memory was stirring in Emilia, as if she’d been there before, racing the wind and riding like a warrior into battle. Emilia forgot about the hunt, the Feast of the Wolf, and the demons riding close by. She had no idea where she was going but something called her. It screamed at her to remember. Her horse, Tanzie, neighed as if confirming those feelings. Tanzie brought her to a hill with ebony and silver flowers covering it. Emilia stopped and grabbed a handful of them to study later. Suddenly a round of royal guards surrounding Emilia with swords, making her realize she accidentally entered another demon prince’s domain without invitation. One guard commanded her to get off the horse and led to the demon prince’s castle. No one tells her who’s realm she’s in and later is dismissed. When she arrives, Emilia meets with Gluttony who tells her the flowers she has are slumber root, capable of knocking out the most powerful royal, something many of them fear. He also tells her that her little jaunt almost put them behind schedule, the masquerade begins in a few hours.
For the masquerade, Emilia must wear a mask while the demon princes were wolf masks. Emilia is sat near Fauna and across from Anir and Lady Sundra. As they’re eating, Envy asks the male demon beside him for any word about the Stars of Seven. Wrath dismisses this as fairytales while Envy says it will make him the most powerful Demon prince. Next to her, Emilia asks Fauna what the Stars of Seven are. Fauna says in old legends, they appeared to travelers in need, their forms no more substantial than shadows. Some say encountering them was a blessing but most believe it’s a curse because if you interrupt their celestial spinning, there’s a chance they may pluck and weave the wrong thread of fate. Sometimes the result of these interferences are immediate or take decades. Emilia thinks if they weave the threads of fate, they must be able to recall the past so if anyone would know where the lost objects are, it’s the Seven Sisters. One of the enchanted skulls had mentioned “Seven Stars” and “Seven Sins.” Envy probably brought up the conversation because he wanted Emilia to find it. Whatever magical objects he was after, the Temptation Key and Triple Moon Mirror and for whatever reason, Envy believed Emilia had a better chance at gathering the information form them.
Emilia asks Fauna who won the hunt and she says Wrath. Then the seven princes enter the masquerade with their wolf masks. Pride asks Emilia to dance. As they’re dancing, Pride tells Emilia the realm would’ve ripped itself apart if Wrah didn’t terrify it into submission. He says that Wrath is the balance and the only thing standing between them and destruction. He is feared because he does not hesistate to carry out a sentence. Pride also says if he must send someone to the Prison of Damnation, what mortals consider “Hell,” he will. Emilia asks where it’s located but Pride laughs and doesn’t answer. Realizing something, Emilia changes her tactics, she offers her condolences over losing someone he loved and Pride tenses. Emilia knows Pride is the guard that stopped her because of the scar on his lip. She tells him she knows that his brothers think he’s always intoxicated and useless. Emilia asks him why he held her hostage for so long and whether it was to hide the amount of guards patrolling his grounds. Pride doesn’t answer her so Emilia asks why he’s hiding the fact that he isn’t nearly as drunk and prideful as others believe he says he rarely shows his true face to anyone. Emilia again asks why he didn’t show up to the monastery the night he possessed Antonio and Pride deflects the question by asking if she already know the curse. Emilia says she knows her birth signaled the end of Pride, the devil’s curse and must have other reasons to hide. Pride doesn’t confirm anything and says he was occupied. Emilia lets Pride know she will cross his lands twice on a time and date of her choosing without his interference in return she won’t tell his brothers about the slumber root. Envy then comes to collect Emilia as the guest of honor.
As a demon is about to draw Emilia’s biggest fear, someone says stop. Emilia hears Wrath say he will be the one to sacrifice a secret from the heart as his prize for winning the hunt. Yet, the rest of his demon brothers don’t agree to this and tell Wrath that cannot be his prize. Instead the princes decide Wrath must bed Emilia. Wrath tells Emilia she can still give up a secret, but Emilia tells him she doesn’t want to reveal her fear or secret. Wrath reveals he doesn’t want any outside force affecting what they’ll do. Then Emilia realizes that they don’t need to do anything in specific because the princes didn’t mention anything in particular.
Later when the two are about to sleep, Emilia offers Wrath a drink. She walks over to the champagne and pours a sleeping potion into it. Emilia quickly leaves the room and rushes to the stable and mounts Tanzie, the horse. They ride off to Pride’s territory in search of the Bloodwood forest. After crossing Pride’s territory, Emilia crosses Envy’s, knowing he wouldn’t do anything because he wanted her to find the Stars of Seven. Once she arrived at the tree, someone appears and asks Emilia who she is and they say they have information and expect payment. The figure tells her she’ll tell Emilia anything in exchange for a favor, collected in the future at her discretion because she already knows Emilia’s secrets better than Emilia knows. Emilia asks about her twin and where the seven sisters are, the figure answers neither saying, Emilia cannot expect to find answers to anyone else’s mystery, when she doesn’t yet understand the mystery of herself. Then Emilia says she cannot access her magic to which the Crone responds about her prince, if Emilia wanted to know the truth about him, then she should carve his name into the tree and take one leaf. The Crone says Emilia does know who he is but chooses to remain in the dark because she fears her own truth, not his because Wrath is her mirror. Emilia spontaneously decides to carve what she thinks is Wrath’s true name into the tree before leaving.
Emilia finds Wrath in the kitchen the next day and tells him she visited the Curse Tree and made a bargain with the Crone. Emilia tells him she wanted to know about her sister but the Crone insisted she needed to discover her truth first and part of Emilia’s truth was to be found if she acknowledged who Wrath is. Wrath pleads saying he hope she refused to carve his name in the tree because the Crone is worse than his brothers. He’s scared Emilia carved the wrong name because if she carved the right one, she wouldn’t be standing in front of him. Yet Emilia needed to know whether she was right and so she crushed the leaf. Nothing happened to her, meaning her guess was right. Emilia tells him she knows witches and demons are enemies and that there’s more to their story. Wrath was the devil, Samael. Emilia calls him a liar but he denies it. She can’t believe she fell for his seduction and temptations. Wrath tells her unlike Pride, he’s never had a consort but was cursed by the First Witch. His penalty for not aiding her was steeper, she stole something very important to him, something he would do nearly anything to get back- the Horn of Hades. Wrath tells her they are his wings, not horns and the First Witch cursed them into mockery of mortal lore, then hid them from him. In order to restore them, he needed a spell found in her grimoire. Wrath tells Emilia that Pride’s sin of choice makes it nearly impossible for him to deny being the king of demons and mortals assume that’s who he is because his pride keeps him from admitting the truth. Emilia tells him that he’s the evil incarnate and it’s hard to wrap her head around that. Wrath leaves quickly after.
Emilia wonders whether locating the First Witch was the true reason behind the murders. It would make sense for someone to try and find her to make her pay for what she’d stolen and if every prince of Hell lost their wings, or something as precious, it could be any one of them. If Emilia was the First Witch, it would also make sense why Wrath had hated her the night he was summoned by her. He had called Emilia a creature then, swearing he’d never be tempted by her when she believed demon bargains were sealed with addictive kisses. Emilia goes to Celestia and asks whether she is the First Witch Celestia says neither her nor Emilia are the First Witch. Emilia says she’s been trying to solve a riddle about a key that doesn’t necessarily open a lock and the seven stars and sins, and the angel of death. Celestia says it’s the Temptation Key she’s looking for. Emilia believed this meant Wrath had the Temptation Key. She rushes to Wrath’s study and realizes the paperweight he keeps on his desk is the key. This makes Emilia believe that the Triple Moon Mirror might be hidden in plain sight as well, but the only mirror she had been gifted before leaving to Envy’s house didn’t fit with the key. The Seven Sisters were somewhere in the Sin Corridor and Emilia had a feeling they had the mirror. They were Emilia’s salvation so Emilia quickly packed some essentials and the Temptation Key, the Crone’s spell book and changed clothes. Emilia walks to the Sin Corridor.
Emilia called out for someone and stopped at a tree with a carving. There were no sounds, footprints or indications that the Seven Sisters were near. Emilia began scratching the tree till blood reaches her hands. She puts blood on the number 7 on the tree. The trunk clicked up, revealing a set of stairs within it. Emilia entered the tree and went down the stairs. At the bottom she is met with Celestia, who tells her she’s about to make a critical choice and tells her she may leave if she wants. Emilia finds out Celestia is the Crone and is calling in her favor. She asks Emilia once she activates the mirror, return her spell book. Celestia then waves her hand and magic bubbles in Emilia, who finally dives into her source. Celestia tells her once she finds her answers to come find her with her payment.
Emilia goes through the spell book and finds a note that says “Some truths do not grant the freedom you seek. Once known you can’t ever go back. Choose wisely. -S.” Samael, Wrath offered similar words to Celestia. Emilia goes through with the plan and whispers, “Past, present, future, find. Show me my biggest desire hidden deep within the universe’s mind.” A vision of Vittoria and Antonio in Wrath’s place is shown. Antonio tells Vittoria he vows his life to her cause and that she is his angel. Vittoria tells him to give her one moment before they’ll leave. Emilia removes herself from the vision and returns to House Wrath. She runs to where Antonio is staying but he’s no longer there. Instead there lies an enchanted skull that says “come to the shifting isles, sister. We have much to discuss about breaking the remainder of our curse.” Emilia finds Wrath and shows him she can summon fire. She thinks that maybe the cornicello was made to keep her power in check not his. Emilia asks for answers but Wrath is unable to say anything because of the curse. She tells Wrath that if she accepts the marriage bond, some of that will change. The curse may not fully break but Emilia believes there are some bonds more powerful than dark magic and there’s nothing more dangerous than love. Wrath tells Emilia he’s been locking into the possibility that the horns may have been spelled to ensure she forget certain things. He also says he hoped the truth properties of the Crescent Shallows would remove any blocks from her mind and didn’t anticipate the extreme reaction it caused he also admits they really do lock the gates of hell. The two accept each other as husband and wife.
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It’s done! My apologies to anyone who was waiting for this for long. I began writing this back in June but was forced to put this aside due to my final exams. I went on vacation soon after that and didn’t have much time to work on this. Finally in August I had some spare time, despite still having to get ready for the new school year. That being said, thank you for reading this and let me know if you’d want Kingdom of the Feared recapped as well once it comes out!