1. Hero's Welcome
The King enters the room, and a gasp goes up from the assembled crowd as they behold him.
He is bloodied and battered and bruised, blackened from the ash of a thousand conflagrations, his cloak singed and scarred, his armour chipped and charred.
This is not a a gilded, glorious legend- this is a mortal Man, and they are all the more grateful for him for it.
For ever scar, every slash, every stain.
The Queen says nothing as he approaches her- she never does.
The King says nothing as he kneels before her- he never does.
Another enemy is defeated, but another enemy rises- they always do.
The King and Queen embrace, tears running down both their faces, and the assembled courtiers erupt into applause.
They always do.