The Prince's Enigma
Sometimes a man must be pushed beyond the limits of breaking until he willingly embraces the darkness within. When that day comes…no one is safe. The Prince's Enigma was no ordinary Pandoric when it was conceived. All of the pain and suffering became fuel that was harnessed and refined then refashioned until all of the darkness had been transformed into a thing of beauty by the hands of its maker. He finished inscribing the Latin verses taken from lost books of the Apocrypha on its surfaces he saw that it was good and baptized the Enigma in the blood of an innocent. Then he kissed it and breathed one whispered word upon it to awaken it. Whether this word was meant as instruction or education only its creator knows for certain and the Enigma understood. Beautiful and enticing to look upon, the Prince's Enigma is a dark seduction of life that celebrates death with smiling skeletons raising outstretched arms waiting to give a final embrace. Only a fool ignores the warnings and thinks of this as an object to master and possess while paying no heed to grim death showing the sands running out in the hourglass.
... this was not just another one of his clever boxes. I was almost flattered when he confessed to breaking so many arcane rules to create this one Pandoric just for me...and you think to judge me evil? I gave him focus and desire. See how generously he has repaid his debt?"
the Comte de Charolais
...I find myself thinking back to that very day often. I stopped wondering why I did not give the word and have him executed on the spot a long time ago. I confess there are times that I amuse myself and imagine how differently the world would be without him in it...but that was never part of your plan was it? "
Charles de Bourbon