Floralia is the main location of the seventh Dark Parables game, Ballad of Rapunzel. It is the home of Rapunzel and Belladonna, two of the main characters of that same game. Once a thriving, beautiful Kingdom, Floralia has been abandoned by all of its people.
Floralia was originally occupied by two warring clans. The Chief of the smaller clan asked the Goddess Flora for her help and she bestowed Three Artifacts on him. These items allowed the Chief to take over Floralia and become its first King, but at a high price.
As a result, the King passed the artifacts down through his descendants with a warning to keep them sealed and to never use them. Even without the use of the artifacts, the Kingdom of Floralia grew in population, beauty and wealth. It was a prosperous, happy land for many years.
Then came a time of great mourning. The beloved Queen of Floralia, Violante, died shortly after giving birth to a beautiful baby girl named Rapunzel. Seeing their grief and love for the child, the Goddess Flora made the baby one of her Guardians, bestowing her with powers of restoration and charging her with the protection of the Bellflower.
In time, the King took a new wife, Queen Melanie. This Queen was more somber than her predecessor, but she dearly wished for the people of Floralia to love her. When she was with child, she did all she could to ensure her child would be born healthy, but there was a traitor in her midst. Her most trusted servant, Mother Gothel, was secretly feeding Melanie enchanted poison made from Nightbloom flowers. The child, Belladonna, was born with devastating powers over the deadly flower as a result. One touch from her could kill a person.
To prevent any more calamities, the young Princess was locked away in a tall tower for the safety of all. Her mother was driven mad by anger and guilt over her trust in Mother Gothel, and passed away shortly after. Belladonna's father was also wracked with guilt. He hated seeing his daughter locked away, but could see no other solution. He searched tirelessly for a way to cure her of her powers, but found nothing.
The young Princess grew up alone, isolated from everyone but her older sister, Rapunzel, who came to visit her often. It was through Mother Gothel's work and Rapunzel's own powers that Belladonna was able to begin releasing the deadly Nightbloom pollen throughout the Kingdom. With the flowers themselves, and the deadly pollen coming from them, the people of Floralia began to live in fear. It wasn't long before the population dwindled down to nothing.
However, the King of Floralia refused to leave his Kingdom. He died alone in his throne room, ruling over his empty Kingdom to his last breath.
In accordance with the Sword ending, Rapunzel is freed from Belladonna's control and they leave with Ross into exile to have Belladonna learn how to control her powers. With the absence of the last two Princesses, Goddess Flora's powers diminished to such a degree that she could no longer maintain an adult form. She changed into a young girl, and was then cursed by Mother Gothel to make her small enough to fit in the palm of one's hand. The Goddess was rescued by Gerda, Gwyn and Kai, but could only return to her native Rosaria to recuperate and attempt to rebuild her powers.
Floralia has evidently been restored and repopulated since the events of Ballad of Rapunzel as Flora is once again powerful enough to continue guarding over the delicate balance of nature. She's also one of the reasons why 'the Swan Guard' exists. In The Thief and the Tinderbox, a wedding gift from Floralia was sent to Prince Gwyn and Gerda.
Relevant Parables Edit
The Three Artifacts of Floralia (from Ballad of Rapunzel)
Long ago, two rival clans inhabited a piece of land together. Under the Goddess Flora’s patronage, one clan thrived while the young Chief of the weaker clan saw the end of his people draw near. He decided to implore the Goddess, overcoming harsh trials in his quest. Touched by his sincerity and determination, the Goddess gave the man three artifacts: a sword, a mirror, and a jewel. The Goddess told him to use the artifacts if he was determined to change destiny of his clan. But she warned him that the price would be steep for disrupting the fates. After a long, drawn-out battle, with the artifacts in hand, the Chief was victorious. But in the midst of it all, he had lost his family, his lover, and too many of his people. He now understood the Goddess’ warning. Though their destiny had changed, the cost had been paid was too dear. With a solemn heart, he joined the two clans together, crowning himself King. The King lived on to become a wise ruler. He sealed the artifacts, turning over their guardianship and history to his heir before he died. So goes the tale of the first King of Floralia.
Notable Former Residents Edit
- Belladonna (gone into volunteer exile)
- Rapunzel (gone into volunteer exile)
- Mother Gothel (former, unknown)
- Queen Melanie (deceased)
- Queen Violante (deceased)
- King Crisanto (deceased)
- Flora (not technical resident, but patron Goddess)
- Floralia is named after the Roman holiday to celebrate the Goddess Flora.