I know everything about you, Detective. Your every thought, every move you'll make.
|—Prince Julian, Jack and the Sky Kingdom|
Prince Julian was a minor character and one of the antagonists in the sixth Dark Parables game, Jack and the Sky Kingdom. He was an orphan who was imbued with magical powers by a witch, then given to King Eurig of the Sky Kingdom to serve as one of his Princes.
Julian reappeared as a prominent character and the main antagonist in the fifteenth Dark Parables game, The Match Girl's Lost Paradise.
Julian could be based on the dwarf Ótr from Norse mythology.
Appearance and Personality Edit
Julian was a handsome man with long blond hair, green eyes and classic features. His skin was pale and he tended to dress in fine silks and linens. He was a shape-shifter and had taken on many different appearances throughout his long life. He was fond of roses and was seldom seen without one in his hand.
Julian was the most mischievous of his brothers. While they guard with smarts and brawn, Julian preferred to use deception and cunning to best intruders. He was a hedonist who desired more and more out of life, without much care for the things he already had. He was mindlessly loyal to King Eurig, thanks to a spell placed on him by the witch. He initially cared greatly for Emma, as evidence by a large portrait of her he kept in a place of honor in his garden, but later denounced her as a traitor after she helped Jack and the Detective.
Little is known of Julian's heritage and upbringing - he had an older brother named Leonard and a younger brother named Hugh and was taken in by the Evil Witch when he was young. The witch gave Julian his power of shape-shifting and then sent him to King Eurig to act as his Prince and heir.
King Eurig treated Julian as a son and he grew into his shape-shifting abilities. Once grown, his mindless loyalty to the Sky Kingdom and its King led to him being one of the three great guardians of the Kingdom.
Prince Julian was instrumental in the efforts to block the Fairytale Detective and Jack from saving the world. He stole the Queen's ring back from them, as it was needed to activate the Bolide Shard. He also caused havoc and confusion by shape-shifting into the King while the real one hid inside Julian's chambers. He even attacked Jack and the others with an enchanted rose, wounding Jack in the process.
When Julian was last seen, he was unconscious on the ground near the Bolide Shard's shrine. However, he was gone when that scene was revisited again. It is later revealed out that Julian survived the destruction of the Sky Kingdom and had been searching for a way to bring back his father with his brothers. His search led him to Giselle, the Match Girl, who claimed she could grant wishes. However, being an illusionist, he knew that the girl could only make illusions. Nevertheless, he acknowledged her magical potential and lied, telling her that the Detective was out to destroy her.
Together, they worked to stop the Detective while his other brothers went to find a way to resurrect their father. The prince pushed Giselle into making more wishes come true to attract the Detective and eventually made a wish to make himself appear as a victim once the Detective arrives. While the woman was distracted with Giselle, Julian continue to orchestrate from behind, planning to steal the Match Girl's powers in the end.
Pretending to team up with the Detective, he helps her get back to reality via the wishing well before stopping a plant monster that Giselle has sent for the Detective. Afterwards, when she returns to the Garden and had defeated the Match Girl, Julian appeared, thanking the Detective for clearing the the room. He revealed his true intentions before stealing the Torch of Phantasm.
At the Distorted Garden, the prince explains his plan to replace the world with an illusion of the world his father wanted. However, defeated by both the Detective and Giselle, Julian got sucked up into the vortex and died.
Relevant Parables Edit
The Three Sons (from Jack and the Sky Kingdom)
There was once a wealthy King who was a fanatical collector of valuable treasures. One day, he heard that an old crone had three unique 'treasures' in her possession, and paid her a visit. The crone presented to him three orphan boys, each imbued with a special talent. She guaranteed their loyalty to the King so he brought them to his Kingdom and appointed them Princes. The King's obsession with his fortune pushed him to increasing acts of madness. His subjects fled the Kingdom in fear, but the three loyal Princes remained by the King's side. It was on the deserted Kingdom that the Princes came of age and into their talents. The eldest Prince, Leonard, grew to a mighty warrior, with a quick temper and a love of battle. The second Prince, Julian, was the King's closest confidante. A hedonist and a shape-shifter, taking different appearances as he pleased. The youngest Pince, Hugh, was an avid scholar. Persuant of all knowledge, he developed magic beans that allowed them to live unnaturally long lives. The three were united in only one cause: to obey the King's whims. Their mindless devotion to the King made them a most fearsome foe to those who would cross him.
The Second Prince's Revenge (from The Match Girl's Lost Paradise)
Once there were three orphan boys who were picked up by an old crone and passed down to a king, for each of them was imbued with a special talent. The king appointed them princes. The three princes followed their father, the king, with blind loyalty. One day, their regular lives were interrupted by a treasure hunter and a detective. It resulted in the king dying, and the destruction of his kingdom soon followed. The princes survived, but they had lost everything: their kingdom, their family, and their purpose for existence. The three princes wandered around to look for a way to bring back their deceased father. They met a girl who claimed to grant wishes. Thought the second prince noticed that the girl's power was only an illusion, he saw her potential. Suddenly, a plan flashed in his mind. He lied, saying they were knights, coming to provide aid to the girl. The elder prince was filled with strength and as vigorous as the Bright Morning. The second prince was an passionate as the Radiant Sun. The youngest prince was as intelligent and steady as the Dark Night. And so these were the names that they were known by. They claimed a destroyer, a detective, was coming. They said it would be better for the girl to grant more people's wishes so she should gain even more power. Finally, the second prince succeeded in approaching the girl, for he was the only one willing to make a sacrifice and imprison himself within the girl's illusory world. The oldest and the youngest princes continued on their journey to revive their father. Only the second prince stayed behind. He was only too happy to realize that besides raising his father from the dead, there were still many other things he could do, like exacting his revenge upon those who ruined his life.
Powers and Abilities Edit
- Shape-Shifting: Julian could shape-shift into other humans, mostly males, to trick others.
- Rose Throwing
- Unknown Magic: It appears during the course between JatSK and TMGLP, Julian gain magical powers.
- King Eurig (adoptive father, deceased)
- Queen of the Sky Kingdom (adoptive mother, deceased)
- Princess of the Sky Kingdom (adoptive sister, fate unknown)
- Prince Leonard (elder brother)
- Prince Hugh (younger brother)
- Emma (adoptive descendant)
- Jack (enemy)
- Fairytale Detective (enemy)
- Evil Witch (childhood guardian, fate unknown)
- Giselle (manipulable victim, deceased)
Quotes by Prince Julian Edit
- "Do you remember this face, Detective? One of your more well-known cases, I believe." (while shape-shifting as James, the Frog Prince)
- "I know everything about you, Detective. Your every thought, every move you'll make."
- "I've heard rumors that Prince Julian is a shape-shifter. That's a handy trick for fooling people, isn't it?" (while shape-shifting as Jack)
- "Now the power of the Shard can be unleashed and the world will be a blank canvas for us to paint over."
- "Stay away, Detective. Maybe it's not too late for me, but this place is too dangerous! I have to find a way out..."
- "I must warn you though, be careful whom you trust. This world is filled with illusions."
- "By the great beans! This is the fate that awaits all who bear the cursed mark."
- "Giselle! What have you done? Without the Flame of Illusion, we shall die with the Garden!"
Quotes about Prince Julian Edit
- "Good thing the Prince is out cold. He's made enough trouble for us." - Fairytale Detective
- "Julian shattered the mirror. He said it annoyed him." - Giselle