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The Tragedy of Pythias and Prospero is a saga penned by the famous bard Talia. Though banned by the ministry of Aa, it remains one of the oldest and most renowned plays in history, predating the Itreyan Kingdom by centuries. The play is based on an ancient myth and is set in the time before The Mother of Night had been banished from the Itreyan sky.

It follows the adventures of two lovers: Pythias, captain of the guard, and Prospero, son of the Sorcerer King, who are separated by Prospeo's father when he learns of the affair. Pythias is banished to the far corners of the earth, and in their quest to be reunited,the pair conquers armies, nations, and finally the Sorcerer King himself to be together again.

Sadly, when a tale has the word 'tragedy' in the title, it's probably folly to expect a happy ending; Pythias is poisoned in the final confrontation. Dying in his lover's arms, he delivers a stirring speech on the enduring power of hope, fidelity, and love - widely regarded as the finest monologue ever put to vellum. Prospero, inheritor of his father's magiks, sets his lover's body in the heavens as a constellation, and names it in his honor.

Though banned by the Ministry, and most copies of it destroyed in the The Bright Light book burning of 27PR, Pythias's monologue is still quoted in modern times. A few complete versions of the play are rumoured to exist in secret - handwritten from memory by actors who performed it, or secreted away from the puritans of Aa's church. The copies are rare, however, and have almost become a myth among Itreyan theater groups. Any actor claiming to have read one is more likely just a lying tosser.