Anna’s Column: I Will End Mephistopheles’ Bondage!

By HM Queen Anna

Is it weird to talk about bondage in my column? Don’t worry, I’m not talking about the kind of leather I like to see on Kristoff. Hear me out, dear citizen, don’t get scared off! I’m talking about the kind of bondage I despise: the supernatural kind that keeps otherwise free women and men in servitude. Now I have your attention, don’t I?

We live at the dawn of what my historians call “modernity,” with steam and photography and all manner of technological wonders and terrors. But we’re still reminded of magic every single day. I’m in contact with the wondrous every day, thanks to my contact with Elsa and only-slightly-less-frequent contact with the other elemental spirits. Gale passes by Arendelle all the time; you can feel her. But not all supernatural forces are as benevolent as the Five Elements.

The Snow Herald’s journalists are screeching about how their paper’s proprietor – my new prime minister – has been attacked at home, and for once I agree with them. It wasn’t Vi’s fault that she was absent on her first day by my side at the parliament. I have a nasty feeling that she’s been badly hurt, and I’ve prepared a retinue to head up to the Jotunheimen Mountains to check in on her.

See, when Vi accepted my job offer, I learned that her family has been in thrall to a demonic patron for almost a thousand years. His name is Mephistopheles, and he’s tempted and twisted the Mundilfari family into his vassals, in return for centuries of power and wealth. Unfortunately, generation after generation, each Mundilfari head has had to pledge themselves to fulfilling his wish to consume all the spirits of light and nature.

One of his mission critical regions over these past few hundred years has been Northuldra, the wellspring and source of the most powerful pre-Christian spirits: the Five Elements. From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, the Mundilfaris sent their armies to invade Northuldra time and again. The demon was nothing but patient with his Mundilfari puppets. They came close to succeeding with my grandfather, but by the time Mother and Father had Elsa and me, Mephistopheles must have sensed that his window of opportunity was closing. He gave Viola more power, wealth, and influence than ever, but also tightened his grip over her.

He’s kept her in bondage long before she became the Mundilfari head.

I know how painful it is to live with the burden of the past. I even know what it feels like to have to renounce part or all of your inheritance. But Viola’s situation is so much worse. She lives in his shadow every day, being lorded over by someone worse than a hateful father or tyrant. And even with our new political alliance, she can’t simply escape his clutches by giving up Northuldra.

But “for the first time in forever,” Vi has in me someone who’ll never abandon her side. I’m the light to her dark, the light skip to her brooding glide.

Queen Anna’s theme, by Frostudio Chambersonic

In my capacity as queen, I’ve decided to ask Elsa and Commander Hilde, Vi’s childhood friend and right hand, to help find some way to shatter Mephistopheles’ grasp. There must be some way – some long-lost enchantment, or a awesome ritual that can purge his presence from Keep Mundilfari. Perhaps Elsa can lead all the elements against him. I don’t know or care how long it will take, and how hard it’ll be. Demons live forever, apparently. But Mephistopheles hasn’t dealt with Elsa and I.

We won’t abandon the Countess. Vi has turned to me to help her somehow break free from him one day. I won’t fail her.

Love,
Anna

3 thoughts on “Anna’s Column: I Will End Mephistopheles’ Bondage!

  1. We start with Prayer.
    When demons aren’t tormenting on earth’s surface, they’re in Hell with Satan. Mephistopheles needs to be served his eviction notice! I’m coming, I’m more concerned for Viola’s life now more than ever.

    Michael

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    1. My family might be trapped in a demonic pact with Mephisto – a pact my ancestors willingly signed, I might add – Mephisto sees me as too valuable a mortal to dispose of. He wants to keep me as his plaything, a perverse, infernal father slapping down his daughter’s rebellions.

      Keep your hand on me while you can, Mephisto. For you know exactly what I’ll do to you the moment your grip loosens even a bit..

      Countess Viola

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  2. This is gonna be huge. We have got to take down Mephistopheles. Nobody messes with Arendelle or its allies and gets away with it, and Viola is an ally. Mephistopheles is the true enemy. Hopefully Elsa can lead the Spirits against this demon. Maybe Grand Pabbie knows something, we haven’t gone to him in a long while and I think we may need to. Whatever it takes to take this demon out. The last thing any of us need is for that demon to be harming us all, not just Viola. And I certainly don’t want to see that demon go after the woman that I want to spend the rest of my life with, if given the chance.

    In this situation, I think of modern-day songs like “The Resistance” by Skillet and “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons, but most of all, I think of a lyric from Luke Bryan’s “Blood Brothers”, where he sings,

    “Its a cowboy code, an unwrote law
    If you mess with one, you gotta take us all”

    That sounds exactly like what we are about to face. We need to all band together. “The Damn War” just got turned up a few notches.

    See you soon Viola, we’re coming. We’ll get you out of this. Whatever it takes.

    Alan

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