“How does she do it?” This is the unuttered question on the lips of heads of state, diplomats, and journalists across Europe as Arendelle becomes the new place of pilgrimage for great and small powers alike.
Even during Elsa’s reign, no one could have predicted the meteoric rise to global prominence the small Nordic kingdom would enjoy.
While Anna’s predecessor managed significant relationships with mighty realms like the Russian Empire and the Qing Dynasty, it’s Anna who has radically transformed Arendelle’s relationship with almost every great power – and set an example for middle and even smaller states to emulate.
Featured image art “The Inner Court” by PURY (@puryartist)
By Gudrun, Home Affairs Editor for The Arendelle Guardian
The queen of Arendelle’s flagship, Pride of Elsa, docked at the kingdom’s harbour in the early hours of Thursday morning after a long trip from East Asia to Northern Europe. She was received with little fanfare by General Mattias, before making a bombshell announcement to the three major papers of Arendelle: that our own queen is the leader of a secret society of world rulers, having inherited the privilege from a shadowy ruler of China.
Our newsroom now has confirmation that Queen Anna’s long voyage to the Celestial Empire was to consolidate her new position and ensure that her leadership of this mysterious organization, known only to the public as “the Exalted,” is unquestioned by any potential challengers.
“I’m sorry that the royal court has kept this from you, who I don’t see as subjects at all, but as fellow citizens,” said Anna in her newest column for this paper, which she hasn’t updated in months.
“But in due time, I’ll reveal everything to you because you deserve the truth. You need the truth so that you, the people of Arendelle, can be my guiding light and hold me to account should I stray from the righteous path. I’ve taken control of the Exalted because I feel I can make this once-shadowy cabal a force for good and improving the world. But should I risk succumbing to dark temptations of power, I want the whole kingdom to remind me what I risk losing. That’s why I’m bringing my once-secretive organization into the light.”
Featured image art “Monarch of Arendelle” by hanna.digiArt (@HDigiart)
Our second short interactive story, this time about Anna, is online!
At Kristoff’s request, you head to Arendelle Castle to watch over the queen as she finally manages to take a day off. Where will you take her for a relaxing time together? Perhaps you’ll get a better chance to know her and bring a smile to her face after her great conflict with Russia (see our Q1 2021 event, the Russo-Arendellian War)…
Thanks so much for trying out your friendly editor’s new gamebooks! Depending on how ambitious my writing gets, I’ll think about developing and teasing the foundations of a new cycle of hangouts with Elsa and Hilde Von Altheim. If I’m going to make more, I’d like to incorporate increased choices, more complex consequences and endings, and interactivity like simple skill throwing with accessible everyday items like coins or dice.
From Arendelle to Peking, from the Qilin Cabaret to Arendelle Castle… jam and party with Anna and Elsa late into the night, Shanghai jazz-style!
The air is thick with political intrigue, aching romance, musical groove and princely glamour as the sister-queens swing into the new world of modernity – to make Arendelle a global power.
Anna, the Emerald Dragon, has assembled her Exalted with which to locate the elixir of immortality. Her journey will take her family and friends around the world, encountering new friends, allies, and adversaries. But our queen had best beware – with her newfound power comes an expanded gallery of powerful foes, some with vendettas to pursue and others that believe in their causes as much as she does in her own.
From familiar faces like the opium tai-pan Will Harrison to new adversaries like the mysterious and immortal Moonborn, Anna and her Exalted will face external and internal conflicts like never before.
Anna’s Emerald Dragon arc continues with all the glamour, romance and intrigue of the early modern age.
VICTORY as Queen Anna stakes vampire traitor Countess Vi through her heart
By Mikael, Defence Reporter for The Arendelle Guardian
The desperate rebellion against Anna led by Countess Vi, Anna’s former prime minister, is about to be crushed by Her Majesty. As this article is going to press, the newly conquered states of the Southern Isles, Chatho, Weselton, and Vesterland will be recognizing Anna as the new and first Empress of Arendelle.
Loyal citizens of Arendelle, rejoice! Our beautiful motherland is now the Empire of Arendelle!
Since the death of Elsa, Anna was tragically broken and, as if a fire was lit within her, gloriously rallied and wiped out all her enemies. Seeing herself as a failure, she rapidly reorganized our kingdom into an engine of “total war,” and began a campaign of relentless expansion. Now Arendelle is several times its original size, having swallowed all her former allies, and with a navy that has blown apart the Prussian and Austrian fleets in Europe. Anna is even poised to wrench colonies in Asia and the Americas from their original masters of the British and French.
Yet in the midst of all this glory, the Countess claimed that Anna had lost her way and instigated a rebellion. Treason! It’s obvious that she simply wanted to seize the new Arendellian Empire for herself. After more than two years of fierce civil war, Her Majesty has crushed Vi’s forces and is now poised to seize Mundilfari Keep itself!
The sister-queens are dead. All hail the Last Sister!
Featured image “The inner court” by PURY (@puryartist)
Good morning, Arendelle!
Your friendly editor has a few updates to this project. Thanks so much for following the paper and we hope you’ll find the items below of some interest.
Firstly, The AG has set up a Discord account for the first time. Depending on the need, we thought it might be fun to set up a private server dedicated to reader participation and OC (original character) accounts. Several loyal readers have their own OC personas, which I always try to include into The AG’s plotline.
The AG’s current Discord account is: TheArendelleGuardian#4688.
I’ve made a quick poll below to gauge interest. Quick, easy, and private – please help shape how far this project can go!
Featured image “The Countess,” by hanna.digiart (@HDigiart)
// Hi! I wanted to do something new and add this to the blogroll today, taking the chance while there’s a lull in the Russo-Arendellian War event to discuss with you some “behind-the-scenes” talk. Specifically, about the plethora of OCs in this project.
I’d love to get your thoughts about OCs as well. What are we getting right, and what can we do better? Feel free to make any comments below or join the discussion on The AG’s Twitter account, @arendelleguard1.
I remember coming across an anonymous comment by someone who’d visited The Arendelle Guardian. They’d posted on a forum our movie poster-themed promotion of Anna’s story with the Exalted (below). The caption was something along the lines of, “This makes more sense when you read the thing.”
Their comment was pretty funny, but it also raised an important point: how can you make your OCs merge seamlessly into the world you’re writing about?
Featured image art “The inner court,” by PURY (@puryartist)
The 27th of January marks our first anniversary as Arendelle’s newspaper on 19th Century politics, power and drama!
From the international relations with the great powers to reunification with Northuldra, from Kristoff’s corporate warfare to the cabal of leaders known as the Exalted, Anna’s journey in this high-stakes world is just beginning.
Thank you so much for subscribing to our newspaper and/or being involved in this fanfiction project! We also hope you’re enjoying Q1’s story event arc, the Russo-Arendellian War. If you’d like to enjoy more content for your experience of The Arendelle Guardian here, please consider following us on Twitter, @arendelleguard1.
Comic strip by シロクマ (@budaimao001), used with permission
It was just after Elsa left Arendelle for Northuldran life as the Fifth Spirit. Queen Anna had taken over and getting sworn in as the new queen of Arendelle. That day she was hosting a royal reception for an ambassador whose name and place escapes my memory, paid an unexpected, urgent visit to come and get Anna.
For months, our newsroom has been trying to develop a logo, a coat of arms that represents the queen of Arendelle and our website’s project of reporting on her reign. Our most cherished house artist, Arute, almost by chance came up with a design that I fell in love with right away. I wanted to share with you this special logo, drawn specially for this website.
Without further ado, here is our newspaper’s logo and coat of arms, representing our devotion to Their Majesties and the influence our own journalists wield on their behalf in the kingdom: