His life had not always been about revenge.
There was a time, long ago, when Theiden Guster had not been interested in that sort of thing. But after years of struggle and sorrow, a curse on his daughter is the last straw, and he sets out to kill the witch named Lenesa Evergreen. Unfortunately, the witch has better things to do than be killed by an angry hunter, and Theiden is taken hostage in the mysterious mountains where the creatures are more deadly than not. Left with no other option, he decides to bide his time, learn the witch's weaknesses, and then strike her down and escape.
But a dark and vengeful presence is growing in the mountains, and the witch hunters in the city are preparing to wipe out the witches in a brutal final attack. Lenesa knows there's not much hope for her own salvation, but is willing to do whatever it takes to bring peace back to the land and stop the bloodshed. If she's lucky, she'll be able to see the dawn of a new era before succumbing to her affliction. Yet with hardly a plan and very little time, the odds do not appear in her favor, and it seems each step she takes brings about more harm than good.
A gender-swapped retelling of Beauty and the Beast, with a few other random story components thrown in during sudden bursts of inspiration. Hope you enjoy!
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