"This is the story of a love that flourished in a time of hate,
Of lovers no tyranny could separate.
Hearts set into motion on the Nile shore,
Destiny ignited by an act of war..."
Egypt and Nubia are at war.
The two rival nations each claim the Nile river as their own, and the bloody conflict between them has raged for a century. The Nubians desperately defend themselves as Egypt encroaches further and further into their territory, all the while sending captured Nubian slaves back to the capital of Thebes.
Ramose is a captain in the Egyptian army, favored by Pharaoh himself and betrothed to his daughter Princess Amneris. Only Ramose has no interest in ruling- he'd rather be sailing down the Nile, leading his men south to explore the Nubian frontier and winning Egypt glory in battle. But only when a fierce slave girl captures his attention does he begin to find the will to change his fate...
Aida is a Nubian slave, captured by Ramose and his men along the Nubian frontier. After attempting to kill her captors and escape, she expects death to come quickly. But strangely, Ramose chooses to spare her life. Aida doesn't quite trust Ramose, nor has her fury towards Egypt abated- but he's not quite like any Egyptian she's ever met...
Brought to Thebes in chains, Aida is given by Captain Ramose as a gift to Princess Amneris. Now handmaiden to the princess, Aida finds herself thrust into the war, politics, and cruelty of the royal palace, all while carefully guarding a secret of her own:
She is the Nubian princess, daughter of Queen Makeba and heir to the throne.
A retelling of the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, with influence from the musical by Elton John and Tim Rice.
#424 in Adventure
Cover by @aLovelyDaydream