Funny / Princess: The Hopeful

  • Almost everything about the Princesses of Spades is comedy gold:
    • For starters, there is the fact the Queen of Spades herself is responsible for half the graffiti in her own Kingdom.
    • And then, there are the stereotype entries describing how they feel about other factions and creatures:
    Mirrors: Those special powers, did you know they stop working if... oops! Too late!
    Sin-Eaters: Partying in the face of death; you've got style! Hey, I've never tried rum before. Want to share a bottle?
    Mad Scientists: Oh, don't mind us. We're just watching, but um, can we like, be the beautiful lab assistants and shout "It's Alive!" or something?
    Hunters: Why are you so serious, ok I know why you're so serious, but you'd cope better if you laughed once in a while anyway.
  • Some of the Mirrors' stereotypes are funny as well, if just for how bratty they can be about everything:
    Diamonds: Maths class is Boooring!
    Vampires: Creatures of the Night, begone in the name of the Light! Unless you're one of the hot ones I can save, of course!
    Mages: Years of study, and you can't even do magic in front of people? You got the boring powers.
    Sin-Eaters: Sweet party. Real nice... um, death theme. And the... ghosts. And... um. I have to go.
    Mummies: Stop worshipping it! It's old and ugly. I am the one you should be worshipping!
    • Even better, they actually get their own entry for the stereotype they have toward themselves. Said stereotype?
    Mirrors: You're not the True Heir! I am!
    • Let's not forget Mirrors and Pentacles stereotypes on each other. Pentacles being Mirror's Precursor of all things!
    Mirrors on Pentacles: Don't tell me what to do! I am the True Heir! The True Queen told me so!
    Pentacles on Mirrors: ​A parent has the right to making decisions for the child should the child’s decisions  prove to be…obviously flawed.
  • Graces are amusingly snarky in some of their stereotypes:
    Vampires: Explain to me again how your civilisation is anything of the sort.
    Sin-Eaters: This mythology was stolen from Dragonlance, and it sounds like you wrote this code of honor while you were drunk! Is there anything of substance in your society?
    Mad Scientists: So if I get the institute to apologize for laughing at your research will you destroy the killbots? No? Do you even know what you want?!
    • Menders give us these pearls:
    Sin-Eaters: I know you had one miraculous recovery, but as your doctor I must recommend you cut back on the drink, and the drugs, and the unprotected sex.
    Mad Scientists: Do you want to talk about it? Of course I am not calling you mad!
    • And then there's Troubadours' stereotype toward Hunters:
    • Princesses of Diamonds have this to say regarding Princesses of Swords:
    Swords: When you need a grand, dramatic gesture, call for them. When you need subtlety, call for someone- anybody - else.
  • One of the Umbrae, Infectious Hate, allows its user to turn any regular mortal into a Darkened just by delivering them a Breaking Speech. This in itself isn't particularly funny, but the description mentions that every Princess who knows of this Umbrae agrees that it has one positive side. Said positive side? "It's rare."
  • Another Umbra, Hunger Means Nothing, allow Creatures of the Darkness to survive without having to feed or drink. It however has the side effect of making them lose weight, become physically weaker, and, as described by the book, "look too thin, like a cancer patient, or (some cynical Princesses might remark) a top fashion model."
  • Instead of having a Practical Magic, Princesses of Mirrors get the ability to have their Transformed form as their default mode, while their mundane form is the one they need to make a transformation roll for. The justification for this? They are so self-absorbed that it is harder for them to be "normal". A Princess of Mirrors is literally capable of maintaining her transformed state through the sheer force of her ego.
  • The Royal Tongue is frequently mocked for being overcomplicated Purple Prose, making it impractical and hard to use even for a simple sentence. People actually went to ask some of the Queens how such a language came to be. The Queen of Hearts implied it was deliberate, the Queen of Spades burst into laughter, and the Queen of Diamonds (who is fluent in, and prefer, most Earthly languages) gave a put upon sigh.
  • The Through the Looking Glass Charm allows a Princess to enter the world behind any mirror. One of the advantages this provide is that she can carve out an invisible hole to hide things inside. According to the description, this is "perfect for storing weapons, valuable Bequests or bringing boyfriends you don't want your mother to know about."
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