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Deus Salve o Rei (English: God Save the King) is a Brazilian Soap Opera produced by Rede Globo in 2018 following the success of series like Game of Thrones and Vikings. The series takes place in a fantasy region known as Cália, home to the two kingdoms of Montemor and Artena that for many years have lived in harmony sharing natural resources with each other: Montemor provides precious ores while Artena lends water, which is highly scarce to the former. Queen Crisélia of Montemor tries to circumvent their dependence on Artena by building an aqueduct to a lake, which dries up on its inauguration day much to their embarrassment. She sends her grandson Afonso, the heir of Montemor's throne, in search of an alternate source of water for their people but during the expedition, his group is attacked by outlaws and the prince is presumed dead. His life is saved by Amália, a farm girl from Artena, and the two fall in love with each other. A crisis between the two realms begins when Montemor's heir goes missing with his younger brother Rodolfo being forced to become king despite being completely unprepared, while Princess Catarina of Artena, the king's daughter, plots to gain more influence over its neighborhood specially in the company of Constantino of Vincenza, a foreign nobleman that shares her ambitious views.

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  • 0% Approval Rating: Rodolfo's highly unpopular and inept rule leaves Montemor in a deep crisis. He becomes so disliked that he gets deposed in a practically bloodless coup as the people demands he steps down and his own army deserts him.
  • Abdicate the Throne: Due to her ever-growing senility, Queen Crisélia asks Afonso to take the throne when he returns from his mission. However, she dies before he could return home, passing to him directly. Then, Afonso abdicates the throne himself when Amála refuses to live in the court, opting to live as a commoner with her.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: The Marquis of Cordona is one for Princess Catarina, who can barely tolerate his presence. She has no issue seducing him to manipulate him though.
  • Action Girl: What Selene wants to be and why she enrolls in Montemor's Military Academy.
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  • Agony of the Feet: The Marquis accidentally fires a crossbow bolt in his foot while pursuing "a wild animal" (actually Constantino hiding in the woods). The wound gets infected and his condition worsens, which leads to Catarina trying to kill him by denying medical treatment (he survives thanks to a healer curing him without her knowledge).
  • The Alcatraz: The Angor, an extremely well-guarded Callian mine used to dump dangerous criminals with life sentences. Afonso is sentenced there after a failed coup and the following story arc involved his attempt to escape.
  • Always Someone Better: Afonso to Rodolfo in almost every way - he was the better fighter, prepared to rule since youth, more experienced and well-learned. Rodolfo on the other hand was a barely functional bum that didn't excel in anything except scoring lays. When he actually ascends to the throne, Rodolfo takes offense when compared to Afonso whenever someone implies he would have made a better job.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Crisélia walks into her grandson Rodolfo (whom she raised herself) having a young woman he just slept with in his room and she proceeds to warn her that he is The Casanova and bedded several girls before her.
  • Arc Words: The title itself "God Save the King".
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Amália is initially upset when Afonso reveals that he is the crown prince of Montemor, because he lied to her. What he asks in return leaves her at loss of words:
    Afonso: If I had told you, what would you have done? What would you not have done?
  • Arranged Marriage: Catarina is arranged to marry the Marquis of Cordona by her father, much to her irritation. She sabotages it by tricking her fiance into sleeping with her cousin so that her father herself annuls it.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Catarina, the crown princess of Artena, and her lover Duke Constantino are the biggest examples. Later in the series, Rodolfo becomes an example when he engineers a war to unite both kingdoms.
  • Badass Normal: For a mere painter with explicitly no fighting skills and only a pure heart, Osiel is capable of capturing and restraining Brice, a succubus/witch with magical powers.
  • Balance of Power: Montemor and Artena have worked side by side for decades, but there never was a official union between the two countries because the neighboring kingdoms would grow fearful of their combined might. As such, they have been friends but kept each other to arms' length. This is part of the reason why Augusto refuses a marriage proposal to his daughter from Rodolfo.
  • Bed Trick: Catarina creates one in order to annul her wedding with the Marquis. She gets both him and her cousin drunk and have them sleep in the same bed. She proceeds to summon her father to see her fiance in the arms of another woman, prompting King Augusto to cancel the wedding and exile him.
  • Big Good: King Augusto of Artena. Not only he protects his kingdom, but keeps Montemor's stable by granting them water and is clearly the most rational, wise and noble ruler in the story. As such, things go From Bad to Worse after he is incapacitated and Catarina rises to power.
  • Birds of a Feather: Catarina and Constantino fall in love with each other due to both of them being wicked and ambitious people with very warlike views. This ultimately bites her in the ass.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Princess Catarina might look like a Princess Classic at first glance, but she is manipulative, harsh, cruel, warlike and thirsty for power.
    • Virgilio is a male example: while may appear charming and honest, he is a controlling, sexist and obsessive jackass willing to go at any lengths to make Amália his.
  • Blind Black Guy: Ozéias a black blind smith from Artena who nearly gets robbed by a jerkass client, but Afonso saves him. In return, Ozéias makes him his assistant and gives him a job.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Downplayed. Ozéias is a smith rather than a warrior. But proves to be effective enough to teach the craft to Afonso.
  • The Casanova: Rodolfo and how. His Establishing Character Moment says it all when he is bedding one of the many servant girls in the castle during the aqueduct ceremony that he was supposed to be present.
  • The Chains of Commanding: One of the driving themes is that being a monarch is one heavy burden to bear.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Catarina turns into this trope when she sees Constantino getting too close to her cousin Mirtes, whom she despises.
    • Lucrézia is another example, but she is justified considering that her husband can't stop cheating on her.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy:
    • Virgilio, Amália's boyfriend at the start of the series is a pretty extreme example. He is shown to be extremely possessive while in a relationship with her, being angry when she mentions any men around his presence. When she abandons him for Afonso, he devotes his efforts to ruin her life (such as buying the land her family lives to evict them) to get back at her, or get her back somehow.
    • A more "crazy" than "jealous" example with Belisa's husband Julião, when he figures out that she cheated on him with Prince Rodolfo, he actually threatens the prince's life to his face.
    • Constantino is this for Catarina, since he angrily grabs her arm when she mentions that her hand was asked in marriage by Rodolfo, showing that he can be just as possessive.
  • The Creon: Rodolfo is characterized this way. He doesn't want to be king because he is well-aware of the responsibilities on has, and he would rather spend his time partying, drinking and sleeping around. Also, being Spare to the Throne and being utterly unprepared for the role doesn't help either, he can't even point Montemor on the map. When he actually becomes king, he turns out to be just as unprepared for the role as imagined.
  • Cryptic Conversation:
    • While on his way back to Montemor, Afonso runs into a witch doctor who tells him a prophecy that he will find a woman that will love him, but bring him and his kingdom nothing but misery. The same witch is consulted by Catarina to view her future and confirm that she won't marry the Marquis, but someone else whom the witch wouldn't say his identity.
    • Rodolfo consults another seer called Baltazar to predict when the rain will fall for Montemor. He is only capable of saying some gibberish world salad that nobody is able to understand, though Rodolfo pretends to know. In the very next day, the rain falls but it may have something to do with Selene...
  • Cue the Rain: The series ends with the rain falling on Montemor ready to solve the water scarcity.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Selene comes from a distant little village that was besieged in a battle, which her father died during the conflict.
  • Deal with the Devil: Virgilio makes a deal with Brice (a witch with demonic/succubi traits) to make Amália love him.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Poor Afonso has people dying this way around him
    • First time he is locked up in a cell for attacking a guard that was harassing Amália, he meets an old prisoner named Elias who tells him his life story and how he lost his son. He stays by his side as he dies and when King Augusto orders his release, Elias is found dead.
    • Later on his own blacksmith master Ozéias dies of tuberculosis, but not before delivering the sword that he has been working on for decades.
  • The Ditz: Marquis Istvan is not the sharpest tool in the draw, at least when it comes to his love for Catarina. He is so blind to the fact she hates him that he can't even see she tried to kill him by denying medicine for his infected wound.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Despite the series taking place in a medieval-like setting, it also contains parallels to contemporary real-life issues in modern-day Brazil such as water scarcity, which is one of the driving elements of the plot.
    • One female character obsessed with staying thin begins eating an magical fruit that removes her fat in exchange for some years in her lifetime, which is a parallel with bulimia.
  • Dreadful Musician: The Marquis of Cordona is a terrible bard that speaks through painful rhyming and uses some lame songs to gain Catarina's love, to no avail.
  • Driven to Suicide: Crisélia takes her own life by jumping off a balcony, presumably under the influence of her madness or in one of her lucid moments while she is still herself according to Rodolfo.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Despite all the trails and tribulations endured over the course of the series, Montemor and Artena managed to heal relationships between them with King Augusto regaining the throne, King Octávio being slain in combat, Catarina being executed for her crimes and Afonso finally managing to marry Amália, who becomes Queen of Montemor. The series' final shot concludes with a heavy rain to fix the water scarcity.
  • Empathic Environment: Selene displays some kind of supernatural powers that affect the environment according to her mood. The ground shakes when she is angry, and rain falls from the sky when she is sad.
  • Everything Is Better With Princesses: Inverted. Catarina is the only princess introduced at the start of the story, and is evil.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Catarina is really prone to this. When she learns that Afonso is living in Artena with Amália, she cannot believe he willingly gave up his throne to be with a woman and thinks he must be "spying" on Artena somehow. Later on, when Rodolfo asks her hand in marriage because he has a crush on her, she thinks he wants to form a political alliance and unify both kingdoms - something which didn't even cross his mind until Petrônio and Orlando brought it up.
  • The Evil Princess: Catarina of Artena not only is a rare female example, but serves as the closest thing to a Big Bad.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Rodolfo believes Julião is threatening his life, but can't arrest him due to lack of evidence. So he orders to arrest him on charges of selling a goat without paying taxes, which isn't even technically a crime.
  • Gaia's Lament: The realm of Montemor is in the brink of poverty due to water scarcity, leading to failing crops and cattle.
  • Gender Is No Object: Women also rule of their own right (Crisélia serves as Queen of Montemor while her heirs are already adults themselves) and some queens are seen during the meeting of Cália's monarchs. Also Selene is able to enroll into Montemor's military academy as the first woman to do so, but never actually faces sexism from her peers. She is only the first female member because no other woman expressed interest in joining before her.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!:
    • During her final stages of senility that are worsened by news of her grandson's death, Queen Crisélia took a full turn into this trope when she declares war on Artena on a whim. She is so mad that she promotes random soldiers into generals and gives them specific strategies to follow, despite them being not prepared for the tasks she asks. She doesn't live long enough and dies in the same episode.
    • Even though she is just a princess, Catarina makes it clear that she will be this kind of queen when she ascends to the throne, saying she will not be "weak and soft" like her father.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: King Augusto is derided by his own daughter (though not to his face) for being "weak" and "foolish". While he is unaware of the true extent of his daughter's deeds (like attempting to kill her fiance by denying him medical attention and arranging for him to sleep with her cousin to annul their wedding), he is very much aware of Catarina's cruel nature, but he still loves her regardless.
  • The Good King:
    • King Augusto of Artena is a wise, modest and kind man that wants to help Montemor in anyway he can. While he does genuinely love his daughter Catarina, he fears that her War Hawk tendencies will cause problems after he is gone.
    • Afonso is set to become King of Montemor following his grandmother's death when he returns from Artena, and while he is just as noble and wise. Unfortunately, he drops it all in order to become a commoner and live alongside Amália.
  • The Good Chancellor: King Augusto's adviser Demetrius, though he serves as a Hero Antagonist to Catarina in the Artena subplot.
  • Fantasy World Map: A map of Cália is briefly seen on Montemor's war room as Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • The Federation: The region of Cália is composed of its several independent kingdoms with all its kings living in harmony with one and the other. Nobody rules over everyone else (as there were measures in place to avoid this; see Balance of Power), but the majority can overule the decision of just one monarch.
  • Forceful Kiss: Duke Constantino plants one in Catarina's lips while the two are alone, and she reacts as angrily as you might expect by grabbing him by the throat and threatening him. While he apologizes for it, he does it a second time later though this time, she is much more receptive.
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Amália falls in love with Afonso shortly after treating his wounds.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Ozéias is shown coughing up blood and reveals to Afonso he doesn't have much to live. He succumbs to his illness a few episodes later.
  • Handsome Lech: Rodolfo is The Casanova per excellence and very attractive, with very few women unable to resist him. Catarina is one of them, since she can see past his superficial charm and see him for the buffoon that he is.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In an attempt at gaining relevancy, Rodolfo enacts an anti-adultery law that specifically punishes the cheaters' lovers with lashing. In the very first case, a man demands that his wife's lover must be punished... It turns out said wife was one of Rodolfo's many affairs and that the accused in question is him. Before she can reveal that she is his affair, they are interrupted by a more urgent matter and later on, Rodolfo quietly revokes the law to save his own ass.
  • Horned Hairdo: Princess Lucrécia styles her hair this way.
  • Horny Devils: Brice is a witch, but also a succubus in everything but the name (or else it wouldn't get away at the time it aired). She sucks the life force of the men she spells, can easily charm them with a look and cast seduction spells. Only a pure-hearted man like Osiel is immune to her spell and can easily capture her.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Brice puts a spell on Amália to make her forget Afonso just so that she can fall for Virgilio.
  • Hidden Depths: Rodolfo might be immature, hedonistic and cowardly, but he loves his relatives and is well-aware of his shortcomings as potential successor as king, avoiding being a Royal Brat altogether.
  • The High Queen: Queen Crisélia of Montemor at the start of the series, at least during her lucid moments.
  • It's All About Me: When given actual power, Rodolfo shows more interest in his own personal affair and glory rather than the well-being of Montemor.
  • Incompatible Orientation: Lucrézia attempts to seduce her harp teacher Pietro due to how little attention Rodolfo is paying her. She is shocked to find out that he is gay and in a secret relationship with her own uncle, though she quickly takes it well and befriends Pietro instead.
  • Interclass Romance: The heir of Montemor Afonso falls in love with a meree vendor girl called Amália. Desconstructed, since Amália is unable to adapt to Montemor's court and after overhearing that her marriage with Afonso would never be accepted by the people or other kingdoms, she breaks it off with Afonso because she feels she isn't worth causing all these problems. As a result, Afonso opts to Abdicate the Throne so that he can live as a commoner with her.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: It wouldn't be a Brazilian soap opera without a huge cast with several storylines running simultaneously.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Oh boy, where do we start? Amália is loved by Virgilio (whom she doesn't reciprocate) and Afonso (whom she does), who is in turned loved by Catarina, desired by Afonso's brother Rodolfo and etc...
  • Love Makes You Dumb:
    • The Marquis of Cordova is a borderline comedic example, since he is head-over-heels in love with Catarina that he can't tell her abject hatred for him.
    • Afonso is a more dramatic and serious version of this trope since he is willing to abdicate the throne of Montemor while the kingdom is in crisis to be with his love interest.
  • Love Ruins the Realm: A seer warns Afonso that he will love one such woman that will bring misery to him and his kingdom, and he fears that this woman is Amália.
  • Low Fantasy: While lighter than most works of this type of fantasy (since there are mostly good people on both sides of this issue), it focus primarily on medieval politics between kingdoms rather than magic.
  • Lowest Cosmic Denominator: The characters often swear by "God" and the local religion looks a lot like Christianity wearing Orthodox-styled garbs and hats (which is unusual considering the setting is ostensibly like Western Europe, which has been historically Catholic). While there is no mentions of Christ and the Holy Spirit, Afonso makes a make-shift cross to mark a grave for a deceased character and a few crosses are depicted.
  • Mood-Swinger: Princess Lucrézia of Alcaluz is clearly bipolar, switching emotions at the drop of a hat and this is mostly played for laughs.
  • Moral Myopia: Rodolfo will sleep with any woman that catches his fancy... But when he hears his wife getting too close to her harp teacher, he becomes jealous and orders Orlando to spy on her at all times. Even more ridiculous is that said harp teacher is her gay best friend.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Rodolfo tends to wear tight leather pants and shirts that leave his chest exposed.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Catarina gets most of this, due to her cleavage baring dresses and getting many bathing scenes.
  • Murder by Inaction: Catarina attempts it when her fiance's wound festers and she denies medical attention in hopes that he would die and get her out of her Arranged Marriage, but a healer saves his life without her knowledge.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Cássio, the captain of Montemor's guard, is loyal to the royal family and adheres to their orders even when he personally disagrees with them.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: When Rodolfo is ordered to search the forest for his missing brothers, he suits up, mounts a horse and delivers a badass speech telling them to look at every corner for him, showing he can ditch the Upper-Class Twit persona... And then his men march while he stays behind in the castle, because he is too scared to go outside.
  • Nobody Over 50 Is Gay: Averted with Heraclito, Lucrézia's uncle who is revealed to be gay.
  • Only Child Syndrome: Catarina is King Augusto's heir and has no siblings. Its shown that she has a cousin, however.
  • Only the Pure of Heart: The artist Osiel is deemed pure and worthy of bringing down and restraining the witch Brice, since she has no power over him and he shows to be honest, nice, kind man that is unable to lie.
  • Operation: Jealousy: As soon as his relationship with Amália is broken up, Vigilio seduces her best friend Diana in an attempt to make her jealous and strains the relationship between the two girls. It fails because Diana quickly realizes that he is using her and he really doesn't love her.
  • Orphaned Etymology: Despite the series taking place in a medieval fantasy, the dialogue heavily utilizes Brazilian Portuguese expressions instead of the closest equivalent which would be European Portuguese. In other episodes, they make analogies to things that shouldn't exist in this world like when Rodolfo demands that they depict him like a "Greek God" in a statue.
  • Papa Wolf: Augusto makes it clear that regardless of Catarina's moral failings, he still loves and cherishes her as his daughter. When she is kidnapped by Constantino, he raises an army and leads it with Afonso as his captain to rescue her.
  • Peerless Love Interest: Desconstructed with Amália and Afonso. While she genuinely loves him, she feels that life in court doesn't suit her and that their relationship would have been a burden on him and his subjects due to how scandalous it would have been a prince marrying a commoner.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Montemor's master-at-arms Romero boasts coming from a family of great warriors that defended the kings of their realm for generations. Which is why he is disappointed that his son Ulisses is so bad at fighting.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Afonso picks up a fight with a city guard that was harassing his girlfriend. No matter how justified he was, he still finds himself in the prison cells.
    • Rodolfo managed to get a pure-hearted man to root out the witch out of his castle... That doesn't mean he is free from her spell just yet.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: King Augusto and Queen Crisélia are this at the start of the series, promoting an alliance between their respective kingdoms and shown to be good people in person.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Virgilio sacrifices himself to save Amália from Catarina's thugs and asks her forgiveness just before his death.
  • Reluctant Ruler: Afonso and Rodolfo, respectively. The former is unwilling to take the throne yet because of his grandmother's illness and his relationship with Amália makes things complicated. The latter was never prepared to be king and never wanted power for himself (he prefers to be a Upper-Class Twit with no responsibilities).
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Catarina is paranoid that Montemor wants to attack Artena because they want to steal their water reserves for themselves. She is partially correct, since in the same episode where she makes this claim, Crisélia is mobilizing their armies to attack and invade Artena, but that is because she has gone mad with grief and senility after Afonso's presumed death and the rest of the kingdom doesn't want war with Artena.
  • Romantic False Lead: Virgilio for Amália at the start of the show.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Afonso personally leads an expedition in search of water for his subjects. His grandmother, the Queen, is tragic inversion: while she is The High Queen and a Cool Old Lady, she laments that she never learned how to sew or bake during her whole life, and now that she is old and senile, its too late to do it now.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Queen Crisélia clearly suffers Alzheimer's syndrome (albeit never called like this for obvious reasons) and tends to forget things very frequently. This is the reason why she wants to Abdicate the Throne for her grandson Afonso. It worsens after Afonso is presumed dead as she grows even more unstable. She commits suicide during one of her few lucid moments to escape her condition.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Afonso and Rodolfo are different as night and day. Whereas Afonso is kind, honest, brave and loving towards only one woman in his life, Rodolfo is bratty, cowardly, lazy and lustful. Even their fatal flaws complement each other: Afonso allowed his love for Amália to lead him away from his duty and brought drastic consequences, while Rodolfo's constant escapades with women causes no small amount of trouble for him.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: Generally downplayed since kings and queens are subjected to the established laws just as much as the commonfolk, and they can't simply go around doing whatever they want. For example, Rodolfo can't arrest Julião for supposedly threatening his life due to lack of evidence, but he can arrest him for some minor crime. This trope is played for laughs when he tries to create a new law targeting adultery to make himself more relevant... Only to revoke it the moment he might be targeted by it. Its further shown that the other kings and queens of Cália also have a say on the matter and can overrule others.
  • Shipper on Deck: Amália's mother and brother approve her love for Afonso, while her father would prefer that she stood with Virgilio.
  • Sketchy Successor:
    • Rodolfo, when he has to become king during the time Afonso is presumed dead, as everyone else is painfully aware including him. His grandmother describes him as "hesitant, impulsive, irresponsible... But a good young man". He has no martial skills like his brother, was never prepared to rule in the first place and he doesn't even know where his home is on the map. And sure enough, when he ascends to the throne he proves to not only unprepared, but egotistical too though in all fairness, this is attributed to his advisers' influence.
    • A non-royal variant would be Romero's son Ulisses, who is the heir of a Proud Warrior Race Guy family that is really lousy in fighting.
  • Spare to the Throne: When his older brother is presumably killed, Rodolfo becomes next in line as heir of Montemor's throne.
  • Those Two Guys: Rodolfo's manservants Petrônio and Orlando are almost never seen apart and they are always scheming to install their master on the throne so that they could become his advisers.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Afonso gains a sword from his master Ozéias as his last gift before dying.
  • Trash the Set: Catarina wrecks her room offscreen after being arranged to marry the Marquis of Cordona. She does it again after he is cured from his crossbow injury by a healer.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Catarina and Constantino are both ruthless, manipulative and cruel aristocrats that are in love with each other, keeping an affair even when she is engaged with the Marquis. After successfully getting her Arranged Marriage annulled, he asks her hand in marriage to her father who grants it. Their love falls apart when Constantino is arrested for murder and kidnaps Catarina to hold her hostage and ensure her escaping, turning her against him.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Rodolfo is a completely irresponsible hedonist that cares more about his entertainment than anything else. In fact, he would rather prefer being this than being king.
  • Villain Has a Point: Having turned into a inept tyrant at this point, Rodolfo tells Afonso just before sentencing him to the Angor work mines that he never wanted to be king as that was his Afonso's responsibility that he forced on him so he could marry some girl. But now that he is king, he must do anything in order to stay in power.
  • War Hawk: Catarina is partly characterized this way, since she wants to extend Artena's influence over its neighbor and sees Rodolfo ascending to the throne as a threat, because she is paranoid that he will want to steal their water reserves.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 47 has Catarina ascending to the throne following the attempt on Augusto's life, she orders Montemor's water supply to be cut off and Rodolfo declares war on Artena.
  • Wardens Are Evil: The Angor warden is a cruel man that not only takes too much pleasure abusing in his prisoners, but also organizes pit fights between them.
  • Warrior Prince: Afonso is shown to be a capable fighter and swordsman in the first episode. He is not, however, invulnerable as he sustains a grievous injury that requires his life being saved by Amália.
  • Witch Doctor: An old, solitary one lives in a hut between Artena and Montemor that provides advice and guidance for characters from both sides.
  • White and Grey Morality: The series' conflict in a nutshell. There are good and honest people in both kingdoms that initially work together for the common good: while Montemor's survival is dependent on water, Artena is happy to help without asking anymore than their agreement requires. However, some unfortunate incidents beyond anyone's control lead to them being at odds with each other.
  • Won the War, Lost the Peace: Montemor comes out as the victor in the war against Artena and solves the water shortage issue by gaining access to their supplies. However, a refugee crisis is caused when the people of Artena gets absorbed into Montemor, the royal family is either missing or taken hostage (in reality, the one "hostage" is the true mastermind of the war) and a series of new issues arise like food shortage emerge due to so many people to feed, all overseen by a king too incompetent to administrate.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Artena effectively ceases to exist after Montemor wins the war, as its people get displaced and forced to move to Montemor, the king goes missing and the princess-regent becomes a hostage (in reality, she is the one who orchestrated the war). After taking back Montemor's throne from his brother, Afonso notes he can't simply return Catarina to her kingdom since there is nothing left of Artena now.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Not even marriage could stop Rodolfo's philandering. The following morning after marrying Lucrécia, he tries to kiss Catarina in the courtyard since he still nurtures feelings for her.

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