Princess Calliope is a minor character in Dark Parables and is mentioned in the eight game, The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide. She is one of the five cursed princesses of the sunken kingdom of Prasino.
While all her sisters are referred to as "The Little Mermaid", Calliope is the one based on the heroine from Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid tale.
Her portraits depict her as a very beautiful woman with a willowy figure, blue eyes, lightly tanned skin and golden blonde hair which she wears in a bun and a long strand of hair on her fringe. As a human, she wore a sleeveless dress of soft purple and pale blue which fades into a dark blue skirt decorated with pearls. It was attached to a fin-like collar that circled the back of her neck. In addition, she wears a gold crown decorated with pearls, pearl earrings and gold seashell necklace. As a mermaid, she had a long, fish-like tail covered in shimmering scales.
Not much is known about Calliope's personality but her room implies that she had a great love of music. Her tale implies she is a good, kind and selfless person who was willing to sacrifice herself for her beloved prince and his bride.
Calliope was one of the five princesses of Prasino. When she was young, her mother died, leaving her and her sisters to look after each other in a time of war. The kingdom of Kokkino was at war with Prasino because of Prasino's connection with the sea goddess, Thalassa. She was unaware of the sea goddess' imprisonment at the hands of her father. Kokkino's spy, Cassius tricked King Alexandros to call on the enslaved goddess. Thalassa, enraged at her imprisonment, destroyed Kokkino, sank Prasino and drowned its inhabitants. The royal family were spared but were cursed. Calliope's father was cursed to become a hideous, crab-like monster while the innocent princesses were transformed into mermaids, forever bound to the sea.
Calliope's only chance to regain her humanity was for her and her sisters to find five elemental orbs. Calliope was tasked with retrieving the water orb. Calliope searched for years as she never forgot her home on the surface. She spent days gazing at the humans living life in the world she had been taken away from. During her travels, she saved a prince from a shipwreck. She learned that the prince was seeking a bride. Calliope went to the mysterious sea-witch. The witch agreed to summon the orb if Calliope would give her her beautiful voice.
The prince was enchanted with the mysterious princess and invited her to stay, They became friends but the prince fell in love with a more eloquent princess. The heartbroken Calliope ran to the shore and cried. Her mermaid tears fell to the ground and transformed the surrounding country into lush farmland. In the midst of her despair, Calliope learned of a plot to assassinate the prince. On the day of the wedding, Calliope spotted the blade meant for the couple. Calliope sacrificed her life for theirs and threw herself in front of the blade, saving the couple. The prince mourned his friend's death and gave her a royal burial at sea. As she sank into the depths, she dissolved into foam.
The Mermaid's Tears (from The Boy who cried Wolf) Edit
Once, there was a beautiful mermaid who spent all her walking hours gazing upon the shore, fascinated by the land-dwellers' ways.One day, she fell in love with a handsome, young prince. As the Prince was seeking a bride, the mermaid hurried to the sea-witch and begged for a magical potion to turn her into a human. The sea-witch agreed, taking the mermaid's voice as payment. The young mermaid wasted no time in setting off to win the Prince's affection. However, while her beauty did draw the Prince's attention, the Prince fell in love with a more eloquent princess. Heartbroken, the mermaid cried bitterly by the shore. Everywhere her tears fell, the land was transformed into lush farmland. Ever since, people desiring immortality have chased after mermaids.
To Follow One's Heart (from The Little Mermaid and the Purple Tide) Edit
Plagued by a family curse to take the form of a mermaid, Princess Calliope's only salvation lay in finding a treasure hidden deep in the sea. One day, she came across a shipwreck and saw the unconscious body of a young prince among the flotsam. She fell in love and rescued him before the waves could overtake him. Now, compelled by her love for the Prince, Calliope became desperate to find the treasure and regain human form. She sought the help of a sea-witch to find the treasure, offering her beautiful voice in exchange. Human again, she went to the Prince, who welcomed the lovely, silent stranger as a guest in his home. But soon, the Prince announced his betrothal to the princess of a rival kingdom. Calliope was heartbroken. In the midst of her despair, she heard whispers of a plan for a royal assassination. On the day of the wedding, she saw the blade intended for the couple, and love for her Prince spurred her to sacrifice herself. The Prince mourned her death and gave her a royal burial at sea. Calliope sank into the cold embrace of the ocean that had been her home for many years, and faded into foam.
Powers and Abilities Edit
As a Mermaid Edit
- Immortality: As a mermaid, Calliope possessed a never-ending life and eternal youth. Calliope could not be killed by natural causes.
- Magic tears: A mermaid's tears can grant immortality and youth to mortals and bring prosperity and health to the earth. These tears can be used to make powerful potions.
- Swimming: Calliope's mermaid fins could propel her through the water with greater speed, agility and grace than any land dweller and most water creatures.
- Underwater breathing: Calliope retained her ability to breathe air but her transformation granted the ability to breathe and live in the depths of the deep blue sea.
As a Human Edit
- Singing voice: Calliope had a wonderful singing voice. It was so lovely that a sea-witch accepted it as payment for her magic.
- Calliope is a greek name that means "beautiful voice". It is the name of the greek Muse of epic poetry.