Everyone knows the Brothers Grimm scoured the lands of their native country for folk stories and compiled them into a book that came to be known as Grimm’s Fairy Tales. What is less widely accepted is that these stories had their basis in reality, or at least in truth. With the completion of the book, the Grimm Lands became something more than a fable, but something less than real.
You will play children trapped in the Grimm Lands. Your powerful imagination is a blessing and curse — it gives you power in the land of fairy tales, but may also be the thing keeping you here.
Part fable, part reality, the Grimm Lands exist… somewhere else. Forged from the dreams and nightmares of little boys and girls, the Grimm Lands are very similar to our own in some ways. There’s a sun, a moon, grass, trees, air to breathe, people, rivers, and everything in between. In other ways, however, the differences are profound and perhaps unsettling. The Sun and Moon aren’t just celestial bodies — they’re recurring characters — and the grass and the trees don’t necessarily thrive on just soil. And everything, and everyone, has an interest in children.
Sometimes that interest is benign. Common people may be in awe of the knowledge even a grade school child has at his command. A digital watch or a flashlight is clearly an item of incredible wizardry to such people. But many times, in the dark and twisted place the Grimm Lands have become, that interest is malevolent. Witches lurk in dark woods, waiting to cook and eat the fattest children they can find. Trolls lurk under bridges, eager to take a toll from any child who tries to pass. The inhabitants of the Grimm Lands want the attention, the imagination, and the reality that children provide — or maybe they just want a tasty snack.