For fairy tale week I am going to be making Tohru the Swan Maiden. She’ll be waking up today and discovering that she is a swan. She can change back, but she isn’t going to know how to at first. She will also have the power to sing people to sleep and call the wind, but I don’t believe there will be any instance where that will come up.
For reference, here is the story that Blythe's player provided me. ^_^ The Swan Maiden - A king has a pear tree that means very much to him, and there is a certain number of pears on it. One night, a pear is stolen, and upset, the king has his eldest son stay outside to catch the thief with the promise of his entire kingdom. At midnight, a beautiful song begins to play and the prince falls asleep. When the sun finally rises, another pear is gone. The next night, the second son stands guard, but he, too, is lulled to sleep.
The youngest is clever enough to stuff wax in his ears and when the song had passes, he takes the wax from his ears and watches a beautiful swan fly into the tree. He is close to killing it when it transforms into the most beautiful maiden he has ever seen. She tells him she is the prisoner of a three-eyed witch and if he wants to marry her, then he must travel to a faraway land to save her. The prince immediately agrees, and he climbs upon the swan as she takes him to the witch's hut many miles away. She tells the prince, "When she asks you what it is that you came for, ask her to give you the one who draws the water and builds the fire; for that is myself."
The prince does so, but the witch sets him to a task. If he can clean out her cow stables by nightfall, he will have the maiden. Unfortunately, the stables have not been cleaned in at least ten years and hosts at least one hundred cattle. At noon, the maiden sneaks in, and offers her lap for the prince to sleep. When he wakes up, the stables are immaculate. The witch doubts him and denies him the maiden and then sets him to the task of thatching her roof with bird feathers - no two of which could look exactly the same. The next day, the prince sets to it, and again, at noon, the maiden comes and sings him to sleep. When he wakes, the roof is covered and the witch comes.
She again denies him, making him take part in one last task. He must find a specific fir tree and harry a crow's nest where three eggs without breaking or losing one by nightfall. Thinking this is simple enough, the prince is bemused to find the tree completely made of glass and its branches more than one hundred feet high. After hours of trying to climb it, the maiden visits the prince. He tells her he can't reach the eggs. The maiden begins to sing, unwinding her long hair. The wind comes when she sings, picking up her hair and tying the thickest locks to the highest branch. After the prince retrieves the eggs and her hair is bound again, she warns him: "When the old witch asks you for the three crow's eggs which you have gathered, tell her that they belong to the one who found them. She will not be able to take them from you, and they are worth something, I can tell you."
The witch does indeed try to weasel the eggs from the prince, but when he refuses, she offers to make him dinner. The swan appears at the window as the witch is sharpening her knife, warning that the witch is intending to eat the prince. The two of them sneak away with the eggs and she flies him back to the kingdom. She delivers to them to a vast field near the prince's kingdom and instructs him to crack open the three eggs. The first egg he opens reveals a tiny gold and silver castle, which, when placed on the ground, begins to grow until it becomes larger than seven barns. The second egg is opened and out come scores of cattle and sheep. When the third egg is opened, dozens of servants dressed in the same gold and silver as the castle emerge. The prince denies the king's offer to his kingdom, as he is happy with his own land, and he marries the swan maiden.