September 13th. The Earth Kingdom was in celebration. Their beloved Queen Luise had given birth to two strong healthy twin boys. King Aldwin was overjoyed. He had two sons. Two princes who would one day inherit the throne. Denali, the energetic, giggling, older brother. And Everest, the calm, sweet, loving younger brother. This of course meant Denali would one day become King, and Everest would serve at his side as a prince. The kingdom's future, and the future of the Royal Beckert family, was now secured.
But as in any kingdom, life was not perfect. Trying to be good parents, King and Queen Beckert announced they would be keeping their children at the Earth Palace and raising them their selves. As you can expect, raising twin boys and ruling a kingdom are both not easy tasks, and are even harder when done together.
As the two boys grew from babies to toddlers, and then to young boys, things became even more difficult. Queen Luise began an attempt to home school the boys, rather than sending them to the human world, or to a school in Elementrium. She wanted her boys to not be treated differently because of their parentage, and the only way to ensure that was to school them herself. From keeping the two boys on task, to telling them apart. Things were not easy for her. But the King and Queen were persistent. They denied the many requests from their staff and advisers to send Denali and Everest to the human world to be raised by a butler or someone similar. Whenever she was asked about it, the Queen would reply, "They're my children, and I'll raise them." The King often echoed these sentiments with phrases such as "They're my boys, not yours." or "They're princes and they'll be treated as such." The boys' parents had their minds made up, and no one was going to change that.
Denali and Everest were much alike, yet they were quite contrasting. Denali was free spirited, and he didn't care much for sitting in a desk learning about his kingdom's history. Everest loved to learn, he loved to ask questions. Everest was much more disciplined than Denali, and Denali was considerably more social than Everest. Both of the boys loved their parents, and were altogether the best of friends. Denali was often leading Everest into trouble and on adventures, while Everest could be found trying to teach Denali. Everest was quite obsessed with the duties of a king, and how the Royal line of succession worked. Meanwhile, Denali yearned to explore outside of the palace gates. To meet the people of Terraria, to explore the lands of the Earth Kingdom.
The twins grew into their teen years, preparing to be formally christened as Princes of Terraria. The Earth Kingdom had a tradition of holding a extravagant ceremony on the 14th birthday of any prince or princes. This event would be even bigger, as two twin princes would be crowned. As the day grew closer, the King and Queen noticed the boys attitudes changing. Everest grew nervous, yet excited. He couldn't wait to formally be a prince, being able to attend Royal functions and become a diplomat of Terraria. Oppositely, Denali feared he would be sucked into the Royal lifestyle, unable to live life freely. He wasn't one who enjoyed fancy dinners or speaking with other Royalty. His greatest wish was to live a full life, while still serving his people. When King Aldwin caught wind of this fear, he confronted Denali. While he was confused, and slightly annoyed at first, he acknowledged Denali's fears. Meanwhile, Everest had known something was wrong with Denali. When he realized what it was, he began digging, trying to find a solution. Partially motivated by his wishes to be King, Everest discovered an alternative for Denali. He could relinquish his first born rights and turn away prince-hood, alternatively becoming a knight.
When Everest brought the idea to his parents and Denali, King Beckert was furious. Denali thought about the idea, and began to like it. The Queen attempted to pressure Denali to change his mind, but just like his parents Denali was stubborn. He made the decision just days before the ceremony. King Aldwin didn't speak to him until hours before the ceremony was to be held. Finally, his father instincts took over and he faced his son. He explained why he had been so upset, and the two ended up making up.
The King and Queen came up with an idea. They would Knight Denali alongside Everest's prince christening. Everest was thrilled to now be first in line for the throne, and Denali was relieved to be free from his prince-hood.
The day came and passed. And while the kingdom was shocked, they grew to love the idea. A year later, Everest and Denali were set to depart Terraria for The Academy. While nervous, the pair was ready to take on their fate. The news of their arrival spread quickly, and the two were greeted with a fairly large group of students. The excitement soon dissipated and the two began to feel like regular students. For Denali, it was everything he had dreamed of. He was finally free from the confinements of the Palace. He was able to meet people, to living his life how he wanted. Contrarily, Everest initially found it overwhelming. The first couple months was hard on him, due to his lack of social skills. However, Everest eventually overcame it and found himself taking a strong liking to his classes and teachers, even making a few friends here and there.
Ultimately, the two both took a liking to The Academy and grew accustomed to it in a matter of months.