In a beautiful castle surrounded by forests and mountains lived a young prince named Gohan.
Prince Gohan was tall, physically strong, had black eyes and black hair which was short and spiky, with a lock of bangs that fell over his forehead.
Although he had everything anyone could ever desire, Prince Gohan was spoiled, selfish, and rotten to the core.
One stormy night, a beggar man arrived at the castle seeking shelter. He offered Prince Gohan a single red rose in exchange for a night at his castle.
The prince saw that this beggar was very elderly, with deep wrinkles and a thin white moustache. He also had light purple skin, which was very weird.
Disgusted by the mystery man’s appearance and unimpressed by the offering, Prince Gohan turned the stranger away.
The beggar warned the prince not to judge by appearance alone, and that true beauty is found within. Prince Gohan ignored the man and demanded that he leave now.
Suddenly, he was briefly blinded by a bright white light. When the light faded, the beggar’s true form was revealed.
The dark cloak was gone, and the stranger was levitating a few feet in the air!
His skin was still light purple, however the thin moustache disappeared and the guy was much younger, with tall pointy ears and a huge white Mohawk.
The prince turned ghostly pale; before him was a mythical being known as the Supreme Kai!
According to legend the Supreme Kai guarded and watched over the earth, if not the universe, and was more strong and powerful than anyone or anything.
Horrified, Prince Gohan fell to his knees and begged for forgiveness. Alas, the kai already saw that there was no warmth in the prince’s heart.
As punishment, the Supreme Kai turned Prince Gohan into a monstrous monkey-like beast and placed a powerful spell over the castle itself and the rest of its inhabitants.
Humiliated by his new appearance, the beast kept himself hidden within the castle with an enchanted hand-held mirror as his only guide to the world outside.
The rose which the Supreme Kai offered was truly a magical one.
Kept safe inside a glass covering, the magic rose would bloom until the beast’s 21st year as a beast; during this time neither he nor anyone else in the castle would age.
If he could learn to love and care for someone else and earn their love and care in return before the final petal fell, the curse would be undone.
If not, the beast would remain a hideous were-ape forever. As the years passed, he fell deep into anguish and lost any hope.
Who would ever visit the scary-looking castle, let alone learn to love such a monstrous beast?