NARRATOR: Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away, but she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart, and as punishment, she threw the young prince alive into a crucible of molting iron. And placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. There his demonic spirit was captured, in the form of a great and powerful magic lamp.
And next to it was a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his twenty-first year. If he could learn to love another and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain inside a lamp for all time. For uncounted centuries The Magic Lamp lay hidden, waiting, while others searched for it. Knowing whoever rub this lamp would be able to release, and learn to love a beast.