The Beast lived in a castle that overlooked the village. The villagers said the Beast had been the son of the King and a witch had cursed him because he had been cruel, vain, and petty. Now the Beast prowled the empty corridors of his castle, horrifically disfigured.
With the King dead and his heir turned into the Beast, the communities and villages that made up the domain created a ruling council and began self-governing.
They blossomed into a small democracy in midst of scores of tiny kingdoms fighting for control of the land.
They were always kind to witches.