Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived a young prince who was born with immense power and wealth. However, his power and wealth also came with its own set of challenges. He quickly developed a reputation of being a ruthless and uncaring ruler, known for his unconscionable ways of acquiring whatever he wished.

The prince had no qualms about trampling over the rights and feelings of his subjects in order to get what he wanted. It didn’t matter if those around him were family, friends, or not so friendly – if it suited his purpose, he would take whatever he needed.

One day, a beggar woman was walking around the palace grounds and came across the prince. She was in dire straits and pleaded with the prince to have mercy on her and grant her a few coins. The prince, however, was unsympathetic and coldly refused. He mockingly said he would only give her a coin if she could guess how many stars were in the sky.

The beggar woman was desperate for money, so she accepted the challenge, despite knowing she had no chance of winning. The prince, of course, knew how many stars were in the sky, but he was willing to play a cruel game for his own amusement.

The beggar woman had three guesses and after each one, the prince scoffed and laughed at her. On the third guess, she was wrong and the prince finally gave her a single coin. He told her to buy some food with it and never come back to his palace again.

The prince thought that would be the end of it, but little did he know he had just made a grave mistake.

It so happened that a powerful sorcerer had been watching all this unfold and was outraged at the prince’s cruel and heartless behaviour. He used his magic to conjure up a powerful storm, and the next day, the prince was hit with a large thunderbolt from the sky, which left him paralysed from the waist down.

The sorcerer had cursed the prince, telling him, “For your unconscionable behaviour, you shall be forever paralysed and your power shall be taken away.”

The prince was humbled by the power of the sorcerer and finally realised his mistakes. He begged for the sorcerer’s forgiveness, which was graciously granted. The prince was given a second chance, and with it a new outlook on life and how he treated others.

The prince changed his ways and resolved to become a kind and caring ruler, who respected the rights and feelings of his people. He used his great wealth and power to help those in need and never again used it for his own selfish gains.

The moral of this story is that we should all strive to be kind and caring to those in need, regardless of their social status or our own. For no one should ever be subject to unconscionable behaviour.

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