The following is a list of recurring characters in the Prince of Persia series.
The Prince is the protagonist of every game, and the role is played by various characters in the series.
In Ancient Persia, there lived a Sultan who had an only daughter whose beauty was like moonrise in a clear heaven. It happened that the Sultan left his kingdom to fight in a foreign land. In his absence, the Princess fell in love with an young traveler who climbed the palace wall to see her. This did not please the Sultan's Grand Vizier Jaffar who meant to marry the Princess himself. Seizing power, Jaffar had his rival thrown into the dungeons but the young man escaped and struck down the evil magician. When he learned of his Vizier's treachery, the grateful Sultan offered riches but the stranger requested just one reward. And so the young lovers were wed and they lived happily... for eleven days. In the second game, the Prince is forced away, after his identity was taken by Jaffar. Soon after, the Sultan is forced to leave for battle. Meanwhile the Prince kills Jaffar. The third game begins with the Prince and Sultan of Persia visiting the Sultan's brother, Assan. Soon enough, the Prince's personal body guards are killed, himself locked in the dungeon, and the Sultan taken by Assan. The Prince escapes the dungeon, and it is revealed that the Sultan of Persia promised Assan many years ago that his daughter would marry his son, Rugnor, not the Prince. The Prince finds the two, but Assan kills the Sultan by mistake, with the blade meant for the prince.
Jaffar is the name of the main antagonist in Prince of Persia and Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame. Jaffar, the grand vizier of Persia, seeks to subvert the sultan of Persia in an attempt to seize the throne. While the sultan is at war, Jaffar uses his power to force the princess to marry him, thus becoming the new sultan. The nameless protagonist, however, kills Jaffar. Then, in Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame, Jaffar is resurrected by a witch for ambiguous reasons. Jaffar infiltrates the palace, casts a spell on himself to make him look like the Prince character, and then vanquishes the Prince. Jaffar then puts a spell on the princess, but is again stopped and burned to death by the Prince, his ashes scattered across the land.
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