Age modifying potions are neat and all but sometimes I like to think about the situations you could get into without such conveniences.
>An ambassador comes to the court of a legendary boy king
>He's led through the inner palace full of powerful, ornately dressed monster nobles and commanders
>He's brought at last to the innermost sanctum, filled only with the king's harem and the Royal Guard
>The audience chamber is filled with women
>The king's wives are all the most powerful and dangerous monsters in the country, maybe the world
>The Royal Guard are all dangerous warrior species trained from infancy for no other purpose than to guard the ruler; they wear nearly nothing besides their weapons to heighten their senses and reaction speed
>The ambassador approaches a throne surrounded by a canopy
>The consorts stand together in little groups, watching him with cold eyes and whispering together
>The Guard stare at him like a thief walking through the treasury
>He is brought to a halt before the throne and the chief consort comes forward to speak to him
>"You stand before the great child king, his Majesty Johanan the Golden. You may make your supplication."
>In a lower voice she adds, "Watch yourself, outsider. Some come here thinking to take advantage of our king's youth. Those that attempt to deceive him answer to us."
>She withdraws and the ambassador gives a nervous bow as the canopy is drawn back
>When he rises seated before him is a towering barrel-chested man with a heavy 5 o'clock shadow and a long suffering expression
>The king whispers, "Sorry about all that, don't mind it."
>The Ambassador can't help but blurt, "I thought you were a boy-king?"
>"Well I was when I was crowned, but it's been 20 years, you know?"
>"Do they realize you're an adult?" the ambassador asks, gesturing discreetly at the women around the room.
>With lifeless eyes and an empty smile the king responds, "Every time I try to tell them that they either pretend they can't hear me or start crying. Just play along, it makes them happy."