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The Castle
the centre of royal life
The castle sits at the centre of sprawling grounds containing gardens, training arenas, barracks, the royal stables and Lake Lilith, which is fed by the River Twinge. The royal guards which are stationed at various points around the territory will occasionally check fairies’ identities but are usually happy to let visitors wander around, unless the king orders otherwise. Within the castle itself, the west wing is the personal residence of the royal family, the east wing is the home of the court and the servants’ quarters on the lower levels. The castle is practically impregnable and is well-guarded against attack.



Royalty

king
Mordred
queen
Gaiane
Heir
Loholt
royal men
--
royal women
Morgana, sister of the King

consorts
--
courtiers
Lady Alethea
Lady Styx
Captain Flynn
Lord Anapa
Lady Electra
Lady Rhyolite



Residents and Employees

military
Grayson, Squire
Flynn, Captain of the Royal Guard
Caldera, Royal & Alliance Guard
Dylan, Trainee Guard
Saffron Trainee Guard
Alector, Trainee Guard
professionals
Amber, Treasurer
Gavin, Artist
Danny, Royal Doctor
Graeling, Naval Navigator
Mohana, Librarian

household
Madeline, Housekeeper
Margaret, Kitchen Maid
Alistair, Stable Boy
Luke, Kennel Boy
Cypress, Kennel Boy
prisoners
Jacopo, Kidnapper

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  • Royal court: The royal court is a place for people to receive an audience with members of the royal family. Petitions can be presented to the king, connections made and events held.
  • Royal stables: The royal stables offers quality horses on lease for a variety of uses.
  • Royal schools: Children can receive private tuition or schooling here.
  • Royal library: The largest collection of written works in all of Shaman.
  • Royal hospital: The only official hospital in Shaman, this is where the sick and wounded are brought to be cared for.
  • Royal gardens: Beautiful and varied gardens which are open to the public. Includes allotments, flower gardens, and open spaces to walk or ride in.
  • Barracks: Royal and Alliance guards and soldiers live in the barracks.
  • Training arena: A well-equipped arena for knights, soldiers and guards to develop their fitness and skills.
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“A bit like his father,” Ciara pointed out, adding a touch of lightness to her voice in this dreary conversation. She wasn’t wrong though. If Tristan kept his thoughts to himself, it was only because he’d learned that behavior from his father. Arthur didn’t crack, and Ciara would bet that Tristan had picked that habit up as a quality of a good leader. Pressure or not, kings had to keep their heads. It wasn’t for her to say if it was a good quality in a leader or not, but she was certain it was a poor way to cope. Still she smiled a little at the king before he continued to answer her question, though not entirely in a way she had expected.

Ciara knew that it would be a complicated question, but not so much so that it brought up every thought Arthur had had on the matter. She certainly hadn’t intended to drag up images and memories that were clearly painful to her best friend when she’d asked. She was sorry she had asked. She also wasn’t sorry, because Arthur had so much on his shoulders and Ciara had none and he couldn’t continue to go through all of this by himself. She had noticed his hair becoming more silver over the past few months, and she’d seen how badly he’d needed a break even a week ago. She could handle some of this burden for him if that’s what it took to keep him on his feet and less worn down.

She couldn’t answer his last question, and she hoped he had meant for it to be rhetorical. She didn’t know how she would handle a king like that. She didn’t know how she’d handle a king who did the opposite. She’d have supported his decision whether she agreed with it or not, however. At least publically. There might have been questions or discussions later if she dared to bring back the stress. Instead of answering, as he twisted on the bed to become more comfortable, she glanced down at the hands again with a shrug.

“There’s a world of gray between death and freedom. It may be an easier decision there,” she offered before letting the conversation drop.

A smile replaced the concerned frown that had been stuck to Ciara since the information was heaved at her. She could let the concerns go better than Arthur could, she didn’t have to deal with them later. She was happy to let him load onto her, and she was even happier for the potential reward for a job well done distracting the king. She leaned toward him as her chin was held and closed her eyes to enjoy the moment and feel every sensation in the kiss. On hand kept hold of the king’s while the other freed itself, only to mess with the unkempt beard tickling Ciara’s face. Finally, it wormed its way around his neck so Ciara could pull him a little closer before pulling away slightly, teasingly.

“Are you sure this is the conversation you’d rather be having?”


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