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.


royal men
royal women
Morgana, sister of the King

Lady Alethea
Lady Styx
Captain Flynn
Lord Anapa
Lady Electra
Lady Rhyolite

Residents and Employees

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

Madeline, Housekeeper
Margaret, Kitchen Maid
Alistair, Stable Boy
Luke, Kennel Boy
Cypress, Kennel Boy
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.

Nanuqai had spent only a few days above water, long enough to encounter the mad lion-like woman who had damned near tried to ride Ashkii around, before he'd sought out the darker reaches of this place called - if the daft creature was to be believed - Shaman. The Castle itself had been remarkable, unlike anything Nanuqai had ever seen. His people were nomadic, sleeping either beneath the stars or in collapsible tents, and such a stable and sturdy structure had seemed as intimidating as it was fascinating. He'd ended up sequestering himself on the furthest border of the bubble that protected this strange place from the waters around it, waiting for darkness to fall above before he ventured out to explore. He and Ashkii had not done badly for themselves, all things considered, but the smell of cooking food had become too much of an irritant to ignore. His belly, grumbling over the small amount of food he'd fueled it with recently, started to set up a mighty uproar that had even Ashkii glaring at it.

Reluctantly deciding that he would have to explore the castle eventually, he tentatively approached and was stopped almost immediately by a well-groomed guard who gave him directions for the dining hall and a firm but not unkind warning to keep Ashkii - "his familiar"? - in check. He and Ashkii had traded confused looks at the unusual term, which the lion lady had not explained… or rather, Nanuqai had looked for Ashkii and found the large cream-colored bear nibbling delicately at the hem of some poor woman's dress.

After profusely apologizing, and dragging Ashkii away only by tempting her with some of the last bits of honeycomb he still had on him, he found he'd completely forgotten the directions and that the guard was now long gone. Shoulders slumped, he resolved to follow his nose, pausing just long enough to make a makeshift leash for his pet; it would do him little good if Ash decided something needed to be done - she outweighed him by a rather substantial amount - but at least he'd know where she was headed this time.

Nanuqai's investigations went poorly; the areas of the Castle that he'd found were more brightly lit than the entry, and his vision had clouded up accordingly. He tried to get Ashkii to find the dining hall for him, but despite her much better vision, Ashkii was not a very dutiful seeing-eye bear and had already run him into three doors, one particularly expensive-feeling vase (which he'd managed to save just in the nick of time), and… Nanuqai felt a light weight against his chest and peered downwards. His vision was severely clouded now, but he could just make out a hint of auburn hair and pale skin.

"Oh," Nanuqai said, patting the wet spot on his chest. He squinted down at her, clouded eyes confused. "Why am I wet?" A bit tentatively he reached out, patting the top of the woman's head. His frown deepened. "Why are you wet?"

Ashkii chose that particular moment to give Nanuqai's knees a sharp nudge; Nanuqai grabbed hold of the woman's upper arms just long enough to ensure they didn't both go tumbling before he turned around to glower at the naughty bear. Ashkii looked suitably chastised, trying her best to disappear behind a pedestal that was far too small to conceal her rather impressive bulk.

"I apologize for my bear, she has not learned manners yet."


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