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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
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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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Danny seemed shaken but unharmed. Cal decided to take that as a success. She grinned at him, part relieved, part guilty and part trying to cheer him, while Buddy did his catwalk strut behind her. Ever since Buddy had spotted some aja-riders doing a special kind of dance – they’d called it ‘dressage’ – he’d been obsessed with it. He trotted off twice a week to watch hem practice and told Cal all about the new moves he saw at great length later. He’d taken to practicing the moves himself in private and rolling them out as a kind of victory dance whenever he was happy about something, like now. His favourite was what Cal called his ‘catwalk’: picking his feet up in a really prissy way and half-walking, half-hopping in a line. Buddy reckoned he looked like a star. Cal thought he looked like a pansy.

At least she wasn’t the only one with an embarrassing familiar. Danny’s cheeks turned a cute shade of pink as his tiger bounced around them, exclaiming at an ear-splitting volume. Cal spread her arms.

“YEAH SOL!” She yelled back, mimicking the tiger’s volume with an amused, vaguely puzzled expression. Why the tiger thought that was cool, she’d never know.

Sol was pretty cool, though. Cal had never seen giant cats before she’d come to Shaman, and the first time she’d met Solarius and Lunarian she couldn’t stop staring at them. The novelty had worn off but she was still going to take every opportunity for massive cat cuddles which came along. Ignoring her own familiar, she dropped to her knees and used both hands to vigorously rub Sol along his underbelly, more playfully than gently. Buddy stopped strutting and tossed his head, apparently incensed that nobody was paying him any attention.

“Uhh, yeah.” She answered Danny’s question a little cautiously, keeping her eyes on the tiger. “Yeah, Buddy had lightning magic back on Xara which he lost when we came here. Now I seem to have it.”

She kept her voice upbeat but her eyes low. Magic was nothing to be ashamed of on Xara – quite the opposite – but it was strongly associated with the higher classes. Cal had always insisted on the nickname Cal and never her full name, Caldera, because of how fancy it sounded. She’d spent a lifetime distancing herself from the elite image her mother had tried to construct for her when she was born… and now she had lightning magic, like a peaky.

“Cal really needs the practice.” Buddy told Danny seriously. Cal aimed a kick at his legs but missed.

“Watcha reading?” She asked, nodding at the boy’s book in an effort to move the conversation away from her less-than-perfect powers. “And, uhh, probably no need to mention to your brother about the effects of lightning striking a person, yeah?”


CALDERA



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