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.
been out in the wild.

“Being a guard is a lot less interesting than being on the common force…” Buddy mused.

“Don’t say it.” Cal warned him.

“…Especially without Tris,” he muttered under his breath.

She didn’t reprimand him but she did sigh. Buddy had at least waited until they were out of earshot before making his complaint, so there wouldn’t be any repercussions, but his words still felt… treasonous. Overnight, someone she trusted and respected, the future leader of this world, had become a fugitive. The guards who hadn’t personally known Tristan condemned him publicly, as was their job, but Cal had noticed a sense of unease among a few in the barracks. She wasn’t the only one with misgivings, she was sure of it.

As a couple of courtiers strode by, she made an effort to stand a little straighter. Usually guards were paired up for duties so that one of them could go for help if need be, but so many had been dispatched in the hunt for the former prince that the captains were having to botch shifts where they could. Familiars of guards were often now enlisted as adequate partners instead of pairing up with another guard, so Cal had Buddy with her instead of another fairy. The guards were also being encouraged to sign up for additional shifts. She’d initially added her name to the list in the hopes that having plenty of work would distract her from her own uncertainty, but it only made her confusion stronger. Was she doing the right thing? What even was the right thing to do when you were given a story you couldn’t quite swallow but had no viable alternative?

She was about an hour into duty when the distraction she was hoping for came strolling her way – literally. And what a damn fine distraction it was too. The unfamiliar gentleman had a confident gait and a really lovely smile which just made her want to smile back. He had pale skin and dark hair, like Flynn, but his eyes – as he neared – were even more spectacular. When Cal had first arrived on Shaman, she’d been struck by Flynn’s bright blue eyes, since no such iris colour existed on Xara. This man’s eyes were sort of purply-black from a distance, but as he neared she realised it was actually three colours rolled into one: silvery-white, metallic violet and oily black.

‘Didn’t think he was your type?’ Buddy muttered in her head. Cal started.

‘I – what?’

‘Cal, you were totally checking that guy out.’

‘I wasn’t! Shh, he’s coming over.’

‘I’m not even talking out loud!’

She patted Buddy’s neck to quieten his telepathy and smiled at the stranger.



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