Oliford

















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 fairiesí 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 servantsí 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.
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand; Danny
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"What do you mean he's gone?" Flynn demanded, staring around the room. It had been cleared in a hurry, the bedside drawers were only half-closed and forgotten items littered the floor. "We only just got him back." Renn shrugged in the corner behind him. A tear ran down the side of her nose.
"I told him to tell you himself..." she sniffed, pulling her jumper sleeve down over her hand, "but he said he knew this kind of person, and if he didn't go now..." Flynn closed the space between them and pulled her into a hug. He felt her arms close around him as she buried her head in his chest.
"I knew I couldn't keep him here forever," she mumbled, wiping at her eyes, "I just thought we'd have a bit longer, being a proper family. It's all I ever wanted." Flynn hugged her tighter.
"Did he say anything else? Anything at all?" Renn pulled back a little so she could look up at him. Her bottom lip trembled.
"He said to tell you that, for once, he was doing the right thing."

Flynn's stomach turned over. When the king had been killed his first instinct had been to run off into the Kingswood and find the Prince. His family had been loyal to Arthur since the beginning, and Flynn couldn't believe that Tristan could kill his own father. The story didn't hang together. It didn't make sense.
"I know," he said as Renn pulled him back into their hug. He stroked her hair gently, "I know he is."
"Flynn..." she muttered into his shoulder, reluctant to let go.
"Mhm?" Flynn replied.
"I have to go too." He sighed. He'd seen that one coming. Ever since Henry had come home he and Renn had been inseparable. Flynn knew, despite Renn starting the night in her own room, she was nearly always in Henry's by morning.
"I know that too," he confessed heavily, "but I need you both to be careful." Reluctantly, he released his grip on her, allowing her to pull away and move back towards the centre of the room. She stared out of the window for a moment and then spun back to face him.
"Come with me!" she insisted, "you and the boys. Come with us!"

It killed him to say no.

Dylan and Danny were still so young, they were children and it was his job to keep them safe. As outlaws opposed to a king capable of regicide and fratricide they would be anything but safe. If they could keep their heads down at the castle they could get on with their lives. There were more opportunities for them, they could carry on learning and training until they were grown. And then they could make their own decisions, and he would, finally, be free to make his.
"You're a good man, Flynn," Renn told him, closing the gap between them again and taking his hands in hers, "I understand. Just, please don't lose yourself along the way?" He smiled at her for a while, and promised.
"Come on," he said heavily, "I'll help you pack."

---

"You've got everything you need?" he asked Renn as he carried her suitcase out of her bedroom into the living room. Setting it down on the sofa he glanced at her for confirmation. She was trying her best not to laugh at his fussing.
"Everything and some extra!" she promised, "and a few things Henry forgot. He always forgets something" Like saying goodbye, for example. Renn pulled on her coat and hat.

The front door started to rattle and they both froze, sharing guilty looks. There was a clunk as the key turned and freed the lock. It swung open to reveal Danny, a stethoscope around his neck. Renn and Flynn turned to face him in unison.
An awkward silence descended.


F L Y N N
CAPTAIN OF THE CASTLE GUARD

photo by Randi Hauskenat flickr.com






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