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.
son of man, look to the sky

While Minnow brushed, Thoth manipulated the water out of the bucket and used it to rub the mare down. He made small circular motions with the water along her back, both in an attempt to dislodge the dirt quickly and also to try and massage her a little. The mare, who still hadn’t said a word, glanced back at the pair of them nervously a few times but seemed to accept the bath fairly quickly. Perhaps she understood that it was in her best interests, or perhaps she was just too worn down to protest. As more and more of the mud washed away, her coat underneath – a pretty red bay colour – became increasingly visible.

Minnow didn’t talk much. She confirmed that she hadn’t been here long, then went quiet as she scraped at one of the mare’s wounds. Thoth didn’t notice the tension in the silence. He finished washing down the mare’s dorsal and started rubbing at her flank, focusing on maintaining the warmth and pressure of the water. Every now and then, where there was a thicker clod of dirt, he had to up the water pressure or use his fingers to pick it free.

When Minnow did eventually speak again, Thoth just nodded, accepting her answer. He’d been homeless once before, when he’d run away from the castle after his mother had died. The months spent out in the wilderness, usually caked in mud and nearly always wet with endless rain, left an unpleasant taste in his mouth whenever he recalled them. Back then, he’d lived in the castle under the promise of its temporariness and had run at the prospect of its permanence; now, he couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

“You can stay here if you want.” He told Minnow matter-of-factly as he rubbed down the mare’s shoulder. “They’ve got rooms for people who don’t have anywhere else to go.”

Something in his voice said he spoke from experience.

Morveren, who had been following him around and trying to catch the water as it fell with her mouth, chose that moment to snake underneath the horse to go and see the other exciting new friend. She stood up onto her hind legs and stretched her front paws up as far as Minnow’s torso as they would go, grinning. Her tail wagged so enthusiastically that it kept accidentally hitting the mare’s legs. The mare started nervously and Thoth sent a splash of water at his familiar to get her to cut it out.

“The king’s decent.” He shrugged. “And he could give you a job if you wanted one. Maybe in the stables. Or…” he frowned as he picked at a clog of dirt on the mare’s leg. “I could probably use a hand with some of the animals who camp out in my barn.”

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