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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 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.
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The door clicked closed and Flynn and Renn shared a look. Renn bit down hard on her lip trying her best not to start crying again. Why did the universe always seem to hell bent on tearing her little family apart? Danny had always been the sweetest and most sensitive of her brothers. She didn't want to hurt him. He'd been hurt enough over the years. It used to break her heart that he was too young to remember a time when Henry had lived with them, then he'd had to live through her going away, her illness, their father's death, Henry coming back. It was one thing after another.

Flynn, sensing her distress, stepped forwards and put himself between them.

"Not exactly," he said as gently as he could. He paused, searching for the right words. "We're staying here, but Renn's going to go and stay somewhere else for a little while." At least, he hoped it would only be a little while. Flynn braced for a look of disappointment, or sadness or anger. He'd been dreading this particular conversation and had just hoped he'd been able to put it off long enough to spare Renn. Sparing her pain had become something of a mantra for him over recent years.

Perching on the arm of the sofa, Flynn dropped his voice to a whisper. "Henry's gone bud. He left last night to go into hiding with the Prince. I'm sure he's with Thoth too. Your brother...well, your brother's done what he thought was best." His expression took on a softer edge, hoping against hope that Danny would understand. "Renn isn't going into hiding, you'll still be able to see her, but she wants to be closer to Henry than she would be here."

Renn took a deep breath and stepped around Flynn, and took hold of Danny's hands. When had her baby brother started getting so tall?
"When Henry left Danny, he broke his agreement with the king. Assuming King Mordred would have honoured Arthur's contract, he's now in contravention of it. Do you understand what that means?" A tear ran over her cheek, her eyes taking on pleading edge. "You remember what I was like when Henry left us last time, don't you?" She paused, checking his face. "I can't go through that again. I need to be able to see him and hug him and help him if he needs me. But I need to be able to do that for you, Flynn and Dylan too, so this is a kind of half-way house!" Renn smiled through a fresh wave of silent tears, her bottom lip trembling. "Please say you understand Danny, please," she urged him, "I couldn't stand it if you were cross with me."

Flynn rested a hand on her shoulder. Renn took a deep breath trying to steady herself.

"We're going to stay here for now, bud," he explained to Danny, "you, me and Dylan. I can try and keep Henry safe if I know what's going on, and, most importantly, I can look after you and your brother. Dad would have wanted me to keep you safe, and make sure you had everything you needed. I can't do that if we're on the run from the law in a forest." He sighed, well-aware that he was going to have an identical conversation with Dylan in an hour or so when he got back from his training. "If this is all still going on when you're older, Aura forbid, you and Dylan are free to make your own choice. But for now, I need you to trust me that this is what's best."

Renn nodded her agreement, giving Danny's hands an encouraging squeeze.

"Listen to Flynn," she urged him with a watery smile, "I've found he nearly always knows what he's talking about."



F L Y N N
CAPTAIN OF THE CASTLE GUARD

photo by Randi Hauskenat flickr.com






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