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.
because I said I'm only human
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Henry had gone, Renn had gone, Danny was...Aura alone knew where Danny was. Dylan hadn't seen him for days. It had been the same for years, ever since their father had died. Danny would vanish off on his own for days, having adventures, meeting new people, making new friends, all without Dylan. He'd tried not to mind, to tell himself that it wasn't personal, that they were just interested in different things, but Dylan wanted to spend time with his twin. He wanted them to be close. And Danny's constant quest to find new people to talk to made Dylan feel increasingly that he just wasn't good enough for him. Danny was smarter than him, that wasn't a secret, but they were brothers, that should have been enough to keep them talking. Dylan felt increasingly like he was being left behind. He'd seen for himself now how close Henry and Renn were, and it had made him jealous. Why wasn't he good enough?

Screw him. Dylan thought, as his hand slammed into the bank. He resurfaced, taking a deep lung-full of air as he stood up and removed his goggles. He threw them onto the bank where they landed directly at Lunarian's paws.
"You nearly hit me," the tiger complained in an unimpressed monotone. He was dripping wet too. The water on his coat caught the sunlight to make him shine.
"Damn," Dylan replied with a smirk, "you mean I missed?" Lunarian humphed. Dylan rested his hands on the bank and lifted himself out of the water with ease. He lingered a moment at the edge of the lake, his legs submerged up to the knees. Fine. If Danny thought he was better off without him, two could play at that game. Slicking his collar-length hair back and away from his face with his right hand Dylan jumped to his feet and grabbed his towel from the branch of the nearest tree.

Making use of the guard changing rooms, Dylan switched out his swimming trunks for his running shorts and shoes. He carried his vest in his hand as he headed for the door and back out into the sunshine. It was a bright day, a nice change from the rain, but there was a cold bite to their air. Lunarian was waiting for him. He'd been sharpening his claws on the tree by the lake and was already looking bored. They were due a boxing lesson later in the morning, but judging by the position of the sun they had more than enough time to run a few miles before breakfast. Dylan grinned, pulled on his vest and then ran straight past his familiar.
"You snooze, you lose, Lu!" he shouted back over his shoulder.

They soon settled into an easy pace side-by-side. They'd come a long way since they'd first started training, when they'd both ended a run complaining about aching muscles they hadn't known they'd even owned. Now an early morning run felt good. As their bodies became more and more finely honed, Dylan felt increasingly like they could do anything.

"Who do you suppose that is?" Dylan asked, spotting the young girl jogging along on the opposite side of the lake. She was slim, with copper-coloured hair, pulled back in a pony tail. There was something familiar about her, even from this distance.
"I don't know," Lunarian admitted, "but I'm sure she's pretty if the way you're staring at her is anything to go by." Dylan grinned and quickened his pace.

Closing in behind her (and enjoying the view despite all of his best intentions) Dylan slowed down again. He did recognise her. She'd joined the guards as a trainee at the same time he had, but had been assigned to a different company. He'd heard some of the other recruits talking about her and had known, with some certainty, that his father would not have approved of what they were saying. Dylan had kept his distance.
"Talk to her," Lunarian encouraged him coyly, flicking Dylan's legs with his tail. "You know you want to." Dylan threw him a look.

And then he drew alongside her.
"Hey," he smiled, glancing at her out of the corner of his eye, "Saffron, isn't it?"



DYLAN
because I said I'm only human



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