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.
seven devils all around you

Alder leaned up against the fence between them, studying the girl. A bit older than he was, probably, with amber eyes and coppery-red hair. She reminded him a bit of his mother; they didn't look much the same outwardly - Birch had olive skin, dark hair, and bright green eyes - but their builds were similar, and the look in their eye... That was the look Birch had used to get when she was running from something, in her head at least - Birch had never ran from a fight if she could help it, unless it was to live and try again another day. Just the faintest bruising in her eyes, a weariness that went deeper than just a need for sleep. Alder shook the thought away after a moment, trying to ignore the lingering sting of his mother's loss. He was looking for Birch everywhere, in everything, and it appeared people were no different. But she was gone, gone months before they'd been brought through to Shaman. He didn't know this girl, or what she was about, and trying to analyze her from afar wouldn't do any of them any good. But he could extend a hand in potential friendship; after all, what harm came of meeting new people?

He smiled at her when she agreed and approached, genuine friendliness lighting up his face. Had Saffron met his niece, Effie, she might've noticed the similarity in the two, but it was unlikely they'd bumped into each other, Effie being so small still. Alder shook his head at Saffron's question, nearly knocking an antler on an overhead branch.

"Nah, we haven't met before, I'm just obnoxiously friendly as my twin would put it," he gestured back the way he'd come, where Cypress was putting the royal hounds through their paces and occasionally glowering at him. He beamed dotingly and waved back at her as if he didn't notice her annoyance. Had they been alone, she probably would have been gesturing rudely back.

"I'm Alder. She's Cypress, and I swear she's not as prickly as she looks. It's nice to meet you, Saffron," he said, extending his hand for a shake before passing over the hot chocolate. He paused at her question, clearly thinking about it. He started to shake his head and then paused again. Then, at last, he held up his hand and sort of wiggled it back and forth as if to say "sorta?".

"Let's play it safe and just say my sister and I meet all sorts, living at the Stone Dragon as we do," he said with a wink. "Our older sister Olive's the proprietor. Mum had a thing for trees, if you couldn't tell. Have you visited yet, Saffron? We've got a fine chef and everything, even if he is a bit of an arse. You'll be sure to let her know I've been doing my due diligence in advertising if you do, eh? Maybe leave out the arse part though, if you don't mind, she just doesn't appreciate my eloquence for some reason."

"Work, here at the kennels? She'd kill me," Alder added, nodding back towards Cypress again. "Apparently she has to put up with enough at home and I'm troublesome and obnoxious and worse than a pack of puppies. Ahhh, sisterly love.

"So mostly I just help our kinda-sorta step-dad, Jacopo, in the gardens, do odd jobs around the Inn, and get into trouble in the forest. You know, the usual,"
he cocked his head to the side, studying her. "How about you? Been a guard long? Our mother used to be a captain here, back before... things changed, so we recognize the sort."

image from Wikimedia; creator Sándor Szapary de Szapar


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