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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 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.



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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Saffron smiled shyly she wasn’t sure she’d ever heard anyone describe themselves as obnoxiously friendly. She’d thought Grayson was friendly though maybe not in an obnoxious way. Tristan had been politely friendly she supposed though that nasty little voice that liked to niggle whispered it had been more to do with pity or a sense of duty to his real friend she was just the little sister of. It was the same little voice that tried to tell her to give up, that she’d never be good enough to a guard; that blood would out. During the day she could distract herself, shut it out at night that niggling voice became the nightmares that kept her awake. Saffron ignored it now as it whispered that maybe this was just more pity. She may not always be the best judge of character but she didn’t think it was right. Or at least she hoped it wasn’t.

Taking the hand, he’d offered she gave it a quick shake, admittedly slightly more interested in taking the next to be offered hot chocolate than shaking hands. Unscrewing the cap off the thermos, she flipped it and using it as a cup poured some of the drink into it. Steam rose into the air and she blew on the liquid to try to cool it down. “It’s nice to meet you too and not just cause you come bearing hot beverages, though that is a plus I admit,” she was still smiling as she fumbled over her words and cursing herself for blushing blew harder till she was satisfied she wasn’t going to burn her tongue.

Taking a sip, she sighed, gods that was good and heat spreading through her hands where she gripped the cup was helping with the chill. Saffron considered as he mentioned the Stone Dragon and that they met all sorts there wondering if that meant Tristan. Part of her wanted to know if he was okay, part of her knew she shouldn’t care if he was. He’d killed there King, committed patricide, it was wrong to care. So, she didn’t ask, settled for a nod instead it was safer. “Hmm, no I’ve uh never been,” she rubbed the back of her neck. The other recruits talked about it though; usually in reference to nights they went drinking. Nights Saffron tended to avoid with great skill. “I know some of the other trainees go though. I didn’t actually know you did food, they mostly talk about the booze and uh,” she paused trying to work out how to be subtle, “well they talk about girls or guys they meet; that sorta thing”. She shrugged it wasn’t like she was particularly part of the conversations in question but you overheard things in the barracks.

Taking another drink, she let it warm her up, the muscles she’d been using slowly relaxing as she leant against the fence. Holding the cup out she offered it to share. “More obnoxious than a bunch of puppies that’s hard to imagine,” she grinned, “Though I’ve probably said worse about my brother all in the name of love of course”. That she understood, she hated Grayson when he left, when he’d leave her to looking for their mother or because he had some innate desire to explore the world. Yet, she loved him whenever he came home it was unconditional. He was family and he understood her she’d always love her brother for that.

She didn’t ask when he mentioned the ‘kinda-sorta stepdad’. Families in Shaman could be complicated; look at her own. “The forest?” there was curiosity in her voice, “Thought it wasn’t safe there anymore with… everything.” Rebels and robbers and Shamans odd collection of creatures how could it be safe? Not that she could imagine, Tris, the boy who brought her books hurting innocent people but obviously what did she know? “Me? No, uh, I’ve not been doing it that long. I started before… before everything in the castle happened. I’m not even a real guard yet. I’m just a trainee. I wanna be. I wanna be I mean do good. I know that sounds naïve,” she shrugged there was no other words to explain it, “Your mother was a Captain? She must have been dedicated. Did she work with the current Captain of the guard?”


SAFFRON
Stand Up and Fight! Stand Up and See The Sky Turn Bright

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