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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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located here
  • 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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Thoth tensed as the knock on the door reverberated around the room, his shoulders going stiff. His grip tightened on Poppy’s shirt as though she might protect him, which was a stupid idea even if not a fully conscious one. Poppy’s crazy magic couldn’t protect anyone. When they’d got in trouble with pirates, it had been Thoth who bailed her out with his manipulation of the ocean currents.

As Cypress rushed to the door, Thoth twisted slightly in Poppy’s arms so that he could eye her. She relaxed visibly at the unfamiliar voice on the other side – presumably someone she knew – but Thoth frowned, suspicion carving lines in his face. Was there someone else he didn’t know who knew about him? Had Cypress told people about his wolf-shifting? Had Jacopo? All it would take was an overheard rumour, a Chinese whisper to make it back to any royal guard with half a brain cell, and Thoth’s brilliant disguise would be finished. His wolf form would only be good for running really fast from all the flying arrows.

Cy’s moment of calm didn’t last long. As soon as the unknown voice finished its question, she snapped upright, staring at the clock on the far side of the room. She reached out to grab her left arm – the same action Thoth had seen her do before. His eyes narrowed. She dashed out of the room, throwing something about work over her shoulder.

Work… holding her arm…

It still took Poppy to clarify the situation before Thoth could add all the pieces together.

“She seemed anxious about something,” his sister noted, providing the key to unlock the mystery behind Cypress’s behaviour.

The fire reignited. Thoth’s lips curled back into a silent snarl and he pushed himself away from Poppy’s hug, making for the door Cypress had just vanished through. Fortunately, he stopped himself just in time. He might have turned into a wolf and followed her anyway, but Morveren came bouncing over with her over-long tail thumping on the ground, reminding him that she’d come haring after him too.

He spent the good part of twenty minutes trying to show his linguistically challenged familiar how to wolf-shift, but Morveren just kept flopping on the floor and making the huf-huf-huf sound which constituted laughter for her. Eventually he gave up and got Poppy to help smuggle the useless water-fox out in a suitcase. Once they were far enough away to not be spotted, Thoth left Poppy and bolted towards the closest seashore with his familiar hot on his heels. He left her at the water’s edge with strict instructions not to follow him before turning and running back towards the centre of the island. He was forced to slow pace the closer he got to the castle, partly to avoid attracting attention and partly to compensate for the additional weight which seemed to be settling on his shoulders with every step.

The castle was as he remembered it, looming over a garden which was entirely too pretty in the wake of its owner’s loss. Thoth had half-expected the castle to have been painted black and fallen into disrepair, like a villain’s lair from a book.

He slowed to a walk, dropping his nose to the ground to try and pick up Cypress’s scent. It wasn’t anywhere around here, so he headed towards the kennels until he fell on it. He followed it around the building to a side-entrance and spotted her entering a doorway. Thoth put a spurt on and managed to sneak in just after her, trotting up to her side while she punched her card in on the wall.

“Cypress?” A deep, masculine voice shouted from somewhere outside of Thoth’s line of vision. He snapped around, positioned himself between Cypress and the direction of the voice, and bared his teeth threateningly.


MASTER OF THE ORBIS . MASTER OF THE WATER ELEMENT . SON OF AURA
photo by Patrick Lewis at flickr.com


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