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 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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Maybe training a recruit wouldn’t be so bad after all. Cal’s smirk curled a little more at the corners as the colour fled Saffron’s guilt-ridden face, leaving her ghostly pale. Teenagers. Always thought they were one step ahead of the adults but never realised that the adults had done the exact same thing themselves when they were young. Cal could recall, with painful clarity, the poundings she’d exchanged with the other cadets in her first couple of months with the common force. Policing on Xara was a male-dominated profession and most of the few girls who signed up for it didn’t last beyond the first few weeks. Cal had had to learn to hawk spit, slap shoulders and down booze with the rest of them. Even then, it had taken her years of quality work before she’d be accepted as an equal to even the most mediocre male officer.

Saffy reminded her a little of her younger self. She was shyer than Cal had ever been but, like Cal, was determined to solve her own problems without intervention from her superiors. Cal could respect that. She refrained from passing further commentary and allowed Saffron to change the subject to something which was presumably a little easier to handle.

“We’re patrolling Augury Vale.” Cal informed her, choosing to ignore her poor articulation. It was natural to be nervous in the early days of a new job – especially when you were of questing age and felt a need to prove yourself. “Prime hunting ground. Outlaws mostly stick to the forest but we still get some poachers on the king’s land, so that’s mainly what we’re on the lookout for. I’m just supposed to show you the usual today, though.” She stepped to one side as Saffron led her chosen steed out onto the masonry, where a stable-hand swiftly appeared to help tack the animal up. Nobody used tack in Xara and Cal had never tacked a horse, so she was no use here. She watched curiously for a moment before remembering what she was saying. “So, uh, yeah. We’ll be doing a lot of walking around, chatting to locals, checking everything’s okay. I’m supposed to show you how to negotiate the wilderness.”

She tried to sound enthusiastic. Frankly, it seemed like a dull itinerary.

The stable-hand finished tacking Saffron’s horse and fetched a mounting block for her. Cal placed her hands on Buddy’s back and swung herself confidently up. Sitting bareback, she entwined her fingers through her familiar’s spiky black-and-blue mane and waited for Saffron to mount, before gesturing for Buddy to lead on. He knew where they were going, so she didn’t worry about navigating and focused more on mentally documenting her surroundings. Once a common force officer, always a common force officer.

“I don’t know what training you’ve already had so stop me if I sound patronising.” Cal grinned and waved at the guards on duty at the castle’s main gates as they passed through them. “Rule number one of patrol, never go alone. You always need a buddy with you in case of an emergency. If you’re injured, you’ll need to send someone for help. Likewise, if you come across someone who’s injured, one of you has to stay with them while the other goes for help.” She paused, a thought occurring. “Have you had first aid training?”
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