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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 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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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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Mordred stood at the great window of the west gallery, peering through the glass at the forest beyond the castle walls. The trees remained inexplicably steadfast, keeping their prince hidden and safe. The king rested his long fingered hands on the windowsill and leaned forwards, shifting his attention to the courtyard below. It bustled with activity. Grooms led horses across the cobbles, maids hurried back and forth, their arms piled high with laundry, and two of the castle children played football in the far corner by the stables, getting under everyone's feet. It had been much the same in Arthur's day; if it hadn't been for Tristan, the transition would have been smooth.

Perhaps it was time for more drastic measures, time to erase what remained of Arthur's legacy and replace it with his own once and for all. He had allowed loose ends to endure for far too long. He was stronger now. The majority of his kingdom seemed to have accepted him and had fallen into line. There was time, finally, to deal with everything he had left to gather dust.

He glanced up at the sound of approaching footsteps. Guards wandered along the corridor towards him, flanking a pair of caretakers who carried a large golden frame between them. Smiling, Mordred turned to face the wall behind him. A blank space stared back at him, the paint on the walls darker than that around it. Tristan's portrait had hung there once. He'd had it removed almost immediately after Arthur's death, and the gap had remained empty ever since. To its left hung a striking of his mother, feeding her hare with daisies from a basket, and beside it Morgana dressed for hunting, Kraar perched on her shoulder.

As the men set-up their ladders, Mordred shifted his gaze to the right, and stared up into his brother's face. Grey eyes looked back at him, patient, wise, tinged with a heavy sadness. It was an excellent likeness. He held the portrait's gaze until his line of sight was obscured by the caretaker's back as they hoisted the new painting into place. It was an equally splendid likeness. He looked up at himself on his throne, with Gaiane beside him their dragons looking over the back of their chairs. Loholt sat at their feet, his arm thrown around his familiar's narrow shoulders, a small golden crown encircling his mop of dark hair.

Satisfied, Mordred nodded to the man supervising the installation. The man smiled back, and hurried forwards to help the men on the ladders finish securing the frame to the wall. Mordred left them to it. He walked the length of the corridor before taking a sharp right, then a left, and another right. Without breaking his stride, he walked through an archway, obscured from view by a tapestry. He continued on his way in darkness until he reached a small alcove. The gap he was looking for was narrow, barely narrow enough for him to fit through, even when he flattened himself against the wall. He edged along the stone until the hidden corridor opened out again, and the king continued on his way.

The door at the end of the passageway swung open with a creaking of hinges. Mordred stepped gracefully down into the space beyond. It was a small simple little room, but it was comfortable. Books lined the walls and many of the flat surfaces, and a work bench littered with potion bottles and test tubes lined the far wall. A large fire crackled away in the hearth, casting a warm glow across the two high-backed armchairs on either side. Mordred crossed the room in three long strides and helped himself to a glass of wine from the decanter on the high table by the window. He took a sip and turned slowly to face the man in the opposing armchair.

"Hello, brother," he smiled, "I have a couple of tasks for you."



M o r d r e d
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