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    Issue XVI
    16th Day, 8th Moon, 19th Year of Recent Awakenings

    A collection of articles and information about current castle life and events

    The Royal Library
    Writ by Royal Librarian, Mistress Adeline
    The Purpose of the Royal Library.

    The Royal Library is a key part of Castle Marrach as it is one of the few gateways to access needed information on various topics from skills to history. While not the most populated Office, we are always here to assist. We of the Libraries do our utmost best to make sure that we store an abundance of knowledge for the Castle, and knowledge is what can help someone get from point A to point B in their life. Knowledge not only helps you move in life, but it helps you articulate your thoughts and opinions so that you may speak through your mind in a way that others can understand.

    Furthermore, we also provide a flexible area for people to host their own literature-based events. Such as Lady Charmiam's Book Club which she hosts every frey's day at the sixth late bell. The Royal Library is a place for learning skills, exploring history, experiencing new ideas, socializing with like-minded individuals, and even just sitting back and letting your mind get lost in a wonderful tale. So next time you pass through the Inner Bailey, stop by the Royal Library, we are always open. Scheduled Bells are also available on the boards for those who wish aide of a Librarian. We are actively seeking new members, our application can be found on the boards.

    Meet the Members:
    • Mistress Adeline, Royal Librarian
    • Mistress Ezraella: Social Consultant and Honorary Aide
    • Mistress Euphelia: Honorary Aide
    • Sera Calamity: Aide and Story Reader
    • Ser Kasper: Junior Aide
    • Sera Xandie: Junior Aide

    Open Bells, Events, and Socials:
    • Open Bell - Sun's Day: Mistress Adeline at Eight Late
    • Small Social - Tue's Day: Poetry & Tea at Ten Late Late
    • Open Bell - Various Times: Sera Calamity
    • Inner Bailey Biographies: The Biographies of the Royal Library are a way to make sure you remain within the past, present, and future of the Castle. At this moment this is only offered to Courtiers and above. Please see the posting for more information.
    • Inner Bailey Book Contest: This is upcoming, please look for the announcements.

    The Outer Bailey Library
    Writ by Head Librarian, ser Meoris
    The Outer Bailey Library welcomes all lawful denizens to visit us during our Open Bells. We are normally open four days each week, with each Librarian posting upon the public boards when they will be opening. Our staff offers assistance in finding a particular book that may be sought, as well as suggestions when a denizen does not know exactly what title they are seeking.

    The shelves of the Outer Library currently hold over three hundred books written by denizens over the years of Recent Awakenings. Each moon, we work to add more as they are submitted to us. Currently, the largest category is fiction, with poetry a close second. Any who wish to submit a book to be considered for the library should send it to the Head Librarian with a scroll that it is a submission and if the author wishes that particular copy back. Currently, we are seeking submissions in the categories of history and martial topics.

    Those who are interested in a quiet space for comfortable conversation with friends and new acquaintances will find the Library to be very welcoming. We offer refreshments and several areas for conversation, and those who are so inclined can match their skills at chess against a member of the staff or a friend.

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    How to Accessorize with Jewelry; Part Three
    Writ by Lead Apprentice Jeweler, Mistress Adeline
    Jewelry has been within this keep for years and is still one of the most active crafting guilds because it caters to everyone. No matter the rank or gender you'll find something for you. While jewelry is used for many things, the major reason is to accessorize. Jewelry can make a huge difference with any outfit. It can give you that pop you were missing to pull your outfit together as well as aiding to change a look from casual to formal. There's absolutely no reason not to upgrade up your look with jewelry. The best part about jewelry is that you can design it to your own personal style. Have fun with it and make a statement about your style.

    This article will be a five-part series in which I will go over different ways to include jewelry with your outfit and how to correctly do so.

    What are my options?

    When you're deciding to order jewelry you must know what is available to you. This can be decided by checking the guidelines. Pieces, metal, gems, designs, and engravings are all decided on based on your rank and link. There is a wide selection for each rank so no one is left out and you still have a unique piece of jewelry like no one else. Please be advised that it would be unwise and disrespectful to order outside your rank. Not only does it show impatience, but it also can be seen as presumptuous, two things that would cause you a great disfavor with members of the Castle and the Jewelers.

    Be patient, enjoy the juicy fruits that are available for your rank! Such as the lovely crystal gem that ranks all across the board use because of its spectacular clear sparkle that at times resemble the diamond gem. If you need assistance that the guidelines cannot assist you with, contact a jeweler and we will make sure your jewelry needs are entirely satisfied.

    Always remember that fashion is art, so be sure to express yourself through that art and make each outfit from your own unique style.
    Fashion For Beginners: The Order Form
    Writ by Junior Seamstress, Sera Taite
    The day we first awake in the castle, we are given a simple outfit and a cloak. As time goes on, you see all of the outfits of different styles and colors, and you decide that you want that, too. Nobody would blame you for wanting something better. In fact, ordering a new outfit is encouraged! Regardless of your rank and link, you can wear an outfit that is unlike any other. Your future fashion statement starts with an order form. These order forms can be found three floors up from the ground level, and all the way west of the bowling lounge. The ordering pad is just outside the Outer Bailey Clother's Room. If you Just tear the page off the pad, you are well on your way to ordering your first outfit. For those that have difficulty reading or writing, fear not! There are people around the castle who are more than willing to assist with helping you create an outfit. Just ask someone and they will lead you in the right direction.

    To get started on the order form for your AMAZING outfit, we will need just a little information about you. Your name is a must. We will need to know who to send the outfit to when we are finished with it. You also add your hair color and your complexion as well as the other information as this helps us to determine the best colors that work with your current appearance. Next, you will need to know what materials you would like to use and what colors. It is suggested to use three of each with at least one color that is a shade of white, gray, black, neutral or brown, especially if you decide upon a leather or a fur. I will further discuss materials and colors at a later time.

    Finally, comes the fun part! You will want to decide upon the type of outfit that you would like to wear. What combination of clothing do you see yourself wearing? For seras, do you want to wear a dress or a skirt with a blouse and bodice? Sers, do you wish for something more formal like a doublet or slightly casual with a vest and shirt? Along with the types of materials the colors, the fits, and embroideries, the possibilities are endless.

    After the order form is complete (and signed), you will need to send your order form to an outer clothier. Those that are awake and accepting orders at this time are seras Trinity, Calamity and Taite. Please follow the guidelines when ordering. The guidelines for ordering clothing can be found on the public boards. Please order clothing, colors, and materials that are within your link and rank. If changes to your order need to be made, you will be notified before the outfit is made. You are not expected to be perfect. I've been making orders for some time, and I still make mistakes. (Thankfully, I have a patient teacher!!)

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask, we look forward to seeing your completed order forms!
    Underappreciated Jewelry: How to Make Your Life Better, Part One
    Writ by Lead Apprentice Jeweler, sera Kimberly
    Bed Warmers

    One of the most wonderful things about Winter is the feeling of crawling into a cozy, warm bed. However, sometimes it takes a bit for your own warmth to permeate your blankets enough to be truly comfortable. Also, sometimes the harsher weather makes it seem as though you need thrice the blankets you have, and you toss and turn trying to warm up. This is where bed warmers come in!

    Most Denizens of Her Majesty's Castle spend more time sleeping than awake. Some sleep for moons, or even years at a time. Should we not take advantage of the Winter, and make our beds a Winter paradise?

    Imagine, after a long day in the cold, slipping into a bed that is already plenty warm. Imagine not waking in the middle of your sleep because you need to grab a blanket. Imagine being perfectly warm and cozy from the moment you slip in to your covers, to the moment you wake. Using a bed warmer can also help to soothe sore muscles, as well as help relieve that nasty cough one gets after breathing too much cold air.

    All Honored Guests and above may order a bed warmer directly from any Jeweler. Do not miss out on owning such a wonderful, useful, luxurious item.


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      Creative Writing: The Top Four
      Writ by Senior Chronicler, sera Yazmin
      Many denizens believe that it is absolutely impossible to write a story that is fully and originally your own. I, however, disagree with this statement because stories are nothing more than one man's imagination becoming our literature entertainment. A thought, a dream, a doodle, a jest, these are all things that can start a story. All it takes is your mind, one small thing can easily be turned into a sixteen-page book or longer. So, in this article, I will list the top four things needed to write a good story in no specific order as each one is just as important as the last. To further delve into the process of writing, feel free to attend writing classes on Saturn's day at the sixth late bell.

      Step One: The title of the book is the best way to catch the attention of your audience. It has to be intriguing and inviting, something to make them want to open that book. Your book could be extremely amazing full of lots of jests, action, or romance, but if they do not take that first step to open it. Now, with that being said you do not always have to title your book at the beginning, because most times as you write the title you choose may end up not working or you may find a better title. However, if you've completed the entirety of the book and still lack a proper title, then this will assist you. I find it is easiest to find a title by reading my own working and looking for words that pop out such as surnames, towns, guilds, magic and so much more. These are all things that could make a great title or lead you down the path to making a great title. The major thing you want to avoid is using a title that is misleading, so look at it from an outsider. If you saw this book title, what would come to your mind first? Finally, use your friends and get their opinion on the title(s) you're considering or to even toss out some ideas after reading your book. These are all steps that can assist you in choosing a title.

      Step Two: The plot and first paragraph of your tale is key to making a great story. Now that you have the title, you need to strike it home with a good opening paragraph. It's similar to weapons for those of you who are fighters or even a dancer. The title is the build-up, and the paragraph is the attack or move that determines how the rest of the story will continue. Like dancing or fighting, do the wrong step or attack and the rest is usually downhill from there. So if you can create a first paragraph that steals their curiosity and clutches it for dear life, they will continue to read or listen to your story if only to satisfy their curiosity. Otherwise, they'll likely close the book and search for something else or just forget that whole reading business in general.

      Step Three: There are many things that help you as a writer create a character, however, for the sake of this article, I'll only go over a few. When creating a new character, the main key is to make sure that the character and their story feel real to the audience. Otherwise, they won't make a connection as easily and it more than likely will turn them away from your tale. To make this character a real person, you need to have a backstory for them even if you do not use it all in your tale, give them flaws because no character is perfect, give them a unique way of speaking this can be from their demeanor or an accent, and making your you understand their beliefs, likes and dislikes. Once you have all of these, you could easily speak about this character as if they are a friend or enemy you've known your entire life. Furthermore, remember to add the following to each character:
      • Role: What purpose does he or she serve in this story? Are they a follower or a leader? Describe to us why this person is here and why they have this role, it should be connected to their strengths and weaknesses.
      • Motivation: Each character is driven for some reason or another. If your character is the antagonist of the story, explain what motivates him or her to do what they do. Why is this person the antagonist in your tale as opposed to another character? Love, hate, greed? Focus on this and it will make them realistic.
      • Life Experiences: This is very closely tied to the second, this will help you break down why they are the way they are. This is needed and should be thoroughly detailed to fully have a realistic character.
      • Strengths/Weaknesses: This has been explained a little in flaws, no one wants a perfect character who never has any down moment because life is not always perfect. However, at the same time, you should not have a character that has no strong points at all. I like to balance mine out to give them equal strengths and weakness to bring life to my characters.

      Step Four: You simply cannot have a book without some form of conflict, because it brings life to the tale and makes it interesting. Otherwise, you are just writing about a perfect life that none of us will ever have because life is simply not perfect. Conflict is almost always a disagreement between two characters, also known as the protagonist and the antagonist. However, conflict is not always just between two people. You can have many types of conflicts within your book which I'll list below. Conflict is hard and it forces your characters to act and get out of their comfort zone. How will each character react, will they fight back or succumb to the antagonist. Conflict helps the readers really understand who your characters are when faced with hard decisions. It's why I enjoy when characters are smacked in the face with heavy conflict, the worse the conflict the better the story.

      Types of Conflict:
      • Character Conflict with Other Characters
      • Character Conflict with Nature
      • Self Character Conflict
      • Society Character Conflict
      • Mystical Character Conflict

      In closing, write what you know! Otherwise it comes off as unrealistic and ignorant.There are so many ways to use what you know to make a great conflict and in the end, it will be relatable in some way.
      Poems For the Royal Family
      Writ by seras Aleysia and Elora
      She who called to us from the dark
      And bids us new life
      We gladly lift our voice in thanks.

      She who sees our potential
      Bids us rise above
      To leave our pasts behind us

      Each day we toil, in Her name
      We live to serve Her
      Vivienne, Long May She Reign.

      ~ Sera Aleysia
      Such splendor as you might expect
      Yet so much more than eyes detect
      In beauty our Queen worthy reigns
      Tender heart but wiser she remains

      His Excellency a weight doth carry
      His love and duty to she he tarrys
      Eyes filled with love and devotion
      He whispers his heart at her motion

      His Highness regally doth he inspire
      Gently rescues the weak from evils fire
      Powerful though he still shall be
      His love is clear for Her Majesty

      ~ Sera Elora
      Upcoming Events
      Be sure to look for these upcoming events.
      Historical Queries
      How familiar are you with the archives of the Chroniclers? Can you find the answer to this Historical Query? The first person to send the correct answer will gain a special prize.

      Who was the first Royal Librarian?
      Open Positions
      The Herald wishes to provide the castle residents with a list of currently-open positions amongst the available groups and guilds. If you wish to publish an opening within your own guild or group, please send a missive to any currently-active Chronicler with a three-sentence description of the position, a short list of requirements, and whom to contact for more details.

      Clothier Students, The Clothiers
      The Clothiers are currently open to anyone interested in learning the art and craft of creating garments and outfits.

      • A list of waking times and affiliations
      • A list of crimes they have committed, if any
      • A brief sentence or two explaining their interest

      Contact: Sera Trinity

      Aspirant Chroniclers, Office of the Chronicler
      The Office is always on the lookout for talented writers who have a critical eye and a nose for stories. A good way to meet many new people, as well as make a name for oneself in a relatively short time. Be a part of one of the castle's oldest institutions.

      • Must be able to write fluently in Common
      • Must not have been tried for High Crimes (such as treason)

      Contact: Mistress Euphelia or seras Yazmin and Caillean
      Call For Submissions
      If you wish to submit an article for the Herald's next publication, please send a query to Senior Chronicler Yazmin with a brief description of the article you wish to write. Submissions or full articles must contain the following:
      • A signature on the scroll to identify the author, even if the article is to be published anonymously.
      • A title and a short description of the article.

      The Office of the Chroniclers reserves the right to refuse any article at its own discretion and for any reason. The Clock Tower Herald aims to entertain and enlighten, favouring articles that highlight castle culture, life and habits.
      Special Thanks
      The Clock Tower Herald would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions to this moon's issue: Mistress Adeline, seras Kimmi, Taite, Aleysia, Elora and ser Meoris. Those that submitted articles that have not yet appeared can expect to see them in future publications.

      For any questions, comments or queries, please directly contact Senior Chronicler Yazmin.


      So says the Clock Tower bell,
      "May the Queen flourish and Her enemies diminish until my call of bells doth finish."


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