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    Penned on the 20th day, 4th moon, Year Twelve of the Recent Awakenings

    To the Denizenry of Her Majesty's Castle Marrach;

    In accordance to the will of the Lord Chamberlain, and in upholding the duties charged to me as a Junior Chronicler, I hereby submit an account of Guild Week's Mystery History Tour.

    The Keepers of the Unveiled led the denizens of Castle Marrach on a late night tour on the 10th night of this moon. Guided by Keeper Rikka, the denizens travelled the castle and were educated about its past and intrigues. Following in the queue were Mistress Lilly, sers Kobe, Radulescu, Canderous, Kizamu, Horatio, and Arique, seras Jezabel, Zyta, Raharu, Drewe, Louise, and Amishi, this humble chronicler, and a black cat.

    The Attack of the Rats

    Rikka commenced the tour in the Outer Bailey Courtyard with the story of the rats, previously chronicled. [The chronicle is posted to the side.] She described them as ''diseased and foaming at the mouth'' and portrayed how they ''attacked us, crazed, ready for blood! They were even trying to drag some of us away!'' She witnessed the rats ''try an' devour'' ser Sagremor, then Acting-Corporal. She stated the rats had come from the crack in the stables, and encouraged the denizens who wished to continue to follow her there.

    In the northeastern room of the stables, Rikka pointed out the long crack in the floor. She admitted it was ''much wider back then as well as the huge cracks in the courtyard. It took moons to repair.'' The crack in the stables has since been sealed.

    The Ritual Room

    Returning to the stables, Rikka raised her black candle to her face, causing the flame's light to reflect. ''Long before Ashke and Caletus, there was a witch's coven right below this floor.'' The denizens exchanged glances. She remarked that it's the only room completely disallowed from entering. ''This room had been used in the past by several witches; it is strongly suspected that the Triangle, the original warlocks and instigators of the Black Rose Masacre, used this room for their dark rituals.'' She hinted that sometimes if one lingers long enough in the stables, one can hear the chants of the witches, ''that were burned on the stake for their crimes.''

    The Weeping Statue

    North, in the Gate Courtyard, Rikka brought attention to the statue of the Lady, built in the Lady's honor, which is said to weep on occasion. Her name has long been forgotten, according to Rikka. The Lady was in love with two knights, who loved her in return. The knights were friends, but their feelings separated them. ''And as rivals do, the pair decided to duel.'' Both of the Knights died during their duel over the Lady, who in turn took her own life. ''Some say she lept right off the parapets and some say she poisoned herself,'' Rikka intoned.

    Master Quilp's Human-Hide Book

    Back in the Outer Bailey Courtyard, Rikka revealed a rumor she confessed she didn't know the truth of: ''Master Quilp is in possession of a human-skinned book.'' Rikka suspected the skin was from a woman named Ravelyn. She died in a duel against Master Quilp, and was never seen again.

    Ghostly Activity

    Rikka deemed the bowling alley and lounge, ''arguably the most haunted place in the Castle.'' Roughly seven years ago, she held a sťance to put to rest the ghost of a girl that haunted the Dining Hall. Rikka was successful; however, she ''accidentally summoned the little girl's murderer.'' The ghost, nicknamed ''the Tricky Man,'' went on to terrorize the castle, playing tricks and harming guests. With the help of the ghost Kimberlin and the Senior Keepers of the Unveiled, the murderer ghost was banished. ''Since that time, this place has become more active than it used to be,'' Rikka concluded.

    Cebrix the Gargoyle

    A gargoyle sits on the battlements west of the guest halls. Rikka introduced the gargoyle as Cebrix and narrated his story, which has been chronicled. [This chronicle is posted to the side.] He came to the Castle with his sister, Uloth; her wing had cracked. Cebrix offered his help in return for the help of his sister. Her wing was repaired, and in return Cebrix battled against Umbrage, the shadow. The fight was ''so intense'' that both fell from the battlements into the Gate Courtyard. Denizens sang and chanted, ''trying to keep the shadows at bay as the fight raged on.'' Cebrix demanded that Umbrage relinquish the traits she'd stolen from others. Umbrage threw an exploding ''orb filled with shadows'' at the Gargorgyle instead. ''It sent shadows and dark magic everywhere!'' exclaimed Rikka.

    Cebrix cornered Umbrage, but she threw an orb at the ground; and after the explosion settled, she was gone. Injured from an earlier attack, sera Jerisa entered the Courtyard. By wrapping its wing around her, the gargoyle healed her wounds. ''The beast, as scary as it looks, proved to be noble once more.'' However, Cebrix couldn't leave. Uloth understood about her brother, ''his fire inside him was dwindling.'' He said goodbye to his family, and ''told the people here that he would watch over us. All Her Majesty needed to do was call, and the gargoyles would be back.'' He continues to stand on the western ramparts to this day.

    Creatures from the Under Bailey

    The entourage walked to the Altar and Shrine of Natura Balanus, located in the Solitary Passage. ''Behind these ways are the passages to the Under Bailey.'' Rikka noted that though it's not illegal to travel the passageways, Lith doesn't, ''not to mention that the Triangle lives there.'' She wasn't planning to take anyone down, as not only is it dangerous, she paused to warn, ''but I've the directional sense of an incredibly gorgeous but old woman with blind eyes.''

    Giant rats, giant spiders and the ''crazed rebel group, the Cats and Rats'' may be familiar to some, but there are also giant cats and sea monsters in the Under Bailey. Rikka procured a jar with a severed tentacle. It was part of the arm of a ''huge sea monster'' she helped to kill. ''Down below is a place with a lake. From what I've been told, it leads to an underground river right in the mountain.'' Rikka also claimed to witness a ''man actually turn into a huge cat, the size of a panther!'' She indicated that there was a forest there, with animals in it, and that dragons may live at the lowest level. Presented to the crowd was a second jar, containing a wyvern's liver, ''approximately the same as a dragon's'' for demonstration.

    ''Not every mystery should be solved,'' Rikka advised, bringing the History Mystery tour to an end, ''some should stay behind secret doors and left alone.''

    The black cat that had been trailing the group, now showed some unusual behavior, but that story is for another chronicle.

    This chronicle will be subject to changes and corrections, as I humbly ask that the readers indicate to me through their discretion any falsehood I may have mistakenly communicated. It is by means of the conservation of the Past that we continue to serve Her Majesty and give substance to those that follow.

    In service to Her Majesty Queen Vivienne, the Lord Chamberlain, the Chronicler's Office, and the Denizenry of our Gracious Queen's Realm;

    Junior Chronicler
    Last edited by Storyplayer; 05-23-2011, 05:09 PM.