Castle Myrdon
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Located on a broad hill in the center of the city of Alenthas, this greatest of Corwyn’s western castles was once the Imperial Palace of Empress Ravinia Myrnäe. Built in 1166/3 by King Eradan Myrnäe, the castle was the seat of Rynnish power and the royal citadel of the kingdom of Alveron for the entire Fourth Age. The castle was the home of the Myrnäe Dynasty for almost 2,000 years and 63 different monarchs dwelt there during that time. During the period of the Ravinian Empire, the castle was home to the Immortal Empress as well as the Myrnäe family. After the Cataclysm, the castle came into the possession of the Alomir Dynasty, which has dwelled there for over 1,200 years and 44 successive monarchs of Alveron have dwelt here. For over two centuries, the castle held the Witch-King Alokkair as a prisoner until 236/4, when he was able to charm his way to freedom. As a result of that incident, the castle is still haunted by the ghosts of Alokkair’s victims. During the period of the Ravinian Empire was castle was extensively rebuilt and expanded. The famous domed tower was added, where the Empress ruled the Empire from under the ‘Imperial Dome.’ The famous Raven Throne was moved from the Great Hall of the castle to the Imperial Dome, where the Empress sat for over 500 years. Also during the Ravinian period, a great walled city called Arynäe was built on the lands surrounding the castle and became the largest city ever known on Corwyn. The castle was destroyed during the siege and sack of the city of Arynäe at the advent of the Cataclysm. Eventually, the castle was ordered rebuilt by King Myonen Alomir. The castle was fully restored by the noble house of Alomir over 1,000 years ago, even though it is really too large for the needs of the Rynnish royal court. The Kings of Alveron still hold court from the Raven Throne under the ancient Imperial dome as the immortal Empress did over 1,200 years ago.