Castle Myrkur

Castle Myrkur is the royal citadel of the kingdom of Gwynne, located within the center of the city of Ashara. Within its Great Hall is the famous Crimson Throne.

This large, ancient fortress has a long history. In the Late Third Age, the site upon which the castle stands was once an Ashanti temple called "Myra-Kur." When the Thannish began migrating into the region, the Ashanti were driven out, and their temple was destroyed by a Thannish warlord named Gareth Gwyharë. Gareth then took over the Ashanti settlment of "A'Shorah," which woulds later become the city of Ashara, and built a magnificent fortress for himself directly over the ruins of the temple.

The House of Gwyharë did not hold the castle for long. By the Year 0038 of the Fourth Age, the region was engulfed by the Thannish Civil war; fought between two brothers: Eldan Durethë and Rhodan Mallistäer. After Rhodan's defeat in that conflict, he chose this fortress as his new citadel when he formed the Kingdom of Rhodara.

To gain possession, Rhodan married Lady Elspeth Gwyharë and essentially took over her family home. For another 1,226 years, a total of 52 successive monarchs of Mallistäer Dynasty ruled Rhodara from this castle. That all ended In the year 1264/4, when King Radovan Mallistäer II was killed by the Vilzari at the Battle of Flint Harbor.

The castle was then taken over by King Gayorg Gwyharë; who felt it was his birthright as a member of House Gwyharë. Gayorg ordered the castle enlarged and built many secret dungeons and halls deep beneath its walls, for by this time he was secretly an agent of Alokkair and was worshiping sorcery and the dark arts. Unspeakable acts of horror and depravity took place in the castle over the next 25 years. Finally, Gayorg was slain in the Battle of Keslyn, and the city of Ashara was sacked soon after by the Rhodara's enemies. The castle was burnt during the sack of Ashara, and the famous Granite Throne in the Great Hall smashed.

Years later, the ruined castle was rebuilt by Grenn Gwyharë and a new, Opulent throne was installed within its Great Hall. Grenn called it the Crimson Throne; for his sigil was a golden rose on a crimson field. From that point on, the fortress has always served as the royal citadel of Gwynne. Today, however, the castle is in a state of disrepair and many of its rooms are unused; due to the current poverty of the kingdom

The fortress has a garrison of 1,500 loyal, well-equipped soldiers; including an elite company of bodyguards called the Sable Company.

Since its construction 3,136 years ago, this massive fortress has been home to 53 successive rulers of Rhodara, followed by another 77 successive rulers of Gwynne: