Castle Myrkur
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The royal citadel of the kingdom of Gwynne, located within the center of the city of Ashara. This large fortress was originally built by Rhodan Mallistäer when he formed the Kingdom of Rhodara, in 38/4, after his defeat in the Twilight War. The castle was built upon the ruins of an ancient Mortai temple that had been destroyed when the Thannish people took control of the region in the late Third Age.

Rhodan was bitter toward his brother who had beaten him and taken most of the best territories of Valdor for himself. Therefore, Rhodan ordered the castle built so large and magnificent that it would rival's his brother castle in Eldarand. For 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 Gwyhare. Gayorg ordered the castle enlarged and built many secret dungeons and halls deep beneath its walls, for by this time he was an agent of Alokkair and was actively worshiping sorcery and the dark arts. Unspeakable acts of horror and depravity took place in the castle over the next 25 tears. 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 castle was rebuilt once again by Grenn Gwyhare and a new throne was fashioned, Grenn called it the Crimson Throne, for his sigil was a gold rose on a crimson field. This opulent throne was set in the rebuilt Great Hall. The castle has served as the royal citadel of Gwynne ever since.

Castle Myrkur served as home to twenty-nine successive monarchs of the Gwyharë Dynasty over the next 633 years, until the year 625/5, when King Gorthon IV was slain at the Battle of Harkalad.

The castle then served as home to eleven successive monarchs of the Baldurin Dynasty over the next 268 years, until the year 263/56, when King Garrett Baldurin was overthrown in the Gwynnish Civil War.

Castle Myrkur then served as home to fourteen successive monarchs of the Taraghon Dynasty over the next 411 years, until King Gheren III was slain at the Battle of Krell.

Finally, the Hekkarë Dynasty acquired the castle in 674/6, and has held it ever since. Over the last 573 years, twenty-three different Hekkarë monarchs of Gwynne have used this fortress as their home. Due to the current poverty of the kingdom, the castle is in a state of disrepair, and many of its rooms are unused.

Within the castle is the famous Crimson Throne of Gwynne. The fortress has a garrison of 1,500 loyal, well-equipped soldiers.