Castle Obsidian

Castle Obsidian; commonly known as the "Obsidian Fortress" or simply "Blackrock," is the royal citadel of the kingdom of Marundi.

Castle Obsidian's name derives from the fact that the castle is located on a towering pillar of black, volcanic basalt; overlooking the Marundian capitol city of Derilath. The castle is visible for many miles because of its prominent position. Although its stones are dark grey, the castle often appears white because of snow and ice that cling to its walls throughout much of the year.

The fortress was built in the year 0044 of the Fourth Age by Duke Vorland Drax; a noble lord loyal to the Marothë Dynasty, and served as a strong outpost of the kingdom of Thalar for 781 years, until the Storm of the North, after which it was abandoned for nearly 570 years.

In the years 98/5, the castle was rebuilt and greatly expanded by King Kren Alaghon to serve as his royal citadel for the newly established kingdom of Marundi. It has served as the home to the Marundian Royal family ever since.

Today, the castle is considered one of the most impregnable fortresses on Corwyn; within its Great Hall is the famous Bearclaw Throne.

Since it was rebuilt by King Kren Alaghon 1,779 years ago, Castle Obsidian has been the seat of power for a total of eighty different Thalari rulers of Marundi:

Map of the Castle:


G = Guard Towers (12)
1. Main Gatehouse
2. Lower Ward
3. Stables
4. The Gauntlet
5. Observation Ward
6. Duke's Gatehouse
7. Middle Ward
8. Garrison Ward
9. Castellan's Tower
10. Prison Tower
11. Prince's Gate
12. Upper Ward
13. Great Hall
14. Tourney Ward
15. Servant / Supply Outbuildings (15)
16. Tower of the Watch
17. King's Gatehouse
18. Royal Apartments
19. King's Bailey
20. Royal Garden
21. Queen's Apartments
22. Chancellor Tower
23. King's Apartments
24. Great Keep
25. Private Bailey
26. Small Hall