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Caged Bird

Royal Library

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a part of Caged Bird, by Artsydaze.

The royal library is the most extensive source of knowledge of the kingdom.

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Taking the entirety of a tower, the Royal Library spans seven floor and hold more than a thousands tomes, all classified by subject. A staff of librarians provide the tomes on demand.
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Royal Library

The royal library is the most extensive source of knowledge of the kingdom.

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Royal Library is a part of Alder Castle.


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Character Portrait: The Historian Character Portrait: Roland Windsor
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Day 1, Midday

At the prince's words, all the guards currently at his cell door saluted, their back straight and gauntlet-clad right hands saluting their prince. Taking formation around the prince, they led him through various corridor and even more numerous stairs to finally arrive before two heavily carved oak door plated with gold leafs.

“We are here, your Highness. The Royal Library, the most extensive collection of tomes in the kingdom.” Said the same guard who spoke earlier, bowing as four other guards opened the heavy door leading inside.

The room was truly majestic, with seven floors worth of shelves all in a circle following the Library's tower's inner walls. Each floor was accessed by ladders and navigated through walkways giving to the area bellow, the later filled with imposing desks and comfortable looking chairs. There must have been thousands of tomes in here!

A few librarians were busy classifying and providing tomes to and fro the bookshelves and the various official using the great hall of knowledge, not putting much mind to what happened around them in their flurry of tasks. Hailing one of the librarians, the guard swiftly explained his charge identity and the reason why he was here. Roland was swiftly sat in the most impressive desk of the great room and provided by various tomes relevant to his interests.

During his sojourn in the library, the prince learned that the Goulash Kingdom was situated to the norther border of the Alder Kingdom and was specializing in both agriculture and weapon manufacturing, possible by the extremely fertile soils under it's foundations. The kingdom also boasted a strong infantry and cavalry, a problem to the naval oriented Alder Kingdom. The current king was the old King Wilhelm V, a ruthlessly brilliant tactician in time of war and a strict monarch in time of peace. The king had 13 children, including ten potential heirs to his throne. One of the king's daughter was unmarried and about 15 years of age.

Alder Kingdom, for it's part, boasted a thriving naval trade as well as a fearsome fleet. The country's aristocracy was divided in three. The first faction was the Merchants, who boasted an incredible wealth born from trading and a strong knowledge of the land. They were in charge of trade and the financial well being of the Alder Kingdom.

The second faction were the Aristocrats, who, also quite wealthy, were less so than the Merchants though they were usually the ones that changed the world around them with their rhetoric and visions for the future. They were in charge of politics in and out of the kingdom.

The last faction were the Warriors, whose wealth was gained by pillaging their enemies' home and by various rewards given by the king in recognition of their martial prowess in time of peace. They were extremely skilled combatants that were in charge of the security of the kingdom.


That knowledge was what Roland managed to retain as he felt fatigued.

His Knowledge increased by 2.

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Character Portrait: The Historian Character Portrait: Aleph Banton
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Day 1, Midday

The guards smiled as they saluted their lord. “Yes, your Highness!” Their enthusiastic resonated on the golden walls well after they started leading their prince to the Royal Library. As the party walked through the halls, various courtier sneered at the prince's shabby clothing, no doubt thinking that he was merely a mistress' son and therefore not worthy of respect.

Finally they reached richly decorated door that took the guards great effort to open. Inside was a grand library with thousands of tomes shelved in a grand circle encompassing the entirety of the tower's inner walls, with great windows providing light to the imposing library. Various librarians were busy at work, fawning over a young dark haired man with a similar circlet as the one around Aleph's throat on his brows. That must have been one of Aleph's brothers.

Catching the gaze of a few librarian, the older prince was soon seated on another desk than the one his younger half-brother occupied, himself also fawned over by the library's staff. As he was seated, various tomes were put under his nose, telling the history of the kingdom.

The kingdom was founded five hundred years ago by Gallant the First, a skilled naval general and even more skilled merchant that took over the peninsula and protected it from the various hostile tribes of the north. Amassing amazing wealth and power, he was crowned king after taking control of all the tribes present in the peninsula, a feat that earned him the adoration of his subject as he managed it without much bloodshed. The kingdom lived in peace for throw hundred years until the reign of Bernard II, a bloodthirsty warlord with a taste for conquest that earned himself quite a few enemies for a mere few acres of gained land.

The war carried on to the present day, no doubt getting even worse after King Fedinant IV's recent death by the Goulashians.

Trade routes were now few as the Kingdom of Goulash was the primary antagonist to the kingdom, forcing the Alders to trade exclusively by naval routes. The army seemed to be in need of new recruits as well.


All that cramming of information about his home left Aleph fatigued.

His foray into the library earned him 2 Knowledge points.

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Roland Windsor


Roland would be lead through the winding corridors and passages. He would walk grand stair cases and pass through decorated door ways, it took longer than expected, but since this was his first taste of new scenery in a long time he didn't mind. Such a vast collection of knowledge excited him, he knew very well he would spend much of his time in this library, as an old saying goes, knowledge is power. While he didn't learn all that much, it would be enough to plan his next moves. The merchants would be a good ally, money is the blood of an empire, and any good ruler must know how to manage it. Perhaps Roland would hire one of the merchants to teach him the ways of trade, perhaps he could even arrange some trade routes with far off kingdoms. The warriors didn't interest him, they were simply soldiers afterall. The aristocrats would also make for lucrative allies, maybe he could marry into one of their families, or perhaps arrange a deal to gather their support.

He took care not to think ahead too much, he was still fatigued and he could feel it more now than ever. He figured after several hours of reading he deserved a break. Roland would call for one of the guards, he would order the guard to tell the palace chef to prepare lunch, he was feeling quite famished at the moment. Over the next few hours he would do something he hadn't done in weeks, write poetry. It was an unconventional skill, yes, but it is undervalued by most royalty. What can sway the hearts of maidens more than sublime poetry? It was an indirect means of gaining control, to make the daughter of a wealthy man fall in love with you, or the daughter of a shrewd politician, maybe even the daughter of another king entirely. Plus it would be much less taxing on his body.