Tales of the Northern March
An island castle just west of Fallsport, perched between two waterfalls (Rose and Moon) and overlooking the loch. It is the home of the Earl of Rose and her family. The heraldry is a magenta rose on black.
The bailey contains a forge, stables, barracks, granary, doocot, and an armory. It is surrounded by a 45’ tall, 20’ wide curtain wall set with four 60’ tall, 40’ diameter defensive towers (Watch Tower, Fire Tower, Wizard Tower, Prison Tower) at its corners. A gatehouse gives access to the drawbridge leading into Fallsport. Most of the castle guards are barracked in the gatehouse with the rest in the watch tower. Fire Tower is mostly used for storage of siege equipment and alchemists’ fire. The lower levels of Prison Tower are used for storage with the top containing two cells. The lower level of Wizard Tower is an alchemical laboratory with the upper two levels being solars.
The walls of the stone keep are 10’ thick, the main body of the keep is 45’ high, and the towers are 60’ tall. It is constructed of pink granite and a great stained glass window of the Earl’s heraldry is visible over the front doors. The interior has four stories. The basement has cellars, granaries, and the cistern. The first floor is the great hall and service rooms. The second floor is the family’s chambers. The top floor of the towers are storage and guard barracks.
The great hall is reached by wide stairs, two sets of double doors, and a screens passage leading to the service rooms. It is 40’ by 50’ and 30’ high with an arched ceiling of beautiful carved pink granite. At the far end is a 10’ wide by 15’ high hearth over which is mounted the first Earl’s shield in front of two crossed giant swords. Over the minstrel gallery at the near end of the hall is a magnificent stained glass window of the family heraldry. The walls are lined with tapestries depicting famous battles and the treaty sworn between the first Earl and the dwarven King. The far end has a raised dias on which the great table is set across the room. Two long tables stretch the length of the room and four large bronze chandeliers hang from the high ceiling to light the lower tables. Stairs in the northwest corner lead to the tower and stairs behind the screens lead up to the wooden minstrel gallery.
The northeast tower‘s first floor is the great chamber, containing a large round table and eight chairs. A garderobe is located within the northern wall and the southern part of the chamber contains another large table next to stairs leading up to the Earl’s solar. The southern part of the Earl’s bedroom contains a large bed flanked by two gold candelabra. Embrasures in the north and east walls lead to arrow slits but have small padded benches within to allow one to enjoy the light. The main part of the room is lit by a bronze chandelier. A wooden tub sits in the center of the northern part of the room along with two smaller beds for the Earl’s lady-in-waiting and housecarl. The stairs continue up to a storage room with two small beds for use by the castle guards and locked doors leading out to the top of the walls, and then to the top of the tower.
The northwest tower‘s first floor is the scullery and is dominated by the great sinks which line the walls. A garderobe is located within the northern wall and a door in the south wall leads to the pantry. The second floor contains the Lord Constable’s solar, which has a large bed for he and his wife, a small bed for his squire, a wooden table and chair, and a wooden tub. It is lit by a bronze chandelier and a small oil lamp on the table. Embrasures in the north and west walls also lead to arrow slits and contain small padded benches. The stairs continue up to another storage and guard room and then to the top. A door in the south wall leads to another solar for the constable’s children, containing another large bed, bronze chandelier, and embrasure.
The southwest tower‘s first floor is the kitchen. A door on the north wall leads to the pantry and stairs lead down to the cellars and up to the minstrel gallery, where a door leads to the Lord Marshal’s room. It contains a large bed, a small bed for his squire, a wooden tub, and a wooden table and chair. A massive worg pelt is hung on the southwestern part of the outer wall. The room is lit by a bronze chandelier and a small oil lamp on the table. Embrasures in the south and west walls lead to arrow slits and contain small padded benches. A door in the north wall leads to a guest solar. The stairs continue up to a storage and guard room and thence to the top of the tower.
The southeast tower contains the buttery on its first floor. A door in the north wall leads to the larder. The stairs outside lead up to the minstrel gallery, where a door leads to the Steward’s room. It contains a large bed, a small bed for his squire, a wooden tub, and a wooden table and chair. A book stand next to a gold candelabra holds his ledger. A bronze chandelier lights the room and embrasures in the south and east wall lead to arrow slits and contain small padded benches. A door in the north wall leads to a guest solar. The stairs continue up to a storage and guard room and thence to the top of the tower.
All of the beds have feather mattresses, embroidered linen bed curtains, and heavy sleeping furs. All chairs are beautifully carved and have ornate cushions.
- Lady Moira (57), 3rd Earl of Rose
- Lady Andra (48), her sister-in-law and lady-in-waiting
- Lord Morgan the Younger (32), her son, Lord Constable
- Lady Fiona (32), Lord Morgan’s wife
- Lady Kyla (11), their daughter
- Lady Isobel (7), their daughter
- Lady Fiona (4), their daughter
- Todd MacNiall the Younger (16), squire to Lord Morgan
- Sir Murdoch the Wolf (33), Lord Marshal
- Lady Glynis (30), Sir Murdoch’s wife
- Lord Evan (28), her son, Steward
- Seumus MacCameron (16), Lord Evan’s squire
- Wallace MacRoy (10), page
- Tam the Red (50), the Earl’s wizard
- Duff (13), his apprentice