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Author Topic: Help me figure out a good Layout for Coroth Castle  (Read 3631 times)

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Re: Help me figure out a good Layout for Coroth Castle
« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2017, 11:37:30 am »
In my long search for the Protocols of Orin, I came across Shiral's essay on Shiral Crystals found here. ;D
The Uses of Shiral Crystals, by Melissa Houle    http://www.rhemuthcastle.com/index.php/topic,1946.0.html

In that essay I discovered this discription:
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Lewys ap Norfal
There is one further use for shiral crystals that doesn’t fall into any of the three categories. We the readers cannot know what Lewys ap Norfal hoped to achieve in his experiment at Coroth Castle, but surely his own disappearance wasn’t it. It had to have been important to him, for he defied the Camberian Council of his day. There is a brief description of his procedure in the Codex Derynianus:

“At sunrise on the XXIst day of March in the year 1052 which is the Vernal Equinox, Lord Lewys conducted a magical working in the Barroughyard near the center of the Castle grounds, erecting a large shiral crystal there. As the light of the sun touched the windows of the Green Tower, it reflected into the garden, each subsequent Tower adding its light to the focal point as the sun continued to rise. When the last Tower, which had windows of black obsidian glass, was touched by the rays of light, the crystal suddenly flashed white, temporarily blinding all of the observers.” Codex Derynianus, p.99.

All the observers could be sure of afterwards was that Lewys had disappeared and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. If nobody knew that he was dead, he couldn’t be said to be alive, either.

Shiral, may I ask if this is from the first edition Codex, because I am not able to discover this Quote in the soft cover Edition.

From this description, I am lead to believe that the whole castle will be turned about 45 degrees from what I have drawn.  The green tower will be furthest  North/east while the black tower furthest west. That would put the open gates instead of South, more in line with the harbor, facing South/West.  and the Vermilion tower almost directly South.

Any Ideas?

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Re: Help me figure out a good Layout for Coroth Castle
« Reply #31 on: June 15, 2017, 11:56:25 am »
I can tell you that passage is also in the 2nd edition of the Codex, since that is the version I have, although I don't know what page number I read it on.  I found that passage when looking up information for my description of Coroth Castle in BoP.  I think it might be under the Coroth entry, if not Lewis' entry.
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Re: Help me figure out a good Layout for Coroth Castle
« Reply #32 on: June 15, 2017, 12:19:15 pm »
OK! Found it!
Codex 2nd edition, Page 106,   under the entry of "Green Tower"
Thank you.
 I remember studying this early on, but forgot about the sun placement during Lewys's experiment.
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Re: Help me figure out a good Layout for Coroth Castle
« Reply #33 on: June 19, 2017, 02:21:55 am »


As you can see, I am still playing with what Coroth Castle could look like. To better match the description in the Codex about Lewys ap Norfal's experiment, I turned the gates to the south west facing the harbor. That aligns the south tower (the Vermilion Tower) with the calling of the wards much better. This then calls for a switch of the blue and black towers, making the blue tower in the west and the black tower in the north, where it should be according to the archangels. The fifth tower then becomes the green tower. Green is for Healers and therefore can be associated with the Archangel Raphael in the East and green can also be associated with Uriel in the north. Therefore, the green tower is in the North/East. Also the green tower is much taller then all the other towers. That is why it gets the morning light first. The black tower gets the light last because it is lower and furthest North/West. I hope this makes sense.

The only trouble I am having is that the morning sunlight would only shine on the outside part of the gold and vermilion towers. Therefore, unless the light is magically transferred around to the inside facing tower windows, I do not see how this experiment would work.  But it makes for a good story, anyway.

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Re: Help me figure out a good Layout for Coroth Castle
« Reply #34 on: June 19, 2017, 04:57:15 pm »


The only trouble I am having is that the morning sunlight would only shine on the outside part of the gold and vermilion towers. Therefore, unless the light is magically transferred around to the inside facing tower windows, I do not see how this experiment would work.  But it makes for a good story, anyway.

Remember that the curtain wall (that outer wall connecting the towers) would not be as high as the towers themselves, not to mention that the sun would be traveling much higher in the sky than any part of the castle structure; therefore, sunlight would still reach the towers on the opposite side of the castle, at least once the sun has risen enough for the light to clear the lower curtain wall.
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