Castle Rayrir Isto

Castle Rayrir Isto (full name Rog Aztumevbil Kot'Kan Rayrir Umebilak Isto [In honor of and for lord Isto]), was built by workers of the Fifth House of Tinis during the Federation of Tinis period. The castle was completed a few months before the civil war that ended the first Tinis government. It was built to be the longer term home of the leadership of the fifth house and to be the default capital of the house in the event that the city of Centralis, the effective capital of the house, was overrun.

History

The site of the castle was chosen due to its defensibility (the only accessible way to reach it either being along a narrow path that wound around the mountain or by air) and its remoteness from the other houses. There was some fear that it would draw attention from the east but no such attention materialized due to the impassibility of the far eastern side of the mountains.

Rayrir Isto was first occupied full time in 1956 after the main halls were finished. Unlike the designs for similar castles built by the first, second, and third houses, there was no equivalent to a throne room. On the rare occasions when Izixs received envoys, the most significant of which was the Shikeishuu ambassador in 1959, he would meet them in the meditation room. Izixs resided in the highest completed tower before the civil war.

During the civil war, the castle was mostly empty except for a few non-essential house ministers. The remoteness of the castle meant that it was also not an ideal staging point to respond to threats to the Centralis valley where most of the house members lived.

With the formation of the Union, Rayrir Isto became significantly less important. As the Union would soon be building a modern military, having an unreachable castle was more a novelty and not practical for military use.

During his first term, now First Speaker Izixs passed the House and Citizen's Territory Reclamation Act or 1962, which effectively made all lands claimed by the fifth house the property of the Union. The act also specified the creation of national historical sites, of which Rayrir Isto was included as. The act also specified that residences would remain as such and that even if official title of land now fell under the purview of the central government, those that resided there would not be forced from their homes. This was further clarified by the Housing Authority Authorization Act of 1965 which created the Housing Council that still manages housing in Tinis to this day. The HAAA specified that only housing that is abandoned by its original owners or their family or residences built after 1960 will be under the management of the Union government or the Housing Council. As such, Rayrir Isto is still the personal residence of Izixs, though during his time as First Speaker he resided mostly in Arx at the First Speaker Residence at the Arx Spire.

Izixs worked with the Tinisian History Society to open up Rayrir Isto to the public in 1977. A visitor's center was built at the foot of the mountain in 1983.

Architecture

A good portion of Rayrir Isto was cut directly out of the granite of the mountain of which it sits (Mount Rayrir Isto). The removed stone was then shaped and used to build the sheer walls of the fortress. The lower portions of most of the outside walls is four meters thick, tapering out to less than one near the top. This was needed due to the available techniques and stone type and the lack of open space around the castle to create buttress towers.

The most memorable features of the castle are the towers, the highest of which reaches almost six hundred feet from the castle gates, and the westward facing stain glass window. Both were the parts of the castle that were finished last due to the effort and need for innovative techniques to complete the tower. The stain glass window is set in the wall of the main banquet hall and depicts a battle between Glorvan and Itchal Mir'Nen.

The castle is riddled with secret passage ways and hidden rooms. Izixs insisted on such things, partially for defense, but also because, according to reports 'really wanted to make the place interesting for the young'.

Legends

There are several legends about Rayrir Isto that have appeared over the years. Few have any basis in reality. Some of the most well known are:

- There is a hoard of gold and other things hidden in one of the lower cellars.
- Izixs returned to Pargalo and recovered the body of Genius. The body is now entombed in the castle somewhere.
- There is a torture chamber in one of the towers where enemy fighters were once dismantled.
- The castle was the first place in Tinis to have wifi.
- The ghost of Mektat Tal wanders the halls. (Mektat Tal is not believed to of actually existed according to records)
- Before the Union, Izixs would invite a person from the town of Izixs' Reach up to the castle every night. They were never heard from again.
- There's a secret way through natural caverns into the castle from the Llarn valley.
- There's a vault in the castle where one of several things are stored (many different legends, some as fanciful as the skull of Adolf Hitler or the secret to immortality).
- Dragons go to Rayrir Isto for the wildest, most sensual parties once a year.
- A mad relative of Izixs is to this day kept in one of the cellars.
- Rayrir Isto is where the tax forms are brought before being burned.
- The castle is Izixs' personal sex nest for visiting diplomats. (This legend is very recent, likely spawned by the video of the First Speaker and foreign diplomat engaged in highly adult acts)
- Uranium is kept in the castle, ready to be put in missiles and bombs.
- The bones of Isto are hung in the banquet hall.
- Dykon was murdered in the north library.
- Genius was murdered in the south library.
- The world's largest video collection is maintained by a diminutive dragon in the east library.
- The water for the east edge of Tinis is controlled in the castle.
- Vampires or other monsters live in the off limit areas of the castle.

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