I will have a booth at the Madison Mighty Con. The comic con takes place Sunday, August 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and will be located at the Monona Terrace Exhibit Hall, 1 John Nolan Drive, Madison WI 53703
Concealed Realms will have a booth at the QuadCon on September 28th. This Quad Con takes place at the Five Flags Event Center Dubuque, Iowa.
We will also have a booth at the Peoria IL QuadCon. This Quad Con takes place at RiverPlex Arena 600 NE Water St. Peoria IL 61603, from 10am – 4pm on October 19th.
You can find out more about the event here: https://quadcitycon.com/
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Upcoming Event Reminders:
Concealed Realms will be at Visioncon. The event takes place at the Springfield Expo, 635 E St. Louis St,Springfield, MO 65806 on May 10th, 11th, and 12th, 2019. To learn more you can check out the event information here: Visioncon’s Facebook page and here: https://visioncon.net/index.php#!
I will have a booth in artists alley at the County Pop Culture Con, which takes place at the Lake County Fairgrounds Convention Center on May 25th from 3:00 to midnight! – Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E Peterson Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030 To learn more visit: County Pop Culture Con – Zurko Promotions
Concealed Realms will have a booth at the St. Louis Mighty con on Saturday, June 22nd – 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 23rd -10:00 to 5:00 p.m. Mighty Con St. Louis takes place at the St. Charles Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, Saint Charles, MO.
Find more Mighty con shows can be found here: mightyconshows.com
Concealed Realms will have a booth at the Michigan Comic Convention – August 16-18, 2019. The Michigan Comic Convention features a wide spectrum of interests including comic books, magazines, toys, games, Star Wars, Star Trek, anime, manga, cosplay, artwork, sketches and apparel. A roster of comic industry professionals, and comic related celebrities will be in attendance to meet and greet.You can learn more about the event here: https://michigancomicconvention.com
“Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.”- George R. R. Martin
“A field of clay touched by the genius of man becomes a castle.” – Og Mandino
“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.” – Franz Kafka
“This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won’t wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.” – Anne Lamott
“The fairy tale journey may look like an outward trek across plains and mountains, through castles and forests, but the actual movement is inward, into the lands of the soul.”- Terri Windling
“Wishes, like castles in the air, are inexpensive and not taxable.” – Thomas Chandler Haliburton
“All British castles and old country homes are supposed to be haunted. It’s in the lease.” – Bob Hope
“But I, in the chilling twilight stand and wait At the portcullis, at thy castle gate, Longing to see the charmed door of dreams Turn on its noiseless hinges, delicate sleep!” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich
“Stones in the road? I save every single one, and one day I’ll build a castle.” – Fernando Pessoa
“I grew up in a haunted castle, boys. If you’ve never had a ghost try to push you down the stairs, you’ve never lived.” – Gaelen Foley
“He protected his feelings in walls he imagined, but castles crumble exposing the frightened child.” -Ozzy Osbourne
“Bows and flows of angel hair and ice cream castles in the air and feather canyons everywhere, I’ve looked at clouds that way.” – Joni Mitchell
“Life is like Candyland, there are many paths to take, sometimes you run into Lord Licorice but the end will always be Candy Castle.” – Jack Barakat
Definition of Castle:
Stories told of enchanted moonlit ruins and ancient castle fortifications have long existed in the world. Have you ever taken time to visit one of these magical sites in person?
Weather these places hold secret rooms, lavish furnishing, and magnificent towers or creaking staircases, overgrown cemetery’s, and dank dungeons, they rarely disappoint. Whenever I get a chance to explore one of these amazing historic structures, I cannot pass it up.
When you think of a castle, you probably first conjure up images of intricate stone structures and lavish amenities. But in actuality, castles could be very crowded and uncomfortable places to live.
Most Medieval castles had small windows which made the interior dark and meant that they had little air circulation. Similarly, they were also often damp, cold, and drafty. Especially in the winter.
As castle building evolved with time, the interior began to reflect wealth as well as the exterior. Windows became larger and the rooms came to be outfitted with pretty rugs, artful stained-glass, paintings, and statues.
The word castle comes from a Latin word meaning “fortress” and usually refers to fortified stone buildings constructed during the Medieval period in order to provide protection and accommodation for kings, queens, important noblemen, and lords.
In order to keep everything running smoothly inside and outside of the castle, many other people such as cooks, cleaners, stable hands and soldiers for defense, also resided there.
Life in a castle wasn’t all about fighting and defense.
There were plenty of things to do in order to keep oneself busy in a medieval castle. For entertainment the lords and ladies held banquets in the Great Hall. They would invite jesters, dancers, and, singers to perform for their guests in between courses.
Families at the castle played board games, such as chess for recreation and jousting tournaments or/and mock battle’s were often held regularly inside the grounds. Hunting was also a popular form of entertainment among the elites and the ladies of the castle often enjoyed sewing and embroidery.
Types Of Castles:
In the beginning, castles were built out of wood, stone and mortar. The earlier the castle, the more wood was used in the construction.
There are three main types of castles. The motte and bailey castle, the stone keep castle, and the concentric castle.
View an illustration by visiting: britannica.com
Early castles were built in the motte-and-bailey style. This basic design consisted of two parts. The motte, which was a lookout tower on top of a high hill and the bailey, which was the ground level area where the family lived. The bailey would be encircled by a tall wooden fence and for added protection, oftentimes these castle’s would be surrounded by a moat.
As time went on the stone castle keep was developed to provide more protection for the families that lived within. A stone keep castle was constructed using rocks, which made it harder to burn or attack with catapults.
A stone keep (the inner stronghold) was the central feature, with thick walls and few windows. It would be surrounded by a high stone wall that would have turrets or lookout towers built into it.
If you are interested in learning some castle terminology, you can check out these sites:
Would you like to explore a 3D castle or ancient fortification? Visit: timeref.com
Have you ever wanted to build a castle? If so, check out castle builder 3 here: killertoaster.de/castlebuilder3.htm
Are you more interested in using a trebuchet to destroy a castle? You could give it a shot… just check out this game by Denis Gaffney: lostempires/destroy.html
Most of the images that I used in this post are from my trip to Ireland and Scotland.
It’s said that there have been well over 2,000 castles in Scotland and that more than 30,000 castles and castle ruins are dotted all over the landscape of Ireland. It certainly seemed like there were exciting things to see around every corner. I look forward to returning to exploring more of these places in the future.
The arcane castle from The Blood Inheritance Quartet:
In Rise, it takes Amanda some time to get used to to the dark, damp castle she is imprisoned in. It isn’t until she leaves the castle with Erol, that she gets a good look at the fortress. For Kiami in Lost ,the castle in the arcane realm is a welcome sight.
Illustration Created for The Blood Inheritance Quartet
by Tauseef Ahmed
© M.Ainihi 2018
You can view more of the art work created for “The Blood Inheritance Quartet” on the illustrations page by clicking this link: mainihi.Illustartions
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