|Kingdom of Granseal|
A ship leaves Granseal, traveling down the River
|Type||Kingdom and City-State|
|Location||South-East corner of Grans Island|
Granseal is the name of both a kingdom and its capital city, a walled city-state, in Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing. It is located on the continent known as Grans Island, from which it draws its name, and was founded at the conclusion of Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict. Granseal is central to the plot of Shining Force II.
Background[edit | edit source]
The term "Granseal" is actually a corruption of the words "Ground Seal". The city and castle sit atop Arc Valley, the scene of a great ancient battle between the Greater Devils Zeon, Lucifer, and Darksol, as well as their resting place. The Ancient Tower, the original "ground seal", is situated in an enclosed mountainous area to the north of the castle, and only King Granseal has access to it, although he doesn't know its true purpose. Although Granseal was founded to watch over the location, obviously only King Nosshu himself was ever told of this purpose, else no one would have been stupid enough to make their home right on top of the resting place of the Devil Kings. It is not known why this knowledge wasn't passed down to the succeeding kings, but Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict shows that Nosshu was an extremely weak king, and without an established bloodline to cement his legitimacy, it is more than likely that someone overthrew him shortly after the nation's founding. If this second king of Granseal ever heard of Arc Valley and the Ancient Tower's true purpose, it's quite possible that he dismissed them as myths.
Despite this shaky start to the nation's leadership, Granseal was blessed with peace and prosperity for its first few decades of existence. Granseal's founding was blessed by the only other significant power in the region, Galam, and they remained allies for these initial decades. Granseal maintained only a small standing army. They often dealt with external threats, such as the monsters which roam the wildernesses to the west of the city, yet the city walls often protected the citizens of Granseal. Granseal enjoyed good trade with Galam and the other smaller settlements of Grans Island.
Granseal is a monarchy. There is also a Minister who assists the king in his rule, carrying out most of the administrative and diplomatic duties, and also acting on occasion as an advisor or counselor to the king.
Places[edit | edit source]
- Castle Granseal - the largest building in Granseal, an imposing castle from which the king rules, and also home to the royal family and the Minister. The army, city guard and city watchmen also have their barracks in the castle.
- Sir Astral's School - where Sir Astral teaches his pupils
- Pet Shop
- Port - a bustling harbor on the southern shore of the city. The port is filled with sailors, fishing boats, merchant ships, and passenger ships containing immigrants to Granseal.
Inhabitants[edit | edit source]
Granseal is home to a mixed population of Humans, Elves, Centaurs, Hobbits and Dwarves. Humans appear to make up the bulk of the population and the priest and two merchants are human, as are the inhabitants of the castle and city harbor.
- King Granseal - the king of Granseal.