Tallis Steelyard The Old Castle

Annette Rochelle Aben

Between ourselves I assumed that everybody knew the tale of Ralmano and Jellet. Apparently not, but at least this painting of Jellet’s Tower gives me a chance to tell you the tale.

Jellet’s tower, as painted at its most bucolic by our host at this exhibition, Andeal Willnoton Quillabin, is situated deep within Partann. Indeed, many would claim that it’s so deep within Partann that it’s in Uttermost Partann. Geographers and historians bicker about this because the tower is north of the town of Chatterfield, and as these things are measured, Chatterfield is reasonably civilised and law-abiding. Still it is a town with a hinterland thronging with brigands, bandits, extortioners, pirates and general-purpose rogues. There again the same can be said about Port Naain and nobody thinks the worse of us.

But to cut to the chase, the families of Ralmano and Jellet lived in the area around Chatterfield. If…

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