Around the feet of the castle, perched on the banks of the river, a village began to grow. Once constructed, the castle was empty, unsuited to the occupation of humans. The Arch-mage sought humans from the earth, those who sought as way out of the world that wanted to devour them as a vehicle consumes gasoline and oil. They became the servants and the staff, and their families came also. They farmed in the plesant climate, and had children, and for a time it was good. There was happiness in the realm, and there was growth too, for the extent of the wonderwork was becoming manifest, like a living creature, it was capable of growth and change.
The new denizens, lupines and fae sought the edges in wide eyed wonder, and the realm grew. The forest grew deeper in the south, in what in ages later would be known as the Deepwood, while to the north it grew flatter, opening into the central plains, while the mouth of the river was found, and there was the shining ocean, both bright with the light of the sun, and as dark as the mystery that lay underneath.
It was the Springtime of the realm, and much grew during those days, while there was still regular traffic with the Earth realm. As the realm grew, drawing upon the primordial essence of the nether, the unshaped possibility and chaos, it became less orderly, less artificial. The seasons began, with the climate remaining temperate but there came winter, and spring, and the heat of summer and the dazzling colors of fall. More animals came, some as pets, others by accident. Insects and rodents by accident, and the hounds and horses, hawks and other pets on purpose.
Conflict arose when some of the villagers, remembering the democratic way of life they came from, dissented with the rebirth of the Feudal system. They took up their belongings and moved to the mouth of the river, remembering the ideals of freedom and democracy looking upon the ocean. The village of Riga was born, and from it sailed many small ships, fishermen and pleasure boaters alike.
There was peace. The Rigans prospered on the coastal home, and the deniznes of the Castle too prospered under the protection and care of the Arch-Mage.