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Duretile was the hereditary castle of the dukes of Juniper. During Shadows Linger it was inhabited by Duke Zimerlan. It was located on the topmost ridge of the southern arm of the Wolander Mountains. The only other structure in Juniper at that height was the mysterious, shunned black castle, which was located across the Port River on the heights of the northern arm of the Wolanders.

The palace of Duretile was noted by Croaker as being in a state of scandalous disrepair. However, this was the case with virtually all other structures in Juniper as well. Duretile was the site from which the new Taken fired their sorcery artillery at the black castle. Later, Silent was taught how to do this and launched the missiles from Duretile as well, while the Taken struck the castle from a much closer range using their flying carpets. During the confrontation with the Dominator's towering fiery form, the Lady herself launched her two colossal attacks from Duretile.

When Hargadon led the people of Juniper in a giant uprising against the Lady, the survivors of the Black Company were trapped in Duretile with her. In reply, she struck back from the castle and laid waste to much of the city with her immense sorcery. The fate of Duretile itself was not recorded by Croaker in his Annals.

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