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NOTABLE LOCATIONS: None
NOTABLE INHABITANTS: Chancellor, King of Cornelia, Queen Jayne, Princess Sarah, Sarah's Sister
KEY ITEMS: Lute, Nitro Powder
ENEMIES: None
BOSSES: None
FINAL FANTASY I :: LOCATIONS

PRONUNCIATION: KAS-uhl kawr-NEEL-yuh
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: コーネリアじュう
NES NAME: Coneria Castle
ORIGINS NAME: Castle Cornelia
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Castle Cornelia
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Castle Cornelia

    Castle Cornelia was the residence of the royal family of Cornelia. When the Warriors of Light arrived in Cornelia, the King summoned a private audience with the heroes in the throne room of the Castle. The King was a believer in the prophecy foreseen by Lukahn, one of the Twelve Sages, and urged the Warriors to rescue his daughter, Sarah, who had been kidnapped by the evil knight Garland. In time, the heroes returned safely with the Princess. In gratitude, the King had the ruined Drawbridge north of the Castle rebuilt so that the Warriors of Light could continue on their quest.
    Later in their journey, the heroes returned with the Mystic Key and opened the Castle's treasury, which had been sealed four hundred years ago, and discovered the Nitro Powder needed by Nerrick the Dwarf to complete his canal.

GAME INFO
    Castle Cornelia is found right outside the town of Cornelia.

ADDITIONAL INFO
    In the original NES release, there was a bug which caused one of the characters inside the Castle to appear invisible. It was still possible to converse with her by pressing the talk button next to her spot, but she was unable to be seen. Her character was removed in subsequent releases.

NAME ORIGIN
    A castle is a fortified residence used by nobility in feudal times. The word comes from the Latin word castellum meaning "a fortified settlement". The use of Cornelia after Castle is common in naming practices outside of English, such as in French and Spanish, where the adjectives appear after the noun.
    In the original NES release, Cornelia was mistranslated as Coneria, due to the ambiguity of the letters "L" and "R" in Japanese. Cornelia is a female name, originating from the mother of Gaius and Tiberius Gracchus in the 2nd century B.C. The name comes from the Roman family name Cornelius which derives from the Latin word cornu meaning "horn".

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