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NOTABLE LOCATIONS: None
NOTABLE INHABITANTS: None
KEY ITEMS: Rat's Tail
ENEMIES: Clay Golem, Horned Devil, King Mummy, Medusa, Mindflayer, Minotaur Zombie, Mummy, Nightmare, Rakshasa
BOSSES: Dragon Zombie
FINAL FANTASY I :: LOCATIONS :: DUNGEONS

PRONUNCIATION: SIT-uh-del uhv TRAHY-uhls
ORIGINAL JAPANESE NAME: しれんのしろ
NES NAME: Castle of Ordeal
ORIGINS NAME: Citadel of Trials
DAWN OF SOULS NAME: Citadel of Trials
ANNIVERSARY EDITION NAME: Citadel of Trials

    The Citadel of Trials was an abandoned fortress crawling with monsters that the Dragons of the Cardian Islands used as a testing ground for their strength and courage. A ghostly guardian prevented unworthy guests from entering.
    After meeting with the Dragon King, Bahamut, the Warriors of Light tested their mettle by journeying to the Citadel. With the Crown they had retrieved from the Marsh Cave, the Warriors were granted access to the Citadel where they battled their way to the top, using the strange teleporting columns to traverse the fortress' myriad of chambers. Upon reaching the throne room on the top floor, the Warriors of Light battled undead Dragon Zombies and recovered the proof of their victory: the Rat's Tail. Taking the Rat's Tail to Bahamut, the Dragon King bestowed great honor on them by granting them new titles befitting true heroes.

GAME INFO
    The Citadel of Trials is an optional dungeon north-east of the Dragon Caves, which must be completed in order for Bahamut to upgrade the player's classes.

NAME ORIGIN
    A citadel is a name for a fortress in a commanding position within a city, designed to protect against attacks and sieges. The word comes from the Italian città meaning "city". Trials are another word for difficult tests. The word comes from the Middle English word triall meaning "a testing".
    In the original NES release, this location was called the Castle of Ordeal. A castle is a fortified residence used by nobility in feudal times. The word comes from the Latin word castellum meaning "a fortified settlement". An ordeal is an extremely difficult and trying test or experience. It was a common judicial practice among the Anglo-Saxons and Normans to prove someone's innocence by subjecting them to a painful task, this was known as "trial by ordeal". The word comes from the Middle English word ordal.

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