Who Built the Dark Kingdom?

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In Act 7 we're treated to a brief flashback of present day Beryl's discovering "those hidden, cursed ruins - the remains of the Dark Kingdom" while exploring D-Point at the North Pole.



Now, the manga never delves too deeply into Silver Millennium-era Beryl's life, but from what we're shown, she seems to have been some sort of peasant who perhaps dabbled in witchcraft. It doesn't seem likely she would have had her own castle, and it doesn't really make sense to me that she'd magic one up at the North Pole after falling under Metalia's influence. I likewise don't see why Metalia would have magicked up the castle herself, which suggests to me someone else built it. But if so, who? When? Why? And what happened to them?
 
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This is an interesting question.

Didn't one of the musicals outright state that Endymion was engaged to Beryl and that he broke it off because the moon hit his eye? That would imply that Beryl wasn't just some random peasant but actually did have rank and status of her own, since he wouldn't have been engaged to a commoner in those times (especially if it was an arranged marriage).

Even if she didn't already have a castle, given that Metalia also manipulated the people of the Earth into distrusting the people of the Moon, it's not a stretch to assume what when Beryl became the new de facto leader of the Earth uprising, she either had the followers build her one or, more grisly, they killed the Earth royal family and took their palace over.

And who's to say she didn't magic it up? She made herself a queen. What's a queen without a throne?
 
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La Reconquista made Beryl royalty in her past life, the princess of a second kingdom on Earth (but didn't really delve into specifics).


ETA: Since she's given literally no backstory or, really, any kind of context whatsoever, I'm going to say Fluorite is the one who originally built the Dark Kingdom castle because why not.
 
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Here's another idea. Given that Metalia is a non-corporeal, timeless entity while Beryl was once a normal human being, who is to say that Metalia didn't have prior "champions" before Beryl?

I know this seems like a stretch, but when you consider that Metalia is an ancient force, it seems odd that Beryl would end up being the only person who would be her figurehead? As was mentioned, Beryl, even if she did hold power, did not hold anything near the power of the Silver Crystal, so it would seem unlikely that Metalia would be able to make Beryl into anything as powerful as she was based on her life alone. However, if Metalia had lured countless people over the ages to build up her power bit by bit, then the idea of each of them in turn making Metalia stronger or increasing her physical effects does seem to make sense Over the years, each champion is able to get a little more influence to the point where a Dark Cult would become a Dark Nation and then into a Dark Kingdom. Beryl wouldn't need to build a castle. She'd "inherit" it as part of the deal.

It's telling that for all of the evil of the Dark Kingdom, it was only in the modern day that they concocted these crazy schemes to get energy and attack people en masse. By contrast the age of the Silver Millennium was largely free of anything from the Metalia front until the fall.

The Dark Kingdom as a dark generational legacy of a dynasty that rises over time in the shadows appeals to me. It wouldn't be much of a kingdom if it just lasted for one person's lifetime.
 

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I mean I think that if anything Beryl probably through Queen Metalia's aid used her dark magic to create this Kingdom maybe as a sort of new capital of Earth instead of Elysion and her coup to overthrow the Golden Kingdom and establish the Dark Kingdom on Earth and beyond that to conquer the Silver Millennium of the Moon.
 
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Another point: The Dark Kingdom's castle has a Greco-Roman/Neoclassical design, similar to the architecture of the Moon Kingdom. The only glimpse of Earth Kingdom architecture we see looks like something out of Don Quixote:



It seems unlikely then that the DK castle was originally part of the Earth Kingdom, so we can at least rule that out.
 

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Here's another idea. Given that Metalia is a non-corporeal, timeless entity while Beryl was once a normal human being, who is to say that Metalia didn't have prior "champions" before Beryl?

I know this seems like a stretch, but when you consider that Metalia is an ancient force, it seems odd that Beryl would end up being the only person who would be her figurehead? As was mentioned, Beryl, even if she did hold power, did not hold anything near the power of the Silver Crystal, so it would seem unlikely that Metalia would be able to make Beryl into anything as powerful as she was based on her life alone. However, if Metalia had lured countless people over the ages to build up her power bit by bit, then the idea of each of them in turn making Metalia stronger or increasing her physical effects does seem to make sense Over the years, each champion is able to get a little more influence to the point where a Dark Cult would become a Dark Nation and then into a Dark Kingdom. Beryl wouldn't need to build a castle. She'd "inherit" it as part of the deal.

It's telling that for all of the evil of the Dark Kingdom, it was only in the modern day that they concocted these crazy schemes to get energy and attack people en masse. By contrast the age of the Silver Millennium was largely free of anything from the Metalia front until the fall.

The Dark Kingdom as a dark generational legacy of a dynasty that rises over time in the shadows appeals to me. It wouldn't be much of a kingdom if it just lasted for one person's lifetime.
I don't think this is true as from what I have seen the reason Beryl made contact with Queen Metalia was due to Queen Metalia's emergence from the Sun Spots. Now could Queen Metalia have spoken to other people and have other people under her independent of Beryl. It is possible but we don't know at this time.
 
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Another point: The Dark Kingdom's castle has a Greco-Roman/Neoclassical design, similar to the architecture of the Moon Kingdom. The only glimpse of Earth Kingdom architecture we see looks like something out of Don Quixote:



It seems unlikely then that the DK castle was originally part of the Earth Kingdom, so we can at least rule that out.
Quit destroying my baseless speculation with evidence! :p (I kid, I kid.)