The Grotesque Menagerie In the ancient nerkshire town of gryme, a girl stands watching. She observes an old zookeeper approach and enter his dilapidated realm. She has been waiting for him. With a heavy heart, she recalls the joy and excitement of days gone by when, as a small child, she had been taken to the zoo by her father, to see the great wonders of the natural world. What awaits her now, however, is far from natural… Welcome to nerkshire! brittan’s oldest and largest county. Home to a rich tapestry of tales, legends and adventure: the monstrous fleecken at snuff’an cliffs, the mysterious lob nurd, charlie ågre’s ‘eat-more-than-you-can’ café, sorry cakes, the famous ’slotted frig’ – the world’s oldest Inn, cronock house, home of the late lords trebonnick, the majestic ruins of vieraulx abbey, the brooding gryme cathedral, the petrifying wells of caster’s cove and, of course, the celebrated local delicacy: nerkshire spung.