Hi Shannon, name's abby, friendly neighborhood anon and I was re-reading trc and it's mentioned that it's unknown what Monmouth manufactured. What if...what if Niall Lynch dreamed it and it's where he went to dream when he thought he might bring back something risky ("something had left moisture stains on the floor and gouges in the brick walls"). That's why Gansey bought it- he can feel the magic internally but didn't know what it was (ley line and all). (1/2)
(2/2)And Ronan doesn’t completely hate it, maybe his greywaren senses pick up on the dreams imbued in the walls and it makes him feel safe (ish). Obviously Ronan is even more comfortable at the Barns, but Monmouth has more magic than the dorms at Aglionby ever will. Ronan can subtly feel the potential for dreams Niall left behind, can unconsciously read the protections (failing bc Niall isn’t there to maintain them)built into the walls to help protect the outside world if a nightmare came back.
This is the coolest fucking TRC meta I’ve read in a long while. Thank you for sending this friendly neighborhood anon because I love this concept so much!