The Court of Broken Souls
The Court of Broken Souls Freehold
- Freehold follows a ‘traditional’ seasonal court structure.
- Leadership changes hands at the summer solstice, winter solstice, spring equinox, and autumn equinox.
- Titles are very important to the Court.
- Though there are not many trods, the ones located within the city are very active. As such, the Court is heavily overpopulated with the lost. There are several hundred fae that call the city home.
- The Court lays claim to Seattle and Tacoma as its territory. Areas outside those city limits house members of the court, but they are not ‘officially’ under the Court’s jurisdiction.
- The High Council: Made up of the ruler of each court plus their personal advisors. Generally only comes together to make decisions on major issues that affect the entire Freehold.
- The Low Council: Made up of designated nobles from each Court. Handles the day to day operation of the Freehold.
- The Wardens: Operatives of the High Council who are granted license to root out Fae influence in the Freehold. Wardens are not permitted to sit on the High or Low Council, and report directly to the High Council.
- The Knightly Orders: Elite warriors who take oaths to protect the Freehold from all threats, internal or external. Knights are generally not permitted to sit on either Council.
- The Cult of Mirror Broken: Also known as the ‘Shard Tenders’. Members of this monastic order venerate ‘the Mirror Broken’ by maintaining the mirror gate network.
The High Council
- Made up of the ruler of each court plus their personal advisors. Generally only comes together to make decisions on major issues that affect the entire Freehold.
- Deals with anything having to with the with the Fae
- Handles any kind of issue that has to do with defense of the Freehold
- Deals with disputes between the Courts
- Can overrule the Low Council on any decision
The Low Council
- Made up of designated nobles from each Court. Handles the day to day operation of the Freehold.
- Creates Freehold law
- Acts as a judicial body for dealing with changeling criminals
- Administers Freehold services and taxes
- Operatives of the High Council who are granted license to root out Fae influence in the Freehold. Wardens are not permitted to sit on the either Council, and report directly to the High Council.
- No one, other than the Wardens and the High Council, really knows how the selection process works or what pledges are involved in becoming a Warden.
- It is rumored that not all Wardens are public about their position.
The Knightly Orders
- Elite warriors who take oaths to protect the Freehold from all threats, internal or external. Knights are generally not permitted to sit on either Council. However, they may elect one member, who claims the title Grand Master, from their ranks to represent all of the Knightly Orders on both Councils.
- Joining one of the Orders is a big deal.
- Each Knight pledges to give up his life, if necessary, in defense of the Freehold.
- Breaking the Knight’s Pledge is a death sentence.
- There are four orders
The Verdant Clavigers are the knights of the Spring Court.
The Crimson Brotherhood are the knights of the Summer Court.
The Paladins of Shadow are the knights of the Autumn Court.
The Archers of the Lonely March are the knights of the Winter Court.
The Cult of Mirror Broken
- Also known as the ‘Shard Tenders’.
- Members of this monastic order venerate ‘the Mirror Broken’ by maintaining the mirror gate network. Members of the order are not restricted from sitting on the High or Low Council. However, only their Magus participates at this time.
- Very insular group
- Insanely devoted to ‘The Mirror Broken’
- Hold a great deal of sway on the High and Low Council because they have the ability to create and destroy mirror gates.
The Freehold has a set of laws, breaking these laws means exile from the Freehold.
The laws are:
- The Law of Taxes: Give the Court what it is owed, for the safety is provides is not free.
- The Law of Safety: Do not endanger the Court, for it protects us all.
- The Law of Community: Do no harm to members of the Court, for we are surrounded by enemies.
- The Law of Anathema: Do not support the Fae with service or treasure, for they are anathema.
- The Law of Passage: Do not open new trods, for we are already too many.
- The Law of Names: Do not seek another changeling’s true name, for they are sacred.
- The Law of Subtlety: Be subtle in your mortal dealings, for will shall surely be lost if are unmasked.
Other Changeling Factions
Margraves of the Brim
- Courtless changelings who lay claim to the ‘brim’, and are led by a changeling who goes only by the name ‘The Margrave’. They control the suburbs that surround Seattle and Tacoma. While they are not especially friendly to changelings of the Court, they do protect them from the dangers lurking just outside the city.
Dangers to the Court
The True Fae
- Gauthyka is constantly sending his agents into the Court. They are universally skilled at infiltration. This is why the Wardens exist.
The Wild Things
- Wild, bestial things lay claim to the rural areas outside the Seattle sprawl. Few changelings who have ventured into these territories have returned.
Men in Black
- Someone knows when changelings attempt to leave the city by plane or boat. Some members of the court have reported being followed by men wearing sunglasses and black suits when they venture too near to SeaTac.
- There are rumors that there are other things that share Seattle and Tacoma with the Court; things that are only active at night.