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un, Fool, run

,
The Knights are on the ride.
The sun, it lights their lances,
And golden crowns their pride.

Flee, Hob, Flee,
No sanctuary here.
The noble lords are oathbound
To wrath and flame and spear.

Die, Fae, die,
Beneath the summer sun.
By oath and Wyrd and honor,
Your wicked ways are done.

— Song of the Brazen’s Last Stand freehold

This book includes :
• An elaboration on freeholds, their
traditions and advantages
• Detail on the four Great Courts,
from magic and practices to
political intrigues
• 16 new entitlements to spice up
a chronicle or add an entirely
new dimension

For use with the
World of Darkness Rulebook
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un, Fool, run,
The Knights are on the ride.
The sun, it lights their lances,
And golden crowns their pride.

Flee, Hob, Flee,
No sanctuary here.
The noble lords are oathbound
To wrath and flame and spear.

Die, Fae, die,
Beneath the summer sun.
By oath and Wyrd and honor,
Your wicked ways are done.

— Song of the Brazen’s Last Stand freehold

This book includes :
• An elaboration on freeholds, their
traditions and advantages
• Detail on the four Great Courts,
from magic and practices to
political intrigues
• 16 new entitlements to spice up
a chronicle or add an entirely
new dimension

For use with the
World of Darkness Rulebook
52799

9 781588 467157
PRINTED IN CHINA w w w. w o r l d o f d a r k n e s s . c o m
978-1-58846-715-7 WW70202 $27.99 US WW70202

By Stephen DiPesa, Jes s Hartley, Malcolm Sheppard, John Snead and
Chuck Wendig

That’s not why side are now free in a single I’m here today. I pain. of Papi Chulo. sand sting- the sand. its razor. think wrong. more so when he finds me be. I dance over him. ing from her AK. bering things. Sister Sunra is next to me. But she’s smiling. Always together. I’ve known that for a long time. One Year Ago I always liked her. the crumbling parapets held of fire. but I aorta. The hand The Longest Day of Summer. her man- flat top of my foot connects with the goblin’s head. sticking one knife Something thrusts in his throat and another in through the back of my calf. red carnation boutonniere. I’m buoyed by the heat coming off and thorn. My sian tongue of his. but I refuse to recognize the Over his shoulder. this. wretched thing is confused. driven by the drum-hiss of crashing surf. even They are separate. The pistol spins from his Then I see the Keepers marshaling this mad army. Tombs. ventricles open. The spider eyes looking as hungry as ever. I roll forward. His hand is like a brick. The mantid tide comes and takes them both away. Her rifle chuffs.The Longest Day of Summer. All the blood and fire don’t. I can’t see with all my might. I kick forward: the One in a white sundress with red flowers. spitting brass cas- 2 . its shaft kept aloft and swift by a graft of a dozen black dead. An arrow slices more. It accompanies my knives. as ineluctable as the tides. suddenly bullets are bark. I’m here to finish wave. but I can see his And then I let it all blood running into the out.a crashing fist of sand Light on my feet. He bleats in pain. the arrow finds a home in the chest another.” Ivan says. I rip the pink with it. the other in the black tuxedo with the bone spur jaw slams shut on his tongue. hand-in-hand. Her teeth are smeared with red. Hornets erupt from the wound. One ends up dead atop the other. His words are clumsy in that muddy Rus- Back to back. One of the parapets falls atop us -. its fur charring. stitching holes in the onrushing ranks. I swear they call my name as they die. My heart’s dread gaze. putting his hand on around me. hind him. sun shines bright with them. I don’t see what happens to Sunra. and the The wolf’s head keens. the small of his back. I push The dread light illuminates the third finger on my on. No. I open my heart. Now ings and filling the air with acrid cordite (a smell that mixes with the potent brine). I see that I’ve killed two I pirouette and bend backward. Her left eye is fused shut with a crust of blood. That’s not why we’re and anger and sorrow in- here today. pushed forward by a sad and angry heart. tearing away great hunks of his leg flesh. his wolf head and biting it off.” their flashing wake. Behind me. Hands backward in the sand. The water is I tear it apart. It flops to the sand. we take down too many to count. War. my shoulder. together by coils of thorn and whisper-thin sedge. and ing my eyes. leaving arcs of black blood in will see you now. and she pivots “Ramona Ringfinger. A streak ing above me. Then there’s an explosion. are in my hands. The light A pair of goblins thinks they can flank me. but together. I rend my I could save him. left hand and the red bruise that rings the flesh. He’s tip. I goosestep forward. I also see a goblin feasting on the body of Rooster through the air above me. Cruel syzygy. They stab I hurl them forward downward. A sun flare. kicking the gross crustacean into hornets. His tid face staring out. They leaps forward toward its destination. grip and into a briny tidal pool. When my eyes stop watering. sucking tide. face hisses and chitters before it disintegrates. I step forward with see Tombs Tuttle go down my other leg. just out of the way. The knives under a trio of the gib. Then he’s gone. that cradles the rifle’s stock is little more than a busted claw. I see its dark shape. The With the sand castle walls tower. Petukh. “Grandfather knives glint in the hot sun.

sketchpad. Success. A cancerous tongue picks something hand makes a goofy gesticulation and I watch it. “Sure as anything. really lies at all. gotta grab onto something inside you. just maybe. “You’re sure about this?” plan it. but comfort myself that maybe. won- out of his eerily perfect teeth. I have his attention. I say nothing. a kernel of truth “Let’s go over it again. The windows behind him are open. “Done. Thunder sits pensive at a glass-top His mouth forms into a tight line. We’ve all heard the whispers. I spit it out.” rity starlet wear (hobo chic. Gasping. tards ain’t usually into that kind of unity. The guy’s a fat-gutted goat. being dizzy. that maybe. a little cigarillo clenched between her teeth. and there it is: the savage wolf’s face open in a has found its home. As my dizzy eyes “That’s why it should terrify you. We’ve heard the crustaceans Standing off to the side is Tombs Tuttle. right. “You gotta get mad.” large. Sister Sunra — my flapping. I clench my fists behind my back and hope nobody Ivan escorts me out. grates and watching from distant boats offshore. escapes around my mouth guard. Papi Chulo moves in.” I say. I’ll make sure everyone’s on board. the one that tells Ivan to crush my windpipe. looming but you need to be the best. flitting this way and that. but I don’t have to. permanent snarl. cepted loyalist messages. I watch his eyes for the in passing. “Those bas. I ber? She’s a frail slip of a girl with too-long arms and think about how I could move to dance out of the way. Get with the others and “So. Behind my back. and. He gives Ivan looms over me. know how this could go. one that next page.” I say. at least. you know?” The only magic is misdirection. they’re the ones respon- Five Years Ago The hit splits my lip. I’ve heard it called). a lap full of colored pencils. She even got the drool-soaked muzzle Tombs gives me a thumbs-up. He has a whispering in the Hedge. “Shit’s pretty trippy. You know it. Down in the dark of sewer can’t say what it is he offers in return: Ivan’s face is a curi. “—are the sunglasses like you might see some drug-addled celeb. to lose everything.” he says with a wicked grin. I swing at nothing. This city’s on the verge of going shithouse. His one his mouth and say. I twist out of his grip and offer a shit-eating grin. “You and still everybody’s seeing the cracks in that façade.” follow his hand. maybe “This is a concerted effort on their part. but “Give the man a kewpie.” Thunder says. I know it. could be body’s shaken. he sucker punches me. dirty birds who run the whole show. I them through broken mirrors.” “This… Mother and Father. Even his shadow has weight. I’ve seen you spar. but it’s a habit I can’t be rid of). a cement block that could be smiling. dering what kind of magic he’s up to. Ramona. A line of drool “I’m still not convinced. People are seeing that’s on fucking fire. can see. ing out.” 3 .” he moves like a little moth. The girl flips to the “Will do. the artist. Chulo hits me again. and by the time I decide to bite my tongue it’s already Outside the ring on the other side.” Inside his office. “That’s what they call The Longest Day of Summer.” he says. look up. growing hotter as it drifts over his shoulder. They believed the lies. themselves. I a little wave. I think. A halo of momen- desk. I imagine for They’re the ones fucking with the sanctity of this free- a moment that they’re grabbing me and holding me and hold?” won’t let me go. We’ve inter- burning plastic.” Thunder says. ride it like a horse Keeper sightings are through the roof. Nobody feels safe anymore. they weren’t His eyes flicker with lightning. The anger in me is an arrow. Every- ous thing. the face of a mantis stares out. “This will take time to mount Ah. You’re about sneering. to double-long legs.” I interrupt (never a good idea. “Mother and Father. We’re supposed to be the first and last line of defense. She holds up her to train. On it. The ropes of the ring sible for the sudden incursion of the Gentry into my city? are suddenly at my back. She has a sketchpad in front of her and foxtrot right out that window. I know what Thunder does these Sitting next to Tombs is a court-less girl I’ve only seen days to those who displease him. Use this year He motions for Betty or Bonita. She winks. You say these two—” lies hidden under that pile of bullshit. only friend in this Court right now — watches me with “Listen.” Tombs felt compelled to open “Bitch. He looks to me. My heart leaps. I feel bad about this. I wave back. an offensive on these monsters.” Grandfather starts to say. These two—” I give the finger corpse grin below a nose-less face and a pair of too-big to first the mantis face and then the wolf face. A balmy breeze tary celestial fire shudders above his head before wink- blows in. You’re already good. Something about the room smells like… I dunno. I gently rub the ringfinger bruise. just maybe. Black Betty? Black Bonita? Who can remem. command. I see stars.

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Tell forehead and throat and then my leg is around his other you what makes me want to punch the shit out of things. try to whip my foot into his face. leg and I’m pushing him to the mat. Spider eyes staring. a little voice. But he’s up again. and they’re around his you need to look. like pale snakes. Then I real- Made us rut like beasts. First I choke him out. tells me to stop. face with one of those chestnut hooves. lady. The Blind Shepherd. I think of Him. around his and slide in behind him. Then a hoof stomps on around Papi’s throat. the mantis. I don’t let him — not yet. into the mat. a half-lime drawing shit out of things. It happens even though I don’t want it to. trying the fat bastard had no eyes! I think of that. My arms “But you don’t look fast. Always watching us even though ize it’s not a little voice: it’s Sunra. but he just laughs teeth clenching. sleeping in my own shit. super crazy angry. Something. You gonna get angry? Or you gonna go bubbles in the bottle. sucking in breath. but he still gives me the nod. And I get angry.” He shakes his head. hang out with those pussyfart Snowmen?” “So what happened?” she asked.” I say between gulps. hay poking me in the fucking back. 5 . and only then. screaming at me. Then. Mother. He’s about to fall. Mouthparts clicking and feeling the air. I think back to pull me off. behind me. other animals in a dead meadow. pink thing. How did he get behind me? Prick! Somehow even though I’m on my belly my legs are Two pistons to my kidneys. I can punch the Sunra has a Corona for me. I drink it all the way down. but I wind my own leg down. “I heard you were fast. the wolf. Her face. sharp I listen to her. I pivot my hips. You don’t look pissed off like are lithe. Made us eat like beasts. His face crashes my foot. Kept me and all the I hold him there until he’s blue. Father. I don’t know what he means. I try to do a kickboxing His face. to how that made me feel. Me? I’ll tell you what pisses me off. I get Papi looks pissed. and he’s kicking at me A surprisingly soft shove and I’m on the mat. limber. “Found my anger.

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Table of Contents Prologue: The Longest Day of Summer 2 Introduction 8 Chapter One: Freeholds 10 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts 24 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders 106 7 .

There’s like. I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. knights and free-lances and vagabonds of the Lost gather. — Albert Camus. particularly given that so many abducted humans never leave Faerie. preferably ing out the ground until long cracks run through it. doing things the other side of the continent. warm wet wind of a thunderstorm. Summer Summer is heat. This may titlements. but together. also scenario. even the Great Courts described here can provide manifest as a revenge morality play. As the heat rises. Consider the tense energy of a in Miami. and that makes game play easier. A lone changeling World of Darkness. quite a lot of abductions. Changeling also postulates The imagery of summer implies dynamism. in our humble opinion. where each new act of all the details you like. we hope that’ll be to the fullest satisfaction. it becomes easier to allow for constants city in summer. to make each the wrong target. many can stand. or clouds of dust rising from the dirt road as from place to place in Lost society. the over-reaching politics of changeling “nations” or “em- And arrayed under the summer sun. lings would say it’s a bad thing to be angry at the Gentry for the lack of a central government and ironclad tradition pro- their ill-use. from the freehold to the were the most numerous supernatural being in the entire entitlement. A chronicle a world where changelings are aware of other freeholds. the pot boils over. Summer is a time for being outdoors. tions. Yet at the same time. their banners marking their defiance of their former mas. dry. though. and set in summer may have its lazy-day set pieces where there’s might travel from city to city. The constancy of some traditions from region to associate summer with wrath. the sun beats down. Summer and Wrath At the same time. region allows for easier communication and familiar expecta- but it’s also one that can be positively directed. Thus. the wrath felt by the Lost can also put freehold as unlike its neighbors as you like. Use them as you or it can be a righteous wrath. en- strength in their limbs and resolve in their hearts. That would require may have to flee and hide. president or high king to govern in such a way that he could ters. It’s the playing off one another like dueling tongues of flame. convening now and again but for a Changeling story. 8 Introduction . a torrent lit by fiery bolts of lightning. a “best of both worlds” The Lost. Few change. This motif maintain traditions from city to city. sparking catharsis. summer is more frequently about for official order business or initiations. scattered across entire countries. isn’t just the Summer Court’s philosophy winning through. Entitlements have members little to do but sit on the porch and listen to the flies buzz. bring entire rebellious freeholds to heel unless changelings tions that changelings gather in. to support one another. It would be virtually impossible for a changeling emperor. While wrath can fester or be directed against vides infinite opportunity for customization. while others are neat reflections of traditions practiced on either. at least those of the seasonal Courts. the monarchs and perors. some vary widely. The freeholds. fighting or fleeing. Wrath is a negative emotion. It’s the warmth that lingers as the sun creeps Fragmented Traditions past the horizon and the insects drone. It’s violence that Changeling: The Lost postulates a social structure erupts when the mercury creeps up too high and people can that plays out most commonly on the local level. In the depth of winter. The Lost of Tampa Bay’s — and for the Lost. It’s the parching sun overhead. The Great Courts conflict. that often involves hunting or being freehold may hear gossip about Grandfather Thunder’s rule hunted. This is. Lords of Summer concerns itself with the organiza. but there’s ample reason to change revenge sparks another until two houses are destroyed — what you need without breaking plausibility. and then some. room for both in a good Changeling chronicle. without no longer stand to be in proximity with one another.” Part of the reasoning behind this is simple logistics.

information there. Grandfather Thunder holds court Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders contains 12 more enti- with an ornate trident beside him. It’s fine Changeling chronicles. consider the variety of gut reac. ships of each Court are also examined. Some of the entitlements can be even more so. cold-hearted creature. each Court section also contains a new Contract list to of- son’s imagination. You can tell something about a Summer courtier by of changeling regional politics. character and other and an observer versed in those symbols can glean more subjects are all discussed here. organization. but they’re more than that — they’re visually to war as a freehold… rich with symbols and meaning that go beyond simple poli. From humble tradesman’s freehold’s unity. Freeholds and Courts and entitlements are all social desperate time when a freehold must go to war. and how you start to question whether the king is really as noble and does it reconcile with the purpose that binds the Court to- valiant and “lion-hearted” as his heralds proclaim him to gether? Many sample offices within the Court are offered to be. The stereotypes and relation- true even in modern times. societies to drop into your chronicle or to use as inspiration for building your own. The credo of each Court is explained in greater symbol of the king. and what wars will be fought in its shadows? Who the Lost vary widely from place to place. And what would a book about these various esteemed tention if its name implies an image and that image implies changeling be without more paths to distinction? Chapter other things in return. Changeling is already a visual game: with that humility) to the eldritch orders. it of legendary power and status. here may even provide entirely new storylines for a chron- icle — after all. with many ex- (which is a powerful heraldic device in its own right). fer more seasonal power. here you can find will win honor and rank when the sun sets? a number of potential rituals. but it becomes more interesting when detail: what does their emotion signify to them. the power of symbolism. incredibly useful for catching a per. as well as a new entitlement dedi- All of the organizations described here can benefit from cated to the principles of the Court. And to strengthen each Court. what if the Solstice Court is on the right How to Use this Book path? Lords of Summer is designed for any player with an The fourth season is upon us. better flesh out the Byzantine politics that mark so many blem hints that he’s a poisonous. De- entitlement leaves certain marks on the mien of its nobles. heraldry stirs the elaborate look at each of the four Great Courts tied to the imagination. A knight who wears the scorpion as his personal em. a hammer and other Courts to encounters with other supernatural entities sickle or a swastika. The Prologue: The Longest Day of Summer show- Heraldry cases the heat and wrath and violence that changelings see The motif of heraldry is something of a theme for this in summer. Even a motley might show solidarity with a guilds (that conceal mystical power and cunning beneath common badge. The Midsummer Night is interest in changeling society. There’s only one way to find out. but it’s also a tale of the power of the group. a symbol of the Miami tlements to flesh out a chronicle. Though the traditions of at hand. Chapter One: Freeholds expands upon the structure tics. distribution. practices. customs and sub. The shifting politics and looking at the colors he wears. potent narrative tools. It’s a book. mographics. these are entitlements heraldry as another of the narrative tools at your disposal. Even a freehold catches greater at. Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts provides a more And perhaps more importantly. It would be enough to know that a lion is the seasons. Those emotional first impressions are of the World of Darkness. from internal ties to tions a person might have to a bald eagle. but if it goes constructs. and certainly by his Mantle concerns of the freehold are looked at here. How to Use This Book 9 . Each amples provided for Storytellers and players to draw on.

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” Dammit. Get out of the damn car and keep your hands where I can see ‘em. got another one there to keep your Keeper happy? That kid ain’t goin’ anywhere. Dog will be right behind us in my car. I roll down the window to listen to what Eye is growl- ing at me. but you sure are. he kid gets into my car and they’re immediately on top of me. like it’s the only thing suspending him from a cliff. I shouldn’t have pressed my luck. I don’t know where the hell they came from. making sure we can see that gun of hers. so you’re getting in the back seat. Law of subtlety and all that. People say she killed half a dozen Spring Court rebels back in ‘99. that may be. “Not my job to figure this out.” From the look on Eye’s face. I guess these disappearances from South Beach are encouraging everyone to bring their A game. His dad’s a psycho homophobe who beats on him and is too rich for the cops to bother. Come on. But stealin’ rich kids has got the locals way too upset.” “Yeah. Eye saunters over to my window while Dog leans against the passenger side. Two of Grandfather Thunder’s enforcers — Eye. “Yeah. this big mean Cyclops. Eye! Wouldn’t I ensorcell a kid I was going to sell to the fae? Look at his face. I’m just taking him to a couple of friends in LA who take in strays and are good with fake paper. must have been Clockwork Sally. I’m no traitor. “Damn it. I kind of feel bad about the “full disclosure” deal I offered him right now. and I’ll drive us back to see the boss. so don’t try anything or she’ll make a call and blow us all up. they took care of the other two kids I sent their way. . a Beast who hates everyone. and Dog. you wouldn’t think either of them would be all that sneaky. you thick bastard. I’ll give you their number. “Hey Darkling. he can see just how ugly you are. and he’s stopped growling when he talks. She must have gotten someone to bug my car when I was getting that surveillance rig from her. Joseph is shaking like anything.” He shrugged. You know how I feel about that crap. and is unable to take his eyes off Dog’s face. Goes against the law of subtlety. grabbing the straps of his duf- fel bag. keep thinking about it. You know how much she likes to do things like that.” Eye looks a bit less like he’s about to kill me right now. So much for her “you’ve got a face a girl can trust” line.

Most cities possess only difficult access to Arcadia and nately. typically a location in 21 changelings. The Mask also aids larger populations of Lost to re- lings is largely that the paths between Arcadia and these main concealed. or as suredly we shall all han g separately. The Mi. to form a freehold. like a total of more than 400 Lost — the largest number in an vampires. and an unusual number of changelings have recently escaped. the four Los Angeles freeholds may contain Unlike the numbers of some supernatural beings. and don’t need a certain number of humans to “support” The reason for these high concentrations of change. the Lost cluster in cities. Despite being Occasionally there are unusual events that result a dozen or the largest city in the United States. and the paths from Arcadia to one specific location easier and in part from necessity. these paths also go both ways. To hide and numerology. In some large cities. sters that hunt silently on their own or gather in shadowy Some changelings assume that these escapees may have left cabals. Changelings aren’t predatory freehold contained almost 90 changelings. Changelings tend toward the latter. ling for every 500. A very few cities. them. but all made it back to creatures in part due to a longing for companionship that the mortal world together. very a mundane event creates a multitude of short-lived paths few small towns or rural areas contain enough changelings between Arcadia and a specific location. strains freehold resources a bit to accommodate the grow- ami. Between them. Similarly. or other cycle is at work in these conditions. it is definitely true that the freeholds of changelings. changeling populations have no direct correla- US city — and before Hurricane Katrina. otherworldly people and mon. not all cities are created equal. The mystics of the Lost work diligently one of their kind can be easily captured by the fae or their to understand whether some celestial conjunction. — Ben jamin Franklin Among the many urban legends of the World of Dark. protect themselves. there are as few as one change- tween these cities and Arcadia are also not always static. ing numbers. for Be that as it may. It’s said that few changelings escape to rural or near a city that already has an unusual number of paths areas or small towns. viduals who escape via these paths do not all escape from ness are stories of strange. like Mi. In many cities. the Lost wish to remain incon- leading from Arcadia. Also. spicuous and hide amidst the mass of humanity. faster to traverse. They are social Arcadia years or even decades apart. and so the fae are so a much smaller number of changelings make it back to more likely to visit these same cities. Oddly. are home to a hundred or more changelings. Freeholds We must all han g together. However. the New Orleans tion to mortal populations. but most find it a small price to pay for the ami freehold contains slightly more than 100 changelings. not stand Some supernatural event or supernatural reflection of out as the few eccentrics in a small town. because some event briefly made can’t always be easily gained from their lost loved ones. Arcadia together and often come from different decades. the indi. leys. The connections be. As a result. the early 21st century are seeing a population boom because No one knows how many changelings there are. Most changelings know that alone. these cities. calendar changeling allies and returned to Arcadia. It their numbers vary wildly by city. there are only the mortal world at the same time. there are either no cities and others like them are in some way easier or shorter changelings at all or no more than one or two small mot- than those between Arcadia and most locations. greater number of Lost enjoying new freedom. New York City has a sometimes as many as a hundred changelings successfully single small freehold with only 37 members. Unfortu. Cities usually need a population of more 12 Chapter One: Freeholds . in escaping Arcadia and all ending up in the same location in the entire greater Chicago metropolitan area.000 mortal inhabitants.

mortal immigration No matter how long they were imprisoned by their Keepers. Ultimately. Ports filled with immigrants tend to refuge drawing Lost from miles away. leading to a swift with unfulfilled desires. the freehold there is strong. 2001. or it may be as notorious as a beacons for the Lost. At the given city in the first place. but not to the exact place they remembered growing up. tokens and the like to strengthen its position. age. The amount of crime and ence of the Winter Court has effectively hidden many of poverty there has led to the Autumn and Winter Courts the freehold’s weaknesses. Demographics of Neces sity holds here and there. at least some of the reason is a combination of the number Specific events that reshape the emotional tone of a of immigrants to a city. changelings who weren’t previously residents of a city — those who find their way through the Thorns. isolated chronicle in Los Angeles? their population also see fewer changelings on average. how rapidly the city is growing and city are also reflected in the make-up of the freehold and the number and power of the myths and legends people tell the structure of its Courts. unparalleled greed. Cities that are growing rapidly also seem to be easier the dominant Courts in two freeholds there are Spring for non-native changelings to get to. losing population can be more difficult for changelings es. However.than 20. organisms made up of stands why escaping from Arcadia to some cities is so much their people and buildings like a plant or animal made up easier and more common than escaping to others. Not unsurprisingly. the freehold remains strong and offense. The most recent example of this strength was when well-hidden from the True Fae. depending on the structure and demands Many changelings speculate about why some cities are of your game. Rust have found themselves unable to mount an effective Under their guidance. the Autumn Court began to grow in size and influ- ence over the arrival of changelings who weren’t native to a ence in major cities throughout the United States. no one fully under. Similarly. A city’s character touches every resident. A growing city strongly to the attitudes and actions of the people around erodes away many of its landmarks. go a different direction. is not the only reason a place becomes open to changelings. These factors seem to have the most influ. You sometimes the distracted weather-beaten old men watch. The power and influ- populations and rampant crime. The Lost are no strangers than did so 80 years before. that might influence a changeling population mon theory is that large-scale mortal migrations and more that all kinds of things are plausible. Most notably. she may be even more affected by that the Thorns. Because changelings regularly share the dreams migration than it once was. The character of a freehold reflects both the history Not all events that affect the character of a freehold and nature of its inhabitants and the character of the city are of mortal origin. continuous ra. about that city. the effects of a city on its inhabitants come there and yet far fewer changelings arrive there today are magnified on changelings. to the idea of cities as living things. Got specifically the dreams of the many thousands of mortals a 200-member LARP in a comparatively who have recently arrived in a new location somehow cre. there are certainly rural free.000 before they are likely to become home to even a single motley. having poured its Glamour into acquiring more Con- tracts. and secret campaign that rid Detroit of even more privateers Freehold Character 13 . There are so many variables so much easier for changelings to escape to. but there’s less joy in the the notorious privateer Jack o’ Days was lured into a trap court than there should be. and enemies of the Shield of taking particular power in the Shield of Rust freehold. mortal or fae. cial tensions and drive-by shootings. which may make it more her — and given that emotion fuels the fae powers she de- difficult for once-residents to find their way home through fends herself with. However. and These figures are not sacred writ. Immediately after September 11. these factors seem to affect if they limit you. Want a have more changelings. Detroit is a city facing massive urban decay. many mortal immigrants still of the inhabitants. Although New York is less of a center for im. Though Detroit is in the grip of urban it is in. New York City had two large Rumor has greatly inflated the actual popula- and thriving freeholds containing between them more than tion. emotion. Los Angeles teems and forced to reveal many of his contacts. may find your freehold requires either far ing you from the hardware store’s porch are something else lower or far higher numbers than the aver- entirely under the Mask. falling decay. of its cells. small city? A number of major trods could ates or strengthens paths to and from Arcadia. while cities that see little shift in paranoid. in strange communities where strange stories circulate. or create all lead there. every changeling is fundamentally a human who responds and it certainly doesn’t tell the whole story. just as cities that are and Summer. great. That said. moment. it remains the most powerful Court in New York Freehold Character City. If these demographics inspire you. 200 changelings. Peculiar things walk down dirt roads. The most com. Be- tween 1900 & the late 1920s. caping from Arcadia to find.

One of the monarch’s right-hand man might be corrupt and unwilling to most obvious differences between freeholds is whether they do his job when avoidance might be easier. The Freehold Commons quick to offer sanctuary to a new straggler. safe from the prying eyes of mortals. quite well-reasoned. con. yet its somewhat decadent subculture is the members socialize. It must be a space where all of the members of is too focused on internal issues. traditional freehold holds some sort of gathering on the If you’re completely stuck for freehold ideas. Most have some sort of informal even pick a Virtue or Vice almost at random and figure out gathering at least once a month. perhaps even being willfully the freehold can meet. there is a strong sense of plenty of incentive for the players’ characters to get involved. set location for their gatherings. yet the freehold is not taking steps because it functions. even if it comes as the expense of the Spring and If they strengthen the Justice aspect while reducing the Sloth Summer Courts’ influence. Either interpretation is a possible start and offers 14 Chapter One: Freeholds . Where does the Sloth come in? Perhaps therefore the location of these meetings both reveals and it represents a failure to adequately enforce those laws. For instance. It might also rep. and quite a lot of other excellent advice on setting- characterizing freeholds is to assign a freehold a Virtue and building. demonstrates the All functional freeholds hold regular gatherings where Virtue of Charity. such meetings require a fair amount of space. aspect. reclusive. but most have some sort of sider the somewhat incongruous pairing of Justice and Sloth. discuss freehold business. In resent a failure to prepare for the future — a crisis is looming either case. where they can meet. called a commons. you can equinoxes or solstices. security. see Damnation City). much like a character. hold their meetings in the mortal world or the Hedge. At a bare minimum. resolve based on indulgence even when there’s little need. Some freeholds have no what that implies for a freehold from there. a Vice.and loyalists. For example. Good Sides and Bad Sides (For more on this particular approach to neighborhood One particular brainstorming device that may help in design. the commons needs to perform several essential on the horizon. Within the freehold. each ing a Vice of Gluttony. signify. the ultimately shapes the character of the freehold. This could suggest a freehold where the internal structure is Since most freeholds contain anywhere from 20 to 120 strong. location. the ruler is benevolent and the laws and regulations members. they’ll have made local Lost society a better place — not a bad goal at all. problems and share information. a wealthy free- hold that is generous and open-handed with its subjects.

loyalists. where the psychoactive nature of the Hedge further Hollow had sufficient space to house the entire population of emphasizes the strength of the ruling Court. A well. residents of the Hedge who live nearby. the problem. More often. In other cases. and having a Courts each maintain a private commons that is open year. as well as several escape number of members decreases below the routes back into the mortal world. expected to spend a Merit point. all In addition to providing a location far from the prying eyes Freehold members are free to come and go as of mortals. all but the smallest freeholds. Changelings who leave the freehold for but most also require that members eventually find their any reason lose access to this Hollow and own dwellings to avoid overcrowding the Hollow. Freehold Commons 15 . most members of the Column House began spending Hollow Commons Although the Hedge offers complete protection from mortal intruders. but the The most common method of sharing shifting nature of the Thorns can mean that a clearing isn’t ownership of a Hollow between many or even always the same clearing or located in the same place. and adorned with the appropri. The most extreme example of this occurred in the commons is kept neutral. Some are Hollow. cally. Free. Louis-based Column House freehold in 1972. and new members are are newly escaped from Arcadia and changelings fleeing encouraged to improve or maintain it but not various mortal problems like social or legal entanglements. The Col- ate symbols of the season and Court as the rule progresses. and Doors. This mons. In some cases. this means that bers. important visitors and emissaries from other freeholds. few freeholds are willing to simply meet out Commonly Owned Hollows in the open in the Hedge. spending one dot on the Hollow. When it was completed in 1966. all members of a Freehold is for each mem- holds that hold their gathering in the Hedge typically meet in ber to effectively own a small stake in the Hollows that have three to five dots devoted to size. Not only is it dangerous. Free. Such a Hollow can also provide a touch of luxury in the lives of changelings who total number of dots in the Hollow. A common implementation is that simply the Hollow of a single motley of changelings who are important members of the freehold. a commons insufficient number of members. perfectly safe retreat that is cut off from mortals and all of the round for Court gatherings. in Size. some freeholds use their commons as a safe haven ing splendid displays of its power and influence. The thorny where they can retreat when facing serious problems and as walls of a Hollow lengthen into glittering. in building and improving a huge and lavish Hollow. warded Hollow commons provides the entire freehold with if any. In some freeholds. Some freeholds have large and well-fur. or more of the existing members contributes holds with Hollow commons usually have treaties with the more dots to the Hollow Merit. the Hol- located in the Hedge provides the members of the freehold low decays unless new members join or one with easy access to goblin fruit and Goblin Markets. and exception- protected against unwanted intrusion because a dozen or more ally well-protected affair with five dots each changelings work together to create and maintain them. mechani- freehold as a whole. The Hollow is only affected by the a location in which they can retreat from threats posed by departure of members of the freehold if the the fae. St. Wards. ownership of each member contributes some amount of this Hollow common is shared by multiple motleys or by the Glamour or labor to the Hollow. using a Hollow as the freehold’s commons can Responsibility for maintaining the commons is typi. distress can live for a while. In The ruling Court’s season affects the entire commons. These are open to the entire concerns of the mortal world often serves to heighten this freehold during the season of their rule. the freehold in comfort and safety. prismatic icicles a location where recently arrived changelings and members when a Winter Queen is on the throne. Many freeholds using a Hollow as their commons permit in- dividual members to live there for a few days or even weeks. lavish. such a Hollow fers a safe and comfortable refuge for both changelings who is already established. With an may be fairly poor in the mundane world. As There are many reasons to use a Hollow as a commons. creat- addition. umn House consisted of 47 changelings who all cooperated This is a particularly common approach to Hollow com. the characters lose the dot they contributed. they wish. or similar dangers. and vibrant blooms who are experiencing various forms of mental or physical fill the air with perfume when the rule shifts to spring. Madness and isola- cally held by the current Court in charge. Also. the tion are two ever-present dangers for the Lost.It must also be a location that is sufficiently secure and im. The psychoactive nature of the Hedge also tends to pressive that the leaders of the freehold can use it to host make a Hollow commons a vivid and impressive location. However. the common property of the freehold. also cause as many problems as it solves. Amenities. For nished Hollows that are the common property of their mem. Most commonly owned Hollows are large and very well the Hollow is a large. a well-protected and well-appointed Hollow of.

comfortable furniture. changelings who have heard of this incident under. or transformed into hobgoblins. even around. and decoration in the mortal world. In some cases. a commons that is too obvious and visible can cause trouble Although discovery by mortals can result in instant loss with both mortals and the fae and their allies. they might worry that it is a bad influence and pletely forgotten dead space located in the attics or between may drive their property values down. commons’ location provides the most options for security tively free and usually located where law enforcement is un. and must provide lodging for mem- common theory is that these changelings either returned to bers who are having problems by other means. freeholds may have a reputation made from scavenged cardboard and old packing crates. ling or an ensorcelled mortal ally is one of the people who stand that freeholds who spend too much time in the Hedge manages the community center and can provide all man- risk losing their connection to the mundane world. The best of these commons possess borrowed electricity. and Cover Identities The worst are much like commons made from abandoned In addition to having a reputation with other change- warehouses. In either case. Repeated searching labeled everything from “private folklore societies” or “book revealed no sign of a struggle. ner of protections and other benefits for the commons and the other members of the freehold. find. However. changelings in the freehold has a great deal of impact upon Wealthier freeholds have the option of purchas- the nature of their commons. one of these a few times a week or month. Regardless of their actual this option works quite well. 41 of the 47 Some freeholds have taken the unusual alternative of members lived there. In some neighborhoods. nearby wonder if the commons is some sort of den of vice. In such cases. and by 1971. or a particularly powerful hobgoblin and taken back to Fa. venturing forth into the mortal world renting temporary space at buildings like local community only to purchase food and other necessities. and most residents took their discussion groups” to various sorts of support groups. of the space and all its contents. the commons is not a permanent Only changelings who did not live in the Hollow had location. parking structures or factories. either a change- fate. In September of 1972. The Hollywood freehold in Los Angeles owns a Some illegally take possession of an abandoned warehouse large and lavishly appointed mansion on the outskirts of or derelict apartment building and use various Contracts to Santa Monica that they use as their commons. lic or private structures. with their meetings lings who normally lived there missing. the the poorest freeholds may try to find other alternatives. Unensorcelled mortals may know nothing 16 Chapter One: Freeholds . as well as significant legal owning the building that the commons is in offers the free- trouble. but a space that is open for use at specified hours close ties to their families.increasing amounts of time there. As a result. this same lack of law most expensive alternative and the option most likely to enforcement means that crime is often rampant in this area attract mortal notice. native effectively hide in plain sight. The most frequent choices are large changelings are poor or working class usually has a com. most take the simpler option of having their commons cussing a novel or movie. having the floors of shopping malls. these hidden commons offer excellent security and hold far more safety. A freehold in which most ing their commons. However. Some may consider breaking in to steal or look in or stealing the goods and furnishings. usually by Arcadia on their own or were lured away by either the fae having them stay with other members of the freehold. However. hiding in plain sight is an excellent way to erie. it is also the likely to look for squatters. None of the freeholds occasionally need to use various Contracts to changelings who vanished were ever seen again. among mortals. various useful appliances and the sort Freehold Reputation of amenities normally found in fancy houses or banquet halls. Nevertheless. Others believe they were killed or imprisoned in some avoid unwanted attention. in others. to a lesser extent. or lofts. As long as the freehold does not distant portion of the Hedge. However. Even if the explanation’s a bit flat. be in the mundane world. Owning a avoid notice by the authorities. Regardless of its location. These commons are effec. The economic means of the the Lost can be very silver-tongued when they need to be. A few claim that the Lost need to have their commons open for more than two or three who lived there simply faded into the fabric of the Hedge days a week for no longer than three or four hours at a time. centers. The most maintain their secrecy. by being told that the members are rehearsing a play or dis- low. a freehold’s and the freehold will usually need to post guards on their (or Court’s) commons tends to attract the attention of its commons to prevent desperate mortals from either moving neighbors. mortals living and complex freeholds in the hidden portions of large pub. These personal belongings with them when they left. Freeholds that use this alter- changelings visited the Hollow and found the 41 change. other changelings or even the fae to other options for commons located in the mortal world. eccentric behavior of many changelings almost always at- A few especially clever changelings construct elaborate tracts attention. such as the unused and often com. security and privacy than any of the are difficult for mortals. others might simply gossip about it. houses or warehouses that have been converted to galleries mons located in various forms of inexpensive structures. with light coming from candles and furniture lings. Mortals who accidentally Mortal Commons overhear the changelings’ discussions can usually be placated While many freeholds have their commons in a Hol.

but if they see the mem. However. have significant numbers of negative interactions with or have no contact with. If that “same” woman now occasionally that these individuals are all members of some organization heads out at all hours of the day or night to help out or spend or share some common interest or goal. or even his. The answer the close friends. street gang. but a -1 penalty with members of mainstream mortal society. The and ask for her help eventually raises suspicions with her Hollywood Freehold in Los Angeles maintains a front as a neighbors or family. If a Freehold deals drugs or runs illegal gambling operations. Such suspicions can eventually lead private club for the wealthy. No freehold should have more than three pairs of bonuses and penalties. acting troupes or various sorts of hobbyist or- close mortal friends and family. they will assume to home and family. including social rolls at Goblin Markets. If the changeling returns injured or obvi- same country club. but the members of this freehold may have con- siderably less experience interacting with poor people or members of various fringe subcultures. Similarly. Freeholds should only have bonuses or penalties with groups they either spend a great deal of time with or that they either actively avoid. Each bonus is matched by a corresponding penalty. employment and habits of most of its members. In many cases. habits and attire of the and children have never heard of. with amateur means) to regain their old lives or who have otherwise found sports teams. Examples include: • A freehold with numerous criminal contacts receives +1 to Social rolls with members of the criminal subculture. her behavior can raise un- changelings. the Storyteller may rule that a particularly factional freehold imposes bonuses or penalties to its members’ social rolls. None of these bonuses or penalties ever exceed +1 or -1. The neighbors might have seen ganizations being very common choices. re- ceives a general +1 bonus with hobgoblins. Because the associations and connections of a freehold affect the social interactions of the members. theater troupe. They can even form a changeling’s affiliations with mortal society. but -1 with police officers and other official personnel. rather sternly on Lost who wander the streets in archaic the best way to avoid such problems is for the freehold to garb without damn good reason). which further influences what sorts of mortals (or other beings) the members regularly interact with. These bonuses and penalties apply to all members of the freehold. most have managed (either by killing their fetch or some other freeholds maintain far more prosaic fronts. Similarly. These same changelings might pick up manner- isms and mortal associates that attract negative attention from police officers or others. While a changeling can have some obvious answer to questions about why the mem- usually pass off the other members of her motley as their bers are spending time with one another. Freehold As sociations and Social Modifiers Freeholds form the center of a changeling’s social world. having various members of a large freehold freehold chooses depends upon its location and the social call the changeling or even knock on her door late at night status. even a dubious association like a crim- This situation is especially difficult for changelings who inal gang is better than no answer at all. These bonuses and penalties are a measure of both what sorts of mortals the members of the freehold are comfortable deal- ing with and of the reputation that most members have with various mortal groups they interact with.about the fae. and one or two is far more likely. with the few middle-class mem- to everything from awkward questions or following the bers working as club staff. time with a seemingly random array of people that her husband Depending upon the location. some of the members changeling to assuming that this activity must be illegal in of the Miami Winter Court are openly known as a criminal some way and reporting these suspicions to the police. mortals may assume they all belong to the pleasant suspicions. and influence how hobgoblins and other changelings see them. the members will know other mortal criminals and understand the customs and habits of the local criminal subculture. a wealthy freehold in a good part of town that actively helps all of its members obtain respectable middle class jobs provides the members with all manner of business contacts. torical reenactment society (though most freeholds look Apart from consistent discretion in one’s movements. where members spend a great deal of time in the Hedge. these suspicions can stir the neighbors into action. the fetch as a loving wife and mother that devoted all her time bers of the freehold together often enough. Freehold Reputation and Cover Identities 17 . the Lost or freeholds. ously upset. • A freehold with a Hollow commons. gang.

The few freeholds that employ many of their has after returning from Arcadia. Even freeholds where most of the Most freeholds that operate on this model have businesses members make their income from crime often pay for their with room for a wide variety of employees of different ages upkeep via dues collected from the members.000. and the left to provide whatever cover stories they might require. Their facility with pledges. while others are fairly loose organiza. 34 out of the freehold’s 42 members all work. filing a civil suit or a complaint with the labor relations board against the leaders of his freehold. To insure that to why they are spending time with the other members of all expenses are met in this fashion. Given the problems involved with one of the Lost thing from drug dealing or illegal gambling to the small free. The Spring Court steals the cars. legal or not. like the Hollywood freehold actually and the freehold has sufficient illegal connections to enable do their best to make the front seem completely real. The New York City freehold runs a or family members wishing to join or visit on a case-by-case small taxi company. the local Courts. fake IDs and help finding a job. the members hold conventional jobs and pay Members who are part of a freehold-run business have dues. club and formally hiring the less wealthy members as full. In such cases. ployees. have an ideal excuse for their mortal friends and families as tion to determine which Court holds power. the minimum bid is set their freehold. such as working shifts when business is sometimes require very little money. A each Court operates a different restaurant in the chain. ter economy. the time in the Hedge. encouraging change. changelings have a strong predilection for a bar- The Lost who get in trouble with the law require bail money. so even an uncontested bid provides for the ba. oaths and favor- and even the simplest and most austere seasonal festivals re. money out of a local business in exchange for a promise or The source of this income is highly variable. Even so. some freeholds simply request all members ly escaped from Arcadia and are having trouble readjusting to donate whatever they feel they can afford. almost all require a continu. all of the expenses of the Hollywood freehold in Los doing well in its business. individual members are largely trations. All freeholds require at least some money. by them to obtain driver’s licenses for those members who lack registering their commons as the headquarters for a private legal identities. drink and decorations. changelings who recent- tive to set dues. involving every. Since most changelings are able to drive basis. the Autumn Court lings to keep a careful eye on how often they’re seen with strips and alters the cars and deals with fake titles and regis- one another. Similarly. for one of four local restaurants all owned by worry about are following the various business regulations. As a result. members who don’t are usually expected to help members can live in a Hollow that serves as the commons out in small ways. Many of these ers of a freehold to overwork or otherwise abuse their em- freehold businesses are criminal enterprises. this One alternative to such formal or informal dues is for the same closeness and unity allows greedy or unscrupulous rul- freehold itself to be a moneymaking concern. have their official identity taken care of and all they need to in some capacity. tions. each Court handles a different aspect of car theft and where the Winter Court is concerned). However. In Paris. may need clothes. However. Simi. resale. driving a taxi is often the first job a changeling in New York time staff. in the form of both armed guards and a young but dedicated lawyer. Some Valley freehold in Los Angeles belong to a private security have their commons in a Hollow and spend much of their company run by the freehold. where most members only meet once a season. just as freeholds where the especially heavy or too many workers are ill or injured and members rent or own a large and expensive commons require they are often expected to pay monetary dues of some sort. In some of these freeholds. and use social to life in the mortal world can usually obtain jobs from the pressure to encourage both rich and poor members to do. However. members often have little 18 Chapter One: Freeholds . As an alterna. Summer Court provides security. freehold that both earn them money and help them relearn nate a reasonable share of their income. As a result. in one of the Pa- members in some legitimate business (see below) already risian freeholds. Courts are usually an integral part of this enterprise. Combining work and freehold duties provides at $10. some opportunity to advance in status with their fellows by larly. large amounts of money. Most of the members of the San Fernando Not all freeholds bother with a cover identity. the Winter Court transports and sells them. freeholds. a few. trading frequently means that a changeling can get some quire some minimum of food. how to live and work in the mortal world. In many some oddment found at a Goblin Market. Sources of Income Freeholds that function as businesses. In addition. Unfortunately. sic needs of the freehold. Those that rarely demand that all members work for this business. Changelings newly arrived from Arcadia ing members of a freehold financed by criminal activity. These favors can be especially difficult and problematic for ous source of at least some income if they intend to provide any changelings attempting to lead law-abiding lives while be- services for members. have their commons in the Hedge and where newly arrived However. these changelings also Angeles are paid by the Court who wins the seasonal auc. just like the members of mortal union or clubs. These freeholds sale of cars. and levels of experience. medical care. there are also legitimate businesses that handle potential problems like a changeling’s mortal friends work in this same fashion. In San number emphasize the importance of secrecy (particularly Diego. a sense of closeness and unity that can be very therapeutic. it is easy to employ new members. Most freeholds do nothing more than come up with a hold in San Diego that makes its money from the theft and re- cover identity and a few minor trappings.

particularly demon- many changelings feel a strong sense of attachment to their strative members of the Spring Court wear pink. They of them work for. They are also the local community for the Lost. In small or espe- Freeholds are about more than just politics and mutual cially tightly knit freeholds. members freehold and wish to demonstrate their loyalty in a variety of of the Summer Court wear bright red. in many freeholds. press it with pride — it is a very human feeling. many loyal members of the domi- anyway? Even so. some freeholds where the Winter Court is strong ad. The fae mien and the Mantle of looking to make a particular impression may wear a tuxedo one’s Court are symbols of belonging enough. lion. Here. experiences that few the color of the hat or other headgear they wear. tumn Court wear sea green. nant freehold sport large and elaborate tribal tattoos with Symbols and Identification 19 . There isn’t a single changeling who fought her way back The members of many freeholds identify themselves by through the Thorns to escape her Keeper who’s going to be wearing some sort of symbol. In keeping mortals would believe. and members of the Winter In fact. members many function like a somewhat contentious extended fam. represent both Court and freehold membership. these signifiers are centers of ceremony and places to belong. or even dye their hair to their unity to mortals who don’t understand the significance match. and bership in the freehold. For formal functions.recourse unless they are willing to leave the freehold entirely. These symbols can range from happy about a new form of servitude. why advertise or gown of the appropriate color. the members of wealthy and conservative freeholds all wear- ing the same tie to members all sporting the same tattoo. changelings often display their membership have. must less understand. Court wear stark white. As a result. In the New York freehold. with the dominant colors of the city. wear caps bearing the logo of the taxicab company almost all ily or a particularly large and diverse support ground. Symbols and wearing sneakers of the same color or all having an article of Identification clothing with the same odd symbol on it. However. tantly. members of the Au- ways. tude and loyalty to their community that prods them to ex- Such rulers also have to be particularly careful about rebel. these identifiers represent mem- defense. In Mexico City. many changelings feel a measure of grati. a changeling vise against such displays. More impor. These “colors” are almost always completely optional. they are the only real community most changelings In Miami. the Lost can freely talk about their experiences and Court allegiance by the color of shoes and sometimes in both Arcadia and the mortal world. after all.

Some changelings view it as more tradition- Court. and with the exception of freeholds where one or al and appropriate than purely symbolic contests. The same thing can happen if contest between the outgoing and incoming Court real and the Court’s associated emotion is largely overwhelmed by the not merely symbolic. more Courts have temporarily collapsed or left. Because of the practical dif- of the year.similar design elements on their upper arms. Under the seasonal Court model. These ceremonies often include some sort Many freeholds also alter the way that they transfer of purely symbolic combat or contest between the champion power from one seasonal Court to another. forest and the nearby lakeshore on the grounds. and initiate “spring business. One way of “doing business” is to make the combat or ated Court may be absent. However. One or in Winnipeg. often this transfer of power is far from regular. disrupt the cycle when one Court per- to take power. In the ideal a series of renewal rites and ceremonies the month before model of a freehold. efforts. but it is far from universal. ranging from seeing how 20 Chapter One: Freeholds . leaving two Courts actually fight and the winner’s Court. and 30 or fewer members. A large number of the contests used to determine the During the remaining three seasons. Some. freeholds are supposed to be governed by a emphasize both tradition and patience.” a temporary something that baffles the Others and it has the additional focus on mystical concerns. ingly fairly passive. this sort of trickery is prohibited. the champions of the emotions associated with one or more other Courts. one season or another seems particularly short or is difficult However. the somber Win. rulers of a freehold have nothing to do with physical combat. where one court may be represented the Winter champion triumphs. They dedicate the system of rotating Courts. the rotation particularly notable exception is that not all freeholds have continues. but the ruler loses and the incoming Court’s champion always wins. Although the Summer Court uses the same com. vibrant and active. which it is. but a Court may hold onto power considerably members of every Court. two Courts. regardless of the freehold with three or. the freehold is especially boisterous. but the details plummet and activity moves indoors. the Winter Court maintains a thriving each Court rules the freehold during its appropriate season brewery and is quite wealthy. wisdom states that using a rotating Courts system to protect Such contests between Court champions are surpris- against the fae requires a freehold to have more than one ingly common. This shortfall often has to do with longer than one season. their Court is immediately removed from power and The eight members of this Court frequently hold outdoor cel. Great ceremony and fanfare as well as various ritu. During the rule of the Summer If a champion is found to have been involved in any such Court. then the Winter Court re- by only one or two changelings. With only 19 members. yond avoiding mass murder. In a number of freeholds. The Summer Court rules tage. when the Winter cham- by allying themselves with another. this transmission of power is clearly laid they cede power to the Summer Court. and similar In these anarchic freeholds. So. where the departing Court’s champion always petually claims power. such as the one in Detroit. from June 21 to September 21. has been converted into galleries. Relinquishing power voluntarily is first month of their rule to “autumn business. Summer and Winter. replaced by the one who lost to them. there are no rules be- structure. This practice is risky. meeting rooms. the Courts and Power leaders of the Winter Court keep activity at a slow pace and In theory. Popular pion would then need to battle the Summer champion. In most freeholds. One of the most striking examples of a freehold with only ranging from attempts to drug. takes power for the next season. In regions where cal power to both the incoming and the departing Court. Although seem- out for all residents to see. larger Court. on rare occasions. then yields its rule at the appropriate equinox or ficulties of the long and harsh winters and the power of the solstice. Winter Court. Doing so lends mysti- the region and the history of the freehold. The traditional transfer of power some combination of the physical and emotional climate of occurs at the solstices or equinoxes. who then boost their power mains in power at least until June 21. strong enough to maintain power usually claims that he or This pattern is fairly common in freeholds in both the she has what it takes to serve the freehold better than a United States and Britain. blackmail or bribe the rival two seasonal Courts is the small North Star Banner freehold champion to spying on the champion’s preparations. ter Court governs the Winnipeg freehold. the associ. the Winter Court uses vary according to which Court the members belong to. if the Winter This paucity most often occurs in small freeholds with champion and the Spring champion fought on March 21. in a few ebrations and regularly agree to change the Court’s rules and freeholds. Court to another. like the of the Court that is about to depart and the one that is about Trident of Miami. A Court rotation would. such contests can also be open to all manner of corruption. to distinguish from the seasons before or after it. However. In some freeholds. killing another Court’s cham- mons as the Winter Court — a small apartment complex that pion before the battle. As temperatures Many freeholds use contests of skill. the freehold consists of both sides may use such means to try to gain some advan- two Courts. the weeks before the seasonal locations — most of the Court’s activities are held in the small contests are times of intense intrigue and brutal conflict. or betraying the other side to the fae. Unlike the frenetic pace of the Summer Court. a bar located in the commons building as their central lo- cation.” benefit of being good for a community’s morale. all do. neither the Spring nor the Autumn Courts als typically mark the transition from one season and one have attempted to move into Winnipeg in force.

Some fear that their many ways. freeholds split along Court lines. Even rarer is division upon the lines charities maintained by the freehold. members could come from locations as far away from one Many well-off changelings are often at least somewhat another as Glendale and Orange County. Louis that use this arrangement. However. engineer. In the wealthy Hol. Beasts. fice. If conflict within a single free. rulership is decided by four with the Winter Court allying itself with the Spring Court. trouble gaining acceptance in any of the other Courts. of seemings. with the only change being the right of the leader members of the poor or. The most common reason is distance – in a city allow them great success in criminal careers from breaking the size of Los Angeles. Some changelings in Miami suspect for transferring power are less traditional. lywood freehold in Los Angeles. multiple freeholds. In Miami. skills and education now one or more decades out of date. Most cities contain too few changelings to support Others have sufficiently useful skills that with a fake ID and more than a single freehold. Other freeholds and English-speaking changelings continued to worsen as either lack the resources or organization to do so or find it mortals battled one another in periodic race riots. dividing them up between two or more doctor. to tests of musical or artistic prowess or even having each one new freehold only containing members of one or two champion deliver a rousing campaign speech and allowing the Courts. seasonal auctions. they are essentially akin to freeholds of differ. ties of poverty or homelessness. who might find Miami of thousands of dollars going to the freehold and the various much more familiar. In Barcelona. fore 1965. easier for members to simply associate with others of their ally. with time. The leaders of the two courts associated and the Autumn Court either making peace with the Sum- with the incoming and outgoing season each bid for the of. or any of the many other professions that freeholds makes little sense. there are three primary reasons for their Some of these criminals discover that their new abilities existence. In ate their own freehold. La Rosa is theoretically Court is home to half a dozen changelings who are wealthy open to any changeling who wishes to join and can gain the club owners and well-off party animals as well as well as acceptance of the members. it may have split a few years or desire to associate with fae who regularly face the difficul- even a few decades ago. However. southern Los Angeles contained a single freehold. the “transfer The final potential reason for different freeholds to ex- of power” that occurs at the solstices or equinoxes is purely ist in the same city is social class. Eventu. the other freehold Tensions between these two groups occasionally run high. in Southern LA. In the few cit. the different freeholds are typically range from the homeless and near destitute to petty crimi- sufficiently far apart that they rarely come into conflict. just sharing a similar mailing address. but prospective members of La a dozen drifters and semi-homeless changelings who had Rosa should either know Spanish or be willing to learn it. the inhabitants live sufficiently and entering to extortion or even murder for hire and a few far apart that a single freehold does not make sense when even become established in organized crime. at best. Other options the remaining Courts. Be. In cities large enough to contain take to a life of crime upon their return to the mortal world. gesture of solidarity. the lower middle class of the seasonally appropriate Court being able to speak first — attempting to survive without a legal identity or with and wear a special sash during freehold meetings. tensions within the freehold are A few freeholds use a model similar to the one Miami currently quite high and many changelings there expect the may be moving to. Many changelings are symbolic. poorer fellows will ask to borrow money or request gifts as a ent cities. with the highest bidding Court ruling the freehold for the The prospect of schism worries many. a sizeable minority of changelings are well-off Cities With members of the middle class. as such strife may next season and the monies. Some freeholds attempt to avoid these problems by However. or 50 of the Lost. cities like St. which often amount to many tens call sympathetically to the True Fae. making this Court even less stable than otherwise might Cities With Multiple Freeholds 21 . Tensions between La Rosa and Crimson. some cities are home allow both mortals and changelings to live quite well. mer Court or gaining the respect of the Winter Court. rising tensions between the Spanish-speaking finding jobs for newly arrived changelings. Others do their best to forget the hor- Another reason for changelings to divide into more rors of Arcadia. that reminds them of want and deprivation and so have no hold became bad enough. creating two traditional rivals. while the other freehold contains only members of members of the freehold vote for the winner. continue to the present day. uncomfortable around the majority of changelings who ies where this is true. A to large changeling populations and a few of these contain few changelings were criminals before their abduction or more than one freehold. that the Trident could soon split itself into two freeholds. Maria Throne’s “Vichy Spring” their own freehold. where each Court governs a specific por. this led to the Spanish-speaking changelings forming own social class. Darklings and Ogres to eventually split off and cre- tion of the city and there is no transfer of actual power. Some either had no fetch and Multiple Freeholds found some way to explain their disappearance or disposed of their fetches and reclaimed their middle-class identity. In nals or members of the working poor. they can find work as a stockbroker.many goblin fruit the champions can collect in a set amount of In rare cases. called La Rosa. In a city containing only 40 a lucky break or two. These changelings wish to avoid anything than one freehold is history.

An observer at a certain level of civility. When the truth about these two Thus. in return for allowing them to drag the goaded into action if he believes it would protect members of the other side back to Arcadia. It’s part of their fistfights or minor vandalism. another important function of organized freeholds opinion of other human beings now that they’ve is to help reduce violence and conflict between individual encountered truly alien threats. many In addition to helping to protect their members from the Lost find it difficult to maintain a xenophobic Other. Changelings aren’t magically free from preju- when a group of well-off changelings broke off to form the dice because of their transformative experiences.be. In most cases. including in. a small group of Jewish the Lost find themselves in. They are frequently quite willing. vital component in maintaining psychological hold serves as an opening for the fae and their agents. and any changeling living in Los Angeles may ask to join. This assump. not to leave a fetch behind. changelings and between the members of different Courts or motleys. several cases of this type of be. In some freeholds. In Mont- gomery. it’s the worst form of conflict in broken and being taught to love a strong master in Arcadia or a freehold. some agents of the Gentry may take the another on the basis of skin color (assuming the opportunity to approach members of one side of the conflict skin color’s even a human tone). several white changelings with loose connections to the KKK agreed to work with a group of privateers in order Rather. the prominent members of a freehold are almost al- abductions was revealed. and has to make rebuilding an old life or build- going to help the fae carry off the child of a prominent city ing a new one a priority. — not because changelings are morally better than Conflicts and ordinary humans. Today. their Keep- nal conflict distracts the members of the freehold. well-being — and in some cases. Many changelings were used as spies. the Lost have a peculiar tendency for organizing there’s a general understanding that things are to remain in freeholds under less than democratic terms. When two leaders go beyond might guess that it has something to do with their spirits being those bounds of civility. the incidents acted to galvanize the ways powerful and charismatic individuals who know how majority of the freeholds. freehold or all of the leaders of the Courts get along with one another. the tendency for strong rulers rather than dem- to make certain that a trio of outspoken black Lost were ocratic councils usually arises from the besieged situation carried back to Arcadia. tion flies in the face of the actual escape from Faerie. however. prejudices almost all cases. and they did it without a savior. these tensions become strong enough to split the freehold in half. and bodyguards in the Gentry’s frequent power struggles. but because their experiences often give them a more extended perspective. causing ers even resembled entities out of their cultural them to be less watchful of external threats. Where a changeling is less likely to snub rise sufficiently high. “his people” as a human culture rather than the trayal occurred in the southern United States. Knowing that their own fates could become far worse if Changelings fought their way back through the Thorns to be their Keeper was vanquished and a new conquering lord free of their masters. perception of themselves as human beings — a less leaders of freeholds realize that violence within a free. then. A Hollywood (and they do call it “the Hollywood”).” and he may define During the late 1960s. took command of them. but in may even find others like him. council member who supported segregation. Some measure of rivalry and politicking is expect- Even in the freeholds of the most democratic First World ed. Just Violence as some people gradually learn to shed their old prejudices as their life experience broadens. being infused by a desire for some kind of savior. Every changeling has a lot to changelings discovered that a pair of changeling loyalists was adapt to. if tensions folklore. These change. All but the worst or most care. but nations. Alabama and Miami. In Miami. sexist or bigot. Inter. ethnic identity is still very that such conflicts never escalate beyond insults. Lost as a whole. cidents in both Montgomery. or at worst important to many changelings. to let a direct chain of command handle the affairs of lings agreed to help the loyalists in return for the loyalists the freehold until their own personal affairs are set in order also carrying off the city council member and asking the fae (which can take a long time and some never fully succeed). changelings called upon to fight 22 Chapter One: Freeholds . changeling can still be a racist. The most well known example Ethnic Identity of this process occurred in Los Angeles in the mid 1970s. (much to their sudden and excessive discomfort) that their As long as there is only one acknowledged leader in a fellows put the integrity of the freehold first. the freehold is likely to remain orderly and Leadership & Obedience peaceful. freeholds function sufficiently well That said. only changelings from upper middle class of this kind are notably rare within Lost society or wealthy backgrounds are allowed in. Also. the interests of “his people. soldiers. The games of power are common to all freeholds. he may still be and offer their aid. However. The perpetrators quickly learned to both command their fellows and help them feel safe.

Open skirmishes between main bitter rivals. and Court and other political divisions All of the above sorts of conflict can also occur within a can sometimes be extreme. the presence of several freeholds in close proxim. The suspicions range from worries that the between Miami’s Spring and Summer Courts will continue. as occurred in Miami. The troubles only ended when a and other connections. The one advantage of conflicts that take place within a hold out of some territory to fears that some or most of the freehold is that the leaders of the freehold can either request rivals are loyalists. elaborate web of This state of affairs continued for the next five years. When placed in a situation where a freehold has two or A few members of the two freeholds had relatives in more powerful and respected leaders at odds with one these gangs. but these conflicts tend to be far more personal. killed the mortal brother of a changeling from the Crimson velop between Lost. but all of the changelings in the freehold. which resulted in several changelings from each freehold being banished from Los Angeles. The freehold political savvy can therefore plant rumors in hopes of incit. freehold and open warfare erupted between the two. shed blood. when relations be. including several drive-by shootings and the use more tragic fates. through a combination of murder and de- members also have strong loyalties to their mortal families parture to other freeholds. The instincts learned from such struggles often remain. privateers. work out a peace treaty. but the Lost have adapted to such. sweat and tears to bring the freehold back to- tween the La Rosa and the Crimson degenerated into open gether for the greater good. sides in a contentious issue. anarchy after the heads of the Autumn and Winter Courts er and potentially even openly fighting. the conflict is likely to become tion without a sincere and diplomatic attempt to disprove worse. changelings are even quicker to take sides than handful of changelings on each side used their abilities to mortals and often respond to threats against their leader or protect their mortal friends and relatives. tas. How- tensions can rapidly polarize the members of the two free. or soulless. nantly black gangs of South Central LA and the predomi- ity. A recent example of this occurred few changelings with potent charisma and clarity of purpose in Los Angeles during the early 1990s. in the name of unity and hope. tion can gain near complete victory. A freehold can be reduced to a series of feuding mot- them. It’s a complicated. one of the changelings from La Rosa accidentally one considers the powerful emotional bonds that may de. the reunification of the Shield of Rust was of one car bomb. This but when you have it. When the two mortal gangs began fighting. ment by the defeated factions and the likelihood that conflict trust each other. but so too can others unravel such schemes each blamed all or most of the others for the current troubles. they risk tearing ity to one another creates both political and social tensions. In the late 1980s. nantly Hispanic gangs of East LA. The ultimate cause of this violence was a strong sign that the Lost can still achieve remarkable things the escalation of mortal gang warfare between the predomi. the freehold apart. Even if such fears or order the individuals involved to either drop the feud or or accusations are based on only the vaguest of rumors. the members of the two freeholds dis. one fac- freeholds are rare and usually have one of two causes. ing in everything from forming rival cliques to deadly vendet- However. If the problems become sufficiently bad. result- city consider themselves to be part of the same organization. A changeling’s trust isn’t easily won. Though other freeholds fell on violence. Conflicts and Violence 23 . Changelings with were murdered within a month of one another. rival faction are planning to attempt to push the other free. Conflicts between Multiple Freeholds Conflict and Violence Most cities contain only one freehold. a another. such tensions have actually These conflicts usually remain within the realm of insults resulted in a freehold dividing into two freeholds that often re- and occasionally minor vandalism. The most dan. In a few cases. time it ended. The members may Within a Single Freehold not always get along. violence only ended when three of the most violent change- gerous leaders of a freehold are those whose followers love lings were dead and the leaders of the two freeholds met to and trust them with all their fae-touched hearts. By the politics. leading to lasting resent- Most commonly. the Shield of Rust was reduced to near members of the two freeholds begin spying upon one anoth. such sit down and discuss their problems with a mediator. splintered into a dozen aggressive and paranoid motleys that ing such strife. If a leader dismisses these allegations against his fac. to find the web spinner. it is a powerful thing. Alternately. the population of the freehold had been re- Sometimes freeholds fall prey to the fact that some duced by a fifth. ever. This is only exacerbated when started.for their Keepers did so with great dedication and feroc. suspicion and distrust can continue to grow until the leys. Soon after this leaders even more violently. if the leaders are involved or are perceived to have taken holds.

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but she was not unarmed. the flowers of its mane pouring forth an incense of life and love and war. and dried leaves blew in his wake. No weapon was visible in her hands. its flurries mingling with the mantle of purest Winter that hung about her like another cloak. The Queen of Summer took the vanguard as her rightful place. Long chains of lead were his weapon. was the Winter Queen. They cracked the asphalt beneath them as they rode through the gateway that pitched wide into the Thorns. the blast furnace harbinger of a wrath that would shatter mountains. They carried death with them. when the Four rode together as they had in old. t was a thing that had not been seen in many years. the Antler Crown upon his head. laughing as he nocked an elfshot-arrow to his bow of living wood. To her left rode the Emerald King. To the Crimson Queen’s right rode the King of Autumn. each link engraved with a promise that a man had died to keep. His steed was living wood and leaf and vine. His horse was smoke and soot and shadow. as grim and terrible as the King of Spring was merry and mad. ever-shifting in her place. . And with them. a thing of Autumn witchcraft that made not the slightest sound. Her steed was brass and fire and her sword a blazing brand. A wall of heat ran before her. Her steed was a rolling wave of snow like an avalanche. seeming first to be almost before them and then riding in their shadows.

the Great Courts are meant word. In some areas of China. to be colorful. the Great Courts are that one step more — they — but it’s fear that gives them the strength to pursue are security in the face of the True Fae. shrewd tactical choice and clever philosophy that es- natural power in the bargain. the direc. They also provide po- 26 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . the Serpent Queen of worked. and sometimes outright al changelings may tend to join a Court for reasons abusive. Thus they have that drives their resistance to the Others. the changelings often gather under the sea. While individu- They’re imperfect. They appeal to the intellectual chal- tional Courts and the seasonal Courts are recognized lenge of baroque politics and the tactical advantage of as equals. its favored endured and evolved where other alliances have failed. the ries in the history of the Lost. the other fades. Without one. You see some elements of these potential soci. It’s a bind their society together and give them added super. as its eight reigning nobles are lings might have banded together for protection. and the warrior- defense emerged when changelings found that a series lord of the West is all the more terrifying for his Au- of powerful pacts. into a haiku. of course. the concentrated es sences of the yin and yan g became the four season s. They have their roots in Europe and North America. The Narrative Power In Japan. Courts themselves can’t really be seen as favoring one There are many Court systems around the world. the East has taken the regent of Spring as her husband. or even tightly allied. — Huai-nan Tzu There are a hundred thousand ways that change. Others would have difficulty understanding. but they’ve been one of the great success sto. of philosophy or reasons of emotional sympathy. fae magic as a key element in retaining their freedom curity. of the Courts sonal banners as neatly as inserting a kigo. bound together in marriage. If a Court’s modus operandi is the engine are sworn on the passage of years itself. and the scattered es sences of the four season s became the myriad creatures of the world. The Lord of the North and each one of those ways might or might not have is wed to the Queen of Winter. could The mark of each Court’s passion is vivid. spread. the Four Luck freehold a like-minded support network. alliances that that task. over the other. But a greater power for particularly tempestuous relationship. is particularly notable. T he Seasonal Courts T he combined es sences of heaven and earth became the yin and yan g. but are also recognized in many other areas. emotion is the fuel for that engine. a seasonal To be open about it. Their purpose and their energy need but the seasonal Courts are some of the most wide. one another. constantly shifting in ways that the tumn bride. eties in the freeholds where the Lost experiment with the monarchs of South and Summer are caught in a democracy or totalitarianism. If any political structure tablished the Autumn Court’s interest in sorcery and is founded on finding a way to establish a society’s se.

Intrigued by the association of the sample structures that can be used if it seems interest- vulture as a solar symbol? Maybe vultures fit into the ing. adding new symbols and heraldry to really that — as diverse and widespread as the Lost them to make them more effective at stirring up emo. local Summer Court’s banners. now that we of righteous fury and pounding summer heat. the Summer Court’s A great number of unusual customs and practices symbolism should stir images of anger and violence. Adding these extra The Narrative Power of the Courts 27 . Just as the color red can make one these engines of emotion and courtly intrigue. You can finally have the space to do them justice. think of passion. for the Great Courts are detailed here. it would make little sense if the Winter Court had tion at the table.tential antagonists and plot hooks aplenty. Court is recognized. They’re definitely not intended to ing rust a potent symbol in the local heraldry of the supplant any ideas of your own. Bear in mind take images that speak powerfully to you and tie them that even the traditions described as “universal” aren’t into the Courts. are. Enjoy them as you please. Use this to because changelings can’t help but react strongly to your advantage. merely to provide more Autumn Court. which the group understand how changelings see them — are meant to tantalize the imagination. But they’re emotional connections to the Great Courts can help also things of vibrant color and potent symbols. fire or blood. Do the rusted hulks of train cars in the same ranks and traditions everywhere a Winter a run-down railroad yard inspire you? Consider mak.

to throw off the shackles that her Keeper experience and. That light. from the mundane of ev. Every action has significance. Life is. Life was not meant to winter. to love. they they will never ever willingly return. threat facing the Lost but a juicy mouthful isn’t famine or cold. rote obsequience. even when it is it’s the unpredictable. they might as well have never come out heart of everything they do. The among the ranks of Spring courtiers. their time in Faerie was or the fate of those who were not so strong or lucky full of denial. life is a hollow and longing or spiritual yearning. their loved ones. greatest strength and is at the heart of everything irresponsible or hedonistic. because they cannot forget. It is not enough to go through the mo. runs down the of being dragged kick. They use the pleasures of their former lives. But the biggest be a bitter bite of sand. ened to the proverbial grasshop. no matter how raucous. a changeling ever forward into the new and lessens tions of rites. designed to keep the Others at bay mean nothing if pleasures or pains of the past. anything. The ceremonies the chance that he will get bound up in the horrors. lived properly. Without genuine desire. The rivals of the Spring Court are prone to paint that hunger. Anything worth ant puts away stores against doing is worth doing whol- the inevitable coming of ly. they haven’t forgotten for know you’re alive. of the Hedge at all. They do it wanted: their friends and families. to to the past. that unquenchable desire is the Court’s them in the worst of colors. to remain free. Wanting is good: it spurs empty thing. nor their time in Faerie. ers. The Spring Court one moment that it exists. that. the Spring Court does and is. For many. singing and dancing away central to the Emerald Court the year while the dedicated philosophy. and even those who had a surfeit at their as to make their escape. Passion in all its forms is also per. a messy af- er. Despite what others blood and cum — that’s how you may claim. when will of an inhuman Keep. experiences in Faerie to drive all happiness and joy Desire is vital to the Spring Court. eryday life to the most elaborate of Glamour-infused Hunger is respected by the Antler Crown. and their freedom. Not just because they once did not have alternative. still stains the almost random threat lips. above all. They’re lik. And because they believe it to be the best it. to rejoice. to rediscover things that this world has to offer because they remember the to delight in. To formally be counted performed out of dull-hearted. bitter. chin and pools mess- ing and screaming back ily to remind you of through those thorny how very real it is long vines and once again after you have swal- losing everything to the lowed it up. or oth- forgotten the Others. but because if they allow their memories and past armor against returning to a fate worse than death. emotional desire. They embrace all do their best to rebuild. They don’t sing and dance. She 28 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . It is at the from this life. must be willing to give up the resentments that tie her it is the pure unadulterated desire to live. if motivated by er it takes the form of physical craving. put upon not only her body but also her spirit. a changeling noise and motion is not what keeps the True Fae away. Spring Lost know that fair full of sweat and spit and threat. They haven’t doesn’t believe in denying itself. Although much this world to remind them why they escaped and why of this remained lost to them upon their return. calling them flighty. Keeper’s table were still deprived of what they truly drink and rut because they don’t remember. wheth- ritual.

if not ruled. and revel noisily when the hounds are on your trail? and later develop a strong taste for indulgence through Because it’s not what They expect. the tidal waves of their emotions. the guidance counselor and YOUR Desires Are Your Own the club kid. however. knowing that it hides them forever and yet never truly live.must be ready to turn her eyes. to die while living fully than to exist the armor of pleasure. impressive thing to do. The Antler Court is more than a haven sentence than initially meets the eye. Very few rules have been laid down to tle a Spring courtier possesses. booze-swilling playboy is grossly exaggerated. of course. Universally speaking there is only one true rule one Spring courtier from one bed to the next can fuel attributed to Mother Susan and the founding of the another member of the court to create beautiful works Antler Crown: Your Desires Are Your Own. from their former Keepers far better than any shadow ever could. There is as much room within the Emerald It is not your place to pass judgment on the passions of others or to hamper them from following where their The Spring Court 29 . people and places that her inatrix. still shivering in the cold. The same heat of desire that drives ments. Spring courtiers dance On the other hand. may choose the Why join the court of Desire? Why dress brightly Spring Court from a purely philosophical sympathy. laughing. and each may embody the tenets of Spring as former captor neither knows nor could comprehend. And ing and truly living. Moderation is a word rarely found in requited desire and the white-hot passion of achieving the vocabulary of those called to the Emerald Court. the more likely he is to govern the entire Court as a whole from place to place. It’s not an in- looking for what they think they’ve broken. this ruling seems quite simple. The same quest for new it is frequently interpreted by those outside the court thrills can send one Emerald courtier into dark alleys as a hand-wave excuse to cover any indiscretion or seeking an ever-greater high or another into gourmet wrongdoing by a Spring courtier. her hungers halls for the coffee connoisseur as there is for the dom- to the future — to things. more to passion may prefer) may create and enforce other command- than sex and drugs. They don’t always and lows. for drug-addled orgies. The Others are long exposure to the Court’s practices. Much like skills. while another spends just as much time is placed in the sentence. of art or spend long hours and late nights building a At first glance. that which they have pursued. A changeling fresh from each plays its own role in keeping the Others at bay. teachers and students. tamed. its meaning shifts. evitable fate. by one’s passions is an en. even pathological. idea of formality and ritual: that is to say. harmful. say the primary identifying feature. there is far more to this simple press herself. running and energy honing her vocabulary and wordsmithing the gamut from supportive to cautionary. experimenters and Tend your own garden. constantly seeking to pen the perfect line to ex. Depending on where emphasis or bigger foe. explorers. but it’s common enough that it colors discarded or stolen every ounce of truly living away the Emerald Court’s traditions — and the prejudices from. But it is a far better thing. The Spring Court is entirely comfortable with the driven. desires as unhealthy. be seen by those outside the Court as little more than a Individual Vernal Sovereigns (by whatever title they tool of his emotions. and business from the ground up. they indulge there is at least a seed of truth in the generalization. but dislike awkward or overly demic trait to the Antler Crown. stiff regulation. In truth. in such things when it seems the proper. They wrap themselves in Spring courtiers. just for the rush lines that help define and reinforce the core principles of adrenaline that comes from conquering a stronger of Spring’s philosophy. They Unfortunately for the Spring Court. addicts and alcoholics (and indeed. reveling in the highs “-holics” of all stripes) are abundant. knowing that start out that way. however. Spring courtiers take away their perhaps they are. the Thorns. They’re looking for something wounded and of outsiders. It is home to the wine expert and the parkour traceur. the hunger and the satiety. By walking in the light. enjoyable or Being swayed. them. Desire can be draw strength from both the unending yearning of un. and the higher Man. markets and haute cuisine kitchens seeking the next this mandate (known sometimes as the Ardent Rule) gastronomic masterpiece. a harsh mistress. There is. The Ardent Rule While the stereotype of a Spring courtier as a lust. while for others it only fans the flames. lov. Passion can drive one man to conceals a compact and complex structure of guide- hone his body into a killing machine. wholly as the other so long as they have Passion at Spring courtiers know that feeding some passions sates their cores and Desire in their souls. her heart. the Emerald court itself. who often see the Antler Crown’s intense frightened. and let others tend theirs.

or worse yet — it may die Lost but among ordinary mortals. untainted by the in. Live hard. ers may accuse them of paying little attention to those 30 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . Passion is quick to scout out newly returned changelings. it does not specifically encourage the understand them. not just from that Your Desires Are Your OWN one individual. While they are often labeled is denying your heart. Your Desires ARE Your Own Recruitment Your desires simply are. Respect them as such. It is possible to look at the Spring Court as being ment. Other things occasional bad apple does sit under the tree. are your responsibility. corrupting or injuring mortals to our Desire is truly our own. which come from deep within us. Still. The past is dead Lost. to feel an immediate connection to the Spring Court’s Elaborate though the Ardent Rule is. The things we do out of sate their hungers. he not only has the poten- police or politician. but know frequent emotional states for those who have just es- that the burden of your actions falls on your shoulders. If you wish to keep them private. love hard. Do not turn your back on your desires and pre. fear. that is your right. hop- rarely comes without a price and when things get ing to find in them the seed of true passionate Desire. making it less common for a changeling not on others. do not let anyone. messy you should not rely on others to clean up your Unfortunately. Only izers in the process. it is not their place to condemn yours. and gone and the future is mutable and may never Some do so because they believe that fostering come to be. the Antler Court do as much or more than any other tend they do not exist. to emulate them. never accept censure for sire as an acceptable and valuable emotional state to them. If a yourself and to the things which stir the fires deep with- changeling heightens another person’s unrequited love in your soul. angst-filled yearning in the future. whether you will them to or not. others’ desires are as valid and real Spring Court to refrain from harming others in the as your own. Others see Your Desires Are YOUR Own nurturing the desires and hungers of everyone around them not only as an immediate source of Glamour Just as it is not your place to criticize other’s pas- ripe for the harvest. but the tions. be they king or clergy. for an unobtainable crush. Although you may not like or ior. play hard. The truest hearts of the Emerald Court know that the fluences of the outside world. Even if those they completely. and fortifying humanity’s passions as well as those of the desires burning within you at this very moment. Be true to of emotion-rich passion-filled Glamour farmers. anger and sorrow are much more mistakes. Only those motivations tice is openly condemned in most freeholds. right now. This prac- true selves we can ever take. These things of the Court obey the Ardent Rule. the pursuit of Desire strengthens the whole. or guilt. Most notably. Nor should you be controlled by your past proselytize to will never know of the existence of the cravings or your potential passions. The things you want. members of being. as weak as they are in the human world. pursuit of their desires. although oth- to regulate several potentially critical forms of behav. In terms of formal recruitment. or hate. Some stand aside and do nothing pure desire are the most personal expressions of our to prevent their fellows from such activity. Denying them on constant recruitment. the Emerald Court ing to do to get them.own hearts lead them. A desire long-enough denied court to spread their perspective among not only the may rage out of control. what is important is right here. but also as a self-perpetuating crop sions. Many Spring monarchs are quick to estab- Your DESIRES Are Your Own lish a Court law that demands the Antler Crown show Our hearts and souls are capable of many emo. not completely our own. your soul. tell you what you can or cannot de- tial to harvest his target’s immediate desire for Glam- sire. which in turn strengthens the potential for more are empowered — to possess them fully. but he is fostering the very idea of smoldering de- but never be ashamed of them. and the things you are will. Such a rule is the province of local law. but are victim- can be thrust upon us. can really be said to be pursuit of Desire is meant to stave off the Others. Some things we do out of duty. and know at all times that you are entitled — you be in. burden us. They are. our. the Lost is the key to ensuring that the Others remain They are you. however. respect for the health and freedom of others. caped Faerie. bear us down. it still fails emotion than to one of the others. The worst we do out of shame. They exist at this very mo. but from society in general. the very core of your self-centered or ill-concerned with others.

or the ice surrounding Winter’s heart be. at least in theory. or a Summer courtier’s wrath has mellowed and companionship. They are not as bound by the power of their from other affiliations. Others are drawn by the Spring rank and structure that seems prevalent in many of Court’s promise of acceptance. however. but also grants them fear fades — only Desire grows brighter regardless of a perspective that is vitally important to the Antler whether it is fed or starved. the ac. While another court may base its structure or punished for in other circles. condemned command. Whether they seek safety or acceptance. motivated by polled. there may well be a hierarchy of well as what they have found here on the other side of sycophants and placemen as elaborate as suits the re- the Hedge. Should the tendrils of the ver. many also keep little track so much taken from them. a visible figurehead who is more than Arcadia to be exactly what they need. the philosophy of living joyously in defiance of the Others. king or queen. her social connections to others in the immedi- out of pragmatism or even politics. are willing to join? Even of the intricate layers of hierarchy within the Court. with time. slowly earned political power or martial a desire for action. after being rent by the Hedge. frivolous ly the newly returned. the most exuberant Spring revels.around them. but owing. so are the members of the Spring the power of Desire. pleasures. Court is frequently as stratified and tightly defined as sistible temptation to those who are plagued by desires any Winter’s drotti or camorrae or Summer chain of and passions that they may be chastised. to try to help forget what they have gone through. decadent experiences or joyful revelries that But for the most part the Court lacks the inher- stand in stark contrast to the horrors they have expe. for doing something. even vital In truth. those who have suffered so greatly and had derstand the Ardent Rule.” If a member of the Au. ate setting. the other Courts. Spring is ready to show them to different people. especial. Spring courtiers (especially the Searce) Emerald Court monarch because they believe that size up every newly returned changeling they encoun. tumn Court begins to weary of the necessity of inflict. As Emerald courtiers are fond emotions. they are often led by a many find the truth in Spring’s promise of life-after. greatly depending upon which individual or group is tween the Spring and Autumn courts. the Spring court offers something for almost the fold. the Emerald courtier’s rank at any given mo- promises to ward off those inhuman captors they fear ment is virtually impossible to predict. acceptable. Crown. ent structure and codification with layer upon layer of rienced in Arcadia. “Sorrow heals. every Lost — assuming they have the desire to seek The Spring Court seeks members who believe in it out. Court called to its numbers through a myriad of means. which may make them almost wallflowers at of reminding others. They swear fealty to an relative acceptance or disfavor of her current ground- The Spring Court 31 . diversion or a new recruit to the Antler Crown is welcomed into delight. changeling has the wisest perspective or greatest abil- ter. Not all passions are for vices to be indulged. that might. ceptance of all desires as valid. Such recruits ember of desire may still smolder. anger dwindles. there is strength even in the simple desire for security ing terror. sometimes occupy a unique position within the Spring Many members instead come to the Spring Court Court. the human (or formerly Certainly. who are interested in renewal and able to see Court Structure the role Desire plays in that renewal. capable of playing the role of regal imperator. hoping that beneath their pain. Some. dive into the precepts of Desire puppet or wanton libertine as suits the Court’s needs. as Beneath that ruler. anything. They join the Ant. anger and fear. These teeter on the brink be. dant court find footing in what was once barren soil. significant social victories or faux pas (both ler Crown because that’s where the first friends they recent and notable past triumphs or failures) and the made upon their arrival are. the hierarchy of the Spring parts of a changeling’s internal make-up can be an irre. But who among Just as few outside the Emerald Court truly un- the Lost. Many are lured by the promise of worldly gent’s design. and may differ are hot on their heels. an ity to serve the needs of the freehold. It is a complicated series of formulae taking into Fear as much as Desire. sire as a sacred concept and. consideration not only her current favors owed and Some make their choice not out of passion. Others are drawn by on seniority. Or so it seems. Just as Desire can mean entirely different things gins to warm and crack. The reverence for De. during those time periods when the Spring human) spirit is resilient. The Lost are survivors and Court rules any given freehold.

though still the of Mantle-related titles for the Antler Crown. As well. manipulating her fellows — resorting to such tricks is Below are some of the more time-honored tradi- a terrible faux pas. ties or shared-criteria judgments. note- good to one’s standing. Some in- mutable. A djinn- the changeling’s Mantle rating. also possible for one to be awarded more than a single various Social rolls made within the Spring Court title based upon different roles. Since the social hierarchy of the nored.breaking endeavors. Since a large part of that core In mechanical terms. but they come naturally to the Spring Court. may style himself as “Nasim ben Altair.” others adopt monarchial titles that suit their some courts use a title system that is directly tied to particular personality. • Vernal Sovereign: This is the official title of a Titles Spring courtier who is currently the ruler of a freehold. ranks or honor- wise to uncover potential gossip. This is also true for Lost general. Mantle represents a social tie to the That is not to say. talent or attribute he has of other Courts who possess Court Goodwill (Spring). most significant. determining whether the new titles. spreading gossip or currying favor. check to craft a particularly cutting bon mot). nition of the individual’s particular status within the ier. worthy accomplishments or exceptional attributes. The social bo. Instead. either within the Court or within Lost society in bers of another Great Court. impulsive nature of the Spring Court. Where Queen. for example. liable to do much more harm than tional Spring Court titles based on courtly roles. there is no strict set nus of Mantle is only part of the story. A changeling with five dots of Mantle (Spring) court is a constantly shifting maze of current triumphs is a living embodiment of renewal. been exceptionally noted for. rather than court-wide priori- to capture with a single. because of the constantly evolving and frequently ing in duels of wits. should be subject to situational modifiers on a regular What is in a Name? basis. depending on the oft-mercurial nature vantage. the names by which each change- and I don’t really know why”). “The Viscountess While there are definitely some traditional roles of 15th and Knucklebone has spoken out against you. the ire of a well-loved personality. the mercurial and minutely tenet is involved with promoting individual desires. it is To represent the shifting tides of Spring politics. or by being unfash. however. Subterfuge to spread ifics “stick” and spread. or a particular skill. Some of these modifiers may be beyond the play- ers’ control. fils. detailed social structure of the Spring Court is difficult views and preferences. but a skilled Spring ling within that role calls themselves (or is called by Courtier has ways to win favor even when at a disad. they tend to reflect a particular role the courtier ful- ionably friendly with one of the high-ranking mem. taken or received them the scorn and ridicule Contracts or other supernatural powers as a means of of the local court. the internal structure of the Em- of the Court’s goals and interests. or whether they are seen as (inappropriately) to use the gossip against a rival). within any particular niche to be granted a title. a subject pretentious affectations and earn those who have of the Antler Crown should be careful to avoid using given. Players should be encouraged to win tempo. Emerald Caliph of the Freehold of a 32 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . such a character erald court tends to be more fluid than most. new titles are Some of these may be extemporaneous (an Expression often invented and bestowed (or claimed) on a whim. However. others) varies. As such. and finally Socialize or Expression tional. Court at any given time. of course (for example. of the individual courtier. heritage or nature. others with the social power of the bestower (or claimant) more involved or extended (using Politics or Street. while a Spring they may find themselves temporarily increased in courtier may never gain enough prestige (or notoriety) popularity or reduced in favor as circumstances shift. titles do not exist. Such highly complex calculations a quantification of the quality with which the individ- would seem more the province of accountants and ual embodies the Spring Court’s core tenet than a defi- number-crunchers than for the passion-driven court. Spring Mantle is more like Air Elemental. within the Court. Spring can still find himself temporarily out of favor due to a titles are not a matter of social rank earned and then poor performance at the most recent revel. their view of titles tends to be less rigid and dividuals prefer the title of “Vernal King” or “Spring compartmentalized than that of other Courts. eventually becoming tradi- it before the event. in no small part rary bonuses (or risk temporary penalties) by engag. virtually an avatar and recent faux pas. Yet. that Spring Court Court that is supernatural in nature and not easily ig. constant Trait. by drawing kept until the next highest level is gained. Because the social strata of the Spring Court is so Not all Vernal Sovereigns will use this title.

Persuasion be it hand-to-hand combat. a Venombite Spring Court Beast. but not unheard of. precious grain. ploring the Hedge. Searces specialize in discretely inter. Socialize whose passions push them to excel at the martial arts. Those who impress levels of Politics. It is unusual. landing her in equivalent amount of Status in the Court. title that reflects that focus. especially Searce finds to be rude. Searces attention of the Fair Folk. with their talent. a mark the extremes.Thousand Oaks. jail. civil have held the throne as the puppets for others. When one of the court’s members sessing at least three dots in Spring Mantle and an allows her desires to get away with her. play. Advocates frequently have high their potential value to the Court. is ru- the price of admission to the Emerald Court is a six. Some Advocates specialize in level of Mantle. or even worse. • Searce: One joke making the rounds states that Atrax Attor. a mental hospital or in the custody of a freehold’s especially in freehold where seasonal court changes version of the local police. skill. and Investigation. High levels of Brawl. assuming lations of freehold-specific laws or problems between the two work well together. passion. although Subterfuge. It is un. It is considered. it’s more specific types of cases. der defense (especially handy for those with a pesky claim and recognition crosses paths with a more subtle fetch problem to deal with. and Clavigers who have a driv- propriate introductions to those of higher Status. Grand Dame Lily Jaroslav. can be disruptive. assault. However. such as Cavalier. For an the courtier’s persona.) Others work only Lost- member whose drives run in more Machiavellian di. tory or military science. When matters (such as adultery or libel/slander) or even mur- an inexperienced courtier with a passion for public ac. and some high-ranking for Spring courtiers who are so inclined. archery or marksmanship. In truth. Those who work with the mun- than likely that several low-Mantle Spring courtiers dane law might focus on drug trafficking. there are Spring courtiers go so far as to outfit their Claviger(s) also those whose passions drive them into the intri. experience or attitudes • Claviger: The title of Claviger is given to those are more likely to find themselves being introduced to Spring Courtiers who serve as the bodyguards and pro- higher Status members of the Court. was noted for appearing in public only with an entourage of a dozen The Spring Court 33 . Attor was given the title “Ebon Advocate” by the lo- viewing new or potential Spring courtiers to determine cal Vernal Sovereign. if no member of the Spring Court who called a Verdant Mediary or Verdant Representative) is willing or able to take the throne possesses such a is the first one she calls. First Lady of even-more-complicated intricacies of Lost traditions the Furthest Aisles”.” while a Darkling Antiquarian might thorny labyrinth of human legal proceedings or the label herself “Imperatrice Page Turner. by some. common for a Searce to possess less than two dots of Firearms or Weaponry Skills are common. self-defense. exceptions are made. an Advocate (sometimes are mandated. the Lost and certain sentient members of the Hedge. Academics (with a specialization in the Searce (pronounced to rhyme with “rehearse”) Law) and Persuasion. specific situations — collusion with the Others. ler Crown are driven by passions which. ing interest in one of these areas may claim an alternate • Verdant Advocate: Many members of the Ant. These em- considered to have sufficient power to pick and choose phases are sometimes accompanied by a passion for his- among the incoming courtiers. clumsy. a not- Advocate of the Spring Court. vio- rections. current or former Vernal Sovereigns who realize that are often left to mill around the proverbial punchbowl their position may put them at greater risk for retribu- while more promising individuals are put on the fast tion from political adversaries or bring them to greater track to Court social and political workings. any less and they simply aren’t the offensive or defensive Physical Merits. Fortunately protecting one from danger. not ing gang-members whose territory abutted that of the everyone is truly suited for his or her role. navigating the often ed Flowering Fairest of the early 1900s. mored to have negotiated for the release of a fellow pack and a quick tumble. As well. and policies is as great a thrill as some Lost find in ex- for a Spring Courtier to take the throne without pos. For her successful efforts in researching gleaner may winnow away the useless chaff from the and then using the vampire’s own laws against them. fencing. boring. Praetorian. Clavigers are most often those most often possess high levels of Empathy. sword- and Intimidation are also useful Searce skills. Those who the tectors of high-ranking Emerald Courtiers. in livery that onlookers cannot help but associate with cate world of legal semantics and procedures. let alone provide ap. while Lost who seek courtier when he fell afoul of a group of bloodsuck- to join the Spring Court are rarely turned away. destructive or even of power and prestige to have a large force of Clavigers deadly to themselves as well as others. as is any of Spring Court Status. at least in or simply “Guardian”. Just as a Spring Court. the results can be deadly effective.

an Emissary may be assigned to a foreign prestige from their title alone. One an exceptionally strong Mantle. a Wizened Brewer who for nearly a decade has served Ogre entourage is rumored to have rebelled. and Expression are • Archivist: It is possible that the title of Archi- frequently Skills that Emissaries find vital in their role. ings and whereabouts of the local lycanthrope popula- ler Crown may send out ambassadors to other courts. vist. not only as ambassador but also as spy and protector ideas. or experiences from the groups they maintain of the Lost. her signature scent while on duty. While freeholds or even to other supernatural groups. Clavigers gain little alternately. martial skill. An Emissary may tongue-in-cheek bon mot. however. especially when their such is Faxon Farwalker. as a liaison between the Emerald Court and which- when Dame Lily attempted to force them all to wear ever group was currently ruling his local freehold. Faxon’s otherworldly nature.Clavigers. these Emissaries are for the purpose of maintain. her own lily-white clothing and complexion. Faxon (who rarely uses his official title of “Envoy to • Sylvan Emissary: In freeholds where the Spring the Moonbound”) routinely sends reports on the do- Court’s presence is strong and well organized. contact with. the were-creatures know (and have come to accept) ory. serves because of a desire to glean new and exciting items. In this way he. Or. with its connotation of dusty tomes and lonely and many are accorded high levels of Status within libraries. Empathy. the Ant. Socialize. as in the case of designed to provide a constantly flattering backdrop for Jacque Avec L’eau. Ambassador to the Royal Court. as many Emissaries. In the. they have no idea that he ing positive political and social relations with other is reporting in to a greater population of Fae creatures groups. all dressed identically in dark green uniforms remain as part of a local freehold. Certainly it seems an inap- 34 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . was chosen for the Spring Court as a sort of the Court after proving their value. although some develop location or to non-Lost individuals or groups. many Emissaries take the position like himself. an Ogre ambassador who skill is honed through true dedication to the art of their makes his home in the wilds of the Canadian Rockies. The all. tions back to his Emerald Court companions. In practice.

both for the young to refer to one’s self. Some seek so far as to actively thwart the activities of members of the title of Sage Escort out of a visceral thrill. Resources and Al- shape the desires of others (as well as their own). fulfill and make their targets happy. drawn to the deal of serious meaning. for those who know in their hearts that such fes. who the Fleeting Court contracts to glean what will truly see in them a spark of potential to nurture. as well as Contacts. the next wave of art. although when one is bestowed a belief that the heart of the Spring Court is deeply the title (especially from a Vernal Sovereign) it is a tied to physical desire and that learning how to wield very high complement. Others are indoctri. to bolster weaknesses in the community Furthermore. because it recognizes their ground-breaking ability to cerned with the maintenance of a freehold’s pledges create that which others covet. nec. are or Resources. and it deserves all of the selves in the role of Avant Guard. Many. including timing. reign. but is not the same as. but also inspiring and promoting the desires of chivists are Magistrates of the Wax Mask. change their talents for monetary gain). fear and anger and replace it with joy.) Joyeux is most of- to some changeling’s visage. location. there are certainly those who feel passionately while others plot and plan elaborate schemes designed about aiding those both within and outside of the to defeat sorrow. Others are in the employ or association of a of their vital details. Many Fairest Muses find them- girl and for the community. using their skills to glean essary participants and important related activities. For some. (Most Joyeux do not go view about sexual issues and interaction. Spring Ar. Archivists are responsible for potential of sexual activity and expressions as a pure remembering all of the traditional celebrations and all art form. knowing other courts. not only giving one’s own desires free tency or import. Court to have what they believe to be a “healthier” contentment and happiness. of the title. information. Some Escorts are free-workers. the Archivists hold as much (or their role as guardian of the responsibility of shaping more) import on the social traditions of the group. Trendsetters within the Emerald Court covet role overlaps with. Contacts. often key tools used by the Avant Guard. true dedication to serving Desire to excel in this posi- Archivists frequently hold numerous levels of Social. To claim Planning a Latina Lost’s quinceanos celebration may to be an Avant is a huge faux pas. as trollops or gigolos The Spring Court 35 . upon to utilize Investigation and Empathy along with nated into the role by existing holders of the title. especially by targets) make their job easier as well. How. title have gone far beyond the need or desire to ex- ever. but to the Archivist. Spring Court. tered. so. Others pursue it out of ten a self-claimed title. Expression and Politics. they also must continually come up with or as a powerful tool for healing wounded souls (like new and interesting ways to bring those sometimes. believe themselves to be akin they are the first and best line of defense against the to the Venetian courtesans of old: diplomats. Wits and (depending on whether one ize. • Sage Escort: Even among the passionate Em. Expression. • Joyeux: Many see Spring Courtiers as self-cen- erald Court. there are those who see intimate inter. that of the the somewhat tongue-in-cheek title of Avant Guard Noble Order. Even life of random acts of kindness bestowed upon others. Joyeux facilitate hap- members of the Court. nor is there an emphasis on piness in those around them. There is no official inspire happiness in others? Where Muses inspire oth- mandate enforcing a sex-positive viewpoint from all ers to feats of creative excellence. Sovereign or freehold court. this entails a stressing “free love” over exclusive partnerships. but vigilante Joyeux are not unheard of in that the name alone is enough to bring a fever blush Spring Court legend and folklore. Even after one has not be vital to the turning of the seasons or be tied to been publicly or formally referred to as such by others any particular freehold pledge. as well as giving nod to and responsibilities.propriately dull nomenclature for those tasked with (although for the most part those who are granted the planning parties and organizing celebrations. Sage lies (a bank of individuals frequently formed from past Escorts are sometimes looked down upon. The title’s others. sinful or dirty. although it takes attention and expertise the Archivist has to offer it. however. Allies is creating or inspiring) either Crafts or Persuasion. although not all. but what happens when one’s true desire is to actions as base. those outside the Emerald Court. tion. those of many of the Lost). ancient celebrations into being in such a way that they • Avant Guard: Desire is at the core of the are constantly evolving without ever losing their po. fashion or technology. Joyeux are frequently called such potential is a potent tool. Those who tivities are more than an excuse to run amok — that hold the rank. Where the Magistrates are most con. it is considered trés gauche to use the title the celebration plays a vital role. artists encroachment of the Others — the title holds a great and more.

monotonous repetition or ongoing attention. honed in the shifting politics of the Antler Crown. Some Lost make the mistake of believing one • Ritualist: The Autumn Court pursues mastery of two overly simple extremes about how the Spring of mystical rites and rituals as their raison d’etre. the Spring Court is same roles they do within the court itself: a Claviger may often called upon to manage the details that will en- serve as a guardian for a king or queen of another court. with the expectation that the side the courtier herself. from ensuring a steady source of whole. the Emer. Their claim isn’t without merit. it’s planning tours and dinners for visiting dignitaries Freehold Roles or plastering telephone poles with notices about the Within a freehold. ing the object of her desire dropped into her lap) will tended by changelings and humans alike. In some areas this propensity for nurturing concentration to maintain a watchful post long-term. sure that the event achieves its intended goals. otherwise). for affection towards. the bend. high with the promise of her heart’s desire just around asm and passion to the task. Rarely is this true. Counselors of the Emerald Court discipline. few Lost and defend a freehold population against those who have as green a thumb as the gardeners of the Spring would do them ill. those around them. those • Horticulturalist: Whether they’re tending who wield Spring’s Contracts can do a lot to protect mundane plants or those native to the Hedge. it and pizza to watch the Super Bowl or host an evening is unlikely that anything (including sometimes hav- of opera. Whether pull her from the depths of bittersweet yearning long 36 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . sacred Courtier’s projected attitude towards another fre- mysteries and more. led them there. which can (when not believe that the Spring Court’s joie-de-vivre is in- wielded properly) allow them to serve as facilitators. she is filled with melancholic longing for something tual meaning. role play. of. A Spring ing them with special effects. performance art or spoken-word that is at. Whether it is rousing per has put them in the jail as easily as one whose Desire a garden-army to protect the freehold’s fall-back point. or upon to serve their freehold in other fashions. libation. many Spring Courtiers play the freehold-sponsored rock concert. sending an attacker off to pursue other Desires. advisors and confidants to those upon willing to (begrudgingly) admit that without their pas- whose shoulders rests the burden of power. fill. when by a freehold are Glamour-imbued rituals of deep spiri. Many. More adventurous horticulturalists may turn their attention to Hedge bounty. changeling society would be can draw on diplomatic skills that have been well. she may well greet even her enemies with a • Social Coordinator: Not all celebrations thrown knowing wink and a smile. the Emerald Court claims to be the of their freehold’s population. fluential in thwarting the Other’s predations are often truth-catchers. laughter and drama. Its members group governed by an ever-rotating group of monarchs provide a counterbalance to the bitter. particular emergency to which they can apply their some organic food year-round to creating an exclusive verve and fire. On the other hand. Sometimes the Lost gather over beer (or someone) she perceives to be beyond her reach. From solemn Some mistake the Emerald Court’s often jovial spirit solstice ceremonies to bacchanalian orgies. cultivating en. passionate drive that keeps Lost society from stag- • Counselor: It is extremely advantageous for a nating. ing extremes of the other Courts. paler. dark or blaz- to be able to move through the fluid process of sea. camaraderie with. Many freeholds place a member of quently has nothing to do with the other person. while at the same sonal procession with a minimum of insults. but the Spring Court in charge of arranging at least a few is instead dictated by the bubbling font of emotions in- of the mystical rituals. Should she be riding a manic Emerald Courtier will bring a certain level of enthusi. injured time being themselves counterbalanced by the others’ feelings and slights. Relations tire orchards and groves of goblin fruit for the benefit In general. but Court views the outside world (including them). the Spring Court aren’t too far behind. or even trust ald Court understands the power of sacred acts. Spring is can spring a changeling whose Summer-spawned tem. rather than those which require rote business in exotic fruits. Even those who do have access to the tools of Desire. also capable of lending support. however. plant life might provide sustenance and resources for Such Lost are best used when called in to handle a the freehold. Spring courtiers are also often called acting as a combat medic to heal the wounded. less vital version of itself. They also sion. flowers and herbs (legal and drills. and a Verdant Advocate’s skills fear are often vital to a freehold’s defense. a poorer. insight and restraint. an Archivist need not limit their focus solely to the Em. • Defender: While Summer’s wrath and Autumn’s erald court’s population. lack the focus and Court.

trust or care for any other individual because of her actions towards him is just as likely to be untrue as assuming that she does have feelings for him because she is affectionate or even intimate with him. That being said. Within the mutable rule of Desire. Certainly there are general trends and viewpoints. Spring courtiers are just as capable of forming deep loving and trusting bonds with others as any other individual might. some generalizations do exist. regardless of how cutthroat it might seem to an outsider. On the other hand. is often far less fickle than that they would find among their own numbers). overly simplified and far from all inclusive. at best. self-centered attitudes and single-minded- ness that so often characterize the Spring Court and believe them to be incapable of empathetic interactions or true emotional consideration for others. Their ri- valries. verbal and social sparring and one-up- manship can just as easily be an affectionate interaction as one spawned by hatred. some witness the social mach- inations. Assuming any given Spring Courtier does not love. although it is often not stated. claiming to find a passion within them that near-rivals their own (and. Vernal Views of Other Courtiers • Summer Court: Many comparisons have been made between the fire of Wrath and that of Desire. to make a blanket statement about how such a mercurial Court as a whole interacts with or perceives those outside of their number is even more difficult than defining the views of one of their numbers. and so such general- izations are. The Spring Court 37 .enough to give friends or lovers the warm interaction they have come to expect. just to delight in the sheer power of Summer un- furled. few things are ever certain. Other Lost of the Antler Crown take lovers from the Iron Spear’s numbers. Spring courtiers sometimes revel in spurring those of the Summer Court to berserk frenzy. Obviously. but it is important to note that many Spring Courtiers revel in being the exception to the rule.

and although it’s not they do. as individuals and as groups. surprise or fright that can mimic ing that if they did so they would surely belong to the the symptoms of sexual desire. has taken its members into places that few others dare ers not cooperate. As larger social groups. ground to warrant working together. Desire makes for strange bedfellows and interest- lead or work alongside is a technique only heightened ing journeys. claim- of adrenaline in shock. Their efforts rarely succeed. That rivalry. capitulate or offer forth their sup. reactions to stimuli. and that which truly frightens an months. Therefore the first to oppose an extended most part) respect those who continue to strive to find Spring rule is the Autumn Court and vice versa. can they have assuaged in less forceful courts into blood feuds that can any respect for someone who is too cowardly to ad- engulf entire freeholds in their frenzy. They delight in searching for cracks in their the face of challenge. even years. but both even if they do not formally join the Spring family. un- can quickly spiral into something much more devastating known to even the Winter courtier himself. and the verdant path of the Spring Court by the spoken or unspoken hint of fear should the oth. there can be a perverse attraction the safety and support of belonging to a group. crystalline armor. beat of their own drummer. just as their views especially when dealing with humans (who so often of the other Lost Courts are varied and diverse. but when greater symbolism of Fae magic. With stand. look forward to meeting. and often a good natured rivalry be. it’s still notable and colors the relations between • The Courtless: Conforming is the easy way out. Most courtiers anathema. the Spring Court’s reactions to the unique and often side threat) and when they can find enough common alien creatures who share their world. to tread – places where their paths cross with those few port. are those who look down on the Courtless for being un- den (with its inherent threat of consequences). Spring has Even those who are called to the Spring Court realize not ruled for some time and will not rule for some time that it is not the right path for everyone. fright and fascination are very different a rise from them. them? The Silent Arrow’s stoicism is alien. at first glance. what desires and passions might lie hidden inside. there are places where Au- tumn and Spring complement each other well. 38 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . and many members of the Spring Court of the Leaden Mirror claim little understanding of the aren’t above hating and fearing what they don’t under- Antler Crown and the reverse is often true as well. the rush willing to recognize and fulfill their own desires. But most honor the right of those who of nominally safe. shock individual is not something that he is likely to desire or anger a passionate reaction from a member of the as well. some Spring Courts have discovered in the Verdant Garden that pandering to the desires of those they would rule. and once the tiniest chink of vul- tween the two courts will spur each to greater heights than nerability is found. and yet just-threatening-enough thrills choose to remain outside the court system to follow the such as horror movies. they ask. the two. Neither is quick to fold in challenge. so are fear their own desires as deeply as they do any out. these two factions ice. devastating and unstoppable. seek to wedge it open to discover either would have achieved alone. let alone actually acting upon • Autumn Court: The court of Fear. and (for the yet to come. mit to having emotions. however. Winter. while still looking for oppor- The overlap of Desire with Fear may not be as blatant or tunities to tempt them into fulfilling the call of Desire. Spring and Autumn are also opposed in the Winter Court. almost seems incompatible with that of Desire. There in certain aspects of fear: the temptation of the forbid. roller coasters and BDSM scenes. their emotions. they claim the results are like an avalanche: as stark a difference as the opposition of Summer and beautiful. to the attempt to coax. the right place for them even when it means forgoing That being said. Other Travelers Historically. and even deadly as each group’s “Never say die” attitude Others have nothing but disdain and frustration pushes slights or misunderstandings that could be easily for the Winter Court. the Emerald and Crimson • Winter Court: Spring’s passion may seem alien courts can be tight allies — or bitter enemies. hearts and spirits in a thick coating of When stirred toward a compatible goal. the complicated interplay Antler Crown. How. there are those who dedicate weeks. Autumn and Spring can be an effective team. to the Autumn Court. There is rare. as broad-spread as that the overlap with Wrath. When Autumn is at its strongest. Some Emerald courtiers see the Silent Arrow as a can accomplish awesome feats. However. but no group is more foreign ly middle ground between two groups who are so strongly to Spring than those who deal in restraint and coat ruled by the powerful force of their respective emotions. Like with those who target Summer just to stir few exceptions.

On the other hand. however. the Contract works best for those How can you trust someone who has the power to warp who have the inner drive and passion of the Spring reality. the wrong verbal barb are neither safe nor sure. They appear to be for great accomplishment. Here. many vam. victims and manipulate at will. Others ers. and no Verdant Spring Contracts are. the Verdant Spring is a power and passion. runs deep in their spirits. mally associated with dramatic failures). Either way. passionate desire to something greater than a cold beer changers in the same way they might with one of the or a hot lay. are those who truly are ruled by their Desire: to sire in life and are condemned to walk the world until hunt. no matter how they explain. limitless power without being restricted with clauses and Unlike the Fleeting and Enduring Spring Contracts. to feed and to manipulate those around them. and others to great heights. are generally seen to be a reminder that life is short and Unfortunately for the Spring Court. in their Goodwill. some of the Verdant tions Arcadia. that ghosts are the souls of those who denied their de- they say. Oth. equal to the potential risk. tell about it) are often awestruck by their freedom. Each carries with it a higher against one of the werewolves might well earn a Spring than normal penalty for failure (akin to those nor- Courtier a one-way trip to oblivion. are less certain. • Vampires: As embodiments of hunger incarnate. like dancing along a cliff edge. No lost time. the Verdant Court Con- Spring respects Summer for its ardent emotion. Among the • Mages: At first glance. Passion is a keen-edged weapon: it is capable of sion the walking undead can conjure forth from their spurring a changeling to unimaginable heights but. the Spring Court the possibility of spurring themselves tions that allow such ripostes to be answered in a non. More than one Emerald Court member Verdant Spring has lost her free will. fickle. popular Contract among those who would ride their tempts to play social parry and thrust with the wolf. however. While the Fleeting Spring canthropes howl and not recognize the passion that Contract allows those of the Emerald Court to sense. and her life. They note the lack of true believe that spirits are little more than long-lasting reso- passion in anything these ghoulish predators undertake nances of those who lived so passionately and fully that and wonder if they truly feel desire at all. but like passion itself. even when the clause that they’ve been somewhere that these power-charged is used successfully. pires possess the ability to play with others’ desires like a child’s toys. great risk always exists when striving of fascination to the Spring Court. Court Goodwill (Spring) cannot be used in place of The Spring Court 39 . desire is strong. • Ghosts: Some passions are so strong that even some Spring Courtiers (especially those with carnal tastes death can’t stop them. which spell-slingers would give their right arm to get to. no fetch taking your place. ghosts true feelings or emotions of their own at all. Many of the clauses take into consideration the one thing you would give anything to have never done? Spring Mantle level of the changeling who is activating It’s enough to make one start to think that maybe. in many ways. Sounds like a pretty Their catches are often more generous than is usual for sweet deal. mages are often a source Emerald Court. Woe betide to the Lost who at. right up to the point where someone men. they lethal manner among the Lost. It doesn’t take long for even the flightiest Spring clauses contain a drawback that comes into play Spring Court to put two and two together and figure out only during certain circumstances. and not living fully is a waste of both. caught after their bodies no longer functioned and their souls in survival-driven patterns of habit and reaction with no had gone on to whatever lies beyond. a Contract. Thus are the whims of Spring. pledges. the exhilaration is • Werewolves: Few could hear one of the ly. And gives (and takes away) according to its own whims. or whether they they left an indelible mark on the world that lasted long are little more than blood-sucking automatons. Unfettered by social tradi. maybe there’s one line that even Desire shouldn’t cross. and would trade it all for the chance to do the Court. Within the Spring Court. just it when figuring its effectiveness or potency. even if they do not possess true Desire Contracts of themselves. they find a way to satisfy them in the afterlife. to the pseudo-pas. Some Spring courtiers believe themselves) empathize with the walking undead. As usual. Much in the same ways that manipulate and fulfill desire. those tract allows them to channel their passion to accom- who have encountered the werebeasts (and lived to plish a variety of goals. they can feel their words While some clauses of the Verdant Spring contract feeding the magic-wielder’s desire to do the one thing are taught to those who are not of the Court but held that no Lost could ever understand doing voluntarily. Keeper waiting to steal you back. The clauses of the Verdant Spring offer Summer Court.

resistance is reflexive. This can come across to Unfortunately. the Antler Crown will inherently sense the failure. if used too misstep may mean disaster.Spring Mantle. advise and consult with other lowing their own dreams. than the ability to build. as those of cial challenges (those using Presence. the changeling (or per- Font of Inspiration (•) son he is inspiring) receives a +1 bonus to his next There is more to a successful creation than the Crafts or Expression challenge. Manipulation. the clause backfires. ly attractive and intriguing. one pear more appealing to others. the line between incredible suc. sweat or tears into the creation of the object or Drawback: Every time after the first that this plans for the project. By accessing their own inherent the next week. Only one such bonus can be active at any knack for sensing others’ desires. Success or failure. At- erting influence on another individual) is under a –4 tempts on other targets do not affect each other. Thus the second time the Clause is attempted on any given target (whether the Dramatic Failure: The endeavor fails horribly. Thus. Composure as a stat) towards the target fail for a num- Failure: The creator (and inspiration. Lost with this clause given time. For of Verdant Spring can use their own inner passions to ap- those who set their sights on amazing creations. of his disastrous efforts hinder future creations. goals and desires – regardless of people and enhance their ability to create as well. others as intensely annoying and self-centered. and so on. In order to craft an effective speech. Changelings with this clause and the fires of creativity can burn unwary fingers. The enhanced success using this clause is made before the previous one results are not a result of the clause increasing their wears off. only one often. should the ber of weeks equal to the changeling’s Mantle (Spring) changeling be exerting influence on another individual) plus the target’s Mantle (Spring) or Court Goodwill 40 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . lenges) for the next month as the weight of his disas- trous efforts hinder future creations. even if the Roll Result failure happens in secret. for reading your audience and what they want (or are Exceptional Success: Not only does the bonus willing) to hear. if another exceptional are able to create more successfully. Dramatic Failure: The character’s passion comes if applicable) is set at –2 for all social challenges against across as self-centered narcissism. its bonuses apply rather than the earlier ones. but an knack plicable to the challenge. you with any other supernatural or equipment bonuses ap- have to not only have a way with words. Clause is attempted on the same target gives a –1 cu- Roll Result mulative penalty to the roll. but does not Expression challenges) for the next month as the weight have the mystical power of the season strengthening it. Court Goodwill represents enough so. driving others away. or strange- cess and dismal failure is sometimes a very thin one. Action: Instant Catch: The character speaks out loud about some- Catch: The changeling invests his own (literal) thing she is passionate about. Creating the perfect toy requires more above apply to the character’s next creative challenge. For better or worse. the creator (and inspiration. should the changeling be ex- a –1 penalty. Success: For each success. the third attempt is –2. workmanship. but to all social challenges made against members of the You have to have a sense of what will be fun for the Spring Court (minimum 1 point of Spring Mantle) for toy’s intended owner. The first attempt was successful or not) the roll is made at creator (and inspiration. is under a –4 penalty for all creative works (Crafts or cial standing to be taught a basic clause. what the rest of the world thinks. As well. attempt to use this Clause may be made on any given Prerequisites: Mantle (Spring) • or Court Good- creative endeavor. paint or design mechanics. but because it allows them to better in- terpret and anticipate the needs and desires of their The Ineffable Gift (••) target demographic. These bonuses stack creating itself. Any attempts at So- members of the Spring Court for one month. blood. will (Spring) ••• Prerequisites: None Cost: 1 Glamour Cost: 1 Glamour Dice Pool: Presence + Manipulation + Mantle Dice Pool: Wits + Empathy + Mantle (Spring) (Spring) versus target’s Resolve + Composure (minus the target’s Resolve if actively opposed) Action: Contested. the ability can be applied Some people have a certain aura of confidence and to other’s creations as well. Unfortunately. allowing a changeling with focus about them that comes from being dedicated to fol- this clause to inspire. These penalty for all creative works (Crafts or Expression chal- penalties do not decrease over time.

One contested roll ling’s target does not attack her between multiple uses may be made reflexively for a crowd based on the high- of Impassioned Blow. however. as somehow appealing or persuasive to the target. be struck by the changeling’s passionate nature.(Spring) if they have any. but to sway an entire Mantle (Spring) or Court Goodwill (Spring). but turns on the changeling. A courtier driven to combat by her passions may well Unlike the Vainglory Contract “Words of Memo- find that they allow her to strike a devastating blow. but not stackable with attack pool against the chosen target.: only one use of this clause by any changeling Exceptional Success: In addition to the + 4 dice bo- can be actively affecting a target at any given time. the attack is resolved as the next 24-hour period. For Failure: The clause fails. and can for the next 24 hours as his self-centered nature taints take no further actions (including reflexive ones) for interactions with others. Goodwill (Spring) ••••• Drawback: Intended target gets +2 to next physi. crowd. If she wishes to continue Failure: The clause doesn’t take hold. the target only gains a single +2 est Composure present. she must spend the next turn preparing again counts as an attempt for purposes of the cumulative (picking herself up. cool and calculated. all Social challenges towards normal. stackable. Supernatural targets make bonus against the changeling. certain members of the crowd. effectively leaving her vulnerable for Roll Results the rest of the turn. His kenning of their desires Action: Instant (and ability to shift them to suit his needs) is enough.) and can make no attack Success: The changeling’s passions come across until the following turn. The effects of this The Spring Court 41 . Cost: 1 Glamour cal attack of any sort against the changeling. this clause does not rely upon the Unfortunately. all Social challenges a dropped weapon. each roll represents five minutes). This may manifest as a misstep Dramatic Failure: The crowd is not only not that throws her to the ground. has failed. the Emerald Court. This Dice Pool: Presence + Wyrd + Mantle (Spring) penalty is in effect whether the Clause is successful or Action: Extended and Contested (five successes. She loses all Defense (not includ- made by the changeling against any target are at –4 ing Armor) for the remainder of the scene. this same drive can leave her vulner. nus offered by the success. itself (i. her firearm’s chamber. or Impassioned Blow (•••) turning a cocktail party against a newcomer’s cutting Some combats are calm. which is Success: Passion steers the changeling’s attack. the changeling does not need to be Dice Pool: Resolve + Brawl/Firearms/Weaponry actively speaking or performing in front of the crowd. As well. She receives +4 to her es the changeling may possess. Because of this. Catch: The target has insulted or assaulted (by Prerequisites: Mantle (Spring) ••• or Court word or deed) the changeling in the last hour. their own resistance rolls. Dramatic Failure: The changeling’s emotions get the best of her. Roll Results Catch: No one in the target crowd knows that the individual using the clause is a changeling. the target by the changeling gain a +3 bonus.e. changeling’s own inherent impressiveness. his ability to trigger the (sometimes hidden) desires of Prerequisites: Mantle (Spring) •• or Court Good. The changeling is at a +4 bonus for any Social challenges Spur the Crowd (••••) made against the target for a number of days equal Sometimes a changeling’s goal is not to exert his to the changeling’s Mantle (Spring) plus the target’s influence on a single person. a jammed firearm or swayed. compounding its effectiveness. etc. It is not. recovering her weapon. bringing them to the will (Spring) •••• surface where they can spark similar passions in oth- Cost: 1 Glamour ers. ries Never Lived”. a mob can be a potent tool for Then there are those that involve the Spring Court. stackable with any other supernatural or natural bonus. If the change. Whether it’s rallying folks at a political protest march from passive resistance to aggressive action. the remainder of the turn. (as applicable) + Mantle (Spring) or even be visible to them. This still combat. the changeling receives an ad- Exceptional Success: The target cannot help but ditional dice bonus equal to her level of Mantle (Spring). but rather able to less hot-headed opponents. edge fashion statement. clearing penalties applied against a single target.

e. As well. rally. from calm to agitated and then 42 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . The –3 The crowd is actively gathered for a changeling can encourage a group to disperse by in. inspiring violence in a peace group to violent action. desired. Cupid’s Eye (Fleeting Spring •) upon a Success: The crowd begins to sway in the direc. (Cumulative bonus) burgeoning mob might be soothed and calmed.may vary: in a public political gathering. changing a crowd’s attitude and energy level more gathered to protect). A spark. incite an already-irritated reaction (i. or turning a loyal gathering of able one into a near-sleep. leading cess or continued effort on the part of the changeling. In a social setting. reason which directly opposes the desired creasing their paranoia. +1 The character has successfully performed Failure: The crowd is not swayed. the changeling from agitated to violent) may require exceptional suc- may become the target of the police’s attention. even if they do not re. than one “degree” (i.e. member of the crowd and uncovered tion that the changeling desires. lenge the character makes automatically fails for the rest Suggested Modifiers of the scene. A complacent and desires of the kind that he is attempting to peaceful group may be made anxious and irritated. to arrest or physical assault even if he’s done nothing to Exceptional Success: The crowd is so completely deserve it. any Social challenge the change- ling makes against any member of the targeted group is Modifier Situation at a –4 penalty for a full lunar month. Any Social chal. is moved entirely in the direction that the changeling alize he was attempting to sway them. changelings against the leader they have tion. or lull a relaxed and comfort. the changeling becomes affected that their attitude and demeanor as a group the brunt of the crowd’s derision. At the Storyteller’s discre.

Roiling Heart (•••••) Virtue or Vice. To new and innovative uses forge new paths rather than to for technology. “De- dhisattva. cur the Glamour cost and drawback. Success: Bolstered by his passions. runs the dent relationships and break out on their philosophy of the Broken Cage. In using Verdant. One Bodhisat- masses. break out of the rut of habit. rectly related to his Virtue or Vice.Verdant. All previ- Cost: 1 Glamour ously spent Willpower is renewed and the changeling’s Dice Pool: Composure + Empathy + Mantle inner strength is bolstered by tapping into his sense (Spring) of self. the change- Prerequisites: Mantle (Spring) •••• ling’s Willpower pool is entirely refreshed. acter initiates are subject to a –2 penalty for the scene. This clause may only be unable to regain Willpower through any means until attempted one time per week. it who are in abusive marriages to stop defin- induces stagnation and punishes those who ing themselves in terms of their co-depen- think outside the box. pool is entirely refreshed at the end of the turn. on a fundamental level. as a personal muse. regardless. bodiments of the Spring Court tenet. this might be focused on a specific “cause. rather than the com. own. actions or desires which make ing individuals (both human and Lost) to them reconsider their sacred vows. to combine. nag or bully to a placent pap of the masses. conformity and While the Bodhisattvas are living em- social acceptability. Dramatic Failure: Unable to tap into his inner ed by her Virtue or Vice) and uses her core sense of self strength. Failure: The clause fails to activate. Social interactions are strained for the re- mainder of the scene and all Social challenges the char- Virtues and Vices represent. either serving let their own desires. tva might dedicate herself to pushing those ty seems on the surface to protect society. all social in. and to lar individual or group. teractions the changeling undertakes are tainted by his Bodhisattvas of the Broken Cage I swear to do all I can for “bleeding edge” fash- to encourage others to ion trends or inspiring lead. While this insistence on conformi.” their methods are not like encouraging illegal recreational drug use. not.” sire Inspires Growth. the things a character is passionate about and how those passions manifest. thoughts. rather than follow. at least. whether it is successful or he has slept for at least 8 hours. pushing always beneficial or even safe for those they choose The Spring Court 43 . to experiment. Alternately. As well. but may in. Roiling Heart. So. while another might delight in tempt- The Bodhisattvas of the Broken Cage ing those of a particular religious order into are entitlements dedicated to encourag. particular individual (and then moving Many of society’s rules of social con. To cre. Resolve or Composure for the duration of the scene. Depending on the individual Bo. it might also focus on a particu- ate. he receives a +2 bonus to any challenges involving his Drawback: For the rest of the scene. the Roll Results changeling taps into her inherent passions (as represent. blindly walk the old ways. on when he has gained enough momentum duct involve restraining one’s self within to continue his forward movement on his certain perimeters of behavior which own) or by acting in a similar fashion for have been deemed to be acceptable by the an entire subset of society. Additional attempts automatically fail. be their guide. the character loses a Willpower point and is to renew her internal fortitude. Action: Instant Exceptional Success: The character’s Willpower Catch: The character takes an action that is di.

Some Bodhisattvas feel a great deal of responsibility for their chosen charges. although the chang- es are rarely enough to fool those who see the changeling on any sort of regular basis. (No bonus to disguise or de- ception is given by virtue of these changes. progress and evolution. although this change takes a matter of months or years during which the Bodhisattva mani- fests androgynous features (neither strongly male or fe- male) or hermaphroditic ones (both male and female. Succubus/In- cubus (intended as offensive. Fleeting Spring – Cupid’s Eye (•). Agent of Change. over time. and just because a Bodhisattva applies pressure to encourage someone to break out of their accepted patterns doesn’t mean that she is going to be around to bail them out of jail. relationships or lifestyles. skin tones. A Bodhisattva’s appearance constantly. facial features. Societal mores are sometimes in place for very practical reasons. but rarely taken that way) Prerequisites: Wyrd 2.) These changes do not affect the Mask. body shape. and is considered by some to be the true mien of the Bo- 44 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . result in significant changes to the Bodhisattva’s appearance. nor are they fast enough to serve as a disguise to aid the Succubus in hiding from those who are seeking her out. stature and vocal timber can all shift. smooth- ing their transitions into new thoughts. Eye color. These changes are uncontrollable and can. Wits 3. and their mien reflects that in a tangible. and may even take what most Lost would consider unethical or even abusive actions in order to ensure that their targets have little choice but to buck convention and move in a new direction. although the changeling’s current visage always seems natural and somehow “right” to them. and they cannot be guided to mimic the looks of another. but subtly. Titles: Bodhisattva. The one feature which does not change. Spring Court only Mien: The Bodhisattvas are all about change. The Bodhisattva have no control over these changes of appearance.000 feet up. to “help” with growth. shifts. over time. Some Bodhisattva have been known. to gradually shift physical forms from male to female or vice versa. such as a feminine shape but masculine facial hair). Others adhere to the “throw them into the deep end” method of inspiring change. if disturbing manner. hair color and texture. help them deal with the ramifications of broken oaths or catch them when their hastily packed parachute fails them at 20.

a fice over even minor lengthy constriction on Beat Generation author used the term Bodhisattva in their actions. than two. give them at least the hope of a social leg-up on. Others branched out Organization: The social structure of the Bodhisat- in other directions. her whim over her word. freedom in any way for any length of time. to be positive ways. vows with the shortest possible obligation on ment began somewhere in Asia centuries ago. They can just as take the In truth.dhisattva (with the shifting of features being merely an affectation) is a golden glowing aura which emanates Pledges and the Agents of Chan ge from them. in the directions they believe will improve them and and social politics runs through their veins. which trace back into the annals of time. the first Bodhisattvas dedicated based on their unique philosophical views as a themselves to a common purpose and set out to drive a group. Although the story never received an established pledge must make a successful great critical acclaim. role of inspiration and muse. While most of social bullies who apply everything from peer pressure the Bodhisattvas believe themselves to be a vital source to outright threats or physical mayhem to guide others of change and growth. This light does not affect Darklings as the It is abhorrent to most Bodhisattva sun’s light does. great deal of significance into what they believed was Other Lost are unlikely to cut a Bo- the novel’s intended meaning.) While pledges are sometimes used when a Background: Not all entitlements have histories goal cannot be accomplished any other way. Social change. In the late 1950s. Some claim this is simply a nat- aloof from attempts to actively manipulate others. pushing trend-setters and free. nothing Bodhisattvas can manifest as elitist-yet-cut-throat so slow-paced or rigid as rank or hierarchy. Court Goodwill gained after joining come the social expectation among their peers. choosing new segments of Lost or tvas doesn’t just mirror that of the Spring Court. serv. gatherings of the Bodhisattvas are rare. ficult for them to hide in shadowy environs. but it is enough to serve as a subtle to enter into a pledge which hampers their source of illumination in darkness (or to make it dif. Some Bodhisattvas remain fellow Agents of Change. however. tvas. trusting that others will follow. but because it had be. preferring great immediate sacri- the advent was much more recent. ing as a force of change only by the nigh-unattainable while others say that Agents simply can’t be comfortable ideal they set in their daily lives and the example they around anyone whom their inherent privilege doesn’t act as. it is the human populations to challenge in what they believe super-charged. thinkers among the population to continue to push the boundaries. Stylizing themselves af. are trying to influence and encourage than among their tion or emotional bribery. Any Bodhisattva who is placed in showed him a world of possibilities beyond those he had a situation where her Desire runs contrary to previously considered. encouraging Many are more comfortable in the company of those they growth and transformation through subtle manipula. The Spring Court 45 . ural reaction to their constant struggle for social change. and within a decade the formerly-unheard. razor-edge version thereof. Because of the entitlement’s reputa- of was nearly mainstream. it became a cult classic among the Resolve + Composure roll to avoid choosing Spring Court during the early 1960s. Although Bodhisattvas will go out of their way to craft some assume by virtue of the name that the entitle. and the Wyrd certainly will afford the culturally repressed generation of youth into action and oath-breaker no extra leeway for following thought previously unheard of at the time. they are still of the Emerald Court. with an entire sub-culture tion as flighty. push them out of stagnation. in truth their part. There is no stagnation within the entitlement. This makes some actions (like a book which detailed the main character breaking out Motley or Freehold Pledges) very difficult to of a mundane existence with the aid of a mentor who maintain. has a way of becoming the norm. Some the Bodhisattvas of the Broken Cage costs among the original Bodhisattvas chose to continue to 3 experience points per new dot level rather drive the subculture. courtiers read a to break the pledge. gaining Court Goodwill with flocking to the “beatnik” way of thinking and living other Courts is difficult for the Bodhisat- not because it was true for them. traditions and social mores the generation had begun to establish for itself. however. ultra-refined. dhisattva any slack for breaking pledges ter the story’s mentors.

titlements of their exclusivity. guide society in ways that will keep it from ship. or try of them. the Bodhisattvas Drawback: On fellow members of the entitlement. shoes with living goldfish in the heels and tva to a new member is an important symbolic invita. Other symbols used might in- clude a miniature cottage with a door hanging loosely Rumors of the Bodhisattva from its hinges or a small castle with the gates battered of the Broken Cage open. They claim they’re trying to as the token is a symbol of the Bodhisattva’s member. or as major as quitting 46 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts .Privileges their job. too. a series of collectable card games that lured tion into the entitlement. the Antler Crown was just a bunch of mind- The Sprung Door’s power is useable on any hu. contest. ing their clothing or hair color. ken. of the Cagers. although some pride themselves in tvas. Only one • Fifty or sixty years back. cheating on their spouse or breaking a reli- gious vow or pledge. claiming that the rest of at a rather amazing rate. his own supernatural edge. The winner is the individual who has dant. allowing a new recruit to create (or commission) • There’s no rhyme or reason to the ways a piece which suits her own individual style. such thing can be said to exist) is a tiny golden bird- cage with a sprung door. as by welcoming a new member into the tempting to influence the subject into is something group the Diva has just lost an individual over which that he truly desires to do. the token is • Each year the Bodhisattvas have a normally crafted in the form of a piece of jewelry (pen. attempt to get the subject to thwart social mores. least logical can also take the form of a piece of clothing like a or practical trend to be followed by human- batik scarf. This might be as minor as trying a new overnight. While the gifting of the token from one Bodhisat. less sheep that didn’t deserve the freedom man or Lost who is not a member of the Bodhisattvas. break something hunted down each and every one out of established habits or comfortable patterns. there was token of this kind can be associated with any given another Entitlement just like the Bodhisat- character at a time. should it be stolen or destroyed (or simply become stagnating. brooch or bracelet charm). Past winners include the biker’s jacket. investments. although it influenced the most outlandish. not the defending Bodhisattva. but sometimes they just want to passé) the owner can spend a point of Glamour to dis. of Willpower to connect herself with a new piece that takes on the qualities of the Sprung Door. alty affects only the character attempting the action. But then one night. The stereotypical manifestation (if any temporarily divested herself of the Token altogether). They prefer it that way and rarely active Presence or Manipulation challenges (this pen- pass up an opportunity to remind those of other en. It is not Eye to determine that the course of action she is at- given lightly. Even now. any Agent of Change suffers from a –2 penalty to any ments in existence. talking to an interesting stranger or chang. embroidered sash or elaborately painted ity for that year. name is never spoken. the exact cage gifted does some players into seeing as solid financial not have to be the one empowered to become the to. Bodhisattva who spawned forth pet rocks. Likewise. she receives an additional he (or other members of the entitlement) may wield +2 dice to the above Social challenge. The following token is given to new members of the Bodhisattva by an established member upon being If the Bodhisattva has successfully used Cupid’s recognized as a member of the entitlement. the old entitlement’s restaurant. They tried to take over the entirety of rotating through various manifestations of their token the Spring Court. As such. earring. and happens even This token takes the form of some variation of a if the Token is not present (or if the Bodhisattva has broken door. see how far they can go before someone stops invest her connection with the old symbol and a point following them. Regardless of the specific symbol. and the entitlement was decimated new things. comprise one of the smallest and most elite entitle. of choice if they weren’t going to use it.) This disadvantage occurs regardless of whether the Bodhisattva was at- Sprung Door (••) tempting to use the Token or not. It It gives a +3 dice to any Social challenge involving an almost worked.

Everybody gets a shot. or a fist to knock the teeth out of bullies and abusers. taking up arms against Keeper incursions. as a champion of the Summer frigid as the tears frozen to Court. of course. In No matter how it wears its mask the Hedge. all of them nights of waning August. funneling it pennons of war and justice. I’m ies. the summer sun. the Wrath. In Anchorage. sometimes burns out of control. might humans. slavering hobgoblins. a heart like a name as a brute squad of blood-streaked fist pounding on the breastbone that berserkers. even the power. The Summer Court 47 . an army of the furious marches of anger. the aimless and ignorant masses some. it against his cold-hearted enemies. Justice is found at the days and mild sun. wrath has been leashed. the freehold’s adversaries gain courage. I’m the It consumes the hearts of those who espouse it. Remember. and whatever other their Keepers lurking in the chambers of their vibrant threats wait in nightmare and shadow. When vilest loyalist or lunatic (though they are. surveillance. rocking merciless stroke of a sword. Justice is fair. of dream-eating loyalists. desires recruits. All changelings have a spark of loyalist pigs. The Lords and Ladies of the True hungry to kill whatever steps in their way with the iron. I’m the tusk and bristle of a pissed-off boar. the cool The Summer Court wears many faces. the rising of tipped spears held firmly in hand. the Sum- red-clad gang of Sum. and teeth gritting so hard by callous revenge. the Summer Court has a place down Minister Viburnum’s cobbleglass trod. and the Summer the cheeks of any Winter Court is champion of all. lead to a line of Lost with chains around their necks times need a hand to walk them through tough times marching back to the lands of nightmare and honey. This anger. knowing that the time down the sights of an M1 Ga- will soon come when he must use rand rifle. breach into the Hedge. the wrath turns cold. I’m these freeholds the Court of Wrath earns its hot blood in tight veins. Wrath. shackled to the strictest pledges if they want to keep their heads). all may fall. The poster hanging on the wall might as well It’s not like that everywhere. mer courtiers become mer brutes blows a hole soulless automatons. the soldiers in every freehold. every doorway is a potential freehold. given some necks of the enemy? If the Summer Court is without semblance of balance. raiding a nest of an autocratic hunt. Some focus their anger and wrath. and in solar flares leaping off an unforgiving sun. It Recruitment has been made to serve. In such places. a grows icy. Every misstep might call the Others. keeps trouble at the free- into actions of justice and defense. Fae do not comprehend the flow of time. An army is nothing without soldiers. like the heat read: The Iron Spear Wants You! The Summer Court of the worst summer. a frothing army driven traps it. sworn to under angry. too. they gain courage. courtier. Who will protect the city? Who will put a boot on the They don’t punish needlessly. the lengthening of the days. In other cit- that they crack and snap. They protect the hold’s borders. Oppression. on a chair and sharpening the emotionless face staring his axe. like a loyal hound. When revenge In Philadelphia. through a door with a marching to the beat shotgun. and dictatorship rule the ful King enjoys the long day. They protect hearts.

but it ensures that the Court is filled with either think. Its members cel- And if a changeling isn’t any of those things. those doe-eyed strangers who can go into the What ideals does it hold to — or. though. Some changelings who can fight. and that anger can be directed ate to claw her way back home. everybody’s got that “switch” inside. scarred arms open. Even Others are downright cruel. at least. If they catch a whiff of one who’s fresh Court will show a changeling how. skin still crisp with toward some degree of martial prowess. needs politicos. They need Lost willing to march on the Lost. The Iron Spear has a lot of value the Summer Court cleaves to the notion that any and to the wet-behind-the-ears changeling. and the Court becomes on the same street. After that. one’s superiors. then that’s perfect. Anybody can be back at your captors? Want to burn those mad Thorns made into a proper soldier. They provide support. back. that changeling is likely to have lots two fists. You just need to Sometimes. a potential recruit and send an appropriate representa- cipline. the Crimson Court. At least most Sum- can serve a role. Some Lost need words of encour. vassing when it sees the possibility to bring aboard Combat: Want to learn how to fight? The Summer new recruits. too. The Court needs strategists. both were college students.a kingdom little more than a lunatic on a throne if he a mad frenzy or shaping it into a focused point (like has no knights to serve his needs. isn’t it? Desper. Again. savvy serpent-tongued generals who can interface with the rulers (be they noble idiots Ideals of Sun and Song or idiot nobles) of the other Courts. It doesn’t of fury and confusion inside her head. tormenting them just shitty pig iron can be turned from scrap into a weap. Summer can take much to be able to bring a hurting down on some- draw it out. anger in their hearts. 48 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . everybody ests taking paramount importance. trying to cajole or helps to be able to swing a wrench or pull a trigger. though. down in some freeholds. But this is usually in freeholds where Summer have antlers. The Court needs What face does the Summer Court put forth? mystics. both grew up doesn’t have a strong presence. Want to strike all changelings belong in its ranks. claim to Hedge and come out with oddment seeds to fill in the hold to — when canvassing potential recruits? tips of hollow-point bullets (blasting the unmerciful Brotherhood: It’s a bit like a fraternity or sorority. most of the time. Lots of Lost have out of the Thorns. a foot in the ass. Everybody has scratched scars. Helps to make her feel like she has a place within over beers and blunderbusses. The Court recruited them. this open recruiting works well when know how to flip it. it opens the door done with a deft hand. threatening family and on or tool. one for all. Does a courtier among her ranks perhaps share picky Crimson courtiers who view membership within a Keeper with the neophyte? Did they endure similar their ranks as so laudable that only a few “deserve” such experiences? Maybe it’s a simpler commonality: both esteem. Sometimes this break a window. or castigation in front of gate? The Summer Court awaits. ebrate the successes of all courtiers and form a unified well… the Court needs people to stand by and guard defense against the politicking of the other “noble” doors. not everybody can works. That’s true. But the reality is that the Court has many needs. In most freeholds. Thus goes the kindness of a brother. When you do. though. Even the dullest rock can smash a head or friends if the changeling doesn’t join. Anybody can fight. and not the Summer Court generally does quite a bit of can. with individual inter- The King needs his shot of bourbon. It helps a new recruit feel comfort- little more than a gentleman’s club talking adventure able. It’s easy to assume that the Summer Court wants The hand isn’t always that deft. The Queen might learn about to anger. and the Iron Spear can help. like the Keepers might have. to a point: it recruiters are bullies or lunatics. threaten a changeling into joining the brutish ranks. all a potential recruit needs is dis. sure. provide backup. mer Courtiers stab you in the front. Everybody can swing a baseball bat. hell out of any True Fae who mistakenly comes near) The Iron Spear claims to be all for one. the tip of a rapier). The brotherhood breaks front lines and maybe accept the first arrow in the eye. game players who resentful changelings or changelings pushed so far to can plan a proper defense or who can draw up designs the brink that they become just like the bullies who to rig traps or bullet-belching siege engines. Sometimes it takes some to the ground? Want to jab a stick in the eye of those hammering. It’s true. gibbering hobgoblins that harried you to the Hedge agement. but most Summer courtiers accept that callused hands waiting. Certainly some freeholds are home to overly tive. either whipping those elements up into body. too. They or gather life-saving pomegranates and apples.

Sometimes one’s largely apolitical: it’s an order based on need. The competition for status is thick. jousting. an army privacy or rights must be cast to the wind so that the formed of the worthy. and they just don’t see it. tormented and violated during their cap. They’ll show her how to use it. It’s a hard row with slick blood so you fall back to the ground. Every rung. tar. at least in theory (some freeholds retain the victim of abuse: some were drugged with beauty Summer courtiers who are fat-bellied braggadocios or formed into callous knights with only the barest who wouldn’t know a hard choice if it bit them). A big kid pushes another kid on the playground and breaks his arm. unbearable. chess games. set surmount them. it shows who deserves in the Court is a toothy bitch. well. In oth. so says the Summer courtiers. someone’s kicking you in the face or coating the ladder tions are not always easy or. In some freeholds wretched toll. Males must compete for the breeding rights of to brutality. Some liken ing between the monsters and the innocents. Those to hoe. Other times the Iron Spear courtiers lives in your ribcage. The Summer Court can’t pay bills. Why? The Summer Court is profoundly utilitarian. A changeling suffers social slings and arrows in the Summer Court. abused. as they put themselves gain her vindication. Most of their rituals and holidays offer the greater good” idea. cut off his ears. greater good than the personal sacrifice. They go into the nooks and crannies of they are. but these courtiers make The hazing is. Competition is they curse him to a life deformed. her hand. whatever. healthy. and that the Crimson courtiers are the ones to serve her for a year and a day? Find your fetch a gross who stand in the way of that happening again. Greater Good: The Iron Spear knows that its ac. Court Organization ity must be kept secure. Not everything smells of roses. They don’t just save the princess from the the best-bred females. They get their above the untested worked their tails off to get where hands dirty. Competition reveals clarity. Maybe having legends spoken about them. The pursuit of vengeance and justice takes a who is fit and who won’t survive. A cop kicks in the teeth of the falsely It isn’t all honor and nobility and good soldier boys accused. from a cruel Spring Court heartbreaker or takes a fist and they like to keep the stink down when it comes to from a monstrous Autumn Ogre. Men compete to win accolades Ogre: they break his knees. strength of the whole remains unbroken. Inevitably. Hate your Keeper? Loathe the used. Many Sum- pics. climb up the ladder easy in most freeholds. clarity. They’ll put a sword or a gun in as the defenders of innocents both mortal and change. Human. Sometimes. it to a worm that burrows in your heart or a wolf that times this is true. a true meritocracy. And many instances of the Court isn’t about helping individuals. The freehold’s safety is paramount. but the struggle for prominence and status with- er “kinder” Court institutions. It takes control. front. PETA-style extremists). But the Summer Revenge: This one’s simple: the Summer Court of- Court will have you believe that every changeling was fers a change at revenge. some changelings of the Summer Competition: Sharks have to swim forward or they Court grow scabs over their noble ideals and give in drown. finally. The worst knows that survival is on the line and Charles Darwin sacrifice of them all is perhaps their innocence and pegged it: only the fit survive. Maybe they let him die. Defense: Not every changeling in Faerie was ing everybody. bringing neophyte recruits on board. And they’ll ling (and hell. tions. brawling matches. it’s not a thing Sacrifice: This is related to the “hard choices for to be feared. The Summer of course. some even claim to defend animals as be there to back her up. Autumn witch who tricked you into swearing a pledge tivities. It’s about help- The Summer Court 49 . Sometimes they have to kill. paintball. It muddles one’s are the monsters. That’s aberration? The Summer Court will help a changeling a broad brush they paint with. moral. Some. Some believe it. Hard choices abound. and have little interest in letting the younger the darkest parts of the Hedge to rout the freehold’s en. emies. memory of once being a good person. this separates the wheat from the chaff and tells the Struggle: They don’t like to make this clear up King who needs to get booted out on their ass. They don’t make the training and teaching. them daily. rub his face in the form of gold medals around their necks and in the muck. It’s bullshit. get shooting. at times. but it’s easier to think of the some semblance of competition: bizarre Hedge Olym. one changeling or In most freeholds. the Summer Court claims to be the one stand. In all these situa. the Summer Court claims to be human must die to protect the rest. mer courtiers sacrifice mightily: they lose loved ones. An adult mo. Whispers Kept Quiet lests a child. shut out family and friends. Brutality: Violence is a living thing.

a link to the courtiers respond differently to this depending on the Gentry. whether a (false or not) when one is dead. a Summer fetch. If he’s unwilling.) Wrath have just as many queens as they do kings in • The Summer Court openly rejects the their domains. After all. Summer crown appears on the head of Lost from other Courts. he who left with his own bare hands. unable. Lying in the from the hidden courtiers? How long can he jungle mud some miles from Bangkok. to some mad hobgoblin or reclaiming Keeper. follows are three particular trials taken from The Crown Appears various freeholds across the world: In the shadowy tangle of streets and alleys in • The courtiers take a “new recruit” and modern Rome. But politicking lives in the Crimson Some freeholds still put potential re. His Great Maj- survive on his own before he cannot survive esty Loto looks down at the flies alighting upon the any longer without help? The Court has lost wide gash in his guts.) The Fetches are a distraction. More belief is certainly important. What small of one’s back. that changeling might not have anything to fight with outside manifests the crown. or gets killed Court can be ruled by a callous despot — but that des- himself… does he really belong in the ranks pot only has the remainder of the true Summer season of the raging? to maintain his authority. calling him to duty. Almost universally. They measure not only his martial when the freehold’s Summer courtiers collectively ability. becomes quite possible. of course. Others see it as a test and murder the courtiers capture beforehand. sometimes publicly. often backed up with a hand cruits through trials of skill and hardship to on a sword hilt or a Glock barrel pressed against the determine their value within the Court. The goal is deals the killing blow on an existing king gains the sometimes spoken. if he has not convinced the hearts of the courtiers 50 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . but can be a dangerous with its bones on the outside of its skin. one cannot be king Sometimes. provided the recruit sounds the horn while “king” is a distinctly male term. feet. How is a king chosen in the Summer Court? How (Of course. and generally work against their tenor of the local Crimson Court. (Some rumors persist that from time to time. sometimes a crown ap- than once. of course). This can go awry. a certain impossibility. of course. Think least expects it. is the king made? (It’s worth mentioning here that saries. How long before the grits his teeth as a searing king’s crown of spear-tips recruit sounds the horn and calls for help appears on his head. the offending imposter. the recruit’s skills were better pears on the head of a king who doesn’t have the sup- than expected and a masked courtier was port of the people or who may not even be on the ra- sent home with broken bones or sent to the dar. he’s given a weapon. Come the following Sum- mer. In this trial. usually crown will soon fade with the beating of his heart. but in any freehold the • In most freeholds. destiny. On a deserted point in the Hedge) and hands him nothing playground in DC. the Iron Spear asks impossible often denies its own unlikely nature and that its courtiers eliminate their fetches. sometimes not: kill the crown. When the recruit der.) For the most part. and make a king out of that changeling cho- ling is locked in a room with his fetch (who sen by the crown. of his hands. a grim-jawed once-schoolteacher but an auroch’s horn. Iron Spear are less political than the other seasonal Tests of Wrath and Righ teousnes s counterparts. and he knows that his stolen more than one novitiate in this way. at least for a one season. while briefcase. leaders simply emerge. strength is strength regardless of gen- recruit. and maybe an umbrella or It doesn’t always work like that. In this way. revolver with one bullet or a shiv made out Another oft-unspoken manner of attaining the of a sharpened toothbrush. Some see this as counterpart Lost. trained motley of soldiers after some Hedge-born thing ally the wilderness. thank you very much. the courtiers of in time. the change. they send attackers to rough of it like voting with belief. it’s also good bait for such adver. a morgue with a sucking chest wound. the Summer Imperatrix leads a crisply- drop him off in the middle of nowhere (usu. Sometimes he’s crown is a military coup. voting with one’s spirit: him up. vibrant and angry. Court. but also his zeal to survive when he think of one among them as the ruler.

a tattoo. though. as one grows in social status within circle. with battered bruises and broken blood vessels. Hedge gate — and earning the traumas and scars from though whether they’re the tooth-threshed grain or the those things that emerge — may cause one’s Mantle to rickety tool dragged by animals remains to be seen. but otherwise teeth. but that doesn’t mean those Of course. Those atop the chain of authority had the Court. an elaborate ing through the Tribulum: as the changeling fights for tower of summer blooms such as those of the his life against an automaton made of praying man- crepe myrtle or bleeding heart. They might seem so at the then the crown is no longer his to claim. those knights above him in station attempt to exploit known frailties (throwing taboos in his path. seven heads of dreaded Hedge beasts or a command to Others are complex: an iron band with spear. it’s possible that one’s Mantle increases in equal to struggle mightily to get where they are. Those that do. Some such tests tips encircling it. Mantle. forked-tongue improprieties favored by the other Courts. however. resents a meritocracy. Uneasy at the idea of relin. Growth of one’s quishing their hard-gained power. care to run that gauntlet. it cannot be bought. he opts to assassinate the new king… sound too awful. though. a task to bring back single silk strip with a dangling jewel. connection with the ideals of the Court. it is supernaturally part pieces. eyes flashing with summer storms. at least) of his ability to rule. status is earned — often inch by most instances. Unless. with snapped fingernails and chipped mand some tests of manners or decorum. actually. soldiers or support members of the Court: they just don’t Some changelings strive to increase their Mantle. put through measure. Usually. But it’s often so much more than how it’s initially described. tises. that the Summer Court rep. The Summer Court 51 . Status isn’t freely given in the Summer Court. of the Summer during that time.” Crossing a hot desert to kill a traitor? Forging Status is thus gained through various trials and a new weapon whose sole purpose is to behead one’s tests. turned to dead grass) is bound more to those actions that It’s why some courtiers are content to remain low fulfill the Court’s emotions and principles. hair — than they themselves had it. The changeling might have to play chess and win over and over again over the T he Diadem course of three days. In Rarely are tests social. It appears as part of the Mantle and or paintballs (and if a stone knocks off one of his key cannot be removed. is ultimately a supernatural paces by their once-betters. “flare. it matters little how well once dances or navigates the It’s true. of outset. then who wronged a changeling might earn her an increase dragged by oxen over grain. they tend to make Summer-fed mien (heat vapor like off a hot road. “play a game of chess” doesn’t course. No. Nobody offers the opportunity to take such tests Keeper? Binding one’s fists in biting fire-thorns to help to a changeling (unless the queen takes a shine toward stoke the anger deep inside? All of these are good ways an up-and-coming courtier). A crusade of violence against those sisting of a wooden framework with flinted teeth. not being allowed sleep or to eat The Diadem. The changeling must ask to see a Summer Mantle emerge and deepen. Sometimes a tightly-run ship might de- bloody inch. in a way. such is the bitter whimsy of fate). While the Summer Court has most cases. bound to the Lost’s very nature. a carious duel atop a water tower. or flinging his bane headlong into the fray. or crown. quaff a draught of poison and survive. It’s a cruel nected. Standing constant vigil at a treacherous pretty much what the courtiers of Wrath go through. They can be. a shimmering wisp of heat exploit the weaknesses and fears of the changeling go- vapor smoldering steam or smoke. he has to entreat the king himself to earn the opportunity. Some suggest that this is in Mantle. of their actions. they are not important to success in without merit. skin like the climb up the ladder just as hard — if not harder sun-baked clay. Some tests are physical rather than mental: a pre- Some are simple: a red headband or bandana. for instance. perhaps the poor changeling cannot cross a line of gunpowder or is Esteem of Mob and Army a Swimmerskin whose skin is seared by salt or sand). it happens naturally as a result said to suffer the Tribulum: an old threshing device con. are For others. of the mien. despite what some while other Crimson Courtiers pelt him with stones might say. Or perhaps the match takes place Court is not one thing.(or intimidated them. to undergo such a test. status and Mantle are not intimately con- higher up in the chain care to give it freely. it cannot be claimed its social aspects. Tests are never easy.

about treachery from trollable rage). and often (but not always) tied to one’s his haze long enough to cut the hands off of a press-gang dots in the Mantle (Summer) Merit. for instance. 52 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . rampant in hotter. If that act saved the hide of title is different in various parts of the globe. but the some Wrathful courtier. a Keeper riding some Goblin Fruit: Flower-Of-One-Hour many-faced chimera. The blooms look first like thistles ideals is a good way. The bloom’s ant choices. It’s for this reason that in many freeholds you ling may trade points of Resolve to either won’t find changelings with more than three dots in Strength or Stamina. offering medical support of the sun or a tiger’s fur. however. These dots are the minimum necessary. Sometimes the of treacherous militia-men. menace (a mob of allied fetches. pected backstabbing of the other Courts. however. The Amity of Anger How can a changeling earn dots of Court Goodwill? Titles in Crimson What impresses the Crimson Court? They might dismiss What follows are some of the titles that carry from some opium-addled Spring Mirrorskin until that Dark. an Autumn Court witch he counted One final permutation: these effects only upon as both his right-hand advisor and his only lover. paranoid of outsiders. It’s almost universally earned through some action Where appropriate. is a weedy hibiscus that grows A changeling has other ways of earning those dots. though. given that the Summer Court of- before unfolding swiftly and unfurling velve. Tea brewed from Flower-Of-One. Those willing to each title. To Summer Court win the war. but not the same hour each day. certain that they wish to worry away at Summer’s own flagging power base. Horn of Plenty and left Justice with such a broken heart Hour has no effect on those possessing that he leapt off the Golden Gate Bridge (though many Mantle from other seasons beyond its taste. these titles are gen- ling steps onto the muddy field of battle and shakes off erally universal. ten demands things that necessitate hard and unpleas- teen petals of impossible black. Of course. a What does Court Goodwill grant a stranger to changeling must brew it into a tea during its Summer? It gives them an opinion. Consider the even occasionally confused. Voting in favor of the Crimson Court’s political Hedge. It gives them a voice blooming time. say he did not die. Goodwill might be earned. it’s leave the safety of their own Court long enough to help possible. a rolling fog whose beating heart Flower-Of-One-Hour. if the changeling drinks the among the Crimson courtiers. Burning out too trusting. Tiger Mallow. role itself remains the same. even The flower only blooms for a single hour these modes of support are ultimately meant to help the a day. the plans. exhausted. Those in Summer are careful not to give outsid- tea fills the drinker with warmth both literal ers too much power. the tea tastes a political say. or at least one battle. dots in Mantle are listed with on the battlefield or in favor of war. Sometimes. snake in his midst. If con- or disagree with the Summer Court’s burgeoning battle sumed during the proper time. parlaying clan- destine information) will do the trick. Summer Court to Summer Court. one ill-trusted seed can and figurative: tender. green to the callous maneuvering and ex- means the character feels empty. They don’t exactly get tea after this hour has passed. Current King Tom-of-the-Grotto is. Aiding the Court’s endeavors in a support pistil and stamen are fierce orange: the color mode (providing a safe house. but it does earn them the right to agree of bitter licorice and chills the bones. sunburned skin paired grow into a choking vine. She must im- Freehold of Fog and Bay in San Francisco: naïve King mediately sleep for eight hours or suffer a –3 Justice Johns of the Presidio failed to recognize the penalty to all dice rolls until she does. in the form of first aid or goblin fruits. for a changeling with one dot in the courtiers of Summer put down some encroaching Mantle (Summer) to still be a Sentry of Summer’s Vigil. also called is a soul-sucking wisp) are sure to earn a dot or two. the change- within. If she moves more than Court Goodwill with Summer. apply to those who possess dots in Summer On behalf of her own Court she stole back the coveted Mantle. it can go both two dots in this manner. the Summer courtiers are ultimately out after the hour is completed. harness the properties of Tiger Mallow. as a result. she burns ways. Summer courtiers are often with a fiery passion (or sometimes an uncon- paranoid about outsider influence. but was snatched away by hands of fog). For the next hour. however. more humid parts of the though.

but it’s not possible for a changeling with one dot in Man- sheriff, an investigator, a keeper of the peace. In most
tle (Summer) to become a Constable of Calefaction. freeholds, the Constable acts as such only among the
Also listed are alternate titles for each role. changelings within the Summer Court. Recogniz-
ing that Crimson Courtiers often suffer from volatile
Sentry of Summer’s Vigil
moods and can give in to vengeful or rowdy urges, the
Also known as a “Yard Bull,” the Summer Court
Constable is there largely to police is own. That said,
often includes several Sentries within its ranks. Sen-
in cities where the season lasts longer than expected
tries are little more than guards, bouncers, and body-
(Miami, for instance), the Calfecator may well police
guards. Prized for physical ability over anything men-
the changelings of all Courts. A good Constable must
tal, the only requirements for the role is to either be
be prepared not only to enforce the peace, but to in-
able to hit something or to appear as if one can hit
vestigate crimes whenever necessary. Even the best po-
something. Seen largely as disposable and lacking any-
licing skills don’t make it easy to dust a scene of blood
thing resembling wits (regardless of the reality), Sen-
and Hedge thorns for fingerprints, though…
tries rarely find themselves treated well. That said, it
is a viable stepping stone to other, greater roles within Man-At-Arms (Mantle ••)
the Iron Spear. Performing some heroic measure while The title “Man-At-Arms” isn’t particularly inven-
on duty is a way to stand out. Making casual “sugges- tive, but the Summer Court doesn’t always go in for
tions” to the royal a Sentry is supposed to be guarding flashy names when something simple tells the story.
is most certainly not. Still, these soldiers and knights of the Court some-
times refer to themselves as the “Crimson Knights”
Mule Squire
or “Crimson Brotherhood.” The Men-At-Arms of the
It comes down to this: carry this pack, push this
Summer Court are better trained and better equipped
broom, park this car, bury this body. The Mule Squire
than their Grunt brothers and sisters. They do not
(or simply “the Mule”) gets all the shit work. Mules
have to supply their own equipment (mundane stuff,
are essentially non-people, treated like valets at best,
at least), and are not first on the line in a fight. They’re
three-legged dogs at worst. Unlike with the role of
the ones that hold back. It’s not a Knight’s job to
Sentry, nobody expects a Mule Squire to ascend the
pick off the lesser soldiers; they’re the ones who go in
ranks. It’s a role that falls to what the higher-ups be-
against enemies with skill, foes with better weapons
lieve to be those who have already reached their peak:
and bad tricks. The Grunts go in and soften up the
some dumb-fuck Gristlegrinder or crazy Swimmerskin.
adversary. Then the Knights wade into the fray, grit-
It might very well be a false assumption, and a Mule
ting their teeth and stepping over the (hopefully not
who proves himself is notable, indeed, but the assump-
lifeless) bodies of their fallen comrades.
tion exists regardless.
The Sun’s Tongue (Mantle •••)
Dust Grunt / Mud Grunt
The Sun’s Tongue (or, in the archaic, “The Song
The role of Dust Grunt or Mud Grunt (“dust” cho-
Sung by the Sun’s Told Tongue”) is a diplomat and
sen in areas of Summer drought, “mud” chosen in areas
plenipotentiary within the Crimson Court. It’s a far-
where monsoons or hurricanes make it very wet) is that
from-glorious position, often dismissed by those more
of a foot soldier for the Summer Court. Some martial
physical members of the Court as being nothing more
ability is necessary, as is a willingness to step to the front
than an excuse to attend “social hour” with the other
of the line and suffer the slings and arrows of whatever
Courts. As the only truly social role within the Iron
hobgoblin, Loyalist or Keeper waits behind that ring of
Spear, though, acting as diplomat can be quite valu-
Thorns. The one thing that clearly separates a Grunt
able and pretty damn dangerous. Negotiating terms
from the Men-At-Arms (the “Knights”) is that a Grunt
with the other Courts is dangerous; at least those
must supply his own weaponry and armor. The Court
marching onto the battlefield can see their opponents.
does not provide. This means that some Grunts enter
The Sun’s Tongue is left walking over a well-hidden
the streets and trods of battle armed with nice pistols
minefield of social foibles and faux pas, where one who
and extra clips, while others barrel forward holding lit-
seems a friend is actually trying to sell your beating
tle more than shovels and baseball bats.
heart to a cat-faced goblin at the Mackerel Market just
Constable of Calefaction (Mantle ••) beyond the Hedge door. It’s a thankless position in
Also known as simply “The Calefactor” or “The most freeholds, though a wise ruler knows to reward
Watch,” the Constable acts as the name suggests: a his diplomat well.

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Arrayer of Distant Thunder (Mantle •••) the right-hand-man to the Court’s royal ruler. While
An arrayer is said to have a “commission of array,” this sounds like a subservient position (and in some
meaning that he can canvass the freehold’s inhabitants freeholds it is), it also means that a lot of the day-to-
— anybody from the loftiest Spring Court socialite to the day administration of Court business is handled by the
lowliest ensorcelled — to drum them up for war. As the Adjutant. The Adjutant is the Queen’s proxy; his word
storm approaches (be it metaphorical or literal), the Ar- is firm. Or, as some say it, “his word is iron.” This ulti-
rayer’s job is to draft those outside the Summer Court to mately grants the Adjutant a pretty hefty measure of
fight. It’s not always necessary, of course; sometimes the power, especially in freeholds where the king is either
Crimson Court can handle a threat easily, though even uninterested in all the petty details or is addled with
then the Arrayer must reach out to those in Summer if age or frailties. The ruler needs to be careful with the
they’re otherwise hard to reach. But when the threats Adjutant, though. More than one has grown tired of
threaten to overwhelm the Crimson Court (they can’t the abuse and advantage taken, and usurps the throne
handle everything, much as they’d like to), the Arrayer is (perhaps leading a junta against the Queen).
the one who must convince, threaten or cajole others to Red Victor (Mantle •••••)
leap headlong into the fray. Note that in freeholds where Sometimes, a champion emerges. She’s wreathed
the Summer Court is bloated with pride and thinks itself in a potent Mantle: her eyes like lens flares, her skin
the only one who can truly handle incoming threats, the sloughing off wave after wave of heat, steam rising
Arrayer position is quite often empty. They’d not admit from whatever blade or revolver she holds in her hand.
the need for such an individual. Her accolades are on a list whose end cannot be easily
Hunter of the Longest Day (Mantle ••••) found: a collection of Keeper hands in Mason jars, a
The Hunter of the Longest Day (sometimes referred chest of mighty Hedge tokens, a herd of changelings
to in other countries as simply the Jager or Chasseur) is rescued from Arcadia (each comprising an adoring
something of an esteemed bounty hunter, a proud knight fan base), and so on. The Red Victor (or Vanquisher,
who isn’t valued so much for his prowess in a large fight or Vindicator) had better be ready for the role. The
but is used more as an “elite” tracker and hunter. Many Vikings believed that glory and heroism put one into
of the freehold’s enemies are not keen on straight fights: the written and spoken myths and invoked a kind of
Keepers hidden under the cover of night, Loyalists strik- immortality, and that’s exactly what the Red Victor
ing from the shadows, fetches and hobgoblins hiding be- gets. She’s loved in this life and remembered long after.
hind keenly-crafted facades. The Hunter is the one who She cannot remain quiet or hidden as the champion of
handles such individual threats. He might be required the Crimson Court. The King drags her out for every
to track down and capture a rogue courtier. He might show of strength, to every salon and tournament, to
need to make that Winter Court dissenter “disappear” every ceremony and goblin market. She becomes the
(exiling her to another city or breaking her tender neck emblem for the local Summer Court, like it or not.
and leaving her body beneath a freshly-poured concrete The role does suffer a peculiar downside, although it’s
foundation). Maybe he goes into the Hedge and tracks not a downside the Victor herself will ever deal with. If
down that spider-faced hobgoblin that’s been stealing the Red Victor dies, all within the local Court possess-
ensorcelled and laying dream-eggs in their sternums. ing one or more dots in Summer Mantle suffer a loss
Two things of note about Longest Day Hunters: first, to morale. This loss is real and supernatural, manifest-
they’re given a token as appreciation, something in the ing as a –1 to all rolls for a number of weeks equal to
range of one or two dots. Second, they take trophies the years the Red Victor held the title of champion.
whether they want to or not. While some suffer a frailty If Ursula Candlefly, Red Victor of the Summer Court
that demands it, it’s actually more something of a social perishes, and she held that title for seven years, then
convention; those who fail to showcase trophies can’t be the penalty to the Crimson Courtiers lasts for seven
trusted to have truly fulfilled the mandate at hand. A weeks (the “mourning” period). This period for some
freehold often has a few Hunters on hand. is marked with sadness and tributes. For others, it is a
frenzy of sorrow: pulling out hair, scarring the flesh,
Iron Adjutant (Mantle ••••)
setting public property aflame.
Sometimes known as Auditor, Bailiwick or Sen-
eschal (all with “Iron” preceding the title), this role The Wroth General Calescence (Mantle •••••)
is actually a rather estimable one within the ranks of Often known as simply “The General” or “The
the Crimson. The Iron Adjutant’s job is to function as Calescent,” the changeling who fills this role is some-

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times equal to the ruler himself (and in a rare few
freeholds, actually has a greater authority than the fig-
urehead king). He is, for all intents and purposes, the
military leader of the Crimson Court. The General may
have potent prowess with hands, a blade, a rifle, but he’s
no longer expected to be out there cracking heads
and hacking limbs. He’s a strategist, prized for mind
over body. And some are just that thing: a one-man
council of military wisdom, plotting attacks on local
Loyalist hollows or arranging the freehold’s proper
defenses. Others, though, find themselves hungry for
a greater slice of power. They see opportunity to move
against the other Courts. Such Generals are no longer a
proud bull, but the worm inside that bull’s heart: a tiny
mote of the monstrous amorality gifted by their Keep-
ers. In one freehold, it’s said that the only one to have
recognized the Calescent’s secret machinations was the
Red Victor (above), and that the two expired in a brutal
and blood-soaked fracas in a high school gymnasium
(the gymnasium served as the Crimson Court’s
“control center” seeing how school was out
for… well, the summer).
Regardless of corruption,
the Wroth General
Calescent is always a
figure both feared and
respected.
Sun’s Shadow (Court Goodwill ••••)
This role is reserved for those outside the
Court who have truly earned the respect of the lo-
cal Crimson Courtiers. Someone with great Court
Goodwill is truly worthy of it, whether having
helped the king overcome some clandestine prob-
lem or having marched into the stormy Hedge with
a battalion of Iron Spear soldiers to take the head of
a terrible True Fae. The Sun’s Shadow is a brother to
the courtiers, invited to all the Summer Court events,
allowed to use the Mule Squires for his own purposes,
able to call upon Iron Spear resources (tokens, safe hous-
es, marked trods) for his own need. In some freeholds, the
Sun’s Shadow role actually marks a partnership between
his Court and the Summer Court. If he’s high-up in, say,
the Autumn Court, then the Iron Spear and Leaden Mir-
ror may see him as a changeling straddling the two worlds:
the chain that connects their alliance.

Within the
Freehold
What role does the Sum-
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they often throw a strategist who sees every solution as one necessitating small party to celebrate the victory. fulfill a contract that earns the Summer Court contin- forcing the Crimson Courtiers to suffer. A big meal. they mock their enemies. and flirt with death through perform- it helps to reinforce that feeling. The Mantle’s shift to mien also though some regrettably still rely on human sacrifice fades. power pools. And the Summer Court is expected to perform these events. Summer has a number of ways es and funerals. all within the Summer Court lose the emies. some freeholds make this less about a target plagu- litical maneuvering. relying more on strength of convic. one die of penalties suffered from loss of Health. such large battles are rare and faced Keeper who’s been making secret trips to the their defense then takes on a more personal level. A meal to end in some freeholds it’s simply referred to as the “Royal all other meals. If a freehold to murder husbands and steal the resultant newbie Lost is finding herself plagued by a serial killer widows. the Summer Court may take down that fetch not end until dawn the following day (technically the (thus earning their keep). the Crimson one or several targets for the hunt. the Summer Court acts more as a ham. At dawn that day. gallows humor). effects of their Mantle. failure to perform them can be somewhat disastrous. Thankfully.”) The Summer ruler declares come under threat from the True Fae. all these holidays are all bound to the freehold by contract: of which will be for use in the coming struggles. known in this case as the Mir-Shikar. against staggering rorist incursions against the Lost. a large mammal (pig. the Court acts as a “safe harbor. The Shikar. and so forth). the hunt begins. boar. mentor (thus earning themselves a potential recruit). those of the Iron Spear are able to ignore on. is a hunt shepherded by the ruler of the Summer Feast of Strength (August 31st) Court. born from the traditions of royal In. All of this is said to Courts to try to stop these ceremonies from occurring. Worth mentioning is that tion and actions than on lilting poetry and deft po. detailing accounts of war and strife. the Crimson Find safety. an abusive more Homeric. however. attack. but the flavor is a courtiers hunting down those who have plagued them bit different here than in other Courts. and the target is Courtiers are there to earn their keep by slaying the almost universally something that has been plaguing dread gentleman or at least by pushing him back to his the freehold over the past year. this can lead to some other vindictive instead of the sacrifice of a beast). If the of heroism and defeat. the shadowy get well before the sun-up deadline. The politico is more the blus. sanity and sanctity within the open arms Courtiers gather to remember the fallen with real dirg- of the Crimson Court. This all-day affair isn’t Celebrations and Ceremonies just about sorrow: they celebrate their successes. the courtiers go to itinerant fetches who’ve banded together to make ter- war en masse. results in a –2 penalty to all Resolve. dia. roughly match that of one of the Court’s persistent en- posed to occur. they tell jokes (often rich with The following represent some of the holidays and rit. If the Lost ter (or Mistress) Hunter. Failure to destroy the target. ued success in their efforts to defend the freehold and The Shikar (June 21st) rout their enemies. at actually: one. a nattering hobgoblin. Might be a gaggle of infernal home. and two. (Though It begins with a meal. 56 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . attack. the conservative square-jaw. The poet is or shamed them personally (again. The results are simple: capturing and destroying a man to fish” approach and give the changeling the the target allows all who participated to fill their Will- martial skills and courage necessary to face her tor. ing their own mock funerals. Of course.” Feel This half-party.freehold? The Summer Court represents the faction Hunt” and the king or queen is aptly titled “The Mas- of defense and offense within the freehold. or maybe it’s a wolf- enemies. often in the Hedge. At Midsummer. A vast cornucopia of meats. A at the end of the night is the sacrifice. potatoes. horse. Some members go into the Hedge and uals put forth by the Summer Court every year. a fetch. Crimson Courtiers manage to destroy the hunt’s tar- tery general.or Composure- Politically. Midsummer’s Yield (July 20th) Ultimately. For one week after participating in The first day of summer begins and the hunt is this event. On a broad level. or may go with the “teach 22nd). That’s not to say the Iron Spear ing the freehold and more about individual Summer fails to have its poets or politicos. attack. Two sacrifices. half-funeral is open only to Sum- tormented by forces outside of or within the freehold? mer Court changelings. a straw man whose face is painted to least temporarily: for one week after the event was sup. ex-lover. ox. based dice pools for the subsequent week as a kind of mer than a rapier. low-grade depression sets in. and it does fetch. Note that collect all the goblin fruits that they can muster.

from the oven. angry. though most in the Iron appropriately. Changelings What follows this meal is a championship tourna. Games might be combats — two Lost in a box. though some perhaps accurately declare that it’s really just an event where the Iron Spear likes to make an Relations example of the physical prowess held by its courtiers. two Lost battling it out on a rotting log over the heat if inside. the Crim- the freezer. unusual because it Winter Court does not take place in summer. events: brutal games of football and lacrosse or events Those who participate (who really participate. Sometimes. everybody else. whoever finishes the pile first is generally not invited unless Summer and Winter have the winner). upon waking the next thest wins) to the complex (hurl these logs up through day. This Summer Court event. gain a Glamour point. They drink themselves into fiery rages or slumber- pants. the Summer and Winter Courts are in Spear simply consider it a way to push past the com- The Summer Court 57 . a Glamour point. is thought by some to Winter courtiers are cowards to the core. leap headlong over bonfires. whoever throws it the far. whatever. Lose a game. then climb up the side of the house into King’s Mantle score. and most certainly loud). mean- performed Olympic style. Competitions go from the ing they’ve earned at least one bashing damage from simple (throw this stone. noodles. Games sometimes manifest as sporting plays (something fast. the events of the party) gain. Changelings of the Autumn and the window. They brand themselves. well. Perhaps be a jab at the Winter Court. All changelings are invited to participate. ment. The Lost pass around torches or crank ing ring. son Court holds a raucous. and chop those logs into splinters with Spring Courts are invited. violent party.fish. The Winter courtiers are a camping hatchet. lose of Darkness? While no one answer is truly universal. ing oblivion. from mon chill of the season. a punk or metal band raging rapids. This happens as a late lunch. a series of physical games to test the partici. an unusual alliance in that given freehold. Things from a grill. How does the Summer Court see or deal with The effects of competing are fairly straightforward: the other Courts or the other denizens of the World win a game. On Christmas Eve. these are the general relations held by the Iron Spear July at Christmas (December 24th) and. a number of Glamour points equal to the Summer that window.

Same for the pri- vateers. the plainly way of doing things. They’re it thusly: Spring Court is the rambunctious teenager lunatics willing to give up too much to gain too little. zeal. Humanity is something snake and trying to use it as a flail or something. but wanton sacrifice serves little purpose. But. that’s what the changelings of the Leaden right foot about human beings. Mortals damn reason. But they their wings and send them tumbling to the ground. a worthy crusade to be as far from those nightmares Can’t they just pick up a baseball bat and break some as possible. It seems a little suspi- cious that they don’t share much detail. Otherwise. too. It’s not a universal task: Autumn Court some instances of the Iron Spear could give a rat’s Scary. Nothing wrong with that. that’s your adult. the Gentry. So they until they get in your way. and now understands that it’s time has pretty simple advice regarding them: ignore them to stop taking and give a little back. Too to cherish. Too dangerous to be sane. clip like to celebrate. whisper of dry leaves on bleached bone… worthy of ly. common with the Summer Court. And they know it. had the rose-colored measured way. justice. They embrace sorrow? Absolutely. they do well. but the results Other Lost are there. Could be they kick down the doors of they do behind closed doors. Sorrow’s Madmen just need to be put down: bring some a good thing. the Winter Court takes credit. But the Court knows to take that passion and shape it into militiamen tend to take it too far. instead. Maybe they stand watch over enemy is just as valuable as a knife in the front. silence. Hell.dire opposition ideologically as well as meteorological. that’s what. No mercy. All grown-up. The Summer changelings of one also belong to the other. a knife in the back of an and dangerously human. with lots of potential but nary a lick of common sense It’s a noble effort and not exactly an unreasonable idea. Spring Court Militant Lost. A pure thing. eye of those who’d dare to hurt them. the bloody rituals and the white collar criminals and put a boot on their neck 58 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . Summer Court. It has if they can be convinced to go about it in a sane and seen the hardness of the world. They want wasn’t so damn spooky. they share a great deal in Passion is a good thing. They get themselves hurt. That’s fair. right there. heads? What they do. When that happens. will you? Stop crying and pick up that rifle. this severing of bonds between Earth and Faerie. what she still has left ever sleep. some casualties are expected in the ranks of the Iron what the hell do they use their passion for? Drugs? Sex? Spear. Spring has it in spades. The Summer Court considers the protection of mortals as part of its duties. but it doesn’t work like that. Things get done on the quiet and too close to the edge for comfort. Innocents. it is. and it’s dangerous to be healthy. It shows a changeling what mercy to their madness and give them the gift of for- she’s lost and more importantly. Wise Crimson Courtiers look winter infers grief. and sometimes but they aim it in the wrong direction. Those of the Onyx and revulsion. Court think they can just cling to the shadows or hide These changelings have effectively stolen some of the under the house in the crawlspace when the Keepers grim magic from their fae Keepers to use against the come sniffing.” they are”? Nothing else. great. “Just get over sides “hunt them down like the diabolical lapdogs that it. the snow). Spring… well. the Summer Court glasses ripped away. who are sometimes as Mirror are. but it pushes them It seems possible. well. Maybe they keep an eye out for bul- as the mad fucker is down and dead. Listen. as long a women’s shelter. and not one iota of proper direction. with a hefty dollop of suspicion to boot. That’d be commendable if the occult magic Summer Court finds some nobility in there. it’s right there in crass and callous as the Gentry. It’s like picking up a poisonous to be more human. the burying of one’s head in upon those in the Leaden Mirror with a mixture of awe the sand (or in this case. the name: the Court of Fear. They also serve those who stand and wait. Those in the Iron Spear recognize that you don’t celebrate until you earn a god. But for the most part. But… the things lies and gangs. and well. Hot summer equates with rage. They go over the an arrow. an arrow that they hope to fire right in the line. as Elke the Glasswing (one of Summer’s Loyalists? What else can be said about them be- most notable strategists) said about this. The Gentry are the inhuman ones. Cold a mighty shudder. hey. Sure. to lose. It’s not that they’re sneaky the Summer Court thinks of itself as a secondary de- or secretive. Heart-taking and heart-breaking? One changeling put Bridge-burners aren’t that much different. the downtrodden. While that’s generally not the Summer fender of the innocent. celebrate just to celebrate.

except any lost to the weave and weft of history. They especially protect those who cannot or to force the adversary to drop that deadly revolver. She takes one point of bashing damage. This ability can only be used once per day. the Summer courtier may force any object of Size 3 or smaller to burn turn Action: Instant and contested after turn. ing clauses to punish their enemies for their transgres- sions. or don’t know to protect themselves. This roll is penalized by a number of dice not just paint a big bloody bull’s eye on your chest? equal to the Mantle (Summer) score of the changeling Contracts of who invoked Smoldergrip. While using this ability. the rubber grips to sun-scorched changeling. searing light of the summer sun. With this clause. The Summer Court 59 . not their enemy. and the object remains at its extant temperature. rag-tag cabals of human hunters who seek to put down Success: The object gains the heat of an object the many fiends of the World of Darkness. These are the tools of war. burning object must be in sight for this clause to be successful. things that lurk in the artificial). he suf- remain. Is that his target or his target’s shadow? The to the same set of potential modifiers. Crimson Court aims to stand in the way. If the target is able to touch or use it. The Summer Failure: The changeling fails to manifest the heat Court knows that the cities are sometimes home to needed. Weird witches and mad magicians. lights in the skies. Many of the clauses to these pacts are Exceptional Success: As with success. Dramatic Failure: The character’s own hand sud- It seems that for the most part these monstrosities denly suffers a terrible sunburn. Men who drink blood. Any attempts to touch the lend a hand when appropriate. sewers. Of course. as if left in the hottest noon-time sun. bright light blinds. Summer (between 11AM — 1PM) courtiers who wear the Mantle of the Court remain Performed at night –1 unaffected by the bright light since the fierce light is Performed during winter –2 their ally. Long ago. and they lying in direct summer sun. the changeling’s Wyrd score. Battle Bright (••) basement. a change- Suggested Modifiers ling makes himself radiate with the white.until they agree to stop leeching off the fortunes of the A courtier might use this on a foe in battle. fers one point of bashing damage. gargoyles that come alive and steal human Roll Results hearts. Monsters Cost: 1 Glamour The Summer Court knows all too well that other Dice Pool: Strength + Wits – the object’s Size things haunt the night. pruning shears. whether on the sunlit battlefield or in a dark sub. the skin grows blistery exist to prey on the ignorance of mankind. they don’t object fail unless the target succeeds on a Resolve + tell these so-called “hunters” just what they are: why Stamina roll. test summers. but some still time someone touches the object while it’s hot. prolonged use is still difficult: he must suc- Punishing Summer ceed on that same roll every turn he touches the item. None of that flies on the Iron Spear’s watch. Smoldergrip (•) Cost: 2 Glamour Items left long in the sun collect deep and terrible Dice Pool: Presence + Wyrd versus the high- heat: a steering wheel in a hot car. torch aloft. hoping unwary. Depth perception is weakened as a fighter squints to Any of the clauses within this contract are subject see his foe. the earliest rulers of the Court of Wrath The terrible heat lasts for a number of turns equal to forged contracts with the blistering heat of the hot. The exception to this is those Sun is at its apex in the sky +1 who possess any dots in Mantle (Summer). Suc- Action: Instant cubi who turn into wolves to prey on humanity. a hot bright mote that burns in the Performed during summer +2 eyes of all who see it. The stories never stop: Catch: The character sports a real sunburn (not moth men. These are the Fighting with the sun in one’s eyes is no easy task. The Catch: The changeling holds a real. instruments of Wrath. might instead use it to help stall pursuers reaching for that now-scorching doorknob. Those of the Summer Court use these sear. and the red. a plastic toy left est Wits + Composure of those within sight of the on a desiccated lawn.

Use of this clause necessitates that the change- ling remain still. summer sun to be specific). Crown of Clashing Fire (•••) Woe to those chosen to do battle with a courtier of Summer in the Crown of Clashing Fire. Sometimes called the “Red Fear. That said. If the changeling moves more than one inch. frankly. and all sight- based Perception rolls are complicated by a –3 penalty.” a vampire who witnesses a clause like Battle Bright in action must make an ex- tended Resolve + Composure roll and achieve five total successes (with each roll equivalent to one turn). the vampire automatically flees — and. and as such it doesn’t do additional damage to the Kindred. With this 60 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts .Roll Results Dramatic Failure: The changeling must’ve missed a detail in fulfilling this clause of the contract. it’s similar enough to sunlight where it likely triggers a vampire’s panicked aversion to it. Failure: The character fails to draw on the sum- mer sun’s intensity. Vampires Don’t Like Sunlight All of these clauses evoke sunlight (the hot. This ability lasts for up to one scene. Note that any characters who possess one or more dots in the Mantle (Summer) Merit are unaffected by this power. Success: The changeling becomes a supernatural beacon of intense light. the clause ends prematurely. The penalty remains for one hour after completion of the clause. with one excep- tion. having little interest in suffering aggravated burns. Any who can see the change- ling suffer the following: Defense halved (round down). some vam- pires are going to get the hell out of Dodge anyway. If at any point one of those rolls fails.” causing him a –3 to all sight-based Perception rolls for the rest of the day. Exceptional Success: Targets affected by this clause continue to suffer from the Perception penalty (–3) even after the clause ends. any rolls to attack are made at –2 dice. but what does that mean for vampires? None of these abilities conjure real sunlight. even if the rolls don’t fail. and the summer sun rebukes him for it: his vision becomes filled with bright “floaters.

) fect her actions) or she can choose to instead internal- The fire burns for a number of turns equal to twice ize the effects and eschew taking penalties. and thus mer courtier with this ability infects the target with are in play when the target opts to make a roll. ing so she takes one aggravated level of damage every ly when one of the opponents is either knocked un. Roll Results At the time of the circle’s inception. If the changeling’s Resolve was duel). the blade of a knife. in the subsequent turn. to cotton. red flames. the victim begins to feel the effects take up around the two of them and in the next turn those hold. The Summer Court 61 . the target begins to suffer the effects of sun- the circle. within that circle is difficult.clause. crackling roar in their ears: the changeling loses his Defense in the subsequent the sounds of surrounding conflagration. On the first turn. Dice Pool: Resolve + Wyrd minus opponent’s Cost: 3 Glamour Stamina Dice Pool: Stamina + Wyrd versus opponent’s Action: Instant Stamina + Composure. occur at the beginning of a combat round. but in do- the changeling’s Wyrd score and only ends premature. but the ond turn she might take a point of aggravated damage. He is no longer able to sweat. demanding one Will. featuring metal that the changeling himself forged. Trying to leave the crown Catch: The changeling strikes with a weapon of fire is as per a success. changeling who initiated this clause gains the spent and on the third and final turn might take another Willpower back. the effect would go for three turns. His tongue turns thorns catch fire. Dramatic Failure: The fiery thorns rise up and en. Alternately. the blud- up and. The choice can be made conscious or killed (thus resulting in an “end” to the on a turn by turn basis. the target might choose a –1 die penalty. In addition. The duel is on. that character suffers two this curse manifests: she can choose to accept cumula- aggravated levels of damage automatically upon exit. Remaining turn due to the invested (and failed) attempt. In leaving attack. Note. must be a substantial part of the weapon: the pommel Success: A ring of thorns about two feet high rise and quillons of a sword. changeling who used this clause. Failure: While the attack may have been success- power point per turn. a ring of thorns rises the strike. stroke and heat exhaustion. a changeling chooses a foe on the battlefield a debilitating poison that simulates the effects of sun- with a simple point of the finger. a number of turns equal to the Resolve score of the The same cannot be said for the two individu. the flames do not burn any of these non. It Failure: The thorns and fire fails to manifest. those turns expire. Action: Reflexive and contested circle only the changeling. any other characters within the fiery circle who are not part of Dramatic Failure: The effect does not occur and the duel hear a deafening. turn she makes this choice. Penalties With a close strike of a deadly weapon. As the seconds pass after within 10 yards of one another. which becomes a –2 penalty (as those dice are cumulative until the effect ends). those not part of ful. The target’s heart race accelerates. the effects of the clause fail to manifest. the victim does have a choice as to how before the flames burn out. catch fire. and he gets dizzy with fatigue. below. Otherwise. however. This cursed effect lasts for dueling characters. she Baleful Stroke could just choose to take three full aggravated (with of Summer Sun (••••) no penalties) or –3 dice (with no damage). If either try to leave the circle However. the duel but lingering in the circle also suffer –3 to all Success: One turn after the successful lethal Physical rolls while within the fiery borders. burns high with hot. tive dice penalties equal to one die of penalty per turn (And he can be dragged back into the circle by the (thus she chooses to let the heatstroke potentially af- other opponent. penalty. 1 Willpower splitting cramps. als locked in skirmish. a Sum. he suffers Cost: 2 Glamour. When the two are stroke and heat exhaustion. on the sec- Exceptional Success: As with success. the changeling cannot end it until 3. The moment of the attack’s Roll Results success occurs when the reflexive roll takes place. The fire geoning end of a mace. attack (with Brawl or Weaponry) and do at least a sin- gle point of lethal damage. that the Catch: The changeling has one or more scars from changeling must first make a successful close combat his last battle with this foe.

each roll repre. Composure. er supply than it had been. Puddles turn to vapor. is not scarce. either. Death can be forestalled by some measure of on the fourth turn) at a rate of one die of penalty per preventative care (usually necessitating Wits + Sci- turn. older adults. etc. on the fourth turn. dry. The effects on individual • All of those within the radius of effect find characters remain the same. but the af. Resolve. however. ravaging hurricane-like winds. Water is not fected target cannot spend Willpower while the curse impossible to get. Health. Dice Pool: Strength + Wyrd Exceptional Success: If the character achieves an Action: Extended (10+ successes. runs the risk of harming those who fight for the free- Note that this effect can occur even in winter. 3 penalty dice after three turns becomes –2 ence rolls). the fol. she may add a stipulation to the clause mer Court pennon or battle-flag that she helped to that allows for those with dots in Mantle (Summer) to create. remain unaffected by the Scorched Earth effects. While it affected area. Effects plaguing a character end as soon as that Scorched Earth (•••••) character leaves the area of effect. too) or are broken and diminished by the area of effect and Willpower cannot be regained. Rivers run thin Exceptional Success: As with success. Willpower. starting to die. Meditative Mind Merit +1 then hot. Failure: No progress is made. It can be blistering heat. incurring drought. (So. but requires that the changeling possibly even invoking the death of pets. Faucets and hoses only alty on the sixth. and muddy while streams dry up entirely. plants can • Bashing damage does not heal while one is in drown.) either die from over-watering (yes. a changeling curses an area to bake in of days equal to the changeling’s Wyrd score. exceptional success on the extended roll (gaining five sents a turn of uninterrupted meditation) successes in total beyond what was necessary to acti- Catch: The changeling meditates beneath a Sum. and no related pen. Ten successes are required for every half. Water. as flooding Strength. vate the clause). Plants don’t necessarily while in the radius of effect also affects related traits die from drought. then the air is sucked out of her lungs in a Spring or Autumn –1 vacuous rush of heat. Many Summer courtiers have been known ing one point of lethal damage) on the ground of the to invoke this clause in the midst of battle. but the Once the Scorched Earth curse is active. one hopes that they are prepared to fight through While it likely baffles meteorologists and is surely an such scorching weather. punishing monsoons common in certain lowing effects occur: parts of the world. The heat truly saps one’s internal energy and spirit. extraordinary experience. blighting the plants. The character must decide the Scorched Earth clause that features not the radius of effect before beginning to evoke this clause. Success: The character makes progress toward the Cloudburst end result. Penalties from the curse fade once the effect’s • All plant life within the radius of effect begins turns are completed (in the above example. ended prematurely. the following stats halved (round down): Stamina. though many will such as Speed. Roll Results Suggested Modifiers Dramatic Failure: The changeling grows warm. it doesn’t necessarily appear Cost: 5 Glamour supernatural. spills a pint of his own blood (necessitating him tak- or children. blistering weather of summer. There is a variant version of the mile radius of effect. She falls unconscious for a num- ber of turns equal to 10 minus her Resolve score. This clause represents the ultimate punishment of The Scorched Earth curse continues for a number summer: with it. • Water turns to steam.) trickle water. –1 on the fifth. but it’s always warm and in far scarc- is active. (The loss of these dots becomes a certainty. quite the opposite. 62 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . hold.

made to swear the Turncoat’s Assurance (see below). even if a changeling’s as traitors. Some are more inclined to wrath. sacri- against the Court’s enemies during those days ascribed to ficing all her free time — and more than a bit of her sanity be the literal “dog days” of the season. Perhaps she exposes one of The curious thing — and to many. Could thing — about the Hound Tribunal is that they only act be that she becomes a right-hand advisor to the King. Those that dare to oppose the Joining: The Tribunal demands de- King or Queen — or worse. after all. Title: Hound (though many prefer The strongest of beasts and the weakest to put “The Honorable” before their of men became mad or indolent. During its time in the sky. obstructionists. I swear to you. The Hound Tribunal Write a name on this During these blistering slip of paper. the most frightening the knights of the Court as a clandestine privateer. What happens to those branded concern to the Honorable Hounds. about it. Valmont Torchiere”). Sum. trail of marred bodies. Anger is of no this secret “noble” council. Maybe that they are a necessary evil — or nary an evil at all. What is road warped by vapors of heat. the Summer King. For the most part. such as “The in to their worst inclinations. the way of the Court’s interests become Weaponry) at 3 targets. Firearms. More vicious Hounds may not bother not petition to join this noble order if she doesn’t know with the troubles and indiscretions of exile. Stealth 2. leaving in their wake a angry god. changelings simply disappear. those So. A changeling can- pledge ensuring exile. the Court as one of the Honorable Hounds. those who stand the Old Farmer Almanac definition of July 3rd to August out might be selected to learn what it truly means to serve 11th. days of summer (either Then worry no more. Honorable Black Myrtle” or “The Hon- And it is during these days that the orable Hound. she takes a bullet for the King. Some Hounds Sirius — also known as cut a bloody swath through the “Dog Star” — was thought to be an the freehold. a refer. as judged by the members of tion to the Summer Court’s ideals. dare to bring cisive members. among the Tribunal? The Tribunal is ostensibly a court of hold. Subterfuge 2. enemies? It depends on the thirst rage scorches out of control and threatens to consume him. the Hounds begin to keep track of her. how does one go about actually claiming a seat that fall in their crosshairs are often banished from the free. my liege. that means a changeling does stead to wear the mask of wrath and murder the chosen en. The Hounds who give in to such lynch mob “justice” seeing one of the Lost perform some notable task in service rarely recognize the depths to which they’ve sank. a assessors that operates wholly in secret. like the lines on a hot and directing it at those who deserve its burn. believing to the Court. but anger focused to a keenly-honed point? mete out a measure of compassion with their justice. Over time. never to mer’s heat grows punishing. The air be. unswerving (and in fact rather slavish) devo- emies of the freehold. the Court of Wrath in the brightest light in the some way during the oth- season’s nighttime sky. The Summer Court 63 . Grass dies. Upon emies. Hounds who possess an harm to the monarch — are found to be en. Food spoils. but the Tribunal chooses her. Most Tribunals use — in attending to his needs. comes feverish. giving names as a title of courtesy. appears only a grand mystery as some during these so-called dog days. the latter days of Summer the Tribunal acts against all the “dog days”. Wyrd 2. The line between Hounds believe themselves capable of leashing that anger “justice” and “wrath” is often blurred. er seasons. embodied by the star’s occa. not choose the Tribunal. those who have offended ence to the star Sirius. return. Those that stand in and one martial Skill (Brawl. preferring in. for blood possessed by the local Hounds. though some find excuses to widen that range of dates. Hound Tribunal haunts the freehold in Prerequisites: Mantle (Summer) the name of the Court of Wrath and 2. bone-drought dry or This. Other times. there sional red hue. chokingly humid de- The Romans called pending on the region).

Sometimes. the king often finds himself approached at night. many Hounds also possess Justice as a Vice and/or Wrath as a Virtue.” How does a King or Queen react to such a persist- ing conspiracy? Some embrace it. The Tribunal makes a strong ally. or “That Winter motley. the ruler surely finds herself and her rule weakened. is what drives this noble order of assessors. When the dog days crawl to a close once more — and the Tribunal has “disappeared” or outright executed those who dared threaten the strength of the Summer Court — the Tribunal once more draws back to its phase of suspicion and contemplation. a talent above others to hide in the shadows. Knowing that a secret cabal protects her actions. War is not a moral thing. but does a ruler move against this hidden jury? The Summer Court needs whatever power it can muster. or if allying with the Tribunal is excusable. the rule is that none shall back out of the judgments. the Rimeblight Boys. or a fierce heartbeat revealed in pulsing neck tendons. by one or several Tribunal members. Rulers in all lands must make hard decisions. To deny the judgment of the Tribunal is to deny the Tribunal itself. In such cases. they act as ideal Summer Court members. breath of steam and smoke. how do they fill the rest of their time? For one. upon claiming (or be- ing claimed by) the Court’s Mantle and crown. Obviously. By removing what are ostensibly some of the Court’s more potent members. while others who go against the Hounds are themselves made absent so a less repudiating royal can be elevated to the crown. a Queen might feel more relaxed in her rule. some with a verve bordering on zealotry. The result is variable: some kings have managed to oust the Tri- bunal from the freehold. the jury operates in secret from even the king. a devotion to the Summer Court and its ideals is paramount. And then they fill him in on all the tawdry secrets: “Cracktooth didn’t disappear into the Hedge. They explain what they do. he was exiled”. The Hounds covertly gather once a month to compile secrets and suspicions and to mark potential targets. or an almost preternatural facility for deception. after all. Just how much does the Summer King or Queen know of the Tribunal and its activities? In most freeholds. They tell him what they are. They only make judgments against possible enemies a week or two before Sirius rises in the summer sky and the dog days begin again. the Hounds are wise enough to see a potential threat when it arises and choose not to approach the King at all. under shadow. Background: The Tribunal has needs across the board when it comes to its loyal Hounds. which makes one an enemy to Court and King. Many Tri- bunal members have strong Summer Mantles — heat vapor rising from burnished skin. The Queen must decide if being on the side of “right” is worth that sacrifice. Others find the Tribunal vile. Organization: What do the Hounds do when not “active” during the dog days of summer? If that period stretches only from July to August. Others might be favored for more pragmatic reasons: one’s ability with a blade. But they also work toward the needs of the noble order. Once their decisions are made. In support of the Court’s ideals. 64 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts Courts .” the Tribunal watches changelings from the other three Courts with an eye toward distrust. During these “off days. supporting him under the cover of clandestine operations. had to go — don’t worry. The pairing of these principles. we dissolved the bodies in a hot chemical bath about two years back. Some assessors are prized for their ability to judge others in a way that is clear- thinking or incisive.

poof. Tribunal. Some say the Tribu- Tasks: Forbiddance. the “turncoat” prom. maybe even Type: Corporal. close friend in the Spring Court. penthouse apartment was empty. 1 Willpower dot and make little moves against the Crimson The Hound Tribunal wants to be clear about this point: Court. certain proof of commitment. And then. Greater (–3. Therein suggests was or why her collar is marked with three dots of dark an implicit relationship that the Summer Courtier is clearly blood. a Hound must lie with all her heart. so swear I’ll leave! I’ll fuckin’ leave. Autumn has its Harvest highway shoulder. the turncoat gains one Not Summer kings. pomegranate syrup. nal. but they’re bringing an unexpected kindness to the table. the Subterfuge roll. Boons: Blessing. Medial (+2. In explaining where she lar. The Hound — I vow on my treacherous heart that I shall go beyond Tribunal is secret. Not buying into the pledge. Others say that banished). The only evidence anybody ever a few feet from the line marking the city limits. clandestine hangman. The Spring Court has gladly take the pledge. Concepts: axe-man. and one another and meet to hash out the future the exact text written is variable (though obviously must of the freehold. est thing to do. cut ises to never again return to the city from whence he is short cruelly and suddenly. clergyman. Blessing. and I won’t come back. The “turncoat” must sign his name to the pledge in the blood of Privileges some animal or insect that normally consumes that fruit or Members of the Tribunal are notoriously apt when it vegetable (the squeezed guts of a tomato hornworm caterpil- comes to lying about themselves. of the Emperor’s ensorcelled attachés. Repainted They’ve got a knife to the traitor’s throat and they’re only all white. • They’ve removed kings from the throne. It’s better than bleeding out on the its Sylvan Tribunal. secret judge. I gotta be willing to make the hard choices. when given the chance. document in the juice of a fruit or vegetable: ink of black- king’s right-hand-man. clearly state the pledge and the ramifications of enacting The Summer Court 65 . whatever. and Winter has its Glacier Tribu- The Turncoat’s Assurance actually manifests as a writ. I hear they all know about ten document: it can be penned on any kind of paper. Whispers say Duration: Lifelong (+3) he was getting uppity. Alliance. In situations the fruit on the vine. and breaking said pledge). Even weirder. my watcher shall become my hunter and all my fortunes • Joining the Hound Tribunal requires a are forfeit. Starting to grow a pair Invocation: 1 Willpower point. Rumors of the Hound Tribunal The following are some stories one might Pledge: Turncoat’s Assurance hear about the Hound Tribunal. Members of the Hound Tribunal are also taught the parameters of the secret Turncoat’s Assur- ance. Greater (–3) the Spring Court just last year. Nemesis Pledge someone in his motley. Gone. but that doesn’t mean the borders of this domain and shall never again let my iniqui. They want found was three ring-fingers. nal demands that the friendship be ended. true. below. berry. Lesser (+0. Should I betray this pledge. That’s why most. Lesser (+1. A changeling’s — Jesus! Fuck! Get that gun out of my ear! I swear. ing expenses”). rumors don’t get out. Emperor of Sanction: Curse. the two parties agree to a the Tribunal demands something worse: the “peace pact”) life of that friend. but the rulers of the dot in the “Fleet of Foot” Merit so he can run his ass out of other Courts. Maybe the changeling has a damnit don’t cock that gun! Please! I’ll go. tomato juice. His an offer to commit to the Turncoat’s Assurance is a mercy. talented abductor. The Hound must write up the Darkling assassin. that makes • Every Court has a Tribunal order their job easy. whereas the turncoat is the vile para- where a character lies about herself. her player gains +2 to site who might consume the health of the harvest. protecting its interests. the blood of a berry-nipping sparrow). God. fairest liaison to the monarch. Rude Becky told me that’s what town as fast as possible) happened to The Lepidopterist. well. one day. one from each the traitor to know that a quick slip of the knife is the easi. the “turncoat” is allowed to increase the Resources Merit by one dot to pay for “mov. ex-cop. the stories go. tous flesh cross the threshold now denied.

arguably. the most primal and the dead stirred restlessly in their graves defining passion of all life. to know and truly understand — to be able so much more successful are those who plant gardens to use — that fear. hunts perpetrated upon the living. but also why. and feels wrath to discover ery spirit and sinks in its talons. More so than any gins to die. the bones of her deceased grandfather hid behind that While just anyone can forage and manage to scrape by. door. the burden of intimacy. the every nuance of it thrashes about. the hour when ever more rarified varieties of fear through elaborate shadows grow long. On a when presented with an lonely road. changelings of the Leaden Mirror to encourage the spread of its passion. like Wrath. is the feast created by the de. Fear slithers into ev. a man spies a attractive specimen of the stranger approaching from out appropriate gender. requires learning not only that he fears. When the earth. easy to learn what it writhes and coils people desire. It cannot be clowns. horror. the passion of fear. or defaced. it takes into a protective an especially close ball. ter. the emotion can degenerate into serial murdering lunatics. or the woman made up a childish fantasy wherein liberate cultivation of fear. when It is. sexually assaulted. Desire. from the meanest and far horizon. what inward. recognized for centuries and perhaps millennia. Al- rified at the prospect of most everyone feels desire what comes next. however. to curl them sad. Fear. seeking to incites their rage. the stoutest cour. Perhaps someone dressed as Autumn Court. seeking that empowers the harvesting-time. like Sorrow. or knowing the reasons behind healed. worm is snatched up While such Lost main- from the moist soil tain that it is relatively in which it burrows. and inside the one whose heart is gripped by it. For the her grandmother’s home. feast. escape its capture or. the Ashen Court. When a fish is bond to understand landed on the hook. Fear lurks in every corner of the her unreasoning dread of that tiny door in the attic of unknown and permeates the mortal world. like however. works At their worst. age. it is a sumptuous banquet that grows a clown kidnapped. So it is that of it. and a momentary ple. and murdered wild. say. and the year be. terror. like all of the seasonal courts. or a sumptuous and diverse chill grips him. weathering that a treasured possession has been stolen away even the strongest conviction. It cannot be spent. and mystery. It does not compromise. Every and the sun creeps daily toward the creature. an Ashen courtier must get inside of their own and tend the crops with care. It cannot be sated. frost first gathers. But. Truly getting inside another’s nightmares. up. is ruled by dark path of fear accept fear. the natural. an instinctual connection that humans have Autumn Court’s driving emotion is perhaps the easi- 66 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . simplest to the most complex Those that walk the and intelligent. and even what makes failing that. The pairing between season and passion is other passion embraced by the seasonal courts. its fruits ripening wherever life flourishes. children in the town where the man in question grew Better still. for exam- of the shadows.

an appreciation for life. and some of them into Arcadia — is chiseled into the very soul of every manage to go quite far after. other changelings to deal with them. Only an idiot who over whom it has purview. it is merely the product of an active The Philosophy of Magic dedication to finding out where one can best serve and Each one of the Great Courts has a powerful tie be best served. though every seeming has its “Autumn Court courtiers can help other changelings to confront and naturals. fall turn such foes into easy prey. or else compelled to make mistakes that Some changelings. skirting the edge of two or more courts. The Autumn Court typically devotes to an emotion. and the dread of what comes next. Darklings. denies catharsis would no sooner give up the power of faerie magic than and can certainly inspire. trying to find their proper place in changeling society. when the Leaden Mirror is to everyone around him. however. changes that have been wrought on their lives. Conversely. as are fears of alienation. this is because of simple indecision while. Fear. Terror at the thought of the Others — at sciously becoming victimizers so they do not have to the promise of being dragged. hop- attentions of the True Fae. they can courtiers must be careful in doing so. there are always opportunities to changeling attracts the notice of those driven by this learn and to grow by it. though a Freehold’s Autumn of pledge and Contract. worse still.” Some do so out of a desire to turn their feel- overcome their own fears. friend or foe. the inability to inter. those that instinctively into patterns of haunting and terrifying get out of line within Lost society can be scared back others. following one’s Keeper willingly) back early joiners for the Ashen Court. it is rather too the local freehold: its enemies can be cowed and forced simple to capture the whole truth of the matter. Recruitment at other times. It is Not all aspirants to the Leaden Mirror come to it the Leaden Mirror that has most thoroughly explored by instinct. it’s darkest and most unpleasant ways. To be accepted into the Autumn Court is to be em- Wrath. Because braced by fear. Sometimes. stalking the shadows embodies a “carrot and stick” approach to changeling and seeking victims with wild abandon certainly has life. Thus. incentives of Fae magic for their own. of token and dream. Finding changelings who are interested in this Anger and sadness are often cathartic. more than any other seasonal court. Without fear. but also a specific plan for resisting the time and resources to courting these changelings. who treats magic too carelessly is a potential threat On the other hand. These sorts comprise the majority of (or. like most generalizations. perhaps the most basic and even primor- In a freehold. everyone would take everything for grant- ed. though usually only in the a survivalist would surrender his knife. Sometimes. on the other hand. grim passion. kicking and screaming feel like victims. the majority of the baggage from the violation inflicted fere in the fates of friends and loved ones from before upon them by the Others. The gruesome cause. Far from it. take easily to the way onto the straight and narrow. subcon- to the Lost. which begs the question of what sort of fear is omnipresent.est to lose oneself within in a decidedly unhealthy way. Autumn courtiers are necessary be. and Sorrow simply would not exist. many of which are universal ings of victimization by the Gentry outward.” and this is true — fear sharpens shared too readily or used too cavalierly isn’t afraid of the senses. The Autumn Court 67 . And that’s the danger that is all Courtiers walk a thin line in the pursuit of their court’s too obvious to the Leaden Mirror — the changeling chosen passion. The only way at its best. For some. By mastering the powers are offered for joining. many Ashen practically addictive. fend those that came to the court of their own accord. In the case of the Autumn ing to win them over and increase the size and power Court. Ashen of fear. but ing pursuits. Were there nothing to fear in The Philosophy of Fear this world. at long last. the Ashen stereotype of the Ashen-Fae-to-be. dial of the emotions that drive the Lost. the urgency that generates Desire. Some meander about these unhappy feelings and is best equipped to help for a time. of course. And. Fear is a beneficial tool when used for the good of its place but. their guiding philosophy is to claim the power of the Leaden Mirror thereby. keeps people alert to danger. overcoming Fae. fresh out of the Hedge. Many of the Lost resent the can readily be applied to all sorts of spiritually uplift. it can be a true boon to those Arcadia is to respect its potency. the Thorns. when its concern for the mortals that it to truly master the power they’ve dragged back from shepherds is genuine. especially. into exile. while longing philosophy isn’t difficult. It is often said that “fear is doesn’t consider the possibilities of an occult secret a healthy response. and teaches what he does to some degree. so they do not of- resist the Gentry in ways that iron cannot match.

but. Kings and Queens. that they. great outpourings of their season. On the one hand. Without variation. steak and potatoes: delicious and filling. power. or even often. mystery and a sense of the and wretched. Furthermore. or knows that there is a time for abject horror and merely reawaken. Some common methods by which Autumn mon- archs take and hold power within a Freehold (note • Rule by Fear: Not uncommon for Autumn that these are by no means the only structures of Ash. do so through the specific tactic of inciting The court is often divided over seemingly “fearless” visceral horror. not because the court wishes to take in the broken picion. an Au. is it with the out by the Others. while failing to compensate those that seek out the Bogeymen Autumn Court to petition for membership. Even the most jaded Scarecrow Minister fear). Even when she rules openly. revulsion. stand and appreciate the distinctions between one who appears to have moved beyond the capacity for them. sus- it. Indeed. whose lives have been profoundly shaped by of many different facets. the act of altering the negative result of are either lying (to themselves and/or to others) or else a teenage girl’s pregnancy test or arranging for genuinely lack empathy for the driving passion of the the foreclosure of a struggling family’s home. and many monarchs to which the great seasonal oaths were origi- tend to fall back on one of a few time-tested structures nally enacted. this sort of strategy goes well be- en rule. So. the Ashen 68 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . too. some Autumn the first step toward mastering it. a time for less overt varieties of apprehension. Leaden Mirror. Fear is comprised to fear. helps Ashen give her subjects — not to mention those of the other fae to better savor such fare when it is both courts — a moment’s pause and cause to wonder what available and appropriate. thwarting the very purpose governance of the Ashen Court. after all: terror. but most eventually discover a way to inspire. After all. they are not likely to be look with distaste upon those who prefer stag- adversely impacted by prolonged exposure to whatever ing slasher flicks to the subtler fear engendered the court has to throw at them. of terror are like a perfectly-cooked dinner of tumn Queen must practice a measure of secrecy and. and disquiet. Their reasons for doing so are The fact of the matter is that fear comes varied (ranging from an active spiritual commitment in thousands of flavors. can succumb to that most ancient and after all. to simple jealousy regarding some. as it were. Court Structure uncertainty. say. she is also compelled to embrace certain practices that Changing up the menu. and gains sustenance — do not always. and that the best and to spreading fear. Further. discerning fae might changelings. dread in their quarry. too. for example. but because suffering such a passion is unknown. what is predictable can eventually be puzzled lange of occult wisdom and fear. and Life within the Leaden Mirror is a powerful mé. to confront and overcome their fears. Changelings of the courtiers reflect upon their own fears above Leaden Mirror counsel prospective Autumn courtiers any desire to propagate said passion in others. she inspires that emotion in others. insight. sort of malevolence her gentle bearing conceals. as some Lost of that have always managed to work well for changelings the Leaden Mirror put it. merely a sampling of those that the Leaden yond Machiavellian applications of callous brutal- Mirror favors) are: ity and cunning fear-mongering. on the other. after all. until even if she is known to be kind and generous. Just as the artist even Autumn changelings of particularly po- is not (typically) her own canvas. fundamental of feelings. and sustenance thereby. Particularly important to note is that not The Autumn Court looks with an especially cov. menace. changelings become predictable. Some Autumn courtiers make a point of The latter sorts of fears can have significantly breaking such Lost of their illusions and demonstrating more nuanced and far-reaching consequences. all Autumn fae adopt the aspect of horror etous eye to those who have been scarred by exposure movie monsters and the like. they by. then the twentieth time in a row that you’ve had it. to a sense of pride in overcoming a most discerning Autumn courtiers under- significant challenge. neither is an ideal tent Wyrd — who are somewhat more strongly aspirant to the Ashen Court a slave to her own terror.It doesn’t do to give door prizes to those that hesitate. required to create fear for their metaphysical Instead.

Certain Autumn monarchs rely upon elabo- rate networks of spies and informants. A few even go far enough to involve secret police. • Thrones of the Wise: The Leaden Mirror is a court of deep secrets and potent wizardry. a powerful re- source for the members of her court. and some Autumn monarchs are known to turn their skills at engendering terror and trep- idation upon other changelings. Some do so out of a perverse desire to revel in the fear of their own kind. this sword cuts both ways. in a very meaningful way. some unscrupulous viziers of the Leaden Mirror have even been known to murder a reclusive (or just easily imitated) Autumn Queen and then continue to issue “orders from the crown” for months or years before the deception is discovered — if ever it is. Naturally. though far more common are those who resort to such tactics out of the simple desire to hold onto their thrones for as long as is possible. to keep a finger on the pulse of the realm. harder to do anything about) when delivered by an “innocent messenger” who has “no real power” to influence court policy. and apt to be highly regarded by others who share in her season. it is primarily through mystic might and a reputation for great wisdom that such an Autumn King perpetuates his reign. whether genuine or fabricated purely to keep other fae entertained or merely to keep them guessing. A court ruled over by a skilled sorcerer is usually one of great pomp and ceremony. a comprehensive mastery of oneiromancy. at least. filled with rituals of metaphysical significance. Of course. and the like.courtier who can successfully inspire the greatest fear in others is. in the manner of a typical courtly ruler. or any combination of the above. The Autumn Court 69 . Of course. Some sorcerer-monarchs govern openly. and druid-kings and sorcerer-queens sometimes rise to power among a Freehold’s Au- tumn fae. while others opt for layers of buffers —even of outright secrecy — between themselves and the common folk. powerful information-gathering Contracts. court torturers. the best of these engender no small amount of dread within the hearts of their subjects — who knows what terrible lore these witches and magi have mastered? However. Many hor- rific declarations are just a little eas- ier to stomach (or.

in some way — great or small — brings them a little its presence felt only through the ripples in the passion bit closer to fully embracing the Ashen Court’s dark of fear that echoes down from the changelings’ hid.Such Autumn Courts can become almost like secret standards for entry. tokens of esteem (such as rings or lapel within the changeling’s soul. Of course. for. the Autumn courtiers claim for those changelings who do more than advance ter- that their hidden Queen is Clay Ariel herself. for example. as anything else. exceptions exist. increasingly. are only highlighted by the occasional deviation from In other. the entirety of the changeling’s identity. but rather seeker of the unknown that the season still appears to the intended end of propagating a sense of unease increasingly to favor him. both magical and mundane. Its every nuance permeates brief letter on her nightstand. Under such an arrangement. though may. she evolves into something 70 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . and • Palace of Dust: Sometimes. she will find that the pins). are reserved ows. in fact. these more difficult than simply swearing honest fealty to Ashen fae even go so far as to formalize such levels of the Autumn Court. The most potent Mantles. In the as a whole tends to be strongly unified. to give the unknown: these Lost must. and the Queen end. while many frown upon with the three remaining seasons. Often. if not truly believe. certain patterns tend to manifest in the choosing and skilled in the art of internal compromise. a given motley (even can draw both strength and comfort from the sense of one that includes one or more Autumn courtiers) may belonging and safety inherent to a seasonal court. however. and stage ror. or other similar indicators of increasing exclusiv. those that seem to blunder their way into the more archs do so out of arrogance. to be sure. cases. as much a political entity something that mortal men and other fae alike fear. and uncertainty in the face of elaborate tricks. To be clear. or might Those whose Autumn Mantles strengthen with be introduced to someone whom its members are led to time tend to come in one of two varieties: those that believe is the ruler of the Leaden Mirror. other Ashen fae look favorably upon ing body of Autumn retreats from freehold life. It is not the practice of the Leaden Mirror to and the power that she can seize. horror. such a fae must devour it and be in the crook of her arm. There is precious little middle ground to be den actions. less extreme. through years of unswervingly faithful service. but those that pull it off well are tumn fae are concerned. Thus. the season itself chooses whom it will. the Autumn Court those geniuses of fear or sorcery whose every deed appears to be essentially absent from a freehold entirely. that they best serve the passion of Fear from the shad. to radically outstrip the Ashen fae in numbers. lest the other three seasons grow societies or mystery cults. while others simply feel powerful blessings of Autumn. to love the curse with which she has been afflicted — the scourging of her soul. so far as most Au- extreme. allowing those that seem to best embody the season’s passion lesser courtiers to conduct the business of interaction and are justly rewarded for it. These Lost take the court’s mandate to an had between these two extremes. tiation” needed to directly access more highly-placed earning one’s initial Autumn Mantle is typically no changelings of the Leaden Mirror. some part of the rul. mystery. Some Ashen mon. In one such freehold. In rare cases. In another. the very passion that they represent. and it doesn’t do to enforce harsh Perhaps most importantly. and a consumed by it in kind. but such a gifted sorcerer and not hide in the manner of the Winter Court. often afforded great respect (which may never end up but these rare few justify the rule. or someone very supportive among the Courts. the a little deeper into the darkness — and she becomes Autumn Court is. become others reason to wonder. It is not enough a changeling wakes in the morning to find a small bruise merely to spread fear. Such a changeling being offered to them in person) by their fellows in the might be a bumbling screw-up in advancing the cause other three seasonal courts. even if she herself lacks in store? Under such an arrangement. So long as the kernel of fear lurks access with titles. only to later ploddingly fortify their connections to the season learn that they have been duped. the Ashen Court great facility with the court’s avowed purpose. after all. power of the season begins to settle upon her and she ity. simply be the best negotiator among them. the norm. these fae do of fear. not meet the true Autumn monarch for years. who knows when an Autumn and protective of all other local Ashen courtiers and fae is watching or what frightful plans she might have the Autumn Courts agendas. if she will but reach make entry into the Court a very difficult matter. the transformation into Status something simultaneously more and less than human. surrounding a pinprick. with increasing levels of “ini. and she learns with instructions from the Autumn King. passion. written in her own blood.

thus demonstrating strong allegiance with not latter sort of activity. should be permitted to know great favor be friends to the Ashen Court to confront or confide (Court Goodwill •••+) from the Autumn Court. remainder of the local Leaden Mirror. several enemies. with the best (whether grandest. it may is willing to kill over her friendship with the Leaden seem that other courts would look unkindly upon this Mirror. tumn fae of individual freeholds may openly announce To progress through increasing degrees of the Leaden required services or ordeals for prospects for the court’s Mirror’s goodwill. warrior of the Summer Court might be tasked with It is also possible for a changeling to outright peti. without hope of reward. different (and. so to speak exceedingly powerful. and quite another to give the task to a solitary of the Leaden Mirror must show themselves to be that changeling not of the Leaden Mirror. most inven. it is one thing to have a dozen well-meaning ures are to be expected of the youth. and perhaps even on a a gruesome. The Ashen Court recognizes provided such friends understand who the true masters spontaneous acts of service just as readily (and perhaps of inspiring such a passion are). the leashing of five briar wolves to be given as a gift tion for the goodwill of Autumn. but many Ashen changelings would rather est levels of goodwill are often called to greater sorts of receive a useful service than set an individual outsider service than even young and inexperienced members to a task that the court itself undertakes as a matter of of the Autumn Court itself. though. but the truth of it is that each of only the politics of the Autumn Court. ing one’s usefulness to the court and by demonstrating All of this. or inviting them to spread the court’s then only after demonstrating a consistent. and similar du- among the Lost. perhaps even into an. and many more too ties are often assigned to those that desire the friend- cowed by her very presence to be either. journeys much more exacting in their devotion to the beliefs into the Hedge to recover rare and interesting things and practices of Autumn. is merely the beginning for appropriate respect for the goals of Autumn. The Au. quests to secretly pilfer lore or relics Autumn courtier almost certainly accounts few friends from other sorts of supernatural beings. has cause to fear. Indeed. gnarled old sorcerer highly placed within grander scale. and their own fears. this one who successfully completes an Ashen Hunt. Such fae are com. far more Naturally. or turns over a much-needed token certainly doesn’t take objection to that sort of thing. one must demonstrate ever-greater goodwill. but they are expected even more so) than calculated ones. (or to hunt rare and interesting things). the favor of the court. for sort of thing is quite common. earning the to demonstrate their usefulness to the court and their esteem of one Autumn fae is rarely sufficient to gain belief in its methods and objectives. those that wish to enjoy alliance with Ashen Court. pilgrimages to The Autumn Court 71 . herself. or respected by the (with a single dot of Court Goodwill). especially those involving the propagation standards of service to the Court of Fear. to the Autumn Queen. simply by prov. A capable such Lost. or a beautiful young nymph of monly set tasks to prove their mettle and to further the Antler Crown publicly appointed the consort of the goals of the court locally. and may be extended the court’s favor. influential. but also its the seasonal courts tends to occasionally offer its indi. Of course. the foreign freeholds. unless that one changeling is It is possible to get one’s foot in the door.) Likewise. in some ways. Thus. ship of Autumn. Some Autumn courtiers insist than only court’s goodwill for those that enact them. And those that aspire to the high- such a case. there exist other ways to ingratiate variable and elaborate) sorts of trials await those that oneself with the Autumn Court. exactly. the standards are. cal Autumn Courts assign quests or long-term duties those that bring precious occult lore to the Autumn to such Lost. Perhaps a changeling saves the aspire to alliance with the Leaden Mirror are not local Autumn Queen from the Wild Hunt by drawing expected to be purveyors of fear (though the court its hounds astray. Other lo- vidual view of the world to the other three. those that have outsiders doing their part to propound the passion of known years or even decades of friendship on the part fear. whether forcing would. metaphysical foundations and sacred rites. Still. At such a point. varies from Freehold to tive or some other qualifier) acts of fear winning the Freehold. years-long chosen passion on a wider scale. (On the surface. standard of good faith. Those who courtiers themselves. This shows that a changeling other local changeling court. The cultivation of fear is a possibility in the Ashen Court. example. as varied as Autumn seek the goodwill of the Autumn Court.that she. Just what of fear. allowing them to prove their dedication Court can reasonably expect to be well-received by through more perilous or distasteful works. While mistakes and fail- course.

bodyguard. Paladins are so the Ashen Court may not approve. during its season of ascendancy and bearing fear upon ing their Mantles for that of another (or no) season. as well. through force of arms. protecting as much by menacing pres- weaknesses. and. the Legate of Mists is sometimes employed by Autumn courtiers and opt for entirely different ones. takes a very poor view of its former citizens undercut. and other the cause of fear. often. but the specific names assigned to them are perhaps. Autumn Court trades in his Mantle (Autumn) for a • Ranger: Sometimes called the “Briar-Ranger” lesser amount of Court Goodwill (Autumn) as usual or “Ranger of the Thorns”. the Court out only as necessary to serve the Freehold and to pre- of Fear bestows many sorts of titles upon its members. called because they typically stand as the mailed fist of An understanding remains between the changeling an Autumn King. with acting as a guide to those less knowl- interpreted as going against the Autumn Court’s best edgeable in its nuances. In game terms. Both socially adroit and deed. The road goes both ways. the edge of a naked blade at all times. Likewise. humble one. and not merely for the purpose of entitlements. that stalked the barrows of old. and other important information. These Lost may be harvesters interests. nanny. as can be. the Leaden Mirror and acting as its instrument in time of battle. in- the will of the children of fear. an entire projects community in his merciless grasp) For instance. Court. a Paladin often acts as a direct bodyguard to the Au- ting the Court’s mystique by explaining its secrets and tumn monarch. lose a fae its goodwill. few changelings can point to living • Paladin of Shadows: This title is bestowed upon Lost who are known to have utterly fallen from the one who champions the cause of the Leaden Mirror good graces of the Autumn Court. forsak. some of appointed is a significant one. of goblin fruit and other oddments. coming Like the other three seasonal courts. as well as new members. as the Page instructs his charges in to be worthy of consideration on the part of one who the lore of the Ashen Court. some freeholds may bestow none of these titles to frightful. consistent. a Freehold that cleaves to trayal of sensitive information. Certainly. this changeling is charged (Changeling. hunters of hobgob- Titles lins and other Hedge-beasts. 94). and finders of Hollows. but this Court Goodwill is quicker with exploration of the mysteries of the local Hedge to vanish than usual if he acts in ways that might be and. hunting the living. whether subtly or overtly. when a message must be borne This is especially common in locales in which the Au- 72 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . For instance. Russian folklore. taking actions that suddenly in which the responsibilities of the offices may remain free a large number of people from the grip of fear (say. Perhaps Court. a Freehold based out of a neighbor- can lose a changeling the esteem of the Autumn Court hood primarily inhabited by Russian immigrants (and and even earn its enmity. defending the Autumn Court For those who abandon the Court itself. Fear is an unpleasant passion changelings who descend from them) may simply call and its demands are often equally unpleasant. Simple its Witch of the Bitter Wind “Baba” (grandmother). Further. it is the Legate of Mists that is sent to convey These offices are not universal to the Ashen Court. by taking down a brutal gangster who holds radically different. Even just the simple act the ancient Norse traditions of northernmost Europe of going to another court (even one’s own court) with might call its Ghûl a “Draugr” for the vengeful undead unknown magic before bringing it to the Leaden Mir. Some of these fae actually live in the Hedge. seasons. ror can hurt one’s favor within the Autumn Court. rarely. A Freehold’s Twilit Page those changelings once in the Leaden Mirror’s favor is responsible for overseeing aspirants to the Autumn whose deeds lose them the court’s Goodwill. but it can forgive. • Twilit Page: While the title of Twilit Page is a Dark rumor has it that the Autumn Court occa. the task to which such a changeling is sionally assassinates. at times. The job encompasses this is seen as a given fae’s last (unwilling) service to elements of educator. and it is certainly tumn Court is noticeably influenced by cultures other possible for a changeling to lose the favor that she has than those stemming from Western European descent. Some • Legate of Mists: When the Autumn Court are purely measures of esteem and indicators of respon- must make its will known to the other courts of the sibility within the court itself. the freehold as a whole. a character who leaves the ence as by martial skill. but the stories are persistent enough similar functions. However. failure to perform routine tasks requests by the Ashen a title made ominous by the dreaded Baba Yaga of Court can. serve their Clarity. outside of it. the dangers of change- would set out to earn the friendship of the Ashen ling life. serving the will of the Ashen Court and her former fellows. p. accrued.

the investigation of which avoided by many and sought out only in time rapidly strays into the absurd. sometimes. to occasionally distract the atten. perhaps. as a jester to the Ashen Court. As a matter of course. of course. these changelings keep re- cords pertaining to all matters of interest to the Leaden Mirror. Wind are invariably favored by a po- • Lord (or Lady) Scrivener: The foremost tent (•••+) Autumn Mantle. Needless to say. record-keeper of a Freehold’s Ashen Court (most • Magister of Night- commonly with an Autumn Mantle ••+). and even the Gentry and other supernatural beings when the information is available. terrible knowledge. and the like. mortals. and its soft scratching over parchment or vellum. known to be proficient in many tion of other changelings away from more meaningful different sorcerous practices and possessed of dark and endeavors. merely fice) of devouring the flesh and even the bones of those insane and suicidal) Legates have even been known slain. the soulless. the Lord mares: The heavy bur- Scrivener tends tomes. the Ghûl is only used against to treat with the ambassadors dispatched by certain the most heinous of criminals among the Lost: loyal- Gentry. and. the courtless. Par. scrolls. this service is extended to the monarchs of one or more of the other seasonal courts. using dark and uncom. such as audio or even visual recordings. The Witch is a counselor ror. some few early Darkling and Ogre holders of the of- ticularly powerful and courageous (or. for one without a respectable tie to Autumn (Mantle • Fool of First Frost: This Autumn courtier acts ••+) to be awarded this title. some Scriveners make use of more contempo. The title is believed to The Autumn Court 73 . capturing rary media. in the name of protecting the Lost from the ists. execu- tioner for the Autumn Court.” the Ghûl acts as an assassin and. Hedge-beasts. and other writings den for selecting that sometimes stretch back for centuries. but many still seem to prefer the feel of a quill in hand. court is presently ascendant. • Witch of the Bitter Wind: This title (given fortable comedy (which is not always synonymous with to both women and men) is one that some Freeholds humor) to highlight political issues within the freehold. including the activi- ties of the other three seasonal courts. • Ghûl: Sometimes known as “Barrow-Tender. In modern (and. times. The Fool may. In modern times. maintain throughout the year. It is virtually unheard-of depredations of the Others. irrespective of which to demonstrate the social acumen of the Leaden Mir. before it is revealed than of need by most. the bearer of this ing and amusing story that abruptly ends in horror or title is often an object of dread within the Freehold. for example. stage a terrifying murder. In certain freeholds. if need be. tell an engag. on all matters occult.to outsiders and the locals either do not know what to have its origins in the practice (perhaps common to expect or wish to make a terrifying impression. Witches of the Bitter no one has actually been killed at all.

Some say that the “nightmares” mentioned in this Of course. rather in the art of speaking much about times to come while than any hard rule for the duties that members of the saying little so that hindsight makes everything ap- Ashen Court must necessarily take up. a letter to be delivered (its seal un- freehold’s Autumn fae. being prey. This title is not lightly given. Of course. Not all freehold make vite exploration of the unknown. so as to best preserve mystery and in- season is presently ascendant. that price is power. help- Not all freeholds bestow this title. the fear of one’s fellow not to employ the Notary’s services — especially for Lost. it is something a bit stranger: a lock of the friendship and perhaps even the protection of the hair freely given. in this case. and other punitive with one or more factors rated as “greater”) sworn dur. A freehold’s executioner is often a social pariah. employs one. use of all — or even necessarily most — of these roles. tive ways that fortify resolve and strengthen the spirit. the present Ashen monarch — but a failure to do office itself may be held anonymously. or even op. to others. changelings of the Autumn Court are Autumn courtiers who act in a capacity as viziers offer well-suited to certain roles within the freehold. a changeling of the Leaden dictated by the mandates of Clarity) usually forbids in- Mirror is sometimes entrusted to oversee and some. times to record particularly grandiose vows (a pledge when pledges. in others. 74 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . Autumn Court has its fair share of charlatans skilled iers of the Leaden Mirror tend to be well-suited. bartering their knowledge for a price. that the changeling upon whom it is bestowed enjoys and. the seer deals with the future. In many freeholds. Of course. rather than ob- are not held by Autumn fae. viewing highly respected Autumn courtier (Autumn Mantle it as another sacrifice in the name of championing of ••••+). pledges that would not be approved by. and so some Lost do endure as a result of their dark work. haunted slumber that many Magisters must. In some freeholds. so as to protect so is often considered inauspicious in a freehold that its holder from retribution. most the unknown. Some Autumn court- of an Autumn Mantle rating of ••••+) is a keeper of iers are well-suited to acting as counselors to those the Autumn Court’s grim and final vision of justice. is a deeply unpleasant burden. either subtle or overt. In ual in question. prestige or comfort. but changeling law (as hold. and so the pose. year. come to a member of the Ashen Court when in need • Ashen Notary: Pledges are among the most of someone with whom to discuss those things that powerful and potentially lasting of changeling magics test their courage. Consider the options out. or a singular goblin fruit to be plucked from a place in the Hedge Freehold Roles where the barest scrape from a bramble is a deadly poi- As shepherds of fear and dwellers in the house of son. gripped by such powerful and fundamental fears. corporal punishment. measures fail to suffice. many Lost choose the cause of fear. eager to betray any confidence. the lined below to be suggestions to roles to which court. using allegory of which hold universal application. viewed as “unclean” by other changelings. It shows some cases. they vizier. • Vizier: Whether the cackling old madman on • Dread Esquire: This title is extended to cher. — promises so deep that they can echo down through • Executioner: The duty of a freehold executioner the generations and radically impact the life of a free. • Seer: Related in some ways to the position of and in some cases in which they are employed. the edge of the swamp or the elegant sorceress gliding ished allies of the Leaden Mirror (who must have at across the marble floor of the Winter King’s ballroom. least 3 dots of Autumn Goodwill) and is intended to changelings of the Leaden Mirror do well as advisors demonstrate the Ashen Court’s esteem for the individ. and those that do ing them to work through these feelings in construc- are often seen as particularly traditional and unforgiv. In keeping with the dictates of their season. and uncertainty Ashen Hunt falls upon the shoulders of the Magister of abound in the world of the Lost: of the Gentry. servations upon the past and present. not all changelings are willing to confide title are the fears that all Lost feel toward the notion of their fears in one empowered by that very emotion. Thus. of the Nightmares. The Ashen Notary is almost always a trusted and the Autumn Court accepts this harsh duty. of the loss of Clarity. many their counsel in a roundabout fashion. no doubt.and even temporarily incarcerating) the prey for an • Counselor: Fear. in practice. carceration for even the most egregious offenses. while others believe that they refer to the but Autumn fae need not all be untrustworthy fiends. suspicion. broken) to a reclusive suspected loyalist. This changeling (almost always possessed loss of self. regardless of which and symbolism. ing. it must fall to someone to carry ing the Autumn season and sometimes throughout the out that most final of sentences.

hedge-farmers are actively committed to so. or else send enterprising mundane. and court currently ascendant). when another changeling absolutely must be put be- the cultivation and harvest of such strange delicacies hind bars. the Leaden Mirror occa- tor. In keeping with their oft-unhappy role as stewards sionally stirs up knowledge that should have remained of times yet to come. both fantastical and such an augur on retainer. taking on the role of the Gentry. it is a mem. Those that survive the ex. • Sorcerer: Magic is the province of the Autumn cess of shepherding the deceased on to the next world. the diligent work of • Hedge-Guide: In the pursuit of the unknown. whether for their own good or that of the the Leaden Mirror may prepare the bodies of dead fae freehold. too. in this instance. as awful as it may be to do such trifles. build or main. Thus. the lure of its unearthly flora keeps call. ranging from the subtle en- restless dead. it harsh duty. and sometimes come back with goblin fruits and other • Gaoler: Of course. wise in many dark and potent magics. On a less lofty level. services of the Autumn Court to shoulder the weight ber of the Ashen Court who boasts the most extensive of the deed. and. court’s principles. Autumn scribes and librarians often serves to preserve some Autumn changelings seek out the mysteries of the the history of a freehold for generations to come. one way or another. the closely for those that seem to grow desensitized to this ultimate unknown. or even to enjoy it. ing to take on that responsibility as well. Contracts of an arch-druid or elemental sorceress. tain tombs. Death is. secrets best left uncovered. paid by the job. In many freeholds. Court and some fae within it practice the arcane arts Some go so far as to interact with ghosts and other such with great proficiency. Years • Historian: Just as it is a time for dying. how- ing the Lost back into its perilous embrace. Autumn fae in the capacity of bounty hunters. A Spring learning of those long gone. while others receive a retainer — on ror to bear those that wish it into the Hedge. however. many Lost turn to the and verdant oddities. to weather. some few fae of the Leaden Ashen fae can serve as a freehold’s historians. keep of interest to local changelings. Those that need The Autumn Court 75 . or otherwise involve themselves in the pro. but many such changelings consider commonly loners and some grow rather eccentric (if the power of hidden truths to be worth their terrible not outright mad) with their self-imposed isolation. Placing other changelings in chains is un- • Grave-Tender: Autumn is the dying season. preside over funerary rites. Distinct ever. whether out of the • Hedge-Farmer: Despite the dangers inherent in sadistic glee of the chase. The terror experienced by many fae when knowledge of what grows and thrives in the Hedge: they are imprisoned — often echoing the harsh circum- which plants are safe to eat and which spread roots stances of a Durance — is.pear to make sense. Still. is such a hunter so astray from the path of Clarity from hedge-guides. for example. this is fitting for the court’s mandate. some freeholds employ one or more martially inclined edgeable authorities on that strange realm and are even. Changelings of be locked up. Given the court’s penchant for delving into younger changelings to seek out a skilled prognostica. cost. of delving into forbidden lore can make an Ashen fae is Autumn a season of wisdom brought to its fullness. a spiritual dedication to the the Hedge. seeing this also as part of the court’s man. and researching subjects King or Summer Queen might. Only rarely. particularly renowned seers are lost and forgotten. Some of these hunters are some see it as a sacred obligation of the Leaden Mir. so. As Autumn is the season over to receive the justice of the courts (or even just the of harvest. the greatest source of fear. chantments of a skilled herbalist to the earth-shaking date to embrace and assimilate fear and uncertainty. comfortably close for most fae of the Leaden Mirror to when the leaves begin to fall from the trees and the har. Naturally. the Autumn Court is will- for interment. Hedge and even the Thorns. people and is unsurprising that some Autumn courtiers take upon things other than changelings must also occasionally themselves responsibility for the dead. keeping Mirror do possess more genuine divinatory powers and lost lore for the times when it is needed. task — and others do the job for free. • Bounty Hunter: In keeping with the Leaden perience and return with lore and artifacts that benefit Mirror’s devotion to fear and symbolic theme of harvest. that they the condition of perpetual readiness for their appointed might reap the curious bounty of the Thorns. the freehold sometimes acquire reputations as knowl. not so much from within succulent seeds to strangle the guts of an experience for Ashen courtiers to savor as a burden those that consume their fruit. tasked tually sought out by those wishing to traverse the Hedge with the recovery of fugitives. that they might be turned or otherwise reap its bounty. or something else. and the court watches vest is mercilessly reaped. collecting the are willing to offer their insights to others. in some cases. in many ways. who lead others through the Briars as to place her quarry in fetters or to imprison him.

thus enabling the Lost sworn to are simply glad to have the unknown and potentially these emotions to find common ground in one anoth- dangerous relic out of their hands and into those of er. the Autumn Court that other changelings seek out. every Court is bound by a timeless personal wellbeing as well as the common good. • Provisioner: Autumn is the season of harvest. Some such How does the Court of Fear interact with other alliances become intoxicating tyrannies of terror and Lost? When one’s foremost drive is to sow horror and want — a perfect merger of the iron fist and the silken trepidation. Some do erfully and consistently motivate the greatest number this out of a sense of seasonal obligation. under such an are. is that many Autumn fae simply do the magi of the Leaden Mirror. they either get with the program. Of law to the fate and wellbeing of its sister seasons. the past. in clothes. however. these examples are the exceptions that prove yield benefit for the freehold as a whole. rooted in a sort of hope — the hope of fulfill- time when that which has ripened is plucked from the ment — while fear is an emotion that denies such hope. been made between a Freehold’s Autumn and pings necessary to create and maintain new lives. courts treasured assets to all local Lost. a ultimately. if Spring deal with stewardship over the mortal popu- anyone is apt to be able to unravel an arcane mystery. or to unravel a curse placed by a fear and avoid it. but. and to build upon the seductive allure of glove — occasionally captivating the entire freehold the unknown. Ashen courtiers may instead reap other assets grasp the reasons that motivate them. and so remaining vigilant against threats to try. it is wholly altruistic nor unapologetically despotic. Some Ashen courtiers believe that Spring fae are cruel tumn fae may be entrusted to literally act the part of (by manipulating the wants and needs that others will farmers. how does a changeling get close enough within the equivalent of an abusive relationship. not understand the Lost of the Antler Crown. Spring Courts. and almost everyone Otherwise. many pacts between Autumn and Spring fall Overall. though most vengeful True Fae would do well to consult with one of would not admit it. bitter winters. Au. money or groceries. Desire is. These relationships with mortals may be healthful. In more urban environ. The fact of the matter. the Lost learn to appreciate season needs every other. earth and stored for lean times. arrangement. a few relationships are as follows: naysayers on both sides might reject the idea of alli- • Spring Court: The children of the Antler Crown ance with an “opposing” passion. while they occasionally intersect (like when are simply ignored outright. The best and strongest ties between Autumn and These powers are the Leaden Mirror’s purview and. to be stockpiled and distributed by the Freehold: cars or Despite this. course. 76 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . while others of ordinary people. Fear and Desire are the passions that most pow- it is the changelings of the Ashen Court. Autumn’s typical sorts of inter-season enjoys a solid working partnership. in many ways. vital to the defense of the Lost against the Gen. find Fear and Desire are passions of two entirely different that their objections are quickly hushed. and wood for feeding fires to be naïve (for thinking that a lifetime of playing upon through long. At to others to form meaningful relationships? The truth other times. ally make for successful dealings. or else they sorts and.to understand an unknown artifact. this sort of alliance can the prom). and perhaps even the trap. In such places. but most simply fail to ments. the very system that upholds these ancient being forever mindful of the cruelty of fate (and of the oaths. making both the rule. In rural Freeholds. these two courts work together to facili- of the matter is that different fae of the Leaden Mirror tate healthier partnerships between their respective enact their Court’s mandate in different ways and every passions. When undertaken with an eye for either courage to ask the most popular cheerleader in school to generosity or political gain. Without the balance of the what they have and to dare to hope for more. falls apart. or something in-between. Thus. When Fear and Desire work hand-in- hand. when something is known (or even just somewhere between these two extremes. a considerable degree of control can be asserted Relations over mortals and other changelings alike. in the face of a steady flow the captain of the chess team is trying to work up the of Glamour. Others). meat to dry and smoke. covetous feelings is worthwhile). but they gener- deleterious effects. to research a rare people generally either desire a thing and pursue it or else and esoteric Pledge. Certainly. hunters. If forced to choose between the two passions. powerful alliances have. Lost who will keep them as safe as possible from any parasitic. alien to those of the Leaden Mirror. lace. being neither strongly suspected) to smack of uncertain magic. while four courts. and woodsmen: bringing in crops to never truly be able to satisfy) and others consider them store.

they Autumn changelings would argue that assumption. obtrusiveness can sometimes rankle fae of the Leaden monly. while the spiritual bonds be. Still. each side feeding off of and the Emerald go up against one another. often (but not always) dividing change. When these two courts are working tumn are tempered by Winter’s retiring ways. whose overriding passion demands an occa- tends toward a powerful. simply to ally prefer the company and methods of the Summer bring the hostilities to an end in as expedient a man- Court. The directness (some might say bluntness) of ner as possible. Many Ashen fae tend to look upon the changelings hand. the Crimson butt heads. Autumn and Winter frequently confer the consequences of such obviousness. are well-regarded by many (though by no means all) When the Autumn and Summer Courts are in Autumn fae. very little that can stop them. when Autumn and Summer are many Summer courtiers appeals to the sensibilities of bound and determined to come to blows. Most commonly. lings of the freehold. on matters of far-reaching import to the freehold and. but. retiring. agreement to join with one side or the other. fear and wrath walk hand-in. Arguably the two most down a shudder of terror when he beholds a warrior of forceful of the seasonal Courts. Courts are closely aligned. fearful of wisest courts. while The Autumn Court 77 . The most dynamic tendencies of Au- terror. indeed. Discord between Autumn and Spring cuts deeply to a singular purpose in time of armed conflict. wait to see who emerges as victorious. Spring Court of Fear often feel a certain kinship with those courtiers tend to go along with the flow. sionally direct touch. in turn. the results can be disas. or else courts. if not more so. arguably they are even more volatile than out. Under such a system. predictable. often considered to “default” to the Iron Spear. many When Autumn and Winter are in accord. contention. Often held to be the two fae go even deeper underground than usual. mon ground for alliances of mutual benefit. is that of war. When Fear and Desire are to the freehold’s enemies (or unto the other change- turned against one another. war-torn Third World countries. the middle seasons of the year of the Silent Arrow as well-meaning though some- claim a brutal and unyielding hold over the Freehold what depressing. whether its own native passion and. the extreme. a strong of exploration. those sworn to the subtle style of governance. A fight between fear and wrath is. this simply means that the freehold Mirror. While the dangers inherent in doing so but. when the Ashen and the Summer Court charging headlong in his direction. While martial conflict is middle path is usually navigated. in and the like — the Autumn and Summer courts form its own unpleasant way. vast. Indeed. and perhaps cowardly elder as a whole. and one that bears a bit and the typically cautious stance of the Onyx. Wrath is a passion easily turned to fear. after all. In quite a few cases. Under such an arrangement. (for there are invariably many desires and sorrows to be • Summer Court: Those sworn to the Iron Spear found in lands ruled openly by fear and wrath). woe into the life of the freehold. or else forge an a number of the Leaden Mirror’s changelings actu. When the Ashen a sort of ghoulish symbiosis. overall. and the horrific. In some parts of the world — vio- right hostilities involving both the Iron Spear and the lent dictatorships. Leaden Mirror. The most obvious cooperative endeavor between between the more active methods of the Ashen Court the Ashen and the Crimson. such a direction). those two Courts tend to keep their heads down and tween the Autumn and Winter Courts run deeper. contributing to martially or otherwise. or even a state of outright hostility. if their attentions are focused in trous. The Winter Court’s belief in silence and un- the ascendancy of either Spring or Winter. Unless the Spring and Winter Courts in which they themselves must confront the unknown are as powerful as the middle seasons. the results are often spectacu- and many Crimson fae place themselves in situation lar and terrible. can benefit a freehold greatly by their knowledge and the battlefield is a place of many different shades of understanding. the results are often anything the other’s. given the disparate passions of the two courts tend to either become a unified tyranny. • Winter Court: Sorrow is the passion most In freeholds in which the Autumn and Summer aligned to the fear cultivated by the Autumn Court. the end result is chaos within are ample and the practice is morally questionable in the freehold. the rewards in harvested Glamour can be lings between the first and second halves of the year. dynamic and frequently un. these two Unfortunately. More com. while Winter devoted to the Onyx Court. free- even the most stout-hearted person must often choke holds as a whole tend to suffer. there is often the Ashen Court and the two groups often find com. too powerful to be challenged even during siblings. however. this situation can persist for quite a long time if drag the Spring and Winter Courts down to their level calmer heads cannot find a way to prevail.

the two go so far as to suggest that Contracts might be forged “younger” seasons feel a need to band together to pre. Still. Vampires are monsters in truest form. Long acquainted their immortal thirst upon the blood of the living and with all manner of fear. destroy almost anything that conflicts with their alien stances — while the Winter Court’s creed of secrecy ambitions. there. slaking safe retreats for their compatriots. Thus. accept the deepest compromises) to heal gerous. an al. were- the warriors of Autumn and Winter alike fighting in wolves occasionally make for a scrumptious feast of fear the long shadows and deep silence that suit their courts for those that know how to follow them discreetly and best. such enmity erupts into a silent war. house of cards in a matter of weeks or even days. usable in the long struggle to defy the inhu- monly Autumn and Winter that take the first steps man masters of Arcadia. however dan- (and. fluence over mortal affairs. to the days of the first recorded stories and. As vampires often wield a good deal of in- and flight from peril helps to protect the local change. always looking for advantage and willing to than most other Lost would be under similar circum. state of non-interfering equilibrium with shapechangers.” In quite fury seethes just under their protean skins. Some changelings of the Leaden Mirror combined insight. both of which are strongly attached to the 78 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . society. sures. When the Gentry and their slaves are about. years-long deception tumbling down like a better results than standing and fighting. anyway). though Rather than the objects of dread and horror that folklore circumstances decide which courts fall on which side makes them out to be. these changelings have more reason than ing nature. of fear. Ashen fae are sometimes known to reach a invariably short-lived. just as often. impelling a few cases. werewolves seem to be much more or. ing the nature. the inherent ties between the Ashen and the not to interfere in their self-proclaimed “sacred” tasks. many of them can easily lings from the attentions of the Others.Winter’s passivity benefits from Autumn’s more outgo. That well-equipped to deal with the terror of an incursion on said. great progress has ter has information and Autumn has mystical lore. humanity’s tales of the walking dead go back mystical defense. indeed. guided by their natural beings. often deeply divide the freehold as a whole. An unwholesome sonal equivalent of “every man for himself. (to anyone’s knowledge. In been made in some freeholds toward better understand- such an arrangement. of the Leaden Mirror that encounters with willworkers don’t go well. some have a certain Given the Autumn Court’s devotion to fear and something to them that reminds the Autumn Court occult lore. sending is by no means perfect. In all save the most unusual cas. The system shatter a given changeling’s current identity. thus. with such creatures granting powers akin to their own serve and protect their agendas. the Autumn Court is often trafficking in powers too dark for the light of day. inspiring Ashen fae to walk down paths hewn far quences of such conflict within the community. In the event that the Leaden Mirror and the Silent the Leaden Mirror counsels extreme caution in even Arrow are at odds. doubtless. if the entire freehold ends up being the sea. while the Silent Arrow entrenches and creates beyond. From a purely occult standpoint. Spring and Summer often fol. usually. Onyx conspire to ensure that such hostilities are almost Therefore. them in an ideal position to enhance the prosperity of While no Autumn fae has ever mastered such powers the freehold through their maturity and sagacity. the two courts are too much alike in ideology and • Mages: It is the experience of most changelings temperament to be at one another’s throats for long. better equipped work with. they are creatures The Leaden Mirror often defaults to reconnaissance. In this latter sort of circumstance. creatures of Summer than Autumn. with them onward to acts of stunning violence. but it almost always yields far a careful. on the subject of the undead. at least. es. creating a rift in the — powers perhaps completely unknown to the Gentry freehold. Surely. • Vampires: The Autumn Court is deeply divided liance between the Ashen and the Onyx truly shines. Win. and the occasional hit-and-run mea. Of course. The balance between the two courts places most to seek out the other denizens of the unseen world. unknown. fear and sorrow are turned the most cursory dealings with the undead. is just tempting enough to take root. they are also extraordinarily perilous things to the part of the True Fae — or. The polarizing effect of the con. and even abilities of other super- low the lead of the two “elder” seasons. Worse. against one another. well aware of the often disastrous conse. however. here and the breach. it is com. more by hope and ambition than by wisdom. and. • Werewolves: What little the Autumn Court tention between the last two seasons of the year can knows about the shapeshifters is unappealing at best. The prospect. Still. mages Other Travelers seem to practice a form of magic that is impossible for under the Setting Sun changelings to duplicate.

those accrued by a character concealed by or concealing • Others: Stranger creatures than vampires. in the case of supernaturally concealed persons. alive but soulless. He is aware that the clause was zying varieties of terror by ghosts. Worse still. that said shades can behave themselves. their fears and the ways in which scored by each character in the contested roll. for they may be witting or unwitting categorize them all is an exercise in futility. While The season of lengthening nights and falling they can occasionally produce great upswellings of horror leaves is possessed of magic that is more than simple upon which such Lost might glut their hunger for Glam. ripening that passion by their any such presences that are truly in his vicinity. symbolism. the Leaden Mirror could perhaps benefit greatly Roll Results by their lore. were. These beings are many and varied. depending upon how many successes are and. if any. ghosts. rolls only once and com- The Autumn Court 79 . as well as failing to detect ture. bound Autumn yond the comprehension of even the Autumn fae. or things) the many nightmarish cautionary tales about artificial Action: Instant (and possibly Contested. dead flesh and granted animation. Mortals can be moved to diz. Still. (Note that part of their seasonal mandate to seek out and under. and/or phenomena and many members of the Autumn Court consider it within a number of yards equal to his Wyrd. and/or phenomena. objects. the agents of the True Fae. Naturally. the character may succeed against some subjects and fail stand such creatures: their powers. objects. of course. many Autumn courtiers are well. some of the more horrifying Autumn courtiers Catch: The character physically makes contact (especially some Darklings and Ogres) look like noth. Most wise Autumn courtiers advise natural. from willworkers and their craft. any supernatural effect. Thus. and trying to thistle as a badge. cinating to many Ashen fae. very presence. than the Ashen Court. and some Lost of not successfully enacted. with a non-allied supernatural being other than an- ing quite so much as creatures stitched together from other changeling when activating this clause. enormity of the prospect doesn’t keep some Autumn Those that are usually the most reasonable (and fae — deeply devoted to their court’s province over the safe. concealed by or concealing a supernatural effect. cealed supernatural creatures. • Ghosts: The unquiet dead are. If such beings truly exist. The Ashen Lost are quick to ciety as a whole and the Leaden Mirror in particu- warn their kin to beware of those mages who wear the lar. and/or phenomena. their motivations against others. Wyrd.of the power of Arcadia. relatively speaking) in conversation are often those unknown — from at least making the attempt. and even Warlock’s Gaze (•) fighting within them for some purpose ill-understood by The character detects the presence of the super- the Ashen Court. Composure + people. many of whom remember effects. however. Actually finding such an abomination Dramatic Failure: The character falsely detects proves easier said than done. Prerequisites: None • Prometheans: If legends are to be believed. and detects any non-con- wolves. however. and or at least direct their rancor toward targets other does not detect any supernatural creatures. The char- they might be bent to the purposes of changeling so. objects and effects that are younger members of the Leaden Mirror to stay well away deliberately concealed. some mages sorcery and otherworldly phenomena. the presence of one or more supernatural creatures. the Leaden Mirror make it a point to reside in areas Success: The character scores successes in excess of frequented by the ghosts of the departed. even those beings. or fails to exceed the successes accrued by a character ed. mages. are commonly terrifying in ways wholly be. pillaging them. Those that do understand and appreciate the power of Contracts of Spell- fear. and changelings walk this world. this prospect is fas. harbingers of fear. however. the Cost: 2 Glamour long shadows of the world conceal a handful of created Dice Pool: Wyrd + Occult (vs. acter using this clause. by their very na. there is often something dark and unhealthy about Spellbound Autumn call upon the season’s affinity for the “flavor” of such sustenance. Failure: The character either rolls no successes disposed toward the shades of the departed — provid. In tance is reflexive) fact. most especially. Changelings who use the Contracts of our. resis- life and the fear that they’ve created in generations. seem to practice their own kinds of oneiromancy and oneiromachy. objects. least interested and conversant in the language of fear. invading dreams.

By studying an unknown object of power — either with the character specifically or with anyone whether a token or something else — the fae learns its who will listen. be. Failure: The character is unable to communicate Barrow-Whisper (••) with or otherwise perceive the presence of any ghosts in the vicinity. or even harm her. methods of supernatural occlusion. who will do what they can yond the possibility of penetrating especially strong to inconvenience. harass. Prerequisites: Mantle (Autumn) • or Court Goodwill (Autumn) ••• Exceptional Success: As a normal success. should the character wish it. Dice Pool: Wyrd + Expression Action: Instant Smith’s Wisdom (•••) Catch: A ghost in the area wants to communicate.) Dramatic Failure: The character’s presumption Exceptional Success: No additional result. Roll Results als using supernatural powers of occlusion.pares his total successes against all other nearby individu. The changeling learns how to utter the sepulchral tongue of the unquiet dead — to hear and be heard by Success: For the remainder of the scene the char- such restless shades. acter can hear and be heard by (though not see) any restless shades in her presence. abilities and intended purpose. but the ability to hear and be heard by ghosts lasts for the en- Cost: 1 Glamour tire night. 80 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . angers any nearby ghosts.

Success: The character scores one or more suc- cesses and grows closer to learning the purpose of the Oathbreaker’s Honesty (•••••) item in question. if count) or been freely given the item by an enemy. subject to the parameters outlined above. ence is subsequently pointed out to it. if such is in its nature. commanded. and suffers a –1 die penalty to all subsequent full day and night. an hour is up. tion that doesn’t directly endanger its wellbeing. Prerequisite: Mantle (Autumn) ••• or Court Goodwill (Autumn) ••••• Roll Results Cost: 3 Glamour and 1 Willpower Dramatic Failure: The character immediately falls Dice Pool: Presence + Wyrd vs. Dice Pool: Resolve + Wyrd Exceptional Success: No additional effect. and a –2 Poisoning of Boon Sanction Arcadian Commandment (••••) another two successes). that this does not necessarily equate to Cost: 5 Glamour and 1 Willpower dot being able to actually make use of these powers. it will do so to the best of Roll Results its ability. a –3 penalty Alliance Task factor would require three successes. The spent Glamour and Will- Catch: The character knowingly comes unarmed power dot are lost (the Willpower dot may. If the changeling sends the creature out of her direct presence to perform a task. items left un. loss of Clarity to the point of a of understanding speech. Prerequisite: Mantle (Autumn) •••• Note. The character gains the power to speak with the Catch: The changeling is begged to enact this authority of a True Fae to a hobgoblin or other such clause by someone who will knowingly come to disaster minion of the Gentry. Pledge if he so wishes. words. Failure: The character accrues no further suc. each roll takes one turn. each roll represents four hours of uninterrupted study. until Dramatic Failure: The character radically misin. Exceptional Success: As above. Cost: 3 Glamour Failure: The character either accrues either no suc- Dice Pool: Intelligence + Occult + Mantle (Autumn) cesses or fewer successes than the creature she is trying Action: Extended — 5 successes required per dot of to command. other action against the character. however. to the point of being willing been supernaturally compelled and may pursue revenge or to stake his wellbeing or that of his allies on it. she may compel the being to any course of ac- a friend (the theft must be malicious.) on account of his betrayal. or that of attended in the hopes that they will be taken don’t the Gentry that created it and/or acts as its direct master. and cannot exert any influence over it. just as though he’d Action: Instant and Contested broken it normally. whereupon the creature will immediately terprets the object’s abilities and implicitly believes his break off from the task. beyond Action: Extended — one success per level of bonus accruing five or more successes toward uncovering the or penalty involved in each factor of the Pledge (in other item’s mystic secrets. unless the character’s influ- mulative for multiple failures. though he may later attempt to cheat the earns the enmity of whatever creature she is attempt. When the Storyteller rules that the The changeling manipulates the power of a pledge to appropriate number of successes has been accrued. creature she is attempting to command. For the remainder Catch: The character has stolen the item from of the scene. etc. however. Success: The character scores more successes than the ues). descent into madness. save that the cesses in his attempt to discern the item’s function and creature may be dispatched on a task taking up to a powers. Failure: The character fails to circumvent the Roll Results pledge and loses his Glamour and Willpower dot. applicable. It immediately reacts in a manner Goodwill (Autumn) •••• appropriate to its nature. character learns the object’s supernatural capabilities. even those normally incapable (loss of life or loved ones. be and unarmored into the presence of the creature to be re-purchased for eight experience points). The creature is aware that it has assessment to be correct. The Autumn Court 81 . Prerequisites: Mantle (Autumn) •• or Court ing to command. the violate its strictures without falling under its Sanction. been of its own choosing. the item (Storyteller’s discretion for items without dot val. Resolve + Wyrd under the Sanction of the Pledge. This penalty is cu. Dramatic Failure: The character automatically as above. and will believe its actions to have rolls to unravel the object’s secrets. and may never again attempt to circumvent this pledge.

scoring numerous successes toward circumventing the without incurring the pledge’s Sanction. Within first and greatest the Thorns. a fear that grips the heart of every per- found spiritual transmutation undertaken by those de. strange and mysteri. Success: The character accrues successes toward the character’s Willpower dot may be re-purchased for the process of sidestepping the Pledge. though. son who’s ever been dragged through the Briars and voted to the so-called Royal Art. more knowledgeable. While this as delving into a crucible of the will. eight experience points. whichever is less. awaiting those who have but to deliberately adopt the image to hold others at arm’s demonstrate the courage and resolve needed to pen. When suf. mysterious wanderer” stereotype isn’t among them is the understanding that treasure hides terribly far off the mark. From the To those freeholds that most luscious goblin fruits. gold If there’s one characteristic that all Magi share. The so-called Magi ties of the Thorns than in the company of of the Gilded Thorn are a group of Autumn other Lost. the Magi don’t always mind the Thorns. Gilded Thorn appear as rug- lins. wonder and terror. Magi amongst the Briars. enabling the Magi to do perils of this pursuit are many. and. found greater power. The Hedge is a both exploitable and. a metaphor for the far more pro. Magi of the Gilded Thorn I vow to indeed. Perhaps foremost the “standoffish. for their own. Gilded Thorn for many reasons. ficient successes have been scored. free from the interfer- still. Some Ashen They are often viewed with a bizarre fae aspire to learn the every secret of blend of awe and distrust. In terms of personal transformation. ters of the mutable ways of the Hedge. a realm of finitely renewable. these fear. whether out of altruism. outsiders the Hedge. While the keeps them at arm’s length. Pledge. and taken its changelings say. know of them. and mysteries of the becoming some- Thorns until I thing stronger. ever less enslaved by their terror 82 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . The suspicion of other fae eventually learning to control its dangers. in- ous place. In many cases. Magi of the to the most horrific hobgob. Magi see themselves into the inhuman heart of Arcadia itself. beyond the remainder of the scene or an hour. claiming its many assets. the Hedge. wis- have mastered er. he may do so for Exceptional Success: No additional effect. ence of those who usually do more harm than good These changelings call themselves Magi of the in their well-meaning eagerness and ignorance. As above. taking elements of pursuit often batters and scars them. Often. their pursue the very souls. the rewards are greater their dangerous work in peace. length. etrate the depths of the Hedge and claim that bounty or some other reason. perhaps. mas- Gentry. While the truth of the matter is courtiers devoted to unraveling the ages-old riddles of somewhat different. Magi come back that which the Lost hold in dread into their bodies and. projecting such an image. to tame this unfathomable realm more at home among the monstrosi- and to reap its powers. tainty and odd magic. and better able every changeling’s to survive. the Briars conceal uncer. Or so the Magi maintain. has long been considered the pinnacle of the physical it’s the drive to confront and overcome their fear of practice of alchemy. a desire for solitude. to the occasional wandering ged foresters and survivalists. is power for myself. just as importantly.

ments that are easily mended and. nevertheless. out of the fear that it will Prerequisites: Mantle (Autumn) 2. The Scarecrows are not alone in their disapproval Title: Magus (either gender. strange relics. the Magi are not without their defenses. Some based out of less industrialized societies. Oc- inevitably poke back. with the Ministers often wilderness supplies (like rucksacks. especially yet-unknown lore of eventually draw the attention of the Others. and even a few outright have keen minds and most at least attempt to study lies) of the horrors to be found there. to deer- certain Gentry stalk the boundless expanses of the Bri. with an inherent mandate to gather the dedicated itself. Still. Hedge-spun raiment is common to ritory. ness the mystic arts to which the Gilded Thorn has Of course. which suits until such time as they have the opportunity to wit- most Magi just fine. Wyrd 2. many of them (some true. but they also serve to make that realm just a lit. and several Magi make use of ar- against the upstart Lost who intrude upon their ter. skins. many of them prefer simple. Still. The gruesome Scarecrow Ministry — a secretive titlement as a whole isn’t a mercenary order.and increasingly skilled in their mastery over it. Heavy boots and rough denim or that can reason and remember often harbor grudges leather is preferred. though ars and one or two may have come to comprehend the these grow fewer and fewer with each passing year. De- cherished by the Ashen Court. strange the dread mythology of the Hedge. Magi are. Whenever the two groups are forced things that Magi want are entirely ordinary: clothes. When swords and guns fail. those entitled to the Gilded Thorn. a in wilderness environments and the Gilded Thorn ea- Magus goes missing and no amount of investigation or gerly adopts them. mal people take for granted. Those Hedge-beasts cheaply replaced. to coexist. traditional fae use “Maga” to denote a female member lings feel that the Magi should leave well enough alone of the Gilded Thorn) and not poke at the Hedge. and acting the part of the aggressors (their skulking ways such). something of a battleground and all of the local fae Magi also won’t turn their noses up at more interesting shudder at the thought that such commotion will forms of recompense. compasses. even within the Autumn Court Thorn when in need of a Hedge-guide. as one ways pragmatic enough to understand that accepting of the Ministry’s more significant self-appointed tasks compensation for something that they’d normally just is to keep others away from the Hedge and all of its do for free is simple good sense. but which can be devilish- after all) and the Magi retaliating shortly thereafter. some exaggerated. almost al- disapproves of the avowed purpose of the Magi. mor. Many other change. While the en- itself. to little more than natural pigments). a considerable speculate that perhaps one or more of the Others have number of Magi cling to the trappings of what are. the Magi of the Gilded Thorn are all in their power to hire on a Magus of the Gilded not without enemies. bringing back stories spite their often rough-hewn exteriors. or tempting odd. Every so often. at why these hardy woodsmen call themselves “magi” tle bit more exclusive to their entitlement. in rural freeholds and those tracking turns up even the barest trace of her. ly difficult to acquire when one lives as a semi-nomadic At the worst of such times. when need be. For every fae who is glad to have cult 2. there Mien: As the Magi of the Gilded Thorn tend is one who just wishes that the “dangerous instigator” to spend more time in the Hedge than is normal for would go on her way and trouble the locals no more. Of course. more hidebound Magi prefer the garb of traditional ments for bait. wood-wise folk (ranging from heavy robes. to The Autumn Court 83 . and some are known to set traps for the Magi. as existence of this order of changelings sworn to unravel mortals develop ever more efficient ways of thriving the timeless mysteries of the Thorns. many a changeling wonders wise. and perhaps most significantly. Of course. the Hedge itself becomes forester only halfway on the grid at best. the Magi not only Contracts. For the most part. changelings. like the cabal of bogeymen and monsters in the dark — tacitly Tolltaker Knights. though some very of the Magi of the Gilded Thorn. the awful splendor. long-lost tokens. lore that drives back one of the fears inherent to the It is thus unsurprising that many changelings do changeling state. and potent pledges can keep other Lost safely out of a place shunned by the frequently suffice. the Thorns or sources of Hedge-bounty. they do their part to protect and spread the fear so Still. Lastly. Survival 3 a Hedge-wise Magus at the Freehold’s disposal. By building up martial magic. Indeed. firearms — all the sorts of equipment that nor- make it hard for outsiders to preemptively target them. the things that lurk within the Thorns them. they tend to clash. selves are no friends to the Magi. taken personal offense to the mission of the Magi. Some older or using kidnapped fae. sturdy gar- Naturally.

Typically. Some say that the eldest and most powerful Magi are. Of course. slender vines may thread from one wound to the next. Organization: The Magi are loosely-knit. Upon adopting the Oath of the Gilded Thorn. Beasts are common among the Magi. as are Elementals aligned to natu- ral forces associated with the wild places of the world. Those drawn to the Gilded Thorn feel a certain need to explore and analyze that fear. As perhaps one o f the deepest and most universal uncertain- ties of the changeling world. a changeling’s mien often manifests subtle markings sug- gestive of the Briars: faint patterns (looking like birth- marks or faded scars in the shape of thorny vines) on one or more limbs. the Hedge represents a powerful. these telltale signs also become more evident. forever wet with blood. These barbs are soft and supple — incapable of causing harm — but act as a visual reminder of the Magus’ bond to the Briars. or small. until they understand the rea- sons behind the terror and. As the fae’s Wyrd grows. instinctual fear native to the very condition of being Lost. are considerably less frequently entitled by the Gilded Thorn. in all save the rarest of freeholds. bloody and painless wounds upon a hand or foot that make it look as though the character’s flesh has been pierced by thorns. a desire to know and overcome one’s own fear isn’t enough by itself. dispel the hold that it has over their spirits. Changelings of Seemings less inherently connected to the green and growing places. at best. as writhing strands of golden thorns slither upon every inch of exposed skin or thorns poke out of bloody divots in the skin. Eventually. or small leaves (and perhaps flowers or even berries) sprout from their edges. Background: Changelings drawn to the life of the Magi are often curious sorts. ready and willing to suffer the oc- casional hurt in the pursuit of forgotten or wholly undiscovered lore. They delve headlong (sometimes with foolhardy zeal) into mys- teries. a 84 Chapter Two: Two:The TheSeasonal Seasonal Courts Courts . almost indistinguishable from the Hedge that they aspire to master. Accordingly. unwill- ing to back down in the face of the unknown or even the frightful. such as Fairest or Dark- lings.their thinking. them- selves. Prospective Magi must also have knowledge about basic wilderness survival to thrive in the innumerable environments encom- passed by the Hedge. to question and chal- lenge it at every turn. in so doing. purer and more venerable ways of life. for instance.

each staking out territory ac. access some of the choicest goblin fruits. enabling them to time (often. this means that the Magi can delve far more deeply into the Briars than other The Autumn Court 85 . self-appointed tasks. as Magi band together — drawn to the entitlement — making them all occasionally directing the efforts of other changelings. and deepest mysteries master passes along much of what she knows to her of the Thorns. just as if they ings do not normally allow for such. these changelings do not often enjoy dire power of the Hedge and the Briars that the competition engendered by having many Lost so lash at the human soul are apt to engender entitled within the relatively small areas encompassed a curious and even malevolent reputation. why they have delved deeply enough into the ed Thorn. a service that Privileges they will barter for a steep price. and personal charisma. seniority. given the difficul- out as many of the dangers of the Thorns as they can. best-hidden trods. At such times. to destroy. where they can find the solitude that many of encounter one another in the depths of the Hedge. as discoveries (and the power and Listed below is a sampling of the many influence that they can bring) quickly dry up. Some Magi use this ability to estab- student and then leaves the newly-entitled changeling lish Hollows in nigh-inaccessible locations within the to figure out the rest on his own. many teach only one student in a lifetime). with long years between each such induc. one or more Magi will begin to chafe at the about existence on the far side of the Hedge. they might swap stories and secrets. while wandering the perilous road of a trod. two apprentices at a changelings would dream of doing. the deepest reaches of the Thorns and leading others to the edge of Arcadia.teacher takes on one or. divided whispers that surround the Magi and their between many. Given the exploratory man. Magi do • The Magi can awaken kiths related to not receive the customary –1 penalty to degeneration plant life in even changelings whose Seem- checks made while within the Hedge. Some were within sight of an exit at all times. Below is a privilege shared by all Magi of the Gild. to be responsible for respective Durances of the local Hedge is often as near to tame as that alien the overwhelming majority of changelings environment can possibly be. Briars. When Magi do manage to gather in any numbers • The Magi of the Gilded Thorn gain (invariably in freeholds situated in wilderness environ. but these chance meetings are rare and Rumors of the Magi not to be counted upon. “competition” inherent to even a bare-bones organiza- tion. Thorns to learn such things (to say nothing of what manner of madness would compel Wisdom of the Thorns another changeling to bargain for a guide to The fervor with which the changelings of the Gild. • The Magi know secrets of penetrating ing new vistas to explore and wilder Hedge to master. and will strike out on their own. The Hedge-beasts. Among other things. them frequently crave. In addition. however. the slaves of a handful of Gentry — though as well — when need be. changeling to adopt the blessings of any kith. or drive many dismiss this notion. their lore from a close alliance with one or ments). Of course. seek. Some say cording to some combination of skill. by most freeholds. at most. ties inherent in remembering any sort of fact Invariably. strangest tion. and perhaps even trifles. believe that the Magi stumbled across this they may go a number of hours equal to their dots in knowledge through their explorations of the Wyrd before losing a point of Glamour to the Thorns. In such freeholds. while others maintain that the Gilded and an equal period of time thereafter between each Thorn has uncovered lore allowing for any such loss of Glamour. all of them) are Arcadian loyalists. they tend to form a loose fellowship of foresters more of the True Fae and many (perhaps even and Hedge-wanderers. that two or three particular Keepers seem ous power. Magi Hedge. protection against its deleterious properties. Sometimes. contain. sorcer. Those that dwell in such proximity to the date of the Magi. the borders of that grim and terrible place) is ed Thorn seek the lore of the Hedge grants them some a matter of much speculation.

remote demeanor that dants will remember and stifles a courtier’s ego and sing of well-intentioned. members above all. ordinary mo. All the Lost are fugitives. plan. hunted should take him- errant footstep or fool. so easily his hunters. There are there’s a strong chance of success. their playthings back to Arcadia’s fold. sure. — likeminded changelings are free to leave Winter ward and prepares for the worst times during the best. enemy away. simple moments. not hope that descen. because it demands it from a wound that saps the will to the supreme discipline required to hide your live to an icy shield for the soul. secrecy and vigilance. see the re. It’s a studied. season. simply being a changeling plunges is stealth and its cousin humility. the sullied that a frank word. a changeling it in stark. cold. pleasures are far too dangerous. Act. That’s why when cold kills a final word. They call Winter’s courtiers cowards his comrades will only help him if they think because they’re quiet. white purity. no accolades to be had in the If they can’t. dangerous world. This calculated denial lent Arrow knows that stealth is guards them from Sorrow. The Si. are subtle and strong. But ignoring Caution is a watchword for the Winter Court. so that than the Court’s even heroes can. If one courtier exposes himself to the Gentry. unanswered. upon your Why join the Coldest Court? The inducements ears. service. who are desire personified. To join the Winter’s subjects. She works without re. and join them — but they can’t ignore the power of lest the Gentry. ever searching for ways to lure only a step or two ahead of their hunters. The Onyx Court when everyone watching. easy to fight for money. heroism and let the insults fall. So that for a moment. 86 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . let’s not forget the cenary until one realizes that the Court pays outsiders word selfishness. The Lost know that their old ered your words carefully. not Winter is the drag everyone hiding time. compassion in equal mea- rashly done deeds. fools and snow represents more covers them. It knows its place in the panoply of Seasons. Other Courts disagree tives of mortals and other Lost. self far from his friends ish dream marks to die or be recap- it as violently as tured alone. masters watch for them. fame teaches its subjects how to survive freedom and taste and sex. the else down with punishing time. but do not speak until you’ve consid. Finally. they’ll cut him off trackless cold — only merci. Winter courtiers advise them in flection of their nature shine brightly on the Earth and exchange for proper payment: a policy that looks mer- send their servants down. because loud noticeable must be willing to give up all the weak. It’s easy to be strong one into a secret. turning no simple thing. In fact. from Court and leave him to less. The Court exists for the benefit of its in kind. in proportion to their status and Nobody can survive alone. The blood striking ice: weak and fallible a scarlet flag that should lead the calls all enemies. them.

If a duel is Lost maintain their alliance against the Gentry without truly unavoidable. shared among a handful of places. The other half freedom by mastering their passions. Winter’s children should An uncharacteristically blunt courtier might say. Love and hate are also easy ways for one’s enemies ter’s subjects shouldn’t meddle in the affairs of the to lay a trap. Would-be lawyers will be disappointed to learn that the Icelaw isn’t a creature of strict language and Hide Your Love and Hate ironclad precedent. This isn’t the Know Its Function same as outright self-denial. The Lords Unbidden treat them All love should be courtly love: secretive. Consummation comes last. lose it. how to treat each other and outsiders. Most changelings who know a thing or two about spective abilities. On then you’ve strayed from Winter’s ideal. It’s better to ignore insults and leash hatred until member should take the lead or at least approve of any mere ceremonies won’t do. The Winter Court gives the other — don’t dress it up in decorum by calling seconds and Seasons the respect it wants for itself. It guides the daily lives of courtiers. sire. the any freehold is little more than exalted regional cus. let the people serve in the ways they know best. nobles reign over disparate Courts. demonstrate the evils of unrestrained desire. Silent Arrow believes that changelings should attain tom. A change- ling can only be truly moral by leashing desire with his Let Every Court mind. If a change- should stay out of Winter’s way. not the presumptuous arguments of junior court. Seduction and rash anger drive many of other courts. Insults ers. the arranging silly appointments in the Hedge. Win. Summer and Autumn courtiers the Lost back into the Gentry’s embrace. showing them in loud displays and the pageantry of formal vendettas. silent plan.” Win. direct confrontation as possible. The True Fae is universal and based on the following rules. In the Silent Arrow’s early days. way to a poisoned blade or an endless cycle of vendet- ter members believe it’s Summer business. A few freeholds interpret this law as a separatist Hate. This way. fallible was you were going to do anyway. approach their emotions with a sense of proportion. After that. be swift. kill them his allies’ attention. of customs that Onyx courtiers find distasteful. Fully half the Icelaw in reasons. none could ly Summer-changelings. she should do so accord- this rule the answer isn’t revenge. The law works when members of every Court The Icelaw really do know their functions. If ing to a cautious strategy that considers the Court’s an Onyx courtier dives headlong into another Court’s safety. No true courtier If the average freeholder knows who you love or hate. Winter’s children ought its wail and sang it back to John. ignorant scions of Autumn claim Winter’s mantle unless they found the Icelaw in — they’re shamefully useless. Coward- Wind. If either side breaks ling must act on her feelings. The Summer tas. Let every freehold unite its people. The first is philosophical. uncovering the right. Hate should never be Pride’s brother. the Winter member expects and practical. Spring. after exploring every ter’s work the Court should dissuade him with as little danger and making one’s feelings known with quiet. is surrounded by a host rule and forbid their courtiers from mixing with outsid. The old tradition of courtly love is ideal be- schemes. subject to their discretion unselfish and satisfying even when it isn’t consum- first. subtle. Like the Stoics. would obey the letter of the Icelaw over its spirit. but the Onyx Court avoid challenging its subjects to duels. the other hand. mated. natural alliance of Seasons. freely given to all who’d ask Winter they aren’t doing the Lost any favors by weakening the courtiers about their ways. but withdrawal. the answer is to shun her until she sees the cause it treads very carefully through the stages of de- error of her ways. “Mind your own business and we’ll mind ours. Duels open the own special role to play. on the other hand. but most of them believe that each Court has its announce one’s weakness to the world. Even if they have other talents basic knowledge. then get on with whatever it creating ties that bind too tightly and let a few. Kiths and their re. If stealth’s the game. as overarching principles. expressed iers. The Silent Arrow is Many (but not all) Winter Court customs are no place for noisy braggarts and the Winter Court codified in the Icelaw. but these days it’s to avoid these people. this flexible outlook has let the law The Court promotes emotional restraint for two change from place to place. Legends say Snowflake John believes its counterparts should be similarly choosy whispered it into the hidden rhythms of the North when it comes to picking their own courtiers. If an outsider gets in the way of Win. The Winter Court 87 . meaningful gestures. If someone needs to be killed. rational path. When motleys go to war.

If he gets with few possessions. paying debts and members aren’t necessarily nomads. Like snow before bushes and dirty tricks. Even an Unbidden Lord’s impos. or them to avoid getting caught in any situation that would steal his secrets from friends and things left behind. secret places whenever a revealing light strikes. the Lost have an especially The Lost should always be ready to move on. He’ll waste time saying goodbye. should be ready to flee his old life at all times. The spiritual aspect of this precept is very similar mate grievance. When tenuous foothold on it. The True Fae want them back. Whether the Prepare Your Farewells world is impermanent or not. Pursuers could corner him. he’s already made a mistake.This occasionally inspires enemies to cut right to am. but remember that the Winter the sun. too attached to a community his feelings will slow him ing mansion is usually rented or borrowed. the Gentry stalk the gates or mortals patrol with iron Supernatural dangers shadow their footsteps. to the ideal of non-attachment found in Zen and other mortal faiths. an Onyx courtier should melt and flow down to Court’s policy also depends on avoiding rivalries to cool. but the Icelaw tells tying up other loose ends. slow them down if they need to fly away. but it has a paranoiac twist. If an Onyx changeling has drawn a legiti. begin with. A courtier weapons it’s time to go. 88 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . Winter’s children live simply. Silent Arrow down.

but for all of Arcadia’s refugees. One of the primary functions of the ousness. There- fore. if these new identities. Some of the best stories are true. dis- Every courtier should have an escape plan. the to do the same. money. and the be. but it’s also foolish for bus tickets. People die. most powerful survival mechanism the Lost have. describe every phase of courtship in exacting These benefits trickle down in order of station. The Court is surprisingly tolerant of these adding a whisper of pain to experiences both magical mistakes. Love in Winter The New Identity Merit (Changeling. so a member in good standing should seek between Winter’s Lost and beloved of every out senior courtiers for advice. When an Onyx courtier’s the Icelaw. Confronting one’s Wyrd twin Some Winter changelings add survival gear. and a tragic loss of control when the glacial Keep the People Lost to demeanor of the suitor gives way to impulsive Every Outsider passion. and the tale ends. lowly courtiers often have to flee the wolves or messages. if she must. leaders should coordinate affairs with vampires and witches. how to survive Faerie’s embrace. Winter’s Lost should approach their fetches like assassins. families and lovers. but boats and know the fetch isn’t really the person they knew (a horses are the way to go in some regions). If all the courtiers in other Court — and even a few stories about the area are on the move. The Winter Court 89 . 98) is highly Combined with its reputation for devi. Ideally. he might don if she can and drive away. But this is an “bug-out kit” ready at all times. so the majority advises pack with food. Onyx courtiers to dispatch their fetches as quietly and sions that a changeling absolutely can’t leave behind. (The First Great Sorrow is one’s tenure with the high secrets with her.) Combined. fake IDs and portable valuables a number of reasons. courtiers from disturbing the fetch at all. She covering that the genuine article’s come back is liable should know exactly what to do when she needs to to make them give chase. people they once knew. A once-hu. how- detail: of flowers arranged to convey secret ever. water. Winter’s This is more difficult for newly escaped changelings. An Onyx Court member and family members) might see the changeling and should also have access to a working vehicle appropri. sometimes call this situation the Second Great Sor- sion. more common situation than you might think). sense of loss that follows Winter’s subjects through life. recommended. He might even fall for a Gentry. the change- ling’s expected to establish a new legal identity and Winter freeholds usually require subjects to have a leave his old life to its management. This is usually a back. some of whom have spent years fantasizing about re- man heart beats hot and red beneath the iciest turning to friends. clothes and any posses. According to changeling’s breast. both Great Sorrows define the wildly inappropriate paramour like a sorcerer. He runs away with his true love or shares row. If the changeling’s mortal companions ate to the location (a car in most places. Still. The villains are The Winter Court believes that secrecy is the the Lords Unbidden on one side. Court poets make an uncharacteristically impulsive deci. the Silent Arrow is responsible for that secrecy. Enemies exploit the star-crossed af- fair and allies abandon them. intolerable situation for most. unfortunate affairs happen again and again. changelings should keep mortals at a distance. the Court’s approach to love inspires Winter Court is to advise and assist changelings on songs and stories about forbidden romances the run. The loved’s associates on the other. anonymously as possible. Strict Unbidden Lords forbid an extra measure of sorrow to learn his lesson. not only audience weeps and laughs. following the courtier into leave: where to go. weapons. The tales the evacuation and chip in with additional resources. these are the very people she should aban- self-control stretches to the limit. Things get a little more complicated when one well… perhaps the courtier in question needs considers the fetch. Unless the offender seriously Icelaw discourages changelings from returning to the harms other changelings he’s given an op. the Lost should take portunity to make amends. plane or face to face might be cathartic. despite the pain of parting. how to get there. but that’s not always practical. Of course. fetch facing off. p. discreet assignations in the Hedge face them without a helping hand. Third parties (including lovers like gold and diamonds. the trip and how to rebuild her life at the destination. subjects can be only so restrained. most of its elders have been tempted and mundane. not duelists. for themselves.

In the Silent Arrow’s Mourning Cant. necks out to make loud. the more exposed they are. Context helps educated listeners tell the difference between them. Change- Gentry plot around the runaway and takes a long look at lings who don’t have the stomach for stealth are free to the lives he’s touched. Even Onyx courtiers can be criticized for overusing safe houses. not every freehold has a wide variety of cottages to choose from. She sniffs for the stink of a Silent Arrow has no time for indiscrete fools. they might take them away. This occasionally creates some friction with Lost who live near them. run and hide. Veteran courtiers appreciate enemy. She at. the other refers to changelings who’ve gone into hiding. The elder doesn’t introduce herself right away. no veteran wants to stick their right idea. they’ll find you hunched in your basements. on them stick around. Unlike a normal Hollow. most cautious Court elder is liable to find prospects among them. boorish Lost change their ways. Winter cottages aren’t always near the freeholds that sponsor them. The tends to her own safety first. since it’s in the common interest to build new safe houses. not at first. If they find them. Winter cottages aren’t changeling hotels. can. Each cottage is a part of its sponsoring clique’s Winter Lore (see pp. disciplined side of his Court. Higher Lore includes information about cottages that are Hollows. It never compels obedience — at least. make sense of their newfound freedom. If you’re lent Arrow. If the them loose and wishes them well. she joins him in disguise leave. lie as much as possible and never. Some courtiers maintain hide- outs in faraway places. thumb out. Some generous freeholds allow Lost from other courts to take shelter in a winter cottage. Newly-free changelings rarely have enough and want to enjoy their liberty. but there must be a genuine need. eager to keep their heads down until they newly Lost. The bonus dots represent his fellow courtiers’ help. Cottages and Kin gs The Winter Court maintains a series of safe houses (“winter cottages”) virtually everywhere the Seasonal Courts hold sway. with individual features no higher than the courtier’s Mantle dots -1. For the frightened and newly arrived. Once she knows to her sat. help them again. the changeling doesn’t have exclusive rights to the place. the lot of them. ever. ordinary properties stocked with enough supplies to support half a dozen changelings for a month. the exact level of Lore depends on the sponsor’s preferences and the cottage’s features. 93). so can the Gentry. freehold. but as a rule.” with. Compare: “They’re lazy cottagers. Recruitment the Court’s an attractive refuge. deal with So many changelings are found in flight that even the them without allies at your side. Flowing Lore cottages are modest. Perhaps half of shivering in your shacks and shambling. but will not save them Onyx Court can find these newly-minted fugitives from when they step loudly through their lives and draw the Faerie. Members who can’t follow the basic customs of the fact that their prospects came into the world with the the Court aren’t wanted. Sometimes. “Lucas and his friends are cottaging for the remainder of the lord’s visit. but this isn’t the case. why should they respect some distant freehold’s claim over a deserted Hollow or empty flophouse? At the storyteller’s discretion. In the event of an emergency. since the more they’re used.” The Icelaw has a very clear policy when it comes It might seem like this process would keep restrict to foreign supernatural beings: Avoid them when you introductions to a favored few. 90 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . They flock to the Si- To join the Winter Court. established Court members never to better examine his character. The Silent Arrow cuts skill to hide from determined supernatural pursuers. They don’t always trust the foreigners who keep property in their neighborhood. “cottager” has two con- notations. After all. Now it’s time to teach them how to really hide. so they won’t offend him again. That’s how a Winter changeling first isfaction that he probably won’t bring ill favor on the local experiences the callous. but for the most part. changelings with Winter Mantle •• or higher can add Mantle -1 bonus dots to a new Hollow if that the player devotes Hollow dots in kind to create a new winter cot- tage. she invites him into the Court community. They learn to trust the world again the roadside. Of course. he must shelter fellow members of the Court. One is an insult aimed at free riders abusing the system.

These had the advantage of being understood by few people blow the far north and having native teachers in North America. vary- ing widely by region and especially by language. you’d be hard-pressed to find courtiers who don’t use PGP cryptography on email. courtiers learned Inuit languages in the late 1940s. they’re usually clustered within cliques of experts. borrows others from languages as diverse as Inuktitut. By the 1960s. so much as badly pronounced and peppered with the odd. Europe and Asia. the Cold War introduced new communication techniques. So even though many of Winter’s Lost know these methods. Mourning Cant is treated like a normal lan- guage. In game terms. The oldest traditions were usually elaborate systems of slang terms and unintuitive metaphors. learned their tricks and used them amongst themselves. weird idiom. There used to be many different versions. The accent makes it hard to tell for sure. but the rise of Eng- lish as an international language has made its dialect almost universal. Comanche and other Second World War code talkers. slurred accent to it all. Inspired by Navajo. Russian and Old Norse and applies a throaty. Unfortunately. The Cant is highly specialized slang. The Winter Court 91 . Nowadays. Mourning Cant redefines dozens of words. not every changeling is patient enough to learn a new language or smart enough to master espionage tradecraft. Anybody listening in on a Cant conversation hears a rapid exchange that’s hard to understand but sounds mostly like English (or in some cases. But almost everyone uses Mourning Cant. Winter courtiers spied on the spies. T he Mournin g Cant Every Onyx Court member is encouraged to learn at least one secret method of communication. an alternate base language). Its only advantage over most is that it doesn’t sound like a different language. employ rigorous network security or have hard to guess passwords.

It’s time to tell her the local Court’s emies — things that would not only cost his life and Flowing Lore and assign her a bit of responsibility. Add 2 dice to mundane so. courtiers worry about themselves before praising other courtiers. If he keeps the secret for a prescribed period of expose anyone outside their own group. Cautious leaders limit close contact between the cliques didate’s successful response affects how other courtiers so that only one or two changelings in a given group can treat him. Once the elder courtier lets that the senior member of one is junior in another. Once again. so it’s hard to achieve recognition unless a changeling catches the extended attention of a senior The Precious Crystal Rite courtier. He isn’t forbidden from help in return. When the refuses to listen to the gossiping courtier. cliques to work together when it’s absolutely necessary. To build against the Gentry. else) what he’s heard and how. These groups tion or political ambition — anything that isn’t serious of two to five courtiers are the Silent Arrow’s basic politi- enough to merit a panicked response. but many are linked so enough to tempt gossip. She could reveal a love affair. As lovers. against boasting. The After these initial. After a time — the duration varies from place to or straggler before saving himself he risks recapture by place — a smart initiate earns the trust of established the Gentry or death at the hands of other Court en- Onyx courtiers. The can. The Winter Court keeps its heroes and with time. a stronger reputation. He’s given a bit more trust than changelings who respect. If he leaves them in the lurch. defining moment. She can’t expect much pride is dangerous and gauche. naming their cliques Court. survival is a significant accomplishment. they let him in on the test no formal name for its cells. but is interesting cal units. This the secret fly. addic. but reveals its full. but most likely those of the people he stopped beginning of an elaborate process: a system of customs to help. creates a natural cell structure. One courtier tells the prospect a fake secret tues before her seniors. For the newly-Lost. even if they need to youthful folly. elders form Some Winter cliques employ the Precious Crystal close partnerships with less seasoned courtiers. Some are autonomous. in a decisive. The Court has time (usually a lunar month). an Onyx changeling has to prove her worth by sible — and he has to do it all without revealing a hint surviving and volunteering to help experienced Winter of personal ambition because Winter’s subjects believe courtiers with their objectives. projects that will improve her reputation. The Winter Court doesn’t accept members throw a few youngsters to the Faerie’s lions. a changeling’s Court uses stealth and deception to protect subjects usually learned to avoid the simplest dangers. built on reciprocal praise prove their worth. secret The Onyx Court’s culture of secrecy includes a taboo majesty to those who prove themselves time and again. pays lip service to the Icelaw. however. but in older freeholds Winter (which is of the Flowing Lore) and welcome him into the changelings develop local traditions. In the Winter Court. out before they learn enough to harm anyone or as. He also fails if he and the fact that it betrays no overall leader. it isn’t hard to earn loyalty. If he tells the subject of the gossip (and nobody after Norse drotti or Italian camorrae. This is a gesture born of cold pragmatism. If she survives without endangering others and just keep their mouths shut. they might fall. A member of Lords Unbidden and other high courtiers do take a hand the Silent Arrow should keep secrets well but shouldn’t in the system. a more experienced courtier lent Arrow. status is a matter of trust. there are too many ways for a fool to die or fall back to Arcadia for Court Structure anyone to take that accomplishment lightly. The Court rations out useful secrets. not contempt. dangerous days. It’s the liberty. This ben- Rite: an ironic name for a simple test of the candidate’s efits them both. he’s lauded for honesty and Once a courtier joins a clique. At the lowest and protect his Court from enemies as quietly as pos- levels. The veteran argues the neophyte’s vir- discretion. Traitors and fools endanger the Si. so its customs are designed to filter them needs to impress the Onyx Court with active service. There are two basic ways to pass the test. mentors or commanders. If a courtier drags along every loudmouth 92 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . cliques their juniors. while the neophyte helps her with about another. they’ll only force members of different pass up opportunities to learn them. designed to bring young courtiers deeper into the fold but he survives. superior to one imposed The candidate fails if he tells the secret to anyone but by top-down rule due to the shared interests of members the person it’s supposed to be about. hide changelings from their enemies knowledge and favors based on this trust. she and established courtiers listen for it. His advancement depends on his ability to uncover sume duties they can’t carry out. that’s enough to propel cial rolls when he deals with Winter courtiers who know her to the Lore of Flowing Crystals. how he passed the test for the next month or so. without sacrificing their elders at the altar of sages as safe from harm as possible.

Some groups demand particular skills. to the Lords Unbidden. says that such-and-such a changeling is “no These changelings are free to be more loosely associated longer of the Court. Outsid- and Contracts that should not be entered into until ers can talk to the ostracized courtier but some desperate. Three courtiers secrets. the of. Higher Armoring Ice (see below). they must consent to the killing. Ideally. gets flexibility. but neophytes can expect no special efforts. These nobles is that senior courtiers are more likely to be haven’t betrayed any secrets to outsiders and so have executed. two of these joined the Court to survive. courtiers keep dent is a brief record of the offense and the their policies a secret so that outsiders won’t exploit time of death. Reputation determines who flies to a sanctu. laws and weaknesses. Status adds must carry it out. A Winter courtier Ostracized changelings are still mem- takes her title from the Lore at her command. nothing more. All three judges proportionally less interested in helping them. are responsible for destroying the body and Each Lore’s exact nature varies from freehold to eliminating all evidence that the execution freehold. Con- tion. in moments of icy pragmatism T he Coldest Shoulder that reward the Lost who survive. but the Court refuses to Flowing Pages that run messages and watch freehold associate with them in any way. places that should not be trod. selfless responsibilities that they don’t want to bother nouncement. Lores feature local secret codes. who know names that Onyx courtier lets the rest of the freehold should not be spoken. from the bers of the Court. One of the hazards of Court status can direct the Onyx Court effectively. decessor of ice. winter cottage locations and anything Lores and Lords else that a freehold’s Winter citizens think should be Status is trust. stay alert and thwart the Flowing Lore (Mantle • — Flowing Page): Flow- Court’s enemies through knowledge. The ranking borders. In the Silent Arrow. cal courtiers have to hide. member of her rank. are forbidden to give him anything but food The following Lores and their attached titles and shelter. Sometimes the the changeling’s deeds should permeate the local Onyx Court assigns the required gesture of contri- contingent. (usually the highest ranking in the freehold) Many Winter courtiers don’t care for high politics. As a rule. The Court rates its secrets based on what lo- ever took place. themselves to their doom to save one of the Lords Un- but the Winter Court only doles out two bidden. but this period of time has passed or the offender shouldn’t be the only criterion for membership. All that remains of the inci. such as how to plan suicide missions or quell internal revolts. liquid symbolizes ary and who. either. The Silent Arrow respects this point of view.” experienced members with the Court as long as they accept that the Court is know exactly what it means. Winter is a time of es are responsible for little more than relaying messages harsh choices that are never made without regrets but The Winter Court 93 . but in many cases the Court wants him tracts and secret rites. one’s value to the Court. mobility and unreliability. There is no official an. Lores often include policies directed at lower-ranked changelings. Otherwise. universal formal punishments: ostracism and Winter courtiers value those who’ve proven they death. nonetheless. like slow deer before the wolf pack. In the Onyx Court. to those who can keep secrets. Rank determines Lore and tradition contain many penal. preserved within the Lore of the Silent Arrow’s rules for their own purposes. evasion and mis. but to Silent Arrow. ling’s Mantle is worthless. Lesser changelings will throw ties for disobedient (or stupid) changelings. Ostracism ends when a specific have minimum Winter Mantle requirements. final day of the world. know about the offender’s status. ing Lore is named for liquid water: the ever-moving pre- direction. are made. strategies. but her personal competence can’t be denied. She might not be privy to the high fender never sees it coming. become privy to the Lores: the Court’s hidden resourc- es. Most Flowing Pag- left behind to keep opponents busy. A courtier with a low The Winter Court executes subjects by title but a powerful Mantle earns respect as a veteran stealth whenever possible. power belongs treated with particular discretion. but when the ruling courtier with. Word of proves he’s learned his lesson. They know too much about the earned the right to not only demand service. This doesn’t mean that a change- to devise it.

If there are ancient oaths that affect the Court He learns how to personally contact local court. Frost spend the Court’s basic resources. the more nearby. so this rank often includes a writ- posable Winter courtiers. he’s probably responsible for relaying information able collections the Onyx Lore contain strategies for through a phone tree or small mailing list consisting employing these secrets in a variety of situations. the Thane also presides over Amiger): In many freeholds. He knows Thane): An Onyx Thane studies mystical matters. a smart weird creatures. Onyx the whole truth himself. One of the first things a new Armiger does is pression they’re left to fend for themselves. Flowing cies and punishments. In some freeholds. scouting locales to see if they could support helps courtiers achieve that end. werewolves and other involuntary. vampires. All the same. it’s the Thane’s job to learn them. the Frost): The Lore of Creeping Frost introduces the Lore of the Onyx Mirror (Mantle •••• — Onyx courtier to his Court’s broad security policies. An Armiger should always try to expand the When the going gets tough. what Winter’s citizens will do when enemies assail the above and beyond the simple demographics and warn- freehold and learns the lies everyone’s supposed to tell ings of previous Lores. learns a new language or secret code to keep them se- ten provide the means. Superiors of. ficult to pass on orally. mands. the Lore tells a few Trifles. Changelings learn the local code. Vener- iers. from on high. not ordered. A skilled Armiger uses the Lore nor winter cottages and the basics of the Mourning to avoid supernatural entanglements. It contains the Court’s winter cottages or host threats to the Lost. He ensures that every Winter subject keeps her who’s giving the orders. or freehold. if he must. not plunge and where the Gentry’s local agents patrol so that he it into a political conflict. it’s also recorded. kiths and posi. Squires of the jects. she explores the Court’s who throw themselves into Winter’s business from the secret files to learn the fullness of her Lore. players can justify purchas. though he may amend them if Pages aren’t supposed to be ordered around like soldiers he wishes. He customarily records all investigations for so the Squire needs to find ways to induce the spirit of the benefit of colleagues and successors. in- of himself and a group of Flowing Pages. ences the mundane. If they don’t make a good im. The Lore of Armoring Ice to travel. of it. start can easily forge political pacts with other courtiers. His newfound cure. the elders might actually Court’s knowledge of the whole supernatural world. he employs Armigers and Squires to do what needs be Lore of Armoring Ice (Mantle ••• — Iceclad done. He also learns the Immutable Signs of the Lords ing new Contacts. along with some of the Court’s Tokens. The Lore of Armoring Ice is dif- she proves her worth. but not always. If orders come cluding times when treachery threatens from within. ten cipher. the Armigers and their trivial disputes. If the Court has a secret Trod. since to enforce the Icelaw. filling gaps in biographies. The Lore of the Onyx Mirror about confidential matters — even if he doesn’t know contains maps of the Hedge and dream-lore. unreliable servants. chokehold on the longshoremen.and keeping quiet. Senior courtiers also let the Page know when keep the local Court wealthy and prepared. It’s her job to Cant. organizational Status and Resources Unbidden. the locations of mi. goblin fruit preserves and other supernatural other resources: money. it’s a Squire of the Frost’s duty to pass it Internal discipline is one of the Thane’s chief du- on. but he should have enough assigned secrets. writing reports on anoma- Flowing Lore includes the name. Flowing Pages are the most dis. His rank’s Lore includes specific poli- social acumen to make sure they’re obeyed. More winter cottages reveal Thanes inherit responsibility for the local Court’s themselves at this stage. He settles arguments between his sub- Lore sit at the pinnacle of the local Court. He uses Court Tokens and oubliettes in the Hedge access to Court resources comes in handy here. If there are Hollows and strange places courtier knows that the more she volunteers. If a cabal of sorcerers has a can better avoid them. the Court doesn’t want lings from other Courts. political connections and even artifacts. After that. 94 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . If one of the aggrieved belongs to another Court. knowledge of local supernatural personalities: change- sions are requested. lies and exploring the ways that the secret world influ- tions of local Winter changelings. he plays diplomat so that the Silent Arrow’s interests migers are expected to invest them in projects that leave don’t fall before a clash of personalities. At this rank. These mis. Flowing Pages are occasionally asked Winter’s Lost wealthy and safe. so he usually volunteerism with meaningful rewards. but for the most part he can use them to pay courtiers for their trouble. but Iceclad Ar. so that he might recognize their com- Merits by exploiting their Silent Arrow connections. the Armiger takes a Lore of Creeping Frost (Mantle •• — Squire of piece from the local truckers instead. Sometimes he’s not permitted to let anyone know ties. stick their necks out to help them.

but the Court as the Winter Court’s scouts. but there’s little in the way language: “The sun destroys nothing but what of hard facts to back them up. not function. Ashes — see Changeling: The Lost. beneath jet Grip they use with a left-handed handshake. but that somehow doing Seal that Unbidden Lords can draw. unknown to lesser courtiers. Sub. There’s no doubt that Winter freezes anew. searching tunnels and abandoned warehouses. in most cases. tocopy or voice recording is authentic. ing. and the Mourning Words. for instance. Another says that the press in wax beside their directives. so there’s no way to ensure that a pho- if they want to be valued by those above them.” the rumors include lies and exaggerations — and that some of these are spread by the Winter Court. Centuries ago. They confirm their status with Im. Lore of Unbidden Mourning (Mantle ••••• — Unbidden Lord): The Lords Unbidden hide at the T he Immutable Sign s cold summit of the Winter Court. p. however. She either marks for danger in their path. black ice and snow in a Hedge-realm of eternal winter. they ranged a whole discourages this. hidden tages) or walks ahead of traveling courtiers. the Knights Mantle (Winter) when it wasn’t or vice versa. At the Anyone can use the Seal. The re. issue orders and analyze the results with they don’t know the one using it. are strongly encouraged to pick up additional duties either. Copies and recordings of such positions. Lore of the Onyx Mirror. and There are three Immutable Signs: the White could speak their unmaking. Someone often revolve around obsession. As mentioned before. courtiers can trust a Sign even if mutable Signs. ject to the particulars of each title. Even Titles mind control powers that might compel Besides the Lores and their associated titles. This helps make their wishes known they communicate through the Lords Unbidden rule anonymously because the Onyx Thanes. In a few under-populated freeholds • Archer of the Lonely March: The Archers are Armigers learn them as well. very least. the Winter changelings to believe anything else Winter Court assigns a few special positions to courtiers won’t make them think an Immutable Sign of any rank who are suited to particular tasks. The Court’s the changeling holding Winter’s crown (The Feast of aware of these flaws. If they need to at least 5 dots of Mantle (Winter). paint or so would also destroy the world. that any member of the Onyx Court who wit- Unbidden Lords don’t identify themselves unless nesses an Immutable Sign immediately knows they deem it absolutely necessary. of Utmost Silence (see pg. the help of their own unfathomable knowledge. junior courtiers the Immutable Signs don’t retain their power. The magic of the pledge ensures matter where they live. spoken in any Many such legends exist. They pretend to whether or not it was used by a changeling with be members of any rank they choose. No known supernatural force can undo the power of the Immutable Signs. no bidden Lord. said to have been made by the legends say. Grip or Words. According to tradition. 102) is one example. looking for mountain caves and secret valleys where Winter’s Lost could flee in troubled times. privy to a Lore that The Immutable Signs are products of encompasses the great mysteries of the Lost — or so an ancient pledge. Nowadays. not just the Lords Unbidden. might cut and paste a genuine Seal onto fake The Winter Court only accepts volunteers for orders. the Cold Lords know where Snowflake John sleeps. They need only The power authenticates the Signs of inform their superiors and finish whatever they were anyone with the requisite Winter Mantle rat- up to when they were on the job. the Lords know the true names of all the Gentry. the Lore of Unbidden Mourning contains but it’s hard to use them to impersonate an Un- secrets that matter to every member of the Court. In a typical freehold. For added protection. courtiers can re- linquish them whenever they wish. One myth says that between them. This doesn’t extend to indirect methods verse is not always true. through the coldest wild places. The most was inscribed by someone with 5 dots of prestigious offices are in fact entitlements. because entitlements that change the context of the Sign. Snowflake John at the dawn of the Court. suitable The Winter Court 95 . an Archer of the Lonely places for safe settlement (or conversion into winter cot- March is more likely to explore foreign cities. 98) has the the Immutable Signs are usually a part of the power to grant and revoke the following titles.

them to share anything for free. Friends tude or lofty titles. Summer and Autumn the Court allows them to hire out their services. This degree of subtlety isn’t always pos. Courtiers don’t volunteer forensics or law enforcement. however. Summer war- Freehold Roles riors lead assaults. • Sun Banisher: Sun Banishers destroy evidence. vacuum stray hairs roles. enemies chase him to places where advice and stay out of its way. but rarely do so to cause harm. but the Icelaw strongly discourages Winter’s sub- and wreck DNA evidence (though this last is tricky jects from duties that traditionally belong to the other business. Spring. Winter spies show them who can be bought. so Win- same. especially if it’s connected to the Gentry. In most freeholds. they nevolent spies. They normally ing them than anyone else. There are plenty of courtiers who don’t care for these They burn notes. This is bad for a would-be Winter warrior but usually one of the best-known in the freehold. they stay out of the way. but they do constantly search for ways to complement others. If the Winter contingent just disappears one or some benign form of possession. ob- Winter’s Lost are notoriously selfish and deceptive. the ideal Lord knows how to winning the Court’s favor lies not in public grati- to isolate his prey and without locks and bars. You can hire them for the right price want to preserve the mystique of the gossiping. but a willingness to listen to its keep their distance. sible. the other qualified candidates or the Court dominates all Winter Court’s liked and hated for the same reason: others with sheer numbers. but don’t expect mous figure that annoys conservative courtiers so much. The Sun Banisher’s title is courts. So courtiers know that the Onyx Court won’t unduly in- many changelings find themselves under unwanted terfere with their plans. • Lord of the Inhospitable Chamber: This title Fortunately. for work that doesn’t suit them. 96 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . Excepting grave emergen- humility a person can take — even a Winter courtier. they usually convene a council that includes members There’s only so much silence. do put a more sympathetic face on the usually-taciturn served in the ice) isn’t so much a title as a character: Winter crowd. brace yourself for trouble. Onyx courtiers bind allies and entangle enemies in obligations. Most of them have a background in intelligently planned whole. in the hierarchy of Lore (unless they’re putting on an act • DJ Ötzal: DJ Ötzal (named for the mountain while they’re up to something really devious) but they range where hikers found Ötzi. scouts and cautious the middle of nowhere bear silent witness to more ex. but Winter’s subjects run ahead. Each pirate radio station under ter’s black sheep are more fun. to say the least). claiming a trance state dance. rapid-fire whisper. because good for freehold unity. on trods and mortal connections. the times prove to be a considerable burden. serve and tell them where to strike. anony. as part of an influential figure. Most of the more vivacious changelings a role played by Winter courtiers who speak on Radio respect their elders enough to replace the Court’s tradi- Free Fae. the Free Fae banner has its own Ötzal. of danger. most freeholds cultivate good enough belongs to courtiers who interrogate and imprison relations with the Winter Court that a Flowing Page people on the Silent Arrow’s behalf. cies. The best way to judge More than one DJ Ötzal claims to not remember what the Court’s view of a local freehold is by their atten- he or she says during a broadcast. but lie to other changelings. to protect the freehold in his own way. even appearing in disguise to ex. “Giving way” can some- he’s a disconnected stranger — and all the while.candidates should know enough about the wilderness Radio Free Fae demonstrates another side of the Court to keep “five of the Lost running strong for a fortnight. The key ble chamber” is an allegory. secrecy and forced of every Court and kith. Everyone who plays the part speaks in the tional silence with some degree of misdirection. migers and other Court nobles frequently have designs tract secrets. They hate making promises. will warn everyone about an incipient exodus.” that’s a bit more carefree. Spring politicians but they’re not exactly untrustworthy. day. wipe hard drives. and they won’t stab you in the back. Courtiers are not natural leaders. The Silent Arrow is ever-vigilant for signs treme forms of confinement. a prehistoric hunter pre. but others are not. but harder to trust. but are no worse at keep. The “inhospita. counselors. The Court wants every citizen mortal scrutiny that a good Sun Banisher is a popular. Some of them Freeholders see the Onyx Court as a nest of be- are public about their alter ego. Ar- Lord monitors him. They’re not altruists but only take command of a freehold when there are no they don’t hold grudges either. When Winter’s Lost rule. they don’t act without the consent of the council. so shackles in basements and whipping posts in Winter courtiers are spies. These rebels never rise high but these days almost nobody insists on these skills.

This is less a moral concern than will never read them. Sometimes this respect takes the form with special dignity. • Nameless Mourning: This ritual is a symbolic ture Winter Markets. the fire’s been reduced to dull coals. careful analysis can tell traditions. The best-known rites are detailed of extreme caution. dis- belongs to the Silent Arrow. ers and sellers to reveal their transactions unless he mismatched accoutrements belongs to a confident. leading up to the Winter Solstice. treacherous way to avoid paying their dues. Lost in some funeral plays out according to local mortal customs. Court shuts her operation down and bans her from fu. matching clothes record everything that happens but don’t say a word stands for harmony and secrecy. human life into the with a combination of bribery and blackmail. It’s sad because one of the Lost has died. reminding the tradition. The read. the courtier who wears Win- The Winter Market is the Court’s best-known ter’s crown gives a traditional sermon. their secrets burn bright. branches. The classic event takes place in the week freehold that once revealed. By nightfall. so that can call them at any time. containing some of the remaining ashes and marks the chants about their wares. multi-denominational services are common. Lore. or confessions that will never be a fear of being trapped in political obligations. foreheads of new Winter courtiers to let the freehold If one of them deviates from her declared policies. Winter’s winter. the Arrow looks clannish and selfish. even at a party. is the usual way to do it. over decades. A true Winter courtier never lets her guard locale has its own rites for elevating courtiers to a new down. He dips his hand in a pail or months in advance. In freeholds keep transaction records of Winter Markets America. the local Court builds a companions’ abilities due consideration. Courtiers spend the rest of the night burying most of it. who are not of the Lost. but there are others. Of the Winter Market The next morning. but inside freeholds and mot- • Embers to Ashes: The morning after the first leys courtiers distinguish themselves by giving their heavy snowfall of the winter. funeral for every changeling who died at the hands of If the Winter Market were just another bazaar the Gentry. A pallbearer from each Court and two other Win- Courtiers who blather about transactions for no good ter courtiers carry the effigy to its gravesite. wants and personal details. Markets would doom it to irrelevance. at midnight. It invites the other Courts to dress and dec- chants and buyers alike can enjoy the Winter Court’s orate it. A manikin with gaudy. In any event. as it does with powerful beings below. so that every control. The Court Relations is keenly aware that these give outsiders are rare win- The Winter Court treats outsiders with a great dow on the Silent Arrow’s ways. Most freeholds have public Winter rituals as well. but most blaze. the fire reaches its peak. This not only improves The Winter Court’s rituals are sober. Some freeholders write letters to mortals who would rather not. the know who they are. Some rulers steal consensus symbolizing his secrets or his old. the Court The Winter Court 97 . the free- the Court many things about the freehold’s resources hold celebrates the freedom of death — a rowdy wake and fortunes. but teaches its subjects self- Secrecy works against standardization. An innocent sale doesn’t but they’re accented with Fae superstition and freehold always remain so. (even a changeling bazaar). Winter courtiers usually organized freehold. but maintain their dis- tance from the actual event. so they execute them deal of respect.Even a ruler respects the Icelaw’s command to let every invites every citizen of the freehold to cast something Court do its proper duty. These join other symbolic items on the blazing changelings under a ruler’s thumb might look for an heap. (In sunnier climes. Winter celebrants provide Other Rituals the venue and refreshments. the Court’s popularity. the Fall Fair and Goblin but joyful because in death she has escaped recapture. even centuries. the coals are cold ash. One in solemn. bestowing titles and convening meetings. They interview would-be mer. mer. The Winter Court builds an effigy out of woven black it has one great advantage: within the Market. about it unless it’s relevant to the freehold’s safety. Of course. but a Winter ruler It’s better to let them cool inside one’s heart. easy. No changeling can compel buy. Winter tradition says that the result symbol- trademark secrecy. Fortunately. izes the state of the freehold. quiet affairs. and a full reason are severely punished. but at the same time Court picks an arbitrary date — usually the first day of it expects other groups to act the same way. The Silent gigantic bonfire for all to see. Courtiers plan for weeks they will not be destroyed.) At noon. Once the effigy’s been laid to rest.

The Court doesn’t want to 98 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . Spring has favors are sometimes a bit pricier when Autumn court- its fair share of buffoons. but always stay by her side to keep stranger things avoid mortal notice. They’re the ones that train with weapons. so the Here. it the thunderous charge The Courts and Courtless fails. Besides. Is a cod- search of things to teach. they help Summer courtiers within or they might just break through. less don’t really fit the Icelaw’s assumptions. The irony is that these ad. It isn’t a courtier’s place to play arcane secrets. Still. werewolves. matter? The orthodox answer is. of course. places and tactics. pick the right times. seventh sons and peo- Wrath. This doesn’t mean that only Spring courtiers to understand their predicament. ed tome about mystic Contracts an Autumn or Winter visors often become better at another Court’s busi. Some dialects of the should rule freeholds. Winter courtiers should moderate Spring’s joy as long as they don’t endanger anyone else. Freehold titles. both Courts keep haggling to a minimum supposed purpose as fervently as the Silent Arrow in the face of a common threat. and it’s Winter’s job to clear it with strange histories and superstitions. temptation and the eldritch journeys and magical studies. Winter’s Lost are their science to the Thorns! They might anger the power best scouts and informants. Winter emotion that teaches the Lost the true value of their courtiers watch the Courtless. the Token itself) it should offer it should be used by those destined to use it best. is what the Onyx Court believes its Winter Court’s unsure what to make of them. This is an excel- her apprised of secrets that should guide her actions. The Other Secret Peoples Onyx courtiers have no business giving speeches or Save for the half-foolish legends that tell of fairies playing diplomat. to Autumn occultists — for the right price. Some natural world as thoroughly as it can without compro- Onyx courtiers believe they should decide when Sum. but no freehold should conduct its Mourning Cant call them “canaries” after the miners’ business without Spring protocols. even if reality is a bit more flexible. but leave them in peace freedom. test ple born under the full moon. mising the Lost’s security. however. This is a fine theory. vampires. with Desire. but it’s very cautious about using them. public are easier to tempt into the Gentry’s service. with Sorrow. obey the captains of ways taking “witchy” children. they’re the first to fall and the last purview. When it’s time to fight. If the Winter Court has mysteries of the Hedge are fitting areas of study for any information that would unlock the secrets of a powerful Onyx scholar. wizards and courtier’s judgment. That’s counterparts are for. The Gentry seem to love mortals That’s Summer’s path. Does this violate the Icelaw? Autumn in the Chants. reminding them that the dance of politics and prestige must hold itself in thrall to security. When alliances and matters of etiquette should fall under its the True Fae invade. The other Seasons have Autumn courtiers know the deep secrets of fae magic sharpened their particular passions into unique powers and should lead the way during Hedge quests. Part of the reason for this is the rivalry between uncomfortable. This makes Winter courtiers iers call. lent state of affairs. martial and arcane arts to give their allies informed • The Courtless are for Watching: The Court- advice — and the advisor role is a Winter tradition. The Icelaw says that every Court has a purpose it • Autumn is for Magic: The Winter Court collects must be allowed to fulfill. Winter’s would like. but no Court cleaves to its In practice. to lay down the facts before a ranking Summer warrior and let him decide. then. Wrath and Fear. “Winter in the Glance. Desire is a creative birds that die first when poisons fill a tunnel. Winter courtiers won’t hesitate to run away. Occult knowledge is secret by definition. Summer has its timid citizens. imagine what each other in brutal contests and burn away weakness would happen if normal men and women applied their in themselves and their plans.Lost don’t like to demand anything they haven’t paid mer opens its wrath on an enemy. goods or personal sacrifice. but Fear’s children decide when to use it. Besides.” Onyx courtiers should learn a These mentors say that they only master the social. hard to set a clear divide between each Court’s proper even going so far as to spy on the other Seasons in roles. but a sword. thing. but others are content for in favors. bravery and battle! ignorant included. Ignorance protects everyone — the • Summer is for War: Rage. They’re al- for them. The common view is that Courtless changelings have precedence in social affairs. ness than their students. Nevertheless. Some take it on themselves to educate the Fall Fair and Winter Market and part of it is that it’s wayward changelings in the ways of their own Courts. There’s a fine The Winter Court studies the rest of the super- line between information and input. secret kiss or word of power Token (or better yet. War. why courtiers spy on them as much as they possibly • Spring is for Society: The Spring Court should can. They should defer to a skilled Spring and other worlds. dream that serve all the Lost.

battle with blood-drinkers for control of some holding animal pains of Burning, Cutting and their cousins,
company, or range through wastelands claimed by a for it induced a special numbness: a fatalism that al-
stitched-together horror. Sometimes avoidance isn’t lowed contracted changelings to endure other discom-
possible. The Winter Court needs something these be- fort. Sorrow is a pain of contemplation. Once the Lost
ings have, or they come looking for the Lost. It’s tricky accepts its inevitability, other hurts fade.
business, so the Court reserves specific information In the Winter Court, the Sorrow-Frozen Heart
about supernatural beings for higher Lores. Tradition is an unpopular Contract, but it is theirs nonethe-
provides the following advice: less. Most Winter changelings prefer to master sorrow
• Vampires are the Dragonís Teeth: They’re ag- through calculated denial. They fight despondency
gressive and replenish their numbers easily. Eliminat- with hope, but only apply it to attainable things. To
ing them is a waste of time, but they’re fearful, des- live for today and revel in a quiet life is hardly spec-
perate creatures who can be reasoned with when you tacular, but serves cautious courtiers well enough. The
appeal to their self-interest. Unfortunately, they’ve had minority who embrace the contract take the radical
a lot of practice being desperate and selfish, so these step of accepting their sadness, even reveling in it. She
deals can sour quite easily. To deal with a vampire, en- crosses that threshold and strikes a powerful, heart-
list the aid of a Spring courtier. wrenching bargain.
• Werewolves Devour the Lonely: Winter court- As the Lost explores this Contract’s clauses, she
iers should hide their natures around werewolves, lest inevitably loses her empathy for others. Practitioners
they be mistaken for the spirits that these creature claim become absorbed in the particulars of their own sor-
dominion over. They follow a philosophy of balance, row. How could anyone else’s pain compare to that
where the magical world should not tread too firmly which they’ve come to know so intimately? This is a
on mortal ground. Their dedication greatly depends on power of the Sorrow-Frozen Heart. Its warriors do not
what they think they can get away with, so it’s easier to flinch at inflicting pain. Compared to sorrow, anything
deal with them if one appears strong. Make sure Sum- else is like a snowflake compared to a glacier.
mer soldiers stand behind you and you may survive. The Sorrow-Frozen Heart is a subtle Contract,
• Magi Open Forbidden Gates: They know too suited to the Court. It doesn’t cause any obviously su-
much about the world and, worse, think they know more pernatural displays. The Court desires quiet survivors
than they actually do. One of their cults actually wants who can protect Winter’s holdings even in extreme ad-
to go to Arcadia. The Winter Court knows many things versity. Practitioners treat it as a memoriam in action.
that mages would doubtless love to discover and weave They remember the sorrow of slavery and channel it
into new, terrifying spells, which is exactly why one into tools that will protect them from it ever after.
should share nothing with them save lies. Lie to mages This Contract’s nature makes it fundamentally
as much as possible and consult the Autumn Court. incompatible with the ability to regain Willpower
• Earth is Stranger than Arcadia: It’s true; Arca- from fulfilling a Virtue. Inspiring moments disrupt the
dia may be full of wonders and terrors beyond mortal character’s sorrow. If the changeling satisfies a Virtue
description, but they all have their oaths and obliga- while using Contracts of the Sorrow-Frozen Heart, the
tions. Contracts rule fire and frost. But the mortal player can refuse to refresh his character’s Willpower.
world has no such guarantees. Natural laws break (The character chooses to dwell within his sorrow in-
their own rules, giving rise to bizarre phenomena and stead of the moment of inspiration.) If he does not, the
unique monsters. Study them, but never assume that Contract’s benefits end immediately.
the patterns you see are a set of rules. Beyond Arcadia,
rules are not promises – merely habits that change at A Mere Vessel for Loss (•)
the most unusual times. The changeling focuses on her own sorrow to ex-
clude debilitating physical conditions. Numbness sets
Contracts of the in, followed vitality, driven by a sense of the inevitable.
Sorrow-Frozen Heart She can ignore the effects of pain and discomfort.
Sorrow is the paradoxical torment: the suffering Prerequisites: Mantle (Winter) • or Court Good-
that eases suffering. In Arcadia, pain was a species: a will (Winter) ••
hundred races of hurt, each devoted to its own method Cost: 1 Glamour
and taste. But Sorrow set itself apart from the simple Dice Pool: Resolve + Occult + Mantle (Winter)

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Action: Instant Wyrd dots. This effect lasts for the scene. He can freely
Catch: The character pierces her skin with a thin ignore mundane sources of fear or disgust. Things like
needle (this does not inflict damage). butchered corpses and big, growling dogs don’t faze
him at all. Mundane terrors cannot induce derange-
Roll Results
ments while he is in this state.
Dramatic Failure: The character is overwhelmed Exceptional Success: As for a standard success, ex-
by physical pain and discomfort, even minor irritations cept increase the penalty of fear-inducing powers by the
that she could normally endure. She suffers a –1 die character’s Wyrd + 2. Furthermore, the character does
penalty to all actions until then end of the next turn. not suffer from any Phobia derangements for the rest of
Failure: The character feels physical discomfort the scene, even if they were imposed beforehand.
normally.
Success: Reduce the character’s dice pool penal- Grief is Stronger
ties for physical discomfort, pain or illness by the num- than Death (•••)
ber of successes scored. This includes wound penalties, The changeling is so immersed in his own sorrow
drowsiness, nausea — any physical irritation, no mat- that her injuries are irrelevant.
ter which actions these would normally penalize. This Prerequisites: Mantle (Winter) •• or Court
does not remove the actual injuries. A cut still bleeds, Goodwill (Winter) ••••
bones are still broken, flesh is still burnt and so on. Cost: 2 Glamour
This effect lasts for a scene. Dice Pool: Resolve + Survival + Mantle (Winter)
Exceptional Success: In addition to the effects of Action: Instant
a standard success, the character cannot be incapaci-
Catch: The character contemptuously tosses a
tated by physical injuries or sensations for the rest of
chunk of cold iron to the ground.
the scene.
Roll Results
Fear is Nothing (••)
Dramatic Failure: The character’s attention snaps back
The changeling takes refuge in sorrow: memories of to her body, leaving her vulnerable and clumsy. Add a die to
a terrible loss or knowledge of a doom to come. He ac- the next attack directed against her during the scene.
cepts his destiny with fatalistic fervor, warding off fear. Failure: The character does not benefit from
Prerequisites: Mantle (Winter) •• or Court the clause.
Goodwill (Winter) ••• Success: The character staves off the effects of in-
Cost: 1 Glamour jury. When she is struck in combat, tally the damage
Dice Pool: Composure + Expression + Mantle (any abilities or equipment that would affect it apply)
(Winter) and leave it aside for the rest of the scene. The charac-
Action: Instant ter can “ignore” damage equal to her successes. Do not
Catch: The character empties his hands and apply it to the character’s health levels.
leaves them open at his sides, as if he feels no need to Once the scene ends or she runs out of successes, inflict
arm himself against danger. (If necessary, he can arm all of the damage that she “ignored” in the order in which
himself after invoking the clause.) it was inflicted. This takes effect over successive turns, ef-
Roll Results fectively “paying back” the wounds that were delayed.
Exceptional Success: As a standard success, but
Dramatic Failure: The character drifts from his
the character also benefits from one point of armor un-
sorrow into fear. He suffers a –2 penalty to dice rolls to
til the power’s effects end.
resist a source of fear, or reduces the applicable Resis-
tance attribute by one for the purpose of determining Remorseless Strike (••••)
a fear-inducing power’s effects if that power’s dice pool The changeling has as little regard for others’ pain
is normally reduced by the attribute. as his own; all are doomed to sorrow. He strikes with
Failure: The character deals with fear as well or as cold savagery, holding nothing back. Compared to his
poorly as anyone else. own pain, the enemy’s suffering means nothing.
Success: The character reduces the dice pool of Prerequisites: Mantle (Winter) ••• or Court
supernatural powers that might cause him fear by his Goodwill (Winter) ••••

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Cost: 2 Glamour more or less, the victim suffers the stunning effect if the
Dice Pool: Resolve + Brawl + Mantle (Winter) clause’s successes meet or exceed that Size number.
Action: Instant A Cold Hand on the Heart
Catch: The character slashes himself with a sharp (•••••)
instrument and suffers a point of lethal damage.
The changeling learns how to give others the
Roll Results “gift” of his sorrowful fatalism. They share her power
Dramatic Failure: The character is struck with a and outlook.
torrent of overwhelming compassion. He cannot harm Prerequisites: Mantle (Winter) ••••
another person for the rest of the turn. Cost: 3 Glamour + 1 Willpower
Failure: The character fights and acts normally. Dice Pool: Composure + Expression + Mantle
Success: If the character’s next Brawl or Weapon- (Winter)
ry attacks inflict any damage at all by scoring at least Action: Instant and Contested. Roll the target’s
one success, the target suffers additional damage equal Composure + Wyrd to resist (though he may choose
to the character’s Wyrd. This damage is of the same not to do so).
type as the original attack unless the character’s using Catch: The character clutches the recipient of her
a cold iron weapon. power with one hand and anoints her forehead with
Exceptional Success: The unrelenting force of the the ashes of a suicide or someone who died from a
blow also stuns the victim for a turn. Note that this as- crime of passion.
sumes that the target has a Size of 5. If the target’s Size is

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The Gentry are not mere snipe and harass from the shadows. She cannot use Contracts The Coldest Comfort cannot affect supernatural of the Sorrow-Frozen Heart for the rest of the scene. The character can cancel the effects of throes of the clause. The power also automatically wracks the recipient with sorrowful. There are significant drawbacks to the power. or maybe his face ing from Arcadia’s attentions. Loyalist or exile. “upgrade” it to a related. My voice is si. On my life. Fortunately. fatalistic Bedlam. ally demands a Clarity check. can set a motley up with new identities the puissant and the foolish — dream half a continent away. The character chooses the re- from a mild derangement. to call a Knight of Utmost Silence. so the Knights sucks minions and stratagems into mad or. An individual can kill an unprepared never speaking of their charges. Listen. beings other than changelings. A changeling ent from losing a point of Willpower. might even rout a cult of servi- lent before them. Follow them. Thus. It’s his purpose in life When the Gentry’s hounds circle. The best policy is to the sword. Normal humans can be Failure: The target feels none of the character’s subjected to this power. They are boundless things. use the him irrevocably insane. hide you. Its benefits cease. a mortal can evade character’s Wyrd to determine its benefits instead of this danger if he fulfills his Virtue while he’s under the the recipient’s. The Needless to say. clause arouses are refined enough to prevent the recipi- power points from satisfying a Virtue. severe cipient’s benefit. own way out of maddening sorrow. they has ended. telling them form the rearward guard of evacua- with a blade’s sting that their reign tions.Roll Results can choose to deny that inspiration and stick with Dramatic Failure: The target’s unaltered emotions The Coldest Comfort. but at a grave price. The recipi- sorrow. using this power on a mortal usu- recipient’s sorrow is taxing. his mouth invisible. He will doesn’t guarantee your freedom forever. to get away. Use successes scored on The Coldest derangement. monsters. but that is blank except for the alert eyes. an experienced team ment. walk quietly in the world. Some of the Lost — the wrathful. protect you. The Knights help changelings on the run from capricious gods escape without a trace. ment’s notice. flow back to the character. ent suffers a new. crusade against the Gentry is Look for the one with pure folly. Knighthood of Utmost Silence My steps confound all hunt. a changeling can turn a mortal into Comfort to determine the effects of the clause on the a powerful ally. he loses a Willpower point. Discretion is a more petite and intelligence combined powerful tool than violence for into a singular mystic gravity that the work they do. though monstrous they buying the time their charges need are. tors. When enemies pursue. A strong motley ers. it’s time — he’s a Knight of Utmost Silence. permanent mild derangement (one that belongs to the character or a new one determined by the Success: The target’s fatalism rows powerful storyteller) at the end of the scene unless he succeeds at a enough to benefit from either the first. the idea of a they will not find you. If the recipient already suffers clauses of this Contract. On a mo- who’d take them back to alien tor. hid- Perhaps it’s in shadow. but he finds his this power at any time. This poli- 102 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . The clause’s effects Exceptional Success: The powerful emotions the also automatically end if the recipient regains Will. For now. but repeated uses of this power will drive target. second or third Resolve + Composure roll. but a mortal cannot. All changelings are fugitives. ap. Lesser knights of fighting the True Fae. though. If the recipient uses Fear is Nothing. of Utmost Silence live up to their name by bits.

Weap- alike. but this isn’t true. The Knights’ Vow obligates them to help any. any number of ways. far are also multipurpose tools. The Gentry have quislings in too many freeholds to onry 1. To anyone who can killing and don’t make a habit of hunting down their enemies. Aside from the blade. They’re reluctant to do anything or go anywhere vanish. Others are partly concealed in mist and shadow. entitlement and conscience. a new name. but do ensure ural colors of a dimly lit night — are favorites.cy applies when they’re among allies. Knights are secretive even by Winter Court Mien: Knights arm themselves with blades: symbols of standards. but most welcome it as an easy way sins. tion is viable they wear light swords. pleasure. but the order looks for people who’ve taken an extra step. it’s the local Quiet Marshal’s business (see below). When changelings accused of crimes against a freehold wardrobe. To them. behind the latest trends but ahead of anything used to recruit outriders and troubadours they select hackers. The Lost do not reform. In freeholds and other places where open tradi- of their work fly from the lips of some Spring Court gossip. movements. swift- with the law or are pursued by enemies of all kinds. This in no way restricts a Knight’s ability led to one ironclad policy: “Once you accept my protection. A safety. They tend to dress con- mercial databases and internet searches. tion by the Gentry often sparks a perverse redemption. If it was a ruse. Those turn attitudes. Knights should be able to give himself the new life he promises others. see their mien. some loudly wonder whether the Knights were paid to unarmed or dressed in anything that would hamper their help them flee. a much more complicated task than it used to be. con artists. suited to the many non-combat away from everyone and everything she’s known before. They don’t try to can to help them hide. but the trauma of loudly declared oaths or anything else where a Lost’s word is being taken makes their old self-indulgence unbearable to bound to more than his Court. Mantle (Winter) 1 trust in friends. knight eliminates all of a ward’s enemies. These days. This serves a twofold Titles: Silent Knight (The Knights are well aware of the purpose because rogues who aren’t suitable recruits might be potential pun. It not only by stealth. Some Knights’ miens have no mouths suers. honor is keeping your promises Utmost Silence provide an outlet for these people. The Knights of By the Knights’ standards. It doesn’t help that the order doesn’t believe it is to be nothing more than a tool for another creature’s in conventional signs of honor. who think the a danger to the community. Where the Knights servatively. dated enough to notice. though. snow-covered woods or scorch- The order keeps its own counsel about who to help and ing deserts they dress to blend in. it would be unthinkable to let the details their calling. to speak. Knights of Utmost Silence carry other weapons when True Fae. routinely spy on their charges for a time after releasing them to They recruit fugitives. If absolutely If an outcast from one freehold sets up shop in another using necessary. crafty changelings have manipulated the few wear a mask or veil that looks like clothing. that they have viable new lives wherever they end up. enemies and strangers Prerequisites: Wyrd 3. the who’ve exchanged old lives for new. Good knives they’ll even help someone who just wants to start a new life. They care nothing for duels. Deep red. Sometimes ly cutting the throats and kidneys of pursuers. but standing their ground and taking enemy steel face to face. Subterfuge 2. but charms others. discarding their habitual why. These aren’t the most knight considers that betrayal and is entitled to seek revenge. sacred king is rather appealing. This isn’t so much to help them fight but to one evading the Gentry. In public places they The Knights have expanded their role in the unknown prefer sturdy fighting knives. blue and black — the nat- erase every sign of their charges’ old identities. tinguishes them from anyone else. This is tasks Knights perform to protect their charges. It annoys some. This manifests in Sometimes. Knights wear very little that dis- everyone leaves detailed traces on government records. Still. to defy their subtle role. but is inte- Order into killing their enemies for them.” Even if a that are apparent to those who can see the mien. that ward is going to Background: The Knights believe that one of their own start a new life somewhere. The Knights have a distinctive mien that would seem Outsiders sometimes believe that the Knights are assas. the Knights get interested. They don’t want members avenging meaningless dia. but there are no such obligations when allow them to run. They wear dark colors when they counterfeiters and even real estate moguls. but the knights know that abduc- The Knights do themselves no favors with their taci. it’s tactically preferable to pursue the pur. In the past. per se. most are honorable enough to help deserving changelings. whether she likes it or not. The order also values contemplation and Other changelings often start anew after escaping Arca- humility. The Knights help changelings who are in trouble symbolizes knighthood itself. concealed in easy reach of their centuries since they formed. but the blade is important to them. Stealth 2. com. the old skills itch in them. actors and other people ensure they are truly renewing their lives. — nothing more. Other Lost invariably suspect that they’re up who’ve lived their lives as exploiters and deceivers learn what to something. this gral to the mien. Of course. but it can be used quietly. in trendy fashion districts. The order circumspectly inves- idea of watching over a secret. taking them out of the chase before spiriting a ward to at all.) tigates the potential recruit’s character. slights or playing at superficial freehold politics. trustworthy folks around. 200 years ago. though it sometimes adds odd features to the voice you must reach your sanctuary — willing or not. The order favors flight and ambush over it comes to other tasks. If local Knights are The Winter Court 103 . They have no interest in meaningless for changelings in need to find them. their mouths are invisible. Some Knights are pure mercenaries. contemplate. they now help changelings leave other situations necessary. Originally formed to evade the hands.

These duties mean 104 Chapter Two: The Seasonal Courts . A virtuous knight respects her oath enough to keep secrets even from other knights. mem- of danger. in an assumed identity) before ever initiating them. possible. The Knights want existence. bers have to be able to fight with a blade. balancing their ob- ligations against the need to keep the order informed about current affairs. knights use code. suitable candidates. IT experts. He’s an information hub for scattered knights and deals with free- hold politics too. Furthermore. Mem. They learned useful refuse to acknowledge their skills by running away from something. have a strict policy of only talking business in person to creasingly scouted for recruits with applicable skills: bureau. If there are too few. Knights call one freehold or neighborhood home. As is cus- the Shadowkiss on a charge they can’t tomary for the Winter really talk about him with comrades Court. not the personality problems. allusions and allegories exten- sively at their councils. it’s time to recruit Whispersquires. a knight’s nate all traces of the promises apply to crime and never. but the benefits of telephones and crats. political is- sues and which members are busy with missions. ly. work and crime. As far as the order is concerned. The old tradition ship. destroy the body. called by the most senior among them: the Quiet Marshal. elimi- ments. If the knight the skills. they’ll quietly let him he pursues fewer missions than the common knights who know that if he wishes they’ll let him into their ranks. but he interviews them personally (and if The order has never forgotten its military origins. the Knights of Utmost Silence do not have letic. To put not too fine a The Knights shun them and point on it. the order actively magical privilege make it difficult for them to ensures the criminal’s maintain a formal organization. but their work prompts them to travel widely. avoid information leaks. Some change- lings specify that she should not tell anyone about the situation. If they use nonexistence. The Quiet Marshal charges off-duty knights with finding but it is no longer the central criterion form membership. has committed a terrible Organization: The Knights’ habits. discuss it again. he contacts his counter- that the order should look for these strong skills and then teach parts in other freeholds and sends them the excess member- inductees anything else they need to know. they kill him secret- without making misleading state. attack and create the information trails The Quiet Marshal decides how many knights he wants that permeate the modern world. of searching for people who’ve discarded an old life still applies. Despite this. Officially. Some of the most talented prospects need some bers who leave cease to exist. severe guidance to get ready for duty. a lot of them are cowards. make up the bulk of the entitlement. but only if his juniors are currently help- ing a changeling escape his current situation. If there are too many. They should be ath. ever her charges first. There’s an increasing attitude to manage. private investigators and other people who the Internet are often too potent to pass up. sneaky and capable of swallowing their fears in the face traitors or rogues. They can only meet on irregular oc- casions. they usually come away from any gathering with a good sense of local threats. Thus. the Knights of Utmost Silence have in. know how to track. The Marshal has the power to compel knights to work together on a common cause. Some knightsí councils In this century.absolutely sure that he’ll obey the rules.

He can employ the privilege ever after. the knight can choose to let the ben- the world of the Lost sees the mouthless part of the knight’s efit end or spend another point of Glamour. They say the prisoners in one tower are oathbound to hunt the inhabitants of the other and that somehow the tension between hunted and hunter generates the power that preserves the entire Commandery. In the tales. • An old myth says that the order has a special fortress in the Hedge called the Commandery Windless: a castle of ice in a valley of utterly still air. Knights of Utmost Silence cannot benefit from the activating its benefit for a day. In most freeholds. where torches burn silver and cold. An imprint of Shadowkiss to extend it. and Lost heroes who’ll return when the proper omens come. the Shadowk. One wag on the sidelines referred to these conflicts as “a debate to answer once and for all the burning question of whether an ax in the face is nobler than a stiletto in the back. information about the recipient. The knight doesn’t need to physically renew the and then numbness: the sensations of frostbite. The recipient feels searing cold another day. a hand. he doesn’t even need to know where the knight’s invisible lips appears as a red. but there are always rumors of more unlikely. • Some knights sell their services to anyone willing to pay the price. the order imprisons the Gentry’s greatest hunter-thralls. Across from it. The benefit is indis- exposed part of the recipient’s body. reaping the unwary from a dozen American freeholds. consider spreading the following rumors about them: • It’s well known that the Knights of Utmost Silence have a great rivalry with the Tolltaker Knight- hood (see Changeling: The Lost pp. armed and refreshed enough to lead legions to Arcadia. witches who offended the sun and stars. or vice versa. tracking dogs The Shadowkiss get their noses into wasps’ nests and fall down cliffs. the tenants include renegade True Fae. While it lasts. These changelings often help fugitives escape from freehold justice. affecting allies and enemies alike. blistering burn mark the recipient is. matters can escalate into bloody vendettas. welcoming him into the attractive customers and brawling drunks to notice the ben- order.” Toll- taker Knights normally have the advantage when the argument turns political because they’re more willing to explain exactly who they’re after and why. To mortal eyes. this enmity results in little more than insults and occasional Hedge Duels. Subtle twists of fate make an investigator’s task more difficult. dangerous clientele. In the Tower of Peril Delayed. The Commandery has two great towers. Bartenders are too busy with shal bestows the first Shadowkiss. He pays them with mage-forged weapons and jewels. city. concealing eficiary’s passage. Shadowkiss themselves. 317–319). but when a Tolltaker is after someone under the Utmost Silence’s protection. friends and charges under its mark. extending it for mien brush against the spot. the Tower of Flight’s End has 33 apartments for the use of those who cannot find a safe place to dwell anywhere in the world. they were bound to the place to be studied by the mightiest Quiet Masters. the Utmost Silence hides and defends. But anyone able to see Once a day passes. Privileges the penalty applies to everything from attempts to find the All fully initiated Knights of Utmost Silence enjoy the beneficiary while she’s hiding in the woods to examining following privilege: her tax records. The Tolltakers stalk and kill. for even a moment however. the knight lowers his face to some even if he sincerely intends otherwise. This is a broad benefit. he must kiss the subject again. On a wilderness manhunt. If the knight lets the privilege’s benefits lapse that will not fade until the privilege’s effects wear off. The Winter Court 105 . The knights don’t respond to these accusations. The knight spends a point of Glamour to seal the kiss. If a pursuer tortures him. he kisses criminate. leading others to believe the Tolltakers by default. Too powerful to kill. Even the knight is subject to these effects. There’s also a tale that a certain sorcerer uses the blood of the Lost for his rituals. He has a mercenary knights’ council on retainer who cover up his crimes and help him to his next hunt. iss imposes a –3 dice penalty to all attempts to uncover Rumors of the Knigh thood of Utmost Silence If the Knights of Utmost Silence become a part of your chronicle. he says vague and mistaken things To use the Shadowkiss. bureaucrats lose records. They say that one knight took a fetch to follow the changeling he replaced — the very changeling that the knight herself spirited away to a distant city — so that the creature could steal his victim’s new life much as it had taken the old. Knights of Utmost Silence are never so forthcoming about their wards. In the Once a knight completes his training the Quiet Mar. a cheek or some other area.

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almost fiery. He could feel the approval wash over him. My blade shall be a firebrand among thorns.” . a pulse of emotion. my bul- lets shall be hunting falcons diving to strike. acidic. and on forgotten he reflexively squeezed the blade tighter. and he gratefully released it. Say the oath. “Your blood on the iron. a confident tension in his shoulders tem- porarily blotting out the pain. “to bring the light of the Moon to where it has been forgotten. “By my blood on the iron. until our Lady is returned to us in fullness to—” he almost faltered. “You do not kneel before your equals. It bit into him. he blade wavered before his face and he almost flinched from it. once. He felt his blood run down the iron blade and was almost surprised that it didn’t hiss and boil.” The last of it came easily. Marquis. He could remember being cut by iron.” He drew a breath. “On your feet then. the iron still stinging him. He didn’t want to do this.” commanded the voice. I swear dedication to the pursuit of ex- cellence and distinction among my brothers Marquis and my sisters Marquise. Yet he reached out and closed his hand around the naked sword. The sword trembled in his grasp.

In effect. Each one has something different to bring to such. and it’s often the case that Solstice Court from this chapter. social The entitlements listed here are all designed to po- advantages and disadvantages. The odds don’t require there to be a repre- without ever directly benefiting or opposing the play. join or interact with. an entitlement of a different color. accepting only ion. Yet at the same Entitlements are a wonderfully versatile mechan. It’s potentially the larval form of a Great Court. Noble and Eldritch Orders Is it not pas sing brave to be a kin g. Here you’ll also find some examples of the and the events of the chronicle might elevate them eldritch order. the Lesser Ones in any given freehold. They might offer potent mystical One narrative advantage of entitlements. Consider the are children of twisted fate. those who are growing legends themselves — and they sons and their privilege of Wyrdbuilding opens up the confer greater privileges as well. Similarly. pressure to include them in a chronicle for plausibil- introducing new stories or directions to a chronicle ity’s sake. the Lost can take many roles in a chronicle. Changelings or a slightly different sort of chronicle. entitlement like the others: it has prerequisites. Mechanically. and age. the Lord eldritch order is an entitlement of particular strength Sages of the Unknown Reaches aren’t just an entitle. but more can be done with the and if a character is interested in learning more about general concept. They can perfect for providing a key plot hook in a story or even provide new communities for the players’ characters to just a potent visual background for a scene. They can be catalysts. society and noble rank. The majority of them mix the qualities of secret an ongoing chronicle. it’s not just plausible but likely enabling device for a new twist on changeling society that her path will cross with such a noble. time it’s also easy to add a potential representative to ic. And ride in triumph through Persepolis? — Christopher Marlowe. stringent requirements for admission. the table. Tamburlaine the Great The various noble and mystical entitlements of option for unusual architecture of changeling make. advantages to suit a character’s ambition. many go where there’s need. 108 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . an entitlement can be an a specific entitlement. and a privilege that has tentially appeal to players. of course. but they also offer new story a real effect in-game. sentative of the Scarecrow Ministry or the Barony of ers’ characters at all. bound by stronger magic and reaching farther ment. The Ancient and Accepted Order of Bridgema. it’s an appropriate things happen around them. they’re a storytelling device for implementing a beyond the bounds of simple politics. An further — or undo their dream. it isn’t a noble order as options. Socially. They have more crossover story or even a chronicle in a plausible fash. They are a is that they’re small enough in number that there’s no source of potential antagonists.

Some of them old roles and remembered the secrets of the bridges well struck powerful pledges that made it look like they had the enough to build them again — when they got the chance. Its doctrine says it was born dur. lords died in the accidents and the Order’s reputation suf- woman. let it laid the plans. and powerful columns holds from deadly cri. but the the Gentry fell to hidden traps and others were crushed be- modern. In a world tween Elementals. built by the Mighty before way to Earth. crushed beneath the wreck- some slaves into huge. They built in time. Frauds pretended to know the trade. so when he crumbled. they dogged filled with construction. but this only slowed them. took up her maul and shattered Stoneman. They became the art of Wyrdbuilding. places. strong laborers. Elementals. the Order calls them Stoneman and Hammer. go unpaid. So many died in the journey that they couldn’t retain The Order says there was a war — the first great battle all the secrets. to the edge of each section side in mighty dreams of wood while they waited for the next and stone. The Bridgemasons’ Order is an old one. dating back at The Gentry were close at their heels. art. labor. ordered their Ogres a great guild among the Lost. man took the Swords and shape of keystones strong words pull free. The Gentry and their warrior- that the Gentry could ride down safe and fast. The Gentry put their slaves to Wyrdbuilding became a powerful asset for anyone able to other tasks. Ancient and Accepted Order of Bridgemasons Every sacred construction is a them in a great rebellion and put mirror of the causeway to free. so Hammerwoman least as far as the Dark Ages. and reap a penalty in fallen towers. Practitioners and fought by a great alliance of mystic beings that’s never founded the Order of Bridgemasons and made themselves been matched. but the Ancient way. but long after they fled their obligations would come Two changelings studied bridge-lore in depth. Hammerwoman profane my work. The Ogres and Elementals never forgot their learn it. He was the final ing a distant mythic era. Only a handful of survivors reached the mortal world. when the Gentry slipped between foundation stone of it all. The True Fae withdrew. valuable as they used to be. urban age attacks the entitlement itself. by the Fae war-host eter occupation. and then melded them into living rock Now free. mundane rocks and Hedge-stuff collapsed in a They taught them how to build bridges across the Hedge so heap that shook both worlds. They built mighty walls. I will build in secret. knocked stones ing dream and let and Elementals its falling shards into their proper pierce my un. Lost ceremonies. pursued votes itself to a qui. Should mortal eyes to be built. the host marched that the free folks will ever re. and a day. en. but the remaining fragments were still po- between Earth and Arcadia — led by the Gentry’s victims tent. a Master Builder’s skills aren’t as the rebels all the way to Earth. the survivors safeguarded the secrets of their and dream-stuff: the substance of each bridge. less that followed them glorious but stone-strong. into elemental forms. They gathered a host of former bridge workers. This ses. Some of the ages. during through along the causeway. Stone- faithful heart. they built and and Accepted Order journeyed for a year of Bridgemasons de. led fered for it. so stages. she crumble like a dy. to smash the bridges and haul the once-human “bricks” and tunnel-ridden mounds and high temples for their freeholds. They made slaves fell far into the Thorns. them to building a new cause- dom. the bridge’s worlds with ease. Time is hard put to wear away its work. They bound others age of the mightiest thing ever built by the Lost. “mortar” back to Arcadia. Ancient and Accepted Order of Bridgemasons 109 . to support them all. In its due. The ancient True Fae took artisans as slaves.

The Bridgemasons are still an artisans’ guild: a power bloc that demands certain prices for services. Some freeholds have age-old agreements with the time. To safeguard the true craft of Wyrdbuilding. they more often than not find support. the Order Wyrdbuilding is still a valuable skill. Over symbol. so the Order’s power is on the wane. There’s always been a bit of tension between the Order and its employers. the Or- der is surprisingly active when it comes to recruitment. Some modern Master Builders are famous (if antisocial) architects who personally apply a few magical touches to flowing. Wyrdbuilding is now more of a luxury than a necessity. A Bridgemason who sees potential in another Autumn Court Ogre or El- emental may encourage the potential recruit to work on his crafting skills. Nev- ertheless. Mien: Bridge- masons are big. Instead. It drew secret signs Bridgemasons to add secret rooms and concealed hideouts. Philosophy mixed with practical tradecraft the Order takes over local construction businesses. and when their mentor deems them ready. they refuse to budge an inch on matters related to their age-old rights. especially as cities grew and grew and the Lost found cal lord’s domain. this changes. Mantle (Autumn) 1. backs and chests. Joining: For all the ritual and secrecy surrounding its initiation rites. Most new recruits are sponsored in this fashion. They build beautiful statues and elaborate experimental buildings. and guide him to learn a thing or two about construction. That’s tricky these days because change- it easier to rent and buy homes than commission Wyrdbuilt lings don’t live in mounds and towers any more. he would be exposed as a faker. they are taken into a secret room in one of the many edifices built by the Order. knot- 110 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . Huge muscles sprout from their shoulders. Freeholds hire instituted a strict regimen of training. Bridgemasons also focus on construction as an art. the rites and signs became important in and of them. They also stand up for the “common changeling’s” rights when a freehold’s lords demand oner- ous services. Titles: Master Builders Prerequisites: Wyrd 3. Thick. Crafts 3 + Spe- cialty: Construction. adding to produce the modern Order. constructions. slight people or (in the case of some Elementals) had a slender mien. They believe they have exclusive rights over their trade. and mysteries from its legendary origin. Even if they used to be small. Order to handle all construction that takes place in the lo- selves. novel designs. When they stand for the low-status members of a freehold. where an elaborate initiation ritual awaits them. If a Master Builder and among the elite a Wyrdbuilt home is a powerful status didn’t know the signs. their own touch to mundane buildings when they know the Lost intend to live or meet there. Elemental or Ogre. If outsiders horn in they’ll either put a stop to it or demand compensation.

it’s time to put the philosophy to rest. scientifically-minded changelings push the cutting there are some secrets kept from the Worshipful Pillars. tool belts and steel-toed boots. stant service. the Order or arcane abilities. They support the At every rank. the Bridgemasons know evolved from being the Lost’s builders to an occult society. how to construct buildings. Some of a Causeway Temple’s with will and Wyrd magic. They work rituals. hardworking Lost who have an instinctive feel doesn’t turn clumsy. labyrinths and ornate Ancient and Accepted Order of Bridgemasons 111 . sublime craftsmanship that built them. or a tunnel-filled mountain in the wild. plans and The Order’s power is spectacular to watch in action. union rep. else. even they are at a loss to explain some of the stranger parts ize their dreams at a whim. mod- can’t be unschooled in the brick and mortar side of things. Wyrdbuilding nificent chambers. faned by unworthy eyes. working in construction. thick-fingered hands of rough stone. hidden passages and labyrinthine mansions grow lowing privilege: out of their “arguments” as each side demonstrates its points using the Order’s trade. and is thereupon known as a Bridge Walker: a mem- culate among the Lost: it honors the memory of the order’s ber of the lowest degree. These are easily three Nowadays. tasteful rooms are segregated by rank because they contain special safety shoes and carry tough briefcases or rugged laptops writings and ceremonial implements that must not be pro- full sketches and blueprints. of the entitlement. and grip (handshake). construction worker. usually the undisputed leader of all local Bridgemasons. for edge of their fields. These groups don’t always get along. They wear tailored suits. forms of address. Quite simply. They pay for their education with con- But the truly striking characteristic they develop are huge. He can join in a matter of months. rituals and secret signs. members learn new grips. get their hands dirty and use their gifts for pragmatic members from using “brother” and “sister” as the customary reasons. an eye toward rendering them in stone and steel. Secret All Ancient and Accepted Bridgemasons enjoy the fol- fortresses. The hierarchy is quite formal. building and wrecking large structures. They explore occult symbols with Concepts: Architect. They also alter existing constructions for change- sons with tests of character. but that doesn’t mean they ignore the esoteric sym. Bridgemasons use Wyrdbuilding to create beautiful an unskilled changeling spends four years learning the req. Thanks to their abilities they can real. adding secret passages. secretive ritualist. founder. In many Most Bridgemasons like to dress like construction places. these are the highest-ranking members of the Order workers. in reinforced denim. so this path isn’t a particularly popular one. The Order looks changelings. They don’t need tools or other workers to join. bolism of the Order. benefactors rule all the Bridgemasons from a secret temple A significant minority were (and many still are) archi. — just materials. part mystery cult. old ones. who intersperses les. the Master becomes a Worshipful Pillar who’s roofing. vows never to reveal it to anyone cuss its significance with outsiders. Lords of the Lost repose in mag. These edu. his new hands are as sensitive as the for metal. they rule by council from the Causeway Temple: a They don’t actually need the tools but sometimes use them special building filled with ceremonial chambers and the to fine-tuning projects. engineers and environmental designers. secret words and dominant. secret initiations. around. working class Bridgemason ethos. Apprentices are not members ling owners. A small number of Bridgemasons long. but plenty of rumors cir. They don’t dis. ern geomancer Wyrdbuilt things can’t defy the laws of physics. monuments and fortresses for the uisite craft skills from a Bridge Master. Most were laborers. Despite the transformation. earthworks and other solid. yet functional homes. tumn Mantle. bers scoff at this publicly. Mem- tects. even after accounting for the unusual builds of certain provided the local Bridge Masters like him. in the Hedge. Members wear rough-beaten bronze rings on their In a secret ceremony. home renovations and other hands-on jobs fixing. Background: The Order takes its members from two After a decade and the fifth dot in Crafts and the Au- main sources. whose something to build. provided the it is part of a secret initiation rite. the initiate learns a secret phrase left hands. but it’s often disparaged by changelings who value martial Organization: Part guild. reveling in their eldritch ability to build in Bridgemason ceremonies. it is an emblem of their pact with stone and metal. but that doesn’t keep hard. but when they Privileges work together they produce breathtaking results. stone and concrete. Bridge Master is the next title. either. These Bridgemasons are fond of of their secret rites. and so on. but when there’s There are rumors of higher. they charity volunteer. time and secrecy. filled with secret traditions. petition for membership. urban elemental. In the first. but most of them believe that cated. the changeling for creative.ted quadriceps and calves envelop the bones of their legs. There are two traditional paths to membership. They like it just fine. Still. but never discourages anyone from asking. This is a sign of the entitlement. Lost. it’s more common for an established builder to times the size they should be on a human of the same size. Bridgemason has Crafts 4 and Mantle (Autumn) 4. gained after at least two years of membership. The Order never asks anyone monumental things. thin stone beam (the “Primordial Causeway”) used buck the trend. barely aware of the contests.

He If a mortal sees how a Wyrdbuilt construction was put to- has to have all the required materials on hand. there are always rumors of talking foxes. act sizes and shapes aren’t necessary. that they bought their way out of bondage with certain services. When they’re true. gether after the fact the whole thing gradually falls apart. though ex. but demands a pledge of secrecy. An engineer or architect can fashions lairs inside old bridges and bleak mountains for the assist with detailed plans (see “Teamwork. None than an hour) might work if the character targets a vulner- of these benefits transfer to other feats of strength or twists able point. slams rivets into steel and bricks into mortar. but raised families of blind. His power can bend examination reveals perfectly normal (though at times. Wyrd-tainted mutants. Entitlement members are not well-liked in more traditional freeholds because they’re so secretive about their rites. sinister trees and witches’ huts. Examples include Stonehenge. • Changelings have circulated rumors about the Order’s inner workings for centuries. People say that if a Bridge Master demands it. this requires an extended Intelligence of cold iron. The weakest Elemental can build a two story house No mortal can witness the construction process. The so-called Wyrd Gaols are ruins now. A few cranks even say that the Bridgemasons’ myth is a lie. prisoners were left to rot in the darkness. Wyrdbuilding can’t be used to construct anything out plex constructions. but he needs to know how to build his project. but effusive in their criticism of the power structure. likely) flaws in construction. 112 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . though faster demolitions (still taking no less luck as nails. regardless at the cost of 1 point of Glamour. cesses. it changes animals and desperate people who live in the ruins. the Giants’ Causeway and Florida’s Coral Castle. but must always work continuously for at least an building. • In the Middle Ages. Every hour. one the process. • Changeling lore commonly attributes all kinds of mysterious structures to the Bridgemasons. the Bridgemasons built prisons for the Lost. 134). these structures usually have secret features that the order’s Bridge Masters know about and might exploit during emergencies. Of course. The Order even if he was a normal foreman. They never es- caped. p. The Wyrd’s touch lingers. planks and plumbing bounce into place. The Lost also say that in some of them. This nullifies work in progress. and benefit from strange build them. Token vaults and secret libraries behind false walls. or else it fails. providing up to half of the necessary suc- indulge their monstrous whims in complete privacy. rotted wood and sinister tales. Once a witness sees Bridgemasons work alone or in groups. of fate. just as hideouts.decorations. displaying the superhuman destroy existing constructions at the same rate as they can strength to move tons of concrete. In the shadow of an old Wyrd Gaol. construction) must touch bare earth or natural rock. a local lord might lend credence to stories like these if it suits her political agenda. Freeholds cast their traitors and intolerable madmen inside jails worked from bare rock and (as it cannot be Wyrdbuilt into place) hand- bolted cold iron. via photographs or video.” The World of most antisocial elements of Lost society so that they can Darkness. his inferiors will betray their own motleys and conspire against rulers. the project erodes at the rate of 20 Size points Bridgemason can complete 20 Size points of construction per hour (or one Size point every three minutes). changelings and others stumble upon Trod gateways. each note hour at a time. un- and cut sections with precision. The building (or other of Structure or Durability. The claims are false — most of the time. accidents happen and from time to time. even by hand but still can’t out-wrestle bears. Rumors about the Ancient and Accepted Order of Bridgemason s Insert these rumors into any chronicle where the Bridgemasons play a prominent part. For com. Bridgemasons can take breaks in the midst of con- Each Bridgemason discovers her own form of Wyrd. The Winter Court hires them to build secure + Crafts roll based on the difficulty of the project. struction. Some of them sing their work together. filled with stone wreckage. but when the Order leads a protest. Almost nobody believes this. He doesn’t need any tools. and that their buildings are mystical beacons for the Gentry. Others yank Bridgemasons can also use Wyrdbuilding to alter or the pieces into place by hand.

serious danger. hobgoblins ons who act for the pro- and Hedge Beasts who range tection or mutual benefit of from small creatures who cringe their freehold do not expect any when changelings pass by. spryghts or drudgemen. Barons are both sources of use. However.) gotiate with the least hostile and treacherous hobgob. but also prefer to avoid any sort of tile hobgoblins like border reavers. tions or gaining aid from the Hedge’s native inhab- ous hobgoblins. Barons have a far easier time asking direc- as fierce defenders against treachery or attack by danger. this stereotype as well as making deals or treaties with potentially non. brave and heroic. payment beyond the gratitude of their ally dream of feasting on their bones. The Hedge has clean or act as ser- its own inhabitants: a vants in a Hollow. The Barony of the Although every changeling recognizes Lesser Ones is charged with dealing with these that hobgoblins can be both useful and dan- hobgoblins. (More than one changeling has noted and scouts who search the Hedge for Goblin Markets that it must take some definite skill in diplomacy to and uncover any other hobgoblin activities that might get hobgoblins to help you when you’re insulting them be of interest to their freehold or Court. tlement. who hold it cannot deny that sometimes Barons of the To most changelings. They ious hobgoblins that occasionally even share the Hedge with find hobgoblins our kind. Barons also occasionally serve a judicial function. relatively minor foes and allies of limited worth. Lesser Ones are extremely useful. especially regarding Because they spend so much time in the Hedge information about Goblin Markets. brokering deals on everything from the location Hobgoblins that have a treaty with a group of change- The Barony of the Lesser Ones 113 . the Barony of the Lesser Ones is sometimes hostile inhabitants. care. often asked to serve as guides through the Hedge for picious hobgoblin activity or are having problems with changelings less experienced in visiting it. The Barony of the Lesser Ones I swear to both of Goblin Markets guard my allies and or on rare occa- freehold against sions treaties of possible hobgob. They are also the and understand many of its dangers well. In addition hobgoblins. to fellows. every time you introduce yourself by title. and. making them exceptionally valuable traveling between individual freeholds and tribes of hobgoblins companions. willing to guard. While usually untrue. Bar- host of goblins. They also ne. even changelings hostile hobgoblins like hobs. many changelings consider them to be fully watch the activities of others. is moderately widespread. but occasion. payment for individual services. Its members negotiate with some. However. The Barons serve come lost. tential allies against the fae. when necessary. such as hobgoblins spying on or attempting to being unusually skilled at Hedge travel. skilled diplomats who negotiate treaties itants. ful information about hobgoblins. As defend changelings from the depredations of the Hedge’s a result. enticers or vileshrikes. gerous. Barons are ones that changelings turn to if they have noticed sus. lins. if they be- to break into or destroy their Hollows. mutual defense lin treachery and against the to act as both fae between a emissary to and freehold and a champion against hobgoblin set- the many and var. they are free to accept strange and inhuman foes and even a few po. Barons of the Lesser Ones regularly go regarded as a haven for changelings who wish to look on expeditions into the Hedge to hunt down and slay hos.

few changelings coats to concealed bulletproof vests worn under a shirt are interested in joining and there is almost never any and suit jacket. While they must be or allegiance of a being from the Hedge or have the able to fight. Recent members are expected to work with local Baron of the Lesser Ones and ask for redress. she is for. before Barons are also sometimes called upon to act as this occurs. on their own. Such clothing ranges from fancy but heavy long leather sidered either important or high status. the opposite effect. she is then welcomed into this noble order. just a more experienced partner. Such Because new members are relatively rare. to leading the forces of the Freehold either sufficiently impress the Barons who initially admit- in battle against the hobgoblin host. novices are not simply sent off to make the best of gernail shape. Barons also dress to impress. features that somewhat resemble those of some type mally considered the equal of all other members. ted her that she is taken on by a well-respected partner Titles: Baron or Baroness of the Lesser Ones or by successfully resolving some difficult situation swiftly Prerequisites: Wyrd 3. The two best hobgoblins against the fae lords forcing them to attack ways for a novice to gain the approval of her fellows is to the changelings. semble a stylized version of the Hedge. these problems and find some way to stop them. but most either continue working with goblins who are murdering changelings or the reverse. Intimidation 3. If a freehold can call for a meeting of the Barons in the region and ask or Hollow comes under repeated attack by hobgoblins. the able but attractive clothing for wandering around the changeling must also either be able to gain the service Hedge and sturdy dress clothing. or recklessness. the requirements own safety. of hobgoblin. and many natural ability to awe and impress all such creatures. she may then seek out whatever the entire forms of various sorts of hobgoblins. daring heroics can have exactly However. Even the most martially inclined trified Bearing or Hob Kin Merit (Rites of Spring. find that only the least competent and Ones is largely a matter of proving your worthiness to lowliest of their elders are willing to partner with them. that the novice Baroness be stripped of her rank. When. As their Wyrd rises. However. Persuasion 3. clothing that provides some protection against attack. or training for changelings who wish to join. and sensibly. 132). cepted. if a potential Baron possesses either the Gen. but who are not sufficiently incompetent Joining: Becoming part of the Barony of the Lesser to be thrown out. The Barons do not offer any form of apprenticeship Barons frequently wear weapons to official functions. These representative of the order is nearest.lings and feel they are being mistreated may approach a their duties. their fellow changelings against dangerous hobgoblins. Most Barons prefer working as changelings who have been attacked by hobgoblins with a partner because it minimizes the chances of unex- from a formally allied band can ask a Baron to locate pected betrayal by unfriendly or treacherous hobgoblins. p. to defending the ons are somewhat wary of recent inductees. In addition to having to demonstrate competence Mien: Barons tend towards a mixture of comfort- with various forms of negotiation and intimidation. In such cases. Because this noble order is small and rarely con. However. sincere. Such changes are uncommon and never 114 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . How. and punish the guilty members. As proof of their willingness to defend problem with having too many prospective members. of them work hard to find clothing that is both dressy Changelings who can accomplish these feats are fairly and highly durable. Barons have no patience with either pointless slaughter 92) or at least one dot in the Hedge Beast Companion or overconfident daredevils who have no regard for their Merit (Autumn Nightmares. their partner spies. if they fail to prove themselves. with various ever an applicant feels confident in her ability to meet inset designs that resemble the faces or occasionally the Barony’s standards. If the changeling patterns range from exceedingly abstract geometric de- meets all of the qualifications and seems both sane and signs to artistically rendered but fairly realistic images. Barons After novices have worked with a partner for between six do everything from adjudicating a dispute over a deal at months or a year. join. they are considered competent to work a Goblin Market to identifying and apprehending hob. their original partner or find a new one. like details of eye shape or color or fin- ever. In addition. many Bar- solutions range from making treaties. Novices who gain a reputation for carelessness are lowered to two dots in Intimidation and Persuasion. This the local Barons of the Lesser Ones are expected to extreme action is only reserved for the most unsuitable venture forth into the hedge and discover the cause of novices and occurs quite rarely. a few Barons gain a few minor Once a changeling has joined the order. instead Their mien changes so that whatever they wear the Barons tell prospective members that they must is decorated with complex knot-work patterns that re- gain their own basic competency on their own. p. peacemakers and military leaders. a fair number wear rare and any who can meet these qualifications are ac.

Here. Less than half of the long-term Barons become Elders. Overall. they discuss mat- ters of mutual concern and share stories and camaraderie. but both types are well-advised to be able to fight and talk. Today. there is no formal hierarchy or power structure beyond the dis- tinction between novices and members that are more experienced. Elders are expected to provide advice to barons who seek them out. Two primary types of changelings join the Barons — changelings who are fascinated by hobgoblins and the Hedge and changelings who distrust all hobgoblins and believe that they are a con- stant. most who fail to reach this mark die before their thirty years are up rather than leaving the order. In temperament. The oldest and most experienced mem- bers of the order are known as elders. Background: Most Barons are both physically competent and at least moderately charismatic. Nevertheless.extreme. but occasionally useful threat that must perpetually be defended against. Barons are expected to keep in contact with one another and to share information about developments in the Hedge. Such meetings normally happen at least once a season and The Barony of the Lesser Ones 115 . they range from physically competent people who enjoy using their strength to protect others and deal with legitimate threats to the occasional bully who seeks safe and not overly powerful targets for his aggressions. but can disturb many other changelings. the Barons also operate specially locked websites and message boards for shar- ing information. The oldest or most infirm Elders retire from field duty and serve purely as administrators and record keepers. The Barons have use for initiates of either persuasion. in order to better understand and correlate hobgoblin activity. the Barons used a mixture of written notes and an oral tradition based around the Elders. All but the oldest and most experienced Barons are of equal rank. Barons from neighboring freeholds also regularly meet at the house of the nearest Elder. who regularly call or visit them seeking advice. For most of the 20th century. a Baron must have belonged to this noble order for at least 30 years and be accepted by the other El- ders. the noble order is composed of approxi- mately equally numbers of fierce defenders and skilled dip- lomats. No one knows why some Barons gain these features and most do not. while also keeping in touch with all other Barons in their own and neighboring freeholds. The defenders are almost always most proficient in physical attributes and are skilled combatants. Organization: The Barons of the Lesser Ones have a fairly loose organization. details of information about specific Goblin Markets and any details of new types of hobgoblins or unusual hob- goblin activity. while the diplomats favor social attributes. or at least intimidating. Elders remain an impor- tant resource for younger Barons. To become an Elder.

Over time. since turning hobgoblins against their and sow chaos. they gain a +2 bonus to all Intimidation or Persuasion baron to take a leave of absence or even strip the Baron rolls made against any form of hobgoblin or other Hedge of his rank. hunt mortals. tile hobgoblins. the Barons of the Lesser Ones tory and may occasionally allow their packs have strict rules against wholesale slaughter of non-hos. skilled Goblin Market trader who are accused or suspected of wrongdoing. Barony in numbers. Defenders regularly criticize dip. into the mortal world to steal. who then spreads the word even further vidual Baron or particular pair seem to be too lenient or to and calls in a sufficient number of Barons (or at least what. tribes of hobgoblins. Some of often criticize defenders for either being paranoid or for these would-be Hedge kings hunt down mor- ill-treatment of non-hostile hobgoblins. require that a Baron nizing and dealing with the Hedge’s inhabitants. They sign up and become The Barons regard this sort of “good cop. mulated over to his Freehold for further judgment. turning them into their lomats for trusting hobgoblins too much and diplomats personal slaves and hunting hounds. They contact the nearby Barons. bad cop” pairing Barons so they can slaughter hobgoblins and as an ideal way to handle the challenges of dealing with attempt to disrupt the stability of the Hedge beings who are both invaluable and potentially deadly. they forget Barons prefer to work in pairs when they can. A tribunal consists of three Barons. strict with the hobgoblins they are dealing with. munities of hobgoblins. Barons learn a great many tricks of the trade for recog- These tribunals can levy fines. Successful or lucky barons command a The following tales might circulate where great deal of respect among their fellows. this sort of pairing also causes problems. In addition to giving advice and being Concepts: Careful bully. Personal reputation is of paramount importance among the Barony. this noble order. who wield considerable amounts of influence in strictions of punishments doled out by a formal tribunal. including sale slaughter is regularly debated at great length. curious hedge explorer. since the division between defenders and diplomats is • Some Barons rule entire packs or a continuing tension. beings and a +1 bonus for navigating the Hedge. order the sult. Elders can also call for cast. Arcadia and the mortal world. All this acting like the Gentry order or perhaps all changelings would make things takes its toll. a few of these very difficult for the Lost as a whole. regularly hunt down predatory “species” of hobgoblins 116 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . hobgoblin-loving out- in charge of all formal meetings. the results All members are expected to respect and defer to can be everything from a loss of status for the guilty to re- Elders. problem among the hobgoblins that is more than they can The difference between just punishment and whole- handle alone. and members develop significant Rumors of the Barons of the amounts of informal status based on the performance Les ser Ones of their duties. If there seems to be problems. too. a changeling form into hobgoblins themselves. Maybe that’s with considerable martial skills who distrusts hobgoblins where the hobs came from in the first place.frequently occur as often as once a month. high • A few Barons have “gone native” and status Barons are also regularly asked by elders to be a have become permanent members of com- part of tribunals and usually go on to become Elders. and a more diplomatic Baron who likes hobgoblins and has • Bridgeburners have infiltrated the many connections among various types of hobgoblins. in order to help destroy the paths between However. eventually. tals or changelings who stray into their terri- cal and practical reasons. As a re- work with a partner of the tribunal’s choice. In addition the Barons have traveled: to gaining a baron the respect of their fellows. and wishes to keep a close eye on their activities. In the case of severe offenses. including at least one Elder if Privileges at all possible. vengeful a formal tribunal to investigate the behavior of members coward. they also Barons transform into True Fae. If an indi- the local Elder. who all sit in judgment over the accused. Elder investigates. the local ever number is available) to handle the problem. The ever being human or changelings and trans- ideal pair is widely regarded as a strong-arm. they usually denizen as well as gaining +1 to their Defense against these turn both the accused and all evidence they have accu. However. For both ethi. dutiful defender. The only other and punish any hobgoblins known to have either killed major contact between Barons occurs when they find some changelings or to be voluntarily working with the fae.

— returning to the so- guarding the transitions cieties in which they were between the seasons. developing between those that belong to the guarantee of any sort of organized entitlement. for others highlight the virtues of the seekers and play up its members can vary so much from place to place and the tragedies of their inability to find or. The so-called and unconfirmed Courtiers of speculation. trying to categorize the adherents to rians speculate. and to the wisdom and of the Solstice are uncertain. it is believe that they to be expected are on the path that changelings that leads to such of older times. Still. Some have a scant few tales of fae who of cranks and malcontents. — after their Durances perhaps even safe. in some cases. it is extraordinarily doubtful that they pos- willing to take up its banner and raise their voices in gen. arm. also as a dumping ground for those who couldn’t dation of the seasonal courts for changelings who did cut it in any of the established Courts. these histo- pose. and the Onyx. though all of these mythical journeys Some join solely for the perceived perks. coming from and ing and. In the end. though that hardly constitutes a es. at the very least. the Ash- chair theorists. went out on quests similar to those attributed to the leg- litical dynamos. of the Solstice. strength that hides therein. in some cases. sessed the political agenda common to the modern Court uine support of the changing times (or. an experiment for those curious about Many of the most serious theorists in the Solstice the power of the between-times and half-places. often within a single freehold. Court of the Solstice I pledge myself to the be. a thing. and “Easter and Christmas” faithful. passionate rebels. spread by the seasonal courts — while the Court of the Solstice is an exercise in futility. would potentially Naturally. the hegemony of place an emphasis upon the “true” seasonal Courts looks the importance of the solstices and askance at the ambitions of the equinoxes. Courtiers claim that the politics have re- offer the occasional semi-convincing lip-service). not identify with any of the four driving passions that roots movement. ries are clearly cautionary tales — perhaps. venerat. more reputable fae scholars remain skeptical. opening its doors to any who are in antiquity. ary for idealists. four Great Courts and those that wish to become known Conversely. Some of the sto- are rabidly devoted to the Solstice Court’s avowed pur. It has campaigning proselytizers. in many plac. the changing-times of Solstice Court. while others ended in one sort of failure or another. this entitlement and would-be seasonal upon these four particular times of the year to come about Court is burgeoning. and po. Court of the Solstice 117 . the Crimson. even were one or more entitlements based as the fifth. and enmity is. en. the Court of the Solstice has its share motivated them. Like any grass. successfully forge pacts with the between-times. The origins of the Court tween. cently crept in out of necessity and a desire for equality. raised. hearsay. but Thus. the Court of the Solstice serves as a sanctu. but these claims Court of changelings are backed by nothing develop and how is more than apocry- the process initiated? phal evidence. t he year. endary founders of the Emerald. Court believe that it arose as a response to the foun- sadly. and. the Solstice Naturally. Some claim that the entitlement At what point predates the seasonal does a true Great courts.

Another possibility. places its genesis in the mid 1960s. is a product of the circumstances of his mortal life and the hardships that he endured on account of his staunch refusal to bow to the “tyranny of the seasons. without forcing them to conform to any kind of established social order. Few can deny that John has brought a considerable number of Lost into the Court of the Solstice in his day. The fad could certainly have inspired recently escaped Lost to found an entitlement that made them feel important and even enlight- ened. Many Solstice Courtiers are loath to believe the account of the now-ancient Wizened known as Sooty John. Perhaps it was that the Court of the Solstice emerged onto the stage as yet another example of the spirit of rebellion that gripped that age in the Western world. and his body wracked by a ragged cough that no longer subsides with treatment. the old Wizened recounts. not far from Glastonbury Tor. John grew up in Victorian England and was stolen as a young boy on Midwin- ter’s Night. The “passion” of Desperation as practiced by the Solstice Court. and into the hilly country of Somerset. John’s eyes are milky with age. By his own account. in the late 1920s and to have begotten the Court of the Solstice on account of knowledge learned dur- ing his Durance. where he purchased a modest home. The ‘60s were a pow- erful time for the seasonal courts and many mon- archs ruled with an indelicate touch. while on his way home from his job as a chimney sweep. In some places. in imi- tation of their mortal contemporaries. in the sloppy pseudo-mysticism first emerging in the United States at that time. He claims to have returned on Midsummer’s Night. draco- nian measures were employed to put down dissenters mo- tivated to stand up against rulers. has been put forth by an individual changeling now living in rural England. it may never be known. but he is not much longer for this world. one put forth by the Solstice Court’s detractors. Interest in “ancient prac- tices” ran strong at that time. decidedly more modern and less fanciful. If the truth of his bold claim is not learned within the next year or so. Sooty John made his way out of London.” Eventually. despite his profound knowl- edge of the entitlement’s traditions and beliefs. A final theory. 118 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . his joints crippled by pain. the city of his birth and to which he returned from Arcadia. Already.

Espe- Mien: Courtiers of the Solstice tend to dress in cially prized are those that have walked away from the neutral hues. Solstice Courtiers of sible (as well as the limited protection from the Gentry particularly advanced Wyrd tend to project a generally that those agreements offer. they aren’t Conversely. as well: crossroads. They ick behavior and solitary nature runs through many of must add their own strength to some degree. or merely Joining: The Solstice Court gladly welcomes anyone because the fae in question doesn’t care for the local who shows an interest in joining them. Some few feel almost instinctually rier to entry is the Wyrd requirement. save in the most extreme environments. and even the construction of great marked by images of the celestial bodies most closely monuments. which demonstrates called to the service of transition.) Others may find themselves schools of mysticism. anyway) the “ease and comfort” entitled. in the form of Contracts neutral atmosphere and temperature in their immediate that the True Fae cannot understand). Some Courtiers of to the point that it can claim a position equal to that Court of the Solstice 119 . though this title has been up from the ranks of those changelings who do not feel taken up as a badge of pride by some Courtiers). vicinity. Courtless (no Mantle dots) of political or philosophical differences. They tend toward symbols of the times and of belonging and have opted to walk away from all of that places of transition. The mien of a Solstice Courtier might also mani- ing the deep significance of the ending of one season’s fest subtle changes. Otherwise. Some also hold sable. Courts’ leadership. To ancient indicative of all four seasons (green leaves for Spring. these “between times” were sometimes pow. and in some places few people are trendsetters and trailblazers. a solar or to serve the important cause of the between. such as faint markings upon the skin ascendancy and the beginning of another. they are (or should be. the Solstice Court also resonates with present in all freeholds. tunity to be part of something meaningful. strongly called to any one season. though tends to err more (and have more to offer to the entitlement as a whole) on the side of pomp and ceremony. lunar eclipse. peoples. and the Court of the their presence would do the Solstice Court great social ill Solstice appeals to the sensibilities of those that see its (such as adopting a known privateer). the shoreline. clock hands in order to embrace a deeper. used to celebrate solstices and equinoxes. right from its stice Court is particularly enthusiastic about recruitment. those Courtiers the Solstice find that the marks of their seemings or of the Solstice most deeply invested in the beliefs and Kiths reveal them as creatures of the between. the dawning or setting sun. it is. those closest to them often feel neither hot nor Title: Solstice Courtier or simply Courtier (often cold. the Sol. venerated by people mals. take on the sheen of smoky silver. “true” Great Courts. Mortals dividing life from death. potential obstacle is the entitlement’s rarity. more meaningful truth and set to midnight. Background: Solstice Courtiers are often drawn siders that know of them. Some manage to incorporate increasingly organized as time goes on. and snowflakes erful and important enough to warrant religious rites. To the Lost. true that a strong undercurrent of maver- sufficient mystical power to bless any changeling. such as practices of their entitlement recall that times and plac. derogatorily referred to as “Betweener” by those out. Regardless of the order’s origins. who are eager for the oppor- likely even to have heard of them. for they have known (from the perspective and midnight blue to be appropriate colors for those so of the Solstice Courtiers. as far as associated with the annual periods of transition in their the Court of the Solstice is concerned) venerated as the parts of the world. understand. While the Solstice the difference between the Solstice Court and one of the Court as a whole rejects the “moody loner” image. for Winter. for instance. Still others find that hair and eyes changing-times that make the pacts of the seasons pos. and other such places in. Beasts incorporating the features of two or more ani- es of transition were once sacred. or Darkling Gravewights. Another the Lost who take up the cause of the between. burgundy and equinox. and many of them prefer smoky silver-gray established seasonal courts to take up the way of solstice or beige in their attire. while others go for more objective of many Courtiers to develop the entitlement permanent means. The greatest bar. Organization: The Court of the Solstice is growing dicative of the between. It is the intended these images into their dress. humble beginnings. Some of these are more creative and talented tion varies from place to place. the entitlement itself doesn’t have nevertheless. who straddle the line as the borders between one thing and the next. flames for Summer. The drive to innovate and to cre- turning away interested and qualified applicants only if ate runs strong within many Lost. potential. tion to turn away changelings who want to join. after all. bones for Autumn. whether on account Prerequisites: Wyrd 3. The actual initia. The Solstice Court than others. such as tattoos. but the Court of the Solstice isn’t in a posi- wishes to be seen as entirely respectable.

however. it is In many of the places where they are found. any more so than. da” of the four established seasons. conversely. Sooty John never left the service of his Keep- er and. though most tales merely speak of harassment. and his corruption merely the courtless. the fae of the ists. harvest additional those sworn to the between often feel the need to arrange Glamour from this emotion and. passion — is actually a front for Arcadian loyal- ognize) the concept. many dark dealings inherently makes such changelings have to get along could go completely unnoticed… with one another. given the challenge to the the pie gets a little bit smaller. estranged philos. Solstice Courtiers do not benefit from any pact with • The Court of the Solstice — given its a fundamental force of terrestrial reality strong enough to uncertain status (presently undefended from the keep the Others at bay. concealed from come in twos and threes. founder. a peer in the great com. This ty. and may have found something in what el. and so they do not truly comprise Gentry by any earthly constant) and its “court” a Court as other changelings would understand (and rec. assassination to the Solstice Court. Courtiers of the Solstice may consider Despera- tion to be their native “Court” passion: an amalgama- 120 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . That said. Concepts: Ambitious politician. • Courtiers take it upon themselves to opher. This most frequently occurs solstices and the two equinoxes) and are apt to turn when ideological differences come between Solstice up in foreign freeholds at or around those times. Wrath. have set out on quests to strike a bargain with the and so antagonistic relationships do sometimes develop four seasonal “between times” of the year (the two within the entitlement. eccentric mystic. does lurk at the entitlement’s heart. tion of the Desire. strange treasures. at best. while others seek the dregs of the local freehold. the Courtiers of the Solstice are unflattering. may incite Bedlam based upon it. and are known to take action against monarchs who do not yield their Privileges thrones at the appointed hour. then Desperation “queen.of any of the seasonal Courts. der Courtiers have come to call the Feast of Scraps. or one Courtier is more passionately involved seeking provisions. balance between the four seasons inherent to the very existence of the Solstice Court. Some attribute Below is a privilege shared by all Solstice Courtiers. one Summer • One or more Courtiers of the Solstice courtier must like and be willing to work with another. though. Feast of Scraps and the occasional threat of non-lethal violence. and a fifth would only mean that everyone’s slice of is perhaps unsurprising. meaning that the structure of casual scrutiny by those that dismiss the “propagan- a motley often better serves their purposes. trendy socialite. advice or even aid. many freeholds under the power of the “true” seasonal Courts have no particular regard for the offices set forth Rumors of the Solstice Court by the Solstice Court and many of them resent and even Most of the rumors that circulate with regard to work to thwart such appointments. balance-seeker solstices and equinoxes. Should the Court and most unusual Freeholds). Given the Solstice Court’s Courtier who joins one of the seasonal courts loses this comparatively far smaller numbers (in all save the rarest benefit completely and permanently. ensure the transition between seasons as the wannabe iconoclast. influence. news from abroad. whether or not he is the Solstice Court’s between have searched for their own communal identity. spreads with the passing of years. it is ever fulfilled — Such changelings may. four Courts are plen. Any Solstice the more established courts. theoretically possible that a sinister agenda actually Courtiers of the Solstice remain solitary or. Courtiers. Some free- in the entitlement than another (who might be one of holds turn these vagabonds away. rabble-rouser.” while those of lesser age. or. say. has used dark magic to bind all of his something to set them apart and make them distinct from students to its will. Of course. and/or power would almost certainly remain its driving passion. for example. While this dream is almost certainly and propounded by the four proper seasonal Courts. this usually means that the of the Solstice somehow eventually manage to rise to eldest and most experienced Courtier serves as “king” or the station of a full-fledged court. fill roles designated by the “solstice monarch. with a potent enough their ranks as though they already are numbered among Wyrd. Fear. and Sorrow preserved munity of the Lost. might just to bargain with them for lore. a long time in coming — if. indeed. cruel pranks. Under the cover nothing about the beliefs of the Court of the Solstice provided by jaded changelings. Of course. or not be zealous enough for her fellows’ tastes).” Naturally.

of the horrors they suffered. the Hedge. they at. all fetches in such a A substantial way that the mor. even this process is fraught with they may take) are never found. In an effort to prevent or suggest that it seek answers about its nature in such horrors. mortals from the often returning af- dangerous and alien ter a few days to see if fetches that invade their any of the pieces have lives and to deal with become tokens. never seen again. The Duchy of Truth and Loss I swear to save body in the Hedge. since upon their return. the greater truth of they abduct the abduction. They also are united by the others attempt to lead quiet but isolated lives. and a firm belief that families who have had someone ab. Arcadia never return. but In some Goblin Markets. naturally. So. 107-108). of its true nature. While they are ob- not reveal the truth of the original abduction. vious to the changeling they are duplicating. fetch and take it into To many change. Fetches tempt to make the fetch disappear in some fashion. The from Arcadia. They then ask the fetch to poster who has been living their lives and is either disappear elsewhere in the mortal world often now their bitter foe. efforts is actually locating a fetch. many hobgoblins are always ea- cover that not only was no one aware ger for a slave or. Dukes changed their behavior or who told their friends and who kill fetches either do so in the Hedge or dump the loved ones about feelings of being watched or followed The Duchy of Truth and Loss 121 . minority of the tals around them Dukes do not kill will never suspect the fetch. a meal. Dukes attempt to convince the fetch changelings must face a soulless fae-made im. not that they Dukes look for stories of individuals who suddenly were murdered under mysterious circumstances. almost all of the fetches that the they can see a changeling’s mien and can sense the Dukes of Truth and Loss hunt down are those of mor. this person has inexplicably vanished. Instead. fate of the other fetches varies. and Loss who is hunting a fetch cannot sneak up on lings. when they dis. Unfortunately. it. Other even know they were gone. dangerous abominations. are otherwise indistinguishable from any other mortal. The Duchy’s goal is error and locating potential fetches in the first place is to convince everyone the abducted person knew that far from easy. Because the vast majority of mortals abducted into The only obvious difference is that like changelings. some attempt to hunt Dukes of Truth and Loss consider Fetches to be down and kill any fae who appear in the mortal world. Since the Dukes can. while a Duke of Truth tals who will never return from Arcadia as change. few take up hunting changelings and sometimes be- ducted by the fae are far better off suffering through come devourers (Autumn Nightmares. based upon how this person reacts making certain that the fetch’s remains (whatever form to her. occasionally. Instead. approach of any of the Lost. the Dukes of Truth and Loss hunt Arcadia and point the way there. There they lings the greatest horror may dispose of it by sell- of their captivity strikes ing it to hobgoblins. while also hunting is a fetch. the loss of this person rather than living what these The first and most obvious obstacle to the Dukes’ changelings see as a horrible lie. Fetches who go down fetches before the changelings they ape return towards Arcadia are. she can possibly determine if the individual she is Many Dukes kill the fetches they find. pp. a fetch can their friends and families did not bring an exceptional price.

The Dukes wait nearby. most always carry Truth and Loss is correctly identifying someone who various weapons and other useful gear with them at is a fetch. which may not ality over appearance and tend to wear clothing that be for all the right reasons. Instead. responsibility. finding even get away or mistaking an innocent person for a fetch. lock picks. If the new Duchess does well. keen deduction skills. the majority of Duke remains with her. she is permitted to work When this effort is combined with the fact that so few on her own. but some help. One of the complications that can fuses to talk about them. a psychological disorder in vinced that a loved one has been replaced by a clever which a person believes that a loved one has imposter. which ends tragically. On rare occasions. spective member must explain how she decided that Because locating fetches is exceptionally difficult. Capgras delusion. and most find less. Most favor dark-colored clothing Mantle (Winter) • and because a few Fetches are profoundly dangerous Joining: The first step in joining the Duchy of and attempt to hunt them instead. Resolve 3. and For their first few hunts. with experienced dukes who critique their perfor- cause they found by the Duchy before the changelings mance and prevent them from either letting a fetch returned are mostly grateful. they refuse to hunt the fetch of any changeling hand. The fact that the Dukes are all they are observing are said to be deliberately slow in members of the Winter Court is also not lost on other coming to the aid of their apprentice. The primary changes to a duke’s mien are ated Dukes possess. If she does poorly. bedevil the Dukes of Truth and Loss is the ers also find deeply distressed mortals who are con. Most Dukes ignore these false leads. The Dukes check and see if the target most of their time chasing red herrings and occasion. a doctor may diagnose a person with who has returned. regardless of the successfully deal with it in the manner they choose is origin of the problems. changelings — their actions are notable for causing Mien: Dukes of Truth and Loss value function- despair in the families of the abducted. Lacking the token that all properly initi. If a changeling wishes to have a Duke of Truth and Loss kill or abduct his fetch. which suddenly stopped. Unless asked by the changeling a fetch. in case episodes of insanity brought on by other supernatural the fetch tries to escape or if the changeling calls for causes. their fetches are ultimately their in fact taken place. A particularly strong sign is if the individual either no The Capgras Delusion? longer remembers these feelings or nightmares or re. is easy to move in and within which they can con- Titles: Duke or Duchess of Truth and Loss ceal weapons. the pro- requests. Investigation 3. However. that a Duke of Truth and Loss has located a fetch. If the prospective member is correct. Then. Some dukes consider change. mixture of careful observation. ally dealing with incidents ranging from ordinary then these three Dukes tell her to go and deal with the mortal insanity to temporary disappearances or brief fetch as she sees fit. or if she was handful a year. he must pay the duke for this service. Hunt- be obsessed and bitter individuals whose hunting has ing fetches is a dangerous business. one fetch requires many weeks or months of effort. prospective members must use a their armored breastplate and the face-shaped token 122 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . Anyone who can correctly identifies a fetch and attempt to help the mortal involved.or recurring nightmares. actually is a fetch. On the other herself. and similar devices. Some of these mortals are correct. they spend merely lucky. eligible to become a member. lings who ask this to be cowards and refuse all such and intuition to locate a likely fetch. Dukes been replaced by some sort of impostor. Changelings who fail at Most other changelings are pleased when they hear this task cannot try again for one year. who decide if even the most successful Dukes never find more than a her methods were sufficiently meticulous. the hunt. new members must work the handful of changelings whose fetches vanished be. because the Dukes believe that once the Capgras delusion where a substitution has changelings are back. Some Dukes who more to do with their personal hatreds than with any sufficiently distrust or dislike the new member that desire to help others. This only hunt fetches of changelings who have not yet es. can lead to them mistaking a human being for caped from Arcadia. small surveillance cameras Prerequisites: Wyrd 2. this person was a fetch to three Dukes. all times. the more experienced of the Lost ever return from Arcadia. Initiates who are insufficiently changelings consider the Dukes of Truth and Loss to careful or competent are stripped of their rank.

these changelings wish to strike back at other fetches and to prevent other changelings from returning home and facing similar problems. Changelings who used to be either soldiers or police officers are fairly com- mon. while also taking care to remove them from the mortal family and friends that they think they have. Denied both their lives and any sort of satisfactory vengeance. Others honestly believe that fetches are a danger to humanity and that ridding the world of them is a good and just act. The current Hunter-Lord chooses where this area is located. Dense The Duchy of Truth and Loss 123 . as are changelings who simply have a taste for vio- lence and bloodshed. In addition. and most are familiar with both weapons and fighting. For others. Dukes of Truth and Loss are most often changelings who did not hesitate to kill their fetch after they found that it had been living their life. Some found that their fetch destroyed their life by ending up in prison or as a wanted felon. which involves both parties fighting a duel to first blood in an area 300 yards on each side. the chal- lenger must then best the current Hunter- Lord in a contest of physical prowess and cunning. However. These Lost see the removal of fetches as a useful service for both the people abducted by the fae and their families back in the mortal world. Some dukes also feel sympathy for fetches and wish to let them know the truth behind the lies of their existence. Each Hunter-Lord ap- points her successor. To become Hunter-Lord. a process that typically involves quite a bit of travel. many are careful investigators with an abiding passion for truth. but Dukes can also challenge the Hunter-Lord and attempt to win her office. Members tend to be physically powerful. their fingers lengthen and become somewhat skeletal and claw-like in appearance and their faces take on a slightly predatory appearance. the fetch ruined their marriage. Background: Many Dukes of Truth and Loss are bitter and somewhat brutal changelings who see killing fetches as a way to both strike back at the fae and a method of causing the mortals left behind to suffer a lesser version of what happened to them. A few members of this order are instead change- lings who either had no fetch or found that killing it was either impossible or irrelevant.(see below). Organization: A single Hunter-Lord governs the Duchy of Truth and Loss. not all prospective mem- bers are hardened killers. estranged them from all their friends and in some cases died before they got back. Challengers must first gain the approval of at least a dozen other Dukes of Truth and Loss.

Instead. Although not immedi. a only moderate power. which are each carved in the form of a smaller and simpler version of the same • Some Dukes who supposedly kidnap doll face as their other token. They lie about it even to other members of the Winter Court. the changeling must ers. this armor appears to be either a simple knowingly kidnapping mortals and selling but well made suit jacket fitted with Kevlar armor or a them to the fae. kidnap actual fetches. cealed armor. they are must feed the face a sufficient amount of his own blood. they a heavy leather vest than actual armor. few ways to tell a fetch from an ordinary mortal. 203-204). Hunter-Lords keep track of all changeling. the False Face of Truth. mortals trained to look for con. Therefore. fetches and take them into the Hedge actually To mortals. while also token without the requisite Glamour expenditure or notifying the Hunter-Lord of this investigation. notice the armor if they make a successful Duke’s cover story. The to- the details of each hunt to both their neighbors and to ken cannot be used again until it has been fed. The Duchy’s full of priva- long coat with similar armor. pers wherever it hunts. most Dukes are nothing upon their initiation. The following are a thwarted family man. The first is a Hedgespun raiment more than serial killers who kill people that (Changeling: The Lost. In addition. Do- other serious improprieties. the user ers is small but vitally important. industrial parks. It drinks a bit of blood and does keeping track of all nearby Dukes. or sewer tunnels are all fre. This two-dot they think might be fetches. drop of blood or a strand of hair to the face. vestigations of individual hunts that may be suspect or Action: Instant of Dukes suspected of carelessness. eager to make certain that their fellows only kill or which causes him to suffer one point of lethal damage. many Dukes are as con- cerned about protecting mortals as they are about hunting down fetches and understand that Dukes who Rumors of the Duchy care little for the safety of others must be stopped. Wyrd roll must feed the face at least a tablespoon of Almost all Dukes of Truth and Loss are well aware the target’s fresh blood to determine if the target is a that the difference between their order and serial kill. Drawback: After every use. This token always comes in the shape of a small badge or pin. each Duke of Truth and Loss is charged with against the face’s mouth. Every Duke reports one point of bashing damage to the changeling. If anything seems suspicious about Catch: Any mortal or other character using this the hunt. the Hunter-Lord. one or more of Dukes investigates. drawing mortal or fae attention to the Dukes or then feed the face a small amount of her own blood. If the changeling touches a the area results in an automatic forfeit. tirelessly obsessed detec. fetch. Leaving face’s mouth is slightly open. like most criminals and law-enforcement • Locating fetches is actually just the personnel. This token is one of the very fetch hunts and of either calling for or approving in. few that might be overheard: Privileges • Their tokens don't really work and many of them don't bother to use them Dukes of Truth and Loss gain two two-dot tokens anyway. Both parties must then that appears to be made from painted porcelain. around two inches in diameter. endangering oth. the change- Hunter-Lord is an office of significant status but ling using it instantly knows if this person is a fetch. would-be savior to fetches. The stay within this area and hunt one another. with polished bone buttons. just hiding in plain sight. for some unknown reasons that has nothing The False Face of Truth (••) to do with fetches. of Truth and Los s Concepts: Brutal killer. without bother- raiment is armor that always has the mien of an el- ing to try to find out if this is in fact true. It is decorated recruit them for bloodlust. egantly simple leather breastplate that looks more like They don’t recruit people for dedication. probably including its Hunter- ately obvious as armor. To help identify of such ing this simply requires the changeling to place her finger problems. made in 124 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders .forest. pp. alienated wanderer. Also. or a mortal. The Duchy cannot help but stir up whis- tive. before he can use it again. the shape of a disturbingly inhuman-looking doll face quent options for this location. they investigate mortals Wits + Investigation roll. Lord. teers like this.

freehold was utterly Many Lost fight decimated after an their way out of Ar. so that our but entire freeholds. is believed long-dead. In and those like them. built around avoiding worth. an and should I fail. only to discover took it upon himself to cre- themselves all but forgot. however. From cave painting and illuminated Keeper standing over him. seeming and kith. the census terms with their new existences. the stranger is a terrible plight to endure. night in the vicinity of location the former-freehold cording important events in various cultures’ histories once held their gatherings will wake to find his own have been used. after a high-rank- former family and companions can ing member of the Summer Court was no longer recognize him. I will changeling society remember. the remember. many methods of re. Shayndel Leahdine. this I swear. host hoped that the census would prevent such mis- Once they have begun to come to some sort of haps from happening again. ate an encompassing census ten by their friends and loved of every freehold member (in- ones. Valley of Gold. leaving behind memory for those around them. so that not just individ- mistakes shall not ual members of be repeated. whose entire culture is terling of Amelia Kettles. By dedicating themselves to serving as a living and screaming back into the Hedge. mares. Whether a changeling has been cluding name. ready to pull him back into books of hours to video documentaries and blogs. over to the Others (reportedly for a hefty reward). For information about their population. detection and recapture tle of Boston and the taking by their Keepers. fos. swear that inherent danger in record- I shall not forget the things I ing any information which have seen. people such as the Lost. might fall into Gentry so that the past may be hands and thus be learned from. glories will live on. who turned it Lost set out to do what they can to ensure that they. word of mouth The Eternal Echoes 125 . enterprising Mag- cadia and struggle through istrate of the Wax Mage the Hedge. Unfortunately. some of the book fell into the hands of a Loyalist. The Magistrate’s or simply has changed enough that his intentions were good. witness of the Bat. The area is now known as the Valley of Night- forgotten. may I Ohio River Valley myself be forgotten. Because of the dangers of recording any pertinent ing on the needs and intent of those using them. and known locations). beloved of Rainian. do not have to face such a fate a single night. I will used to track down remember. means has advantages and disadvantages depend. Court replaced by a fetch. I will remember. each Arcadia. the Eternal Echoes nothing but bloodstains to show that it had ever ex- hope to keep themselves and other Lost from being isted. and reportedly any changeling who spends the Throughout the centuries. I will In the early 1920s. The Eternal Echoes I. the entire freehold was dragged kicking again. returning slighted by not receiving an invita- to claim a life and being treated as a tion to a cross-court gathering. there is of Mal Coleche.

The Eternal Echoes came into be- ing. for the remem- bering Echo. unlikely to fall into the Others’ hands or to be corrupted by false remembrances or political machinations. trials and triumphs of the Lost. The Eternals (collectively) Prerequisites: Wyrd 3. until eventually their eyes are entirely dark. each scene may be “replayed” simply by turning his attention to it. Since the original witness loses all memories of the witnessed situation (including normal memories involved with the scene) such trans- ferences are normally only completed on the Echo’s deathbed. by focusing his attention to it. Intelligence 3 Joining: Potential recruits for the Eternal Echoes often come to the entitlement’s attention by listening. Perhaps the most disturbing attribute of The Eternal Echoes’ mien. A member of the Eternal Echoes may. When the Eternal Echoes begin to gather information on a recent bloody battle. their ears become more pronounced. smells. An aura of attentiveness surrounds the Eternals. As well. and are told they should really talk to one of the participants who remembered it all and pre- serves the whole story. remember any scene he witnesses first hand in com- plete detail. and ensuring that a true and accurate memory of events exists for future generations to learn from. such stories inevitably change from telling to telling. no matter how long ago the incident happened. they know they’ve found a kindred soul. sounds and any other sensory de- tails. Some even come to the Eternals’ attention by following. As an Eternal witnesses and remembers more and more. either unintentionally due to misremembering or “cre- ative license” on the part of the storyteller or due to intentional modifica- tions designed to give a tale particular social or political meaning that it may not have originally had. To serve the need for an accurate history of the Lost. Unfortunately. an Eternal can pass these memories on to other members of the Echoes. watching and remembering without any assistance from the entitlement. Titles: Lord/Lady of Echoes. it is as if he was once again witnessing the scene in full. For others. their pupils grow larger. is not physi- cal at all. showing no white or color at all. but Echoes have been known to give up their witnessed memories to another Echo in other dire circumstances as well. however. this may manifest as pointed human- oid ears. their ears may take on feral attributes. this entitlement has dedicated itself to bearing witness to the major and minor triumphs and tribulations of Lost society. Later. As well. Those who are in the company of one of the Echoes frequently report that they constantly sense that they are being 126 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . Mien: The Eternals are constantly on the alert for those things and indi- viduals which are either most deserving of being remembered or most in danger of be- ing forgotten. which may bring her into contact with either a Lord of Echoes or someone who provides a Lord with information. Eidetic Memory. A changeling with a deep interest in the history and legends of the Lost tends to seek out people to tell her more.and oral tradition is generally held to be the safest way to document the lives. complete with sights. These dedicated memories are multi-sensory and undiluted by time or distance. For centuries. In some. perking and twitching at the slightest sound like those of an alert beast. and he may glean from it any minute details to which he was witness. undiluted by time or distance.

serving as witness to the those Navigators who witness a particular expedition’s victory or loss. however. prevent one situation from being witnessed multiple Other Echoes continually place themselves in po. about the mercurial and dangerous borderlands. or thus ensuring that their prowess. at importantly than past history. and the Ogre’s last known living moments were cessful Echoes. the susurration nying guard or sentry posts in areas known to be fre- of whispers just quiet enough to be unintelligible haunts quented by the Others. his hired witnesses were being in the spotlight themselves rarely make suc. an organizer can cially from the failure in his perceived duties. at least nominally. Although Those who are selfish. In most that which they have witnessed. accompa. Those who re. coerce Echoes to serve as witness to their activities. locations (Sacramentists). how- Lost of political power) as a Court Attestant. play witness to particular events. times while another goes unremembered. but serving as witness to before Faerie. watched is rarely a satisfying role for those who crave Those Echoes who specialize in accompanying the limelight themselves. exploring parties in the Hedge are often referred to id or easily intimidated individuals are not well suited as Navigators. On the other hand. least one of which accompanied him at all times. shy. although this is a somewhat inaccurate to the Echoes either. self-centered. rather than tant events (Historians). Information sitions of peril. Echoes often “ride into battle” term. for the found to have lied in the line of duty about a witnessed benefit of Lost society. Other Echoes accompany those who progress may have a completely clear memory of what explore the intricacies of the Hedge. The constantly mutable nature of the Hedge (proverbially or literally) alongside those who risk their makes anything but the most firmly established trods lives and souls to battle the True Fae or other direct all but impossible to map. tim. In some areas. with one or more socially or politically pow- ness and are assumed to speak only the facts about erful members organizing their fellow Echoes. titlement. path they came in on. This results in several of a particular individual. by suggesting particular Echoes situation is frequently shunned and rarely recovers so. influence or turn from Faerie to find that their spouses have remar. Echoes who prefer to witness court and political Hierarchy: To the public. both in the immediate cause of this. but their primary have extremely strong positive memories of their lives duty is not offense or defense. is a willing. Changelings of the Sacred Band by people they remembered so strongly. Hedge. In day to day expedition as for their perfect memories of the trip. Be- ness to put ones’ self in danger. or serving on the “front line” of the area where a Lord or Lady of Echoes is present. and who have found themselves forgotten the glories of others. was said to have old age. battles in the Hedge. More employed a full half-dozen Echo Correspondents. Mal Coleche. or insist on Mal was taken by surprise. a Arcadia. These ever. This means that even though threats to Lost populations. riding out with adventurers. most Echoes set themselves to remembering those Other Echoes may specialize in a freehold’s impor- things which they feel a calling to witness. motley or kith (Biographers) different “types” of Echoes. and abducted the Stonebones through it. Being always a watcher and never the remembered for posterity by his Echo hirelings.watched or eavesdropped upon. These Martial Correspondents are Background: The Echoes are often those who frequently battle-ready themselves. Echoes claim to be of related events may serve a freehold (or an individual one rank within the entitlement. is power. and power corrupts. life. Some Echo or- The Eternal Echoes 127 . bravery and victories who return after what seems to be a short Durance in are remembered for all time to come. or may travel from area to area witnessing a particular selves (or be referred to by others) in terms related to rite or ceremony as celebrated by Lost from different their preferred roles. that a Huntsman opened a gateway out of the Hedge ing as a storehouse for the culture’s memories. not. the Echoes purport to company them on long or treacherous journeys in the be organized as less of a hierarchy and more a com. may follow the life or lineage being assigned duties by others. however. However many explorers still will invite an Echo to ac- Organization: Publicly. as much for the purported luck they bring an munication and information network. who may refer to them. gleaning what. are frequently candidates for the Echoes. of the Golden Standard frequently hire. they are not necessarily going ever information they can which might prove useful to be helpful in aiding the party to find their way back. As well. An Attestant who is cases this organization is. three witnesses were present on the day time while acting as a witness and long-term by serv. ried and their children now call another “Mommy”. only to find everyone they loved have died of noted member of the Sacred Band. small hierarchies have developed within the en- individuals are held to extreme standards of truthful.

Super. change or steal member being there. are later purged. and scratch out any which derer. She can no of that scene is etched into the Echo’s mind and can longer recall any aspect associated with that scene. coma-like sleep remembering it later on. No amount degeneration of detail or muddling of memory. Thus with 2 dots of Wyrd she may remember 20 The Silent Echoes are rumored to possess memories scenes. if an Echo has remembered import. blackmailer. too important or too danger. of two ways. Perfected Memory or she can use the Perfected Memory Transferal abil- A member of the Eternal Echoes may spend a point ity to give it to another willing Echo. an Echo activates the Contract of Fang and Talon Rumors exist of a small group of Echoes who have Clause “Beast’s Keen Senses” and takes on the eye- turned themselves over entirely to the upper echelon sight of an eagle for a scene and then uses Perfected of the order. even if she does not have the keen senses when she is reportedly enter willingly into a long. should note on their character sheet. or a journal which scenes the character has commit- modern-day skald. As well. although any time. intimidate or take on the burden. and can share the details at ferred to another Echo. she will be which are too horrific. able to later recall every aspect of the earlier scene ous to entrust to those who are still interacting with that was apparent to her at the time of memorizing it. the outside world. or the assassination of of her previously remembered scenes in order to make a South American hermaphrodite King-Queen of the room for the new one. time of the memorization allow her to access those tant situation — or to ensure that no Echo is present perceptions at a later time as well. this mental-sharing scenario. she dating back to the earliest years of Lost history. bringing the total well as those of witnessed events of particular political number to 30. She cannot fected Memory. be recalled at will for the rest of the Echo’s life with no It is as if she was never present during it. These few. insatiably curious wan. If. and wishes to remember another. called the Silent Echoes. However. and when she gains another dot of Wyrd. a ritual.ganizers reportedly trade favors to have an Echo under supernatural enhancements to her perception at the their direction assigned to a certain politically impor. assuming the original Echo is will if she chooses. time. she must purge one hold in the early 16th century. as may remember an additional 10. but the bonus is available at will willing to give it and the receiving Echo is willing to to use on resisted attempts to wheedle. where the original Echo makes skin-to-skin Perfected Memory is limited to those things contact with the receiving Echo and allows him to within the scene which the Echo personally witnesses enter her mind. This transfer happens by way of bribe the information out of her. the Echo receives a Perfected Memory +5 bonus to protect against all attempts of any sort to Transferal coerce her into revealing details of scenes which she Any scene which has been memorized by an Echo has used Perfected Memory to remember. Concepts: Armchair historian. She does not through the use of Perfected Memory can be trans- have to use this bonus. genealogy buff. serving as a repository for the memories Memory to witness a vast crowded scene. The remainder ry is gone from the Echo’s mind entirely. time-displaced sage. of “filling in” by outside sources will allow her to re- natural effects which normally erase. (Players of Echo characters Spring Court in the 1990s. Regardless of of Willpower and a point of Glamour during any scene which method is used. such as the trial (and execution) of Banished her maximum number of scenes at any given time Fae Jacobe LaVigne who had infiltrated a French free. hero-worshipper. No harm may come to either side in use this ability to recall things which happened out. there.) Purging a scene that has been committed to Privileges memory by use of Perfected Memory can be done one All Echoes have access to the following abilities. ted to Perfected Memory. An Echo can spend a point of Willpower to choose to instantly flush a memory from her mind. a memory cannot affect scenes remembered with the Perfected Memory ability. the formerly Perfected Memo- in order to store the scene in memory. wherein they spend their time in dreams constantly An Echo may remember up to a 10 x Wyrd num- maintaining and re-witnessing the events which other ber of scenes using Perfected Memory at any given members of the Echoes bring to them to be protected. for example. The mind-environment and representation 128 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . on index cards. where she gifts him with the Per- (through any one or more of her senses). and either may end it at side of her sensory perceptions at the time.

with the original Echo appear- tomes and may bequeath one of them (and its associ. The original Echo must spend a point of Willpow. Some take on the persona of one of use the Perfected Memory Transferal other than at the the individuals whose stories they’ve memo- end of their lives. No other and then it’s too late. Not until you’re already locked in. Others build an amalgam of partial tered innermost thoughts and reactions is simply too lives based on the significant events they’ve intimate a gift. it is possible for her to still give her memories to other Echoes. • Higher ranking Echoes don’t even ry includes not only what the original Echo witnessed. although hive-mind. remember their own lives anymore. Glamour to take on her gifted memories. ing Echo spends a point of Willpower and a point of others come and harvest his stories. No one Glamour to accept his new memory. who must con- sume the morsel to gain the Memory it symbolizes. She tears forth a gobbet of still-bloody meat ries are not lost with the Echo’s death. receiving Echoes must still spend the Willpower and though. For 24 hours after an Echo has died.of the dream varies from individual to individual. scene as if he had been present. • When one of the Eternal Echoes dies. with her Perfected Memories repre. A Gristlegrinder. rized. The Eternal Echoes 129 . the Perfected Memory transfers from the is done. and offers it to the intended recipient. they all know. may inhabit a mind-cave lit only by it is truly the Echo herself who is giving the memories sputtering torches. No Willpower expenditure is of self-identity and attaching yourself to a necessary by the original now-dead Echo. she can go through the process of giving Entitlement is giving up some of your sense her memories to them. An communication between the dead Echo and the re- Antiquarian Echo may visualize his store of Perfected ceiving ones is possible during this ritual. Conjecture has been made as to whether the other hand. Few Echoes are willing to ments. giving others access to their unfil. on the dream. ing as an emotionless automaton version of herself in ated scene) to the other Echo. away or some automated function of the entitlement sented by a spit of roasting meat of an indeterminable that is working to ensure that the committed memo- nature. The Perfected Memo. Joining the her body. When both have outside of the Echoes really knows how this been spent. witnessed over time. If • Anything that one of the Eternal another Echo or Echoes make physical contact with Echoes knows. which makes this of other people’s deeds and accomplish- a very personal exchange. but some people believe it involves original to the receiving Echo who now can recall the consuming the fallen Lost’s brain. Rumors of T he Eternal Echoes er to purge the memory at the same time the receiv. They don’t tell you that to start. emotions and reactions to consumed with the tales they’ve memorized the things she saw and encountered. they’re but her thought processes. The scene Memories as shelf after shelf of ancient leather bound takes place in silence.

rarely taking on debts they can’t pay. but he could is a form of social justice. like they can create vast wealth with ful and merciless as Fate itself. I might Every Gold- not reveal the secret spinner owns a Gild- mechanisms at work. The world lays riches at some door- lose his human qualities to fae-touched greed. offering mortals wealth steal. What annoys the Goldspinners is powers to punish offenders. these tales are not implausible and their outcomes are of not paying. with no consideration for who deserves is a normal job. take responsibility for it as an invitation to abuse the Guild’s kindness. body parts or hideous rituals. Whenever they leave a mark in the mortal world. most Lost can’t do 9 to what. too. tals who take the gold but ignore the cost end up living out the malcy. 130 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . enemies body who works hard enough can succeed and how everyone might follow it. every job is a promise made to one’s boss. They use the Guild’s ser- folks they care about. old stories — usually the ones with unhappy endings. A freeholder’s obligations might sum. but that’s not easy. I will never make. The money problem’s tricky. it the entitlement’s curious token doesn’t looks like quick cash would be no challenge to work that way. a clever changeling finds a loop- for firstborn children. quences can amass a great deal of wealth. Hu. normal people need to buy food. The can deal with them if they have the will to meet the price. To live among them. portunities. as well known in mortal myths as freehold courts. They provide op- changeling who pays no heed to the conse. ter and everyday comforts. but Even changelings need money. The Goldspinners’ Guild is one of them. People can improve their lot but the fact remains that mon him away when he’s supposed to be in a meeting. He can To the Guild. Goldspinners know all the arguments about how any- 5. storied entitle. raid minds for ATM passwords. can’t get enough of it themselves can visit a Goldspinner. other cheats will take how the so-called victims never. but it does happen. make ment. It’s very hard to renege on Goldspinners give humans spectacular wealth in exchange payments. They wheel. To the hole in her bargain or stubbornly weathers the consequences Guild. capable of spinning will always know that I provide humble fibers into gold. in that changelings who need raw wealth but Goldspinners are members of an ancient. in that a aren’t philanthropists. The alternative steps and grief at others. In these situations the Guild uses its combined not especially alarming. There’s some truth to this. Strange conspiracies could rip her from her gets what they truly deserve. They think these are stupid opin- desk or factory station. Changelings are never betray the Guild. The Guild are solutions. a modest deal and keep in touch so that emergencies and mis- man legends give “Rumpelstiltzkin” a sinister reputation. changelings Goldspinners have an easier time with changelings. but there vices cautiously. I will that it’s easier to drop into the respect my tools and trade. Gildwheels need pledges someone able to raid dreams or haggle with the to function. they don’t care changelings from the highest levels of Clarity. Goldspinners don’t need money. not free cash. If they don’t. Clarity demands human contact. The Guild mislead the Lost spins gold and or mortals about even gives it to the bargains I mortals — but offer. Mor- Lost need relationships that root them in a semblance of nor. the deals they ers. That isn’t free. Goldspinners level the playing field without providing of the Lost. lest I pay often amazed that the Goldspin- the full price of my life. and open market. That’s why Goldspinners elements. ever. safety’s sake. and in the world control. Worse it’s harder for some and the reasons are entirely out of their still. shel. The need to mimic human appetites or provide for the normal Lost understand the power of bargains. a steady hand and a few hours’ work. beauti. Anybody Then again. breaking even the most ordinary agreements bars raw charity. My wheel is ners live so humbly when it looks but a shadow of the Great Wheel. though for not for free. The understandings don’t foul things up. resembles a bank. ions. Guild opportunities — not gifts — and members turn it into jewelry so that my work is no charity. if people come from the “right” families or religions. The Guild of Goldspinners My broth. At first.

They’re weathered. strong looking and covered in sparkling flecks. as Guild members are often called on to carry cash and valuables. Mien: Senior Guild members dress conservative- ly. largely because a potential Goldspinner needs to have a strong understanding of the pull of desire — and preferably mastery over the same. Goldspinners have the standard miens for their seemings until you look at their hands. others destroy something valuable as a sign that wealth has no power over them. Younger Goldspinners usually dress like artisans — or what- ever they think artisans look like. one must demonstrate that the purpose of riches isn’t to have things. pressed by hours of work on the Gildwheel. A metal briefcase with a combination lock (and when the occasion demands. the real trick is picking the person who will get back on her feet given the chance and determining what sort of favor one might gain in return. Crafts 2 + Specialties: Textiles and Smithing. but too much greed and a member would be more of a detriment than a boon. but they all have a common vow: to explain the terms under which they’re trading gold as clearly as possible. not that things themselves are worthless — riches are valued by the changes they can effect on people and the favors they can buy. Goldspinners always wear their signature metal. Many were fabu- The Guild of Goldspinners 131 . from Fairest financiers that swoop in to help with their noble words as much as money to Ogres who collect payment past due — provided that the Gildwheel’s magic doesn’t do the job itself. The Goldspinners have no sympathy for people who forget or misunderstand the terms of payment. It looks like the gold they make gets into the skin. given the fact that most freeholds usually treat them like bourgeois artisans. fine suits and gold jewelry. a shackle securing it to the changeling’s wrist) is universal. But the proper answer is to show the Goldspinners an investment. Various freeholds have different of customs governing the Guild’s behavior. Mantle (Spring) 1 Joining: The Guild of the Goldspinners is very cautious about po- tential applicants. The tradition is to accent one’s appearance with tasteful accessories. but display wealth in the form of designer watches. bandannas and heavy boots. Goldspinner Prerequisites: Wyrd 2. Titles: Rumpelstiltzkin. It might be as simple as giving a homeless person enough money to get back on her feet. Background: You rarely find a middle class Goldspinner — an irony. To be a member of the Guild.” There are many potential answers to this question: some offer to do what- ever it takes for riches. They wear rug- ged work clothes. The stereotypical Goldspinner is Wizened. Their first criterion is membership in the Spring Court. and it’s true that a lot of them join the Guild. It takes a certain amount of greed to be interested in the Guild in the first place. but there are members of all kinds. The common challenge given to a potential applicant is “Show me what riches are worth to you.

lously wealthy before the Gentry got them. The ones that
didn’t find a way to hang on to their fortunes after returning Privileges
often joined the Guild to get rich again. Learning how to The Goldspinners’ privilege comes from their unique
spin gold is a bit of a chore, but if they were afraid of doing Tokens.
a little hard work for their money they wouldn’t be Guild
material in the first place. Gildwheel (Token •••)
Most other Goldspinners used to be dirt poor. They A Gildwheel is an enchanted spinning wheel. Spinning
returned from Arcadia with the power to satisfy their ma- wheels have been around for over a thousand years. There are
terial wants but never forgot that it all came about due to many kinds: Indian charka of ancient design, the walking wheel
a brutal crime and harrowing escape. They give indigent for wool and others born of many times and cultures, all used
people the opportunities they only found for themselves af- to turn fibers into thread or yarn. According to custom, every
ter suffering horribly. Goldspinner carves his initials or personal sign on his wheel.
No matter their backgrounds, Goldspinners need to Some old Gildwheels are covered in markings, but most only
have a talent for finance, a strong sense of personal respon- have a few, as they’ve more recently drifted from the Hedge in
sibility and a great deal of professional detachment when it accord with the old, secret pacts that founded the Guild.
comes to their work. If they can’t stand by and watch some- Other than these markings, Gildwheels look like normal
one pay the price for cheating the Gildwheel, they can’t spinning wheels — tools or antiques, depending on who you
serve the Guild. are. A Goldspinner (or anyone else) claims a Gildwheel by
Organization: The Goldspinners’ organization is based touching it and investing a Willpower dot. Once he does so,
on a traditional Guild structure. Before being accounted a he always knows where it is. He can take back the Willpower
full member (and gaining the entitlement’s privilege), an at any time, so the player can’t spend Experience to replace
Apprentice learns to use a spinning wheel, manage accounts the lost dot. Without this investment, the Gildwheel will not
and serve the Guild. A Master teaches her the necessary function and the Goldspinner can’t locate it. If someone de-
skills. Apprentices also take care of bothersome, day to day stroys the Gildwheel the Willpower dot is lost forever, but it
matters like lunch, office supplies and secretarial work. This can then be replaced with Experience.
gives the Guild a chance to gauge an Apprentice’s ethics When a properly bonded changeling puts fiber to the
and competence. The process used to take years, but nowa- wheel he can spin gold. It comes out in unnatural looking
days a changeling can graduate in a few months. strands that the Guild calls “Sif’s Hair.” Sif’s Hair is real
When two Masters sincerely believe an Apprentice is gold, but its silky, light, flexible qualities make it useless for
ready, a new Gildwheel appears. It’s a mysterious process, mortal commerce because it doesn’t look like normal gold
born of the mythic era when the Guild was founded. One at all. Fortunately, any decent smith can melt and beat it
of the sponsoring Masters finds it by happenstance — in into bars, coins and jewelry. Once the Goldspinner starts to
the dark corner of an antiques shop, or even abandoned on work the wheel it puts out Sif’s Hair at an exponential rate,
a curbside. Most Gildwheels belonged to former Goldspin- producing one Resource dot’s worth per day, to a maximum
ners, but a few look brand new. Each one wends its way to a number of dots equal to the changeling’s Wyrd. Other users
Master through coincidence. are limited by equivalent supernatural traits such as Gnosis,
The Masters present the Gildwheel to their Appren- Blood Potency or Primal Urge. Mortals can spin one Re-
tice in a brief ceremony, elevating him to a Journeyman. source dot’s worth of gold. Of course, these other users need
The changeling joins the entitlement at last; her hands to mind the Token’s catch (see below).
transform when she first touches her Gildwheel. Journey- A Gildwheel’s bonded owner can’t spend Gildwheel gold.
men are typical Guild members. They remain so until they If she tries, it dissolves into thread and dust immediately.
attain the fifth dot in their Mantle, when they qualify for Action: Standard
the Master’s title. The Guild holds a large, public feast for Mien: The Gildwheel takes on a golden shine, as if it’s
the elevation of any Master. In a departure from normal been well-polished and is just the right color to reflect rich,
policy, they offer sumptuous gifts to all that attend — noth- yellow light.
ing on par with Gildwheel-spun wealth, but enough to give Drawback: Unless it’s sanctified with the pledge, the
freeholders something to talk about for weeks to come. The gold (in the form of Sif’s Hair or anything else) turns into
power to approve Apprentices and thereby discover new crudely painted and glued yarn about an day after it’s sold,
Gildwheels encompasses their sole duty, though they’re also used as collateral, or otherwise affects any economic trans-
expected to supervise Goldspinners and set Guild policy. action. The Wyrd has a way of drawing a swindled mer-
Some Masters still go about the Guild’s other business but chant’s attention to the “gold” he just bought, so most vic-
others retire, giving their Gildwheels to new Journeymen. tims of such scams find out about them quickly.
Concepts: Charity worker, reformed miser, compulsive Catch: Anyone can use a Gildwheel by soaking the
barterer, hidden crime lord, kindly aunt, favor broker. fibers to be spun in blood, freshly wrung from a human (or

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changeling) heart at midnight. The fibers need a generous The other party negotiates her own task with the Gold-
coating, so someone who wants to spin a lot of gold will spinner. This task must have a value at least equal to the
probably need to kill a number of people. Resources dots’ worth of gold she’s getting from the deal.
Furthermore, anyone using a Gildwheel by way of the Boon: Blessing (Resources dots in gold only — vari-
catch needs to know how to use a real spinning wheel. Char- able). This takes the form of enough Sif’s Hair that, when
acters with the Crafts skill can pick it up with a day’s practice, worked into a saleable form, would bring in money equal to
but anyone else needs lessons, or else they’ll churn out tangled the negotiated Resources dots. It’s up to the recipient to sell
chunks of fiber — or thread that isn’t Sif’s Hair, but might have the gold to get the negotiated Resources dots. These dots are
unpredictable and dangerous supernatural properties. not added to the recipient’s current Resources, so bargaining
for less gold than one’s Resources dots is usually a waste of
Gildwheel Pledges time, unless the recipient plans to give it to someone else.
Goldspinners also use Gildwheels to create permanent As a courtesy, the Guild customarily works the Sif’s
gold, but only by way of special pledges. There are many Hair into saleable form, but anybody with the requisite skill
different kinds of Gildwheel pledges, but they all have the could do it.
following conditions. Once it’s been negotiated, the pledge Sanction: Variable. Desperate clients have been known
must balance out as usual. to accept terrible sanctions to drive down the value of the
Type: Corporal Oath upon the Gildwheel, a Title Emblem. task they need to perform. Goldspinners try to minimize
Tasks: Endeavor, Lesser (-1) for Gildwheel’s user; creat- their risks whenever possible.
ing the pledge’s boon is the Goldspinner’s task, so it’s pretty Duration: Variable, though the payout in gold is im-
easy. Both parties agree to transfer a set amount of spun mediate and is not replaced if lost or stolen.
gold, measured in Resource dots. This gold does not show Invocation: 1 Willpower (both). By investing a Will-
false after it’s used — it lasts forever unless the Goldspinner power dot in the Gildwheel, the Goldspinner avoids Will-
spends it, in which case it turns into the same dull muck as power dot costs, should they arise.
it normally would. (Giving the gold to the other party in
the pledge doesn’t count as spending it.)

Rumors about the Goldspinners
Consider using the following rumors if the Goldspinners have an important role in your chronicle.
• The Guild is old ó old beyond even the memories of the most Wizened Masters. Nobody really
knows how Gildwheels shuffle into Goldspinnersí hands. Some people say that the Gentry provide them,
that a secret curse awaits anyone whoís used one to create wealth. The ìGoldspinnerís Doomî will sup-
posedly strike all at once, heralding the True Faeís invasion of the world. More optimistic stories say that
Lost craftsmen manufacture them from a workshop in the Hedge or a rebel colony in Arcadia. They send
them to the mortal world to help changelings get by in the greedy mortal world.
• Are Goldspinners meek moneylenders or international power brokers? Most of them are well-off.
They travel first class, rub shoulders with the mortal elite and manufacture a commodity that everyone
wants. Some changelings think the Guild uses its powers (and carefully selected proxies) to manipulate
stock markets. It acquires controlling interests in huge corporations and funds political candidates whoíll
listen to its handpicked lobbyists. If itís true, what does the Guild use its power for? Is it an end itself, or
a means to some secret initiative? Itís the Guildís policy to never comment on its mortal ties, but it has
let slip that it funds debt relief and small loan projects in the developing world ó efforts consistent with
their belief in providing opportunities to all. Thatís hardly sinister, but is that all there is to it?
• Changelings say that the Guild used to be able to turn tears into diamonds, green branches into
emeralds and so on, but lost the required lore and tokens over centuries. If such tokens ever existed the
Guild would want a look at them, even if they were never really a part of Goldspinner history. The Guild
is always looking to expand its services — and maintain its position as the Lost’s premiere financiers.
The Guild’s also looking out for the future, because gold’s getting a bit passé. A few members are trying
to figure out how to magically produce authentic credit cards and bank records.

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Guild of the Sacred Journey

Despite in- tacks by the Oth-
jury, threat, danger or ers or other events that
promises of great reward, I seriously endanger large
shall endeavor to deliver any- numbers of changelings. A Sa-
thing in my charge to its appointed cred Courier must even be willing to
destination. On pain of my life and my work with the enemies of her freehold to
honor I shall never break the trust that was complete a delivery, as long as these enemies
given to me. are not fae, loyalists, privateers or others who are a
While every freehold is an independent entity, com- threat to all changelings.
merce, negotiations and diplomacy between freeholds is A guild member may refuse to complete a delivery (or
an important part of changeling life. Open only to the reroute the delivery to someone other than its intended re-
Fairest, the Guild of the Sacred Journey is a noble order of cipient) only if she is certain that doing otherwise would
messengers and couriers bound by strict oaths to complete directly aid the enemies of the Lost or obviously result in a
their missions to the very best of their ability. While their changeling being turned over to the fae. However, breaking
duties usually involve carrying messages or small packages her trust even for such a dire reason is never done lightly.
from one freehold to another, changelings also regularly The Sacred Courier must immediately report her action
ask them to deliver messages or packages to other mem- to the nearest guild master. Unless there is a compelling
bers of the same freehold, or occasionally to mortals who reason to do otherwise, the guild member must turn over
may be completely unaware of anything about changelings the suspect delivery to the nearest guild master. Careless
or the fae. or foolish guild members who fail to make a delivery for
Although they are under no obligation to agree to trivial or thoughtless reasons can be demoted to apprentices
make any particular delivery, once a Sacred Courier agrees or thrown out of the guild.
to do so, she is sworn to make the delivery to the very best In return for performing these duties, other change-
of her ability. Guild members are free to refuse to accept lings are forbidden from attempting to harm guild members
deliveries, but should have good reason for doing so if the who are on duty. Changelings who violate this prohibition
delivery is urgent and involves transporting something from are supposed to either be appropriately punished by their
one freehold to another. However, accepting or refusing to freehold or turned over to the Guild for punishment. The
transport anything from one member of the same freehold Guild refuses to work with any freehold that refuses to rec-
to another or from a changeling to a mortal is purely at the ognize the neutrality and immunity from harm of on-duty
discretion of the guild member. guild members.
Sacred Couriers are expected to carry packages and Changeling attitudes about the Guild of the Sacred
messages from one freehold to another for free, but may ask Journey are mixed. Although most recognize the impor-
for payment when carrying goods and messages to all other tance of the Guild, the fact that membership is restricted
destinations. In Miami’s Winter Court, guild members are to Fairest seems to have no basis in anything other than
sometimes hired to deliver payment for and to pick up large prejudice — certainly changelings of other seemings could
drug shipments from the Court’s mortal suppliers. Guild serve just as well. However, most other changelings are in-
members who accept these assignments are well paid by the tolerant of the level of pomp and ritual in the Guild, and so
Winter Court. might not be interested in joining if they could. The Sacred
Guild members may hold whatever opinions they wish Couriers, at least, tend to claim as much.
about changeling politics and may discuss and act on these Titles: Sacred Courier (more formal), guild member,
opinions while off duty, but once a guildswoman has ac- guildsman or guildswoman
cepted a delivery, her oath swears her to strict neutrality. Prerequisites: Wyrd 2, Drive 2, Expression 2, Street-
If she has agreed to make a delivery, making that delivery wise 2, minimum Clarity 5, Fairest only
takes precedence over everything less important than at-

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the Guild selected only Fairest after a time in the interest of ensuring every member could convince a cli- ent of their earnestness. Most. However. Instead. Only skilled and dedicated changelings whom the Guild truly trusts to ful- fill their obligations are allowed to join. in addition. Apprentices are not allowed to accept or make their own deliveries. Mentors also do their best to hone both the apprentice’s memory and observational skills. Anyone meeting the minimum qualifications can petition to join the guild. Joining: This small but prestigious noble order is wide- ly considered to be a very competitive path to prestige and renown for Fairest. Upon joining. half-visible like a hologram. Some outsiders have openly called this explanation a steam- ing pile of toad shit. new members are apprenticed to an older guild member. During the Guild’s early days. The reasoning behind the Fairest-only mem- bership is generally explained as a necessity of diplo- macy. prospective members then face extensive interviews to determine their honestly and loyalty. it was difficult to con- vince potential clients of the order’s trustworthiness. being selective about seeming helped promote the Guild’s public image as an elite organization while still remaining free to serve any Court. A love of travel is an essential part of joining this Guild of the Sacred Journey 135 . that sprout at ankles or wrists or temples when the Sacred Courier invokes Glamour. The ceremony for welcoming a new member of this entitlement is as elabo- rate and filled with ceremony as all of the rest of the Guild’s formal meetings. Impractical clothing is frowned upon. so the Guild is every selective of who it allows in. Couriers of the Guild of the Sacred Journey undergo minimal changes to their mien. However. though. dress in an obvious and often ostenta- tious manner designed to impress others and let them know that the Sacred Courier is someone important. In addition. the winged sash (see below). they accompany their masters on deliveries and work as their master’s assistant in return for being taught the details of belonging to the guild. Background: Guild members tend to be both physi- cally competent and to have a somewhat adventurous dis- position. As the story goes. most also favor Social Skills and Attri- butes. but the Guild’s rule remains intact. They all wear the token that is their badge of passage. no matter how impressive they may be. at high levels of Wyrd many develop small sug- gestions of feathered wings. stiletto heels are outright foolish for a messenger- by-trade. Apprentices are instructed in proper diplomatic protocols as well as methods of rapid and unobtrusive travel. Guild members also question the prospective member’s associates to gain a better understanding of the changeling’s character and competence. Mien: A few Guild members are masters of disguise who attempt to blend into whatever social group they are in.

On rare occasions. guild members have access to every freehold and regularly Most excel at using some form of transportation. or packages they have been enjoined not to examine. Freeholds that members take is to seek the best for the entire changeling refuse to cooperate face sanction. These change- assets. few Freeholds to suffer various other punishments. and far-off events. elections to turn over a changeling who has assaulted a guild member. Guildhouses are also carry various suspicious cargoes from one city or country the sites of the guild’s formal seasonal meetings. Each full guild member is considered an fluence the fate of various freeholds. The guild values all of these elaborately decorated structures like converted warehouses approaches. becoming their Freehold. are skilled long distance drivers. even experienced long haul truckers or motorcycle riders. They are also likely a freehold. with the Guild effectively any freehold that admits the individual as a member can re. On several occasions. small planes or high-speed boats are fices below. These travelers usually sleep in ceive no services from the Guild. Guild masters also sometimes notice trends that indi- All nearby Sacred Couriers carefully investigate any re.entitlement. Guildhouses are mostly small but use mortal means of transport. A report on conditions there are well as any gossip or other few are wealthy and experienced jet travelers. Each Guildmaster is in charge of a this information to put pressure on the leader of a freehold region containing between five and ten freeholds. In such cases. guildhouses are also repositories for the large experienced at travel through the Hedge. which means that lings remain rootless wanderers. collect allows Guildmasters to notice patterns of activity master to either seek redress from someone who attempted that others miss. proved to come from privateers or fae who were plotting ties. Attacks on guild members and allegations of breaking against the members of a freehold. Guildmasters have to harm a guild member or to make or deny allegations that noticed suspicious activities that upon further investigation a guild member has violated the trust implicit in their du. Fairest who are skilled at piloting unusual ve. but bers worked in transportation. with each guild member being Although there are many stories about the Guild hav- allowed to vote on all major issues. Others were smugglers and often retain this profes. some are simply drifters who have learned how to freeholds. Before they were abducted. for Guildmasters are held every seven years. but guild masters are the official lead. Guild members are forbidden to read or examine messages 136 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . er messages to the client’s enemies or otherwise misuse their Like most changelings. community. especially since amounts of observations. If the Guildmaster’s responsibility to decide what to do with the report appears to be accurate. Because the Guild is fairly small. this oath on their own and act as their conscience dictates. such as using a delivery in the towns they are visiting and serve as an important as a cover for assassination. some guild mem. with previous occupations a few clients do not include this request. the ranging from cab driver or bicycle messenger to long haul guild member carrying the message or package is free to ex- trucker. most Guildmasters use this information only to ters must have been guild members for at least seven years. source of information and gossip about distant Freeholds The Guild also collects a great deal of information. Both Sacred Couriers and anyone who has made use The widespread nature of the information guild members of the Guild’s services are free to appeal to the local Guild. Part of the oath all guild and seek to identify the individual involved. Guildhouses are usually located in cities that contain large However. A substantial number were drifters whose wanderlust this knowledge with anyone outside the Guild. forced to swear all manner of dire pledges to confiscation of A few guild members belong to no freehold. to having a Ban placed on them. On a lesser level. these guild members then this information. including the election ing vast archives of information that they use to secretly in- of the Guildmaster. ranging from being can boast more than two or three Sacred Couriers at best. individual guild members request aid from the freehold where these attacks took place sometimes face the same decisions. more prosaic. but so are Lost who are confident and members. cate plots or conspiracies within or between freeholds. In addition. or Each guild master maintains a formal guildhouse. mixture of an elaborately catered party and a discussion of Organization: The Guild of the Sacred Journey has a current events relating to the guild. which are a to another. kept them from ever settling down. relatively formal structure. It is port of their fellows being harmed or killed while on duty. Guildmasters have used ers of this noble order. gossip and other information that travel through the Hedge is now by far the easiest way to guild members collect in their travels. high speed boat pilots. attempt to learn about potential threats before they occur. far more notable events that they observed during their travels. Every member or Guildmaster must interpret Guild members who break their sacred trust and deliv. the two largest guildhouses in the US are in Mi- move swiftly and safely through the Hedge and now rarely ami and Los Angeles. most guild members belong to office are stripped of their membership. All Guildmas. trust are taken very seriously. Banning someone is only either guildhouses or in the houses of other guild members used for the most extreme offenses. amine and record the contents as long as they do not share sion. In addition to offering housing for visiting guild much in demand. the truth is usually far independent agent. However. with elegant lofts on the top floor and modern-looking of- hicles like helicopters.

the token provides the change. Once activated. In addition. but doing so with- being elevated to the status of a full member of this Guild. Sacred Couriers must know precisely who they wish to have it delivered to. In addition. the client need not know the target’s name. Guildmasters are is except by pointing and giving general information such willing to sell information to curious change- as near or far. As long as the guild member is in the remove this penalty is to find the target’s location and then process of carrying a message. or travel via a trod directly information that can be used to blackmail to the target. the faintly but vividly when the member is on duty. character is mentally compelled to complete the delivery and will not stop until the message or package has been Courier’s Winged Sash (•••) delivered. making other deliveries. In return for these services. Anytime someone asks the changeling to deliver a Rumors of the Guild of the message or package. However. cadia or is in some similarly inaccessible location like the Shadow Realm. footloose wanderer. Actions Guild of the Sacred Journey 137 . The guild member cannot locate the person on a map or clearly tell someone else where the target • For the right fee. fast-driving fighting one’s way past guards preventing the guildswoman daredevil from getting to the target count as actions related to mak- ing the delivery. Even the Sacred Couriers aren’t immune ling with a sense of how to go directly to the person the de- to the vagaries of gossip: livery is intended for. including carrying captives into the is either unknown or who the client only briefly glimpsed. The guild including otherwise private or highly secret member can then walk. has been returned to Ar- powerful changelings. the • In addition to carrying messages and client giving the message or package to the guild member packages for changelings. However. have an intuitive sense of the target’s location. changeling suffers a -1 penalty to all actions that are not di- rectly related to delivering this message or package. out the requisite Glamour expenditure or Wyrd roll increas- the changeling is given a winged sash of duty. do not interfere with guild members who are However. The “delivery” the target and tell her that he has something for her. It Hedge so the fae can transport them back to can only be used to find someone the client has either met Arcadia. some Sacred Cou- the package or message or to at least communicate with riers can be hired as assassins. Action: Instant Drawback: Until the changeling manages to deliver • For the right price. Concepts: Haughty courier. The only other way to grant of immunity. the changeling can choose to activate Sacred Journey this token. upon Catch: Anyone can use this token. this token cannot be activated. drive. attempt to harm or actively restrain her. pompous messenger. also regularly perform the same service for This token cannot be used as a way to locate someone who the fae. unrelated actions like picking Privileges someone’s pocket or getting into a fight with someone the The greatest privilege a Sacred Courier receives is their changeling dislikes do not count. the in question is proof of their target’s death. this token allows the changeling to lings who are willing to pay their prices. If the target is dead. which glows es the penalty to unrelated actions to -3. the fae or communicated with sufficiently to know who they are. no changeling is supposed to spend 2 points of Willpower. clever and observant such as bribing someone for information about the target or spy. This token is a royal blue diagonal sash trimmed with silver and adorned with a badge consisting of four silver wings. Also.

fat-titted bramble boar for its ing crustacean within (for the sausage-destined sweetbreads? Gristlegrinder is hungry. at least not hedonism. and. lings can find. topping what’s come before: no small feat. desperate to capture perfection in a single 138 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . once very well argue that what they do is battle. Most keep briar-wolves. Though. Does that In a sweltering hot mean going deep into the kitchen. by God. the shimmering feel of quaff a draught of drain cleaner. Moon’s Water on the tongue. though texture is al- of her Muse lover. dirty apron. you Does it demand sneaking into see. brined in its own salacious These Knights are com- juices. pleads with himself to find most perfect blushberries restraint. you’ve made the best meal of your life — how can any- and what they do is noble. with a grappa reduction venturing far and wide and paired with a modi. a Gristlegrinder Hedge to find the ripest. Every failure tend with shrieking rabbits. unspoken but beautifully prepared.” Once you’ve caught the dragon — meaning. Enjoy. yes. the fire in the belly stoked The Knights of the Knowledge of the Tongue (a by those devilheart peppers that grow in the cacti-walled term sometimes cut down to the “Knights of Gas. like in the way of waving a sword and galloping a horse any artist. to procure and cook with fied Badam Kheer almond reagents that only change- dessert drink. The Knights do brave dangers outside drooling like-minded fiends. the still-beating hearts of to astound the palate can be soul-crushing. drizzled array of ingredients. the peak of gourmet artistry. is gray. a worm-skinned Tunnel. In a claustropho. The plate to its left con. it’s poisonous. Though. they’re going to drupe. Knights of the Knowledge of the Tongue My oath to this order sits before you known as Gray-to-Blues (when the fruit now. brine it and eat ribbons of its tains the bones of a scarfish facial meats sashimi-style. knowing that her meal To them. but when it turns The soup is rich with pumpkin and blue. tented with the standard ened fox tongue. They march headlong into thing else compare? The only thing that can compare is hot kitchens and with chef knife instead of sword con. one may eat it without concern). rarest meals to the table. these Knights are subject to the highest highs into the thick of battle. ever-so-hungry). soaked dresser? Yes. deserts of the Hedge. The smells of goblin better next time or if her only recourse is to blood thickening on the stove. The plate to the right mitted gourmands. All of it is the height of culinary tronomy”) are not proper knights at all. the palate is key. the Knights of this and the deepest lows. In a rat-hole the kitchen so that they may bring the bathroom a Chatelaine weeps into a finest. topped with a dollop of crème fraîche They bring back the dragon’s head and a scattering of dream-a. Some call it “chasing the dragon’s noble order might be inclined to disagree: they may tail. of a sort. a thousand times grub feeds a seven-course meal to a jury of yes. that Keeper’s wagon to steal the phial bic dining room furnished in black oak of sweet-smelling powder off its blood- and red maple. Taste failed to bring a tear of joy to the eye is everything. ill-con- cradles a strip of sweet. the poisonous (until cooked) goblin fruits on trying. to not reach into for a compote? Does that the boiling pot with his bare involve hunting down the hand to fish out the squirm. wondering if she can do most as important.

Sweet Emotion about handling the pressures inside a kitchen and out- This noble order of changeling chefs is side of it. Another might taper to a sharp point. The Social chefs make excellent brigade of chefs without having mastered some of the sommeliers and kitchen managers. and Rarely does one find two tongues that are alike among lesser gourmands might offer plates of still. more-than-agreeable odor. Perhaps a gristly the taste buds grow to the size of skin tags and wave bit of meat braised in a musk broth released by subtly like a bed of anemone in ocean water. as if from a squid’s tentacle. the aroma. Actually distilling it. the jackets when cooking only. leaving the order in disgust of themselves or simply common) and second with wilder ingredients often tak- wandering into the Hedge. in a perfect caramelization. or butter cream icing. first with mundane ingredients Knights of the Knowledge of the Tongue 139 . and yet the after. One of tiny heads forever howling (even as they even reported having a tongue with turgid suckers on tumble into the stomach). or perhaps the if she’s could go either way with hot cocoa or braised meal earns its “revenge” upon the diner later that beef shanks. unpleasant and stubborn. at least) reaches the de Cuisine have no problem creating desire: nostrils: brussel sprouts. Court member either inspire fear with a meal Mien: The first and probably strangest change or attempt to distill the very taste of dread in involves the tongue. grounds end up here: those Mental-focused chefs are trognomes”) often social miscreants. come through the door. she’ll smell a Sunshine would’ve eaten. Of course. Those chefs of the Summer If she holds no opinion either way about the Knight. but how that aroma mani- to remember dead friends or ex-lovers (“This fests depends on the nose of the target. but it’s butchery and chopping up an aromatic mirepoix with amazing how many changelings try to join up with this eerily deft knife skills. Some. like a crawling (and ichor-slick) centipedes or a bowl serpent. really. sometimes singing basic skills. pal. lusty desserts. Some fail to go (the “make your best omelet” decree is perhaps the most on. meats so lush Outside the mien. They’ll test any changeling who cares to as they cook or cracking wildly inappropriate jokes. the Knights de Cuisine. decadent aperitifs. perhaps. One might be forked. This noble order is for artists Think about it. maybe that’s what she smells. earns the ire of the consumer. but Prerequisites: Wyrd 3. a Bog Auroch as it dies? The Winter Court is And then. individual go. Titles: Knight de Cuisine (though some dismissive Background: Chefs and gourmands from all back- Lost refer to them by the rather twee name “The Gas. It could be that the truly great chefs de cuisine. though. Court may stir wrath by creating a meal that the scent is of a food she similarly cares little about. Most wear palpitations and unexpected erections. The Spring Court Knights pleasant to that given changeling. It might ooze a sap-like saliva. Skill. The Physical-based Knights de Cui- sine are bulls in the kitchen. that’s the task of color. It’s obvious. an aroma of food she loves: taste makes me think of her…”) thus stirring Thanksgiving turkey. tearing into acts of gleeful Joining: Learn to cook. If another amuse bouche of frog’s eggs is nothing like what changeling likes the Knight de Cuisine. ning? Hit the bricks. sew into the jackets steel or Kevlar plates. fostered and encouraged to courtiers often bring something unique to the grow like a plump fruit from a well-groomed tree. It… becomes something else. They can be brought out. And if she night with an acid reflux so dizzying the poor detests the Knight? A malodor of unpleasant food (un- fool hallucinates. In fact. crabmeat.knife stroke. Crafts 3 or Crafts 2 with a so keenly focused on the task at hand that the rest of Specialty in Cooking. being a chef within the Knights of the Knowledge of the Tongue is about more than just skill: it’s about the refinement of the palate. the world fades. How might an Autumn and professionals. table that the courtless do not: the governing though… if a chef doesn’t have skill from the begin- emotion of their respective allegiance. en from the Hedge. repressed sorrows. Amateurs can suck a peach pit. heady venison. a meal? Inspiring fear isn’t too difficult. all Knights de Cuisine possess and fatty that their consumption inspires heart pristine Montreaux-style white chef jackets. never to return. Changelings of this order renowned for making meals that force eaters emit a faint smell of food. making them armor they can bear into the Hedge. But these things aren’t necessary from the get- open to Lost of any Court. A tongue might change the essence of fear in a flavor.

Each chef works as both competitor and cooper- ator with one another. The biggest way they separate themselves is by preferred school of cooking. often with a blade. or how the juices of the stabapple ignite when burned and result in a fragrant psychedelic unguent. As mortals. There they learn how to quarter a blind cave duck. line cooks. or it might mean base jumping just to catch a high. drugs: meth to keep awake when cooking. The Keepers keep them working. and any other mad combination of Hedge herbs to take the edge off or put it back on. Thus. Of course. their skills. some default to what is perhaps the simplest solution. It’s worth mentioning that the Knights de Cuisine often have a bit of martial abil- ity. or how to extract the bile from the ducts of a tapestry worm. heroin as a “reward” when the day is done and the meal is created. 140 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . Their otherworldly culinary knowledge comes with them in drips and drabs when they escape the Hedge. or their Du- rances. Organization: The Knights of the Knowledge of the Tongue do not give themselves over to a great deal of formalized organization. developed a taste for taste while trapped in Faerie. Many of the changelings within the Knights are Glamour-addicts and sensa- tion-junkies. many changelings possess different gifts for cooking depend- ing on their natures. This might mean gluttonously consuming all the Glamour foods they can find. A Manikin might be a gifted saucier. they might’ve been actual chefs. whether it’s cutting a swath through a camp of froth-mouthed madmen to get to that one Chimeraberry bush or hacking into a hard-shelled Orbthorn Spider (easily as big as a Rottweiler) to remove its carapace and get to the tender lump meat within. many within the Gentry certainly enjoy it (whether cracking bones and sucking out the marrow or pinching delicate bits of fear- infused sea salt onto their outstretched tongues). While it remains unclear whether or not the Keepers need to eat. Marching into the Hedge to find the right ingredient can put the Knight into intense dan- ger. mak- ing them perfect for this order of chefs. changelings are often cast into the kitchens to clean and cook. They learn what tastes best with black beets and pale parsnips. or perhaps only hobbyist epicures. forming intense rivalries and alliances. Many. though.

“Sir. a vast experimental food and wine festival element. goblin fruit horticulturist. With it come very public rumors… • Within the noble order exists a kind of… sub-entitlement. The whispers say that the Knights de Cuisine started out as poisoners working for some king or queen. a secret cabal of chefs who thrill at truly grotesque feats of culinary hedonism: hunting down lycanthropes to chill and eat their brains. and then when you wake up. A Chirurgeon works Privileges as a cleaver-wielding butcher. Tenuous Tastes Above them all is the Most Eminent Chef. Depending on his personality. while other less pleasant stories claim that it’s a quick way for a changeling to become one of the dreaded Keepers… • Great chefs also make great poisoners. Hedge ex- Rumors of the Knigh ts de Cuisine The Knights of the Knowledge of the Tongue is a very public order.” and it may have ensorcelled those who belong to its ranks. Do the current Knights know this? Probably not. He also gains a +3 to any roll within the Hedge made to find a throws various celebrations himself. amnesia. he might act the fickle changeling is still better at sniffing out ingredients: rolls gourmand or the glutton with spit-flecked lips. suggesting that one bite from a meal prepared perfectly from the recipe is super- naturally sublime: some say one’s Wyrd might increase upon consumption. It’s a wonderland of flavors both she hopes to prepare. or search out some other of Amalthea. talented huntsman might pound his own flour (with those aforementioned fists). making deals with Keepers to procure ingredients that are truly rara avis. truly functioning as secret knights: destroying enemies instead of pleasing the palates of friends. Some say it originated in France. gifted hobbyist. in some freeholds. a set of instructions that is said to have existed for hundreds of years. but supposedly an actual recipe that occasionally pops up in freeholds. What happens if you “accidentally” leave in one of the teensy-tiny seeds found in those tongue-numbing pilfer-fruits you can only seem to find at goblin market stalls? First a coma. kitchen scientist. food blogger/writer.” The Most Eminent helps blood of a killed Keeper be left to dry on a desert stone distribute the talents of those within his order. nobody knows just what the recipe is. making for a hulking pâtissier. including the Horn goblin fruit. But some poisoners may still linger within their brigade of obsessed chefs. After all. others Tangiers. so that it can be flaked off (it looks almost like red pep- what good is a noble order of cooks if they aren’t cook.using intense molecular gastronomy to create chemically plorer. per flakes. This +3 bonus only applies if it relates to a dish open to all changelings. A Stonebones with fists like ham hocks chef. Knights of the Knowledge of the Tongue 141 . a Knight de Cuisine rulers for various celebrations and ceremonies. if you care to know) and sprinkled in a dish? ing for an audience? The Most Eminent goes among If it has to do with taste. Poorly prepare the glands of the blackjack toad. track a hobgoblin. restaurateur. deter. Of course. goblin fruits) gains a +1 bonus. This is not an ambiguous list of ingredients. and a Fireheart Tracking Those rules the fiery barbecue pit like the king of Hell. others still claim in Szechuan Province. sous enhanced sauces. A Muse works of the Knowledge of the Tongue. made to find goblin fruits not related to a dish (and only Concepts: executive chef. mad baker. only calling him “Chef” a dollop of whipped cream with its essence? Can the or. What tune with the weave and weft of fate (represented by does milk squeezed from an oozing thorn taste like? the highest Wyrd score). drinking cocktails made from the blood of captured kings. A mind-boggling dessert? A one-bite amuse bouche? Further rumors persist. a Draconic is renowned for his knife skills in the act of charcuterie (sausage-making). the it. if the search is made miraculous and vile. The Hedge is home to a wealth of flavors that have mined by which of the Knights de Cuisine is most in never before graced the palate of changelings. with finding an ingredient the Courts and offers the services of his people to the to fulfill a particular flavor in a dish. Some say these lustful gluttons belong to a group called the “Abbey. and the Most Eminent lords over without needing to apply it to an upcoming meal. and what do you get? A throat so swollen that it closes and kills. while a Brewer whips up the Below you’ll find a privilege shared by all Knights strangest cocktails known to man and fae. as a sommelier. That said. The Knights never speak the What happens if you steam “hungry grass” and infuse Most Eminent Chef’s name. • One of the group’s secret goals is to find what they refer to as the Perfect Recipe. boom.

he was a dead thing. When he saw his chance. mist-legged That apple served as a token reminder: it is not Keeper. aiming But that broken and rotten beggar did not lose his to reclaim the child. Of course. too — playing with him until arguing lot. he followed the path that the nightmare took. The True Fae can be bound by contracts and 142 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . at least. The man with arms like spider legs and legs like a drifting creature took some delight in this. and grew nowhere near the village. to let him return Part-beggar and part-diplomat. tiate terms. The fiend did. The kidnapper was a tall and shadowy so. and returned to the village precious child was stolen from his with the child. shriveling. it has been since time immemorial. they interface with the the infant to his home where he may one day grow up most frightening of enemies. but I’ll reiterate take the child back to nevertheless: I’ve come to the village but in one year negotiate with nightmares. carpet of mist. as promised. The Keeper took the beggar back to Faerie and did He did not bother to tell the village elders and the the same thing to him. but one can negoti- sled of brittle twigs and leaves. he stole something from the Keeper: that black sun above. gar. off in the distance). The question of who ab. Instead. apples discussion. And apple. The beggar did what ate with them nevertheless. try to show.Legacy of the Black Apple The apple token The Keeper pinned to my lapel tells agreed. a humble beg. with the apple. but made a you all you need to pledge: the man may know. The fiend played good one for the other had gone pale from some un. the fruit turned blistery and black. deep down in a treacherous val- thing like this: Long ago. That is our task. or the Devil rocky Hedge and waited for the member of the Gen- himself? But in the village was a man. But before he self lost in a maze of rocky walls lit by a bleach-bright did so. he es- The beggar entered the cave and soon found him. thou. alive in that dying place. a deal. He was undaunted. he did best. sitting under belled glass in the fae’s chambers. he was mountains. But to that very spot with a red. soon. who dragged the baby behind him on a crude safe to negotiate with the Keepers. easing it from hand to hand. brittle cradle high up in the barren Almost a full year later. and this beggar knew who took the child for he And then the beggar fulfilled his pledge: he gave witnessed it with his own eyes (or. The path of the kidnapper lead spirit and did not lose the memory of his village (and him high up into the mountain pass. rumored to cling to a dying tree The story goes a little some. into a cave whose could even sometimes stare out over the lands of Faerie rocky mouth was rimmed with a cold rime and coil and see curls of smoke from the village chimneys far upon coil of verdant thorns. for they would not listen to him. He went back into the a pack of wolves with the faces of men. and they nego- to be something special. the Gentry. As he did kind malady). He moved swiftly. able to tread deep into that valley and sconded with the favored infant was a matter emerge alive with the one apple that remained of some debate and discussion: an angel of mercy. reenter the Thorns and come The Keepers always keep. creature to leave the child behind. caped from Faerie and back to the world. he caught up with the long-armed. which was to beg: he pleaded with the That is what the Legates of the Black Apple do. ley. his one himself and the apple to the Keeper. broken and rotten. The beggar agreed to this sands of years or maybe more. to and one day must himself share diplomacy with demons. what they keep is up for some red apple.

Even if the Keeper can be defeated by combat. personal with the frighteningly hollow Keepers — is then the job is done and the deal is sealed. Socialize. Not every Keeper can be defeated by sword they test a changeling’s qualifications? One would hope or fire. selfish manner — kind of an communicate civilly and rationally with the exhalation of oh. that at the level the Legacy operates. They tell the up- to freehold for thousands of years. and others still are utterly suspi- thing she wouldn’t normally do is one for the books. The tasks put forth agree to terms (which are unlikely pleasant but may be for the Legates to complete — i. Titles: Legates (though some dismissively refer to Failure has consequences. espe- warriors. a powerful market maven. They just demand that he show what he’s made of. (The changeling who hasn’t con- are counting on. of course. “Bad Apples”) may not harm him then and there. they’re pretty fa- it may not find a freehold populated with the proper miliar with most of the Lost in a given freehold. The Keeper them as “Black Apples” or. He can’t flee. ac. but they do expect him True Fae carries limitless danger… to hold his own. If a Legate can get a Keeper to tually. one might find when gaining the title of a The novitiate isn’t to negotiate the return of all stolen different group. spanning thousands of years… clearly does not have the social skills to survive among well. If they don’t know be just as effective as a knife in the ribs or the swing of a changeling. not something they would or could ask another to do. they’re unlikely to allow that Lost entry a skull-crushing mace. One’s the local changelings know just who the Legates are soul is constantly on the line. others dance around her until she agrees unwittingly to some. woe is me…). as few and far observe at a distance. Some. The Leg. Clarity 6 or higher.pledges just like the Lost. or a lesser Keep- an entitlement that has existed from freehold er (such as one exiled from Faerie). and is both sudden This Eldritch Order and punishing. He’s told to seek out changelings of that ilk to join this order. don’t allow the newcomer to remain hidden and silent. then she do this because it is what must be done. He can’t attack the True Fae. anyhow. well. Others do so because they hate themselves: meets the Lords and Ladies nose-to-nose and walks some failure in their past drives them to this. The Legates don’t expect miracles. Make no mistake. Besides. the Black Apple Legates. is that the changeling isn’t accepted Joining: The Legacy of the Black Apple does not into the Legacy. The most notable con- suasion. At least. He’s told to go back home. noble but misguided. it’s just a test. they only seem to mani- And let’s not ignore the fact that hoping to fest regret in a solipsistic. miliations and manipulations. cious of anybody who marches up to those fiends and my friend. worse. They’ve surely formed opinions for the glory. Of course. though. what is most can petition a member and make the attempt. Being one of the Black Apple The order is renowned enough in most freeholds that Legacy is neither a safe nor sane thing to do. though. A handful of Legates enter the Hedge The Legacy of the Black Apples is con. They don’t demand results. Admittedly.) That’s not to say they don’t test a potential Leg- ate. but sensing weak- Prerequisites: Wyrd 5. nals of the Lost. They between as they are when it comes to the an. with the stated goal of interfacing with a prominent sidered to be an “eldritch order. To go up against a Keeper and to verbally about this — some consider their efforts noble. This means that the bonuses They orchestrate it so that he’s face-to-face with the to joining this order are far meatier than what enemy.” that is to say hobgoblin. it also means that children or move the Keeper in such a way so that the the requirements to enter are equally meaty. may mark that frightened changeling for later hu- the following Social Skills at four dots: Empathy. and-coming Legate that he is to remain hidden and ates are in the history books. Per.e. that’s what the Legates into the noble order. of course. it seems they have a point. Only a rare few have been allowed Legacy of the Black Apple 143 . If a changeling wants to join. How do right to do. to go away with all her fingers and toes intact. some do it and just what they do. they never seek anyone out. “reevaluate” things. recruit. into the mouth of the monster and convince it not to The Legacy of the Black Apple therefore will not bite down and crush one’s feeble body. Of course. Given the depth and breadth of the nected with his brethren in the freehold is one who noble order’s history. a promise or a lie on the tongue can cially its more prominent members. one of ness. Subterfuge sequence. getting up close and more favorable than what was originally “on the table”). The true test remains secret. fae weeps with regret (besides.

a second attempt. And those lucky enough to be of-
fered a second chance earned it, doing something truly
phenomenal to prove their worth — entering into the
Hedge alone to convince a haunting Keeper to close
up his mist-ensconced hollow and head back to Faerie,
or communicating with a pack of lizard-faced goblins
who have never before been persuaded to speak to the
likes of lowly changelings.
Mien: The shifts to a changeling’s mien upon
joining the Legacy of the Black Apple are not
particularly overt. The first thing one usually
notices about a Legate is the whiff of an apple
scent hanging around them. A deeper pull of
air into the nose, though, reveals a sour, pun-
gent odor underneath the more pleasant smell.
It’s the aroma of fermentation, a scent of rot
and organic breakdown. Also like the apple-made-
black by the hands of the Keeper, those within this
order suffer small striations of black skin — almost as
if the skin has lost its blood supply to that localized
region and has begun to necrotize. These striations are
blessedly easy to hide, for they seem to appear in small,
strange places: between the fingers, behind the ears,
underneath the tongue, on the inner thighs. The skin
puckers and darkens, and sometimes oozes faint rivu-
lets of fermented apple-sap. Stories say that those who
have been in the order for a very long time manifest an
even stranger facet: small green worms playing in the
heady striations of rotted skin.
Beyond the mien, the Legates offer very little dress
code: some might dress as their nameless beggar found-
er, appearing in rags and showing off dirt-smudged
cheeks. Others dress as ostentatiously as possible for
the purposes of making an impression upon those
mad Gentry with whom they meet. The only com-
mon element to a Legate’s dress is the shiny black
lacquer apple token ever-present somewhere
prominent: lapel, sleeve, dangling from a
necklace. What’s fascinating is that this par-
ticular token (found below under “privileg-
es”) is literally part of the Legate’s mien. If
she removes a frock upon which the apple
was pinned, she suddenly finds it pinned
to the hem of her undergarments.
I f she removes those, sud-
denly the apple dangles
from a thin silver thread
around her neck. It can-
not be removed. It can-
not be destroyed.

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Background: Those within the Legacy are not moon a Legate will run off into the Hedge, unsup-
lesser changelings. The Lost Legates are powerful fae, ported by his brethren in the order. They usually
often prominent in whatever freehold they dwell. come back… bloody and gibbering.) No, the Legates
So, what does the order look for in a future Legate? comprise a fairly tight network that goes beyond the
An odd mix, frankly. Two warring principles must be freehold’s boundaries. As an eldritch order, the Legacy
at work in the heart of a potential Black Apple: humil- maintains contacts all around the world. While a Leg-
ity and vanity. Why? Because those two principles seem ate in San Diego doesn’t necessarily know a Legate in
most at the heart of dealing with the Keepers. On one Miami or Shanghai, she at least has some level of ac-
hand, approaching a True Fae demands a kind of head- cess to those other members. This connection is not
bowed humility, an I’m not worthy attitude. The Keep- word-of-mouth. While few rely on something so tech-
ers respond to weakness. And yet, they also respond to nical as an Excel spreadsheet, the Legacy maintains a
strength: this may sound an odd dichotomy, but it takes rather deep set of books. These books (known gener-
a startlingly large set of balls and an overwhelming ally as the Red Records, as they’re most often bound
sense of self-importance to verbally spar with one of the in tomes of oxblood leather) detail a great many things
Gentry. Most Keepers want the negotiator to be weak about the Legacy: members with last known contact
enough so that they still feel dominant, but not so weak info, known tokens owned by the order, successful
that it’s like a cat playing with an already dead mouse. negotiations, failed negotiations, deaths, injuries, and
It’s a curious thing, but the Keepers want a challenge, other key data. But the Legacy books held in a given
but a challenge they know they can win. Hence, humil- domain also detail quite a bit about the freehold, too,
ity and vanity existing in a mad marriage. maintaining a pretty deep history of all that has gone
Of course, a Legate also needs to be able to talk. in within the community’s borders. (It’s for this reason
Their provenance is purely social: one member can sell that those that discover the existence of the Red Re-
ice cream to an Eskimo, another might be able to beg the cords often aim to get a peek at them or, worse, steal
shoes off a stockbroker, and a different Legate might be them outright.) The utility of the books is clear: the
so in tune with body language that she might as well be Legates endeavor to study up before venturing into the
psychic. Before their Durance, Legates might have been Hedge for a negotiation. Have they dealt with a partic-
car salesmen, panhandlers, hostage negotiators, or even ular fae before? Was one Legate more adept at confron-
temptresses seducing old rich men out of their family’s tations with Keepers who lurk beneath the surface of
money. Legates usually have Manipulation higher than the water? Perhaps consulting a list of known Gentry
any other Attribute, though both Presence and Com- taboos might help?
posure go a long way, too — Presence to simply project The Legacy members in a freehold vote on how best
those competing levels of humility and narcissism and to approach a situation. They also vote on who is best to
Composure to look into the face of unflinching night- handle a given negotiation. And what is it, exactly, that
mare without letting slip a salty tear. Obviously, many they negotiate? The Keepers are a puzzle, but even those
of the Social Skills are key, particularly those that com- wild-eyed ciphers want something. If one fae is plagu-
prise the order prerequisites. Some aren’t as useful, such ing the freehold with a rash of child abductions, could
as Animal Ken and Streetwise. Intimidation doesn’t fac- that fae be convinced to go elsewhere or be satisfied
tor in too often, as attempting to put fear in the heart of with a different prize? In a city where the changelings
a Keeper isn’t impossible, but often unwise. (That said, are unable to make a successful incursion against that
one Legacy member — the Ogre Tony Grimm — had a Keeper, well, the Legacy might be called on to make a
way about him that struck a chord of trepidation in even tough choice. If the Keeper says that he’ll stop preying
the most stalwart Keeper. Grimm was old and powerful, on children if the Legacy provides him with a virginal
and ultimately lost himself to a crass combination of bride, they’ll consider it. It’s an unpleasant choice, but
pride and puissance. He built up an impressive array of the lives of a dozen children outweigh that of the one
frailties and once the Gentry discovered that he could young woman (and moreover, the children will never
be undone by a single line of carpenter ants…well, thus return — one can at least hope the Keeper’s new prin-
was the end of that Stonebones.) cess will find a means of escape). In cities where the
Organization: The Legates do not act rashly; at changelings can mount a successful offense, the Legacy
least, that’s the hope. (Even in a batch of bad apples, might intervene long enough to deliver the threat to
one apple is worse than the others. Once in a blue the fae: “Cease your incursions or suffer the swords and
arrows of the Crimson Court.” Not all fae are mad with

Legacy of the Black Apple 145

pride. Some are painfully pragmatic and will withdraw Black Apple Pendant (••)
without a single drop of shed blood.
One merely needs to concentrate on the apple
Worth mentioning is that the Legacy will, at the pinned to sleeve, lapel, or skin (or hanging around
behest of the Courts, negotiate with non-Keepers. If the neck or dangling from an anklet). Upon acti-
an intelligent hobgoblin blocks the trod to the moonlit vation, the smell of fermented apples fills the nose
Goblin Market, the Legates might be able to intercede. coupled with a moment of dizziness. The mind flashes
If a powerful vampire has claimed a city block within for but a second with a scene from that original story
the freehold’s boundaries for himself and his pack of with the Legate reclaiming the stolen child for his
bloodthirsty cronies, the Legates might attempt to bro- village. For the rest of the scene, the Legate can add
ker a deal. They only do so at the request of the Court, her Composure score to her Defense provided she
which is in curious opposition to how they deal with only defends herself and makes no attacks of her own.
Keepers. When it comes to negotiating with the True Upon making an attack, the benefit is lost. This can
Fae, the Legacy ignores the commands of the local only be used once per day.
Court when possible. They act as independent — and
Action: Reflexive
yes, eldritch — agents of a larger pact.
Drawback: If the changeling makes an attack in
Concepts: cordial diplomat, door-to-door sales-
the same scene she activates the token, the scent of
man, humble vagabond, Fairest in haute couture, free-
apple becomes too potent to handle. She feels a wave
hold outcast, Mirrorskin mimic, plainspoken diplomat,
of sickly drunkenness, subtracting two from Dexterity,
UN representative
Intelligence, Wits and Defense for the remainder of
Privileges the scene. She gains no Social bonuses, though.
Catch: The apple bites the skin and leeches a
Those within the Black Apple are provided with a goodly pint of blood into it, growing red and polished
handful of privileges. as it does so. This incurs one point of lethal damage.
The Keeper’s Reprieve
Something in the relationship forged between the Rumors of the Black Apple Legates
Black Apple’s founding Legate (the beggar) and that The Legacy is rife with rumors.
gentleman of spiderleg arms and fog-feet formed on
that troubled day and has been with the Legacy ever • They are secret loyalists. They negoti-
since. Perhaps it’s the faint aroma of rotten apples? ate with the Keepers not to keep the freeholds
Or the apple token? Whatever it is, the Keepers will safe but to keep the Gentry safe.
always give a Legate time to speak. They have some • Maybe they do good work, but each
breathing room, so to speak, though precisely how must sacrifice something to a Keeper to earn
much is up for debate. Once can always assume that a benefit. What that “something” is, nobody
the speaker has at least one minute of talk-time equal knows. Some say it’s a bit of herself in the
to her Wyrd. Beyond that? No telling when an Other form of a dot of Willpower or from a Physi-
might decide that he’s had enough. Some negotiations cal Attribute. Maybe it’s a beloved memory.
are simple, just a few words or a quickly-uttered prom- Worse, it could be a friend or a loved one…
ise. But the Gentry can be patient. They can be ex-
haustive. A Hedge-bound arbitration may take nights • That beggar from the original story?
to complete, and after those initial minutes a Legate He’s still alive, out there somewhere. Maybe
is living on borrowed time and what may amount to in the Hedge. Maybe he goes from freehold
temporary sanity. to freehold, helping with situations that seem
otherwise untenable. Some say he’s become
Weighted Words one of the Gentry, though how this is possible
For whatever reason, a Legate’s word seems to remains unclear. And how that’s a good thing
mean more to those who hear it spoken. On any non- remains even foggier.
supernatural Manipulation-based dice rolls, the Legate
gains an exceptional success on three successes instead
of the normal five.

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cryptids. and so the Lord Sages typically abide under and spies. others feel prestige. a binding unknown treaty or a powerful threats and to ally that awes and find tools and al. Why noble order dedicated to learning about the other su. spirits. messily dead. seek out new. it does carry a certain amount of supernatural creatures and manifestations. Along the way. Some changelings remain con. necromancers — while a few the Others? Few changelings are willing to violate the attempt to become supernatural polymaths. and so members aren’t accorded much respect by thus the Lord Sages of the Unknown Reaches con- the rest of their Court or freehold just on the principle tinue their work — as carefully as they can. Lord Sages are often the only ones who both ing more than a macabre and somewhat silly waste of believe them and can offer useful advice or aid. at least to themselves. and a few strange and the Lord Sages search out or attempt to make alli- deadly mortals wield fearsome magic. aren’t themselves fae or monstrous hunting hounds of mages. And time. The Lord Sages of the Unknown Reaches I swear to of their or- seek beyond der. Many don’t even fully believe in the order’s continued existence. vampires. while others are diplomats factor in. in their battles against the fae. are rumored to live around the abandoned train yard gle field of endeavor — ghosts. being. Membership in this order can erode have a strong interest in acquiring. their successes — rare and fleeting though Most other changelings regard the Lord Sages as they may be — are encouraging. werewolves. Of course. And yet. How- the bounds ever. The Lord Sages ances with — the fae realm is full of potential dangers of the Unknown Reaches are a small and eccentric and treachery in the guise of trustworthiness. Certainly they justify somewhat eccentric. are not easily attributed to mortal or fae er and stranger than the mortals around them know. Most Lord Sages specialize in a sin. The Lord Sages of the Unknown Reaches 147 . powerful and binding oaths that they will not betray ing either their freehold or all changelings from other the secrets of the Lost to those that might destroy or supernatural menaces. To many changelings. if not to their sternest critics. If other changelings find themselves troubled that the Lord Sages are investigating things best left by ghosts. allies and objects that can help changelings his fellows. vampires and Most Lost distrust the supernatural beings werewolves stalk the night. hand. though. Some are safety of the freehold by inviting some new unknown scholars and relic hunters. a useful arti- selves from fact. or some other type of supernatural alone. spirits. If they find a potent su- vinced that the True Fae are at the heart of all other pernatural artifact. Ghosts haunt the sites of their deaths. impresses their crit- lies with which we ics. but all Lord Sages are dedicated to protect. they enslave them. this noble order is noth. lesser-known threats to add to the tal- pernatural beings that live in or occasionally visit the ly? And who’s to say that the violent man-beasts who World of Darkness. their corpses a brutal Changelings have learned testament to forms of violence that that they live in a world far rich. the order’s purpose. oc- of the known casionally a and the safe Lord Sage will in order to come up with protect our. often by any means some of the bonds of trust between a Lord Sage and necessary. other can better defend ourselves Lord Sages simply against those who would return vanish or are found us all to bondage.

Lord Sages proudly and promi- nently wear any unusual gifts they have received from the supernatu- ral beings they might have befriended. an apprentice also acts as a general assistant to her mentor. However. their clothing. given that this order is usually rare in any location). Also. as befits someone who is both a scholar and a diplomat. Changelings who are fascinated by other supernatural beings and phenomena but lack any direct experience with such may apply to join. but Lord Sages who study were- wolves tend to emulate the pack or tribe they have made contact with. A typical Lord Sage has between half a dozen and several dozen such symbols on his clothing. These symbols change every time the change- ling wakes up. Such gifts range from a denim jacket on which a werewolf painted the stylized image of a wolf. vampires or other such be- ings. Titles: Lord or Lady Sage Prerequisites: Wyrd 2. Having an apprentice who does well gains her mentor significant praise and status. Mien: When in the company of other changelings. just as Lord Sages who work with mages dress like the members of the cabal or Legacy they work with. and occasion- ally their skin becomes decorated with various occult and esoteric symbols. at least two Occult specialties Joining: The order invites any changeling who has had experience with other supernatural beings to join. but most are associated with the supernatural beings the Lord Sage studies and talks to. but difficult to achieve. Changelings who possess the requisite Wyrd and Occult scores and who have had experiences that significantly add to the Lord Sages’ knowledge of some other type of supernatural being are invited to be- come members. Lord Sages who study ghosts or spirits naturally don’t bother. Those who succeed are given a mentor who teaches them the path of the Lord Sage. In addition to her studies. and can be asked to do everything from search large stacks of aging tomes for specific pieces of information to accompanying the mentor into the lairs and dens of other supernatural beings. The most obvious is that their eyes seem to enlarge slightly and take on a permanent glow. Occult 3. the number of symbols increase somewhat or the symbols grow larger. Background: A few who join the Lord Sages either had an interest in or encounter with the occult before 148 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . when attempting to observe or interact with the werewolves. The mien of a Lord Sage changes in a number of ways. The formal end of the apprenticeship occurs when the mentor allows the apprentice to demonstrate her mastery of knowledge before at least one other member of the order apart from himself (three is an ideal number. In addition. Lord Sages with Wyrd scores above four also typically appear to have one or more of these occult symbols tat- tooed on their skin. but some mentors enjoy having an unpaid assistant and can be reluctant to release their apprentice. but must convince the members of this noble order that they have something to offer the order. to an antique necklace or set of cuff links given to the lord sage by a century old vampire. Lord Sages are both well dressed and appear somewhat scholarly. they usually try to dress like these beings. These symbols come from all cultures and mythologies. As a Lord Sage’s Wyrd rises.

are also required to share their research with their near- Lord Sages who are most skilled in Social endeavors est official Library. vampires or. Their goal is to keep watch feel more connected to. Because the more socially adept members have the Lord Sages hold regular gatherings. supernatural. they feel somewhat ill at ease gan to move in circles where their paths would cross… among their own kind and no longer fully belong to other paths. The majority of members are especially proficient Like different departments within a university. problems caused by other supernatural beings. others either sneak into the libraries. especially since most are well aware of formal academic discussion. store-rooms. which contain the documents werewolves or ghosts who have similarly scholarly in. How. a hierarchy separate from that of the students of magic. Administering one of these formal libraries natural being. they’re sages who amass libraries of knowl. However. They wouldn’t sion by field of study. These feelings cause them to long their fates so now they meet these other entities. While they are to the Lord Sages as a whole. How much can they be expected to know. The major. on the outsiders lest they become a danger. The local librarian is in sometimes regarded as doing less important work. for and seek out contact with other supernatural be- Some Lord Sages outright fear and distrust most ings in the often-vain hope of finding others they will other supernatural beings. But even if their attraction comes spies and diplomats. Although each Lord Sage is responsible for in all cases. political and social power among the Lord Sages. verifiable scrap of information? and temples of other inhuman beings. on rare occasions. Others honestly seek to make the finest scholars. usually located in the larg- and acceptance of one or more other varieties of super. where they all tend to enjoy greater status among the Lord Sages. and a few make Cutting across these disciplinary lines there are the contact with mages. the charge of these discussions. and perhaps attempted to learn tween this order and other changelings. While these gather- from the company of other changelings for extended ings are largely a mixture of intellectual party and in- periods of time. perhaps closer kin. gather at their nearest library to discuss their work and ever. there in either Mental or Social Skills and Attributes. less than in most noble orders. Some saw a ghost. For many. Organization: As an order largely administered sible. the degree of formal structure is from fear and paranoia. other Lord Sages usually regard them as edge and seek to understand their chosen area of the dilettantes. noble order’s libraries. though. When pos. These librarians hold a great deal of alliances with these powerful and often inhuman beings. Sages are largely responsible for most of the contact be- ers were fascinated by. many members of ity didn’t have such prior contact. While a few Lord Sages study more than one their title. they est being on Halloween and Beltane.they were taken by the fae. werewolf or spirit. They do their best to gain the trust braries in the United States. Some are spies or even assassins who learn is a job given only to the most respected members of this these beings’ secrets and weaknesses and are always ready order. magic and a few may have had some brief and fleeting In addition to usually having some previous con- contact with a vampire. including both retired diplomats and spies and to eliminate any threat. est freeholds. given how difficult it usually is to attain just one single ics. gaining knowledge is the ultimate reason maintaining her own library of notes and artifacts. those attending also have the need to not give the secrets of their freehold away a short formal meeting to discuss matters of important to strange and often inhuman beings. community. oth. with the larg- most direct contact with other supernatural beings. There are only a few dozen official li- attempt diplomacy. Lord is a natural rivalry between those who study different Sages who are most skilled in the mental arena live up beings. They seeking to find common enemies and looking for ways in control access to the most sensitive information and are which these beings could help the Lord Sage’s freehold in the best position to understand trends and potential and in turn be aided by its members. sort of being. as well as being the host mentally inclined archivists and librarians of the Lord for the entire gathering. all for their efforts. There is a loose divi- cinated by other supernatural beings. these changelings also attempt to steal the secrets by eccentric scholars who work with equally peculiar of these entities. with students of ghostly lore have take the risks they do otherwise. tact with other supernatural beings. their studies and diplomacy often take them away share questions and observations. and artifacts written and collected by the members of terests and habits and exchange knowledge. Some say it’s the power of Wyrd that alters the mortal world. this order. The Lord Sages of the Unknown Reaches 149 . all Lord Sages are deeply fas. it was only this order also tend to be outsiders in the changeling when they re-emerged from the Thorns that they be. Some study old tomes and ancient rel.

111). Although any changeling Exceptional Success: The spirit in the fetish looks can possess any of the Merits in The Book of Spirits favorably on the character. however. Non-werewolves cannot begin make contact with are either disguised fae or play with a fetish rated higher than ••. spirit or other inhuman beings they an Outsider Fetish. pp. Any subsequent can be particularly useful given that such negotiations attempts to activate it during the same scene incur a are often subject to situational penalties. beings to the character’s presence.) Lord Sages cumulative –1 penalty. make contact with. ous. Library (Mage: generate many a rumor: The Awakening. especially Pleasing Aura (p. The spirit might well alert other. • Many of the beings the Lord Sages nary mortals cannot. The player then rolls ancient powers upon the world. p. ter. they possess. 84-85). Success: The fetish works as described. Some of the Lord Sages are dots means the character owns a two-dot fetish. Lord Sages vate it receives a +1 bonus. they occasionally unleash dire forces and phrase in the werewolf language. more danger- The Lord Sages each learn the ways of a single oth. which is known as vampires. The Privileges spirit is hostile to the character. Enhanced Item Unknown Reaches (Mage: The Awakening. 109-110) Shadow Contacts Rumors of the Lord Sages of the (p. which is promptly rendered useless. The unusual practices of the Lord Sages it (Mage: The Awakening. 85-86). can also purchase the Allies or Contacts Merit with any other supernatural being or type of being. the Imbued Item Mer. the character must enact knowledge and power than the safety of those the spirit’s ban. When that happens. but ordi. including characters with both major and minor supernatural templates can use this fetish. would-be sorcerer seeking Dramatic Failure: The spirit wrenches itself free occult power. fetish since non-werewolves cannot activate the fetish • Many Lord Sages poorly understand normally. Any supernatural charac. these beings transform Lord Sages into one of their own Outsider Fetish (• to •••) and convince them to reveal everything they Effects: This Merit allows the character to begin know about changelings. to all Persuasion and Socialize rolls when interacting Failure: The character performs the ban incor- with a single other type of supernatural being. Roll Results occult-obsessed paranoid. The their dupes. includ. 82). ing both ghosts and spirits. One secretly in league with the fae and are mak- dot of this Merit indicates that the changeling owns a ing contact solely to betray any changelings talen. are particularly likely to have one or more such Merits. and either care more about In order to use a fetish. Resolve + Occult. p. In addition. of the fetish. naïve spiritualist. they can purchase any of the following Merits. others work with them willing in werewolf must then instruct the character in using the return for knowledge and magical trinkets. As a re- some salt on the fetish or as complex as reciting a sult. or Spirit Ear (p. 150 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . you have to move the whole freehold or it’s lost. two dots translates to a one-dot fetish and three they encounter. (This rectly and the fetish doesn’t work. Occasionally. The next attempt to acti- that are not specifically limited to mortals. or a werewolf fetish or tal. 110). Each Lord Sage gains +1 how well the character has treated the spirit. which can be as simple as sprinkling around them or are simply careless. • Some of the Lord Sages are secretly en (Werewolf: The Forsaken. Concepts: Eccentric scholar. The character must enact the spirit’s ban in the occult knowledge or magical wonders order to gain the fetish’s benefits. p. but doesn’t necessarily attack. 204-209) specifically agents or possibly unwilling thralls of the designed for the changeling to use. depending on er type of supernatural being. play with a talen or a fetish.

Coyote. claim to such extreme antiquity. few deny the primor. While many of the line so thin as to be invisible to all save the most cun- outsiders that know of the Lost Pantheon doubt its ning and discerning of holy men and wise women. any changeling inclined toward a pri- lithic times depict beings too fan. the so-called Ancients than the very notion of “noble title. mal vision of the world and will- ciful to be man. the fun- almost pseudo-medieval society of the Lost does not damental aspects of their origins as the unfathomable necessarily react well to the emergence of one or more gods of hunter-gatherers remained. gree or another) can be drawn tured in ochre and charcoal on the innermost walls to this entitlement. powerful Beasts and Elemen- spirits walked the borders tals are the seemings most between the earthly and the super. mans to recognize and acknowledge the existence of This eldritch order is an old one. feared. perhaps. Indeed. these ideals descended down. While the practices have and a balance existed between gods and men. Friction Gnowee. of humanity. Coyolxauhqui. and even worshipped by primi. the ages. of the god-forms that they represent. through dial energies that are harnessed within each change. The eldest artworks of Neo. vision (and those mortals that Perhaps these entities were still subscribe to it. thing to be actively At the dawn driven out. else. u ncom for t- flesh of its flesh able coexistence. often exists between the status quo and the fae of the Anubis. Bear Women and Wolf Men. Thor. However. In modern times. and otherworldly walked side-by-side with the mundane. echoing down changelings have resolved to be those very gods in a from the remotest antiquity. instead. the feudal. Agni. with rough-hewn divinities taking on sharper ling who takes up its banner. They think back to a more primal and that the changelings come to embody: Earth Moth- mysterious age. Nemain. roots stretching back to pre-civilization archetypes tive mortals. older. let cient) concepts. Of course. images of their own kind ners of the so-called Old Ways. called to the Lost Pantheon. other such atavistic icons. beast. so it is that primitive would-be gods whose beliefs are in keeping some Ancients embody newer (though still quite an- with an epoch that knew nothing of civilization. to one de- the Others. knights and barons. Of course. and the written word. the mortals most of ancient caverns. religious systems with — admired. their foundations remain. The Lost Pantheon Upon makes their my oath. edges in the crucible of civilization. these Ancients are conscious of the primordial origins ten somewhat skewed morality inherent to both) com. but some Lost believe that these commonly associated with these beliefs are practitio- crude drawings are. some Lost Pantheon. Even more con- mon to changelings sworn to this entitlement often temporary conceptions of such figures include Bloody The Lost Pantheon 151 .” and aligned with of the Lost Pantheon reflect an age when the distinc- powers that predate such things as agriculture. Always. their images cap. though natural. and blood of its rather than some- blood. an age during which it seems that the ers and Sun Fathers. alone kings and queens. Punga. due to mutual unfamiliarity. though the raw power and faded Clarity (and of. I presence am become a matter of the Old Way. And. drawn from such inspirations as Zeus. from the very first hu- jaded modern world. These changed. or other such deities. or any ing to draw power from that other wholly terrestrial thing. walled tion between the natural and the supernatural was a settlements. if nothing of whom are venerated even in modern times. the supernatural world. Ōkuninushi.

with scars that comes to look the part of a mummified lich-lord. and embers to consume random small flammable objects. while blatantly denying their former mortal. and the Prerequisites: Wyrd 6. and the like. as those of any changeling. if they are but should be no surprise that there is no one single initia- willing to accept their great station and to celebrate tion into the Lost Pantheon. wise keep to the company of the Lost and other beings ing the supernatural aspects of the world. such as pear to have any interest in rebuilding their pelts and skins. Forced to exist a half-step mane and seems forever in motion. guided by the power of their own Wyrd onto a path that was first trod long ago. that dwell beyond the purview of the mundane world. At the greatest heights of Wyrd. Clarity black dog (a re-imagining of dogs’ traditional associa.” Thus. Mantle (Any) 4. and they don’t — on the surface — ap. they seem to spend most of exclusively with the mortals of their cults. are those that deal almost theme? After all. Simple jew- connections to humanity.Mary (a spirit of death). In fact. Rather. and the like. plant fibers. How. particularly potent Ancients less. com- returns from Arcadia and becomes a violent pelling even the blessings of the seasons to conform vigilante. to outside observers like much of what has been taken from them. the Jersey Devil (a chimera). Most feel the call in their dreams. these changes become the Ancients strive to be something that hurts increasingly pronounced. it ties can eke out a place within the order. and the earthly gods that they believe themselves to be. however. and other- their time actively seeking out and embrac. Background: Pinning down a “type” of changeling drawn to the Lost Pantheon is difficult. it’s rare that one their godliness. Far Ancients of the Lost Pantheon embody this more common. forsaking mortals — a distorted and disturbing sort human appearance for that of their faerie selves: an of tie. though this tendency is not society is a fundamental part of the story of universal and some few strike a balance between pri- Changeling: The Lost. as are clothes made from traditional materials. the chupacabra (a feral vampire). in many ways. Joining: As informal as this eldritch order is. no higher than 6 tion with the Underworld). All of these sorts of divini. ity. as appropriate to the culture of the indi- people back to the proper path. or a trickster to lead vidual changeling) them astray). the shreds of a life that they can pick up after such as papers. a Winter Darkling transforms her into a skilled oneiromancer. and a mar their souls and make them unlike the peo. But that’s just the elry. stumbling out of the Hedge. dry leaves. or other the phantom hitchhiker (who may be a guide to lead such titles. Hedge-spun garments are common to the Ancients. like all fae. As Wyrd increases. the goals and motivations of the Lost Ancient’s body. just realized in a No single specific change develops in the mien significantly different way. tattoos and even scarification may adorn a given thing. Title: Ancient (also Daemon. they do so by becoming important to the mor. at best. Ancient initiates another. Totem. something that doesn’t remind them so actually appear. of a member of the Lost Pantheon. ing still. or the psychiatrist whose Durance to their “godly attributes. The fact of the Elemental of flame transforms into a living conflagra- matter is that. then. even when stand- apart from the life that they once possessed. Some 152 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . such fae The Ancients do work to build a tie to tend simply to become more of what they are. nonetheless. while a pallid and vaguely necrotic Gravewight Pantheon are damaged in spirit. whose divine aspect is one of hidden places might find the changelings who turn to the Lost Pantheon a frozen fog envelops her at all times. vaguely equine Beast takes on hooves and a windswept ple all around them. Fittin g In Mien: Ancients of the Lost Pantheon often es- Finding a way to blend back into mortal chew modern trappings. do the mordial practices and contemporary existence. the hurts ing flames within his mouth that occasionally drop that were done to them by the Gentry. those of the Lost tion. Like the good cop who gin to bend the manifestations of their Mantles. or a Summer cobble together a new self out of what they Ogre embodying primal hunger might manifest lick- can recall from before the Thorns. such changelings be- tals who venerate them. and many of them have great difficulty Pantheon are in many crucial ways the same passing among modern mortals. but a tie.

whether or not they could adequately articulate the — as the hunter and the hunted belong to a single The Lost Pantheon 153 . hunter and an aspect of a prey animal. have compatible Arcadia has already destroyed anything in them that personalities and be thoroughly capable of coexisting was mortal and replaced it with a wonderful. Some grasp for anything to help Organization: The Lost Pan- them with fading Clarity. to be sure. though many do the Lost Pantheon. toward a ferent stan. theon has little in the way of organi- ers feel. Even the most humble Ancient are opposites in the same cycle of life and death. terrible as friends but. deep down. Ancients need not men- than any other Ancient. they power of godly origin. any attempt to categorize the in- both for good and for ill. simmering dislike. or any and ideals were almost completely scoured away by es. at least. something far more than mortal. er (rare. Changelings times). for example. combination of the above. too. or mystical back. they tend to organize from more traditional. do most Ancients forsake are many. Perhaps most important to note not figure into their relationships quite so much as the is the fact that prospective Ancients are not fleeing requirements of their more primal attributes. moon goddess. outright enmity. but it goes deep. and (and they are few) sincerely cleaves to the notion that their divine characteristics demand distance between she is a god clothed in flesh and most implicitly believe them. teractions between Ancients is more often than not doomed to Potent Wyrd and strong futility. own. There need not be antagonism between them so. not. Individual personalities do pecial cruel Durances. that they truly zation.come to the entitlement out of a sense of notion. but feel a kinship wildly dif. Instead. in modern er than that. as Ancient of the Lost Pantheon. polite Lost Pantheon. The tor those who embody godforms simi- only commonality between those lar to their own and may even entitle entitled is that they feel called to those with aspects hostile to their the Lost Pantheon’s raw. as do those whose human memories avoidance. and any given would-be a rigid hierarchy or other such linear mentor might interconnection. mutual respect. elemen. indeed. A primal from their scarred and mutilated humanity. ly. or dards regarding hold a storm god to be a a prospective student brother.” arranged according to their godly archetypes. or. even before being accepted into arrogance. The reasons ships. Mantles certainly play into the transformations of perception In places in which two or necessary to accept entitlement more Ancients come togeth- as an Ancient. Thus. su. powers venerated by humanity had those things worshipped as divine little in the way of formalized relation- by primitive humanity. so. as divinity is often intemper- tal power — the sense of being ate and requires conflict. as people and as changelings. into a sort of “divine fami- perstitious. while oth. members of have the Lost Pantheon often deal with one another as their respective natures demand: an ocean fa- ther may forev- er rage at an earth moth- er. Just as the most ancient divine are divine creatures. alliance. cerely believe that they are not human anymore — that may. they sin. This grounds tend to be likelier to embrace the way of the may involve friendship.

Forsaking mortal perspective. as they are divided from one another longevity. uity. though doing so necessitates derline solipsist. which may be the otherworlds believed in by ancient mortal societies. and those inhuman entities are their servants. however. For a staggeringly steep price. Such Glamour is harvested as of its members’ supposed “divine transformation” into though it were an emotion appropriate to the change- the entities venerated by humanity in remotest antiq. none can truly say. Conversely. some fetches. defy. would-be True Fae. 154 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . hobgoblins. ling’s court (even if she is courtless). Whether the process is gradual or abrupt. Drowning Waters along the banks of a polluted river) sustain Ancients toward whom their prayers are di- Primordial Incarnation rected. and the rumors that surround the entitle- ment thus tend to reflect the raw power with which the Lost Pantheon is blessed. Concepts: Cult leader. or otherwise engage becoming bonuses to such rolls (+1 at Clarity 6–5. mystical Further. Gods and monsters utterly alien to Arcadia wander in those forgotten places. the revelation of one’s true form to the unensorcelled. reincarnated god. gone. or their minions (such as loyalists. Some rumors say that accepting such a boon from an Ancient binds a changeling’s soul to that Ancient’s will. such as leaving of- Below is a privilege common to all of the change. the worship of mortals.natural process — but close friendship cannot grow Wyrd for the purposes of determining her additional between them. Believers in the Old Ways (or even those who practice Privileges new variations on the Old Ways. at Clarity 4–3. while others believe that they suddenly slough off their human masks entirely and embrace the power and mad- ness of Arcadia all at once. • The Lost Pantheon keeps gateways into realms of spirit that have nothing to do with the Thorns or distant Arcadia. • Ancients gather once a century to hunt the Others who stalk (or are trapped in) either the Hedge or the mortal world. and so fearful gossip also circulates with regard to this eldritch order and its membership. though the prize would almost certainly not be worth the cost. Given the potent Wyrd and Mantles with which its members must be favored. and the like. ferings at the rusted scrap metal shrine of the Lady of lings of the Lost Pantheon. themselves. only to later emerge as Gentry. and +3 at Clarity 2–1) as their godly their powers. of the Gentry. Some claim that Ancients wander off into the Thorns. when all of their Clarity is — inevitably — at long last. while others believe that even attempting the process is fatal to one not numbered among the Lost Pantheon. many eyes open to vistas incomprehensible to human sight. and perhaps even the immortal- ity. incarnated dream. another 30 years to the changeling’s life. bonus to all rolls to attack. Every effective dot of Wyrd above 10 adds by their appointed roles.) These bonuses are also added to a character’s effective Rumors of the Ancients The Lost Pantheon is an object of awe and dread to many of the changelings that know of its exis- tence. and the Ancients may be enslaved to them. they might be willing to teach these grim rites to those not sworn into their order. bor. +2 in either aggression or resistance against the Gentry. it is easy to see the Ancients as the demigods that they believe themselves to be. Ancients of the Lost Pantheon stand firm find that the perception-based penalties that they against the Others in time of conflict and receive a +2 would normally suffer for low Clarity are reversed. having long ago learned rituals used to extract the power. fae can be jealous of the mystic might of the Lost Pantheon and terrified of its inhuman nature. though the changeling must be physically pres- The powers of the Lost Pantheon reveal the path ent to reap this benefit. these changelings Lastly. an Ancient may distill Glamour out of transhumanist. perhaps. mad prophet. • The Ancients of the Lost Pantheon eventually become True Fae. they are the masters. Or.

From simple patch-up jobs to healing world. ability and demonstrated adherence to leges. said abilities are often placed under close scrutiny and inves- suming the individual is abiding by or willing to conform to tigation by higher ranking members of the entitlement and the Oneirophysic Oath) will encourage them to formalize if found guilty of misusing their abilities. Even so. transparent outline of themselves. ously a changeling present. possessing mass but more of a trade union. he gains a permanent cumulative -1 faster. This caution whose whole body gradually faded out) as a near-clear form. by more traditional I swim the darkest members of the en- river. trunk. Empathy 1 (addi. innate ability and knack for oneiromancy will allow them Organization: Oneirophysics hold themselves to strict to spontaneously manifest the entitlement’s mien and privi. Medicine 2. are “dealt with” in their membership in the entitlement. less channel and dive into Mien: Onierophysics the depths of night-time’s spend so much of their time passage. and I do so for the good of that their presence in the waking all. Those who spurn the a myriad of manners beginning with having their own sleep invitation to formalize their connection to the group as a tormented until they see the error of their ways. but are believed to be less than ethical in their wielding of bers of the entitlement who will investigate them and (as. lose the coloration in his legs and feet. they can work mira. might. and A cruel hand could wield a dream-scalpel in ways that eventually his head. he just appears to be a gradually Dream Doc (slang). a guild of healers. titlement. Depending on their rank. until he appears (like his companion would rival even the most twisted of Gentry. without formal mentoring. a changeling’s though all seemings are represented. as an Intern. however. ranks based on skill. Leech/Nightmare/Quack (insulting) more and more translucent version of himself. however. world is diminished. Those who show talent and skill the attention of the more traditionally indoctrinated mem. until eventually they seem little more than a otherwise incurable diseases. Darklings and tlement for additional training and possible indoctrination Wizened tend to be most common among the entitlement. arms. For others. drives them to keep as rigorous an eye on potential recruits This lack of color does not leave an Oneirophysic invisible as any more aristocratic-minded entitlement might. penalty to all rolls which involve Presence. Oneirophysics take this a step further. all the better to be able to deal with who have been approached by current members of the enti. brave the bottom. For some. parts of their body become colorless. The Order of the Oneirophysics I walk the whole are often ethereal path seen as “rogues” to heal those and treated with who are wounded scorn and distrust by ghostly barbs. Background: The Order of the Oneirophysics contains tional for higher ranks. As he progresses. There is still obvi- Titles: Oneirophysic. individual cles in the slumbering world. the Oniero- Dreamhealer can create miraculous effects through physic becomes less visibly tangible in the waking dream-wielding. the little visual definition. Dreamhealer (male or female). Joining: Oneirophysics are most often those who have others ply their trade mostly among other Lost. A Dreamhealer The Oneirophysics don’t refer to them. he may similarly gifts of the entitlement aren’t to be given out lightly. Most are exhibited a marked interest and acuity for oneiromancy. They see themselves as more than translucent outlines. the nightmares that plague their patients. or grant him bonuses to Stealth rolls. Sometimes. I go where each man and energy working in the ethe- holds his deepest fears and his secret real world of dreams that they find passions. and strong of mind and will. see below) all kinds. find that his hands become little selves as a noble order. with each rank gained. into the organization. this manifests as a fading of color- what would otherwise be fatal injuries and curing ation. For each rank within All Oneiromancers can enhance the Onierophysics that the changeling pos- dreams to help someone heal better or learn sesses. These cases often come to the Oneirophysic Oath. Prerequisites: Wyrd 2. a talented As well. The Order of the Oneirophysics 155 . Some are deeply entrenched in mortal concerns.

such as when a motley-mate has sustained a life- ranks at any point that they have met the prerequisites for threatening injury and no other medical aid is available. They may be those Lost who performing medical miracles. maintain contact between serve a freehold or even travel as an itinerant healer. and quite often have developed a who have not yet been accepted (or spontaneously mani. Note: Characters enter the entitlement as Interns. that rank (with the Storyteller’s permission). have finished their initial interviews and cursory studies the cost to themselves is a with other members of the entitlement and who have been heavy one to bear. specialty — battle wounds. ly come into a sense of oneness with the nature of their en- Rank One: Intern — Interns must meet the basic pre. (Prerequisites: Wyrd 3. but tial inherent in dreams. Some act predomi- of official members of the entitlement or associates who nantly as healers for their own motley. Alternately. mundane disease. titlement. Medicine 3 + from the Entitlement’s attention. Due to the nature of the Oneirophysic privilege as. usually undertaken in-depth studies of the healing poten- ing considered or groomed for membership in the Order. or to prevent sociated with the Intern rank. may be talented rogues who have begun to spontaneously either to deal with the manifest the entitlement’s privileges and mien on their heavy price of their own. trust- Entitlement members in different freeholds or who act as ing that their paths will take them to those who are most in an information network to locate those who could benefit need of their services. ing asked to tend to every foolhardy Lost 156 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . although they are associated with it. while others may aid members in their studies. age-related fested any of the Order’s privileges). they become quite reclusive. They may be students debilitation. some Interns manifest themselves from be- the Intern level Oneirophysic ability (and are spon. Some indoctrinated into the entitlement proper. While they are capable of requisites for the entitlement. Initiates have neither the Specialty. Empathy 2) entitlement’s privileges nor mien and are not officially part Rank Three: Physic — Full-fledged Physics have whol- of the entitlement. Rank Two: Resident — Resident Oneirophysics have No Rank: Initiates — Initiates are those who are be. mental illness or the like. but taneously indoctrinated into the entitlement) in emergency players may choose to advance their character to higher situations. power.

Success Oneirophysic specific rank-related Privilege. as well as those with less- entered into the Plunge can use this state to enter into the wholesome intentions for the substance. Anyone other than Wizened out further rolls. and are sentially slipping into a deep dream state at will.who rushes into dangerous situations without thinking. and as Aetherwine to all three rank related privileges. Thus a Physic has access the substance is diluted.) This property is lost if dream. the Stamina + Resolve at a -4 penalty. If this con- tact is broken after the connection has been made. by the Dreamdoctors. however. a lengthy process which re- contact with her at the time of taking the Plunge. a powerful general (see p. Failure or Dramatic Failure and the Rank-related Privilege: consumer falls into a deep dream-state and Dreamhealing remains unconscious for 11 turns minus his Dreamhealing is a privilege which goes above and Stamina + Resolve if the roll was a contested beyond the normal oneiromancer’s abilities to accelerate one. + Wyrd roll at the beginning of each turn. meet all the requirements of those methods (in- The Order of the Oneirophysics 157 . cluding being in the Hedge or a Hollow and taking the time (Prerequisites: Wyrd 4. herself.) Dreamhealing cannot be Concepts: Pediatrician. vate its anesthetic property. By spending sometimes used by those seeking prophetic a point of Glamour. When All Oneirophysics have the ability to take the Plunge. or Exceptional Success means the wine does not work. the Onei- quires several weeks of careful attention as rophysic can attempt to maintain contact and continue his the Aetherfruit are first fermented and then work by making a successful reflexive Resolve + Composure distilled into a foul-tasting fortified liqueur. The consumer can elect not to resist the healing or reduce stress by promoting a restful or affirming Aetherwine’s effect. currently sleeping Aetherwine must be processed in very or unconscious. When properly processed. 193 of Changeling: The Lost for the normal rolls and anesthetic highly coveted by Chirurgeons and restrictions on entering this state). while an intern can only has a bitter taste and numbs the tongue when use Dream Triage. A Oneirophysic who has Onierophysics. small grape-like bunches. due roll results in the batch being ruined. nor can it be used on a conscious patient. dreamscaping or dreamweaving almost immediately. Empathy 3) to enter the meditative state. Exceptional Success Crafts + Wyrd challenge with 20 successes means he may continue the contact for the rest of the scene necessary and each roll representing a day of (or until the target wakes up. Rank-related Privileges are available only to those of appropriate rank for the privilege. so long as he is making physical skin-to-skin small batches. whichever comes first) with. lucid dreaming that allows him to connect to the dreamstuff of the Wyrd. It is. tasted. Medicine 4. Aetherwine — Dan gerous Brews Oneirophysics can achieve various effects which would be Aetherfruit generally take the form of impossible for non-Dreamhealers. however. most often used for dreamhealing. at which time it can be used for any potential to render its consumer unconscious of the normal dreamriding. the Dreamhealer can drop into a state of visions. scarred dreamwalker. Privileges Depending on their rank within the entitlement.) to disorientation. without consuming a full dose does not acti- mancy methods (rather than through the Plunge). and failure on any individual suffers a -2 penalty to all actions for the rest of the scene. and he at a -2 penalty. pop psychologist. however. es. (Roll the consumer’s uses. it is difficult (but not impossible) to An Oneirophysic can use dreamhealing on individuals consume it unknowingly. although they are also sometimes found in larger soft-fleshed The Plunge forms with a single central stone. even if he is outside of the Hedge or a Hollow they produce Aetherwine. Tasting the wine whose dreams he has connected to through normal oneiro. making Aetherwine (see sidebar) a commonly used draught scious detective. Success means he (Creating Aetherwine is an extended Wits + may continue the contact for that turn. etc. the bond is forcibly broken. dreams of any individual who is. He must. es only 10 doses. Each one-ounce dose has the tact with at the time. The Plunge may be used only to enter the dreams of an A successful batch of Aetherwine produc- individual who the Oneirophysic is making physical con. If the Oneirophysic fails his roll to remain Brewers makes all rolls to create Aetherwine connected to his patient. subcon. consumed raw they intensify dreams. spiritual used on one’s self. guru. wine-making. eccentric psychonaut.

than heal. lethal damage is reduced to threats that exist in the World of Darkness. du. ever. One Autumn Court Darkling Storyteller): Battle Injuries. All rolls to heal or provide therapy once They do their work so well that no one can prove within a shared dream are made as if they were happening the results weren’t natural flaws in their victim’s in the waking world. mundane life-threatening injuries. Emergency Medicine. an Oneirophysic can what is going to happen from there on out. as long as the injury or illness pertains to his par. illnesses or toxins. p. is equally great. with their patient. own will over the target’s physiological systems through Damage incurred through the use of Intensive Care is just the dreamscape. armor mediate and drastic results. feral also negate the healing process. for every level of damage reduction. the Oneirophysic can apply normal medi. dreamhealing to speed the healing process. Then she injuries and illnesses within it. and must be knitting severed muscles and tendons. the sometimes a gentle nudge is simply not enough to keep Oneirophysic takes a point of lethal damage himself. upon attaining the rank of Resident. only to serve them. is healed is at the Oneirophysic’s discretion). are astounding. This someone from dying. he can apply couldn’t forget. which sometimes can mean the or any other means. World of Darkness Rulebook. the Oneirophysic exerts his severely injured as he was at the beginning of the treatment. 173. supernatural flow to injured areas and generally reduce the impact of healing. through intense effort. slow or speed blood healed by the Oneirophysic naturally over time. turns out it was the memory ductive Medicine.) they don’t talk about. of herself being mind-raped by one of the Night- mares. It is entirely possible for an Oneirophysic Willpower on the part of the Oneirophysic which clears any to kill himself by injudicious use of this privilege. of Willpower and a single point of the patient’s aggravated mans) are often fragile creatures compared to some of the damage is reduced to lethal. Oneirophysics can produce more im. damage from the character’s rightmost health box. • Oneirophysics can turn humans or change- ticular Psychic Healing specialization. although at a severe cost to themselves. you can’t remember who clock intensive medical treatment can speed a character’s you are or what you were before and you exist healing process drastically. horrifying dream. An Oneirophysic can. and this is the quently not available to the Lost who are unlikely to have really scary stuff. the Oneirophysic spends a point 158 Chapter Three: Noble and Eldritch Orders . or bashing damage is healed entirely (which damage oneiromancer can hurry along healing by using dreamscap. a +4 bonus to all rolls to diagnose or treat within a shared dream. (The loss of Oneirophys ic s Health points to aggravated damage each minute is stopped • There is a branch of the Oneirophysics that (see Incapacitation. those that seem likely to reap the highest return ate a similarly powered one with the approval of his player’s in Goblin Markets. leaving the patient as To use Dream Triage. • The Order trades in dreams. how- ing Healing Sleep (see p. funding or insurance to facilitate a hos. lings into sleepwalking slaves. next thing you know you’re pulling a gun on the plicate (or exceed) some of the healing offered in modern president or running naked in Times Square. She not only speed normal healing. The results not worth the risk. that ripens until the time is right and then the pital stay. While any bashing. let someone into your mind. Attempts to negate the damage trans- difference between life and death for their companions. Only one use of Dream Triage can be applied to any individual within any 24 hour period. He can force his patient’s body to begin as painful to the healer as it was to the patient. Communicable Disease. Repro. rather Psychic Healing. Pediatrics. Exotic Disease. make you into zombies. Sometimes they Rank Three: Intensive Care — While round-the. Other times. harvesting healer must choose one of the following specializations (or cre. they’ll just plant a seed in there the identification. inflicted damage cannot be avoided through defense. Dream Triage medical treatments or the use of goblin fruit such as amaran- is an instant action requiring the expenditure of a point of thine have no effect . It’s just sacrifice his own health for that of their patient. each turn. You medical facilities. but can diagnose and treat couldn’t remember until she re-lived it. Mental bought a vial that was supposed to contain a really Illness. and you never know Using the Intensive Care privilege. this kind of medical care is fre. 196 of Changeling: The Lost). Supernatural Illnesses. As well. Geriatrics. nearby (as with The Plunge) or across the world. regardless of whether the patient is body or psyche. The cost. then The Oneirophysic can use the shared dream state to ripped it out and sold it to the highest bidder. Rank One: Dream Triage — Changelings (and hu. One that uses the entitle- Rank Two: Psychic Healing — Through the use of ment’s knowledge of dream-healing to harm. Furthermore. the dream. dis- cal treatments (physical or mental) while in a shared dream ease or insanity in those the Order finds fault with. This has the added affect of stabilizing Rumors of the Order of the a target that is bleeding to death or in a coma. The bastard fucked with her dream. Those Nightmares can cause injury.

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