They Call It A Dream
The Spring Court
Current titled positions
Monarch: Moondancer, a Moonborn Darkling taking the form of an albino satyr, has been the Spring King for over ten years after Small Alice abdicated and retired from Court politics. He’s a fair but disinterested ruler, and most of the day-to-day running of the Court is actually done by his Knights.
- Golden Diana is a Bright One Fairest, known to be of the Order of the Hallowed Garden and also renown as one of the most beautiful women in the freehold.
- Red Ronnie is a large, red-skinned Ogre of demonic countenance. Despite his fearsome appearance, he has a reputation for being friendly and approachable.
- Penumbral is a Shadowsoul Fairest who is often derided as being cold and arrogant. He has quite publicly spoken out against Moondancer on various occasions. Nobody is quite sure how he’s still a Knight.
- Ginger Jill is a shy, squirrel-like Beast who ascended to Knighthood mostly through being Moondancer’s personal assistant. To this day she still handles most of the Antler Court’s organization.
- Janus is a Wizened painter. He was granted a Knighthood for his artistic prowess, but has little interest in Court politics and participates only spottily in official functions.
- Mumak is an elephant-headed Beast. The oldest of the Knights, he’s a known philosopher and member of the Hallowed Garden. He’s the founder of the changeling motley and commune Dawn’s Garden.
- Ignition, a fire-aspected Elemental and the latest addition to the Knights. Story goes she got the promotion because Moondancer thought the debut album of her band was “really awesome.”
The Court of Hope and Desire
The Antler Court deals with the trauma inherent in being Lost in a very simple way: denial. Or, as they would put it, they don’t let the True Fae define their lives and instead try to live life to the fullest. Their titular emotion is Desire, because according to Spring philosophers, Desire brings life, and happiness. Desire doesn’t even need to be fulfilled, just its presence is enough to make you feel alive. Hope is a special subset of Desire to which numerous changelings of Spring dedicate themselves. It is Hope of escape which allowed them to survive their Durance, and Hope for a new life that keeps them going now that they’ve escaped. The Order of the Hallowed Garden are perhaps the purest embodiment of this “Sprouting Spring” philosophy.
On the other hand, although they aren’t necessary rivals, lies the “Blossoming Spring” philosophy, which holds that the most important thing is to accept and pursue Desire, and especially mutual Desire. The theory goes that the Others have no concept of mutual fulfilment, they can only gain something by taking it from another. As such, things like love and friendship are said to be almost as damaging to them as iron. The Blossoming Spring eschews Sprouting’s long detailed plans to change lives and the world in favour of parties and weddings (especially weddings), things which bring joy and love to people right now, even if the rest of their lives are grim.
What the Court does
The Spring Court in London is, along with the Winter Court, the freehold’s connection with regular mortals. Particularly, it is its main source of revenue. The Spring Court, through various corporations, controls a significant part of London’s music venues, pubs, art galleries, and at least two monthly magazines, not to mention an almost ridiculous amount of investments accumulated over the years. This puts the Court in a very advantageous position as far as securing jobs for changelings who may or may not have a legal identity, and funding its members’ pet projects. The Court is not allowed, as per the rules of the Free House, to offer any direct monetary reward for membership or bribe changelings to join it… but it skirts as close to that line as possible.
Of course, Spring courtiers also help those of other Courts to set themselves up with a mortal life, many times together with the Winter Court. In fact, although one might expect the Court of Sorrow to have a difficult relationship with the Court of Desire, the reverse is often true: the Winter Court wants changelings to live a human life and ignore the Fae as well, although for different reasons and using different methods. The two Courts often cooperate and could even be considered allies if the Winter King weren’t so inscrutable and mercurial.