Gramarye & Regret
Structure of the Courts in London
The courts are larger, more geographically separated and more fragmented than in most other cities. London being so large, both horizontally and vertically, it stands to reason that it would have a lot more space for a lot more changelings and wayward true fae than smaller cities. Being highly multi-cultural and still feeling the effects of Great Britain’s post-imperial reverse-migration, the fabric of London has changed immensely in the last fifty years.
The Seasonal Courts hold sway over about half of london, each court laying claim to a “layer” of London as described on the main page. The Spring Court holds the high ground, the Summer Court operates at street level and a bit into the Underground, the Autumn court holds the Underside and the Winter Court rules the Depths of London Below. In addition, a wide assortment of semi-dependent and independent baronies, duchies and private demesnes are sprinkled across the breadth and width of the city, enjoying autonomy and sometimes falling prey to the predations of greater courts…or monsters from the deep lands.
The baronies include isolated monastic orders such as the Black Friars, xenophobic albinos from the White City, the medieval Spanish enclave of Moorgate, Dunraven School for Girls (and what little terrors they are), the good samaritan doctors of Greycoat Hospital, the fiercely-commercial Nibelungen of Hammersmith, and the independent Christian community of Gospel Oak.
Some of these baronies swear nominal fealty to one of the Great Courts but seldom respond to summons while others are secretly supported by one or more of the courts in a continual tussle for influence. Which are which will remain for the aspiring changeling courtier to discover.