Spring Court History
Spring is a hungry season; so many forget that truth, but it is self-evident to the passionate Vernal Courtiers of Sentinel Rock. To some, their former sovereign May Tennyson is proof of how desires should be restrained, of how when they run wild, it does damage. But Spring would argue that she is the opposite of that. It was rather her own restrained desires that led her to explode so messily, attacking the Autumn regent and disappearing with her lover, who was also her Keeper. In the wake of her departure, her twin siblings, March and April Tennyson, have struggled to fill her void as leaders for the Court and Freehold.
Desire may have a Court of iconoclasts and those who pursue their own aims, but they are also a court of ambition, passion, and strong ties and contacts both in the mortal world and in the Hedge. They do not shrink from a fight, or a party, or a negotiation, or much else that comes their way.
In the Spring Court, it is held that many hands make the load light, particularly when the people involved have a passion and a desire to do that work. As a result, no position (clearly even Sovereign) is reserved for one individual alone. However, this does not apply to freehold positions (Second, Aldermember, etc.) as that follows the Freehold's rules, not the rules of the Court.
In order to volunteer for any position, all that need be done is to express that desire at a Court meeting. If unable to attend a meeting, this desire may be brought forward by another to nominate the individual for the post in question. As a general rule, all who offer are allowed to assist. If it is a contested position (such as Freehold positions), then there will be a vote and the courtier with the most votes takes the position.
Court meetings are typically held monthly, where all courtiers can express their concerns, share information, or volunteer to assist the Court where assistance is required. Generally votes on positions or on where the Court stands on given topics within the Freehold are at least started there, even if they continue outside of that venue. If there is a particular topic that needs to be added to the meeting agenda, please contact the Spring Second and/or Aldermember.
- Sentinel Rock - The local Freehold and its resources.
- Spring Hollow - Spring's Hollow in New Redoubt. See +lair 8 for current Merits.
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The Spring Court heals. Everyone knows that if healing is needed, call Spring. Physicians are tasked with organizing and preparing the Court's healers for their most important functions.
There is no official mandate enforcing a sex-positive viewpoint from all members of the Court, nor is there an emphasis on stressing “free love” over exclusive partnerships. Even so, those who claim the title of Sage Escort feel passionately about aiding those both within and outside of the Court to have what they believe to be a “healthier” view about sexual issues and interaction.
Trendsetters within the Emerald Court covet the somewhat tongue-in-cheek title of Avant Guard because it recognizes their ground-breaking ability to create that which others covet, as well as giving nod to their role as guardian of the responsibility of shaping the next wave of art, fashion, or technology.
- Claviger: TBD (Open to PCs!)
The title of Claviger is given to those Spring Courtiers who serve as the bodyguards and protectors of high-ranking Emerald Courtiers, especially current or former Vernal Sovereigns who realize that their position may put them at greater risk for retribution from political adversaries or bring them to greater attention of the Fair Folk.
First and foremost, the Spring courtiers are fulfillers of desires. Finders are tasked with locating the resources that will aid in the fulfillment of desires, whether it be in goods, services, information, or contacts
- Joyeaux: TBD (Open to PCs!)
Where Muses inspire others to feats of creative excellence, Joyeux facilitate happiness in those around them. For some, this entails a life of random acts of kindness bestowed upon others, while others plot and plan elaborate schemes designed to defeat sorrow, fear and anger and replace it with joy, contentment and happiness.
- Archivist: TBD (Open to PCs!)
Archivists are responsible for remembering all of the traditional celebrations and all of their vital details, including timing, location, necessary participants and important related activities. Furthermore, they also must continually come up with new and interesting ways to bring those sometimes-ancient celebrations into being in such a way that they are constantly evolving without ever losing their potency or import.
- Searce: TBD (Open to PCs!)
Searces specialize in discretely interviewing new or potential Spring courtiers to determine their potential value to the Court. Those who impress the Searce with their talent, skill, passion, experience or attitudes are more likely to find themselves being introduced to higher Status members of the Court.
- Sylvan Emissary: TBD (Open to PCs!)
In freeholds where the Spring Court’s presence is strong and well organized, the Antler Crown may send out ambassadors to other courts, freeholds or even to other supernatural groups. In theory, these Emissaries are for the purpose of maintaining positive political and social relations with other groups.
- Verdant Advocate: TBD (Open to PCs!)
For an Advocate of the Spring Court, navigating the often thorny labyrinth of human legal proceedings or the even-more-complicated intricacies of Lost traditions and policies is as great a thrill as some Lost find in exploring the Hedge. Some Advocates specialize in specific types of cases.
Spring Freehold Positions
This is the official title of a Spring courtier who is currently the ruler of a freehold.
- Counselor: TBD (Open to PCs!)
It is extremely advantageous for a group governed by an ever-rotating group of monarchs to be able to move through the fluid process of seasonal procession with a minimum of insults, injured feelings and slights. Counselors of the Emerald Court have access to the tools of Desire, which can (when wielded properly) allow them to serve as facilitators, truth-catchers, advisors and confidants to those upon whose shoulders rests the burden of power. They also can draw on diplomatic skills that have been well-honed in the shifting politics of the Antler Crown.
While Summer's wrath and Autumn's fear are often vital to a freehold’s defense, Spring is also capable of lending support. Whether it is rousing a garden-army to protect the freehold’s fall-back point, acting as a combat medic to heal the wounded, or sending an attacker off to pursue other Desires, those who wield Spring’s Contracts can do a lot to protect and defend a freehold population against those who would do them ill. Defenders are called upon to organize such efforts on behalf of Spring.
Whether they’re tending mundane plants or those native to the Hedge, few Lost have as green a thumb as the gardeners of the Spring Court. In some areas this propensity for nurturing plant life might provide sustenance and resources for the freehold, from ensuring a steady source of whole-some organic food year-round to creating an exclusive business in exotic fruits, flowers and herbs (legal and otherwise). More adventurous Horticulturalists may turn their attention to Hedge bounty, cultivating entire orchards and groves of goblin fruit for the benefit of their freehold’s population.
The Autumn Court pursues mastery of mystical rites and rituals as their raison d'etre, but the Spring Court aren’t too far behind. From solemn solstice ceremonies to bacchanalian orgies, the Emerald Court understands the power of sacred acts, filling them with special effects, role play, libation, sacred mysteries, and more. Many freeholds place a member of the Spring Court in charge of arranging at least a few of the mystical rituals, with the expectation that the Emerald Courtier will bring a certain level of enthusiasm and passion to the task.
- Social Coordinator: TBD (Open to PCs!)
Not all celebrations thrown by a freehold are Glamour-imbued rituals of deep spiritual meaning. Sometimes the Lost gather over beer and pizza to watch the Super Bowl or host an evening of opera, performance art or spoken-word that is attended by Changelings and humans alike. Whether it’s planning tours and dinners for visiting dignitaries or plastering telephone poles with notices about the freehold-sponsored rock concert, the Spring Court is often called upon to manage the details that will ensure that the event achieves its intended goals.
Facts About The Spring Court
First and foremost, the Spring courtiers are fulfillers of desires. The Spring Court supplies what the Freehold needs from entertainment to supplies to contacts that can help find 'just' the right thing... An example of this service is the table located in the public portion of Spring's Hollow that provides food and drink in whatever type and quantity the person touching it desires at that moment.
The Spring Court heals. Everyone knows that if healing is needed, call Spring. The local Court helps staff a mundane medical clinic and maintains an infirmary in New Redoubt that are available for anyone in the Freehold to use.
Spring is the season of planting and growth. As a result, the Court has a reputation as gardeners. The Court maintains a goblin fruit garden in the Court Hollow and preserves fruit to make available for Freehold use.
There is nothing that keeps away the Gentry like the joyous unity of the Lost...or so Spring believes. The Verdant Courtiers are the keepers of and the party planners for freehold holidays and rituals. They help to drive the social flow of the entire community.