Emerald Dreams' History
The Kingdom of Pacifica, ruled by Queen Aeron of House Fiona, is a vibrant, energetic land finding it's way toward a dynamic maturity. Pacifica stretches over the entire length of the West Coast of Concordia and varies widely in temperment -- from the Desert of Flame in the south to the eternally mist-shrouded Forest of Sighs in the north. The people of Pacifica also vary greatly in temperament. It is rumored that Queen Aeron is leaning toward the Unseelie Court.
Countess Kaleen, under Queen Aeron and with her blessing, has watched over the area of Seattle Washington. She has ruled over this area for many years mindful of the Queen and yet doing what she feels to be right for herself. Word on the street in this area is that Pacifica in general is having some more then usual trouble with the Shadow Court. And as rumors are known to be, there are many reasons out there being bounced around for this. It's unknown for certain at this time, just which rumor is true. Countess Kaleen is thought to be Unseelie.
In Seattle, you not only find the average fae, but Nunnehi in the many parks and forests in the area. Queen Aeron, with the help of her loyal subjects, maintains trade and talks with the Nunnehi for peace and co-existance in Seattle. Even with doing what they can in negotiations, sometimes, trouble arises between them.
The Chinook live in Washington state. Their trade jargon became the common language used throughout the Northwest, and many interior tribes came to trade furs, mountain-sheep horn and war cap lmon and fishing. Lumni women make fine baskets and are renowned for their dog-hair blankets. The Lumni once fought annual ceremonial battles with the Haida for the purpose of capturing slaves. These encounters are still remembered in a yearly warrior ceremony which includes canoe racing and dancing. Their reservation is in Washington.
Along the coast, one can find many seals and on closer inspection, one might catch sight of a Selkie swimming in the ocean. The other fae of the city have met these Selkies and welcomed them in. Selkies come in many forms, much as the other fae do. It is said that the mermaids are like the sidhe in beauty, grace, and command.
Seattle is a big city with many fae in it. Glamour can be found in several areas here. It's even rumored that not all has been located and lies in pockets in undiscovered places. The city thrives for both mortal and fae alike. From the time before the arrival of the Europeans there has been a natural abundance of glamour for the Selkies and Nunnehi through the land, ocean, and forests. Suffering as Europeans moved into the land with banality following.
In this modern time glamour has survived and been maintained with the many bands formed in Seattle, the art and many parks in the area that inspires young and old alike away from the everyday grind of work in the city. This, along with the remaining natural glamour known to the natives of the area, attracted fae here.
The Nunnehi of Pacifica have achieved an autonomy unmatched anywhere outside the Kingdom of the Burning Sun. The combination of their still-potent powers, their effective alliance with the Garou, and Queen Aeron's laissez-faire attitude have created a climate that allows native changelings more power and freedom than they might have achieved otherwise.
Indeed, Aeron often receives speakers from Nunnehi tribes as representatives of foreign powers, and has declared that the rulers of the Nunnehi nations in Pacifica are to be treated with a respect equivalent to that commanded by duchess Aoibhell. This caused no small scandal, but the point was made and stuck. Aeron (and by extension, all of the Pacificans) gained some respect in the eyes of the Nunnehi for this gesture, eve though it still held the seeds of condescension. Still, in accordance with royal command the Nunnehi are treated with respect in the courts on the occasions when they choose to visit.
Of course, most of their real business is conducted far from the silly, busy Kithain of the cities. There are Nunnehi freeholds that no other Kithain know of, and places of power that they share with Garou. They are also quite aware of the machinations within the city courts, and are watching with growing unease the encroachment of the Shadow Court from afar. As yet, the Nunnehi have reached no consensus as to what action to take on the matter, but this is because they are cautious, not ignorant.
Not long ago, Seattle was joined by many refugees that escaped the war between Shadow Court and the other fae of Caer New York. Countess Kaleen took them in, first in hiding for a time, and then helped in getting them placed into society of the city.
Word amongst the fae world is that some changes are about to occur around Seattle. What those changes are is in speculation at this time.
2 July 1998 Update:
Activity began with Countess Kaleen announcing her title being changed to that of Duchess and giving her young ward Stephanie the title of Countess in her place. Young Stephanie now does her best to run Seattle in peace and content. It isn't easy for one at her age and with those lurking around that would rather see her fail along with any other noble in the area.
One such that has caused quite a stir is a scarred up Redcap with a bleeding skull tattooed across his forehead. He's known as the Lord of Fear by some and a terrorist by others. This Redcap, known as Bloodmane, has his own agenda to carry out and no one is quite completely certain as to what that is.
Other nobles in the area continue to do what they can to watch and learn of activities of others. Helping the newly appointed Countess and also protecting theirs and their holds. Baron Shylock has even taken this a step further to insure the safety of his realm, while others sit back and watch, gossip, make decisions, and learn.
Sightings of dragons and other type of beasts or even chimeria, it's unsure exactly what as of yet, are becoming more common place around the Seattle area. The why's or wherefor's of these is yet to be discovered or known. These have also helped build rumors that abound around the natives of the city. Inticing information for Boggans and Sluaghs both.
Rumors consist of a lone Selkie that is lost, skin taken as well. Runaways being searched for by police and investigators. A possible Siochain may be lurking around. A Redcap wanting to rule over all, a yet undiscovered lost Freehold somewhere in Seattle. These are but a few that are going around, with much more behind them if they are true.
15 August 1998 Update
It has come to pass that Jake, known by many as a wonderous Selkie, has been rescued by her love, Elathan, and friends. Her skin delivered out of the painful cold iron box it was locked and hidden away in.
As fate would have it, Jake came to be the one to supposedly destroy her captor. Unfortunately, reports and rumors alike, speak of animal attacks on Alki Beach that much resemble the actions of Jake's assailant past. Poor Jake seems to be nervous when she is out with others. Wonder why?
Elsewhere, Seattle continues to grow in acquaintences made at Isabella's restaurant, the Pool Hall, Coffee and More, Rat Bastard's and Gameworks. Each one being social places for a variety of things. These are but a few seemingly safe places to go and get off the busy streets.
An oversized hawk is another thing to avoid in the open streets and parks. Found perched on roofs and trees, it's reported that this large bird has a attacked some citizens for no apparent reason. A few hunt this bird in hopes of stopping it. To some, this bird is known to have a name, Nightwing.
It was reported in the Seattle newspaper about a young man by the name of Xander, having met up with another fellow wearing a red baseball cap. This person shot Xander twice at close range. Both shots entered Xander's brain and placed him in a coma. Xander was rushed to Pacific Hospital for intensive care with security at his door to monitor those coming and going from his room. Officials are out looking for the suspect in this case. A week later Xander died in the hospital from medical complications. Or so it's reported by the hospital staff.
Bloodmane has had his difficulties in the big city. Managing to gain some notority, he soon found trouble in getting things accomplished and was very angered by the problems, letting many know of it. The last straw being his friend and partner, Feldon being killed over in Asia territory. Then, after several days absence, Bloodmane arrived back in the city with Feldon at his side in one piece and very alive. Reports are that Bloodmane's plan are at full strength. What those plans are is yet to be fully discovered.
17 July 1999 Update
Joanna (Jake) makes quite a name for herself. Not long after getting some semblance of her life back together again, she is made a Baroness with her betrothed, Elathan, Baron. Some congratulated them on this while others found it odd. A Selkie Baroness? But, as fate took it's hand in the couples lives, we find Jake and Elathan apart. Not many seem to know or understand why or if Elathan remains a Baron or not.
Nightwing has befriended a few in Seattle. Those willing to help the chimerical bird of prey find release from his captor and master. It's soon learned that said master is behind the attacks. He orders Nightwing to kill certain members of Seattle. The height of this came with Nightwing trying to kill Blackthorne in his sleep. Isabel managed to thwart the attack with Nightwing having to leave to regain power. Many believed Blackthorne to be dead, a wake was even held for him, when he was actually hidden away in order to hopefully lure out Nightwing's master. Many more of Seattle wanted the bird of prey killed. Isabel, Oberon, Fob and Stephanie learned and did what they could to find and take care of Nightwing's Master. In the course of events, and others being harmed by Nightwing. The bird's Master was found out with the capture of Nightwing and taken to Spiral Lands freehold. There, soon, the Master, Ciranos, also was inprisoned an interrogated. He was made to release Nightwing and on doing so, Nightwing requested his vengeance in battle with his former Master. Much debate was taken over this and finally agreed. So it was Ciranos met his fate under his slave's beak and claws.
Many are still wary of Nightwing and with good cause. He is a bird of prey. He preys on the souls of those that are evil. Whether by heart or deeds. So beware all those with evil thoughts or dreams. Beware young child in ill behavior.....Nightwing may come call on you and take your soul away.....
Other excitement crops it head. Word of dragon wars in Florida come to Seattle, a few sightings of a bigfoot in the forests, a crazed dog on the beaches, sharks coming in closer to swimming and beach areas with the unnaturally warmer waters, ghosts and shadows seen fleeting about or standing nearby, bombings with the mark of the yuck face found during or after the explosions, a vampire on the streets at night reportedly having bit a few unlucky victims, and deaths of the higher ups in the system............
22 May 2001 Update
Joanna (Jake) makes quite a name for herself. Not long after getting some semblance of her life back together again, she is made a Baroness with her betrothed, Elathan. Some congratulated them on this while others found it odd. A Selkie Baroness? As fate took its hand in the couples lives, we find Jake and Elathan apart. Not many seem to know or understand why or if Elathan remains a Baron or not.
Nightwing has befriended a few in Seattle. Those willing to help the chimerical bird of prey, find release for Nightwing from his captor and master. Its soon learned that said master is behind the attacks carried out by Nightwing. The master ordered Nightwing to kill certain members of Seattle. The height of this came with the bird of prey trying to kill Blackthorne in his sleep. Isabel managed to thwart the attack with Nightwing having to leave to regain power. Many believed Blackthorne to be dead when he was actually hidden away in order to hopefully lure out Nightwing's master. Many more of Seattle's citizens wanted the bird of prey killed. Isabel, Oberon, Fob and Stephanie didn't and learned what they could to find and take care of Nightwing's master. In the course of events, and others being harmed by the bird of prey, the bird's master was found out with the capture of Nightwing. Nightwing was taken to Spiral Lands Freehold under Countess Stephanie to be restrained from any other orders from his master. Soon, the master also was imprisoned and interrogated at Spiral Lands Freehold. He was made to release Nightwing and on doing so, the bird of prey requested his vengeance in battle with his former master. Much debate was taken over this and finally agreed. So it was the Master met his fate under his slave's beak and claws. (If anyone knows or remembers the name of Nightwing's Master, please inform Elbereth at Emerald Dreams or here in the guest book will do as well. Thank you.)
Many are still wary of Nightwing and with good cause. He is a bird of prey. He preys on the souls of those that are evil. Whether by heart or deeds. So beware all those with evil thoughts or dreams. Beware young child in ill behavior......Nightwing may come call on you and take your soul....
Other excitement crops its ugly head. Word of dragon wars in Florida come to Seattle. A few sightings of bigfoot in the forests surrounding Seattle. A crazed dog is attacking people on the beaches. Sharks are coming in closer to swimming and beach areas with the unnaturally warmer waters. Ghosts and shadows are seen fleeting about or standing nearby. Bombings with the mark of the 'Yuck face' are found during or after the explosions. A vampire is on the streets at night reportedly having bit a few victims. Such things are found on the TV news or newspaper articles over the past weeks.
The Duchess Kaleen is found dead! A new Duke is instated over Seattle by Queen Aeron of Pacifica. Duke Ciaran took care of many matters for several months before he too was found dead. Two mysterious deaths within a year. Neither solved, or so most of the Seattle residents would claim. Queen Aeron takes action on this. She removes Countess Stephanie from Seattle and brings the child to her own home in Pacifica for training and schooling. The Queen also instates another Duke. Only this time he is remaining with the Queen's court and staying out of Seattle. Perhaps the Queen believes this will keep a Duke alive longer.
Joanna and Elathan finally get back together again and live well until dark things began to terrorize Cill Dara Freehold. Events rise to a climax as several go into the Dreaming via a trod off Cill Dara to deal with dark foes below. The attack went well for the most part with a few hurt and one loss. Elathan stayed behind to satisfy the foe on finding out who he was. A Prince to them. This news came hard on Joanna and she soon left Seattle and Cill Dara behind. Rumor had it that she was expecting a child at the time.
Elsewhere in downtown Seattle, three female mortals meet up with the strange workings of the Dreaming. Casey and Rebecca find themselves looking like satyrs with Marti looking like a Sidhe. All could see them, even mortals, and they quickly became homed in on by the media and curious people. So much so, the girls went into hiding. They couldn't hide for long as the Dreaming had an adventure planned for the three to carry out.
Once this was accomplished, the three became true fae and remain as such to this day. Casey has made a big mark in Seattle with Delta's Bar and Restaurant. She has live entertainment of up and coming singers and bands, as well as those already at the top.
In comes a mystery man. He wears dark robes with silver emblem of House Ailil. Oberon. A name unto itself. Rarely seen in a crowd or out in public places, Oberon managed to insert himself and cause havoc in the city of Seattle. His goal was to destroy lives, manipulate others, and eventually bring down the city of Seattle as well. Oberon wanted revenge for a wrong deed in past. His wife had been killed and no one in that court that day came to help either of them. He lured several women to his side in this time, using them to spy on others and to get things done towards his great plan. Isabel had a daughter by the name of Shannon. A five year old with a temper. Oberon took a shining to the young child and made friends with Isabel. Gaining Isabel's trust as well as Isabel gaining Oberon's trust, he soon took Shannon to his own place in the Dreaming. Isabel went looking for her and learned what Oberon was doing. A decision to be made, life or death for those of Seattle versus getting her daughter back. Isabel gained the confidence of several members of Seattle and explained to them of the dangers ahead. All were eager to go, knowing what was ahead to help her get her daughter back. They went, trod to castle in the Dreaming and found Oberon, Shannon and a bodyguard over Shannon. This bodyguard attacked the group first, then Oberon. The fight ended with Oberon's death as well as the bodyguard's. Isabel took Shannon and the group left after finally getting out of a last trap left by Oberon. However, ....this was not the end of Oberon.........
A mysterious castle in the clouds is spotted floating from the western part of the state headed over Seattle. Some find a way up to this castle on the clouds via a Nocker made blimp of sorts. While the castle sailed over the city, they explored and pillaged the place. The group barely made it off before the castle crashed.
Fruit for sale! Fresh fruit! Fruit for sale! A cart vendor on the streets is selling a special kind of fruit. Said to be a mixture hybrid of a tangerine and peach. Wonderful, melt in your mouth fruit that you just gotta have another and another, plus seeing to it that your friends try some as well. It's soon learned that this fruit is from a tree out south of Seattle area. The fruit from this tree, once eaten, implants a creature, like a worm, inside the person. This person then begins to change in attitude and appearance. Gaining a rash and peeling dead skin. To be rid of the creature, it must be commanded out of the person and killed. Not soon after, the creatures were learned to be fomorian. The tree was found and destroyed as well to stop any further infection of such creatures. All ends that ends well......so they think.
Riots break out in Seattle! World Trade comes in and everything goes haywire! There's rioting in the streets, buildings being burned, and police call curfew. No one is safe on the street, especially at night. Police have taken the curfew further and are now stopping anyone that is outdoors at night traveling anywhere. If you are out and not heading home or to a business that belongs to you, you are taken in for further questioning and even to spend the night in jail, no questions asked. This soon dies down as things finish with the WTO.
One of our local bar/restaurant owners has been having a time of it lately. Greenheart has been visited by ghosts and visions. At least that's what's being claimed by him. A small group of fae help out Greenheart and find an underground cave beneath his establishment. It's here that they learn a part of Greenheart's past through soothsay. Dancing ghosts of a time past flow through the cave that evidently was once part of a freehold from long ago and is seemingly dead. Dark forces were at work back then that brought this once fine place down along with it's keeper. Have things been resolved? Some of the group thought so, but no one is really certain aside from Greenheart himself.
Another dark mystery man enters Seattle. Damon buys the beach house property from Isabel and takes up residence there. It's soon learned that this man has other plans of his own for the city. This biggest surprise of which is when he takes up a Barony and .......leaves the Shadow Court? Is that possible? We shall see......
The fan hits the shit....no, wait, that's the shit hits the fan! Our elustrous Queen Aeron is in Bedlam! A few of our brave Seattle citizens go and try to reason with their crazed Queen only to find that she is truly in deep Bedlam. Plans are made to try and help her, but they come late. A bomb of glamouress proportions goes off in Pacifica, taking out many fae. Killing them. Rioting brakes out in California, Oregan, and Washington states amongst commoners and nobles because of this. More deaths result. Then word comes that Queen Aeron is dead. Murdered it's said, but by who is unknown. Rioting dies off and soon there is a lottery held for a new King or Queen. Queen Laurel of Northern Ice comes into Seattle to help the Caer there in getting it back on it's feet until the new ruler is in place. The last Duke of Seattle is also dead, killed during the bombing. A new Duchess is put in by Queen Laurel. Countess Stephanie is now Duchess Stephanie with her Regent Aradella. Baron Blackthorne is promoted to Count and has gone through a couple of regents thus far. Present standing regent is Meridian. Baron Damon is instated with regent Cid. Baroness Minette remains with regent Casey. Baroness Tryamour is instated with regent Marianne. Baron Fabian is m issing in the Dreaming and believed to be dead. His regent Laurel was given the opportunity to be Baroness which was declined. However she continues to watch over the Freehold as careholder until either she decides to take it as Baroness or someone else is instated instead. A new King is put on the throne of Pacifica and all learn that he is of House Ailil. Queen Laurel heads back to Canada and home now that matters in Pacifica are back in hand. Are they really? We will see what comes of this......
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