Tales from the Trident
Spring Court (Antler Crown, Emerald Court, Court of Desire)
The Spring Court is on the verge of self-destruction in Miami. Completely exiled from the city until quite recently, the Antler Crown has at last reestablished its presence in the city. Maria Thorne’s “Vichy Spring” has regained a portion of the Court’s former holdings in Miami Beach, but the majority of the Spring Court remains in hiding outside the city. Rose Thorne herself has gone completely underground, fearing that the King of Endless Summer will have her killed should she surface publicly. Her exact whereabouts remain unknown: along with three of her fiercest and most loyal knights, she operates out of the Everglades, relaying messages to her Court by courier. At present, Rose lacks the manpower to attempt a move back into the city, and the death of Tom Hood during the coup, and his subsequent replacement by Naamah, has soured any real chance of an alliance with the Autumn Court.
Two years ago, a small, ragtag band of Spring Court changelings emerged from the Everglades and requested asylum from the King of Endless Summer. Their leader called herself Maria Thorne, and she claimed to be Rose Thorne’s daughter. She announced that she had grown tired of her mother’s erratic behavior and obsession with restoring the seasonal Court, and that she wished to reestablish a Spring Court in Miami on her own. Quite to the surprise of the movers-and-shakers of the City of Endless Summer, Grandfather Thunder acceded to her request and granted Maria Thorne the title of Duchess of Spring (Maria herself refused to be named Spring Queen until her mother was lawfully deposed) and control of several nightclubs in South Beach formerly owned by the Court of Desire. The sad truth is that Maria Thorne isn’t half the leader Rose was. Maria’s attempts to balance recognition of the City of Endless Summer and the rightful rule of Rose Thorne have been, rather than a delicate political balancing act, an exercise in capitulation and weak compromise. Maria’s faction is branded traitors by the exiled Spring Court for rolling over for Grandfather Thunder’s regime, and at the same time is mistrusted by the City of Endless Summer for its refusal to openly denounce Rose Thorne and her rebellion.