Tales from the Trident
The Summer Court (The Iron Spear, Crimson Court, Court of Wrath)
Miami is the City of Endless Summer, and if the Summer Court has anything to say about it, it will stay that way for a long, long time. Ruled by Grandfather Thunder, an old and wily changeling and one of the only surviving founders of the freehold of Miami, the Iron Spear has established itself not only as the dominant Court in the city but as the only ruling body of Miami’s changelings. In the years since the coup, Grandfather Thunder and his followers have waged civil war, survived two successive rebellions and pushed an outlaw Court almost entirely out of the city. The Summer Court is unquestionably the most powerful Court in Miami. The Iron Spear is easily twice as populous as the Leaden Mirror, the next largest Court, and unlike the Autumn and Winter Courts, the Court of Wrath has firmly entrenched itself in the politics of the City of Endless Summer and thus holds the majority of political clout in the city. Coupled with the abundant wrathful Glamour that hangs over the city and the mystical potency afforded by Miami’s perpetually torrid climate, the Court of Wrath has dug itself firmly into the position of primacy and shows no signs of letting go any time soon. The Summer Court has a cool but civil relationship with the mystics and scholars of the Autumn Court, which Grandfather Thunder has tried consistently to improve, if only to remove the largest potential threat to his rule. So far, his overtures have had little success, but the Iron Spear can be patient when it must. The Court typically looks on Maria Thorne’s Spring Court with a mixture of distrust and wry amusement, while Rose Thorne’s renegades are considered the worst of traitors; among the Summer Court, the story that Rose has gone mad and allied herself with the Fae has gained more credence than with the other Courts. Relations with the Winter Court are more strained; Jeremiah Sleet keeps his small band of misfits mostly clear of the rest of changeling society, but there has been a long rivalry between the Courts stemming from territorial overlap.