Tales from the Trident
The Winter Court (Silent Arrow, Onyx Court, Court of Sorrow)
By all rights, the Winter Court should be one of the most powerful Courts in Miami. The Court’s heavy involvement in the drug trade gives them not only wealth and power, but a steady source of sorrow stemming from the lives destroyed by their trade. Never a populous Court, Winter’s children are a tight-knit bunch, more like a street gang than a royal Court. Jeremiah Sleet, the Court of Sorrow’s King since the late 1970s, has forged his Court into a well-honed machine, growing steadily in temporal power even as it poisons the city around it. And yet, for all of that, the Winter Court remains the weakest of the Courts that remain in the city. The smallest of the Courts (with the possible exception of Maria Thorne’s faction of the Spring Court), the Silent Arrow has been marginalized and pushed to one side in matters of freehold politics since the Court was founded. With a talent for stealth and hunger for the sorrow of mortals, the Winter Court has established a niche for itself in the Miami underworld. The Winter Court is by no means the largest or most powerful group operating in the narcotics trade — wealth and power attracts exactly the attention the Winter Court doesn’t want — but word on the street is that the “Snowmen” are a quality operation with an uncanny knack for staying under the radar and worming their distribution network into any neighborhood. Despite the Winter Court’s reputation as nothing more than a gang of thugs and drug dealers, there are several members who try not to involve themselves in that lifestyle. By and large, the Winter Court accepts these changelings and their choices, but even the most adamantly “out of the game” courtiers dread that late-night phone call asking them to do “a favor for a friend.” Jeremiah Sleet isn’t a man you say “no” to lightly.