Changeling: the Lost


A Seeming is a label for changelings who have undergone similar transformations while being held prisoner in the Faerie realm. It is largely a reflection of the experiences and environment the Lost was held in before escaping. Changelings who share a Seeming often share not only physical traits, but psychological and emotional ones as well; they have shared common experiences of Faerie, and were often captured by or drawn to their Keepers in similar ways.

Seemings may be further categorised into Kiths, Changelings who share very specific similarities beyond those of their Seeming. While their supernatural changes might be similar, however, Changelings of the same Seeming, or even the same Kith, may have radically different Miens.
There are six Seemings recognised by Changelings:

  • Vidunder are changelings who were used or treated as animals during their captivity. They take on some part of an animal's nature and appearance, bestial sensation and instinct ever struggling for dominance with human thought and reason.
  • Mörkerbarn changelings have been imbued with the darkness of Faerie, embodying shadow and stealth, fear and deception. Spawned of darkness, their magic fades in the light of day.
  • Elementarer were used as inanimate objects or forces of nature during their captivity. When they return to the mortal realm, they retain power over the elements they once belonged to, but find that humanity has become alien to them.
  • De väna embody grace and power, beauty and cruelty, able to enchant and beguile those around them.
  • Trollen are creatures of great strength and prowess, hardened and brutalised by the tortures and abuses they endured at their masters' hands.
  • Nissarna have lost something of themselves to Faerie. Reduced in body and/or mind, made smaller than they were, they have turned bitter and spiteful. Their withered appearance, however, conceals inhuman agility and dexterity.
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The Courts are the primary structures of Changeling society. Each Court represents both a philosophy and a supernatural pact with an aspect of the world that helps Changelings bolster their existence in the mortal realm, making them less vulnerable to the attentions of the Fae. Most Courts also draw power from a specific emotion which is associated with the powers of the Court; Changelings of the Court find it easier to harvest Glamour from their Court's emotion.
Each freehold has its own local Courts, usually reflections of the larger Court structures known to Changelings. The best-known Court structure (at least in the West) operates on a seasonal system, but there are Courts which are affiliated with different Earthly phenomena. The structure of a freehold's Courts is usually heavily influenced by the cultural heritage of the area and the folk tales and superstitions known to its members. All that really matters is that the Courts' affiliation somehow confounds the Fae; this may be achieved through ties to cyclical events, as the Fae are unchanging, or by the sharing of power, a concept alien to the Gentry.

The four seasonal Courts are:

  • Spring Court: Focusing on hiding from the Fae by living amongst the mortals. They thrive on Desire.
  • Summer Court: Seeking to strike out against the Fae directly. They thrive on Wrath.
  • Autumn Court: Exploring the powers of faerie magic and the enigmas of the unknown. They thrive on Fear.
  • Winter Court: Masters of deception and keepers of mysteries. They thrive on Sorrow.

The four directional Courts are:

  • Court of the North: Become hard, detached, and ascetic; give yourself so little to lose that you are no longer attractive to the Fae. They thrive on Suffering.
  • Court of the East: Accumulate wealth and power to be rooted firmly in mortal society. They thrive on Envy.
  • Court of the South: Seeking enlightenment and joy in the Changeling condition. They thrive on Ecstacy.
  • Court of the West: All life is war, and the virtuous must win. They thrive on Honor.

The two diurnal Courts are:

  • Sun Court: Believers in morals, the rule of law, and righteousness. They thrive on Shame.
  • Moon Court: Valuing freedom and chaos, and reveling in what they have become. They thrive on Disgust.

The two transitional Courts are:

  • Dawn Court: Creators of their own destinies and a better future. They thrive on Hope.
  • Dusk Court: Accepting of their doomed fate, but not going down without a fight. They thrive on Fatalism.
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