London Realms

The reams are mystical regions that were originally kingdoms in Arcadia, but manifested as earthly kingdoms in the mythic age. Since the Sundering the realms have appeared at various times and places. For example, [Gorre]] manifested in the Cumbrian kingdom of Rheged at the start of the Dark Ages and Surluse emerged in Alfred the Great’s Wessex and Cameliard in Elizabeth I’s London; Bedegraine has appeared in the rebellious north during the Wars of the Roses as well as in slum Rookeries of Victorian London. These realms seem to follow something similar to the Changeling Way, manifesting in different centuries in different political forms, yet always representing similar cultural forces. Since the Resurgence, the ancient realms have emerged close together, forming a microcosm of Fae society within London. One realm seems to have disappeared – Camelot itself disappeared with the Sidhe during the Shattering and has not yet emerged from the Dreaming.

Most Fae (ie anyone with dots in Remembrance) are natives of a particular realm and tend to be reborn there or else are drawn back to it after their Chrysalis. Kithain within their home realm receive certain advantages:

  • They can regain a point of Glamour by sleeping and dreaming inside their home realm, as if they were at a Freehold. This is in addition to Glamour regained through the power of a Freehold or Glen.
  • Bunks involving local landmarks or associations are one level higher (eg for a native of Benoic to perform a bunk involving the pigeons in Trafalgar Square)
  • The character’s dots in Title can be added to any Reverie or Ravaging rolls within the realm
  • To enjoy this advantages, he character needs to be in good standing within the realm, which typically means the character must be of the same Court as the realm’s ruler:
    Seelie: Cameliard, Benoic, Sarras
    Unseelie: Gorre, Bedegraine, Listenoise
    Both: Carbonek, Surluse and Broceliande
    The character also needs to be in good standing with the realm’s Fae ruler. Banishment breaks a changeling’s connection to her home realm, for which reason it is much feared as a punishment. A new ruler might accept a changeling, offering a new home realm, but this requires the Oath of Escheat (which typically involves the new changeling swearing the Oath of Fealty too). The Naming art could also be used to change to a new realm. Some very few Kithain belong to two realms – this would be a 2 point Merit but such characters are often distrusted if their divided loyalties are known.

Bedegraine

The fortress of the rebels of House Balor, covering the western side of Lewisham, from New Cross down to Catford. King Lot is the main warlord here, but first among equals in a dangerous and Banal realm with strange reserves of creativity and youth.

Benoic

The realm of King Ban, covering the city of Westminster surrounding St James’ Park. A lot of ancient Glamour is found in the palaces, monuments and galleries here. It is a Seelie realm of House Gwydion, allied with Guinevere but independent.

Broceliande

An enchanted forest, that runs from Regents Park, through the districts of Primrose Hill, Belsize Park, Chalk Farm and the huge expanse of Hampstead Heath. Although mortals do not perceive the forest, it is populated by chimerical beasts, enchanted fountains, hermits and strange towers.

Cameliard

Queen Guinevere’s realm of art and love, a Seelie domain of House Fiona, covering Mayfair, Soho and Covent Garden and including London’s West End, Chinatown and the hippest nightlife.

Carbonek

The City of London, including the original Roman Londinium and the ‘Square Mile’ of the City. A strange place, containing intense banality (the financial, legal and political hub of the country) and strange, ancient Glamour (the Inns of Court, the temple of Mithras, the Tower of London, St Pauls), it is known as ‘the Wounded Land’ to the changelings, who do not dare claim it. The chimerical King Ludd and Dick Whittington battle over it, and draw changelings into their plots.

Forest Sauvage

A general term for the ‘Green Belt’ surrounding London, beyond Listenoise. It particularly identifies Windsor Great Park and the surrounding areas of Surrey and Berkshire. Many of the more elemental chimera spawn out here and there are tombs of old gods, forgotten heroes and even Fomorians.

Gorre

Morgan La Fay’s realm of wealth and power, including the mansions of Knightsbridge and the Media Village of Shepherd’s Bush. Stupendous money and political influence is concentrated in this Unseelie domain of Houses Ailil and Leanhaun.

Listenoise

This is the Wasteland, the Fae term for the urban sprawl that surrounds New Camelot. It is a very banal region but the Unseelie are skilled at finding oases of Glamour in the Wasteland – like the emergence of Dubstep from Croydon in the late 90s.

Lyonesse

The ‘Lost Land’ of the West, ruled (they say) by the Pooka King Mark. It was once the rural holiday realm of ‘Metro-Land’ in Hillingdon, now submerged beneath the wave of Banality that is Heathrow Airport.

Sarras

The mysterious Saracen realm, home to Lord Esclabor and his sons. It covers ‘Bangla Town’, the old district of Whitechapel and Brick Lane in the East End.

Surluse

The city of the Fae of House Dougal and House Eiluned, ruled by Prince Gallehault. It covers Southwark, the site of the Globe Theatre, the Tate Modern and the South Bank Centre. Shakespeare, Chaucer and Dickens wrote here and their characters are common in the Dreaming.

London Realms

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