Sorry guys, insane day at work, and running on very little sleep. But here is some of the information we had for the one offs, that may help those of you who are new to the Universe.
The Unseelie Accords
The Unseelie Accords are a set of agreements (like the Geneva Conventions) that govern behaviour between its signatories, who are the major powers of the magical world. The Accords include protocols for etiquette, hospitality, formal duels, and neutral ground, among other things. They were instigated by Queen Mab, Winter Queen of the Fae.
The laws set down in the Accords are upheld, the work of maintaining them done, and gatherings arranged by two Fae lawyers, who represent the balance between Winter and Summer. They are Ms Anna Cage, of the Summer Fae; and Fish, of the Winter Fae. Between them they ensure that the laws are followed, and any breaches or problems are resolved in accordance with the rules.
The Known Rules are.
There is no spirit of the law, only the letter of the law.
Beings have license to deliver and receive messages, and to have safe passage granted them so long as they do not instigate violence.
Part of a pledge of safe passport or conduct is a promise to not drug any directly offered food or drink. If it is targeted at a group, rather than a specific individual, however, then it is acceptable.
If a member of the Accords is killed by another member of the Accords, one who has close relations to the deceased can demand a weregild in compensation for their death.
Should a member of one faction wrong another faction, the aggrieved party has the right to challenge their enemy to single combat. The dueling laws are based on the Code Duello:
The organisations that represent the duelers pick an emissary from the list of neutral emissaries.
The chosen emissary decides on a list of available weapons, such as magic or will.
The challenged picks the weapons, and the challenger picks the time and location.
The available weapons are not necessarily restricted to those usable by both parties. If the challenger can’t use the weapon the challenged chose, they can force the challenged to take their second choice.
Each party must have a second.
The seconds collaborate with the emissary to work out the terms of the duel.
Certain places can be signed on as Accorded Neutral Territory (and that is the case within the house here). This means that signatories of the Accords do not start any conflict on the premises, and are bound by their honour to take any fights outside.
Any member of the accords can sign for safe passage for 1 other.
An individual can sign onto the Accords as a freeholding lord:
The signatory is entitled to rights under the Accords, such as right of challenge.
The signatory must have three current members of the Accords vouch for them for them to be able to sign on.
The Current Signatories
The Archive - A powerful being, always a woman who is a repository of all knowledge recorded by humanity, wizard or otherwise. This makes as strong as the strongest of the Fae Queens.
The Denarians - The Order of the Blackened Denarii, an organisation of fallen angels who are bonded with human hosts through their coins. There are only ever 30 at any one time, though they have a wide range of power and abilities. The generally accepted leader as seen by outsiders is Anduriel who has been walking the Earth for close to 2000 years. The representative that often speaks for them is Lasciel.
Monoc Securities - An organisation based in Oslo. Little is known about this organisation, though. They have been known to hire out supernatural mercenaries. Their leader is Donar Vadderung.
The Summer Court and Winter Court - 2 of the 3 groups of Fae (The third group, WyldFae aren’t signatories). Fae are alien and powerful beings that live in the NeverNever and interact with the Mortal realms. Each of the courts turns in opposition to each other, their power waxing and waning with the seasons. Balance is very important to them, as are deals. It is well known that Fae can not tell a lie or break a deal, but while many may see these as weaknesses, they see them as power. Each Court has 3 Queens and a Knight. In order of power (weakest to strongest) there is the Lady, The Queen and then the Mother. The current Summer Lady is Guinevere and her Knight is Ronald Reuel. The current Winter Lady is Boadicea and her Knight is Jacob Sanders. The closest thing to the leader of the WyldFae is the Erlking, a powerful being who can call the Wild Hunt.
The Fomor -An ancient race of water-dwelling creatures, they are known to be powerful magic users, some claim because they are fallen Fae others say potentially through their interbreeding with the Fae many, many, many years ago. They are lead by King Corb and tend to keep to themselves and do not encourage guests.
Vampires - The Black Court - The most well known type of Vampire, the
Black Court’s numbers are severally weakened now after a serious purge from mortals after the publication of Bram Stokers Dracula, and they are currently the smallest and weakest of the Vampire Courts. They are usually old, strong creatures, though there appearance is often off putting as they are still in their old bodies which for many of them has continued to rot. Their leader in America is Count Laszlo a very old Vampire from Europe.
The Jade Court - A secretive group of Asian vampires, they can be expected to respect the accords and respect honour, but rarely seen outside of Asia.
The Red Court - Currently the most numerous and powerful of the Vampire Courts. Red Court vampires were once human who changed when they first feed, now they are bat like monsters who feed on blood and disguise themselves with human looking ‘shells’. They are known for the passions and tempers and an addictive saliva which they use to feed off humans. Their powerbase is South America where they are ruled by the Red King. His representative in America is Duke Garcia a vampire known to be around for at least a couple of hundred years.
The White Court - The most ‘human-like’ of the Vampire courts they integrate themselves into mortal society. They avoid violence with the other groups preferring diplomacy. They are lead by the White King and while little is known about the inner workings they are made up of a number of houses. White Court vampires are not humans that have been turned, they are born as vampires. And they tend to feed on emotions and able to influence the mood of mortals. The Representative of the House is one of the White King’s daughters, Miss Eleanor Mont Blanc.
The White Council - Is a worldwide council of Human Wizards that has been around since before the Romans. They are lead by the Senior council and group of 7 incredibly powerful Mages. And their leader is The Merlin, a title taken by the most powerful and senior of the Mages. A human mage will live MUCH longer than a normal human being barring accidents, and has access to magic not available to other Supernatural creatures. Their representative at this meeting is Simon Petravich, a Russian Wizard on the Senior Council. The White Council also enforces the seven laws of Magic over human wizards. This is done by their combat mages, the Wardens. Wearing grey cloaks and carrying silver swords that cut through magic most groups are wary when the Wardens are hunting.
The seven laws of magic (these rules are intended to be enforced on human mages against human targets, but…)
Thou shalt not kill by use of magic.
Thou shalt not transform others.
Thou shalt not invade the mind of another.
Thou shalt not enthrall another.
Thou shalt not reach beyond the borders of life.
Thou shalt not swim against the Currents of Time.
Thou shalt not seek beyond the Outer Gates