Turning, turning, turning through the years…seasons come and go, each in turn. Always different, and yet there is a continuity.
What mortals do not realize is that the seasons themselves are ordered by the Fae courts, Summer, ruled with an iron fist under a velvet glove by Titania, and Winter, whose Queen, Mab, is as devious and cunning as she is cold and cruel. They keep a delicate balance, each as powerful as her rival, each recognizing that to destroy the other would result in her own annihilation.
Now, however, Summer and Winter, are in upheaval. Titania and Mab have never seen eye to eye, but their dissent has started to spill into the mortal world. There have been rumors for years that Mab has gone mad through some corruption at the heart of Winter, and, in the past few months, there are some who say that there will soon be open war between the courts.
The cause? That is far more difficult to pinpoint. How do wars start, after all? A dropped handkerchief? A parade route and an open car allowing an assassin time to strike? The sinking of a single ship in the Atlantic? What is certain is that the last Summer Lady, youngest and least powerfull of the three Queens of Summer, was cut down at the height of Summer’s power, and that her Knight died trying to protect her.
There are whispers that her murderer has yet to be found. There are worse whispers that there will be no justice, since Titania is unwilling to alter the balance of forces which endured for centuries of mortal time, even if her own daughter was slain. Why, then, have Summer forces been spied on the very borders of Winter?
The mortals, of course, are unaware of Fae realpolitik. Weathermen speak of global warming and of melting polar icecaps to explain the unusually hot temperatures this summer. Sunscreen is moving off the shelves faster than stores can stock it even as far north as Seattle. Drought conditions have forced even stricter water rationing, and sea life has been spotted off of coasts further north than their typical migratory patterns.
The future looks particularly grim, and Titania has set herself to find a knight to serve as Summer’s champion.
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