County of the Big Easy
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The County of the Big Easy occupies the same geography as the Greater New Orleans area, which takes up the entire east side of the lower section of the "L" Louisiana is shaped like. The seat of power is in the French Quarter of New Orleans, where Countess Almatheia and her court reside in a jazz club freehold called the Cornucopia Club.

The sultry presence of the bayou vies with the wild decadence of New Orleans to cause a chaotic jumble of potentially conflicting dreams. Kithain, Kinain, Prodigals, and mortals of all kinds have flocked here, some drawn by the allure of voodoo, others by the mystique of life in the Big Easy. For many changelings, the presence of so much wrought iron makes living in certain parts of the city difficult and give rise to the conviction that New Orleans serves as a headquarters for a particularly active group of Dauntain. Rumors also abound that New Orleans is under the control of the Shadow Court.

Locations of Note

Arts & Warehouse District

Carrolton, Garden District & Uptown District

Many Sidhe and Satyrs enjoy the beauty of the grand mansions of the Garden District.

  • Audubon Park and Zoo: Pooka flock here.
  • K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen: A clique of changeling culinary artists hold dinner meetings in the city's famous restaurants — among them, K-Paul's (Chef Paul Prudhomme) Louisiana Kitchen.

Central Business District & Downtown

Esplanade Ridge & St. John Bayou

A Historical area that is saturated in Bed and Breakfast Historical Houses.

French Quarter

The most heavily visited section of the city is the French Quarter, steeped in the atmosphere of its Creole culture.

  • 544 Club: Bourbon Street club that plays a variety of jazz nightly. It is very popular with the artists and entertainers of the city.
  • Cornucopia Club: A jazz club and freehold of Countess Almatheia Lovejoy. Commonly known as the Horn.
  • Dusk til Dawn: A Bourbon Street burlesque that harkens back to the old days where burlesque was all the rage. Inside the early 1900s decor and the scaled down the facade of the New Orleans cityscape that lines three out of the four walls of the main dance hall further transport the customers back in time. The full bar is on the rooftops of the cityscape. Across from the bar is a large stage that has a Mississippi river theme to it. In the burlesque tradition, not just striptease shows are hosted here, but all manner of bawdy lewd variety show like productions.
  • Jackson Square:
  • Jax Brewery:
  • Jax Fest: Located in the old Jackson Brewery, Jax Fest has four theme bars. These are the Toucan Liquor Stand (A Tropical Bar), the Hurricane Dance Club (Top 40 Music), Singalong Sam's Piano Bar, and the Locker Room Sports Bar with 24 television screens broadcasting satellite and cable sports events.
  • Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop: A local bar and favorite hangout for redcaps, trolls, and nockers.
  • Lamp Light: Located on Bourbon Street the Lamp Light is a small strip club. The club is usually open until the wee hours of the morning.
  • Le Petit Theatre: Located on St. Peter Street. One of the oldest theatre troupes in the country, Le Petit Theatre stages excellent plays.
  • The Mississippi Pearl: One of the only mobile freeholds in the whole world. This restored steamboat that acts as a casino, ferry and hotel is run by a pair of changelings, Pearl the Eshu Entertainment, and Captain Quillan.
  • Musèe Conti Wax Museum: A center for the city's Unseelie Sidhe.
  • New Orleans Jazz: Located on Royal Street. Open from sunset to dawn, the club features the city's more popular jazz bands.
  • Old Absinthe House Bar: A favorite late-night haunt on Bourbon Street that rocks with hard-driving blues.
  • Old New Orleans Court Building:
  • Old U.S. Mint:
  • Pat O'Brien's: - The archetypal tourist hangout, a bar located on St. Peter Street. Pat O'Brien's features a patio bar as well as a piano bar.
  • Preservation Hall: Music enthusiasts among the Kithain frequent Preservation Hall, a haven for traditional jazz.
  • St. Louis Cathedral:
  • Storyville Jazz Hall:
  • The Cabildo:
  • The French Market:
  • The Saenger Theatre: On Canal at Rampart Street. Only very recently re-opened. It hosts some of the best traveling troupes in the country though.
  • The Voodoo Museum: Patronized by many of the city's eshu and sluagh.
  • Theatre Marigny: A theatre on Frenchman Street close to Esplanade Ave.
  • Twilight Club:

Gentilly

Lakeview

Marigny Bywater

  • City Lights: City Lights is down by the river on Howard Avenue and plays dance music and is popular with the more rowdy crowd.
  • Grease Monkey Repair Shop: Though they specialize in motorcycles anything with a motor can and will be fixed at Grease Monkey.
  • B.S. Trailer Park: The Bundy and Skarsgaard Trailer Park used to be considered Bayou Territory before New Orleans spread out so far. On the outskirts of town still, it's butt up against the River and next to the fringes of a bayou that borders some of the eastside of NOLA. Two families used to own the spread of land, but as the city got closer they went in as partners and started up the Trailer Park. Riff Skarsgaard and Rochelle Bundy are the inheritors of the 'legacy' Riff act as Manager and Handy Man while Rochelle acts as Public Relations when she's not doing one of her many other jobs in the city.
  • Michaul's Live Cajun Music Restaurant: On Magazine Street. Much like the name of the place says, it serves traditional Cajun food to the tunes of traditional Cajun Songs.

Metairie

Mid-City

The Upper and Lower Ninth Ward

Treme

Factions and Characters of Note

House Fiona

Fiona is the primary ruling house of the County of the Big Easy. For a time, House Eiluned controlled the area under the hand of Duchess Lisette Levay, but the Duchess seemed content to allow King Meilge to place a satyr in charge of the feifdom while Lisette herself ruled the entirety of the Duchy of the Delta Cresecent.

With Amaltheia's ascension to power, House Fiona gained considerable influence in the Kingdom of Willows, given New Orleans' importance as both a center of Glamour and a hub of trade. There are some within the kingdom that would like to see power in the Big Easy return to House Eiluned, but the support of the commoners and the complicity of the Duchess make that unlikely any time soon.

Countess Amaltheia

Countess Amaltheia

Countess of the Big Easy

Though a countess and a successful businesswoman, Amaltheia has never forgotten her commoner roots. She is well-known to be approachable and never one to stand on ceremony. Sidhe visitors from other fiefs are frequently shocked at the casual protocol of the Court of Plenty.

Dame Lauria of the Ruby Eye

Dame Lauria of the Ruby Eye

Countess Amaltheia's Bodyguard

Lauria, more than anyone else, is personally responsible for Countess Amaltheia's direct safety.

Mercutio Lovejoy

Mercutio Lovejoy

Nephew of the Countess, Squire to Dame Lauria

The youngest of Amaltheia's honor guard is also her nephew. If rumor is to be believed, she is grooming him to be her heir.

Galdur Stonefist

Galdur Stonefist

Honor Guard

Though he bears no title, this troll grump has sworn fealty to Countess Amaltheia. He carries no weapons, but by his reputation, he needs none. If his fearsome and enormous presence isn't enough to deter a fight, his legendary strength and prodigious skills as a pugilist will end it quickly.

Sir Vashen Swiftblade of House Scathach

Sir Vashen Swiftblade of House Scathach

Silent Knight

Though a knight of House Scathach, Vashen is a member of Countess Amaltheia's honor guard, and the head of her security. While Dame Lauria sees to Amalatheia's personal safety, it is Vashen that goes out to confront potential or known threats before they get to her.

House Eiluned

Probably more so than anyone, Eiluned wants to get their claws back into the Big Easy. There are so many secrets to be unveiled in the city. They held power once, but Duchess Lisette let it go. There are other factions of Eiluned that intend to retake it. Lately they’ve resigned themselves to trying to manipulate things from behind the scenes, and trying to gain a grip on the underworld of New Orleans.

Duchess Lisette Levay

Duchess Lisette Levay

Voodoo Queen, Duchess of the Delta Crescent

Other Houses

Lady Jenyssa ap Leanhaun

Lady Jenyssa ap Leanhaun

Lady of House Leanhaun

Sir Eiriune Silvermane

Sir Eiriune Silvermane

Knight of House Daireann

Lady Anathe Silvermane

Lady Anathe Silvermane

Daughter of Sir Eiriune

Commoners

Uncle Abe "Stinky" Stinklewink

Uncle Abe "Stinky" Stinklewink

Everybody's Uncle

Whether you call him "Uncle Abe" or "Stinky", if you're a local you know Abraham Stinklewink. His microbrew, Stinky Stout, is locally famous, and the Horn is one of the few places that serve it. Abe himself is a regular fixture at the bar, spinning stories about the city in his youth, and even about Benny's Joint itself.

Blue

Blue

The Coolest Cat in Town

Though he is better known for being a presence and performer at The Cat's Meow, this pooka beat poet makes a point to make an appearance at the Horn every week or so. While the local pooka don't have any formal political structure, Blue is well-known and respected, and so became something of a default representative of the pooka in the Court of Plenty.

Finn Widdershins

Finn Widdershins

Cabbie

There's a good chance that any changeling in the Big Easy has been in Finn's cab at least once. If the destination is a bar and it's getting late, there's a good chance Finn follows them in "just for a pint".

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