Kingdom of Willows
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Meilge, King of Willows

The Kingdom of Willows encompasses the southeastern United States, with the exception of Florida. King Meilge rules from his palace in Atlanta, but his hold over this diverse region is less than absolute. Within his immediate realm, his powerful personality has left its tumultuous and ambitious imprint on his lands; thus, Atlanta's drive for metropolitan status reflects Meilge's highest hopes, as the city's factious internal tensions and high incidence of crime mirror the king's more troubling aspects. In other parts of the kingdom, nobles and commoners in positions of power exercise their own influence over the lands entrusted to them. In some cases, the psyches of local dukes, duchesses, counts, countesses and other lords and ladies serve to mitigate Meilge's despotism; in others, the resonance between the King of Willows and his loyal deputies amplify one another, leading to a palpable atmosphere of decay and decadence that permeates the Dreaming and leeches into the physical world.

Composed of King Meilge's own holding of Willow's Heart, ten recognized and two disputed duchies and numerous smaller counties and baronies, the Kingdom of Willows relies heavily on commoner nobles to maintain its lower echelon of nobility, since the sidhe have not settled herein as great a number as in some other regions of Concordia. Many independent freeholds exist within the kingdom as well, predominantly in the still-untamed regions, such as the Appalachian and Ozark mountain ranges, the Louisiana bayous, the coastal islands of South Carolina and the rural areas of the Deep South.

Duchies of the Kingdom of Willows

Composed of King Meilge's own holding of Willow's Heart, 10 recognized and two disputed duchies and numerous smaller counties and baronies, the Kingdom of Willows relies heavily on commoner nobles to maintain its lower echelon of nobility, since the sidhe have not settled herein as great a number as in some other regions of Concordia. Many independent freeholds exist within the kingdom as well, predominantly in the still-untamed regions, such as the Appalachian and Ozark mountain ranges, the Louisiana bayous, the coastal islands of South Carolina and the rural areas of the Deep South.

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Locations of Note

Encompassing all of Georgia with the freehold in Atlanta, King Meilge's domain reflects both his Seelie and Unseeling natures. It includes some of the most progressive and industrialized parts of the Kingdom while harboring large areas of rural poverty and provincial-minded people. Though it serves as the center of the Kingdom of Willows, many changelings see instead a rotten core at the kingdom's heart.

  • Wisteria Hall: Comprising the area around Savannah, this county serves as the center for Georgia's Seelie aristocracy and for many changelings who epitomize the best values of Kithain tradition. The Dreaming within the county has a tranquil, leisurely feel to it, and little of the tainted decadence found nearer to Meilge's stronghold. Count Morrig presides over this freehold and the surrounding county.
  • Florist Primaeval: A small freehold in fealty to Count Morrig by Lady Una Morrowind, this faerie glen serves as a testimonial to a tragic love affair between a sidhe noble and a mortal.
  • Barony of Vellumton: This small but vibrant barony lies north and east of Willow's Heart and serves as a cultural and social center for the Kithain who live in and around Athens, Madison, and Watkinsville, Georgia. Steeped in history and Glamour, the Barony of Vellumton offers a haven to artists and musicians, many of whom are initially attracted to the region by the University of Georgia's intellectual and cultural climate as well as its superb Greek-Revival mansions and buildings. The freehold of the barony is Whitehall Keep. It operates as a Victorian-style bed and breakfast that serves as an elegant headquarters for mortals visiting the area. In the Dreaming, the mansion doubles as the baronial palace of Baron Arawn and his consort, Baroness Elleawyn, who act as the gracious (but a bit eccentric) hosts for their fortunate guests. The magnificent lawn outside the Whitehall Keep is the site of an annual tournament complete with medieval jousting, swordplay, performances by troubadours, jongleurs, and dancers. Mortals and Kithain mix freely in this Glamour-rich atmosphere to re-enact the customs of the age of chivalry.
  • The Echota Council Lands: About 50 miles northwest of Atlanta near the Appalachian foothills of northern Georgia, the New Echota State Historical Site marks the former capital of the Cherokee nation. On the reconstructed grounds of the Cherokee Supreme Court building, a group of Nunnehi led by Chief Grey Eagle has established an entire village within the Hunting Grounds, a realm hidden from both the Dreaming and mortal eyes. These nanehi and yunwi tsundsi of Cherokee mortal blood conduct periodic raids on the Kithain of Willow's Heart, paying particular attention to those most loyal to Meilge, whom they call the Half-faced Serpent. Curiously, they never attack the Barony of Vellumton.

Characters of Note

King Meilge

King Meilge

King of Willows, Ruler of Willow's Heart

King Meilge rules from his palace in Atlanta, but his hold over this diverse region is less than absolute. Within his immediate realm, his powerful personality has left its tumultuous and ambitious imprint on his lands; thus, Atlanta's drive for metropolitan status reflects Meilge's highest hopes, as the city's factious internal tensions and high incidence of crime mirror the king's more troubling aspects.

Morrig

Morrig

Count of Wisteria Hall

Reflecting the understated good taste of its Seelie overlord, Wisteria Hall appears in the Dreaming as an elegantly simple mansion. His freehold holds many beautiful treasures and antiques carefully collected over the years. Its spacious grounds contain several lily ponds which serve as homes for various species of tropical fish and numerous private walks and nature paths. Morrig is facing a bit of strange/bad happenings within Savanna itself. Small pockets of disturbing Glamour have begun to surface near places associated with Berendt's book, the Midnight Dreaming. Many of Savannah's Unseelie changelings have begun frequenting these sites. At least one wilder of House Ailil has attempted to open a freehold on the grounds of the Mercer House. Morrig is finding himself quite unprepared to handle this and is trying to get this under control in flustered pace.

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