Auckland, the Freehold, and You.

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Post  Wyrd on Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:56 am

So you escaped. Well done. We are all very proud of you. No small feat for any changeling. First, before you spread your wings in the big wide world, here are some things you should know about our setting.

The game is set in a World of Darkness version of modern day Auckland. Superficially, it is similar to the real world, but with some very important differences. Auckland's population exceeds 3 million. Poverty and crime is at an all time high, as there just isn't enough welfare and social services to go around. Corruption runs rampant in businesses and government alike. Not to mention the supernatural presence that seems to rest behind every dark alley.

But more importantly, you are a changeling. To survive, you need to know a little bit (or more) about how those others of your kind arrange themselves.

Firstly, there is the Freehold of Auckland - The Unbound Harbour. This represents the larger body of changelings that have decided to ally themselves together for support, and is overseen by a ruler. The Freehold of Auckland is split into four courts, representing the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. During each season, the head of the relevant court is the ruler of the freehold. There are also those changelings who choose to remain courtless. Further still, there have been cases of changelings operating in Auckland outside of the freehold. More often than not, these changelings are considered a danger to the safety and security of the freehold.

What is the point of all of this? Changelings believe this rolling political structure to be some sort of a defense against the True Fae. It is theorized that the True Fae lack a certain amount of empathy and that one of the Gentry would never willingly give up power. The inability for the True Fae to understand changeling society provides at least some level of defense. Better to be incomprehensible than entirely predictable.

Changelings will also often organize themselves into motleys. These are small groups of changelings, bound together not by court, but by friendship or a common ideal. Motleys will often share a Hollow, a safe portion of hedge suitable for habitation.

That is not to say that changelings will always get along.

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