Duchy of Eternal Myst
taken from the Book of Lost Dreams
Ages ago, the fae first met humans who could speak words that formed new Dreams. The power of these mortal Dreamers frightened many fae, but also fascinated them and in spite of themselves, they return again and again to walk with them.
These willworkers of reality are a diverse group, and the Kithain as a whole have contact with only a few branches. It is with mages, more than any other supernatural group, that the different kith have separate relations.
During the Sundering, but before the Shattering, many fae held themselves aloof from the human magick workers. The prevailing attitude was that these humans were simply dabblers, unable to truly touch the Dreaming. When the Shattering came and Glamour fled, the commoner Kithain sought any sign of magic in the world. Many of them came upon mages, also struggling to restore magic to the world. Many Kithain worked with mages, and the attitudes of the past were quickly wiped away. Kithain and mage stood together against the encroaching Banality and other supernatural foes. Some even pooled their resources, sharing the mystical energies of freeholds.
Problems arose when a group of mages dedicated to a paradigm of science and reason triumphed, imposing their static view of the world on everyone. With belief in magic dying, magical power also faded. Mages began to seek out sources of power, including freeholds. The mages would drain them of Glamour in order to add to their own personal meager stores of magic. At first, some Kithain felt that it was important to support their allies and allowed the draining of some smaller freeholds. The mages became greedy, however, and began seeking out larger freeholds.
This large-scale Ravaging precipitated the time of the greatest changeling and mage conflict. The era commonly called the Industrial Revolution had just begun. The mages, feelign that their doom was nigh, marshaled as many occult forces as they could. This gathering of resources included taking Glamour from the last few shared freeholds. The Kithain at this time, already fighting for their own existence, fought back against the willworkers. Throughout the world, alliances were broken, freeholds drained, and enchanted mages sent into madness (which they refer to as Quiet). The greatest battle raged in the city of Boston, where a motely of trolls cornered the remnants of an Order of Hermes Chantry. With spell-breaking artifacts clenched in their horny fists, they advanced. When the smoke had cleared, one troll remained standing, and the rest of the participants had vanished. Word of the conflict spread, and the mages learned quickly that they were no longer welcome into Kithain holdings.
The 20th century has seen a rapprochement between the Tradition mages and the Kithain. With the renewal of some ancient sources of Glamour, the fae are slightly less paranoid, but they still keep the locations of freeholds secret from all but their most trusted mage allies.
When the Resurgence occurred, the sidhe were given a crash course in mage proficiency. Duke Aeon challenged a member of the Order of Hermes to a duel, and His Grace was soundly trounced. As a result of skirmishes like this, the sidhe have become very interested in making alliances with mages, but are quite wary of the power they possess.
Perhaps the greatest threat to the fae are the mages referred as the Hidden Ones, ideological descendants of the first merchants of Banality. It is their master plan to crush the wonder of magic from the world in the name of “protecting” the masses, leaving it a cold gray world of antiseptic science. Any who know of the fae have spared no expense or effort to force them into slumber. Some groups of these magi have advocated death by cold iron as the solution to the “changeling question.” The Kithain avoid these banal mages whenever possible, but if cornered by one, their only hope is to throw all of their Glamour at the willworker in the hope of enchanting the mage is long enough to escape. It is a shared hatred of the Hidden Ones, or the Technocrats as teh mystic mages refer to them, that often brings Kithain and mages together.
The nine mystical Traditions of mages are the willworkers who battle the Hidden Ones’ secret agenda of Banality. Some of these Traditions accept that fae within their views of reality and have traffic with them. Others are almost as banal as the Hidden Ones themselves.s The following three Traditions have the most contact with the Kithain.
The Verbena, pattered after the old pagan ways, use nature and blood magic to affect reality. These mystics probably have the most contact with the Kithain, due to the fact that the fae are part of their paradigm. Often the Verbena render aid in exchange for changeling blood (which can be used in several rituals and spells) or other favors.
Order of Hermes
These formal, “high magic” mages had the most contact with the sidhe before the Shattering. Now that the nobility has returned, the Hermetic mages are beside themselves with joy at the sign of returning magic. It is said one ancient mage actually giggled and clapped his hands like a child upon hearing the news that the sidhe had returned. hermetic mages can be found in consultation with Kithain sages, or acting as unofficial advisors to the nobility.
The shaman-mages interact with spirits of magical creatures on an almost daily basis. As a result, the Kithain find these mages to be among the least banal. The Dreamspeakers have many contacts with the Nunnehi and other native faeries, and occasionally the European fae. Dreamspeakers are the most likely to seek out the fae to learn their secrets. many Kithain having been burned by mages in the past, are wary of these mystics’ overtures of friendship.