Courdonne is one of the northern nations, and the third largest country in the realm. It is bordered in the south-west by Castellan Kingdoms, and by Villiers in the north-west. They share a long border to the east with the Empire of Trinais. In the south the Boiling Mountains forms a natural border with Storest. Courdonne is ruled by a Century King who reigns for a full century. His reign is divided into four seasonal quarters, during which he is supported by a prince or a queen of the season. The courts are hard to navigate for those who did not grow up inside them, with a tangled web of hierachy that changes depending on physical season and the season of the century.
The Seasonal CourtsThe Seasonal Courts function both as the court of law and as the royal court of the Century King. The Spring and Summer Courts are based in Marilles, and the Autumn and Winter courts are based in Lumiers. The court moves between the cities each year at the end of summer and winter. When the reigning Court is in the châteaus and palaces of the other court, the other Queen is known as the Hostess.
The Spring CourtThe Spring Court is a trial by fire for a new Century King. He must reign alongside the Spring Prince, who is always mantled by a child. Through this, the Century King proves himself as the father of the court and country.
The Summer CourtThe Summer Court is by far the most friendly to newcomers. The Summer Queen is always one of the most seasoned and beloved members of the courts, and an especially talented hostess. Traditions of merriment are the hallmarks of the Summer Court, but as is the secretive Night Courts in the Châteaus where merriment takes a darker bent.
The Autumn CourtThe Autumn Court is a far quieter and more focused court. More laws and policies are drafted and enacted during the Autumn Court than any other. Wild parties give way to soirées, readings and concerts. These events are, however, not to be mistaken as less dangerous than the others, no Autumn Court goes by without at least ten high profile assassinations.
The Winter CourtThe Winter Court is the swan song of a Century King's reign. The cold season has little room for mistakes, a faux pas quickly turns deadly.
|Voiety ( "The Way" )
|Lumiers ( Winter )
Marilles ( Summer )
Century King Guernai
|163k mi2 ( 263k km2 )