The Court of Cats is the realm of the Cait Sidhe. It has no precise location, but is composed of the forgotten places of the realms, stitched together with the Shadow Roads.

Royal CatsEdit

Kings and Queens of Cats do not come from a single line- the title is a measure of strength, and indicates a relatively rare certain set of skills.[1] A Royal Cat "must be able to travel the Shadow Roads without hindrance; carry others with them; transform from cat to human and back again, without any unwanted traits bleeding over from one shape to another; cast basic illusions; open doors between the deepest Court of Cats and the Summerlands; create Courts by hewing small spaces out of the Shadows and keeping them open, essentially as temporary shallowings, until they are no longer needed; command loyalty; and die and come back."[1] Royal cats remain so whether or not they hold a Court. Due to the rarity of Royal kittens, Kings and Queens of Cats tend to adopt potential heirs and train them.[1]

Each King or Queen that oversees a Court does so alone. While most areas will have both a King and Queen, they rarely have courts in the same city. "In the San Francisco Bay Area, for example, Tybalt maintains the Court of Dreaming Cats in San Francisco, while the nearest Queen is centered in Berkeley."[1]

Kings and Queens take their thrones through combat. However, since heirs are adopted and groomed for leadership, the fight is generally not as serious as it would be if the King or Queen didn't already intend to cede the throne. It's rare for a sitting King or Queen who hasn't become a total despot to be forcibly deposed. [1]

Roving Kings do not challenge Court with a Prince who might yet take it.[2]

Known CourtsEdit

San Francisco Edit

The San Francisco Court of Dreaming Cats is held by Tybalt, with Raj as his heir. It belongs to the loose association of feifdoms in Golden Gate Park.[3]

East Bay Edit

The East Bay Court of Golden Cats, covering Berkeley, Albany, and all of Shadowed Hills, is held by Shade[4][5]. It overlaps the County of Tamed Lightning and many of the cats in the area spend time at ALH Computing. This court was previously held by Barbara Lynch.

London Edit

The Court of Fogbound Cats covers the mortal city of London, and overlaps substantially with Londinium. It was held by Tybalt for an unknown amount of time after 1666. The current King or Queen is unknown.[2]

Portland Edit

The Court of Whispering Cats seems to coincide with the Kingdom of Silences, which is located to the north in/around Portland OR. It is held by Jolgeir and his three daughters.

Members of the Court of Cats Edit

Characters Rank Court
Tybalt King Dreaming Cats, Fogbound Cats (Previously)
Raj Prince Dreaming Cats
Julie commoner Dreaming Cats
Samson commoner Dreaming Cats
Barbara Lynch Queen Golden Cats
Shade[4] Queen Golden Cats
Cagney and Lacey commoner Dreaming Cats
Gabriel and Opal[6] commoner Dreaming Cats
Louis[6] commoner Dreaming Cats
Jill and Colleen Princesses Fogbound Cats
Tybalt's father and two brothers King and Pinces Fogbound Cats
Cailin commoner Fogbound Cats
Chalcedony Princess Fogbound Cats
Agnet commoner Fogbound Cats
Jolgeir King Whispering Cats
Ginevra Princess Whispering Cats

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4
  2. 2.0 2.1 Rat-Catcher
  3. Rosemary and Rue, ch. 1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ashes of Honor, Ch. 17
  5. Forum post "Cat's Court"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Late Eclipses, Ch. 16

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