Court of Empires

Domain Summary

The Court of Empires is a center of hospitality and diplomacy within Dischordia. The sprawling territory is occupied by a series of Embassies; one for each Kingdom and Dischordian domain. Each Embassy is built to the specifications of the kingdom or domain to whom it belongs, and to the exacting standards of Imperial craftsmen.

Dominant Races


Umbral Realms

  • Low Umbra - Shroud 8
  • Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 5
  • Dreaming - Mists 0 (Far Dreaming - 2, Deep Dreaming 6) / Banality 3
  • High Umbra - Periphery 5 (Court of Muses - Periphery 3)

Historical Information

A New Voice is Heard

Following the death of the Voice of Balor, a new Voice needed to be chosen. During the first meeting of the Court of Empires, Doc was selected to serve in this capacity. He continued in this role until his marriage to Calamity the following year, when he passed the reins of court to the Shadowlord twins, Selene and Ravi. A year later, he would reveal this to be an elaborate prank, on both them and the courts of Dischordia, and reclaim his title.

Court of Empires Convenes

High King Balor and Dischordia weathered the War of Aether better than most. They opened diplomatic relations, via the Court of Empires, in the hopes of uniting and defeating the Aether once and for all. Throughout the first year of these diplomatic efforts, the Aether remained ominously silent, until they made their first overt move: seizing the islands of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea from Jukurrpa. With the assistance of Dischordia and the Jade Empire, Jukurrpa freed the islands from the Aether's control, but it's inevitable corruptive touch remained. Many wonder why the Aether has suddenly made such a move, wondering if it foretold a resurgence of open warfare, or if it was merely misdirection for a greater play.

The Domain of the Dead, which would become a part of Samhain, remained a primary target for Nul and the Kingdom of Aether. Nul remembered the insult of the Domain of the Dead, and made them his first target shortly following the Surveyor Era. Nul’s first strike was to seek revenge upon the Ashen Lady and those who supported her, and the Domain of the Dead along with Samhain were consumed by darkness and silence. The Beggar Lord of Samhain became lost in the labyrinth and, without his power, the domain of Samhain fell. Many brave souls fought against the darkness there, but the Curse of Samhain was truly their undoing. Those who survived fled and became refugees in other kingdoms, many following Princess Maeve to the safety and security of her late husband's Imperial domain.

Maeve, Widow of Prince Ailil, gained considerable political clout following her domain’s destruction. Many refugees flocked to her banner following the destruction of her former domain. Through her mischievous guidance and charisma she became the governor of this territory using her former husband’s name to her credit. During the war, Maeve aided in building the culture of the Court of Empires and sent delegates from Dischordia to the other kingdoms of the world to bring ambassadors to witness the splendor of Dischordia. Her skill at etiquette secured even the most wary or adversarial dignitaries to attend court. With the aid of her informants, and Marco’s army, she protected the area from Samhain’s fate.

Court of Nightmares

Shokar, the Immolator of Pompeii, remained bound and imprisoned for centuries after he was captured during the War of Nightmares, until the War of Aether. The Aether's attacks over two decades of war weakened the wards which held him prisoner, until they finally failed as the war came to an end. No longer magically bound, he escaped his prison and made his way home, leaving a trail of fire and destruction in his wake. His return marked a resurgence of the Nightmare Plague but, to the chagrin of those who remembered the first outbreak, the dreamcatchers failed to contain it. Many domains resorted to purging the infected, but a few held hope that a new cure could be found.

Appalachia tried an unorthodox gambit, when they invited the Nightmare Lands to send an ambassador to one of their courts. Many of the other domains questioned the wisdom of inviting one of their greatest enemies to court, and their fears were validated when the Nightmare ambassador claimed thousands more would be infected with the nightmare plague and be lost. However, very soon after that threat was made, Nightmare Lands became a domain of Dischordia. On the highest Unseelie holiday of Samhain, Aitu, lord of the Nightmare Lands, swore fealty to High King Balor.