Endless Winter

Shadow Court Triumphant

The fall of the shroud and the emergence of untold supernatural horrors reignited mankind's primordial nightmares and, with them, the Fomorians stirred. Changeling soothsayers spoke of the dissolving of Silver Ban, and of trods overrun with nightmarish chimera. Even as the Seelie courts moved to fight these monsters, they found their kingdoms crumbling around them. The Shadow Court sabotaged their Seelie rivals, reveled in violence, and incited rebellion among the commoners. In the absence of any true leadership from the missing High King David, the Seelie court all but collapsed. Meanwhile, Thallain of the Black Court destroyed freeholds in droves to hasten Endless Winter and extinguish the Tuathan Dream. With the loss of Freeholds, the dreaming was slowly severed from the world. Cut off from their inspiration, Dreamers dwindled until their spark too was extinguished. The flow of Glamour slowed to a trickle, and Changelings were left at the mercy of banality of the Autumn world. Many did not survive.

Meanwhile, In the Dreaming... (The Slaughter of Arcadia)

Even as the Dreaming was cut off from the Autumn World, Arcadia was plunged into war. The Thallain, Dark Kin, and their Fomorian masters laid siege to the legendary city of the Fae. Devil Anse Hatfield, Squire to Knight Balor, personally led the assassination squads against the Guardians of the Gate, and held open the gates for Balor and his Fomorian allies to storm Arcadia. The Fae within fought for their lives against the Tuatha's ancient enemies, but the Tuatha did not return to aid their children.

The Eye Opens

Without warning, a tremendous wave of Glamour bursted from the depths of the Dreaming and flooded across the globe. Embers of Balefire in Freeholds thought extinguished suddenly flared back to life, in barely-contained columns of energy, filling fae with the energy of ancient dreams. As the Kithain stagger from this infusion of energy, the world changes. The Dreaming poured over the Autumn world. The chimerical world and the mortal realm do not merely overlap, but merge. Chimerical creatures emerged into the world free of the sting of Banality. Glutted on raw dreamstuff, the Changelings’ Fae Mien could no longer be contained in their mortal shells. Abandoning their human hosts, the Fae walked free in the world for the first time since the Shattering. Ancient Trods flung open, and a host of Fae emerged in numbers not seen since the Resurgence.

At the fore of the column of nightmares rode Balor of the Evil Eye.