Frozen Iron: The Icy Shores
The Court of Summer
The reason that there are so many changelings in Duluth is because of the iron mines, and the Summer Court intends to capitalize on this benefit. Many Summer courtiers have jobs dealing in some way with the iron industry- either in operating a forge for touristy gimmicks, mining the stuff out of the earth, or managing the enterprise. Either way it is tough work, but ensures that the freehold has a steady supply of iron weapons to combat the Fae threat.
A growing sub faction of Summer is the Order of the Sacred Band, a group of heroic fae who seem to be taken straight out of the pages of legend. Each has performed heroic exploits and won many a battle against the Fae with their signature style and elite performance. All members are Knights of Summer (though a place in Summer’s court is not a prerequisite), and many look up to them as examples of true valor. On the other hand, the rest of the court is out for revenge. Revenge for what their Fae masters did to them, revenge for lost years and friends, and revenge against any slights to their newfound honor. Jenny Twice-Cut, the Sovereign Lord of Wrath, leads the charge with Nametaker, the mighty blade that she personally forged with blood, sweat and anger and destroyed her former Keeper with. Erasmus Bolt, her champion, takes to the field in hedgespun armor and none can stand against him. Summer is for Legends.
Summer works well with others in Duluth and is the most visible representative of the importance of the Frozen Iron Freehold. Iron weapons are slowly but steadily churned out of Summer forges and are used to arm the Iron Spear first, other courts second. While they may not have the same level of weaponry as Summer, the other courts do not generally begrudge them their improved weapons, as they have proven many times over the years that they are the ones to wield them. With the overflow the Iron Spear often does contract work with other freeholds around the world, giving them a bit more of a cosmopolitan edge than their appearance might suggest. Summer often thinks that Winter is hiding important strategic information, but has little enough evidence to prove it. They have an understanding with Fall, as the Iron Spear only has so many troops to go around. Better to have the mortals be afraid of the forest and the “haunted” pier than waste more of the Summer Court’s soldiers. Spring is mostly seen as layabouts, but Summer relies on the Emerald Crown for supplying much needed goblin fruits, as well as for keeping up morale of the troops on their off hours.
Unbending Lord of Wrath (leader): Jenny Twice-Cut
Feldmarshal (second in cmd): Erasmus Bolt
Royal Smith: Damon