Changeling NPCs

Lord Thierry Alain Chevalier is a Seelie peacock pooka Noble of House Fiona in the Kingdom of Pacifica. He wears velvet, lace and bombastic pride with the aplomb of royalty. Everything Lord Thierry undertakes, he does with overstated elegance. His Liberace-esque attire and Elton-Johnish sense of fun draw large crowds to his public gatherings. They come to see the show.

Lord Thierry oversees the freehold at Land’s End, in Santa Monica. It sits on the beach between the houses of two other celebrities. To mortals, Land’s End looks like just another beach house, but to faerie sight, it is as extravagant as Thierry himself. Like some fairy-tale castle, its spires reach up into the California sunshine, pristine-white and sparkling with stained glass windows.

Entertaining is Thierry’s specialty. He keeps one whole section of the freehold set aside for cocktail and dinner parties. Occasionally, he invites only changelings, then at other events, he’ll open the doors to his large group of dreamers.

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Tyria Winter is an Unseelie Sidhe Wilder of House Leanhaun in Caer Angeles of the Kingdom of Pacifica. She is the lead female singer and sole permanent member of a band called Winter Solstice – all the other musicians in the band rotate on a regular basis.

Her music is noted for its stylized cinematic quality; its themes of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia; and its references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana. The music is described by critics as “Hollywood sadcore” – a mishmash of baroque pop, dream pop, and psychedelic rock.

She is known for working with some of the most talented and stage-shy session musicians in the city.

There are rumors that members of Winter Solstice dabble in black magic and that the band itself is under the influence of a curse.

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Berto “Rattlesnake” Muñoz is a Dogwood Nunnehi Brave of unknown Family in California. He is half Ohlone, one quarter Portuguese, and one quarter Mexican mestizo. He looks very Native American, with long black hair, which is usually braided, and small, slightly slanted, dark brown eyes. He is of medium height. His canines are unusually pointed, like fangs; to fae Kenning they are even longer and drip venom. He usually dresses in jeans and some variety of Aztec pride T-shirt, usually one with a rattlesnake motif. He can also take the form of a California diamondback rattlesnake.

Berto is the major liaison between the nunnehi and the Kithain who hold dominion in Caer Angeles. Berto is a junior majoring in Chicano Studies at CSUN, and is a Latinx and immigrant rights activist. He grew up in Watsonville to the North and knows a great deal about local politics.

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The Keremet Tomaso Rodendo, known as Procopio (c. 1841 – 1882), aka Red-Handed bebito and Red-Handed Dick, was one of the best-known bandits in California history. His nickname was reportedly given due either to his red hair, or his violent nature and bloodthirstiness. Newspapers called him one of the most fearless and daring desperadoes that has ever figured in the criminal annals of California, and compared him to Robin Hood. Nephew to the infamous bandit Joaquin Murrieta, it was said that the young Procopio witnessed his uncle’s death and became so obsessed with exacting vengeance that he swore an oath to follow in his footsteps.

Procopio got his title of Red-Handed from his absolute wantonness and cruelty. One of his favorite pastimes was to ride gravely and innocently past when he met a stranger on the trail, and then to bury his huge knife to the hilt between the unsuspecting victim’s shoulders. He seemed to love the feel and the color of warm blood, and so he used the knife whenever possible.

At the end of his bloodthirsty life, Procopio was Enchanted and spirited away, claimed by the Dreaming upon his death. Now? The Dark-kin has been returned by the Dreaming to El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles, aka Los Angeles, for purposes unknown but undoubtedly of dark nature and grave import.

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Suresh Han, known simply as Han to most, is one of the longer time Hsien that calls greater Los Angeles home. He is one of the Orang Tionghoa, Indonesians whose ancestors arrived from China at some stage in the last eight centuries. Han arrived on the scene in Southern California in the 1960s, when political and economic turmoil in Indonesia prompted some emigration to the United States by Indonesians, especially ethnic Chinese from the archipelago.

While the seemingly ageless hanumen claims no formal affiliation to any court in particular, rumors of his membership in the Yellow Lotus Society have reared their head at least once or twice every decade since his arrival. He owns a restaurant and bar, the Indochina Cafe, located in the Palms community of Los Angeles, which lies northwest of Culver City, south of Cheviot Hills and Beverlywood, southeast of Rancho Park, west of Mid-City and northeast of Mar Vista.

He’s had the most contact and interaction with the Changeling community in Caer Angeles of any of the Hsien, as well as with the rest of the Night-Folk, western and eastern.