When Prythian was created it was divided into seven Courts: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Dawn, Day and Night. To govern each of the Courts, the most powerful High Fae were chosen and after they died, the position would be filled, not by their first-born male but by their most powerful son. For this reason, there were always family disputes for power in the Courts.
After the Treaty with the mortals was signed that prevented the Fae from enslaving them, the King of Hybern's general, Amarantha, moved to Prythian and began touring the Courts. She skillfully managed to strip the High Lords of most of their powers and forced them to live with their Courts in her fortress Under the Mountain for a period of forty-nine years while the High Lord of the Spring Court was to find a human woman who hated the Fae with all her heart but loved him.
The High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand, told Feyre Archeron that all High Lords had the ability to change into animal forms. In Tamlin's case, he can transform into an animal with the body of a bear and the head of a wolf with antlers. Rhysand can make large wings appear on his back and claws on his hands.
The High Lords and their Courts, with the exception of Tamlin, lived in Under the Mountain, from where they were freed when Feyre completed the trials Amarantha had put on her in to demonstrate her love for Tamlin and she solved a riddle posed by Amarantha. When Tamlin was freed from the curse that fell upon him, he killed Amarantha and her death freed all the other High Lords. In sign of gratitude, they all contributed to making Feyre a High Fae as she was dying from the injuries caused by Amarantha.
High Lords are living in their respective Courts and we know the names of most of them. This book introduces the first High Lady in the history of Prythian: Feyre, the High Lady of the Night Court.
Faced with the impending war against Hybern, Rhysand, the High Lord of Night Court sent letters to all the other High Lords to schedule a meeting.
After several comings and goings, the High Lords agreed to hold the meeting and the event was at Dawn Court Palace, the residence of High Lord of the Dawn Court, since it was the closest place to the Middle. The meeting was attended by the seven High Lords with their delegations and after several discussions and altercations, they agreed to join forces against Hybern, with the exception of the Autumn Court who left after Feyre showed that when they revived her, each of the High Lords gave her a little of their power unknowingly.
They assisted each other, fighting side by side in the final battle against Hybern in the deadly lands of southern Prythian in which they won.
- Tamlin - High Lord of the Spring Court
- Beron - High Lord of the Autumn Court
- Tarquin - High Lord of the Summer Court
- Kallias - High Lord of the Winter Court
- Thesan - High Lord of the Dawn Court
- Helion - High Lord of the Day Court
- Rhysand - High Lord of the Night Court
- Feyre - High Lady of the Night Court
- Nostrus - High Lord of the Summer Court
- Tamlin's Grandfather - High Lord of the Spring Court
- Tamlin's Father - High Lord of the Spring Court
- Rhysand's Grandfather - High Lord of the Night Court
- Rhysand's Father - High Lord of the Night Court
|High Lords and Ladies of Prythian|
|Current||Rhysand · Feyre · Tamlin · Tarquin · Beron · Helion · Kallias · Thesan|
|Former||Tamlin's Grandfather · Tamlin's Father · Rhysand's Father · Rhysand's Grandfather · Nostrus|