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And above that, perched in a frozen mountainous spread of darkness and stars, the sprawling, massive territory of the Night Court.

A Court of Thorns and Roses

The Night Court is one of the seven Courts of Prythian and one of the three Solar Courts. Rhysand is the High Lord of the Night Court and Feyre Archeron is the High Lady of the Night Court. It is divided into two sub-Courts, the Court of Nightmares, and the lesser known Court of Dreams.

Geography[]

The Night Court is a mountainous court located at the northernmost region of Prythian, and boasts the largest amount of territory out of all the courts. The Night Court is bordered to the south by the Day Court. Though it is called "The Night Court," it follows the cycle of day and night, as every Solar Court does. However, the Night Court's nights are more breathtaking than those of any other Court.

Many citizens of the Night Court consider it to be divided into two sub-Courts. The Court of Nightmares is the name given to the Hewn City. It is a violent place with individuals who follow their own morals and those who disagreed with Rhysand's rule. This side of the Night Court is known by the rest of the world. However, the secret side of the Night Court is the Court of Dreams, otherwise known as the city of Velaris, and it is where Rhysand and his Inner Circle dwell. This city was protected and hidden by Rhysand from the rest of Prythian during Amarantha's rule as High Queen. Rhysand and his Inner Circle had to reveal Velaris to the Mortal Queens, who use that information to bargain with the King of Hybern, who then attacks Velaris.

History[]

Pre-Series[]

When Prythian was formed, the land was split into seven Courts, the Night Court being one of them. At one point, the Night Court was a violent place, ruled from the Hewn City by a High Lord. However, this changed when an ancient High Lord had hopes for it to become a better place. With this in mind, he sealed the borders and staged a coup. Then he eliminated the worst of the citizens who lived there and built Velaris. He established trade and peace within the Court and the city became known as "Court of Dreams." To preserve the peaceful city, the High Lord kept it a secret from the rest of Prythian and placed multiple spells around the city to protect it. It is even rumored that the High Lord cast his blood onto the stones and in the Sidra River to keep the place eternally safe.

His ancestors continued keeping it a secret from the outside world for many millennia. However, the peace within the Court did not last, and the Court of Nightmares later resurfaced.

Morrigan's family later ruled the Court, before eventually the powers of High Lord were passed to Rhysand's family. Rhy's father ruled the Night Court until he was killed by Tamlin. The powers were transferred to Rhysand who ruled Velaris and the Hewn City. Rhys appointed Amren as his Second-in-Command, Morrigan as his Third-in-Command, Cassian as the Commander of the Court's armies, and Azriel as spymaster. These individuals form the Inner Circle.

When Amarantha began to frequent the Courts of Prythian, the Night Court was no exception, so the High Lord lost much of his powers because of her. As punishment for having assassinated the then High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin's father, who was a great ally of Amarantha and the King of Hybern during the War with humans, the son of the then High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand, was taken as Amarantha's personal sex slave.

The nobility of the Night Court fall into one of three categories. The first are those who hated Rhysand enough that when Amarantha took over, they joined her Court and later found themselves dead. The second are those who hated Rhysand enough to try to overthrow him and faced the consequences. The third are those who hated Rhysand, but not enough to be stupid and have since tolerated his rule, especially when it so rarely interferes with their miserable lives.[1]

A Court of Thorns and Roses[]

When Feyre freed Tamlin and the Spring Court from Amarantha's curse and Amarantha killed her, the other Courts were also freed.

A Court of Mist and Fury []

Feyre was first brought to Night Court by Rhysand on the day of her wedding to Tamlin as he heard her ask for help through the mental bond they shared. He took her to his Moonstone Palace located on the mountain where the Hewn City is located since he knew that she would tell Tamlin everything he saw when he took her back. She did so, and the same happened on her few future court visits.

When Tamlin became completely jealous and did not want to lose sight of Feyre, eventually locking her in his manor, Rhysand could feel her terror and sent his cousin Morrigan to find her. She did and took her once more to the palace but as Feyre had no intention of going back to the Spring Court Rhysand took her to Velaris and revealed the biggest secret he kept from her. For the rest of the world the Night Court was the most ruthless of all and that was what Rhysand wanted them to think so that they would not discover the existence of the Court of Dreams.

In the months that followed, Feyre discovered the wonders of the court and helped protect Velaris from Hybern's attack after the mortal queens revealed their existence to him as part of their revenge for losing his half of the Book of Breathings.

After discovering her mating bond with Rhysand, Feyre became the High Lady of the court.

A Court of Wings and Ruin[]

Feyre returned to court after her mission to the Spring Court and quickly embarked on planning the offensive against Hybern.

Rhysand planned a meeting with the other High Lords in which it was decided that they would fight together against Hybern and his allies. The courts that were solidly in favor of the alliance were the Day, Dawn, Winter and Summer while both Spring and Autumn did not have their allegiances clear until the time of the war (Tamlin actually supported the alliance but remained a spy for Hybern for as long as possible).

The Inner Circle[]

The Inner Circle by Charlie Bowater

Main article: Inner Circle

The Inner Circle is a group of individuals who help Rhysand govern the Night Court. They comprise of:

Known Residents[]

Velaris[]

Hewn City[]

Illyria[]

Trivia[]

  • The sigil of the Court is a mountain with three stars overhead.[2]
  • Though some citizens in the Night Court have to pay taxes, there is no equivalent of the Spring Court Tithe in the court.[3]

References[]


Courts of Prythian
Seasonal Winter · Autumn · Spring · Summer
Solar Dawn · Day · Night
Night Court
Velaris Feyre Archeron · Rhysand · Nesta Archeron · Cassian · Elain Archeron · Azriel · Amren · Morrigan · Nyx · Lucien · Gwyneth Berdara · Nuala · Cerridwen · Ananke · Aranea · Aranea's Husband † · Bryaxis · Clotho · Deidre · Ilana · Lorelei · Madja · Merrill · Neve · Polina † · Polina's Sister · Ressina · Rhysand's Father † · Rhysand's Grandfather † · Rhysand's Mother † · Rhysand's Sister † · Rita · Riven · Roslin · Sevenda · Unnamed Healer · Young Faerie Boy · Young Faerie Girl
Hewn City Darkbringers · Keir · Morrigan's Mother · Thanatos · Thanatos's Daughter
Illyria Azriel's Father · Azriel's Half-brothers · Azriel's Stepmother · Balthazar · Bellius † · Camp-mother · Cassian's Mother † · Cassian's Father · Devlon · Emerie · Emerie's Brother † · Emerie's Mother † · Enalius · Kallon † · Kallon's Father · Proteus
Locations Amphitheater · Amren's Apartment · Aranea's Gallery · Athelwood · Cesere · Dunmere · Emerie's Shop · Feyre's Studio · Hewn City · House of Wind · Illyria · Illyrian Mountains · Illyrian Steppes · Ironcrest Camp · Lucien's Apartment · Moonstone Palace · Mr. Archeron's Gravesite · Myrmidons · Nesta's Apartment · Neve's Shop · Night Court Inn · Night Court Lake · Palace of Bone and Salt · Palace of Hoof and Leaf · Palace of Thread and Jewels · Rainbow of Velaris · Ramiel · Ressina's Studio · Restaurant · Rhysand's Mother's House · Rhysand's Treasure Chamber · Rita's · River House · Sidra River · The Cabin · The Four Market Squares · The Library · The Prison · The Town House · Velaris · Velaris Lingerie Shop · War-Camps · Western Isles · Windhaven Camp · Wolf's Den
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