Changeling Holidays: Carnival
February 28th

Traditionally a festival from the Old Country, the Carnival has risen in popularity since High King David assumed the throne. Currently, it celebrates a new unity between Nobles and Commoners, a night when kings and Queens enchant entire cities and allow the free partaking of Glamour. Disguised by human Mardi Gras festivities, Carnival celebrations mark some of the Fae’s wildest parties. The main celebration in Carnival involves the elevation of a local mortal, befuddled by alcohol or Glamour, to the position of King or Queen of Carnival — while the local Monarch takes the role of Jester. The new “monarch’s” word is considered law, although, most of the times, the mortal is too addled to issue commands that might leave lasting repercussions. The Jester, in turn, is open to all the abuse of the new position.

Carnival has three laws:

  • There can be no retribution for any word spoken or deed done: A Monarch cannot exact revenge against harassers.
  • Carnival is sacrosanct: All who attend are welcome and safe, and anyone violating this principal is summarily subjected to any punishment decreed by the Carnival King or Queen.
  • Let merriment reign: Carnival ends at sunrise on the following day. Most of the times, the Carnival King or Queen is released from duty and sent home, none the worse for wear. In certain Unseelie demesnes, is rumoured that the mortal becomes a ritual sacrifice.


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