The Unseelie Accords are a set of agreements, somewhat similar to the non-magical Geneva Conventions,[Footnote 1] that govern behavior between its signatories, who are the major powers of the magical world.
Instigated by Queen Mab, the Accords include protocols for etiquette, hospitality, formal duels, and neutral ground. They were last updated in 1994, when the entire city of Milwaukee[Footnote 2] allegedly disappeared for two hours.
The following are known portions of the Accords, in approximate order of appearance in the books:
There is no spirit of the law, only its letter.
Messengers have license to deliver and receive messages, and to have safe passage granted them as long as they do not instigate violence. Part of a pledge of safe passage or conduct is the promise not to drug any directly offered food or drink, though it is acceptable to do so if the target is a group, rather than an individual.
Should a member of one faction wrong another faction, the aggrieved party has the right to challenge their enemy to single combat. The dueling laws are based on the Code Duello:[Footnote 3] The organisations that represent the duelers pick a neutral emissary from an agreed-upon list.(reference needed) The chosen emissary decides on a list of available weapons, such as magic or will, and the challenged picks one of them, while the challenger picks the time and location.(reference needed) The available weapons are not necessarily restricted to those usable by both parties. If the challenger can't use the weapon the challenged chose, they can force the challenged to take their second choice.(reference needed) Each party must have a second, who collaborate with the emissary to work out the terms of the duel.(reference needed)
Certain places can be signed on as Accorded Neutral Territory (such as McAnally's Pub); signatories are required not to start any conflict on the premises, and are bound to take any fights outside.
An individual can sign onto the Accords as a Freeholding Lord. He is entitled to rights under the Accords, such as right of challenge.(reference needed), and requires three current members of the Accords vouch for him.(reference needed)
- The Archive (both an emissary and a Freeholding Lord)
- The Denarians as a group - Nicodemus Archleone no longer a signatory as of Skin Game
- Donar Vadderung, CEO of Monoc Securities
- Both Faerie Courts
- John Marcone (the first non-supernatural to sign onto the Accords)
- Vampire Courts
- The White Council
- The Svartalves
- A semi-immortal shapshifter guru in Ukraine
- Two Dragons
- The Fomor
- ↑ Storm Front, ch. 5
- ↑ Grave Peril, ch. 38
- ↑ Grave Peril, ch. 8
- ↑ Summer Knight, ch. 17
- ↑ Grave Peril, ch. 26
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "Even Hand"
- ↑ Skin Game, ch. 51
- ↑ Death Masks, ch. 8
- ↑ Death Masks, ch. 17
- ↑ Dead Beat, ch. 30
- ↑ Proven Guilty, ch. 19
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 White Night, ch. 43
- ↑ Skin Game, ch. 26
- ↑ "Bombshells"