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The Winter Court or Unseelie Court is one of the Faerie Courts, ruling over part of Faerie in the Nevernever. It is ruled by the three Winter Queens.

Faeries allied with the Winter Court are, among others, termed Winter Sidhe, or Winterfae.


Harry describes Winter: "Winter's nature was beautiful violence, stark clarity, the most feral needs, and animal desires and killer instinct pitted against the season of cold and death—the will and desire to fight, to live, even when there was no shelter, no warmth, no respite, no hope, and no help."[1]

It is the Winter Court's job to defend the Outer Gates from Outsiders.[2] and the White Council estimates Mab's troop count to be about fifty thousand. Yet at the Outer Gates, there are more than that in one single formation.[2]

The capital of the Winter Court is Mab's fortress, Arctis Tor.

Hawthorne wood does not care much for creatures of winter, it burns bright.[3]

Order Edit

The Winter Court is ruled by the three Winter Queens: Mother Winter, Winter Queen, and Winter Lady. It also keeps a mortal champion, the Winter Knight.

Mother Winter Edit

Mother Winter is the oldest of the three Winter Queens. She is Known as The Queen Who Was, is the previous holder of the title Winter Queen and is sometimes mother of the current one. She is not referred to by name but by her position. (ref?)

The current holder of the title is Mab's mother, Mother Winter.

Winter Queen Edit

The Winter Queen is the ruler of the Winter Court and is known as The Queen Who Is, she was the former Winter Lady, and will be the future Mother Winter.

The current Winter Queen is Mab.

Winter Lady Edit

The Winter Lady, or the Cold Lady,[4] is the youngest of the three Winter Queens. She is known as The Queen Who Is To Come, and is the future Winter Queen. Sometimes she is the daughter of the current Winter Queen. (ref?)

The Winter Lady used to be Maeve. As of Cold Days, the current Winter Lady is Molly Carpenter.

Winter King Edit

The Winter King is a Wyldfae associated with the season of Winter. He is independent of the Queens and has a nature that is the opposite of his season's queen.

The current Winter King is Santa Claus.[5]

Winter Knight Edit

Main article: Winter Knight's Mantle

The Winter Knight is a mortal chosen as the champion of the Winter Court. (ref?) The power of the Mantle comes from Mab.[6]

Winter LawEdit

Main article: Winter Law

When the Law is defied, the power, or Mantle, is stripped away. (ref?)

References Edit

  1. Cold Days, ch. 50
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cold Days, ch. 34
  3. Cold Days, ch. 53
  4. Summer Knight, ch. 14
  5. [1]Jim Butcher Dragon-Con Q&A @6:30 of youtube video
  6. Cold Days, ch. 29
  7. Changes, ch. 31

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