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The Bay City Marshals were a Court-Order hybrid of changelings and mages alike that was active during the days of the Wild West.

Background

I’m taking you in for kidnapping, murder, and treason against humanity.

The 1848 gold rush led to a population boom in San Francisco, which itself contributed to a great deal of lawlessness, both from the mortal side of the city and the supernatural. Mages disgusted by their fellows’ cruelties formed their own Nameless Order to stop such predation. Meanwhile, in the 1950s, the sole survivor of a motley decimated by loyalists and huntsmen made the Bargain with Retaliation and founded the Court of the Leafless Tree to seek vengeance for his lost friends.

Over time, the Order and Court drifted together, taking on joint operations when either found it too risky to act alone. Eventually, the two agreed to join in a permanent partnership.

Composed of vigilantes, this order devotes itself to the adjudication of justice, regardless of whether the law recognizes their authority. The Hangmen believe strongly in retribution — that they must punish wrongdoers so as to balance the scales.

The Marshals’ gravest enemies are those associated with the Exarchs, the Abyss, and the True Fae — that is to say, privateers, loyalists, Scelesti, and Seers of the Throne.

Bargain

The Bay City Marshals see Retaliation as an outpouring of the Wyrd itself, and it is with Retaliation that their bargain is made. Specifically, they exact retribution with pinpoint precision, matching punishments to crimes so as to keep the ledgers balanced as cleanly as possible. In exchange, those who break the Court’s law within the freehold, including non-fae supernaturals and mortals, become marked by a sigil visible to supernatural sight, which persists even if the culprit escapes the freehold. The sigil can, however, be washed away by sincere atonement.

The Awakened who work alongside these Lost hold similar views, believing that their own power must be restrained by Wisdom; as such, they must not be excessive in the punishments they dole out.

In order to fulfill the expected power transition that keeps Courts alive, Awakened and Lost rule by turns, changing on the completion of a major manhunt. In the former case, focus leans toward the protection of the innocent. In the latter case, vengeance is the focus.

Associated Powers

Contracts

The Contracts of Retaliation are imbued with powers relating to vengeance, justice, and the hunt thereof.

Mantle

The Hangman’s Mantle is a subtly violent thing, bringing into the air the sensations of gunsmoke, blood, and trail dust. Dust devils whirl about and bystanders can feel the noose tightening around their necks.

Yantras

Awakened symbolism tends toward images of roaming lawkeepers — gallows, pistol duels, high noon, nooses, and the like.

Gallery

References

Changeling: The Lost 2nd Edition Courts

Seasonal:

Spring · Summer · Autumn · Winter

Directional:

Court of the Black Tortoise · Court of the Vermillion Bird · Court of the Azure Serpent · Court of the White Tiger · Court of the Yellow Dragon

Rose:

Ash Court · Blood Court · Snow Court

Creation:

Court of Arts · Court of Sciences

Singular Courts:

Bay City Marshals

Mage: The Awakening Orders

The Pentacle

Adamantine Arrow · Free Council · Guardians of the Veil · Mysterium · Silver Ladder

The Throne

Seers of the Throne

Nameless Orders

Bay City Marshals

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