Once heavily into politics, Elena has retreated into her freehold of Wild Sea in the wake of an assassination plot against her. Threatened with prospect of killers wielding Cold Iron, the duchess has temporarily allowed her Unseelie side to take over. While she works to make her court impregnable and fills it with diabolical traps to snare the unwary, she has temporarily handed over governance of her Duchy to Count Morrig. Once she feels secure again, She may emerge from her self-imposed isolation. Whether she will have entered Bedlam by then is anyone's guess. Until then, for all practical purposes, Elena is out of the political scene (which is what the Shadow Court wanted anyway) and Morrig is de facto duke in her absence.