== Shadow Court Interpretation ==
It is believed that the worlds are mirror images, that while it is dark in this world, it is light in the other. Winter here is echoed by a summertime in the otherworld. Thus, the Unseelie rule during the darkness of this world, but during the enlightened time of the otherworld. This belief shapes the [[Shadow Court|Shadow Court’s]] claim that they should rule unopposed, as the Seelie did for 600 years. They believe that [[Arcadia]] has nearly fallen, not due to [[Banality]], but because Seelie rule has brought centuries of darkness for Arcadia, a time during which no fae has sought new revelations or grown in understanding. They believe that if the Unseelie rule and the darkness of [[Endless Winter]] comes upon the world, Arcadia will enter a glorious new era of enlightenment, [[Endless Summer]].
Samhain serves as an in-between time for both beginning and ending. It is a period of purification, a time when the king (who represents both the land and the people) is sacrificed or overthrown. A [[Household (CTD)|fool]] or a new king (an Unseelie king) is set in the old king’s place to symbolize both the ending of the old path and the beginning of a new journey.
=== The Masque ===
While this practice is not required, some freeholds adopt the tradition of providing disguises for everyone present. Since identity is a tenuous concept at best, it is easily discarded on this night. Highly talented masquers will provide facades for guests to adopt, while more ingenious [[Mastermind (CTD)|masterminds]] will provide facades that are so clever that few realize they are even present. By morning, these lesser facades will fade away. (Up to five can be created for one point of Glamour on this night of lies.) [[Romantic
|Romantics]] of the [[Masquers (CTD)|Masque]] legacy have been known to re-create famous courtly romances on this night, mocking and satirizing them every step of the way, and some even go so far as to take on the facades of courtly lovers to steal or ravish the objects of their affection.
=== Mock Court ===
The last event of the night is car jousting, a tradition that dates back to the late [[1950d (WOD)|‘50s]]. This event usually involves the assistance of [[Squire (CTD)|squires]], although some trolls have been known to tear the roofs off vehicles and steer one-handed. Motorcycles and buses are also allowed, as are chimerical mounts. The wreckage is then salvaged by the goblins, who put it to good use.
Some favored goblin devices to be found on this night are [[Goblin Chainsaw
|Goblin Chainsaws]] and [[Goblin Blunderbuss |Goblin Blunderbusses]].
==== A Note on Death ====
It’s really tempting to try to get away with murder, literally, on this night. This is one reason why wiser Seelie stay away from larger Samhain celebrations or only indulge in small, intimate gatherings. One note of caution, though: Even if you don’t believe in the [[Escheat]], you’ll still take on [[Banality]] for killing other [[fae]] on Samhain. The [[Bright Road (CTD)|Bright Road]] is busy on that night, and the [[Shroud (WTO)|Shroud]] can incur a “backlash” against fools who traffic with death too freely. Murdering a [[Changeling (WOD)|changeling]] on this night earns you one point of Banality whether you’re [[Kithain]] or [[Thallain]], although some [[Storyteller
|Storytellers]] will set this at two or three points if they want an especially bloodless evening. In addition, the [[Samhain Mists]] will erase clues from extreme crimes from mortal eyes, but faerie eyes (or ogre noses) may pick up a few hints. Then again, conditioning someone else to kill is another matter entirely....
=== Recruitment ===
=== Prophecy ===
[[File:Samhain.png|thumb|318x318px]]Soothsayers of the Shadow Court will also try to predict... or verify... tragedies to occur over the next year. The difficulty for any [[Soothsay
|Soothsaying]] that bodes ill-fortune is at a -3 on this night. [[Ritualist Clique (CTD)|Ritualist cliques]] typically make one of these predictions each hour, and deliver them to the newest Instigators at the end of the night. They are never able to accurately predict whom the next Instigators will be, however. The events of this one night are too drastic for even Soothsayers to predict fully.
An hour or two before dawn, the Soothsayers will then hold a ceremony for the newest Instigators, wishing them good fortune. As there is never human sacrifice at these events, the few survivors that are left after the crowns and robes of human body parts have not been made are not ceremonially butchered at this time. Of course, the ogres and redcaps first must clean up after the feast of dead bodies that did not occur.