Court of Peyote

Overview

The Outsiders of the Peyote Court chose a long time ago not to be worshipped by the citizens of their lands. Instead they chose to be guides to the people who wished knowledge and guardians to those who sought protection. Each of the Outsiders of this Court is given a spirit quest when they first join its ranks, a quest that will bring them into contact with one of the elders or totems that have walked the spiritual path before them. This marks them as an agent for that totem, and only through gaining enlightenment themselves are they able to transcend this status to become a totem themselves. Lesser members of the Peyote Court often live among their people as nomadic shamans, while those who have attained greater power watch over entire tribes or nations.

History

Appearances

Members of the Peyote Court were once all descended from the pure-blooded American Indian nations whom they serve and protect, but centuries ago as the blood of the Indians started to spread thinly and they started to embrace the Outsiders of mixed descent, especially those of the Negro races who had long been enslaved by the European invaders of their homeland. On rare occasions though, a European has shown such faith in the ways of the totems that they have been accepted after smoking the peace pipe or sharing the sacrament of peyote. Those who gain power within the court often mark themselves with ritual tattoos or scarring. Despite the stereotypes, most members wear traditional Indian leather clothing (or nothing at all) when conducting their rituals and meetings.

Homeland

The grassy plains and hunting grounds of North America were for many millennia the exclusive domain of the Peyote Court. Fractured into dozens of nations and countless tribal groups, the citizens under the protection of the Peyote Court lived a life sheltered from the petty politics found in many of the other parts of the world. Of course this left them relatively defenceless as the conquistadors and soldiers of other nations invaded their lands. For the last few centuries, the Court of Peyote has consolidated its territory in the last remaining parts of wilderness throughout the North American continent. Unlike many courts, their strength has waned and they haven’t had the power to place outposts beyond their homelands borders. Yet stubbornly they persevere, and hope that one day their strength will rise again.

Court Culture

While the Court of Peyote has a strong connection to the spirits world above and below the mundane worlds of the citizens, its concern has always been with the tribes they call family. Unlike other courts who have sought to ignore the citizens while engaging in spiritual pursuits, or using the citizens as pawns in their struggles to gain spiritual power, the Court of Peyote consider themselves entangled with the fate of the North American Indian nations. Many members of the court see it as a sign of prestige or honour to tutor a citizen as a mentor or spirit guide, and while a Outsider of this court may have only a single student at a time, their increased lifespan means that they can easily act as a guide to dozens of citizens over the course of their lives. Members of the Court of Peyote believe that while their place in the spirit worlds is fixed, the citizens are capable of great potential and it is only through enlightening the citizens that their true purpose in reality becomes apparent.

Court Operations

There are a number of rumours about the origins of the Court of Peyote, some claim that a minority of the Sapphire pilgrims continued beyond the lands of the Jade and ventured forth across a great land bridge into the new lands of the Americas, while others offer the idea that European Outsiders fleeing the wars of the Red and White Roses sailed in ships across the Altantic. Some even claim that the Court of Peyote shares a heritage among sunken continents that have been transported to the spirit realms. Either way, this court has chosen to turn its back on the more structured civilizations in exchange for a communion with nature and a return to the family values once cherished by the Court of Ivory. This has meant that the Outsiders who belong to this court maintain a strong connection to their citizens and the factions within the court are traditionally defined by the bloodlines of citizen tribes and nations. In recent centuries though, with the invasion of their lands, many of the smaller tribal factions have banded together and new factions have arisen to drive off the Europeans, or deal with some other matter of importance to the entire court.

Common Court Powers

When it comes to the elemental powers, the Court of Peyote values three things most. The first of these is the ability to bring together a sense of community and peace; this places a priority on those mental powers that allow minds to share thoughts and work well as a team. The second is a sense of nature; which means that those blatant powers and showy effects are seen as unnecessary in their eyes. The final value is a sense of integrity; which means that powers bringing strength in mind and body are valued far more than those that bring weakness and disease to their targets. Once they have mastered a range of these powers, the elders of the Peyote tend to move on to powers that focus further on the spirit planes, whether focusing upward toward the realms of concepts and dream or downward to the underworlds.

Common Court Havens

The Court of Peyote has always bee a part of the tribal life of its citizens; whether they lived as nomads on the Great Plains, in log cabins on the northern Pacific coast, or in any other kind of dwelling across the continent. The outsiders of this court have been a part of their communities, even if the citizens haven’t always realised this. To this day they maintain that tradition, and wherever Native Americans may be found, they will typically be at least one among them who bears as least the power of a half-blood. The Court of Peyote probably has as many members on the reservations as it has in the cities, and while their dwellings may not look special from the outside they are almost always adorned with traditional skins, pottery and artefacts from the tribe whom they claim closest descent. A growing number of younger court members have taken to living in recreational vehicles, trying to recapture the nomadic lifestyle of their ancestors; they will often travel between family members sharing their powers like shamans. The elders of the court have yet to decide whether they like this idea.

Court Agenda

Intercourt Relations

Blood Court

Chrysanthemum Court

Gold Court

Ivory Court

Jade Court

Ochre Court

Peyote Court

Rose Court

Sand Court

Sapphire Court

Wave Court

Lesser Courts

The Court of Marble
The Court of the Sea
The Court of Ice
The Court of Runes
The Court of Grass
The Court of Greenstone

Significant Court Members

Significant Court Rogues

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Supernaturals () –
Half-Bloods () –

Court Elements: Wood, Air, Water
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Light –
Metal –
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