Selena’s human family

Karen Newly. 37 years old. Selena’s mother in the human world. The child Selena was switched for died shortly after birth and on some level Karen’s hostility is due to her first being told the baby would not make it. Karen expected to be free & has always resented the fact that her nebulous plans to do something with her life have been thwarted by Selena.

Dottie Newly 80 years old. Karen was a surprise and a disappointment. A strong willed woman who lived through the Depression she has kept her daughters close through a mixture of financial pressure and emotional manipulation. She has no use for men and isn’t supportive when her daughters are involved. The combination of nitpicking, lack of consistent financial or emotional support, & her overbearing personality mean that the daughters don’t like her even as they vie with each other for her approval.

Rochelle “Rosy” Newly. 48 years old. Karen’s oldest sister, and the aunt that alternates between offering to raise Selena for Karen, and wanting nothing to do with anyone in the family. Always in and out of favor with the grandmother she has a habit of stealing whatever valuable trinkets she can find to sell so that she has some money of her own. Married and divorced three times she has spent most of her life scheming to get rich and failing every time.

Lynn Newly 40 years old. Dottie’s frequent favorite she is the only aunt to consistently hold a job. Single, she lives in the house so that she can keep an eye on things and save money. Selena’s favorite relative, because she continually reminds the teen that one day she can leave home and not look back.

Residents of Altanur

Selena- 18. Small boned, with sharp cheekbones she is athletic and fond of  dying her hair whatever color she thinks will upset her mother the most.  Swapped at birth she has no idea how to adjust to her new life.

Kiri- 400 years old. Slender brown skinned female. Approximately 5ft 7 with black hair. Wears feathers & glitter woven through her braids. Dark gray eyes. She is sweet by nature, but short tempered. After her own harrowing experience as a changeling the Queen placed her in charge of retrieval. She is the first courtier to greet every new arrival and direct them to their sponsor.

Queen Fleur- She stopped keeping track of her age sometime before the Dark Ages. Ruler of Altanur for the last 1000 years she enjoys watching the playful whirl of the court from her throne.   As long as her people are having fun she doesn’t care what they do, it was her idea to pull Altanur completely out of sync with humanity so that no one can stumble into the city via the old ways. She has recently begun to show some signs of age, but her mind is still sharp. The color has bled from her skin and hair over the years, and she has taken to wearing cream, bone, and ivory knowing those colors that make her look more ethereal.

Jason -Another recent returnee to Altanur he misses his human family, despite the problems he had with them before he left the human world. Clinging to some of the trappings of humanity has made him a bit of an outcast especially since he prefers walking to flying thus leaving him to travel alone most of the time. He finds the life of constant leisure tedious and prefers to spend his time in the library or in the Under City.

Nicolette- Selena’s sponsor, she came of age during the French Revolution. A tall blonde with piercing green eyes, she wears a glittering crown, and leads a band of merry young fairies that have risen steadily over the years in the Queen’s favor. She hopes to be the next Queen and has only agreed to sponsor Selena in an effort to curry favor.

Kier- Jason’s sponsor. He is one of Nicolette’s band. He was fond of hunting and fighting before he was summoned back to Altanur. He finds the quieter games of the court boring, and was one of the first to sport a glittering crown though others have followed suit over the years.

Blue & Belle- Twin sisters, they fought in more wars than either can remember in the days when the Altanur and the human world were in sync. Now they maintain the library and debrief each changeling about the state of the human world upon their return. Statuesque redheads they enjoy being disconcerting.

Unseen Ones-they tend to the needs and wants of the court without ever being seen.

This isn’t a complete list, but it should give you some idea of what kind of people live in this world. Expect a map to happen eventually along with a glossary of terms.

Of Fairy Wings And Glittering Crowns (Plot)

Selena Newly grew up in a family that took the fun out of dysfunctional. Sharing a house with a mother that never wanted her, aunts who detest each other, and a grandmother that has them all at the mercy of her purse strings hasn’t exactly made for an idyllic childhood. In fact it has left her yearning for adulthood since she was old enough to walk. The day her mother throws her out is the best and worst day of her life. She is free, but she has nowhere to go, and no idea how she’s going to support herself.  When the door into Altanur opens it seems like the answer to all her childhood prayers. Her family isn’t really her family, and she’s a fairy princess. Unfortunately she’s about to learn the hard way that everything has a price, and sometimes that price may be too high.