Hello, all! If you were hoping I’d give in and tell you how many books are in the series today, instead of at the challenge’s end…. Sorry, my willpower’s still holding steady. *wink* On to the post!
Queens in Fae society are different from the queens we read about in history books. Those queens made their marriage to cement alliances between kingdoms, to become a complement to the King and produce an heir. Granted, some ruled for themselves, but they were often heavily influenced by male advisors.
This is not the case with Fae queens. Fae society is matriarchal, and the throne is not peacefully passed on from heir to heir. Children among the Fae are rare; the population has been virtually unchanged for some time. Among the Fae, the Queen rules until she is forced to step down–either by a new challenger, or by the onslaught of madness that comes with extreme longevity. Either way, it ends violently: If the Queen is unwilling to step down, the new challenger has to take the throne by force. In the case of madness, the Queen often plans to step down & makes plans to end her own life, but sometimes not. After she has been deposed, any contenders for her position will compete for it, again by force–and to the death.
Fae Queens do not always rule alone. Their consorts and kings are meant to complement them and are chosen as partners. The kings are treated with respect by Fae courtiers, but it is on the basis that they are attached to the Queen. Without her, they aren’t that important, and this idea is understood by everyone.
You can hardly blame the queens for wanting someone, though. Fae Queens rule for several millennia at a time–the current Seelie Queen has been on the throne more than 20,000 years.
That’s a long time to win your court’s loyalty, or for their resentment to build. If it were me, I wouldn’t want the job.