Duchy of Shadowed Hills
Shadowed Hills is a secret Faerie fiefdom hidden outside San Francisco. The knowe held by Sylvester Torquill, who is one of the most beloved nobles in fae society. He runs his household with kindness and love, and is pretty much fatherly toward changelings, where most full-blooded fae are disdainful toward fae with human blood.
✥ Shadowed Hills is located in the area around Mt. Diablo. It is the largest Duchy in the Bay Area, and it's one of the largest political entities in the Kingdom of the Mists. It has several semi-autonomous Counties and no political aspirations.
- Secret Faerie fiefdom hidden outside San Francisco
- The Torquill knowe is located in a park called Paso Nogal in the sleepy suburb of Pleasant Hill, about twenty miles outside the boundaries of the Mt. Diablo State Park.
Interior and GroundsEdit
- It's like a giant labyrinth with a sense of humor—"halls bend back on themselves and loop in long, impossible curves; doors you’ve seen before lead places you’ve never been, and doors that weren’t there yesterday take you right back where you started." 
- checkerboard marble floor
- requires jumping through a series of silly an annoying hoops:
- walking up the largest hill in the park
- crawling under a cluster of hawthorn bushes
- running six times counterclockwise around an oak tree surrounded by mud
- knocking on the surface of a nearby stump
- one of the largest Duchies in the Kingdom of the Mists"
- Shadowed Hills was filed with roses because the Duke's wife is the Lady of the Roses.
- the windows ringed with garlands of silver and pale blue roses
History / BackgroundEdit
|Duke Sylvester Torquill||Duke of Shadowed Hills||runs his household with kindness|
|Duchess Luna Torquill||Kitsune||Happily married: to Sylvester; Daughter: Rayseline;|
|Rayseline Torquill||Sylvester and Luna's only child||Arranged marriage: to Connor; Crazy from 10-year captivity by kidnappers|
|Connor O'Dell||Selkie Noble||Arranged marriage: to Rayseline; old friend and flame of Toby's.|
|Sir October Christine Daye||Knight Errant; Changeling||failed to rescue Luna & Rayseline when Simon turned her into a fish;|
|Etienne||Pureblood Tuatha de Dannan; First Knight of Shadowed Hills;||Toby's grudging trainer, traditionalist, inflexible, kind;|
|Quentin||Daoine Sidhe teenager||blind fosterage until age 21; Puppy-Dog Eyes|
|Jin||Pureblood Ellyllon||Shadowed Hills's healer.|
|Grianne||Pureblood Candela; Third-in-command; quiet but chatty for her species, knew Rayseline better than most (OSS ch 11)||illuminating species of fae: help teleport, scout|
|Melly and Ormond||Hobs||in charge of Sylvester's cleaning staff, love cleaning|
|Simon Torquill||Daoine Sidhe, Sylvester Torquill's twin||kidnaps Luna Torquill & Rayseline Torquill for ten years; turns Toby into a fish;|
|Garm||guard, Gwragen Late Eclipses Ch 10|
|Tavis||guard, Bridge Troll|
Events in the Series (Spoilers) Edit
Use the book title at the opening of each paragraph as a "Spoiler Warning".
Book References Edit
See Also Edit
- List of Fae Types
- List of Firstborn
- List of Faerie Kingdoms, Duchys, Realms
- Big Three
- Fae Holidays
- List of October Daye books
External References Edit
General Toby Daye Links:
- Characters/October Daye - Tropes & Idioms
- Literature/October Daye - Tropes & Idioms
- October Daye series - Urban Fantasy Wiki - Series information page
- Fang-tastic Fiction: Seanan McGuire: OCTOBER DAYE Series - summary of entire series including world-building.
- October Daye Series ~ Shelfari (character lists, setting, glossaries, quotes, etc.)
- Seanan McGuire: The Toby Daye FAQ ~ Author's site
- Seanan McGuire: Fairy Tale Survival FAQ ~ Author's site
- Seanan McGuire's Discussion Board • Index page
- Carpewiki - October Daye Series ~ Wiki