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The Court of Night-Blooming Flowers

An elite cadre of prostitutes known as Servants of Naamah that are the highest ranked courtesans in Terre d'Ange. Prostitution is considered a religious act for adepts of the Court, as it is elsewhere in Terre d'Ange, and adepts make offerings to Naamah during their service. All thirteen houses are based in the City of Elua, the d'Angeline capital in the district known as Mont Nuit. Each house has its own motto which both serves to provide their unique theory as to why Naamah offered herself to the King of Persis in d'Angeline folklore and to describe the tenets conveyed by each house.

    All Houses 


Alyssum House

With Eyes Averted


Balm House

Rest and Be Soothed
House of the Night Court dedicated to healing. Balm adepts are often expert masseurs.

  • Sex for Solace: Imriel visits Balm House for his first trip to the Night Court, where an adept helps heal some of the scars left by his experiences in Darsanga.


Bryony House

Wealth Seeks Company
The house of the Night Court associated with wealth. Byrony caters to patrons who find money and wealth arousing. The adepts are skilled in money management and many go on to work in the royal treasury after making their marques. They are also expert gamblers.

  • The Bet: The first rule of Bryony House is never bet against its Dowayne. Also, Bryony adepts are the only ones in the Night Court willing to wager for their favors.
  • The Casino: The house has a casino-like atmosphere.
  • Gold Digger: The house caters to those who are attracted to money.
  • Money Fetish: Bryony House runs on this trope.
  • Professional Gambler: All Bryony adepts are essentially this.
  • Strip Poker: Naturally.


Camellia House

Without Fault or Flaw
The House of perfection. Camellia House has no canon save perfection, meaning the only qualification for adepts is that they must be incredibly beautiful.

  • The Beautiful Elite: Camellia adepts are extremely beautiful, even among D'Angelines.
  • Hired for Their Looks: While other houses require adepts to have particular skill sets, all Camellia requires is that its adepts be physically perfect.


Cereus House

All Loveliness Fades
The first of the 13 houses, Cereus House celebrates the fragile and ephemeral nature of beauty. Because of its status as the first house, Cereus hosts the Midwinter Masque for the Night Court every year.



Dahlia House

Upright and Unbending
The house of dignity. Dahlia adepts are known for being proud and haughty toward their patrons.


Eglantine House

To Create is to Live

The house of creativity and performance. Eglantine adepts are skilled in the arts, including but not limited to music, singing, dancing, and acting. Because of this, adepts will sometimes be hired to perform at fetes or other occasions.

  • Fashion Designer: Some Eglantine adepts are trained in fashion design. They are allowed to design their own costumes for their debuts.
  • Performance Artist: As to be expected in the house of theater, music, and dance.


Gentian House

Truth and Vision
The house of spirituality and mysticism. Gentian adepts specialize in mystic disciplines, such as dream interpretation.


Heliotrope House

Thou, and No Other
The house of devotion. Heliotrope adepts specialize in creating an illusion of love for their patrons.


Jasmine House

For Pleasure's Sake
The house caters to sensual pleasure and has an exotic atmosphere. It is said that there is Bhodistani (Indian) blood in the houses's adepts.

  • Belly Dancer: Some adepts are this.
  • The Hedonist: Jasmine is all about sensual gratification.
  • Royal Harem: The house has an Eastern-inspired harem atmosphere, to the extent that the adepts actually dress up as harem members for the Longest Night.
  • Sex God: Jasmine adepts are known for their stamina.


Mandrake House

Yield All
One of the two houses of the Night Court specializing in BDSM, Mandrake is the house of dom(me)s.


Orchis House

Joy in Laughter


Valerian House

I Yield
One of the two houses of the Night Court specializing in BDSM, Valerian is the house of subs.


     Miriam Bouscevre 

Miriam Bouscevre

The Dowayne of Cereus House early on in Phèdre's trilogy. It is she who introduces Phèdre to Anafiel Delaunay.

    Cecilie Laveau-Perrin 

Cecilie Laveau-Perrin

A widow and former adept of Cereus House and friend of Anafiel Delaunay. Anafiel hires her to teach Phèdre and Alcuin how to be courtesans in the first trilogy.

    Jehanne no Cereus de la Courcel 

Jehanne no Cereus de la Courcel

King Daniel's considerably younger second wife and stepmother to Prince Thierry. She was once a famed courtesan in Cereus House before giving up her profession to become queen. At first at odds with Moirin due to a shared rivalry over Raphael de Mereliot, she later becomes a friend and trusted confidante as well as lover to Moirin.
  • Death by Childbirth: Dies giving birth to a baby daughter by Daniel de la Courcel, named Desiree.
  • Girls' Love: With Moirin.
  • Gold Digger: Averted. Some of the citizens in the City of Elua think this of her but she and Daniel truly love one another.
  • Love You And Every Body: She even states that she follows the Elua's precept to the letter, in that she loves as she wilt but cannot continue to do so after getting pregnant for Daniel, as per their arrangement.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Less of a bitch than the trope suggests, but she is skilled at using manipulation to get what she wants.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Certainly qualifies, given that she's a Servant of Naamah.
  • Second Love: Is this for Daniel.
  • Sexy Mentor: Becomes this for Moirin during Kiss.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Said in Kiss to be the most beautiful woman in Terre d'Ange of the current generation.
  • Your Cheating Heart: On arrangement with her husband no less!
  • Yuri Genre: The first book in the third trilogy is all about her relationship with Moirin with several detailed sex scenes between the two.

     Favrielle no Eglantine 

Favrielle no Eglantine

Dressmaker and designer. She fashions most of Phèdre's clothes during Avatar and Imriel's trilogy. By the time of Moirin's trilogy her business Atelier Favrielle is the most popular dress maker in Terre d'Ange.
  • The Fashionista: She is renowned for her genius in designing clothes. After Phedre frees her from the debt she owes her House, Favrielle opens her own coutouriere and soon becomes the top fashion-designer in the City of Elua.
  • Fiery Red Head: She's a redhead with a feisty, rather irascible personality.
  • Grumpy Bear: She's the most irascible person in the entire series. Her employees love and respect her despite (or maybe because of) this.
  • Insufferable Genius: She's extremely had to get to know and the most insufferable character in the series, but no one can deny her genius in making clothes.

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