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History of Titania, Oberon and the Canolbarth

by Lost Woodrake
agathokles wrote:
In Tall Tales, it is said that Titania is the only actual competitor of Oberon, which indirectly implies that Gwynn is not interested in taking over.

These comments got me thinking: what if the Fall of the Canolbarth indeed has nothing to do with an Unseelie Court, but rather (inadvertently) with the rivalry between Titania and Oberon?
Bear with me.

Here is how Titania describes the effect of her quarrels with Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream:

William Shakespeare wrote:
Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain,
As in revenge, have suck'd up from the sea
Contagious fogs; which falling in the land
Have every pelting river made so proud
That they have overborne their continents:
The ox hath therefore stretch'd his yoke in vain,
The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn
Hath rotted ere his youth attain'd a beard;
The fold stands empty in the drowned field,
And crows are fatted with the murrion flock;
The nine men's morris is fill'd up with mud,
And the quaint mazes in the wanton green
For lack of tread are undistinguishable:
The human mortals want their winter here;
No night is now with hymn or carol blest:
Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,
Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
That rheumatic diseases do abound:
And thorough this distemperature we see
The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
Far in the fresh lap of the crimson rose,
And on old Hiems' thin and icy crown
An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
Is, as in mockery, set: the spring, the summer,
The childing autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries, and the mazed world,
By their increase, now knows not which is which:
And this same progeny of evils comes
From our debate, from our dissension;
We are their parents and original.

So, Titania and Oberon's relationship affects the state of nature. In truth, some of her words here could fit the Fall of the Canolbarth well.

What if the Shadow Elf machinations coincided with one such quarrel? What if it was not a coincidence at all? Is it below Rafiel (and if not him, surely Atzanteotl) to sow dispute between the couple so that the forest will be more vulenrable? PC1 takes from Shakespeare that the couple's main points of friction are jealousy of alleged human lovers, and the occasional changeling boy at Titania'a retinue. Can one of the immortals interfere precisely in such a weak spot?

Okay! Tried to incorporate all the stuff from above, canon material (PC1, GAZ5, WotI) alongside the excellent fan work on 2300 BC Mystara and Grondheim, and this is how I imagine Oberon and Titania's history...