Five Steps

I was thinking about the role of the Court of Fools today, and more generally about the fifth thing in a cosmology of four, and I realized something incredibly powerful, something that suggests a really good reason why Changeling might be better off never having a fifth (or more) court. It's because the fifth court needs to be missing. It's absence is what gives the other courts their emotional power. Why? Simple.

Spring: Denial
Summer: Anger
Autumn: Bargaining
Winter: Depression

That's four steps. Think about the one thats missing, and suddenly, you have a reason to be playing.

Damn. If that was intentional, it's brilliant, and if it was accidental, it's still really awesome.