Rolling In The D
Phyllis "The Rat-Queen" Young
Queen of Autumn, Lady of Rats, and Mistress of the Corridor
Quote: “Now, when was you gonna tell me ‘bout that little toy you stuffed in yo’ drawers ’fore you walked in here?”
Background: Phyllis has been running the Leaden Mirror for more than three decades, and was the old ruler’s spymaster for another decade before that.
Appearance: The Rat-Queen is a haggard-looking black woman in perhaps her late fifties or mid-sixties, though her vagrant lifestyle, before she stabilized enough to join the Autumn Court, added many years to her appearance. Because of her petite figure and deeply-lined face, she is often mistaken for one of the Wizened. She dresses in shabby, ratty clothing: considering the number and condition of the rats she works with, wearing anything else would be counterproductive. She’s also found that people are reluctant to touch or embrace that which they find dirty or distasteful, which suits her just fine.
Storytelling Hints: Phyllis cares only for results, and nothing for the means used to achieve them. She will do anything to protect her own interests and the safety of her courtiers, no matter how illegal, distasteful, or socially unacceptable. Having already lost one family, she will be damned if she’ll allow anyone – human, fae, or Other – to take this one from her.