Valerian House is one of the thirteen houses of the Night Court.
Its canon is submission, and Valerian is one of the houses of pain in the Night Court, along with Mandrake House. They revere Kushiel as well as Naamah. Adepts are trained to receive pain from patrons. It is the only house besides Mandrake to use a signale, but in this case it is for the adept's benefit. Valerian adepts take pride in what they do and want to have their limits tested.
General Information Edit
Shortly before her first assignation, Phedre visits Valerian House to learn about what to expect from her patrons. The Second, Didier Vascon, gives her a tour and informs her that they would've recognized her as an anguissette right away.
Imriel visits for the first time in Kushiel's Scion, at Mavros's suggestion. He chooses an adept named Sephira, but struggles to overcome the wounds left by Darsanga. Eventually he is able to come to terms with and accept his sadistic side.
Valerian House uses the lesson of the spiced candies to determine which fosterlings they will keep. Children are given spiced candies and an adept explains that the pleasant taste is caused by the pain of the spice. Those who understand this are kept, those who don't have their marques sold. After that, they are not allowed to experience pleasure without pain or pain without pleasure.
Valerian and Mandrake have a reciprocal agreement. Adepts from both houses frequently hold Showings on request. Imriel attends a few of these, and in Kushiel's Mercy, Mavros arranges such a showing for Imriel and Sidonie. Valerian will also send adepts to Mandrake if requested, since some Mandrake patrons prefer just to watch.
The entrance to the house is long, with trees on either side of it. Tapestries featuring mythological scenes of rape and torture decorate the halls of the receiving room. There are many different pleasure chambers and everything is very private. Valerian requires a reference and a guarantee for the use of flechettes. The Shahrizai have their own private pleasure chamber and a standing contract with Valerian- it includes no maiming, no branding or flechettes and no scars unless previously agreed upon. When appearing before a patron, adepts appear nude with their eyes downcast. They address patrons as "my lord" or "my lady."
Characters Associated with Valerian House Edit
- Jean-Baptiste Marais
- Dowayne during Phedre's childhood.
- Didier Vascon
- Second during Phedre's visit, later Dowayne.
- Adept Imriel chooses for his assignation. Her signale is "sunshine."
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