Velaris, or the City of Starlight, is a hidden city on the western side of the Night Court. It is home to The Court of Dreams, one of the two sub-courts of The Night Court. The walls of Velaris have not been breached in five thousand years and the city remained hidden from Amarantha thanks to Rhysand's sacrifice Under the Mountain.
There was a time when the Night Court was the Court of Nightmares and was ruled from the Hewn City. But an ancient High Lord had a different vision, and rather than allowing the world to see his territory vulnerable at a time of change, he sealed the borders and staged a coup, eliminating the worst of the courtiers and predators, building Velaris for the dreamers, establishing trade and peace.
To preserve it, he kept it a secret, and so did his offspring, and their offspring. There are many spells on the city itself—laid by him, and his Heirs, that make those who trade here unable to say anything about the city, and grant them adept skills at lying in order to keep the origin of their goods, their ships, hidden from the rest of the world. Rumor has it that ancient High Lord cast his very life’s blood upon the stones and river to keep that spell eternal.
In Under the Mountain, 50 years before the events of ACOTAR, Amarantha tricked the High Lords into giving control over their powers to her. As Rhysand felt Amarantha ripping his power away, he used what little time he had to erase the city and the wards from the minds of the Court of Nightmares. He threw a shield around Velaris, binding it to his inner circle so that they had to remain or risk that protection collapsing, and used what little power he had left to tell them mind to mind what was happening as well as ordering them to stay away.
Feyre, Rhysand and his inner circle spent most of their time in Velaris. The city was a well guarded secret, the only people knowing that Velaris existed was the ones that were living there themselves. It was not on any map, or mentioned in any book beyond those written there.
In order to gain the trust of the mortal queens of the human realm and gain the second half of the Book of Breathings, Rhysand had to show them the existence of his city, as proof of his intentions. But the mortal queens sold him out to the King of Hybern, who then sent a legion of his soldiers to attack the city. They were able to secure Velaris at the end of the day.
Then when Rhysand, Feyre, and his inner circle went to Hybern to destroy the Cauldron, Amren stayed to defend the city while they were gone, as she was the only one powerful enough to stand a chance of holding the city until help could arrive.
The Inner Circle resides in Velaris, which is still under the effects of the war with Hybern. They are slowly rebuilding their homes and bringing their lives back to normality. The city brings happiness to those who wander about, but some, like Feyre, are still scared from previous events.
- A Court of Mist and Fury (First appearance)
- Wings and Embers (Mentioned only)
- A Court of Wings and Ruin
- A Court of Frost and Starlight
|Characters||Rhysand · Feyre Archeron · Amren · Morrigan · Cassian · Azriel · Nesta Archeron · Elain Archeron · Lucien Vanserra · Nuala · Cerridwen · Keir · Devlon · Clotho · Madja · Bryaxis · Sevenda · Rita · Thanatos · Thanatos's daughter · Rhysand's father † · Rhysand's mother † · Rhysand's sister † · Enalius|
|Locations||Cesere · Hewn City · Palace of Bone and Salt · Palace of Thread and Jewels · Rainbow of Velaris · Restaurant · Rita's · Sidra River · The Prison · Velaris · Western Isles|