Alyssum House is one of the thirteen houses of the Night Court.

Its canon is modesty, and Alyssum adepts are skilled at creating the illusion of modesty, a rare trait in Terre d'Ange. They believe that Naamah trembled to lay aside her modesty when she slept with the King of Persis.[2]

General Information Edit

During the Longest Night at Cereus House when Phèdre nó Delaunay de Montrève is ten, Alyssum adepts come dressed as Yeshuite priests.

In Kushiel's Justice, Imriel nó Montrève de la Courcel and Mavros Shahrizai pay a visit to Alyssum House. Imriel selects an adept named Mignon. She blushes and whispers to Imriel all the things she'd like him to do to her. During his assignation, Imriel sees a connection between Alyssum and Valerian House, since both focus on shaming the adepts.

The entrance to the house itself is through a long courtyard lined with cypress trees. There are separate entrances for men and women and no mixing of the sexes. Once inside, patrons whisper their desires to the Dowayne's Second and are led one by one to another room where the adepts are waiting. They appear robed and veiled in sheer linen. When the patron enters, they remove their veils and stand with their eyes downcast.

Characters Associated with Alyssum House Edit

Agnes Ramel
Second when Imriel and Mavros visit.
Adept who Imriel chooses for his assignation.


  1., Alyssum Marque by elegaer
  2. Kushiel's Dart, "Chapter 2" — But that is what they say at Gentian House, and not at Alyssum, where they say she trembled to lay aside her modesty,
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