A few things have occurred to me about cruce:
Cruce loved the King first and foremost. As someone else stated this sounds almost Arthurian like Lancelot and King Aurthur."I heard Cruce hated the king, wanted his concubine, and cursed the Silvers to keep the king away from her, that he planned to take the king’s woman, and all the worlds inside the Silvers for himself,” I said.
V’lane shook his head, golden hair shimmering in the sun. “It was not so simple. Things rarely are. To use a human word, Cruce loved the king, first and above all. The creator of the Unseelie is a being of unbearable perfection. If he is indeed Fae, he is from the most ancient, most pure line that ever existed. Some say he is The Father of All. Some say he had outlived hundreds of queens before the time of the queen he slew. Many of the forms he can take are beyond even Fae ability to absorb. He has been described as having enormous black wings that can enfold the entire Unseelie Court.”
In Dark Fever when Mac first meets V'lane he tries to give her the cuff of Cruce.
I know that there is significance to the metal involved. Is gold representative of the Seelie? I think that is what V'lane's cuff was made of. And then there is the matter of the human concubine this was made for. V'lane says here that the cuff was made for Cruce's favored concubine. I thought that only Royalty had a consort or concubine. I was thinking that only the King or Queen did until I read this."The Fae extended a gold arm cuff, etched with silver, flashing with ruby fire. "The Cuff of Cruce. It was made long ago for one of his prized human concubines. It permits a shield of sorts against many Unseeling and...other unsavory things."
So the UK is not Tuathe de, he is the true race. Was Cruce who should have been king of the Seelie if the UK was not involved? Is that why he both loved and envied the UK?
Can any of you think of other quotes related to Cruce? I would like to see what we can pull together about him to see if it adds up to anything.