Dragons are the oldest of the Fae Races, and one of the few to achieve Actualization – the change into an actual physical race.
Common Locations: Anywhere in the Faelands.
Faeries love to imitate physical beings, usually with their own personal touches like wings and fire breath. The first forms that the ancient Fae copied were dinosaurs and lizards. They bred with the mortal animals and produced Changeling offspring that retained much of the Fae parent’s attributes.
Fae will still take on dragon form, but it is a rare occurrence. This is because the dragons have taken on the attitude that they will not allow a false dragon into their clans. Without family support, a Fae dragon Glamour avatar will often unravel shortly after it realizes it really isn’t real. Continue reading
Faeries are a set of supernatural creatures that appear in a wide variety of shapes. They are legendary for the bright whimsy and dark terror that they bring with them.
Also Known As: Fairies, Fae, Fey, The Good Folk, The Gentry, The Sidhe
Common Locations: Everywhere in the Faelands.
Pureborn: The Unformed
All Pureborn Fae begin their existence in the same manner — as an invisible disembodied spirit. No one is exactly certain how they come into existance. One popular theory is that new Faeries are unconsciously created by the Dreaming Ones. The new Faerie has consciousness, but no form. In the early stage of its existence, it does little but float about and observe the life around it. This may go on for years, until it has learned to use its Glamour to communicate with others. Then it may project an image that it can use to interact with others. Common images are Wisps, Ghosts, or Sprites. This practice of projecting insubstantial images has encouraged the uninformed to confuse the Fae with the spirits of the dead. Continue reading
A Faekiller blade is a dreaded weapon of assassination designed to bring Final Death to faeries. The weapon is alchemical in nature, and is made to enhance iron’s magic-disrupting properties.
Ordinary Iron is also capable of killing a Fey, but is necessary to cut or otherwise wound the victim. The mere touch of a Faekiller blade will often leave burns. The alchemical process for making the blade leaves the iron in a brittle state. Sometimes there may even be visible cracks in the metal. This makes the iron unsuitable as a weapon of combat. Because of this, a weaponsmith will usually make special daggers from the metal. They take advantage of the iron’s brittleness by designing the blade to break off inside a victim’s body, allowing the iron to continue poisoning them.
There are rumors that a weaponsmith has overcome the problem with brittleness, and made a small number of Faekillers made into combat-capable swords. These True Faekillers are extremely rare and expensive, due to their questionably legal nature.
What is Death to an immortal? To the Fey, it is Sleep.
Like all spirit creatures, the Fey have no need for sleep or dreams. But they watch mortals embrace the “little death” night after night. The loss of consciousness and control fascinates them, since it is such a foreign concept.
Fey that have created physical bodies for themselves can understand and enjoy sleep. Dreaming provides them with an experience very close to the mortal ability to create new things.
Ancient Fey that have grown tired of life may choose to undergo the Final Sleep. This is not death as mortals know it, but a change in their state of being that will allow the Fey to sleep and dream for decades. To enter the Final Sleep, they become part of the landscape. Which part depends on what ancient element the Fey feels closest to: Air, Earth, Fire, or Water.
The Earth aligned Fey (Gnomes) will often become boulders, part of a mountain, or a patch of rich soil. Air aligned (Sylphs) and Fire aligned (Salamanders) will appear to dissipate as they become one of their element. Water aligned (Undines) will often join a single body of water or create their own. In these forms, they sleep and dream. Their bodies preserve the existence of the Feylands. Their Glamour reaches out and makes their dreams real, making the Feylands an ever-changing and interesting place to live.
Collectively, they are known as the Dreaming Ones. You do not want to wake them.
Jenny Greenteeth. Painting by Wilhelm Kotabinski (1849-1921) Sourced Wikipedia Commons; Public Domain
Jenny Greenteeth is a water Fey known to drown her victims and sometimes devour them. She is consistently described as having long hair, green skin, and sharp teeth. However, her appearance will vary between that of a child, a winsome beauty, or horrific hag. The theory is that this is to make it easier to lure her prey into the water and then paralyze them with fear. Her favorite prey is young children. Her favorite killing areas are bodies of water where duckweed grows.
Hunts for Jenny are a common occurrence when there have been a number of drownings or missing children in an area. She has not been captured or destroyed since she is a creature of opportunity rather than habit. She remains in spirit form and creates temporary bodies with Glamour only when hunting a victim. She has always vanished when the searchers for her come and then manifests in another body of water.
The Sight is a psychic ability that occurs naturally in some people. It allows them to see things as they really are, revealing fey and other spirits that are trying to hide, as well as see through Glamour.
Animals may also possess this ability. Does your dog or cat react to things you cannot see? Then there is something there.
Some entities may react badly to a person with The Sight. They do not like being spied upon. Continue reading
Have you ever noticed the flutter of a butterfly’s wing out of the corner of your eye, and when you turned to look the butterfly was gone?
If you have, you may have witnessed a Fey hiding itself with Glamour. This is a special magic common to almost all of the Faerie folk. Don’t ask them how they came to learn this magic. It is as natural to them as a heartbeat is to mortals. Glamour is deception given magical form, giving them the power to confuse minds and to even fool reality itself, dependent on the skill and power of the Fey employing it.
Beginning Glamour users are able to project images and sensations into another mind. Mischievous Fey will often use this power to play pranks on mortals that are travelling alone. A common prank is to confuse the mortal’s mind with false sounds and images, making them to appear drunk as they stagger about in their attempts to find their way home. Continue reading
Cold iron is an archaic term for iron forged into a weapon, such as a sword or knife. It would be the equivalent to “cold steel” in modern usage.
Cold Iron also has an effect on some magic. Due to its unique crystalline structure, the metal grounds out active spells. This often blunts their power or can nullify a spell entirely. Users of magic will often keep the amount of iron on their person to a minimum in order not to affect their own spell casting.
The Fey will often give iron a wide berth, since they are creatures actually made of magic. Masters of Glamour are capable of creating physical bodies for themselves, and iron is capable of affecting those bodies like a poison. Fey ingesting food cooked or served with iron implements may become sickened. Cuts from iron knives will appear burned along the edges of the wound. A Fey killed by an iron weapon may experience True Death, since the metal could disperse the Fey’s spirit to the point where it is unable to ever successfully reintegrate.
“I don’t want you to go, Johann.”
The childlike queen crushed the ginger Tomcat to her. He gave her a hug around the neck with his front paws as he spoke,”I know, your majesty, but we agreed that this was an important mission. I will return to you in six months with much news of the mortal world.”
“Yes, yes,” she sighed, “There is an Evil growing here. I only wish that the Round Table hadn’t asked for you. They were adamant that a Fey with your knowledge of magic would be a perfect spy.”
She lowered him to the farm road just outside Berlin, Germany. He gave a little shiver as his paws touched mortal soil for the first time. There was so much power here! So different from back home. His eyes closed as the sun caressed his furry face. So much brighter than home! The sweet scent of hay and wildflowers reached his nostrils and he breathed deeply. He was already in love with this place.
Like a candle melting in reverse, his form began to grow taller and broader. Ginger fur changed to golden blonde hair as his new face began to match the image of the German youth he had formed in his mind. He kept one aspect of his original cat form, his tail. His Glamour clothed the new form in the style of the day to cover that imperfection. He opened brilliant blue eyes and looked at Titania.
She pouted prettily at him in an attempt to break his heart and make him come back with her, “I’ve already lost you, haven’t I?”
“Never,” the conviction in his voice surprised him, “I will always be your little brother. I will see you in six months.”
With that, the newly-minted vagabond took his first step into a new life.
In comparison to other Fey races, Sprites are a relative newcomer. This form of Fey first came into vogue during the Elizabethan period and reached its height of popularity during the reign of Victoria.
Also Known As: Fairy, Faerie, Pixie
Common Locations: Avalon
Sprites are approximately 15 centimeters (6 inches) in height with wings upon their back. Dragonfly or Butterfly wings are the most common. Some have been known to possess birds wings. In some rare instances, the wings are a blend between insect wings and flower petals.
In most cases, Sprites are able to fly. There have been some where the wings are useless and are only there for show.
Sprites are capable of using Glamour and swelling to human height.
Sprites are often childish in demeanor, caring only for games and tricks. They are infamous for their short span of attention.
Sprites do not recognize either the Seelie or Unseelie courts. Not out of any political disagreement, but the general consensus is that they are both “boring.”
For most of their existence, the Sprites have a single crown used to coronate their new king or queen. The reign of the new monarch will then last until they become bored with it and pass the crown on to the next Sprite that shows the least bit of interest. The shortest reign has been for 30 seconds. The longest still continues after a number of years.
Queen Jewel has been a popular ruler for the Sprites since she has been able to build her own Court with all the pomp and flash of the Seelie, but without any of the substance. She has been the longest to hold the crown because she, “Really, really likes the attention.”