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.
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
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.”