Fae

(Overview by ReD)

Fae is a blanket term used to describe a category of species that share the common traits of being faerie-like in nature. Fae tend to have an affinity or connection to nature, the wilderness, or nature-like places.

Notable species include Fairies, Elves, and Changelings.

Also Know as:

  • The Fair Folk
  • Faeries
  • Fairies

Fae are a diverse species in folklore, mythology, and modern interpretations. Individual fae vary drastically based on country, region, and beliefs. This article serves as a general overview of things commonly considered to be fae or fae-like.

In Folklore and Mythology, the fae are supernaturally gifted spirits that often take a humanoid appearance and are often heavily associated with nature and the wilderness.

Fae often have very formalized societies and rituals.

Fae may travel together in Courts, Troops, or Bands, or may be Solitary.

Common Powers

Powers among Fae vary based upon species, but frequently include:

  • Flight, with or without wings
  • Increased Life Span
  • Elemental Control
  • Animal Affinity
  • Animal Communication
  • Healing Powers
  • Nature Inclination
  • Shapeshifting/Glamour
  • Weapon or Artifact crafting
  • Illusions/Minor reality bending

Common Weaknesses

Weaknesses among Fae vary based upon species, but frequently include:

  • Weakness or allergy to cold iron
  • Weakness or allergy to metal (excluding precious metals)
  • Inability to be around clothing worn inside out
  • Susceptible to pollution
  • Limited to natural areas
  • Cannot tell a direct lie
  • Cannot break their promises
  • Ringing of Bells
  • Weakness to St. John's Wort

Common Traits

(by Foxy)

  • Everything the fae make tends to take on a life of its own. Weapons may have an alignment, or Fae trinkets may disappear and reappear to those they deem worthy. They don't have strict personalities, not like true sapient beings, but it's enough to be of note.
  • Their artifacts and weapons tend to always have a downside or fatal flaw. The stronger the weapon, the stronger the downside.
  • It is said the cuter or more innocent a particular Fae looks, the more powerful they likely are. This is not a hard rule, however.
  • Half fae tend to lean more toward their human counterpart, they don't generally have a 'true form' nor are they usually powerful.
  • The half-fae who lean toward their human genes do not follow the same rules as the fae. Half fae who lean toward their fae genes do.
  • Tend to be Easily offended.
  • To thank a Fae puts you in their debt, which they take very seriously. To apologize to a Fae is to admit you have wronged them, and thus, owe them. It is a sign of weakness, as well.

Created Fae Species

Eros

(By: Foxy)

The Eros are a rare breed of Fae feared Under the Hill for their ability to lie where most Fae cannot and their power to feed off love. “Love” being a general term for affection or sexual gratification. They are sometimes referred to as “Cupids, ” and their court in Underhill has been branded Cupid's Court.

Their magic is based on warping desire and affection into something sickly and addictive. It is extremely uncommon for the Eros to find pure love or to stick with their children for very long. There are some similarities to all the Eros:

  • Desire Empowerment: Feeding on people empowers them further, adding youth to their already long lifespan, along with slight increases in strength and speed (think professional athlete level). By far the best thing about this ability would be their improvement in durability. After feeding, the Eros can take a damn good amount of damage; their body can rebuild from anything save for things that also destroy the heart.

These abilities last up to two weeks, and when this mark hits, if the Eros isn't feeding at all they will go through withdraw symptoms, very similar to withdrawing from hardcore drugs like heroin. To get to that point they must feed well, which is very noticeable to the person whom they're feeding on. A little feeding, say through a kiss or make out session isn't enough for their empowerment to kick in, but can subside the adverse effects of empowerment and their addiction along with giving them a euphoria boost. To gain the above abilities, an Eros must have sex.

  • Slim Population: Unfortunately, the Eros are rare because they struggle with reproduction to an extent. While they have an easy enough time having children, having an Eros child is extremely rare. The gene is recessive, and one is never half Eros, they're either full Eros or nothing. Having children with almost any mythical creature that can be birthed virtually never results in an Eros child, especially if the other partner is Fae. The Eros are most likely to have a cupid child with humans, but even then, it's a hit or miss.
  • The Heart: Even at their most powerful, the Eros' heart is their weakest point. Stabbing it with any sharp object is enough to kill them and put them down for good.
  • Deep Sleep: When the Eros sleep, it is very deep, and few things wake them. They don't need as many hours as most people, clocking in at an average five hours rather than eight. Sleeping remedies and medication works ten times better on them and even the weakest sleep-aids put them out in around twenty minutes. Sleep is their most vulnerable state, so naturally, they try to keep people away while they rest.
  • Love is Addictive: Desire and love of any kind are extremely addictive to the Eros. Like a potent drug or the sweetest alcohol. The more they give in and taste it, the harder it is for them to stop. This makes relationships difficult for them. They can rarely stay platonic or chaste with anyone, even when they aren't flirtatious.

This also means they must decide to completely forgo physical contact with those they love if they wish not to be tempted into feeding. As it is, the more the person loves them (different than just wanting them) the better and more fulfilling their love is. In general, that means the Eros get people to love them just so that they may use them for feeding purposes.

  • Twisted Love: Another unfavorable symptom of being among the Eros is their natural aura to twist all forms of affection. Even as children, people rarely feel chaste toward them. Love or affection toward one of the Eros has a tendency to become possessive, controlling, or obsessive. It also has the inclination to become sexualized. Commonly, people want to own an Eros. To have them all to themselves. This can make people act uncharacteristically jealous or go into fits of rage. Generally speaking, the magic only pulls what a person is capable of to the forefront.

Everything the Eros touch becomes dysfunctional. It would take lots of effort, compromise, and trust for love between an Eros and anyone else to remain healthy. With two Eros, the task is nearly impossible and most don't try, opting to stay away from each other and sending their children away at an early age.

Paedopseudologoi

(By: Boop)

This branch of fae is distantly descended from the pseudologoi. They were the personification of lies and falsehoods, offspring of Eris.

Most of the paedopseudologoi live in Underhill, with other fae, and no court of their own. They can vary in size and colouring, but are usually quite tall and slender, with pointed ears. The average height for females is 6'5“, males 7'. They usually have features similar to their animal form as well, but are still mostly humanoid. All paedopseudologoi have one animal form that they can transform into, although they tend to favour rodents or other small mammals, such as foxes and cats. They all take on some traits of their animal form as well, such as being good swimmers or tree climbers, and their diets. Though they can also gravitate to incredibly sweet things, even food their animal wouldn't normally eat.

All paedopseudologoi have a similar set of species abilities, in addition to their transformation and animal-related abilities:

  • Pathological Lying - These fae cannot tell the direct truth in word or writing, although they can use body language or simple gestures such as a nod of agreement. Each fae finds different ways to adapt to this. Some enjoy it very much, to some it is seen as a curse.
  • Iron aversion - They can sense when iron is near, are weaker near it, and can be burned by contact with it.
  • Semi-immortality - They stop aging around 50 years old, won't die of natural causes, and are immune to natural poisons.
  • Fae charm - Sapient creatures will find these fae interesting and will find it harder to want to destroy them. People who are naturally resistant to charm or illusion would not be affected, neither would people with magical protection from it.
  • Telekinesis - A fairly weak telekinesis that improves with age. An average adult would be able to lift about five pounds.

These fae reproduce magically and only have one parent of the opposite sex, male or female. But they can enjoy sexual activities just for fun. Most, but not all, paedopseudologoi are tricksters and hedonists. They tend not to be family-oriented, and even those that are tend to adopt themselves into other families.

Example Characters: Minx Eek

Elves of Ebonyridge

(By: Kadakism)

An Unseelie Court perched precariously on the edge of sheer basalt cliffs, Ebonyridge has a dark beauty to it. Rain constantly mists down upon the Castle of Woven Branches from a blackened sky, always on the cusp of breaking into an all out storm. The Elves of Ebonyridge look starkly dissimilar from the typical depiction of their kind. They are obscenely tall, seeming to tower over even giants in their realm, though no door seems to be larger than that fit for a human. Their features are distinctly aquiline, having large, hooked noses that resemble beaks and a wide array of feathers adorning their heads in place of hair. The Queene of Ebonyridge is a stark figure, dressed in black gossamer that contrasts her vibrant, ever-shifting plumage.

As Elves, the Court of Ebonyridge shares many of the features with their brethren. However there are a few exceptions:

  • Lords of Air and Darkness: The Elves of Ebonyridge take to flight as easily as breathing, and all manner of avians are at their command. Likewise, the Elves of Ebonyridge are at home in the darkness and can seem to vanish from sight if in anything less than full daylight.
  • Wyrdwood: Whereas other Elves are known for their incredible metalworking, those of Ebonyridge have no metal to shape. Instead they sing wood into desired shapes, giving them swords and armor made from still living plants. These arms lack nothing of their metal counterparts, but can also grow and repair damage done to themselves. Metal is a rather superfluous commodity for the Elves of Ebonyridge, and is generally used as a means of marking one as a slave in the form of a trinket the bearer cannot be rid of.

Ouphes

(By: WorldDevourer)

Words have power. That is what everyone knows. Words have power. Ouphes are a perfect example. Ouphes are short, goblin-like fae (but don't call them goblins, they hate that). Their head resembles a cross between a deer and a bat, but with large round eyes, all of which is a single pastel colour. They often have some sort of furry pastel pelt somewhere on their body, be it the back, neck or at the wrists or ankles, which they often shed in times of stress. Most fae are hardy creatures, and can withstand quite a lot. Most ouphes can float, but never more than a couple of feet off the ground. As a Fae, Ouphes cannot cross running water, are weak to the sound of ringing bells, St John's wort, the smell of oranges, and is weak to iron, all of which make them sickly. In addition, Ouphes cannot 'feed' (see below) on any creature who has given them milk or food as a gift, and also cannot lie.

Ouphes are genderless and can breed with almost any sapient creature, but the baby born to the Ouphe will always be an Ouphe egg. Ouphes can burrow, and Ouphe 'mothers' leave their babies eggs under human habitats, places of great emotion, hospitals, schools, courthouses and the like. What the Ouphe eggs hear in the incubating years of their life forms their powers and what they must subsist on for the remainder of their life. In their formative years, they gather life force from the natural world around them, but in later life, they must do certain things in order to stay alive, which they call 'feeding', as they do not need regular food, and are also compelled to do these things. They develop powers in line with performing this thing. For example, an Ouphe born under a hospital would be compelled to care for other people, would probably have some sort of healing power, and have a kind personality. An ouphe born under a police station would be compelled to obey the rules and laws, and most likely have some sort of detention or truth based ability. After birth, all Ouphes are compelled to return to underhill. They explicitly know their way back at birth, like a homing pigeon. Ouphes never know their parents, as there are no genetic traits passed from one generation to the next.

Ouphes are seen as lesser fae by most of the fae community, and are, at best, treated like children. At worst, they are treated like vermin. Ouphes are often refered to as ratfae. There used to be a popular trend amongst fae lords to tie a tray to the back of an Ouphe and bind it's arms and legs together, to use as a floating table. A common turn of phase used by Fae to describe a tall building is 'high enough to kill an Ouphe' due to their hardy nature, and an outdated trend of dropping them off buildings for fun. Many Fae lords use Ouphes as slaves and/or servants. The Court of Ouphes was originally an activist group thousands of years ago that started in what was once a rubbish dump for underhill, but has developed into a strange culture.

Ouphes are often of low intelligence, sometimes struggle reading, but despite this, have a large capacity for emotions, love and caring, and are generally nice people. As their powers are heavily based on their upbringing, Ouphes have the potential to be very powerful, but are still looked down upon by the fae community.

Under The Hill

(By: Foxy)

Fae may live alongside humans in the human realm, or inhabit an alternate plane. For some Fae, this land is called Under the Hill or Underhill by the Fae. Other names include faerieland, fairyworld, or the land of Fae.

Those without Fae blood cannot enter Underhill without permission, note that this permission is not always granted verbally. If a portal is opened to someone without the blood of the Fae, they have been invited by someone. There is no set entrance to get to Under the Hill; rather the entrances move at their own whim.

Time moves differently Under the Hill, either faster or slower depending where you end up. Most of the time mortals who have spent a day in Underhill will find many months or even (in rare cases) years have passed in the normal realm.

For some who go to the faerieland, they are kept as slaves and not allowed to leave whichever court they've visited and for others, they will suddenly find that once they've visited Underhill a few times, they are no longer invited.

Under the Hill is defined as being as beautiful as it is deadly. Even when mortals are broughten to the land of the Fair Folk and treated well, they still end up broken. For all Underhill's beautiful, it is more often like being in a warzone to those who live there. One always must watch their back and trust no one.

Underhill's Magic

Underhill is generally referred to as a female and talked about by the Fae as though she were a person. That is only half correct. Underhill follows whims and favors particular individuals over others. She has a fancy for beautiful things and treated almost like a deity or Goddess to the Fae who live in this realm. They ask her for power, and she determined whether to give it to them or not.

While some Fae mentioned Underhill speaks to them, there is no direct personification of her, and she does not walk around or have a physical form. This semi-personality is composed of strong magic and nothing else. Like everything Under the Hill, most people are unable to fully comprehend this.

Culture

  • Mysterious by nature and do not like giving away more than they need to. Because of this, few beings understand anything about Fae culture or how Under the Hill works.
  • Thanking a fae is not only insulting to them but will bring you in their debt.
  • Tend to speak in half truths.
  • Full fae have the tendency to fall out of love with their children upon adulthood.
  • Do not have the same ideas on death and honor that humans do – and never bring the honor of a fae into question.
  • Rarely give gifts or information without expecting something in return.
  • Debts can be gained and lost in multiple ways, including saving the life of a fae or their treasured possession.
  • Fae are bound by their honor. These types of debts are not bound by magic, but fae will treat them as if they were.
  • A will'o'wisp, a small blue ball of magic, is considered an invitation into whichever fae land it was sent from to whoever can follow it back.
  • A fae will always repay their debt, whether that debt is good or bad. If you have done something favorable to a Fae, expect something kind in turn, but if you have wronged one (even if it was a perceived wrong) expect retribution ten-fold.
  • Debts are not repaid by the number of favors. IE: If a fae is to save your life and you thank them, you are bound by magic to repay such a favor. However, this is a large favor. Depending on what you do for that fae it can be repaid in one to one hundred favors.
  • Very against any show of weakness and almost always on guard around other Fae.
  • Tend to favor beautiful things.
  • Do not love like humans; they're capricious, as a result, their love is fickle, and they don't often get along with their own kind.
  • Tend to be subtle in their approach to all things. Also have a leaning towards underhandedness.
  • Don't generally have much respect for the Half-Fae. Half-Fae are treated as second class citizens.
  • Once a home is claimed by one of the Fae it is physically impossible for another Fae to enter unless invited in.

Courts and Hierarchy

  • Multiple Courts of all sizes.
  • These Courts are run by a Fairy Queen or King, it is most common to hear about Fairy Queens in legend, but Kings are equally as popular in reality.
  • The lands of Underhill are not connected in the way of the normal realm, they seem to be pocket dimensions of their own, with their own climate and flow of time.

Unseelie Court

The Unseelie court is the darker Court of Underhill. They are associated with Winter and Autumn, death and darkness. These Fae aren't always evil, but they tend to be more selfish than normal and they have a distaste for mortality and humans.

Seelie Court

The Seelie Court is the less evil of the two (mind you not good, just less terrible). They tend to pull jokes more than maliciously try to hurt people for no reason. They are associated with Summer and Spring, life and light. They tend to be fonder or more curious about mortals and humans.

Mark of the Fae

The Mark of the Fae is a mark given by a Fae to someone who is either half Fae or not Fae at all. The mark can be seen by all other Fae and deems someone a friend or foe of a particular Court (Seelie or Unseelie) and sub-Court. The mark will inform everyone who placed it as well. This mark is reserved for those who have done a great deed or atrocity to the Fae.

Common Proverbs

  • “All that gleams is not precious.” - Similar to “never judge a book by its cover” but with a negative connotation that suggests danger or disappointment.
  • “A mountain will never meet a mountain, but a man may meet a man.” - There is always the possibility for revenge against those who have wronged you.
  • “Let not your tongue be the cut on your throat.” - Don't let your words be the thing that gets you or yours killed.
  • “Merry meet.” - It's good to meet you
  • “Much gratitude.” - Used in place of thank you.
  • “I feel like a flower among weeds.” - To be in a dangerous and fragile situation.
  • “I feel like a weed among flowers.” - Feeling uncomfortable.
  • “Take it to the grave.” - To deem something very serious.
  • “The neutral line is the greatest mistruth.” - There is no such thing as not picking sides.
  • “Underhill favors them.” - To state that a Fae's magic is powerful or that they have survived against the odds.
  • “Where a rosewood hides.” - Similar to diamond in the rough. To suggest there is something deep and powerful in a person's character. Example: “Your heart is vast. It is where a rosewood hides.”

Creatures

  • House Gnomes - It is said that these Gnomes will steal your left shoe in Underhill if you fall asleep without first hiding your footwear.
  • Ground Bears - A dangerous animal in the forests Under the Hill. They are able to hide within leaves with ease despite their large size. Incredibly difficult to kill and with a bite that is locked onto a person and near impossible to get out of. A measure of protection against them is to draw a circle in the dirt around yourself.

Vocabulary

  • [blank] Touched - When a Fae has a natural and intense talent for a magical gift. In place of the blank would be the magical gift which the Fae is gifted in. Example: Fire Touched, Wind Touched.
  • Anchor - An anchor is a doorway that leads to a specific part of Underhill. Every Fae from Underhill can create one, but it takes time and careful consideration.
  • Faery Queene(Queen)/King - A Fae who owns a court.
  • Precious stone - A gemstone.
  • Underhill's Gift - When a Fae has gained most of their magic through Underhill.
  • Underhill's Kiss - A great gift received. Generally a magical gift.

Underhill Courts

(By: Foxy)

Cupid's Court

Named deceptively after the Eros' hunger for love, this Court is feared among Underhill due to the type of Fae that inhabits it. It is part of the Unseelie Court and located somewhere in Ireland.

Members

  • Ceidwen Evans - Murdo's daughter who was given to a Finman as promise for fair passing across the sea for trade.
  • Weylin - The Fairy King; known as a cruel man with great swordsmanship. Has had several children, all of which he has sold off in one way or another.

Trivia

  • Are slavers of humans and weaker Fae, which are generally fed from.
  • Known for spectacular parties with fine musicians, generally Weylin's children who were raised to learn music.
  • An influential Court with a rather terrible (even for the Fae) reputation as murderers and traitors.

Precious Stone

Also known as The Court of Precious Stone. This court is made of gemstones found only in Underhill. It is beautiful and flashy, with ranging green hills for its countryside and a large town square not far from the court's castle. It is among the Seelie Court and likely located somewhere in Wales.

Members

  • Adhelien - The Fairy Queene; known for her absolute distaste for humans due to infertility.
  • Vinanye Drakenhardt/Teinadae - Adhelien's daughter. Considered Half-Fae among the Court, but was later given Underhill's kiss and sent off to Manta Carlos. Recently returned home to announce a political marriage that allowed her to remain in Manta Carlos.

Trivia

  • This Court owns human slaves, though they are not permitted to be treated cruelly.
  • Recently ravaged by a war which has only just ended.
  • A small but rich court, with a ruler who came from a prestigious line of diplomats and swordsmen.

Ebonyridge

The Court of Ebonyridge is entirely made up of Aquiline Elves. This Court has a reputation as incredibly xenophobic and predatory to any outsiders within their realm, even compared to other Fae Courts. It is an Unseelie Court and is located in the Hornelen cliffs in Norway.

Members

  • The Queene of Ebonyridge, also known as the Queene of Air and Darkness.

Trivia

  • Not known for superb metal crafting, as other Elves are, their tools and structures are sung from saplings grown in the rocky, inhospitable ground. The grandest of these creations is the Castle of Woven Branches, where the Queene resides and the Court meets.

Additional Fae Species

Additional Fae Species may include:

  • Changelings
  • Elves
  • Fairies
  • Water Horse
  • Rusalka
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