Fairy

Submitted by Amy on Sun, 1/22/2017 at 12:08am

Fairies are known to be full of life and often whimsical. They are known for their long lifespan, as well as their child-like demeanor. However, this demeanor does not mean that they are of child-like in intelligence. Many fairies also tend to leave a trail of chaos in their wake; this chaos can range from small pranks to more sinister acts.

Costuming

Fae are required to wear insectoid wings that protrude from their upper back or shoulder region. Common clothing choices do not have an exact colour or style but are often flowing and loose on the body. It is also not uncommon to see fairies incorporate natural elements into their style, for example leaves, flowers, or bark.

Nature

Fairy rarely die of natural causes, they tend to have very long lifespans similar to that of elves. Fairies age in a very odd way when compared to other races. The stages of life for a fairy are divided into four categories: enfant, pixie, slyph, and sidhe (pronounced shee).

Enfant is the earliest stage of fairy life. At this stage, a fae looks and acts very similar to that of a human child with the exception of tiny wings that are not yet capable of flight. The fairy will progress into the next stage of life around the age of two. 

Pixies are the next stage of life in this stage the Fairy is at it's height of emotional rawness. In this stage their emotions can shift from one extreme to another in a drop of a hat. The fairy will continue to age physically however, till they reach the appearance of an 18 year old. At this point the Fairy will stop to physically aging, but can continue to go through different mental stages. However, if undisrupted by a major life event, the fairy will in remain in this childlike stage.

Slyph is the third stage of life for Fairies this is the stage that most stay in for the rest of their life. The outlook that most have at this stage of life is that is similar of a young or middle-aged adult human. Their physical traits after this stage, for the most part, remain unchanged.

The last stage is sidhe (pronounced shee). It is very rare to see fae folk in this stage of life. With grey hair and wrinkles, these fae embrace a more calm and sage-like personality. When they enter this stage of life fairies become able to die of natural causes, and can pass onto the afterlife.  Due to the rarity of seeing one in this stage of life, not much is know on what triggers them to enter it. 

The act of going through these stages are often referred to as a metamorphosis. The fairy in question will often gather natural materials from their environments and create a cocoon to rest in for a few days or weeks before emerging from it into the next stage. 

History

Fairies are one of the older races of Orn. It is thought that they were created by Antasia, the Ageless, during the Dawning of Orn. This is commonly accepted because of how intertwined fairy are with nature, as well as their chaotic untamable nature that can mirror the seasons themselves.

It is argued by scholars that prior to The Shattering, the Fairy Courts where not separated into two different sub groups but had a single government that all fae functioned under. However, records confirming this have been far and between, and any fairy that lived prior to The Shattering can not recall the old ways.

Since The Shattering, the two courts had been governed by the one Queen, however she has two different alter egos. The Summer court has been governed by Festivia while the Winter Court is governed by Shae. While one of the ego takes control, it leaves the other court in an unfavorable position. While there have been many theories on what causes this switch, none have been completely confirmed, since each term a ego completes seems to vary greatly in number of years.

In recent times, new generations of Fairies have grown tired of this unexplained constant flip flop of rules and have broken off and formed their own tribes that operate out of the court and by there own set of rules. These Fairies are often referred to as  Wylde.

Bloodlines

Seelie - These are Fairies of the Summer Court. They are often seem a caricature of child-like innocence. They tend to be kind, compassionate, and helpful. They still have a love of pranks and mischief, but it tends to be in a harmless, light-hearted manner. These fairies have a love of sweets and it is not unheard of for adventures bribe them with sweets and sugar in exchange for services.

Unseelie - These are the Fairies of the Winter Court. These Fairies are easily identified by the black veins that run across their skin. It is thought that this discolouration is a physical manifestation of their cruel nature. The common traits that these fairies harbor are envy, jealousy, anger, and spite.  These fae have been know to plague generations of families with cruel pranks, some out of revenge, others for amusement, often boredom.

Wylde - These fairies are often easier to recognize because of their brand.  When leaving the court, it is very common practice for them to brand their face with tattoos. These fairies are frequently referred to as fall or spring fae by scholars. This is due to the fact that Wylde often seem to have a mix of Unseelie and Seelie traits, but still favor one of the bloodlines' personalities. All Wylde, however, are know for their stubbornness and fiery tempers.

Organization

Despite their personality difference The Winter and Summer Court function very similarly. For any legal matters to be passed, fairies of all ages must be present during the hearing. An Overseer is selected then by their age group to speak on their behalf on all matters that is currently on the floor. The Overseers then discuss the matter on the floor until they all reach and agreed consensus. If the Queen is currently present during the matter, she may declare the matter settled in the favor of the majority instead of having to wait till all Overseers reach a declaration that they agree on.

The Wylde Fae form of government varies a little from tribe to tribe on technical names and roles. However, for the most part it seems that they are guided by head chieftain that makes decisions for the rest of the tribe on rules and customs. In some tribes it have also been seen to have a shaman that acts as a second in common to the chieftain. 

Culture

All Fairies have a love of tricks and games; their long lifestyle leave them plenty of time to perfect personal favorites. Depending on the fairy, the tricks can range from the slight missplacing of common household items to the destruction of crops. Due to Fairies long lives, not many feel the rush to do anything. It is however their old age that tends to makes them apathetic to most conflict.  While the three different bloodlines of Fairies many not see eye to eye, they will take up arms together if it benefits all Fairy kind. All fairies also have some kind of sweet tooth, but none compare to that of the sweet tooth of Seelie. Unseelie seem to prefer bitter or very tart sweets. While Wylde have been found chewing on the occasional sugar cane and seem to enjoy things that are only slightly sweet. 

Seelie are often their happiest during the rich and bountiful summers. They have many celebrations and feast to mark this time. Many will come from all different lands to take part in these festivals in Rastermier, where a large amount of Seelie have made their home in its wilds. Seelie  have a strong urge to protect all life as opposed to taking the life of something without it being necessary.

Large populations of Unseelie have been know to call the Wraithwood of Lower Mestar their home. Not much is know of their day to day life or celebrations. Not many who enter the Wraithwood make it out due to the dark influence of the forest. Leaving many to believe these fae are just as twisted and malevolent as the forest itself. Many Unseelie feel that in most cases the ends justify the means if they get their way.

Wylde tribes have been seen sprinkled throughout Orn. Most of them are nomadic moving from place to place as services are required or if the resources are exhausted in that area. Due to the Wylde constantly moving, they have became very resourceful and mindful of what they use. It is very common because of this for Wylde to be seen using weapons and armor made from the bones of animals.

Relations

Relationships  with other races vary drastically, depending on the bloodline of fairy. However in general, races like Dwarves, Golems, and humans find the chaotic mischievous fae to be more trouble than they are worth. They do, however, often find friendship in their fellow tricksters Kitsune.

Seelie often gravitate toward other nature based races like Elves, Fauns, and Undine to name a few. They have natural curiosity toward other races but tend to avoid Graefward, Rivens, and Uordeq, as well as other races that are know to worship dark immortals, practice dark arts, or have an ill gotten reputation.

 Unseelie find themselves gravitating toward the races that Seelie avoid. Unseelie have little favor with Ixifar and Yteyra because of the tendency  toward dark nature. They also have bad reputation with paladins and are met in general with caution by most races since they have a habit of leaving very bad luck in their presence.

Wylde compared to the other bloodlines are typically seen as a neutral and are often sought as mercenaries. It is not uncommon for the Wylde to earn the respect of Angori or Zmajite on the battlefield.

Immortals

Due to the varying nature of Fae they have been know to worship a large variety of different immortal. Common ones that are seen however are.

Etjeril- Is commonly seen by Unseelie. Since a large portion of these Fairies live with in the Wraithwood it is thought that this over time has only strengthen there tie to this immortal.

Antasia & Loreyza - Is commonly seen among Seelie and Wylde who reaver and protect nature.

Armir- Groups of Wylde have been found following Amir. Due to the nature of these Fairies to become warriors and mercenaries.

Adventurers

Fairies will often began to travel out of boredom.  Long lifespans sometimes beget a need for a change of surroundings to make thing interesting again. Some will also began quest for the court as scholars to find things that no other Fairy has seen or heard of before.  The nomadic nature of Wylde tribes sometimes send them off to follow their own path as a mercenary for hire. 

All Fae have a natural draw to being Shamans and Druids due to their close tie to nature. Seelie often have been know to make good healers, and bards. Unseelie have been know to take on tasks as Assassins, and Warlock. Wyldes have a knack to being vicious Fighters. It is also seen as a great honor among Wylde to take on the title as shaman. 

Parlance

Gusty and Dusty- Made in reference to a Fairy looking like they are going to break away from the court and go wild. Is often used harshly and a warning.

Roosting- Made in reference of a Fairy you is preparing to go into a metaphorsis.

Gnat- A derogatory term used for Fairies.  

Sugar Blind- A common phrase meaning that you are thinking of the reward before thinking of the task at hand.

A court minute- Something that is going to take much longer than it should.

Your sweets are souring- A phrase used in reference to when a prank has gone too far.

Someone is like a Crowned Coin- They are indecisive or have a hard time sticking to a decision once they have made it.

They are a treated treat- Is a reference to someone who looks pleasant but turns out to  be a difficult or unpleasant.

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