Faerie
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A fairy (also fay, fae, faery, and faerie) is a type of mythical being or legendary creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural or preternatural.

Physical Attributes:

The faeries (both Seelie and Unseelie) come in all different shapes, sizes, colours, and sub-races. However, the faeries born as a Seelie fae tend to be brighter and in tune with the warmth, while those born as an Unseelie fae tend to be darker and in tune with the cold. Not every faerie has wings either. Some are born with them, and others either do not have them or use a type of ink called the Wieva which allows them to summon wings for themselves.

For simplicity's sake we're just going to talk about the humanoid faeries.

Natural Appearance:

The humanoid faeries do not look too different from humans, however they look more ethereal and mystical. They also have sharper features than humans do, which is usually one of the giveaways about what they are. Height and weight vary much like humans, but they normally average around 5'5" for men and 5'3" for women. They are normally a lithe and lightweight species, with the exception of those who discover junk food in the human lands. Their skin, hair, and eye colour vary depending on if they're born from the Seelie or Unseelie parents. If they are Seelie, their features will be bright and 'sunny' almost. If they are Unseelie, their features will be dark and 'wintry'.

Illusions:

They use glamours to alter their appearance to seem less ethereal and more human. Some can even change their hair colour or their entire body structure.

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Racial Abilities:

The Seelie fae get their powers from the light and summery things. They are naturals at manipulating light, floral, water, and fire. They thrive in the seasons of spring and summer and their gifts reflect that, which means they are naturally warm and can't stand too much of the cold. Glamouring, illusions, and faerie dust are other abilities of a faerie. Their dust is the colour of sparkling gold. The Seelie fae can also be born with the ability to alter one's mood with a power known as the 'Faerie Aura'. Those with this power are usually only able to make the subject feel happy and good inside, but there are those few who can change one's mood negatively. Only the Seelie can perform this act, which is probably one of the many reasons people believe the Seelie to be good and benevolent.

The Unseelie fae get their powers from the dark and wintry things. They are naturals at manipulating darkness, ice, storms, and decay (though the act of necromancy itself it strictly forbidden). They thrive in the seasons of fall and winter and their gifts reflect that, which means they are naturally cold and melt in heat they consider extreme. Glamouring, illusions, and faerie dust are other abilities of a faerie. Their dust is the colour of black ash, and does not sparkle. The Unseelie fae can also be born with the ability to control the minds of people like a siren would, only instead of singing they need only to sing. Only Unseelie fae can perform this act, which is probably one of the many reasons why people believe the Unseelie to be evil and malevolent.

Despite all their wonderful gifts, however, the fae do have a general weakness: their own blood. Their blood contains high levels of magical substances that can cure many illnesses and heal wounds. This prices very highly on the black market these days. Their blood is also targeted by vampires who find the taste to be irresistibly sweet and attractive. If that wasn't any worse, their blood is easy to manipulate, specifically for people who know a thing-or-two about blood magic.

Personality:

Much like human personalities, faerie personalities can vary from faerie to faerie, however some of it is influenced by their race, not the court. The Seelie usually have a kinder and more sociable set of personalities while the Unseelie usually have a harsher and unsociable set of personalities. It isn't unknown for an Unseelie to be sweet and warm and a Seelie to be harsh and blunt, but it generally doesn't come out that way.

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Culture:

Many faeries live in the Faelands and are usually loyal to whichever court they were born under, which is either the Sumer or Winter Courts. Each court is ultimately ruled by a Queen (and maybe a king if she decides to marry … so far neither Queen is married or engaged) and since the Faelands is an entirely different land on its own, there are no elders or leaders in the different settlements that are there. Those who no longer go by the courts are considered 'rogue' faeries and are usually shunned for their decision. They either leave the Faelands or stay and bear with it. Those who switch courts (ie. a Seelie faerie going into the Winter Court) are known as 'switch' faeries. They are not really shunned, but are sometimes judged for their decision. The Seelie fae are usually found in the Summer court, and the Unseelie fae are usually found in the Winter court, but it's not an off sight to find a Seelie in the Winter court or an Unseelie in the Summer court. In both cultures, Seelie and Unseelie respect the land and actually work together to keep it balanced and stable. It is the Queens' jobs to keep magic flowing throughout the land they rule to keep it as beautiful and as natural as possible. The faeries in their respective courts help to do this as well by tending to the land carefully, whether it be in grass or snow.

Outside of the Faelands where many rogue faeries live, there are small settlements of those faeries placed around the world. They are lead by what the faeries call 'Tilabil' which is fae for 'elder faerie'. Other rogue faeries travel on their own or live in different settlements (like with the Dark elves, Light elves, or humans). Many choose to live in settlements or travel with others instead of on their own because of how highly priced their blood is on the black market as well as the threat of a vampire attacking them.

When any Fae dies (excluding Gremlins) their body turns to dust (either sparkling gold or ashen black, depending on which type of fae they are) and their soul is sent back to the Faelands to a place called The Well of Souls. This well reanimates all 'dead' fae back to life, as if they hadn't died at all. They will suffer slight amnesia for a short time and feel dizziness and pain, depending on how badly they died.

History:

Fae mythology tells of a goddess named Toralmia that used to rule as a Queen for both courts. She held the seasons of summer and spring in one hand, and the seasons of fall and winter in the other. Her throne sat in the middle of the divide between the Summer and Winter courts, and all fae answered to her. In the story, it says that she got tired of ruling over both courts on her own, so she created a Queen for each court. A Seelie fae for the Summer court, and an Unseelie fae for the Winter court. Toralmia then created what's known as The Well of Souls before disappearing into The Realm of the Unknown. The Realm of the Unknown is believed to be the place a fae was supposed to go when they died, but because the well was created they cannot enter that place and find Her there.

Since then, the courts have been ruled by their own Queen. Currently the Summer court Queen is Celestia, and the Winter court Queen is Titania. They get along surprisingly well with each other and have been ruling their side of the Faelands for several thousand years.

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