Moondancer drake

Author of Multicultural LGBTQ Speculative Fiction

Wildlings; Children of the Primal Water

You remember the stories about children stolen by fairies, switching changelings with these human babies at birth? About men and woman courted by fairies, even children born from such matings? How about babies touched by fae magic because of their pleasure or displeasure with the human parents. All these stories are true, and even more. These children gifted or cursed with the blood and magic of the fae folk are called Wildlings.

 

The appearance of the fae-touched children can greatly differ, but generally speaking they look much like any human. The difference is in what lies deep inside them. Some children show unexpected abilities from very young, while others do not awaken until much later. Even a few of the most remarkable ones will only awaken to their magic when a particular event occurs, but then wow, watch out.

 

The typical way magic shows itself though a Wildling child is in psionics of some sort. Thought not the only abilities that can surface things such as telepathy, energy manipulation, precondition, clairaudience, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, pyrokinesis (though this is far rarer), aerokinesis, empathy, dream walking, astral projection, and psychomitry are just a few examples of what abilities might present themselves with a Wildling awakens.

 

The most dangerous part of an awakening in this day and age is a Wildling child is rarely in an environment that can handle such a transformation. So many of these special children have been lost through generations away from their fae kin, or even because if their change being a momentary whim, easily forgotten by the fae who caused it. Still far more often are the Wildling children stolen by the fae enemies and hidden among human families using normal seeming adoptions.

 

The consequences of these children being lost in a human word is that either the find a way to cope with there magic when they awaken or they go mad from them. Besides that death is the only release, and happens far to often at the Wildling own hand or because they have fallen into the grasp of an enemy they never even knew existed.

 

So please, if a child is born to your family or adopted into your home, and they display these sorts of gift, nurture them. They need guidance and love, not judgment. Do these things and your Wildling child will blossom into an amazing being indeed.

 

 

  Books the Fae/Wildling can be found in  
Novels Natural Rebirth - WIP  
  Cryptic Voodoo - WIP  
  White Lotus - WIP  

     
Novellas Seeking Light in the Shadows  
     
Short Stories No Boundries  

 

Glossary

   
  Psionics Glossary  

 

Aerokinesis: the ability to manipulate the wind, air, or gases with one's mind.

 

Astral Projection: the method in which an individual can separate his consciousness from his physical body. (Also referred to as OBE or Out of Body Experience) This method occurs right before REM sleep. Some people say the astral body is one of seven sheath bodies, including the physical, mental, causal, etheric, emotional, spiritual. This is also refered to as a OBO, known as an out of body experience.

 

Clairaudience: the power to hear things outside the range of normal perception; the power or faculty of hearing something not present to the ear but regarded as having objective reality.

 

Clairvoyance: faculty of seeing mentally what is out of sight; deep insight; the supposed power to see objects or events that cannot be perceived by the senses; Acute intuitive insight or perceptiveness.

 

Dream Walking: dream walking and astral traveling are very similar. Astral traveling tends to be something you do alone, where dream walking is a more conscious experience where you can choose who goes with you. (more on dream walking)

 

Electrokinesis: the ability to control electrical currents and in so doing, the most skilled can also have effect on electronic devises.

 

Empathy: is the ability to read and understand people and be in-tune with or resonate with others, voluntarily or involuntarily of one's empath's capacity. (more on empathy and empaths)

 

Energy Manipulation: the basis of energy manipulation comes from the study of Chi or Ki, the eastern cultures believe that with the correct amount of training, discipline and concentration you can "manipulate energy" which comes from the earth. (more on energy manipulation)

 

Precognition: foreknowledge; clairvoyance relating to an event or state not yet experienced. The ability so sense something that is about to happen in the future.

 

Psychokinesis: 1. Manipulation of material, on both a micro (particles, atoms, etc) and macro(cells, whole objects, etc) level, through the power of ones mind. 2. To cause physical change, movement or otherwise, to an object without the application of physical force. 3. Use of pyschokinetic energy to physicaly affect an object.

 

Psychomitry: is the ability to attune to physical objects to gain information from the energy signature of someone who touched or used the object. Most Psychomitric impressions are perceive through scents, sounds, tastes, emotions and images and are again on an intuitive level.

 

Pyrokinesis: the ability to create, manipulate, or extinguish fire using one's mind. Similar to telekinesis, and aerokinesis

 

Telepathy: the ability to synchronise the informational processes within one's mind to those of another individual; or conversely, to sychronise the informational processes of another's mind to one's own. This manifests as a form of direct mind-to-mind communication, without any medium of transmission involving energy and matter.

 

  My thanks to the following sites...  
  Urban Dictionary  
  Universal Psychic Guild  
     

Fae

 

 

Gender fluidity ~ Everything about the Fae at the core of their beings is fluid. There are hundreds, even thousands of genus within the Fae, and endless variety of species with the genus. Though some Fae have a particular gender that is their preferred go to, most of the Fae are by nature gender fluid.


Royalty ~ I didn't list any Fae kings and queens or their children under nobility. Fae society is thick with royalty, so I decided it would be best to only mention those nobility in the novels as they appear.

 

Within my stories readers may see mention of the Queens Council. This refers to a larger entity that works like an overall Fae Parliament. When making a decision that affects the Fae as a whole the rulers come together as a group to discuss the decision that needs to be made. While having Kings is occasionally the case within the Fae hierarchy, it is more common for the Fae of a region to be ruled by a queen who is supported by their consort, or in some cases a set of queens who rule in tandem.These rulers have complete jurisdiction over their appointed territory. While the term queen is a title of complete power over a territory, and does not directly relate in any way to the gender of the Fae that carries the title. The same is true for the title of king, prince, or princess.

 

Working-class Fae ~ Life within Fae society is no more fair to its citizens than humankind is to their own. Unlike the dewas, these Fae folk are seen to be among the lower-class status of Fae society and therefore do not have wings, nor the ability to take on other forms or use glamour to hide themselves. Some among the working-class Fae have gained special favor from the courts for their deeds which may result in the ability of form that allows them to walk in human society, but this is rare. In most cases the deeds of working-class Fae are simply taken for granted by the nobility, or in many cases outright ignored. Unlike most Fae who were more fluid in gender, working-class Fae are trapped in a binary gender. Also, unlike many of the Fae nobility, working-class Fae are not ageless nor mortal. Their lives are finite, in some cases they live longer than humans, in other cases their lives are even shorter than that of humankind.


The Plague ~ over the centuries, as humans gained more power over the earth and forgot their duty of stewardship to the land, a plague has begun to affect the Fae as a race. Cases of birth defects, sterility, and severe cases of external and internal illness have become more prevalent since the humans became an industrialized society. The Fae are linked to nature itself, and when nature thrives and is strong they thrive in our strong. As the humans poisoned the earth more and more this resulted in higher infant mortality rates and lower birth rates among the Fae. Added to the growing number of Fae affected by the wasting disease who died, this has over time seriously decreased the Fae population as a whole, as well as left many of the remaining Fae far weaker in power.

 

Relationship with the other magical races ~ at one time the Fae, the Clan, and the Conclave gathered together in what were called Tri-Council’s to perform great works of magic and to serve as guardians of the elements and the balance of all things. Over time the Tri-Council as well is the camaraderie of the magical races crumbled, leaving loyal allies distressing of each other and mixed families torn apart. There are many rumors surrounding how this schism between the magical races occurred, but no one could bring the races together long enough to mend things between them. This was until 1993, when a woman of both Fae and Conclave blood who was named by the Clan brought the races together to sign a truce and reestablish the Tri-Council.

 

Authors note: though I use a base of traditional legends around the Fae, I do take some creative license in bringing these beings to life within the world of the Guardian Circle. At times this means emerging several Fae into a single group of Fae, or taking common attributes of a named Fae or type of Fae and adding to that. In a lot of cases I also take the characters of these legends and bring them into the modern setting. Any change I make I try to stay as true as I can to the original concept and culture of that Fae and their stories.

 

Below I have listed just a few of the Fae that exists within the world of the Guardian Circle, as well as some of the fae characters in my novels. These are to give readers an idea of the types of Fae and how the Fae society is set up as a whole. This list is to also give information on the types of Fae that appear in the stories of the Circle. More may be added for this reason as time goes on and more books written. I would list more initially, but I fear that it would make the page too cluttered.

 

When I start working on my Huntress series (YA LGBTQ set in a fantasy version of precolonial Africa) I'll be adding a great number of African Fae to this list, but I am still working on which ones I want to focus on (since I don't want to bury readers in the tons of amazing African nature spirits I've been researching) and how they will fit into the mythos of that world setting.

 

Nobility/Upper Class Fae

 

 

Adh Sidhe ~ Irish fairies who pursue wrongdoers and drive them insane. They usually appear as hags who rend their victims flesh with their sharp teeth, but sometimes they take the form of beautiful young women or black horses.

 

Aelf ~ Scandinavian elf, their name meaning something like "white spirit"or "shining spirit". The aelfs are directly connected to nature and fertility, so are some of the most deeply affected by the plague affecting the Fae people. Aelfs have always processed strong magics when it came to causing sickness. Originally they were best known for illnesses such as jaundice and chickenpox, but there are many that believe that the aelfs magics around sickness and disease have taken a far darker and deadlier turn. There are many within and outside the Fae who suspect the aelfs are responsible for many of the most deadly diseases of the modern age, diseases created by the Fae militants in their war against the human race.

 

Devas/Dewas ~ Are normally seen as nature spirits connected to particular plants, but in the case of the mythos I am building within the world of the Guardian circle devas are spirits also relating to other aspects of nature as well. Many devas can assume a human -sized form, as well as a smaller form with wings.
In the novel Natural Rebirth Elizabeth’s first interaction with Fae folk on the Archiquette farm are a trio of flower devas. Flower devas are born within a particular type of flower, and take on qualities of that plant.

 

Other well known types of devas:


Blight fairies ~ are one of the fairies to bring in winter and with it decline, disease, and death. Blight devas punish humans who disrespect the Fae with their powers of disease and sickness.


Dawn fairies ~ are fairies of pure light, who are drawn to people of good hearts way down by doubt. They exude confidence and comfort, which they share with those they see as worthy of their gifts.


Farralis ~ Fire fairy associated with summer. A spirit of courage with the power to destroy or rejuvenate, and without whom fire cannot be started.


Primrose fairies ~ are best known for being messengers of the Fae queens. They have a gift for obfuscation as well is as revealing that which has been hidden. One example of this is the use of primroses to allow someone to see fairies.


Vervain fairies ~ are mystics of the Fae kin, and tend to prefer a solitary life

outside of fae politics. While vervain fairies are sometimes used by the Fae courts and noble houses to hex humans they can also be entreated to remove unfriendly magics or to protect humans from those types of magics. They often pose as solitary living wise women and have particular gifts when it comes to spells that affect weather.


Wood Wives ~ German Forest fairies, small and dressed in clothing made of leaves. They are kind to those who treat them with respect. Hunter must offer them part of their catch to keep them appeased, and they are attracted to the smell of baking bread so cooks are advised to bake an extra loaf in case they decide to pay a visit. They will pay the cook with sticks or would chips that later turn to gold. Wood wives have a deep connection to the forest and it said with every tree felled a wood wife dies.

 

Dökkálfar ~ singular; Dökkálfr. The dokkalfar dwell within the earth and see in pitch darkness, but under the sunlight they are nearly blind. Even blind they are unmatched as fighters. They have pitch black skin, and the more seasoned they are as a warrior or craftsman the more of the silvery, moon-touched tattoos cover their skin. Their eyes are pale, generally icy blue or completely colorless. They are the tallest of the Elven kin and the most solitary. The dokkalfar are the warriors, the weaponsmiths, the armor makers, and sometimes the assassins among the elves. The most skilled are surrounded by the shadows, which seem to cling to them like a cloak, and which they can control. Most dokkalfar are loyal to the Queens they serve, though a few have joined the rebel faction of the Fae against the humans. They are the ones that do what the others cannot or will not do. Often humans tell tales of them being evil, but in truth they are simply determined and will do whatever it takes to serve their queen.

 

Ghillie Dhu ~ a solitary, shy fairy of the birchwoods near a Scottish lock. The ghillie dhu is black haired and clothed in green leaves and moss. They are benevolent and is especially fond of children who if a child is lost they will help return them home. The ghillie dhu protects trees from humans and may grab an unwary traveler and enslave them as punishment for transgressions in the ghillie dhu's territory. Though normally refer to as male, within the mythos of the Guardian Circle the ghillie dhu is fully androgynous.

 

Haltija ~ Finnish Guardian elves. Each aspect of nature has its own haltija. Unlike the devas who tend to be smaller and winged, Haltija look more like Tolkien elves. Their guardianship as far as the aspects of nature tend to be a task granted to them by the queen of a region rather than a connection to that aspect of nature like as in the case of the dewas. They also serve as guardian familiars, appearing three days after a persons' birth to watch over and inspire them.

 

Huli Jing ~ These Chinese fox spirits have a capricious nature and can be either benevolent or harmful. The huli jing are very gifted and magic and have been known to teach young humans magic as well. The spirit of a huli jing can possess the body of the human and may choose to stay there and cause mischief until cast out. These fox spirits have also been implicated as an explanatory factor in the incidence of attacks of koro, a culture-bound syndrome found in southern China and Malaysia in particular, but the tri-Council has found no proof to substantiate these claims.

 

Hyter Sprites ~ Green eyed, sandy colored fairies of East Anglia and Lincolnshire who are known for shape shifting into the form of sandmartins or carrion birds, but there are many other birds they can choose to shift into. They appreciate human kindness but have no patience for bad manners. They have been known to help return lost children to their homes, much like the ghillie dhu of Scotland. Usually, they try to avoid humans, but on occasion may band together to mob individuals to scare them or admonish irresponsible parents who neglect their children.

 

Leanan Sidhe ~ Irish, Scottish, and Manx Fae. They seek out the love of mortals and of the mortal refuses than the fairy must become their slave. If the moral consents they are bound to the fairy and cannot escape, except by finding another person to take their place. Morals are quickly burned out by these passionate Fae. These Fae also serve as Muses to their artists and musicians lovers who have brilliant careers but die young.

 

Merfolk ~ unlike the water spirits, the various breeds of merfolk, while still Fae, are not tied to a particular body of water as a guardian. They are a living breathing species take mates, create art, wage war, bare and raise children, and live their lives within their underwater territories in communities and even large cities. Many different cultures have merfolk within their legends; the Abgal of the Sumerians, the Jengu of Southern Cameroon, Merrow of Scotland and Ireland, the Cearb of Scotland, the Nereids/Nereides of Greece, Adaro of the Solomon Isles, and the Selkie of Orkney and Shetland.

 

Some merfolk appear as human on their upper bodies with the tales of fish, others are fish like, or even sharklike from head to foot though in essence human shaped. Some merfolk species are said to be only one gender or the other, but within the mythos of the Guardian Circle all more folk mentioned here are bigender, and in some societies also have a third and fourth gender as an accepted standard within their communities.

 

Nymph ~ powerful Greek nature spirits generally connected with the goddess Artemis, they are all beautiful in appearance, personifications of youth, charm, and femininity. Unlike dewas these nature spirits tend to take on a human size, though there are other physical characteristics such as wings or webbed fingers are very dependent on what aspect of nature they are connected to. Within the mythos of the Guardian Circle the physical attributes connected to gender with the nymphs are entirely fluid, but they do tend overall to be very feminine in behavior.

 

Sphinx ~ are beings of both light and shadow, often gatekeepers to the places where secrets are hidden. In their natural form sphinxes have a humanlike upper body and the lower body of a predator. They are extremely intelligent and quite proud, so they have little patience for ignorance or disrespect. Within the Guardian Circle stories set in modern times the Sphinx take more human forms, though often wearing clothing and jewelry made of the hides and parts of animals, or fabrics with patterns that resemble furs, feathers, or scales. Sphinx can often be found in educational settings, especially those that allow them a captive audience for their brilliance and/or the ability to test the academic intelligence and cleverness of individuals.

 

Tree spirits ~ when people think of tree spirits many immediately think of the Greek dryads, sometimes also called nymphs. Within the mythos of the Guardian Circle I have chosen one of the traditional ideas around dryads being related to only one particular tree and there being many other types of spirits for the other trees. In the same vein, nymphs within this world are now connected to the the other types of nature spirits. While dewas are related to many elements of nature and are often seen in a small winged form, tree spirits (as well as water spirits) tend toward full-size human forms and do not have wings, nor do they fly. Tree spirits particular tend to either be bound to the tree they protect, or they are tasked to protect a territory such as a grove of trees or a particular forest. Those that are free to move around and are guardians of the whole area can be extremely dangerous when that which they protect is threatened.

 

Bela ~ Indonesian tree spirits. If a person wishes to cut down a tree they must offer food to the bela and ask it, politely, to move to another tree. If these precautions are not taken the bela can cause nightmares or illness.

 

Dryads ~ Oak tree spirits, who unlike the hamadryads are not bound to their tree, but can move about freely. They are most often connected in legend to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, and are considered unlucky if seen by humans. They are fierce guardians of the forest, and protectors of those they deem worthy of their attention. Dryads normally seen as naked or near naked women draped in soft fabrics of greens and browns, but when going into battle can cover themselves in armor made from oak bark. Often the term dryad his thoughts relate to spirits of other trees, but especially within the Guardian Circle mythos true dryads are connected to the oak. Other similar spirits are Meliai; the spirit of ash trees is a, the spirit of apple trees is an Epimeliad, and the spirit of walnut trees is a Caryatid. There are many others, but being the oak tree is sacred to the Archiquette family and their local clan, the connection to the dryads would be the strongest.


Canotila ~ Lakota tree spirits from the regions of North and South Dakota, who like hamadryads are bound to the tree they call home. If the tree comes to harm, so does the canotila. They are messengers from the spirit world and often appear to the Lakota people in dreams. The canotila can absorb into a tree, or take on tree like properties making them nearly impossible to see. They will hunt anyone who mistreats their protected area, often resulting in the troublemakers death.


Hamadryads ~ unlike the dryads, the hamadryads find connections in many different types of trees, but the connections are much deeper and fraught with peril. For hamadryads injury to their tree hurts them physically. The loss of a tree in which they are born and their lives, results in their death. Though many tree spirits take on human form, the hamadryads have the upper body of a woman and their lower body form trunk and roots of the tree.

 

Water spirits ~ while similar to tree spirits in their humanoid form and lack of flight, some water spirits tend toward a darker intent when it comes to human interaction. While there are some water Fae who either avoid human contact or like interacting with humans, there are many others who actively seek to harm humans that enter their territory no matter the human’s intent for being there.

 

Apseras ~ are Hindu water spirits who have existed since the creation of the universe. They love playing music and dancing to the pleasure of the gods, and are companion to the gandharvas, spirits of air and music who guard the magical soma drink of the deities. They are very beautiful and sensual beings, and similar to the Norse Valkyries the apseras carry fallen heroes to the reward in paradise, which sometimes includes the apseras themselves serving as consorts to the fallen hero. Unlike many water spirits, apseras can fly, and generally are ethereal in form. Some have the ability to shape shift. Apseras also are associated with fertility, inspiration similar to the Muses of Greece, gambling, and gaming. It is said the apseras can cause madness or drain judgment to all who hear their music.


Asrai ~ English water Fae from Cheshire and Shropshire. Tall and lithe maidens with translucent skin, long green hair and webbed feet. As a defensive ability their cold, wet hands can burn a human. The wound lasting all of their lives. They cannot speak English. They speak their own language. When they are captured or die (exposed to sunlight) they melt away into a pool of water. As the sun starts to rise the asrai disappear into mist, reappearing only on nights of the full moon, called Asrai Nights. An asrai can appear on one of these nights once in 100 years.


Morgens ~ They dwell in Lake Glasfryn Uchaf and are said to carry away children or anyone else who ventures too close to the water. They sleep by day and an underwater grotto, rising only at night to sit on the rocks along the shoreline. The morgen are forever young and seductive. They sit on the rock and comb their hair with a golden comb, singing a song whose charm is irresistible. Their touch kills which leaves the morgen forever lonely, unable to enjoy the physical pleasure they crave. Those killed by the morgen's touch are forever condemned to wander without comfort.

 

Naiads- Water nymph that presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of fresh water. The naiad nymphs were often classified by their domain: Pegaiai were the naiad of the springs, Krenaiai the naiads of fountains, Potameides the naiads of rivers & streams, Limnades and Limnatides were naiads of the lakes, and Heleionmai the naiad of marshes and wetlands. The naiads, along with Artemis, were regarded as the divine nurses of the young, and the protectors of girls and maidens, overseeing their safe passage into adulthood. The saltwater cousin to the naiad is the oceanid. (Hint: You may meet some of these Fae in Natural Rebirth)


Nix/Nixie ~ German water spirits who love to seduce young human men and sometimes visit village dances disguised as beautiful girls. They appear in the water as lovely woman with long golden hair and blue eyes. According to moral tales nixie's are malignant, seducing sailors to trap their souls and lobster pots to prevent them from reaching heaven. In Guardian Circle mythos nix can be male or female, and though they tend to be selfish and shallow even to the point of being cruel, they also can be reasoned with.


Undine ~ German water nymph who dwells in forest ponds and waterfalls, and also the name for Greek sea fairies. In their natural form the Greek undines appear as seahorses with human faces, but they can take the form of a human as well. German undines appear human. It is said that undines lack a soul but can obtain one by marrying a mortal man and bearing him a child. Undines are often invoked in magical workings require the cooperation of the waters. The queen of the undines is Necksa.


Vili ~ (singular vila) are Slavic fairies who live in Woodland streams and lakes. Rather than being born Fae, the vili are the spirits of virgins and children who through their connection to the water and the earth can leave their graves to dance at night. Though the vili can choose to use their power to lure humans to dance with them until they die, the vili also serve to prophesy at the birth of a child and bestow their fate upon them. Within the mythos of the Guardian Circle, a child or virgin can become vili if they have died an unnatural death, and the Fae decide justice must be served. In these cases the dance of death may be used against those the victim of the crime deems at fault for their death. Once justice is served they are given a choice, to either move on into the hereafter or to stay and serve the Fae courts as a vila fate keeper. Rumor has it that a number of vili are part of the Fae militant movement.

 

Will-o'-the-wisp ~ are atmospheric ghost lights seen by travelers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes where they've hidden their treasure. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travelers from the safe paths.

 

Ellylldan ~ The ellylldan (also called a pwca) is a species of elf exactly corresponding to the English will-o'-wisp. In Welsh folklore, it is said that the light is "fairy fire" held in the hand of an ellylldan, a small goblin-like fairy that mischievously leads lone travellers off the beaten path at night. As the traveler follows the ellylldan through the marsh or bog, the fire is extinguished, leaving them lost. It is commonly believed that the ellylldan starved to death when farmers drained the bogs, but according to the mythos of the Guardian Circle many ellylldan were rescued by Fae nobles and brought to the New World. Ellylldan are often tasked to lore trespassers away from hidden Fae communities or treasures, or even to guide travelers either to safety or into a Fae trap.


Hinky Punk ~ Will-o'-wisp in Devon and Somerset. Ghost lights, they appear at night to travelers like a flickering lantern, leading them to stray from their path and into bogs, marshes, or swamps. They have been described by survivors as having one leg and a light.

 

White ladies ~ There are stories of the white ladies all over the world. Some are malevolent, but in many cases if a person shows the right respect a white lady can in fact be very benevolent. They are usually well disposed to humans, and may help travelers find their way, aid women in childbirth, prophecy the future, make cows give milk, show minors rich veins of precious metal, turn pebbles into precious stones, and bestow wonderful gifts on their favorites. White ladies can also manifest near holy wells, streams, borders, or in fact any place that is sacred. Below are just a few examples of white ladies.

 

Banshee/Beansidhe ~ banshees are reported either to be young women of mournful aspect or else to take the form of hags. With eyes red from weeping, she continuously combs her hair with a gold or silver comb. If a banshee hair falls on you it's a bad omen. She is often shrouded and crotches under a tree or flies past the moonlight. Their main task is to foretell the death of a person. Banshees are attached to Irish and Scottish families of pure Milesian descent, or families gifted with music and song and their cry is only heard when a family member is about to die. A banshee will even follow their family if they immigrate abroad. Some families even know the name of their banshee. In rare instances banshees may even offer advice.


Boabhan Sith ~ Scottish Highland fairies who look like beautiful women but are really predators who thirst for human blood. They appear first as crows and ravens, then take the shape of lovely girls wearing white or green dresses with plaid sashes, but with hooves instead of feet. Their wails can be heard from miles around.


Dames Blanches ~ In Normandy in Northern France they are the white ladies of ravines, fords, bridges, and other narrow places. They asked passing travelers to dance, and if the travelers are polite all is well. If they are rude the fairies toss the travelers in the ditch were tormented the evil spirits to learn better manners. They are beautiful, blonde haired, and dressed all in white but with snakelike tales or bird feet. They cloak themselves in white fog wash their dresses every night in the streams.


Fainen ~ Tyrolean white lady who can only be glimpsed by those born on a Sunday, or if she appears to kiss a child, or by those possessing a special amulet. She takes the form of a lovely girl with long golden hair dressed in gauzy white.


Fata/Fatae ~ generic term for Italian white ladies. Some are good and some are bad. They live in caves, rocks, springs, and grottoes and are usually seen at noon when they are their most powerful. The Fatae appear soon after the birth of a child to bless or curse it according to the behavior of the family. They reward people who treat them well when they are encountered in the forest and punish those who treat them ill. They are shape shifters and can appear in human or animal form. Every five years they have to travel to Himalayas to appear the temple of the demogorgan.


Shamantin ~ Ashati and Tschwe "White Lady" of West Africa, her name meaning "tall ghost". She is described as being extremely tall and completely white. Shamantin is the wife of the nature spirit Sasabonsam. Shamantin lives in the forest and sits in the cotton silk trees waiting for travelers to pass beneath her so she may grab them up with her legs. She keeps those she captures for a few months, forcibly teaching her prisoners the lore of the forest.


Sibille ~ abruzzo fairies, white ladies who haunt the Italian Linden groves and sacred groves guarding treasure.


Weisse Frauen ~ a German white lady who is generally kind of benevolent. She is usually seen in the vicinity of old castles and may give directions travelers. She particularly likes children and will drown anyone who has abused a child. If she should kiss a child it will become invulnerable.


Witte Juffern ~ Dutch white ladies who like to live in caves close to towns and villages.

 

 

Working Class FaE

 

 

Brownies ~ are solitary fairies generally tied to singular location. They take on tasks in the household, farm, etc. like cleaning, sewing, grinding grain for flour, and other similar tasks to assist those living in its territory. Though most stories note brownies to be male only, that is because in most cases female brownies care for their young ones in a hidden den on their territory while the males do the tasks for the household. This is why it is so important for the humans to leave offerings if they wish brownies to continue to do these tasks for them, since the cream, honey, or sweet pastries are carried back by the male to feed the family. These offerings aren’t direct payment to a brownie, which would be considered a great insult, but a tid bit left behind for them to “find” while doing their tasks. On average, within the mythos of the Guardian Circle, common brownies average between 18 inches and 36 inches in height. Adult males tend to have beards, and brownie facial features are very round and childlike. Never criticize the work of a brownie, for such insults are what can change a helpful brownie into a mischievous boggart. They normally are not seen by humans, so therefore most tend to be very shy when a human tries to communicate with them directly. This is not the case of all brownie species, but tends to be a characteristic of the common brownie.

 

Bannik ~ Russian house fairy that looks after freshwater ponds and bathhouses. You should leave out your bathwater or a special pail of water for them, or they will be very annoyed. Every third firing of the heated water for a bath should be for them alone and not used by humans. And upset bannik might use their sharp claws to flay a human alive. They creep under the benches in the bath house, giggling or making a hissing sounds. If they caress your back while you bathe this is a good omen, if they scratch you this is bad luck. Banniks are sometimes glimpsed through the steam of saunas and may take on the appearance of a relative or family friend. Often given offerings of fir tree branches, soap and hot water.


Bwbach ~ these Welsh brownies are small and stout generally wearing large red hats, loin cloths, and fur cloaks. Mischievous but not malicious, they protect the house in which they live but can be mischievous pranksters if not regularly fed. They can transport humans using the wind, though are not always kind about it if they decide they don't like the human. They hate teetotalers and people who stick their nose into other people's business. They are dedicated to the old pagan ways and are not particularly fond of self-righteous ministers. When especially annoyed, or the need arises they can shape shift into a human form of their choosing for a limited time.


Appletree Brownies/Grigs ~ tend to be helpers of the Queine of Pharie, so serve as caretakers for the apple orchards she protects. They are smaller than a typical brownie, generally no bigger than a large grasshopper, and tend to dress in green clothing and red caps. Grigs are not solitary in nature like the common brownie is, both men and women share the duties of caring for the orchard and of the young. Unlike many Fae nobles, the Queine of Pharie shows great appreciation to the brownies in her orchards which has earned her their love and devotion.

 

Fenodyree ~ who are a very hairy version of the Scottish brownie, especially around the legs which makes them appear almost saytr like, though smaller. They are agile, fast, and strong and tend to not wear any clothing because they believe clothing is unhealthy and the cause of disease. These manx brownies are helpful and tend to openly trade for work they do even if it's something as small as leftover food or wine. They are easily offended.

 

Hob/Hobthrust ~ Midland and Northern England brownie. Hobs and hobthrusts live in a small cave called a Hob Hole, and are well known for their ability in curing children of childhood ailments such as whooping cough. Hobs tend toward being more of a house brownie in the tasks they prefer, and hobthrusts tend to guard roads and lonely places, preferring tasks that allow them to be outdoors more. Both can be either helpful or malicious as they choose, generally dependent on how they have been treated. Like many brownies, a hob must never be offered clothing or he will take offense and stop helping with household tasks. Both hobs and hobthrusts are said to be small, hairy men, though it is rumored that Tolkien got his idea for hobbits based on hobs. For this reason and at the author's amusement, the hobs and hobthrusts within the Guardian Circle resemble small hobbits.

 

Killmoulis ~ The Scottish mill house version of a hob is called a killmoulis, and they said to look like a little old man with an enormous nose but no mouth who eats by stuffing things up their nose. They are especially fond of pork. The killmoulis lives in the kiln in front of a fireplace and wails of illness or misfortune was that comes the mill or the miller's family. Though helpful, the killmoulis is also a practical joker.

 

Wag at the Wa ~ Lowland and Border Scotland brownie who is ugly but friendly. In appearance they look like an ugly old man with short, crooked legs and a long tail wearing a red coat, blue breaches, and a great cloak with an old nightcap tied around his face as he is much plagued by toothach. Their favorite seat is the empty pod hook hanging over the fire. If a servant swings the hook the brownie will appear. They plague idle servants but when all is going well, and the household is happy, they can be heard laughing. They are teetotalers and get annoyed with the family drink anything stronger than homebrewed ale.

 

Cluricaune ~ Are Irish cellar fairies who look similar to leprechauns; jolly, red-faced, drunken little fellows. A cunning spirit who haunts cellars, where he drinks and smokes, these little men take it upon themselves to "guard" the wine and beer within. Clurichauns enjoy riding sheep and dogs at night, and supposedly keep the kegs and bottles neat and chase off intruders, but the deal is they get to tipple from the cellar, and unfortunately they have a tremendous thirst.

 

Erdhenne ~ are farm protective spirits. When not hiding in the shadows of the farmhouse kitchen or beneath the ground, the spirit appears as an old, ash grey, shaggy hen with a short neck. Most of the time, the Erdhenne remains unseen, only communicating with the inhabitants of its home by clucking loudly, as if calling chicks. By this, they alert the inhabitants of dangers threatening them or the house. Some legends claim that the spirit answers questions about the danger when asked directly.  By becoming visible, the Erdhenne foretells death within a year, usually that of the person it shows itself to. Should it cluck and flutter its wings nine times, the head of the house would fall deadly ill.

 

Ferrishyn ~ Manx fairies that are small, generally described as three feet in height, though sometimes as small as one foot tall. They do not answer to a king or queen. They could hear whatever was said out of doors. Every wind stirring carried the sound to their ears, and this made people very careful to speak of them favorably. There often called farm fairies or harvesters because they like to lend a hand on the land, but they also can be found helping out in homes. They are nomadic, so tend not to stay in one place for too long. They generally go naked and are sometimes covered with coarse brown hair, and other times they appear very beautiful. Generally they aren't very bright, but they are secretive and are good secret keepers.

 

Nis/Nisse ~ Scandinavian solitary house fairy, very small, average is around 6 inches with the face of an old man wearing gray close and a pointed red cap. On Michaelmas day he wears a round cap. They love music and dancing in the moonlight. They are normally benevolent, but can become malicious when provoked.

 

Nursery Bogies ~ These Fae can be found any place where there is danger for children or where children might be tempted to misbehave. For example some fearsome water bogies frighten children away from dangerous rivers, lakes and ponds, while orchard bogies worn children away from stealing from the orchard.

 

Key Fae Characters in the novels

 

 

Natural Rebirth

 

Lucian ~ skin the color of buttermilk, and long ways of silky black hair,Lucian is often the object of desire to those he meets. This suits young Fae just fine. Manipulations through seduction is his gift which he uses however he needs to do for the advancement of his own goals and that of his people. Though he can be cruel to get what he wants, Lucian abhors bloodshed and violence, more out of physical repulsion than out of a sense of compassion. Though often choosing to remain in a male form, like many of the Fae Lucian has the ability to shift his body to match his gender expression at will.

 

Táohuā is a peach blossom dewas, and serves as guardian of the peach orchard on the farm.

 

Myosotis is a dewas of the forget-me-not and serves as keeper of the memorials placed to honor family members who have walked on and their graves.

 

Hyoscya is a dewas of the henbane plant, so tends to stay close to Greer’s herb garden or to the deep wooded areas on the farm. They, as do many of the nature spirits that inhabit the Archiquette farm, also watch over the family children, especially four-year-old Sanura.

 

 

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