Biology · Races

Fairy

Overview

Fairies are a sapient species of humanoid faye, with pointed ears and two pairs of insect or bird-like wings growing on their back. From birth and throughout their childhood, they are the size of bugs until puberty when they have a growth spurt to their adult size in less than a week. In addition, when an adult fairy dies, their bodies are remolded overnight into that of a juvenile fairy, where the previous sense of self is lost and a new one is born. Males are called Pixies and females are called Nymphs.

Quick Species Profile
(Silvafata ludens) “playful forest faye”
Life Expectancy
Average: 5000 years (per incarnation)
Max: Ageless
Height: adults 0.76 – 1.07 m (2’6″- 3’6″) sprites 2.5 -12.7 cm (1 – 5 inch)
Weight: adults 14 – 25 kg (31 – 55 lbs.) sprites 56-170 g (2-6 oz.)
Creature Type: Faye Humanoid

Biology

Appearance

Hair: Black, Brown, Blonde, Green, Red, Orange, White, Pink, Purple

Eyes: Brown, Hazel, Amber, Green, Blue, Gray, Purple

Wings: Butterfly, Dragonfly, or 4 feathered wings

Appear as short yet proportionately slim humanoids with lightly pointed ears and two pairs of (insectoid or avian) wings that grow from their backs. Their height is uniformly small, up to the size of an older child, around 130 cm; there is hardly any fairy outside of this scope. The peri fairy subspecies are different as they be as tall as 5 feet/152 cm.

The children are very small in stature, often able to fit in the palm of an adult human or fairy. Often born less then an inch, they average from 1 to 3 inches during childhood.

Physiological Traits

Wings: Fairy of all sub-species or ethnic backgrounds have four wings that grow from their upper back, where the shoulder blades are located to enable flight. There are those with clear veined wings like dragonflies, those with scaled wings like moths or butterflies, and the rare feathered wings that belong to the Peri. These wings are roughly larger than the fairy itself, and are covered in waterproof scales. Thanks to being faye, damaged fairy wings can regrow in a few hours. These are wings most important for the flight patterns of pixies. Although the wings are not necessary to get adult fairies into the air, they are the major means of propulsion once levitating off the ground.

Flight: Sprites fly by constantly flapping their wings like that of insects or humming birds to stay aloft. Adult fairies need not flap their wings as often since they can rely on their natural magnetic field for levitation and propulsion. Instead their wings are more important for steering and speed.

Magnetotactic Cells: Their bodies collect iron particles to make significant amounts of naturally occurring magnetite crystals in their cells chained up into strong magnets. Fairies can track Kaf’s magnetic field and generate a personal magnetic field strong enough to levitate their entire body and provide lift for flight.

Keen Color Vision: Humans have 3 receptive cones in their eyes, allowing them to see red, blue, green and all the colors derived from them. Fairies have 5 receptive cones, meaning they can see two more colors than humans and see a massive spectrum that human brains may be unable to process. For example, fairies have excellent ultraviolet vision.

Biomagical Attributes

Regeneration Factor: Fairies can passively regenerate wounds in a short time via biomagical reactions speeding up the process. The extent of this regeneration can prevent the development of scar tissue and even regrow entire limbs within a few minutes to hours however these actions do not set any broken bones on its own. In addition, this trait is significantly slowed when the subject is increasingly exhausted.

Negligible Senescence: Fairies lack any measurable deterioration from aging due to their cells high regenerative properties. They do not have any reduction in functional or reproductive capabilities past maturity. The rate of mortality doesn’t increase past old age either, meaning that most can live for centuries and are biologically immortal or ageless. Fairies however are not deathless and still get ill or injured enough to die.

Rejuvenation: This is basically the fairy’s passive ability to resurrect as a juvenile if they are mortally wounded or fall prey to illness. Typically their entire bodies surge violently with stored biological magic and undergo programmed cell death and gene expression shuffling until it becomes that of a prepubescent pixie, often with a different phenotype. For roughly eight hours, the cells of a fairy body are repaired, restored and reorganized, resulting in a wholly new physical form. The majority of nervous cells are also rearranged meaning that memories and their sense of self from their previous life cycle are lost, meaning a rejuvenate fairy has to live out a new personality and life from scratch. This process is often caused by fatal illness, or lethal injury in the adult stage of life, as the restorative energy is built up during puberty. It can only happen when the dying body is mostly intact, for example, missing limbs are fine but the head needs to remain attached to the torso for example.

Fairy Dust Production: Fairy dust is a special enchanted substance made from the scales (or feathers) of Fairy wings and shed skin (like dandruff) infused with some of their biological magic. In its raw state, it can cause temporary hallucinations or deep slumber when breathed in or be applied to objects to make them levitate and fly. Fairy dust is often used as a reagent in alchemy, so much that a branch is called fairy dust alchemy.

 

General Diet

Fairies consume mainly plants, especially cereals and other starchy foods as the bulk of their diet. Domesticated varieties are more increasingly grown and consumed. For protein, most fairies are inclined towards eating various nuts, insects, molluscs, poultry, and seafood except for Peri who are traditionally herders of hooved mammals.

Reproduction

Fairies reproduce sexually via copulation between a adult Sprite (male) and an adult Nymph (female). A nymph will gestate her babies for roughly 4 weeks on average. A pregnant nymph will often crave foods with or direct sources of magnetic minerals like iron, nickel or even lodestone (which they typically avoid otherwise) for their babies.

A Fairy mother will experience sexual pleasure similar to orgasm rather than pain while giving birth. Some of which may have to do with the small size of the babies as they are born basically as helpless embryos, in a marsupial like fashion.

Sex is a very casual thing for adult fairies with very little taboos among them. In general, everything is an excuse for sex in fairy societies, especially when tension is rising. If a pixie is being aggressive, a nymph might grab him and give him a quickie to relax. Or if two pixies want the same nymph, instead of fighting some quick sex with each other to not only release the tension but also reinforce their friendship. Or a female fairy might hit a baby and have it’s mother chase her until they end it with a message session. The nymphs might be physically weaker overall but they can rule the pixies by working together and using sex to control them.

Lifespan and Growth

Fairies are effectively biologically immortal due to their rejuvenation ability. As such, they don’t die of natural causes like aging but can be killed by lethal injury, certain toxins, and specific diseases. However, Fairies are the most vulnerable as young sprites when they can easily be crushed or eaten if they are not careful.

Baby: Babies are born extremely small, essentially as helpless embryos. Because of this, they have to cling to their mother’s very thin body hair and stay near their mother’s nipples for a month.

Sprite(Childhood): During childhood, they are often small enough to fit in an adult fairy’s hands. At this stage, they love mischief the most as they do not have a particular preference towards good or evil and are chiefly concerned with doing as they please and having fun.They play pranks on larger people such as stealing their belongings, throwing things or calling out their names.

First Puberty: For sprites, puberty involves their bodies undergoing hormonal changes give the individual the appropriate proportions, muscular and fat distribution and other secondary sex characteristics of the their adult bodies despite still being miniature sized. Once that happens, their metabolisms go into overdrive, enabling them to reach physical maturity in less than a week.

Second childhood/puberty: Called so because it is a period of disorientation due to adjusting from the size of a few inches they had for a hundred years or so to a larger permanent size in a matter of days. Also they have to adjust to a new way of flying. In their sprite sizes, they maintained flight by constantly flapping their wings in the air. Now because of their adult sizes, their personal mana field becomes large enough to reliably provide lift off the ground. So instead their wings only flap periodically to maintain flight.

Adulthood: As a full grown pixie or nymph, the Fairy has enough residual mystical energy in their bodies to undergo rejuvenation once their cells be come too old to replicate. Once they do, they will revert to a childhood sprite and go through their life cycle again. If a fairy is a rejuvenate personality, it is possible to regain a few memories from the previous life as they age.

Subspecies

  • Peri
  • Leanan Sidhe

History

Fairies have been around for a large part of Kaf’s history since at least antiquity yet their origins are said to be a hundred-thousand things. The spirits of the dead, brought back to haunt the living. Dwarfs, or Halflings who spent so much time with magic that magic seeped into them and took away much of their original nature. The first laugh of the first child, shattered into thousands of pieces. Outcast angels or devils. Fairies themselves don’t worry too much about where they came from, though. They have lived in the woods and wildernesses around civilizations for as long as there have been sedentary faye and hominins.

During the global project designed to colonize the moon Qarin, fairies and High elves made a joint project to use humans who came via portal to determine the livability of the newly transformed lunar surface. This made the fairies one of the higher privileged races of the Seelie Court. During the Ghulat Wars however, many fairies were being hunted to obtain their innate ability to revert to their youth but none of the experiments were successful.

With the destruction of near every environment and ecosystem from the many Ghul Wars, the fairies of Kaf couldn’t stand to see the dying planet, wiped out peoples and just the whole world going to crap. Maybe out of an atonement for every faction’s involvement or a chance to save a world from the brink of destruction, fairies everywhere began efforts to restore the environments of Kaf.

A large territory known as the Fairy Kingdom was set up and spread around the great forests to encourage other forest dwelling species to support the growth of forests. Fairies all over learned to commune to nature, understand the natural cycles, the life cycles of local animals and plants in order to properly maintain the ecologically balance of their own habitats. Some fairies moved from the forested areas to understand and restore other biomes of the world like grasslands, wetlands, and deserts.

It was to the point where other beings thought that Fairies spring forth from nature itself. While not exactly the case many fairies did develop innate affinities to aspects of nature, giving them an important niche to maintain the natural balance. In the era of globalization, the kingdom gradually dissolved as the United Sentient Species came to fill the role. Today many cultural occupations in fairy society revolve around maintenance of an aspect of nature and many ecological activist groups were founded by fairies.

Culture

Many fairies feel a bond with nature and strive to live in harmony with the natural world. Although, like most, fairies prefer bountiful lands where resources are plentiful, when driven to live in harsher climates, they work hard to protect and shepherd the region’s bounty, and learn how to maximize the benefit they receive from what little can be harvested.

The most popular depiction of fairies is that of playful, curious and mischievous beings who love to have fun more than anything else. While many fairies are indeed light-hearted, carefree pranksters, this isn’t entirely accurate. One can find solemn watchmen, serious scholars, mystic sages, and even dark, brooding warriors within their population. It is more accurate to classify fairies as beings of raw emotions. Indeed, they often let their feelings guide their actions, and rarely keep their emotions bottled up. Social beings, fairies tend to naturally form packs and even small tribes, and are usually decently organized. People are often baffled at how such tribes don’t immediately devolve into chaos, but it is commonly believed that while whimsical, fairies are considerate of their friends to some degree, and try to act responsibly so as to do them no wrong, not to hamper or harm them. Most often, the smartest or oldest member of the group acts as unofficial leader, whose duty is mostly to solve arguments.

Ethnotypes

  • Sylvan Fairy
  • Meadow Fairy
  • Titania

Architecture

Sylvan fairies characteristically live in trees. Not in a tree house, but actually inside the hollow trunk. Usually there will be a doorway in one side of the trunk, and a substantial space inside. The more elaborate of the abodes may have front steps, windows, back doors, and even chimneys visible from the outside. The nicest ones have several fully-furnished rooms inside. While hallowing out a dead tree is an option, many prefer keeping a furnished tree alive by only taking out what they need for a living space and using nature magic to maintain the flow of nutrients. Some fairies live in trees whose life is maintained by its benign spirit like a dryad.

Meadow fairy and Leanan Sidhe having much less trees to work with are likely to use any surrounding materials to build their homes. Without trees or stone to build with, homesteaders had to rely on the only available building material — prairie sod. Sod is the top layer of earth that includes grass, its roots, and the dirt clinging to the roots. Sod houses accommodate normal doors and windows with the resulting structure being a well-insulated but damp dwelling that was very inexpensive. Sod houses required frequent maintenance and were vulnerable to rain damage. Later, imported Stucco or wood panels often protected the outer walls and canvas or plaster often lined the interior walls.

Peri settlements typically have two varieties: there are underground caverns with homes built of sandcrete and rammed earth bricks and furnished with their belongings. On the surface, there are fabric tents and tipis along with living wagons for the traveling fairies.

Spirituality

The very earliest fairy religions were nature based and many of them worshiped dryads and deities as gods, but with the many of deciding they were no longer worthy of worship, soon they came to worship nature itself, especially as druids. Fairies are religious folks but worship privately; many have two small shrines within their home, the first is for the worship of the natural order and balance and the second usually larger and more elaborate to worship their ancestors. Those who follow bigger religions still maintain the balance of nature and environment first and many will synchronize that with their beliefs.

Their ability to rejuvenate and the memory loss associated with is seen as and important aspect of their traditions. The passing of the old life and gaining a new body and personality is seen as the body housing a new soul and celebrated as much as the birth of a new baby.  Mindful fairies will make “regen wills” that help outline what next of kin should do with their belongings or responsibilities, or are left for their new selves so they know what to do next.

For Peri fairy, ancestral spirits are often thought of as still being active family members. They are treated warmly with respect and honor. Traditional Peri families in rural villages often set a place at feast tables for their ancestors as if they were still living. If treated well, the ancestral spirits may help their living descendants have bigger crops, do better in business, keep the seasons in check or achieve other desirable goals because they are still interested in the well being of the family.

Gender/Family

Fairies will marry each other to be recognized as soul mates by the community, to live with one another, share legal and financial responsibilities and establish ownership between each other, their offspring, and in-laws. However most marriages between fairies don’t include sexual exclusivity, effectively making them open marriages. Much of this has to do with the fairy ideal of promiscuity not being a big deal but the emotional bond of romantic love being an important sought after goal.

Most cultures have crazy elaborate, meticulously-planned wedding rituals, but various sylvan and meadow fairy communities have no real marriage ceremony at all. Couples meet and hook up — there’s never been any taboo against sex before marriage; fairies play erotic games while still children and start having sex as soon as they hit puberty. Couples move in with each other without any formal marriage and then, one day, the couple sits down on the guy’s porch for all to see. And that’s how the village knows that the relationship is serious.

Fairy societies in general function as large extended families often consisting of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and first cousins possibly living under one roof or tree trunk. Settlements that range from a few to many family groups, typically answer to a matriarch given the title of Titania. Unlike ordinary fairies, their bodies are roughly the same size as humans and they have even more vibrantly colored wings. They have amiable personalities full of kindness, and aside from assuming the duty of protecting, settling disputes and guiding the fairies, they also play with them too. Whenever the current Titania dies or rejuvenates, a nymph in the group body and demeanor will develop and become the new Titania

The woman’s mother comes by and brings a gift — of plump and tasty cooked snacks and meals. The following day, the guy’s family arrives with gifts of clothes: skirts, long skirts for his girlfriend. Then more people from the woman’s family arrive, relatives of each of her parents. These folk bring uncooked yams, raw material for many meals to come. Then the man’s family comes by with a Bed, Bath & Beyond’s worth of cookware, knives, and curios.

Peri fairy marriage is a variation where they are less likely to engage in premarital sex but if the woman gets tired of the relationship, she just moves out, and, boom, she’s single again without any stigma from her peers. Her ex can try and win her back with more gifts and if she accepts them, they’re again married. But if she doesn’t, they aren’t and that’s the end of that.

Dress/Modesty

In warm regions, complete nudity is often the social norm for both male and female fairies. Even in temperate regions, fairies would rather go around without clothing, most forms of clothing beyond simple wraps or loincloths introduced from other species cultures. They typically dress in things from the forest or woodlands like leaves, moss, woven spider silk, snake skin, and animal fur. Even if they live near conservative species, many fairies are often nude in the privacy of their home or garden, alone and with members of the family.

For Peri who often live in arid regions, they use the wool of camels, sheep and goats to sew into long loose fitting tunics, sometimes with sleeveless cloaks. Many trade with other races for linen clothing, highly coveted due to it being lightweight and breathable.

 

Socialization

School is not mandatory by any means, but young fairies are absolutely fond of learning new things anyway and would never miss a lesson without a good reason. A little known trait of fairies is they generally adore reading and even the rustic wood fairy form a highly literate species.

Most traditional education is very informal, and  involves exploration of nature mainly through hands on observation. Sprites will learn aspects important to local fairies such as the food chain and web, the transition of seasons, life cycle and growth patterns of animals, plants and fungi, nutrient cycles, growing seasons, etc.

Fairy are curious in general and adore trying new things, and they are not afraid of being wrong. Often they tend have little patience though, so they are not the best suited for conducting long and tedious scientific research. This has made it hard for most Fairy nations to adopt a formal education system, let alone make it compulsory to attend. However with statistics showing their high literacy rates even in rural areas, the matter is not a pressing issue.

Magic Use

Internal magic like attributes and endowments are as natural to fairies as breathing. Young fairies get used to flying, sensing magnets, and fairy dust pretty quickly and easily. They especially love to figure out what their endowment will be, ranging from illusions all the way to enchantments, elemental magic, and possibly more. In pretty much any activity a fairy takes part in, they will find a way to use these personal versions of magic.

While spellcraft takes a back seat to endowments, fairies still learn to cast simple spells at a very young age. As they grow older, fairies often develop an affinity toward a specific type of magic spell, not unlike how a people develops a talent or interest in a certain field with age. They have an innate talent and understanding toward more complex magic arts that are related to the environment that they dwell in, and are naturally more resistant against spells than other humanoids.In most societies, fairies learn spells on their own or by sharing known spells with friends and learning it from them. Some learn by becoming apprentices to accomplished spellcasters in the community that want to share their techniques.

The Leanan Sidhe have an exclusive set of biological magic. They touch excellent works of art and feed on the emotional psychic energy dwelling within them. They also love to personally produce art. Aside from creating their own works, they will assist other sapient species they’re fond of with their work.

Science and Technology

Transportation

The natural mode of transportation of fairy is personal flight via their wings. Young pixies often compensate for their small size by hitching rides on creatures of various sizes such as dragonflies, beetles, mice, birds, dogs to get somewhere quickly. Some hitch a ride on seeds dispersed by the wind. This continues with their adult sizes, riding larger animals like horses, camelids, cattle, etc.

For multiple or when carrying cargo, adult sized fairies have improved upon the designs of carts and vehicle design through the ages. Tinkering with these models have led to many fairies using manual vehicles like bicycles, quadracycles, and scooters for these purposes. The rediscovery of electromagnetic induction and working with the electric motor led to more advanced and convenient modes of transportation such as motorcycles, electric automobiles and hovercraft.

Weaponry

Fairies tend to be less strong than other humanoids their size, and thus tend to be physically weak and few fairies train their bodies and minds in martial arts.

Fairies societies also lag behind others when it comes to weapons-smithing and for the most part avoid conflict. When they have to, they often prefer long range weapons like slings, spears. Fairies were much more likely to run from advancing territories due to lower physical strength if magic forces didn’t work until acquiring firearms. Integrating magic with firearms made them a popular weapon of defense in densely populated areas or tools for hunting.

Communications

Fairy take great pride in keeping written records of their culture. Books were and still a major way to share knowledge and they were slow to take to other forms until development of film projectors. From there photography, radio, television, and internet has made fairies become integrated in world media. Leanan Sidhe take great pride in creating works or inspiring other to develop ways of spreading their message across.

Medical Treatment

Fairy physicians mainly take a holistic approach, meaning that they strive to find the cause of disease by understanding the body, mind, and spirit of the person. Titanias have powerful healing magics and intuition towards finding materials in nature that can find a remedy for what their magic can not handle. It is common for new fairy physicians to learn skills first from their settlements’ Titania. Fairy health providers commonly take house calls and are used to treating ailments on the go. Doctors use a variety of therapies and techniques such as nutrition, behavior change, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. With the inclusion of principles such germ theory, and evidence-based clinical trails, some practices like homepathy and titration have fallen out of favor while others such as therapeutic message are becoming more popular.

Manufacturing

Although they don’t have a distaste toward advanced technology (like elves did), fairies very rarely craft complex tools in their own societies. Aside from sometimes making simple devices out of natural materials, and occasionally making rudimentary clothes and accessories, fairies see little reason to create complex mechanisms and think it’s just easier use magic to solve most of their problems. However, they are almost all fascinated by inventions from other species . It’s not uncommon for fairies to rummage through a homin’s or anthroid’s belongings, trying to find new and exciting items to fiddle with in hopes of discovering its intended use, usually with mixed results for both parties involved.

Resins are a major component of what fairies use to produce tools. Resin is produced naturally by many plants as a self-defense and healing mechanism. When fresh, resins are gummy, sticky, and soft. Over time, they harden up. This hardening is what makes them useful to fairies, as resin is hard enough to be used in varnishes, paints, sealants, lacquers, and adhesives, among other things.

Author’s Notes

The fairies are one of the so called “core races” of the Arcane Realm, existing on both Kaf and Qarin. Fairies are all about being a part of and maintaining nature to the point that they may come off as hippies. That being said they aren’t opposed to advancing technology if they can work with or come from the idyllic natural world.  They are characteristically fun loving when young and hedonistic even when older but are capable of working toward a goal if it can be made into a form of games or play.

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