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Leannán Sí and Kakodaimons

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Leannán Sí (Seelie) The leannán sí, or “fairy lover”, is a beautiful fae who takes a human lover, granting them inspiration in exchange for their life force - a sort of vampiric muse. English speakers often drop the “si”, shortening the name to “leannan”. (In fact, speakers of many other non-Celtic languages also do this, taking …

Faerie Politics: The Seelie Court

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Among the fae in the Shadow Realm, the predominant system of governance is an anarchic approach. The fae do not, for the most part, organize themselves into states or other political groups. They value their own freedom above all else, and if someone wrongs them, it’s up to them to bring retribution to the wrongdoer. With …

Kitsune and Imps

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Kitsune (Seelie Fae) The mischievous kitsune are a type of fox capable of taking human form. They may act friendly, but be careful - they’re probably thinking up a prank of some kind! Appearance A kitsune appears like an ordinary fox with at least one extra tail. Red and white are the most common fur colours. …

Shydes and Tengu

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Shyde (Seelie) An enigmatic fae similar to both pixies and the ancient Danaanites, the shyde is thought to be one of the more recent additions to the ranks of the fae. Appearance For the most part human, usually beautiful, with slightly pointed ears (just like an elf) and large wings made of semi-transparent film, similar to …

Elements and the Elementals

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The Six Elements Pentalithia has a system of six elements, rather than four. The elements are Light, Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and Mystery or Darkness. Many people associate the elements with basic states of water, such as liquid, solid, gas, and plasma. With this association, light represents energy, and mystery represents a super-cooled state. Others associate …

Pixies

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Pixies (sometimes called “fairies” or “sprites”) are a class of small winged fey mostly associated with flowers and other plants. There are many types of pixie; some scholars suggest every flower has an associated pixie, though this is not a widely accepted belief, as the number of flowers with no known associated pixie greatly outnumbers the …

The Fair Folk

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The Fair Folk, the oldest of the fae, have many, many names. In Ireland they have been called Tuatha dé Danaan, Daione Sídhe, Aos Sí, and similar names. In Scotland they were usually known as the Daoine Sith. In Wales they were known as the Bendith y Mamau, Gwyllion, or Ellyllon. And they were known outside …

The Fomorians

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Appearance A fomorian’s base form is humanoid with animal features, the most common being goat. Cow-based, deer-based, and sheep-based fomorians are also common; canine-based fomorians (dog, wolf, fox) are relatively normal as well. However, fomorians are shapeshifters, and can take on many other forms. They tend to favour bestial forms, especially chimaeric ones combining parts from …

Leprechauns and Huldras

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Leprechaun (Seelie) Variously known as leprechauns, clurichauns, far darrig, or fear dearg, these smartly dressed tiny humanoid creatures tend to be surly, but not malevolent. Appearance A leprechaun typically takes the form of an old man with a beard, about three feet tall, dressed in a red or green suit and hat. Female leprechauns also exist; …

The Fae: An overview

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The fae are a major subcategory of Earth species. The fae of Earth are native to the Shadow Realm, a place offset from the Earth, as if it were the planet’s shadow. Other names for the Shadow Realm include Faerie and Tír na nÓg; non-European cultures also have their own names for it. Generally speaking, the …