WHAT IS A FAIRY?



There are many types of faeries in the realm of Fey 
and many myths, which surround them. They have been 
variously traced to nature spirits, the dead, elementals, 
pagan deities and so on. Note that they can bless one 
with good or bad luck, depending on the person and what 
mischievous mood they’re in. Fairies may play flutes or 
other instruments to lure the unsuspecting.

But what are fairies? And what is the difference between 
fairies and goblins, pixies, brownies, elves, gnomes, 
elementals and a whole host of other ‘little folk’?

The English word ‘fairy’ comes to us, via the Old French 
faerie, from the Latin fata, meaning ‘fate’. This means 
the roots are with the classical Greek Fates, who were 
believed to control the fate and destiny of the human race.





Taboos associated with fairies are many or few, depending 
on cautious you are:  

One should not eat with fairies or one will forget where 
he came from. 

If one spends the night in a fairy camp, one may return to 
the world, but will never be human again. 

One should never bathe or touch water in a lake within the 
fairyland. 

One should beware of touching fairy bathwater, or get soap 
or ointment on oneself while bathing a fairy child, as fairies 
can take the "substance" of a thing and leave a sham or shell. 





                   Faerie Rings


Faeries dance in circles and their music lures humans to them. 
Once inside, a human cannot escape unless a human chain from 
the outside is formed to pull him/her out. Inside, what may 
seem like a couple of minutes could actually be several days. 






                   Types of Faeries



Asrais - Are small, delicate, female fairies. They cannot be 
exposed to sunlight or captured; else they shall melt away 
into a pool of water.

Banshee - "Woman Fairy"; a spirit attached to certain families. 
When a member's death approaches, the family will hear the 
banshee crying. Not always terrifying.

Bogles - Generally evil-natured Goblins although they are more 
disposed to do harm to liars and murderers.

Brownies - Have traditionally attached themselves to humans 
and human households. Traditionally friendly and genuinely 
helpful.

Dwarfs - Are stocky, short and powerful. They mature at three 
years old and are grey and bearded by the age of seven. It is 
said they cannot appear in the light of day for to do so would 
turn them to stone. However, there are potions and spells that 
empower them to endure sunlight.

Dryads - They are spirits that dwell in the trees, preferably 
Oaks. The Druids turned to them for inspiration.

Elves - Another name by which trooping fairies in are known. 
They can be divided into the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. 

Fir Darrig - (Fear deang) Are practical jokers of a gruesome 
nature. They can assume any visage they wish.

Gnomes - Earth Elementals. They live underground and guard 
the treasures of the Earth. Gnomes are wonderful metal workers, 
especially of swords and breastplates.

Goblins - Is the name used for an uglier species of fairy. They 
are small and malicious, and usually band together as they have 
lost their abilities to operate independently. Usually a Mage 
for evil doings controls them.

Gwragedd Annwn - (Gwageth anoon) Are traditionally Welsh 
water fairies, which occasionally take human men for husbands.

Gwyllion - Are Scottish water fairy. They are mostly seen as a 
hairy men or hideous female spirits who waylay and mislead 
travelers by night on the mountain roads. Mountain fairies like 
to sit on rocks on either side of a mountain path and silently 
watch passerbies.

Hobgoblins - Originally a general name for small, grotesque but 
friendly brownie-type creatures. Knockers (Buccas) - Mine spirits 
who are friendly to miners. They knock where rich ore can be found.

Leprechauns - Are sly and tricky and can disappear in the blink 
of an eye. They are particularly fond of, and active on, 
St. Patrick's Day, but any day is good for them.

Mer-People- Mermaids; they dwell in the water, but they are human 
from the waist up and have a tail of a fish. They are irresistible 
singers who sometimes lure fishermen to their deaths. Also called 
the Murdhuacha (muroo-cha) or Merrows.

Pixies - Oft times take the form of hedgehogs. They are mischievous 
fairies that enjoy playing practical jokes on humans and other fey 
folk. They also love to steal horses to ride. 

Phouka - Can appear in various animal forms and are considered to 
be dangerous.

Redcap - is one of the most evil of the old Border Goblins. He lives 
in old ruined towers and castles, particularly those with a history 
of wickedness. He re-dyes his cap in human blood.

Shefro - Male fairies who wear green coats and red caps. Sídhee (shee) 
- The name for fairies and their subterranean dwellings. A barrow or 
hillock which has a door to a beautiful underground realm of the 
Tuatha or fairies. 

Sluagh - The Host of the Unforgiving Dead, or pagan ancestors. 
The most formidable of the Highland fairies.

Spriggans - Are fabled to be ugly, grotesque and small in their 
natural state, but can inflate themselves to gigantic proportions. 
Spriggans are an infamous band of villains, skilled thieves, 
thoroughly destructive and often dangerous. They are capable of 
robbing human houses, kidnapping children (and leaving a repulsive 
baby Spriggan in exhange).

Trolls - Have an aversion to daylight. They are frequently observed 
performing a curious lop-sided dance called 'Henking'. Trows - 
Similiar to the Trolls and like them, have an aversion to daylight. 
They are frequently observed performing a curious lop-sided dance 
called 'Henking'. 

Urisk - Is a solitary fairy who haunts lonely pools. 
He will often seek out human company but his peculiar appearance 
terrifies those he approaches.

Water Fairies - Are the providers of food, nourishers of crops and 
takers of lives. They combine beauty with treachery and lethality. 
They can be friend or foe.


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