Types of Fey
Fairy Doctor Notes
Types of Fairies:
Extremely minute, to the point that they are said to be the tiniest creatures of human form in existence. These little people coexist peacefully with the ants in the anthills of Southern Africa and live from foraging the roots of grasses and other plants. They are very shy and exceptionally allusive; however they tend to reveal themselves to a select few. Mostly very young children, people with strong magic, and pregnant woman. Neutral.
Easily vexed little sprites. If you do not want to be severely punished by them, you will refer to them only as “Adhene” or “Themselves”. Being incorrectly addressed is their very particular chip on the shoulder. Neutral (unless vexed).
In German lore these fey are known for giving nightmares. Albtraum translates as elf-dream. They muss up the bedclothes, pull hair, sit on chests to slow breathing, and in general ensure you have a terrible night rest. In Japan it is known as Baku, or eater of dreams. They always work at night. Unseelie.
From Viking legend. They live along side us oftentimes and can either be industrious helpers or terrible troublemakers, depending on their mood. Neutral.
Creatures of the moon under whose light they love to dance and play. They are water fairies who live in ponds, lakes, and rivers (preferably water enclosures where there are no fish; fish being their only known predators.) But the River Elbe is sacred to them and in it they have their principle home. They treasure night-blooming plants and will harm any human who attempts to pick or destroy one. Neutral.
- Arkan Sonney:
Faery-Pigs of the Isle of Man. They are also known as “Lucky Pig” due to rumor that capturing one will bring good luck and fortune to the one who catches it. They often take the form of hedgehogs, or hedgehog-like creatures. In many of the older accounts they are described as small, pig like creatures with long hairs. They are sometimes known to e of a mischievous nature but do not mean any harm by it. Neutral (borderline Seelie)
Small and delicate female faeries that melt away into a pool of water when captured or exposed to sunlight. They dwell in deep, cool pools of water and love freedom and peace. Also known as Ashrays. Neutral
Usually female, also known as sky-dancers. They bless humans at important stages of their lives, and are often seen at weddings. They are said to live in fig trees and sometimes appear to scholars or scientists, seduce and exhaust them, making sure they don’t venture into areas that the spirit world deems unfit for humans. Neutral (may lean either way)
A species of evil and wildly malicious fairy. An Attorcroppes resemble small snakes, with humanlike arms and legs. They are able to walk upright using these legs. Attorcroppe have the reputation of being malicious, yet very curious. The root of their name (adder, meaning little poison head) suggests that they may be venomous. Unseelie.
Also known as “Peat-Fairies”. They are ancient Irish fairies of myth that protect the peat bogs of Ireland. They have a rather ugly appearance. They are almost always covered in mud and peat and are completely round. They are also known as ‘The Boggins’ in some parts of Northern England. Seelie.
A fairy that lurks under the woodstove, ready to throw hot rocks and boiling water at those who displease him. Birch twigs can be used to keep him at bay. If angered Unseelie
A fairy that foresees death. Occasionally known as the Weeping Woman. Said to be the spirits of beautiful deceased young girls, these fays appear in ghostly white, are pale, thin, often beautiful, and have a washed out look to them. Banshees are famous for their wailing and crying, which is a warning of a death soon to come. The cry is usually very loud when the Banshee is alone, and quiet when she is near. They are usually loyal to one family line (sometimes the one they once belonged to in life), and wile they prophesize death, they do not cause it and are as saddened by it as everyone else. In some legends they cry tears of amber when they foretell a death. Neutral.
A terrifying type of Bogie. It has horns, dangerous teeth and claws, and fiery eyes. It can take many forms but usually chooses the form of a shaggy black dog. Upon the death of a prominent figure, it rounds up the dogs in the community and leads them on a procession through the streets, howling. There are few recent accounts of it. Unseelie
A highly poisonous fey creature which is reputed to hate humans, although it is unknown whether or not this is true. It can kill as simply as looking its victim in the eye. It is also said that it may also kill by touching or breathing on its human or animal prey. It has the appearance of a large serpent, often said to have the head of a rooster. It is wise to avoid. Unseelie.
Also called Bogann. They are a type of Hobgoblin. Like many types of Feys, they are fond of tricks. They are sometimes dangerous, and sometimes helpful. Neutral.
- Battle Nymphs, the:
Also known as Valkyries from Nordic and Teutonic lore. A fierce group of women said during battles to fly above the action on clouds with names like Hrist' (Storm), 'Mist' (Cloud-Grey), and 'Wolkenthrut' (Cloud-Power). Needless to say they are fond of blood. Their combat skills are impeccable. Unseelie
- Bean Tighe:
An Irish fairy housekeeper. It materializes in the form of a kindly elderly woman with plump cheeks. At night she completes any chores left unfinished. She is particularly fond of harassed young mothers (often dong work to ease her burden), and she likes to fuss over toddlers and babies. Seelie
Similar in some ways to the race of Banshees. In Irish tales the Bean-sidhe is said to only come once, on the night before death, keening and clapping. Weeping and wailing most painfully, the prophetess spirit appears in voice form only to portend a death. Her cry ranges from a low and fairly pleasant singing to the crashing of boards struck together or a piercing wail that shatters glass. Seeing this fey can only bode ill. Borderline Unseelie. Neutral
In Britain the Béfind is made welcome by leaving a table of food laid out in the birthing chamber. The classical form of these fairies is ancient Greece and Rome’s three fates. Who spin new threads of life from a mass of wool but also decide when to cut the thread, thus ending the person’s life. Neutral
Sometimes known as the Washing Woman. She is said to haunt the lonely streams of Scotland and Ireland washing the bloodstained garments of those about to die. It is said that these spirits are the ghosts of women who died in childbirth and that they are fated to perform their task until the day they would normally have died. Boarder line Unseelie (only due to a sad circumstance). Neutral
An evil creature. Their sole pupose is to attack and mutilate travilers. Thankfully they are rare, to the point that one couldn’t say that it isn’t just an old made up warning sign, or real. Unseelie.
Shape shifting household spirits of northern England. They are provoked to “mischief” and pranks on humans. These “pranks” include disturbing the bedclothes, shaking the curtains, slamming doors, upsetting cooking pans, denying the victims sleep, and worst of all transforming into the victims worst fear. By night they have been known to lurk outdoors by hills and other often unexpected places, waiting to chase and frighten travelers. Some say they are brownies who have been neglected by their families. Often Unseelie
Generally evil-natured goblins although they are more prone to do harm to liars and murderers than normal people. They are not the most pleasant creatures to look upon because of their general fierceness of appearance and temperament. Unseelie
A Preys on ships transporting livestock (particularly cattle and sheep, which are its favorite foods.) It mimics the sound of a particular animal’s young to lure it to the side of its ship, where it is captured in the Boobrie’s long talons and dragged underwater. It also has the ability to shape shift into the form of a horse and run atop the surface of the water, complete with the illusionary sound of hooves hitting earth. Not to be confused with the Kelpie. Unseelie.
- Brown Men:
Short, thin, male faeries of brown color that protect the animal life on Cornwall’s Bodmin Moors. They don’t appear to dislike humans, but avoid them whenever possible. Seelie
Household fairies (around 3 to 3 ½ inches tall, occasionally a tall one). There appearance is said to be somewhat shaggy, wild looking, brown furred, with either a small crumpled face or a small cute one with bright eyes. They are most often said to be wearing brown garments, but when they are not, green, as with most fairies is a popular color. They eat grain products, cake, honey, milk, cream, and chamomile. They are also fond of sweet things such as cake and cookies. They zealously look after the home, chores, baking, washing, sweeping, and the morals of the family. But they are also very mischievous and love playing tricks and pranks, but are generally harmless. They really dislike cats.Seelie
Small fairies who look like miniature young men. They are excellent shape shifters, but will cruelly torment animals just for fun. Neutral. (Unless you’re an animal, then Unseelie.)
They are very adept at shape shifting and are considered to be very dangerous to all humans. Thankfully, they never leave their world. It is unsure where accounts of them came from. Unseelie
- Bugul Noz:
A repulsively ugly fey who dwells deep within the Breton woodland. They are so hideous that it is said that occasionally a human will die upon witnessing one. Despite their appearance however, the poor Bugul Noz has a gentle and hospitable nature. Seelie
Live in swamps and marshes in Australia. They look like plump little humans (around four feet high). They are shy and rarely seen. However, they are often heard, sounding much like the bark of a dog. They make this sound to warn humans of impending danger. Seelie
- Buttery Sprite:
Few have ever seen a Buttery Sprite but their presence is known by missing food and the havoc they wreak on those they believe to be hypocrites or cheat others. They live in old abbeys or inns, and take any food that hasn’t been marked with a cross—especially fresh turned butter. Seelie (Usually)
- Bwaca’r Trwyn:
A welsh house-goblin (much like the Bwbach) that is a bit quirky looking and has a fondness for cream. Leave them the necessary favors (washing water, food such as milk or cream, and a fire), and they will assist in the housework. Neutral
Goblins that can shape shift into other animal or humanoid shapes. But no Bwagnod has ever perfected this skill, and so can be spotted if one looks closely enough. They do not like humans, but have never hurt one purposefully, just fooled and frightened them. Neutral. Borderline Unseelie.
- Bwbach :
A welsh fey described as shaggy, wild-looking, and raggedy. Leave it a clean house, a good fire, a cream filled churn, as well as a basin of fresh cream for it to drink, and overnight it might fill the churn with well-formed butter. They are known to be fastidious cleaners but appreciate it if you tidy up a bit before them. Keep the house tidy, and the bwbaches warm and fed and it will help you keep house. Some are more helpful than others. Seelie
Said as Booka. They are a Welsh variety similar to the Brownie. He will willingly churn butter if the kitchen and fireplace have been swept clean and a bowl of fresh cream set net to the lighted fire. But if mistreated, criticized, or insulted, the Bwca will lose his temper and refuse to work. He will bang on the wall, throw things and even occasionally people through the air, pinch sleepers, destroy cloths and possessions, tell secrets out loud, or howl or even beat his tormenters. The householder should protect themselves with iron, Holy water, or a cross made of the wood of a Mountain Ash. Then a Wise Man or someone knowledgeable in such matters should be called to banish or if possible calm the Bwca. Be careful, if angered it may become a Boggart. Generally Seelie, but can become Unseelie.
A nuisance rather than a danger. But they can turn nasty if upset. He is solitary, and moves so fast that he can barely be seen by the human eye.
Italy’s trooping fairies. They are blind, tiny, slender, graceful, and completely bare of any cloths. Neutral
- Cascorach, the:
A fairy musician. It is said that his tunes were so enchanting that St. Patrik himself was so entranced by the music that he declared “but for a twang of the fairy spell that infests it…nothing could more nearly than it resemble Heaven’s harmony.” Neutral
In Wales it is a well known semi-spectral water horse which appears often in tales and legends. The terrifying creatures usually emerge from rivers and seemingly generously offer to carry weary travelers. After flying a great distance in the air however, the steed suddenly vanishes at an enormous height above the ground, leaving the unfortunate rider to fall to his or her death, quite regretting excepting the ride. Unseelie
- Chang Hsien:
A spirit said to protect and aid Chinese mothers at childbirth. It is described as an old wrinkled and bearded man, occasionally accompanied by a young child. Seelie
A class of fairies originated in Europe. There are tales of when a newborn baby (unbabtized males and the golden haired are particularly at risk) within the first three days of life is left unguarded and so is stolen away by the fey. Sometimes it is switched and sometimes it seems to vanish. Such tales often say that human children are chosen for their good looks, and to bring earthly new genes to the races. The term changeling refers to both the replacement baby (fey) and the stolen baby (human).
[Replacements] Many tales tell of the stolen babe being switched with an ugly elderly or baby fey, or sometimes even an inanimate object enchanted to look exactly like the stolen baby. The tell-tale signs of the theft are when the baby suddenly becomes ugly, greedy, and shrieks constantly. And later in life has knowledge on the most curious things, wile it lacks the most common understanding. Thankfully there are ways to trick it into revealing its true nature. But be careful, treat it well and it is occasionally heard of that the thieving fairy will return the missing child in return for treating their baby well.
[Stolen Ones] In some Japanesetales the stolen child cannot return home if it ate or drank before the theft was discovered by the parents. At other times the thieved baby is treated by a fairy as a mother would treat a baby. However some pine away from lack of mortal food wile others thrive (usually the latter). Sometimes, the stolen child, once grown up, will return to the human world, much changed, but able to live a mostly normal life. These returnees often feel that they belong to neither the human nor the fairy world. But as often, they are strong, kind and beautiful people. They are destined to have a colorful life. Ranging all Seelie, Unseelie, and Neutral.
- Chang Hsien:
A spirit said to protect and aid Chinese mothers at childbirth. It is described as an old wrinkled and bearded man, occasionally accompanied by a young child. Seelie
A mine goblin (although some might argue that they look a bit like dwarves). These creatures, using mining tools, are seen working industriously at the seam faces. The sound of their mining picks and hammers hitting rock is a sign of heavy ore content. However, usually, they are not in fact mining, but rather, miming the job, and thoroughly enjoying the pretence. Despite this façade, you will not find someone with more natural instinct and knowledge about precious gems, metals, and other mined materials. Seelie
An Irish fairy cousin to the Leprechaun. They oversee the wine cellar, deters thieves, and prevents bottle from uncorking or spoiling. Of course, because he himself has a large fondness for alcoholic beverages, he does demand a tribute. What he does not drink, he stores in huge cellars underground. Seelie
- Crusher Spirit:
Also known as the Mara. Like the Albtraum, this fae brings nightmares. It harshly harasses its victims during sleep. There are ways to protect against it. Unseelie
Like the Italian Folletto, this Brazilian wood-spirit’s toes point backwards to throw hunters off the trail. Their main purpose in life, as far as most know, is to mislead humans. Neutral
A spirit who rattles shutter windows at a family home long after the family has moved on. Its laughter, usually disembodied, always portends mischief. Borderline neutral. Unseelie
Also known as Demons (although often there is a distinction made between Daemons and Demons [see Demons, later definition]). Demons being of a more wicked nature and Daemons being more benevolent. Daemons are any of a wide range of creatures that come in many forms. Often of a mischievious nature. They, like demons, are skilled fighters and also have many powers, often of illusion or transformation. They can vary in form from grotesque to inhumanly beautiful. And take forms varying from that of an animal, to a human, or even a sphere of light. They can be tricky, and it is hard to extract a promise from one, but once you have, you can expect loyalty and dedication. They might be protectors, friends, enemies, neutral, solitary, warriors, or allies, anything depending on their will. They are so varying in fact, that it is impossible to account for them in one paragraph. Further reading is advised. Sometimes Seelie. Tentatively Neutral.
- Daoine Sidhe:
The trooping fairies of Ireland. Said to be the original inhabitants of the island. They are said to originally have been the Tuatha De Danann, but after their defeat in the Milesians, those of them who chose to stay in Ireland made their homes under the hollow hills or ‘Raths’ where they became the Daoine Sidhe. The Daoine Sidhe take great pleasure in fighting and are skilled chess players. Many mortals have lost everything they possessed by daring to challenge Finvarra (their High King). Finvarra is also known for womanizing. It is unknown whether the other Daoine Sidhe share this practice. Neutral
- Dark Alfs:
Underground metal workers of Norse Legend. They usually curse the items they make and bring nothing but misfortune. Politely decline all gifts form them. Unseelie
A fey that turned to stone in the light of day and must stay binded in the stone form until nighttime, when they usually return to fays. Neutral
A Russian home-dwelling fey with thickly haired hands: when they feel soft and warm, good luck is on the way; when cold and bristly, watch out for misfortune. He lives behind the stove and his name in Poland derives from the word ‘spark’. They dislike it when the hearth is raked out at night for symbolic and comfort reasons. He is especially fond of cows who match their coloring. He also enjoys mussing hair, particularly beards and horse manes. He has been known to secretly braid women’s hair, though when he’s in a good mood he makes a good job of it. When he is in a bad mood he might interfere with sleeping people’s breathing or stir up nightmares. They also get taken by an irresistible urge to tease and pinch, wake the family at night, annoy the cat, throw furniture around, and generally act spitefully. Usually Neutral.
Guardians of the trees and other vegetation. One of the most favorite nature/forest fairies. Such fairies often live not only in the deep forest or in lands far beyond the mountains, but also on the edges of the human world. They are sometimes known to guard their woodland home jealously from those who dare to venture within. Oak trees are a favorite of these fairies. (Other ‘fairy trees’ are common choices as well). Often, Dryads will inhabit one specific tree (or less-often plant) and live and protect it for its entire life, never straying for from it. If the tree is cut dawn or dies in some other way, the Dryad will chose another tree or wander around for a time. Do not harm their trees. The can be known for both leading forest venturers astray, and helping them find their way back out of the forest. They have an extremely strong bond with nature. Seelie
A Latino matriarchal house spirit with long icicle shaped fingers. She will jealously and devotedly guard her adopted home. She is often seen and depicted wearing a green dress. Neutral
A type of feared dwarf that lurks by the roadside wearing a lambskin. Avoid these, be polite if you do meat them, and above all be cautious of them. Unseelie
A mining fairy. They live underground, in old mines, and caves or caverns. The men dwarves are famous for their beards although it is unknown weather or not the females sport them. Dwarves are short and stocky, and very sturdily built, making them perfect for living and working in the cramped mines. They are very tolerant of heat, as they often create dazzling works of art in their forges and have well developed muscles and broad shoulders whether they are male or female. Their personalities are often gruff and blunt, although just as often they are honest and reliable, a perk of their stubborn personality trait. They can be greedy, oftentimes having huge hoards of treasure rivaled in size only by a dragon’s collection. (Dwarves and dragons have been rivals for as long as anyone can remember, probably due to their many similarities). Dwarves are great artisans and many types of feys employ them to design the greater architectures and ornaments. Many of the most famous fey jewelry and castles were designed by this stocky race. They greatly appreciate praise for their work (they can be quite proud of it) and have even been known on occasion to make a gift of some of the simple pieces if they are praised highly enough. But be careful, they are sometimes tricky enough to put a curse on their pieces, being able to weave magic into their work quite easily. So do not make a grudge for yourself as dwarves are slow to forgive and almost unheard of to forget.