Fey folk come in many forms; among the most often seen manifestations are the brownie, the fairy, the leprechaun, nymph, and the pixie. These are not the only forms that the fey folk come in, as they are associated with everything in nature and some artificial constructions as wd1.
Brownies are tied to their natural surroundings, mostly to wooded areas, never venturing more than a half a kilometer from their home trees in their lifetime They consider it their duty to keep the trees safe, as best they can, from harm. They have a dim view of humanity because they mostly see only the destruction that they bring.
They vary from five to 15 centimeters in height and are nearly weightless. They have dark brown skin and clothes that allow them to blend into the background. Most of the time, they’re found in formfitting brown tunics and peaked caps. Their hair color ranges from dark blonde to dark brown. They have delicate four-section wings that look very much like a dragonfly’s wings on their otherwise humanoid bodies.
Brownies live between 70 and 100 years if their tree is undisturbed, but they will perish within a few days if it’s killed and the brownie cannot find an unoccupied tree.
The brownie community usually only consists of a few dozen brownies at most, and a forest may have several dozen brownie communities per square kilometer The oldest male heads each brownie community, and the oldest male in a contiguously wooded area is declared the brownie king. His word is law throughout the woods and is not questioned by ocher brownies.
The seed from a brownie tree that grows for live seasons will spawn a brownie of its own. Fairies seem overwhelmingly female from the human viewpoint. This is because the male fairy rends to shy away from any contact while the females are insatiably curious and meddlesome. They’re most commonly found in gardens, especially ones that are rarely tended and have many different plants in chem.
They appear wearing shimmering long gowns that blow in the slightest breeze. They look totally human like, with the exception that they are only three to 10 centimeters in height. They have wings like their Brownie cousins but also have been known to appear without them.
Fairies have the ability, for short periods to change their appearance, such as hiding their wings or becoming human sized. They can maintain human size no longer than 30 minutes a day, and when they appear without wings, they can’t fly without casting a spell.
The leprechauns are the most mischievous and potentially destructive of the fairies. They’re also the most sought after by humanity because their magic 11 deals with money and alcohol. The leprechaun is the largest of the fairies, being up to three-quarters of a meter rail. They appear to be chubby humanoids dressed in bright green clothes and carrying a walking stick. They always have a smile on their faces and a slight lilt in their voice. They’re only found on lonely roads and at the end of the rainbow. By their nature, they’re solitary creatures, rarely coming into contact with another of their kind in their 100year lifespan.
The leprechaun springs forth from a rainbow that’s not claimed by an existing leprechaun. This is a rare event since leprechauns with out rainbows are quick to leap on a new rain bow so they can retain their magic. This keeps leprechauns as a nearly level number throughout time.
Water nymphs appear as beautiful human females with long flowing hair, usually green, blue, or brown. The key differences are their lower bodies; fresh-water nymphs have lower bodies of mermaids while saltwater nymphs have the lower torso of a seahorse. In their natural form, the nymph averages a half a meter in length from head to tail and wears no clothing, using only her hair for modesty, if she desires any at all. They can transform for up to a quarter of an hour a day into human female form, which is covered in a short gown of same color as the nymph’s hair.
Those who have seen them and survived have cold tales of their incredible beauty. They also tell anyone who will listen never to look them in the eyes or listen to their song or all will be lost. Nymphs come together in small colonies, usually associated with a magical water location. In fresh water, this is mostly quiet coves of smooth lakes and quiet eddy pools of rivers. In salt water, they tend to gravitate to coral reefs just off the coast.
While nymphs mean no harm to humans in general, they need human males in order to reproduce. They use their charms and enchantments to entice males into joining them in the water. This results in the death of the male from drowning, but it allows the nymphs to continue as a species.
Pixies are associated with a wide variety of natural locations and events. A predominantly female species, pixies look like humans with dragonfly wings. They arc between l 0 and 20 centimeters in height. They are practically weightless and have been seen running across the top of still water, using their wings only for balance.
Pixies have long golden hair and, unlike any other fey, they give off a faint glow of a magical aura. This aura only appears when the pixie is moving and is about as bright as a firefly’s light. These fey live in loosely defined clusters in magical areas. They tend to flit from place to place within their “domain,” never establishing a real home location as an individual. There can be upwards of 100 pixies in an area the size of a football field, while other areas may not have a pixie for hundreds of square kilometers.
Pixies are free spirits and have no real hierarchy. When a question comes up, the individual pixie answers it to her own satisfaction without consulting the rest of the cluster. This, necessarily, leads to anarchy, and thus the Pixie cluster tends to be a chaotic place.
Pixies hide from human contact until they are about to be discovered, and then they burst forth in a maneuver designed to confuse a possible attacker and allow the fey to escape to another part of their domain.
If caught and not harmed, the fey folk will often exchange their freedom for a single wish. These wishes are limited to the fey folk’s interpretation of the wish, the restrictions of the fey’s magic, and the boundaries of its domain, so the wish often doesn’t end up as the person making the wish intended. Wishes arc starred “I wish” and then the wish. There are no clauses or reservations. Wishing for wishes is also not permissible. If clauses, reservations, or more wishes are introduced, then the wish will be lost. Once a wish is used or lose, the fey folk will vanish.
Typical Fey Folk
Reflexes 3D: acrobatics 4D, brawling 3D+1, climbing 3D+1, dodge 4D+2,jumping 3D+1, melee combat 3D+1, sneak 5D
Physique 1D+1: lifting 4D, running 5D, swimming 4D+2
Knowledge 3D: languages 4D+1, medicine 3D+2, navigation: own territory 50
Perception 3D+2: hide 5D+2, investigation 4D, search 4D, survival 4D+2
Presence 3D: con 5D, charm 4D, persuasion 3D+2, willpower 4D+ 1
Magic 5D: alteration 6D, apportation 5D+1, conjuration 6D+1
Strength Damage: 2D
Fate Points: 1
Character Points: 3
Body Points: 14
Wound levels: 3
Disadvantages: Achilles’ Heel (R4), will die if removed from home environment for more than one day or if environment is destroyed; Advantage Flaw (R1), spell effects limited by domain; Devotion (R3), to home environment
Special Abilities: Luck: Great (R2)
Notes: Brownies, Fairies, and Pixies also have flying of 4D+2, the Advantage Size: Small (R4). scale value 10 to 12, and the Special Ability Flight (R2), flying Move of 40. Leprechauns have the Advantage Size: Small (R1), scale value 3. Nymphs have the Advantage Size: Small (R1), scale value 3, and the Special Abilities Skill Bonus: Allure (R2), +6 to charm totals, and Water Breathing (R3).