Of all mythological races, what Alterans dub “fey” is perhaps the hardest to describe. While all mythological creatures seem to have a gift for shape changing, the Fey are the only race for whom it is a primary trait. What is known about the Fey in all forms is that they are tricksters. This can range from imitation of courtly behavior with intricate wordplay, to gross slapstick or ambush humor. Such tricks, riddles, and jokes can be entirely harmless or lethal in nature, and in many stories it is not possible to know which it is until it is far too late. Fey creatures seem to have less defining physical characteristics than others and instead are most often exaggerated examples of the mundane world. Monstrous fey are describes as being so hideous that they are nauseous to simply look at. Animalistic fey always have exaggerated qualities of the animal they mimic. In fact, the fey are the only race known to mimic the unique specific traits of another. Fey with scales and horns are recorded as creating a great offense and leading to a full scale war. This can be noted as hyperbole since there is no evidence of such a struggle ever occurring on Altera.
As stated, those creatures categorized as “fey” take all shapes and sizes, but there are a few consistent traits. Firstly, all cultures fey appear to have an otherworldly glow about them that is often described as either “twinkling” or “shimmering.” On the excessive side, are those who are described as “dripping silver moonlight in their wake” or on the more subtle side as those “for whom her hair had the glint seeming of a night’s sky full of stars even though the sun clearly shown.” Another consistent trait the fey possess in all stories is that they seem to be bound by whatever rules they create. Such rules are specific to the story in which they are found and do not apply to any other fey, but for that specific creature who set down a rule, it is absolute. In this way, they are often labeled as liars or tricksters but are in fact, academically at least, the most honest of mythological creatures. I have created a list of possible examples of fey but more than any other list it is highly likely that this contains factual errors.
- Altera: Fey, Fay, Pharie, Ferie, Fairie
- Calakmel: Coyotl, Eaenki
- Larana: Reynard the Fox
- Mathuradu: Yakshas
- Moragon: Veles, Kutkh
Fey Racial Abilities
Fey Character Modifications
- Never intentionally tell an untruth (this is different from not lying).
- Never deliver a Killing Blow.
- Tell an exaggerated story at least once a day.
- Always require payment of some form for services.
- Never explain your own actions.
- Do not accept an apology the first two times it is given.
- Have noticeable amounts of glitter in your hair.
- Have glitter on exposed skin.
- Have animalistic appearance such as whiskers, blackened nose, tiger stripes, etc.