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Commonly referred to externally as demifae, these beings more frequently call themselves semideus, though they have also been historically named nephilim, and demi-fae. They are beings born from, changed by, or otherwise created by the fae.
There are not many demifae in the world. A full bestiary of demifae is unavailable, but it is assumed that the types of demifae are as limited as their numbers are slim. Though they are more common than fae (due to the fact that they can sometimes reproduce) they are still quite rare.
Demifae can be made in any of the following ways (depending on the fae who created them):
- A human who has been directly changed by a fae (rare, and often very powerful).
- A human who has been changed by another demifae (sidhe, wendigos) to make them the same.
- A being created directly by fae, accidentally or on purpose (nymphs).
- A being born from the union of a human and a fae, similar to the demigods described in ancient Greek mythology (very rare, and extremely powerful).
- They can also be born from the union of two demifae of approximate race.
- Or sometimes from the union between a human and a demifae (sirens).
Relationship with Fae
The relationship each demifae has with their fae 'parent' depends on the type of demifae. Some demifae are guided by fae, while others even speak to them. Others, however, know nothing of the fae which created them or their forefathers, and some demifae do not even believe the fae are real at all. Some demifae are actually shunned and even killed on sight by fae, though this does not seem as common as the hatred fae have for vampires.
Relationship with Vampires
Though the fae seem to harbor some animosity towards vampires, the demifae do not inherently also have these feelings. In much the same way that the relationships between fae and demifae is varied and numerous - so too are the potential relationships between demifae and vampires. They, overall, have no inherent inclination to hate or like vampires and will not naturally desire to harm or aid them save for their own purposes, or possibly in the service of a higher (fae) power, if they have such a connection. Though this is notably rare.
The demifae cannot be turned into vampires.
The demifae have a very long history which may span as far back as human memory. Or longer. It is unclear exactly when the first demifae began to pop up across the world, but at one time, there were many compared to their diminished numbers in the modern day. The decrease in their populations overall is thought to be the fault of human cities, a bit of a cruel irony for some demifae species which require human interaction to procreate or survive. There are other people who believe the demifae are hiding in uncharted parts of the world. It can be said with some confidence that the most successful demifae are those who are able to blend two lives together, living between the world of man and the world of magic. Hiding in plain sight.
In many cases, the demifae are able to perform such feats that they have been regarded as monsters and mythical creatures. The most powerful amongst them have been worshiped as gods in much the way many of the fae have been venerated as deities. This is where they get their name from: semideus - to represent the fraction of themselves which is fae. Immortal. Possibly divine.
Many of the demifae are tied to humanity in some form or another, which is why so many of the semideus species have been cataloged in some way by historians and mythologians. Though it should be noted that even over the course of thousands of years, there have only been a few sightings, all of which have passed into the realm of legend for various reasons. This highlights either the rarity or the secrecy of the demifae - or perhaps both.
Demifae powers depend entirely on the type of demifae in question. Some few are much, much more powerful than any living vampire. While others are extremely weak. Some demifae have been given special powers by the fae that made them, allowing them to control aspects of nature, emotions, physics, etc. Some fae actively use those powers for the purpose they were gifted them, which others either don't care why they were given the powers, or they don't believe in the fae at all.
Known Demifae Types
Nymphs are weak demifae who have been spotted both in ancient and modern times. They are humanoid in appearance but for their slightly translucent forms and fairy-like wings. They are also fairly small (averaging at around 5 foot), and live exclusively in forests, where they are said to nurture and protect important areas of nature with their powers over flaura and fauna. Nymphs are able to vanish into any natural ground or tree at will, and so humans hardly ever see them. They are thought to be direct servants of the fae. However, some nymphs were said to have abandoned their life in service to the fae, and took a human mate. Humans born from this union are normal in appearance, but sometimes have limited control over plants, flowers, and similar.
Little is currently known about the sidhe. They are part spirit beings who look like humans, and seem to have control over the wind, the rain, and even sound. They can pass through walls and even fly.
Sirens come in several forms, all of which have similar powers. However, it is unknown if all of these siren types were made by the same fae, or even if the beings are related at all. "Siren" is a term used mainly to describe encantado demifae, but many individuals familiar with the occult and the supernatural refer to any demifae with siren-like powers as a "siren". Sirens seem to entirely reproduce with humans, which means that many of them feel they have a vested interest in the fate of humanity. The known types of siren include: Encantado, Jorogumo, and Harpy.
The humans have very mixed stories about the encantado. Some paint them as mermaid-like creatures, others see them as snake-people who only surface to kill humans. The truth is somewhere in the middle. Physically, in their natural state they have a fish-like tail much like a mermaid, and their bodies are covered in serpentine scales. They have the ability to shapeshift into a human form, or some intermediate form which very much resembles a merperson. The encantados often go up onto land to seek a human mate, as they are very much sex obsessed. Seduction to them comes very easily, as their powers revolve around charming people with song, scent or general charisma. The union of an encantado and a human results in an encantado baby. If the encantado parent is male, they will usually return some time after the child is born to kidnap it and bring it back to their people, before the baby's supernatural properties are noticed. Although they are not naturally violent towards humans, some encantado people have the ability to inflict curses on victims, causing illness, insanity or even death. Their powers of enchantment are also not to be underestimated, even by vampires.
It is held in some circles that encantado scales hold powerful curative or aphrodisiac properties, though these claims are unconfirmed. The patterns of the scales on an encantado are thought to be as varied as they are, though they may be similar if encantado are related. Those with especially bright scales are thought to be much more dangerous than the others, as a natural form of either warning or allure.
Despite needing humans to procreate, the encantado are known to be wild and often fickle lovers. Their attention and affection can be all-consuming and powerful. However, they have been known to 'call' their mates into the water if displeased, leaving behind bloated corpses as evidence of their dissatisfaction.They are thought to have the strongest pheromones of all the sirens, and often smell at least faintly of the ocean, salt, or sea-spray.
Jorogumo are similar in many ways to encantado; they are able to shapeshift into human form, they lure and seduce with song and seductive powers, and they have an insatiable sexual appetite. However, unlike the encantado, the jurogumo's natural form is that of a giant spider with a human upper torso. They have an obsession with material wealth, including the acclamation of properties and riches and jewels. Spiders are drawn to the jurogumo, in either spider or human form. The jurogumo are absolutely merciless and vicious. They have the moral code and empathy of their arachnid kin, and will, when they can get away with it, eat their mates after sexual intercourse, or even their own children after birthing them, if they have little else to eat. They are cunning, strong, seductive and altogether dangerous.
They are carnivorous and usually have several eyes in their natural form. Jorogumo are also rigidly matriarchal as a species. Their females tend to grow much larger than their males and are significantly more lethal. Male jorogumo are often treated as lower than their female counterparts, and are used frequently either as fodder, or to reproduce with humans in hope of producing female offspring. Given the nature of the jorogumo, some males have been known to try to hide amongst humans rather than interact with their own kind - as angering the (much larger) female jorogumo can be deadly.
Jorogumo tend to be aggressively territorial as well as cold, calculating predators. It's thought that there is something mesmeric about their non-verbal communication; it's most noticeable in the way they move, walk, dance, and even their subtle gestures. This has been likened at times to them pulling the strings of everyone around them; fittingly like a spider in the middle of a web.
Little is known regarding the encantado or jorogumo fae parent(s), as they themselves do not even know their own origins. However, in modern times a group of the two species appear to have united. Their true purpose is unknown, but what is known about this alliance is that it is the true power behind the Hebigumo Foundation which recently established a headquarters in Harper Rock.
Commonly thought to be horribly monstrous and disfigured bird hags, the truth is that harpies are actually truer to the original myths pertaining to sirens than anyone realizes. The 'bad reputation' of the harpy comes from a specific branch of harpy lineage which settled into Greece during antiquity - and it's thought that they were considered horrific because they sought to drive vampires out of their lands via coercion and intimidation. This ultimately backfired and that clan of harpies eventually faded from existence.
They were given the name "harpy" by humans, but have also been refereed to as Raptors, Avians, and they have collectively names themselves the Children of the Sky. This may be a reference to their original fae 'forefather", though it is unclear exactly how.
Harpies only recently came to Harper Rock, though their reasons for turning up are largely unknown. It may have something to do with the slow spread of the rift, which causes the dead to rise. In truth, each harpy likely has their own, individual reason for arriving.
Thought to potentially be one of the origins for the modern representation of angels in certain religious sects, they are likely also the origin of the term 'nephilim'. They can shapeshift, like the other sirens, to look human. However, their natural form varies. In the most extreme case, they can look like enormous birds with human heads, though they have been known to wear appearances with a mixture of avian and humanoid qualities. Many appear like humans with wings. They often resemble an existing species of bird, with traits that are passed through families. The ones which resemble hawks, eagles, falcons (etc) are thought to be the most deadly, with razor sharp talons and the ability to fly at high speeds. They have exceptional eyesight and naturally seem to be able to slow down the 'frame rate' of objects moving around them - which is thought to give them exceptional grasp of combat and dance.
They are thought to have the most beautiful of siren songs, comparable (some say) to the call of a nightengale or wood thrush or veery - though with a wider, more resonant, and more melodic range. It's thought that birds often circle above harpies even when they're in human form, and they have been known to attract entire flocks if given enough time. Though usually they only 'pull' one specific species of bird, possibly two. They are known to put on flamboyant displays to attract human companionship. The male harpies are generally more colorful, though no more beautiful than their female counterparts.
Harpies are thought to be less capricious than the other sirens. They are enigmatic, brazen, free spirited, creative, intuitive, and enchanting. They do not usually cluster into large groups, but instead form smaller, familial associations of only a few harpies which are bound by blood. Their song can be both alluring and dangerous to those who hear it, going from seductive to frightening and terrible depending on the context. They are good at evoking emotion in those who hear them, be it adoration or fear.
Harpies do not typically ally with other sirens, but are not naturally their enemies either.
Tizheruks are massive snake-like aquatic beings with gigantic heads filled with rows of sharp fangs. They live mainly in arctic conditions, under lakes and rivers. There are very few of these creatures in existence, and they only seem to appear in extremely cold weather, during blizzards. Though they do not usually prey on humans, it has been known to happen occasionally. Little else is known of these beings, or if they are servants of any fae or simply half-fae monsters.
Until now Wendigos had been unseen in modern times, though it seems that they've recently set up home on the outskirts of Harper Rock, possibly drawn by the sundering, or the undead, or maybe just all the death and carnage. These strange creatures were rumoured in ancient times to have been created by the fae, but have seemingly undead characteristics and practice necromancy, which is not something that the fae are usually known for.
Wendigos are very rare demifae. However, they are a frightening and formidable humanoid monster. Wendigos in ancient times were rare even then, but they were said to have superhuman strength, agility, and certain necromantic powers.
In older times, they were said to be cannibalistic spirits who possessed a human through a dream. The human would gradually change into a beast-like monster, who had the appearance of something between a human corpse and a gigantic wolf. The victim would begin consuming human flesh, until the spirit had been sated, and then it would leave to eventually find another host. The living wendigo would continue on as a demifae, hunting and killing humans for food, until it too died and became a wendigo spirit, who would start the process all over again with a new victim. Their reappearance in modern times (in far greater numbers) seems to confirm most of these old legends.
Due to their beastial tendencies and their propensity to feed ravenously on human flesh, it is likely that humans could blame the crimes of these twisted beings on vampires. As such, they could pose a threat to vampires, though they are not interested in feeding on the undead.