Fae Creatures (RP)
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- 1 What Are Fae?
- 2 Fae in History
- 3 Possible Origins
- 4 Fae and Vampires
What Are Fae?
Origins of the Term
"Fae", when used in vampiric circles, is a word used to describe the enemies of vampires who dwell -- unknown to Humans -- in areas of nature.
Although the word is linked with the word "fairy", in truth they are nothing like the tiny winged pixies in human myths. The word comes from the Old French faie (Modern French fée), and ultimately originates from the old Latin word "fata"; a word used as the name of one of the personified fates which was said to be a guardian spirit of sorts.
In human beliefs (particularly during the dark ages), fae (and fairy) were said to be creatures of spiritual origin, but very seldom were they depicted as tiny elfish humans with insect wings. The depiction of fae changed post-Victorian era, as more art began to depict them in the guise we now commonly associate with the word "fairy". Older legends of the fae, though, depict them as being spirits of the dead, demons, monsters, elementals, or pagan deities. In actual fact, the truth of the fae is that they are quite possibly a blend of all of those things -- or at least, the entities responsible for spawning myths of such things.
There appears not to be one conclusive characteristic of a fae which can be attributed to all of them. Some are large, some are human-sized, some come in the shape of animals, some in the form of monsters, others appear as ghosts or vapor, beings of light, dark, mist or water.
Their appearance seems, on the most part, tied to their individual natures. Although nobody quite understands the fae, some believe them to be figments of nature, emotion, or metaphysical concepts, in the same way Gods and Goddesses were each said to have dominion over aspects of the natural world and human nature, such as greed and the ocean. It would seem that fae either take their forms in mimicry of concepts and creation, or they really do have dominion over such things, and help to guide, control and protect them.
No vampire or human alive can claim to have communicated with a fae. Although some could try to claim this, there are no validated occurrences of communication with a fae creature. Although they do speak, and sometimes use this to trick vampires (who are unable to tell a fae apart from a human, if the fae has a human form), they never reveal anything about their motivations, origins, or purpose.
One thing that can be said without doubt about fae though is that their numbers are few, and even less in the modern age, as human-kind consumes the natural kingdom and destroys the planet (which is an often-assumed cause of their depleting numbers).
Much like their characteristics, the abilities of a fae tends to vary greatly between individuals. Some command magic-like control over nature or the elements, while others are simply strong, fast or incorporeal. All fae, though, are a match for vampires, and some seem able to kill the most powerful of vampires with barely any effort at all.
There is no known way to kill a fae, as they seem to be as much spirit creatures as they are physical. You could, in theory, burn a tree fae, or chop the head from an animal fae, but such things have never killed a fae in the past as they seem more spirit than flesh.
The form of a fae does not seem to shift in shape, as the old legends of changelings might indicate. It would seem that fae take a form, or are born with a form, and never change. There are some few exceptions to this, but they seem very rare.
Fae in History
Fae of ancient and medieval times, if the legends are to be believed, had many more dealings with humanity. Some of them acted to help humans, others acted to harm them, some even seemed to want adoration or even worship from humans. Though not all of the myths are believable, there is possibly some truth in many of these tales such as the epic of Beowulf (Grendel's mother) or the myth of King Arthur (particularly in reference to creatures such as the Lady of the Lake, who many vampires believe was an actual fae, who still lives today).
In modern times the relationship between fae and Human-kind is entirely different. Rarely, if ever, do they reveal themselves to humans now, and when they do it is most often a mere glimpse or an accidental encounter.
The reason for the lessening numbers of fae could be attributed to the expansion of civilization and the polluting of the Earth, but has also been blamed on Humanity's lack of belief in the supernatural. Some say that fae spirits of fate and luck still involve themselves in humanity's business, and that things such as instinct or the compelling 'voice' that tells a murderer to kill are really twisted fae still toying with human-kind, as they once did.
Regardless, they still pose a great threat to vampires, particularly those who find themselves away from civilization.
Fae of Harper Rock
It is unknown how many fae reside in the wilderness around the small city of Harper Rock, but following are a list of those most commonly seen in the surrounding area.
Humans believe that the Harper is the ghost of a native who played a harp on the rock overlooking the old town of what is now Harper Rock. Vampires, in recent months, have come to believe differently, due to the Harper's evident intelligence and ability to harm vampires. The Harper, they say, is really a fae, who roams the northern areas around Harper Rock. Little is known about her powers and abilities.
It should be noted that the spirit creature called The Harper, is not the same entity as the vampire named The Harper, who named himself after the city rather than the ghost.
The name originates from a deity of Native Canadian mythology, vampires claim this creature is one and the same fae who had dealings with the natives all those centuries ago. To the natives, this was a trickster God with phenomenal power, who had a hand in the world's creation. To vampires, this fae is also a trickster, but one which seems to take pleasure in luring vampires out into the wild using deceit and lies, and then killing or torturing them. Nanabozho is one of the few fae proven to be able to change their appearance, but most often favors the unassuming forms of old men and rabbits.
Wendigo / Ice Wolf
It is quite possible that the legends of the Wendigo beast are the very same fae which sometimes roams the countrysides surrounding Harper Rock, perhaps drawn there by the presence of vampires. However, some sightings of this fae describe him as being a giant "ice wolf", much like the werewolf legends, but with white fur and pale blue eyes.
The name given to the fae which resides in the lakes and rivers around and running through Harper Rock. It is unknown if Naitaka is the same Naitaka / Ogopogo creature which the humans first sighted in other parts of Canada, but the name means "water demon", so it is quite fitting for a fae who resides in lakes. Naitaka is said to have the form of a water dragon, and devours any vampire lingering too long in the water.
Haokah / Heno
Known by the Iroquois as the god of thunder and storms, this fae seems able to control lightning and resides in the sky around Harper Rock. Its body is made up of nothing but storm clouds, flickering with bolts of energy as it materializes in humanoid shape.
Almost every culture in the world has myths which could very easily be attributed to (or explained by) the fae. From the oriental / Buddhist elemental spirits, to the Celtic "green man", to the Native American animal totems, to the pagan Gods of Europe, to the Demons and Angels of Christianity (and Judaism), to the Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster, Werewolves. But what is the truth of their origins? Where did they come from?
A widely held belief amongst modern vampires is that the fae were once the pagan Gods and Goddesses of old, who ruled over or guarded humanity and nature for thousands of years before Christianity came along. When fairies where reported by the church as being 'evil' beings or demons, humanity began to shun their old Gods and refused to have dealings with them, and so they withdrew from civilization (or were pushed back and weakened by a lack of belief, as some legends hold). Some believe that these pagan deities were the creators of the universe, while others claim that the fae merely assumed these roles in order to be worshipped by humans. The origins stories of these pagan Gods and Goddesses range from civilization to civilization.
It is said that the fae might simply be spirits created or evolved to control the laws of the natural universe. Some control the pull of gravity, some maintain the balance of energy or the cycle of life and death, while others exist to preserve an animal charged to their care to ensure they do not become extinct. Why these beings take humanoid or monster form and kill vampires on sight is unknown, but believers in the elemental fae origins would claim that vampires are an abomination of nature, and that is why they are hunted by the guardians of balance and nature.
Vampires who still believe in a Christian God would claim that the fae were once angels who disobeyed God and were banished from heaven to the earth to live eternally in the physical realm as punishment. The motives of a fae (were this theory true) would range greatly from individual to individual, explaining why some fae seemed malicious and controlling in their past dealings with humans, while others acted benevolently. It would also explain the vast almighty power at their disposal, but would not explain why they seem to hate vampire-kind so vehemently.
Fae and Vampires
Fae are, and always have been, the mortal enemies of vampire-kind. Why?
Some old writings (particularly the mythologized Scrolls of the First Vampire Kings) seem to indicate that the enmity was started long ago when a vampire posed as a God, and had Humans worship him. The fae of the time were said to be insanely jealous of their adoration from their human worshipers, and so a fight broke out, which escalated to a battle, and then to a war. In scrolls written years later which reference this event, it is claimed that neither side really know what started the fight, but the hatred between species has grown to the point where the fae no longer care what started it.