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Near-Fey

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Each Near-Fey
Height: 5’6" - 7’1"
Weight: 80lbs - 400lbs
Language: Fey Speak

Primary Author(s): TeeSeeDubs

All Il’ha of Gaia descend from the four seasonal courts of the Faerie Wonderland, descending from sea glass, a red doe, a bright stone, and a glistening shard of ice. Near-Fey are immortal beings who live within the Fae realm separated by courts, Winter, Autumn, Spring and Summer. Occasionally some Near-Fey who want to be removed from the constant disagreements in the Fae Realm rally up who they can and leave their domains to enter others, one being The Prime Materia. Phiriye are covered in scales with sea glass eyes. Aossí are more akin to deer or goats. Oreads are large creatures of ashen rock while Snowinds resembles yetis made of blue ice and snow.

History

The Faerie Wonderland is a land filled to the brim with fantastical and curious creatures, from the Embers of the Summer Court to the Starlights of the Autumn Court. Within these courts are constant disagreements and strife upon who will lead the other courts that regularly alternate between the four realms. This strife leads some Near-Fey who want to be removed from the constant disagreements to rally up who they can and leave their domain to enter others, one being The Prime Materia. Some Near-Fey are banished or are simply curious and seek out the main world upon which mortals dwell. Since the creation of Wonderland Near-Fey have existed, living alongside full Fae creatures in their respective courts, while there they developed their own distinct cultures that to us seem “twisted”. Mortal ideas such as “good” or “bad” are alien to them and their definition of “off their rocker” is inherently different from our own.

These cultures served as the basis for the elven cultures we have today and an explanation for why the Il’ha are so different from one another, being descendants of these tricky or serious creatures. On the Prime Materia for most races other than Il’ha; Near-Fey have a history of being killed, worshipped or experimented on by other races. In the older days of human society, it was not uncommon for a far-out village to offer objects to their local “spirit” of the forest. This spirit would simply be an Aossí pretending to be a god for free food and protection, more twisted stories describe Patupai demanding sacrifices that they, in turn, would offer to the serpent Oloris. While these incidents still occur today they are rarer with the Drugai Gaian and lesser Druii circles doing their job. Elves have an interesting relationship with their respective Near-Fey, they almost always offer them shelter within their lands, happy to have their skills and knowledge. However, accommodating a Near-Fey can sometimes be a task on its own as they view elf cultures as lacking and their stubbornness to their culture has caused many problems. Unseelie Near-Fey found in Seelie lands are usually slain and vice versa, a silent way to remind the old enemies of the grudges between them.

Subraces

Near-Fey make their way out of the Faerie Wonderland by performing their own ritual and send themselves off to hopefully a spot on the Prime Materia that they can live in. It is rare to find a dead Near-Fey but a documented occurrence such as a Snowind melting in the deserts of Rehkara. The following are the four types of Near-Fey that have been observed on Gaia:

  • Satyrs/Fauns: Aossí (or Satyrs/Fauns as they are commonly called) are Spring Near-Fey and the most common Near-Fey on Gaia, being able to live in most habitable climates. They are Saytrs or Fauns. Fur-covered, digitigrade, deer lower bodies with antlers or horns.
  • Nereids: Phiriye (or Nereids as they are commonly called) are Summer Near-Fey often heard in Carribard sailor tales as Sirens, luring naïve men to their doom. In all actuality, they are singers, dancers, and artist that rarely leave waters. With eyes made of sea glass and coral coloured scales, they boast the title of the most colourful Near-Fey.
  • Oreads: Patupai (or Oreads as they are commonly called) are larges masses of ashen rock and glowing fire eyes, Autumn Near-Fey bend metal and are often forging various creations in the hearts of volcanoes where even the hardiest of Oe Il’ha cannot venture.
  • Snowinds: Sikuks (or Snowinds as they are commonly called) are Winter Near-Fey devoid of most emotions, only valuing strength and carried by an innate desire to remain in groups that follow this, despite this they are not warmongers.

Notable Near-Fey

Though all of these Near-Fey are part of the Old World, a couple of them are interested in Anoma, while the rest are merely facets of the lore of the world of Gaia. Don't expect to see any of these people in person.

Ticasuk Alasie of the Broken Spires

Ticasuk was a Near-Fey who fled to the Primae Materia after stealing an artefact from the Winter Lord at the time. This artefact allowed her to stop her melting process when she left the colder climates. Upon landing on Gaia within Ie Il’ha lands she joined a tribe of winter elves and rose through their ranks of the military to become its Military Master. In the Il’ha wars following her ascent, she lead the Winter Elves on devastating campaigns throughout Seelie elf lands, her name bringing fear to those who heard it. At home, she trained and molded the Ie Il’ha around her into devastating fighters of endurance and strength, pain becoming their very friend. The battles she fought in were often tipped by her tenacity and leadership thus the Ae and Ue Il’ha banded together to put her down. The Snowind’s death came in the form of a joint ambush between the Summer and Spring elves where she was captured and subject to death by fire. The artefact managed to be saved and returned to her home where it stands as a testament to what true strength can accomplish.

Rawiri, the Great Mentor

Rawiri is a mentor in Oread legend who trained and cultivated many Oreads who went on to become shining examples of their culture and way of life. He was a crafter of heroes and exquisite blacksmiths or architects but he himself never aspired for the title. Rawiri’s training methods are said to be strange and unlike others of his race he puts new Oreads through trials before he properly mentors them. His symbol is that of a volcano combined with an anvil, erupting into the shape of a hammer. He is said to be old enough to be on death's door, wandering the Autumn Court and meeting many of his other brethern in his travels. His conversations with them reveal he is searching for one last Oread to be his masterpiece, one last trainee who he will impart his greatest secret and power. Rumors of this power range from a secret anvil that crafts exactly what is in the users mind to turning into a being of pure fire. None can say for sure what exactly it is.

Meloshune Melitheis the Betrayed

Meloshune Melitheis was the first Near-Fey to flee his aunt’s tyranny in the Summer Court, leading a group out onto the Prime Materia. They landed on an island in the Carribard Confederacy and for a time developed a friendship with the people there as despite his blood he knew humility and to treat those around him as equal. After some time Carribards learned of how they were entirely made up of those incredibly sought after scales that young Ae Il’ha have and began capturing them on sight, often killing them. This lead to small scale battles in Carribard waters until Meloshune and those who followed him were put down by bounty hunters. The young royal managed to survive and to this day he advocates for wars on Carribards.