Thinking Thoughts: Monsters and Grieving

Every day, for several months now, my thoughts have been filled with disease; the invisible monsters that attack healthy, vital members of our families and our communities. Unstoppable monsters that seem to thrive on suffering and despair. Perhaps to many this seems an over dramatic point of view on the subject of disease, perhaps just my odd way of viewing the world we live in and the world as it connects to the stories I write. All these things may be true, but that is not stopped these thoughts from claiming so much of my mind that sometimes it’s hard to think of anything else.

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The Joy of Research: The Fae…Tree spirits

Tree spirits ~ when people think of tree spirits many immediately think of the Greek dryads, sometimes also called nymphs. Within the mythos of the Guardian Circle I have chosen one of the traditional ideas around dryads being related to only one particular tree and there being many other types of spirits for the other trees. In the same vein, nymphs within this world are now connected to the other types of nature spirits.

While devas are related to many elements of nature and are often seen in a small winged form, tree spirits (as well as water spirits) tend toward full-size human forms and do not have wings, nor do they fly. Tree spirits particular tend to either be bound to the tree they protect, or they are tasked to protect a territory such as a grove of trees or a particular forest. Those that are free to move around and are guardians of the whole area can be extremely dangerous when that which they protect is threatened.

(below are listed just a few, but more will be added as the research continues)

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The Joy of Research: The Fae…Water spirits

Water spirits ~ while similar to tree spirits in their humanoid form and lack of flight, some water spirits tend toward a darker intent when it comes to human interaction. While there are some water Fae who either avoid human contact or like interacting with humans, there are many others who actively seek to harm humans that enter their territory no matter the human’s intent for being there.

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The Joy of Research: The Fae… Will-o’-the-wisp

Will-o’-the-wisp ~ are atmospheric ghost lights seen by travelers at night, especially over bogs, swamps or marshes where they’ve hidden their treasure. It resembles a flickering lamp and is said to recede if approached, drawing travelers from the safe paths.

(Found a couple, but will be adding to the list at another time)

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The Joy of Research: The Fae… White Ladies

White ladies ~ There are stories of the white ladies all over the world. Some are malevolent, but in many cases if a person shows the right respect a white lady can in fact be very benevolent. They are usually well disposed to humans, and may help travelers find their way, aid women in childbirth, prophecy the future, make cows give milk, show miners rich veins of precious metal, turn pebbles into precious stones, and bestow wonderful gifts on their favorites. White ladies can also manifest near holy wells, streams, borders, or in fact any place that is sacred. Below are just a few examples of white ladies.

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The Joy of Research: The Fae… The Working Class: Brownies

Even in the most glamorized and powerfully magical societies there are still those who do the work that none of those in high society wishes to do. They are the ones that do the dirty jobs, they take on the backbreaking and even sometimes bloody tasks that no one else wants to sully their hands with. These Fae are also those, even more so than any other, work the closest around human society on a day-to-day basis. Their jobs are often thankless, their loyalty and devotion taken for granted by the Fae nobility, and while they do tend to have higher fertility rates the other Fae, they also have more finite lifespans in the whole. For these reasons they are often treated as expendable by the Fae royalty in times of war or hardships, with little to no voice over the choices made it affect their lives that of their families.

While there are many Fae working-class, one of the more numerous are the brownies. Pay particular attention to the Bwbach, for one of their kin may play an especially important role in the goings-on of Natural Rebirth.

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The Joy of Research: The Fae… Dewas

I thought over the next few weeks I would share some of the types of Fae that will appear on the website, particularly those that will either have an important role in the novel Natural Rebirth, or will be important to the Daughters of the Goddess series itself. Those of you familiar with the series, or at least the first book, as well as some of my other novels and stories, you’ll know that Natural Order is set about 13 years or more before everything else. That is because the event crucial to the future of the magical races happens in the series. So far readers have got to know the Clan/Shifter through Natural Order, and the Conclave/Magi through Ancestral Magic. Outside of a novella that will be available sometime next year in my free fiction section, Natural Rebirth will be readers first introduction to the Fae as they appear in the mythology of the Guardian Circle. For that reason I thought I should start with introducing the fairies that are to be Elizabeth’s first experience with the Fae folk as well (at least the first she remembers *wink*). Keep in mind, there are thousands of different types of dewas they go by many different names across countless cultures. These are just a few.

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