The Joy of Research: The Fae… the basics

As part of my work on the new website I’m working on building the page on the Fae of the Guardian Circle; who they are, how their society works, and how they interact with the other magical races and humanity. I’ll be doing several posts over the next few weeks with tidbits on the different types of Fae, and how their appearance in the mythos of the Guardian circle may be different from the traditional legends. I figure in hundreds upon hundreds of years, and with the effect of the human control and treatment of the world so drastically changing, and have to have an effect on beings so closely tied to nature.

I have lots of different Fae from lots of different cultures that will be appearing in my upcoming stories, notably quite a number of them in the sequel to Natural Order. The exception to this is many of the Native American, Australian, and African Fae which I am working on separately due to some important roles in some larger projects coming up. There’ll be a few of those in the main list, but for the most part they will have their own sections connected to the books they appear in. Also keep in mind, even once the Fae page goes up on the website it will be a 10th of the size of the core database I’m creating on the Fae. It is possible I will still get carried away by how much I add to the website, but I’m trying not to clutter the patient to.
Here are the basics. This information you will find on the website as well. If you notice anything that needs fixed or clarified please let me know.

Gender fluidity ~ Everything about the Fae at the core of their beings is fluid. There are hundreds, even thousands of genus within the Fae, and endless variety of species with the genus. Though some Fae have a particular gender that is their preferred go to, most of the Fae are by nature gender fluid.

Royalty ~ I didn’t list any Fae kings and queens or their children under nobility. Fae society is thick with royalty, so I decided it would be best to only mention those nobility in the novels as they appear. Within my stories readers may see mention of the Queens Council. This refers to a larger entity that works like an overall Fae Parliament. When making a decision that affects the Fae as a whole the rulers come together as a group to discuss the decision that needs to be made. While having Kings is occasionally the case within the Fae hierarchy, it is more common for the Fae of a region to be ruled by a queen who is supported by their consort, or in some cases a set of queens who rule in tandem.These rulers have complete jurisdiction over their appointed territory. While the term queen is a title of complete power over a territory, and does not directly relate in any way to the gender of the Fae that carries the title. The same is true for the title of king, prince, or princess.

Working-class Fae ~ Life within Fae society is no more fair to its citizens than humankind is to their own. Unlike the dewas, these Fae folk are seen to be among the lower-class status of Fae society and therefore do not have wings, nor the ability to take on other forms or use glamour to hide themselves. Some among the working-class Fae have gained special favor from the courts for their deeds which may result in the ability of form that allows them to walk in human society, but this is rare. In most cases the deeds of working-class Fae are simply taken for granted by the nobility, or in many cases outright ignored. Unlike most Fae who were more fluid in gender, working-class Fae are trapped in a binary gender. Also, unlike many of the Fae nobility, working-class Fae are not ageless nor mortal. Their lives are finite, in some cases they live longer than humans, in other cases their lives are even shorter than that of humankind.

The Plague ~ over the centuries, as humans gained more power over the earth and forgot their duty of stewardship to the land, a plague has begun to affect the Fae as a race. Cases of birth defects, sterility, and severe cases of external and internal illness have become more prevalent since the humans became an industrialized society. The Fae are linked to nature itself, and when nature thrives and is strong they thrive in our strong. As the humans poisoned the earth more and more this resulted in higher infant mortality rates and lower birth rates among the Fae. Added to the growing number of Fae affected by the wasting disease who died, this has over time seriously decreased the Fae population as a whole, as well as left many of the remaining Fae far weaker in power.

Relationship with the other magical races ~ at one time the Fae, the Clan, and the Conclave gathered together in what were called Tri-Council’s to perform great works of magic and to serve as guardians of the elements and the balance of all things. Over time the Tri-Council as well is the camaraderie of the magical races crumbled, leaving loyal allies distressing of each other and mixed families torn apart. There are many rumors surrounding how this schism between the magical races occurred, but no one could bring the races together long enough to mend things between them. This was until 1993, when a woman of both Fae and Conclave blood who was named by the Clan brought the races together to sign a truce and reestablish the Tri-Council.


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