Fey (Elven: tylwyth teg; Sylvan: aos sí; Gnome: fée) are the denizens of the Twilithe. They can also be found in other realms, most notably adnas. Fey are generally described as stunningly beautiful, though they can also be terrible and hideous. Notable types of fey are eladrin, elves and gnomes.

Nature of the Fey

Due to the fey's mysterious and reclusive nature, there are a number of conjectures about their nature. Some are more true than others. Fey are said to fear iron and also if a mortal has a sick or abused child, that fey sometimes replace it with one of their own. They are often propitiated with offerings, and care is taken to avoid angering or insulting them.

The fey are also fierce guardians of their abodes (fáinne) - whether that be a fairy hill, a fairy ring, a special tree (often a hawthorn or oak), or perhaps a particular lake or wood. Fey sightings are more common at the times of dusk and dawn as the Twilithe is closer, the same with some festivals such as Lamcart and Nablensagh.

Seelie and Unseelie

Fey are typically divided into two groups, the beautiful or seelie and the ugly unseelie. Beauty is seen as analogous to purity. Fey types who spend too long away from the Twilithe are considered ugly, or unpure.

Seelie Unseelie
eladrin elf
gnome drow
nymph treant
glaistig fomorian
neried harpy
cyclops hag
satyr gremlin
dryad quickling
unicorn lamia
banshrae red cap
thorn kelpie
fossergrim -
oread -

Fáinnes and Ruthags

There are a number of places where fey choose to live in Nora. These places are called fáinnes, though sometimes called hollow hills, ringforts, barrows or courts. Different fey desire different homes, but they are usually earthy mounds or large trees in forests or swamps.

There are roads that travel between the fáinnes that are not always visible to non-fey and do not always stay in the same plane. These ruthags or fairy crossroads are easy access to the Twilithe from Nora and vice-versa.

It is said to be a horrible fate to block a ruthag either by building upon it or even by merely sleeping atop it. A house built on a crossroads can suffer from midnight noises or magical manifestations. Ill-luck in the form of sick farm animals or personal illness could be the result. Folk, especially in Tir Ein, have knocked corners from houses because the corner was though to block a ruthag, and cottages have been built with the front and back doors in line, so that the owners could, in need, leave them both open and let the fey spirits troop through all night.

The Seelie Court

The Seelie Court, also called the Sióg Cúirt, lies in the land of Ríocht na Sí in the Twilithe. It is the ruling body of the Twilithe and the affairs of all fey, regardless of what realm they live. The court is headed by the cianna and other fey divided by cliques.

Members of the court are considered the most beautiful beings to live. They concern themselves with beauty, pride, dignity and purity. Still, a fey belonging to this court will avenge insults and could be prone to mischief.

They court uses displacer beasts as guards as well as the hooded guard.

The Wild Hunt

When the seelie court is seen to be in danger (which can and is widely defined) they may call upon the Cuhn Tylwyth or Wild Hunt. This grouping of fey and cooshee or wild hunt hounds descends where needed and slays any living non-fey.

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