Fairies, sometimes referred to as nymphs or sprites, are a warlike, defiant race that have earned the fear and respect of all others (save for humans, who refuse to admit defeat to them). They tend to live in tribes of just one or two different subspecies, and these tribes are constantly warring with one another, if one knows where to look.
On their own, they have a tendency to be quite mischievous, often messing with and picking fights with much larger beasts and races while having the rest of their tribe as assurance that their target will not fight back. Very few members of other races have the capacity to effectively communicate with them; they tend to speak in riddles and will only speak to people they like or have targeted as a victim of one of their sadistic pranks.
Fairies are one of the most diverse races upon the planet, consisting of elemental subspecies that each identify separately from each other. In general, most fairies rest at a size between three to six inches, with the ability to grow themselves to nearly the size of a human if need be. Constant traits between all subspecies include pointed ears of varying lengths, flat, animal-like noses, and slim, graceful anatomy. They also come in a wide variety of colors, depending on their habitat.
Woodland Fairies Edit
Woodland fairies are one of the most plentiful subspecies, only outnumbered by water fairies. They make their homes in the underbrush of deciduous forests, sometimes building homes that crawl up the trunks of the trees for safety. They are notorious for their pact with insects and birds, enlisting their help to protect their cities. By far, their weaponry exceeds the beauty and deadliness of any other fairies', often even surpassing the finest works of human blacksmiths; in addition, they pioneered the ancient magic that causes weapons and clothes to grow and shrink with the individual. This innovation is a closely guarded secret among the fairy races, who now all use this magic.
By appearance, they have a wide range of hair colors; fairies born in the spring and summer tend to have green or bluish hair, and those born in the fall or winter tend to have red, brown, or rarely, white hair. In general, they have a tendency to have more tanned, bronze complexions, while those born in warmer seasons can also have olive skin with a greenish tint. Pale woodland fairies are rather uncommon and are often born into families of high social standing. Additionally, each fairy has a unique pair of wings, ranging from any color imaginable and varying widely in size and form; while many fairies possess insect-like wings, it is possible for birdlike wings to sprout as well. They clothe themselves in ornate dresses, tunics, and gowns made from a variety of materials, including leaves, scraps of fabric, and animal hide. Warriors and hunters often wear light armor made of squirrel leather, which, once grown to a larger size, can be sold at a high price to other races. Some orders of woodland fairy also have the legs of animals, bearing a striking resemblance to the now fairly uncommon faun.
While their aggression wards off most outsiders, they are highly sought after as familiars. Disabled, old, or gentle-hearted woodland fairies will often choose to live with members of other races for protection in return for other duties, such as smithing, enchantment, or simple companionship.
Water Fairies Edit
Water fairies, sometimes referred to as water nymphs, are a gregarious and somewhat more friendly type of fairy that live primarily in fresh water. They tend to live in smaller colonies, building their homes along the shores of their river or pond and making sheltered hammocks to sleep in; they prefer sleeping out of the water, and these hammocks allow them to easily get in and out.
Their colors vary incredibly depending on their home. Most freshwater water fairies tend to have blue, grey, or green color schemes, while saltwater fairies can be nearly any color imaginable. They have very distinct, colorful fin-like ears, but are most easily distinguished by their long, muscular tails that they use to swim. These are typically covered in a layer of fine, tough scales that are often coveted by fauns and other woodland creatures. A set of gills on their necks also allow them to breathe underwater; however, they can breathe air completely fine and seldom have a preference.