Fairy Tales Lore Bits #6

Water sprites come in a couple distinct varieties, with different fin shapes and general skintone ranges to fit their environment.

Lake/River: Their finwings are the most reminiscent of butterfly wings. They have soft curved shapes, and the patterning on them tends to run perpendicular to the many bones within the fins. These sprites have a silvery grey range of skintones.

Ocean/Tropical: These water sprites have more blue than grey in their skin, and often the pattern on the front side of their finwings is lighter than on the back. The patterning tends to run parallel to the bones in the finwings, which are slightly more angular in shape.

Deep Ocean: Elusive deep sea water sprites’s finwings are very sharp in shape, and don’t bear any patterns on their own. These sprites have very dark blue or grey skin, and the fins on their legs are more pronounced than on other varieties. Their skin and wings can light up in bioluminescent patterns for communication, and because of their deep ocean adaptation they are extremely durable beings.

Muunfel Lore Bits #2

There are a number of elemental fae scattered throughout the world. While their magical presence is fairly minor, they are especially connected to an element of nature and act as guardians wherever they’ve chosen to live.

Flowerfae – Usually around a foot tall. They grow flowers on their bodies, and the flowers are like little mood indicators. They tend to be excitable, but can hyperfocus like nothing else.

Snowfae/Frostfae – Two to three feet tall. They’re little living snowmen. They tend to trail snowflakes wherever they go, but they never leave a mess. Surprisingly tidy and usually have some kind of vocal tic when they speak.

Rockfae – Three feet tall. Their shapes vary, but they’re made of stones. They make excellent messengers in mountainous regions and enjoy rolling around.

Mistfae – They live in bogs and don’t have a solid form. They’re not very nice and often lead travelers astray, given the chance.

Muunfel Lore Bits #1

Angels, as have been touched on before, are the umbrella category for any beings created by a god or gods for a particular task. It’s a broad term, but then being celestial is a broad implication. Some angels might even conflict with others, depending on the purposes they are designed for. Angels of death, for example, run counter to angels of protection.

Flying Sea Serpents are actually angels. Created by Cora, the goddess of water, and Sil, the goddess of air, their divine purpose is simple. They guard the sea and sky wherever they are placed. Their original purpose was to guard the shores of Muunfel, but many have been slain and their numbers are reduced.

Some gods are less likely than others to create angels. Others simply aren’t sure what to do with them. Wiavex, the god of souls, for example, has created one angel, unique in its shape, which has a very clouded purpose. It is simply a Soulgazer Beast, consigned to see the souls of mortals with no task to complete with the information it finds.

Fairy Tales Lore Bits #5

In many cases, sprites live in hiding or total isolation from humans. From the wood sprites that inhabit the vast forests of the world to the wraith sprites living right in the walls of human dwellings, they have maintained secrecy for generations to avoid the risk of one bad human ruining things for every one of them.

However, there are areas of the world where sprites and humans still communicate or at least have an understanding of one another. In tropical areas and places removed from industrialism (fewer and farther between as the years go by), sprites keep out of the way of local humans but sometimes come to agreements of trade.

Legends all around the world have built up the image of fairies and the like, and sprites are partially to blame for it.

Fairy Tales Lore Bits #4

The wings of the major sprite varieties are varied, sort of as a reflection of the varying personalities of the Spirits that created them.

Fire Sprites have protrusions on their backs that resemble bundles of twigs. They are vaguely the shape of butterfly or dragonfly wings. When vibrated at the right angle and speed, a spark is created, which ignites the wings and provides them with the thrust needed to take flight.

Air Sprites have six wings each. Each pair is a different size, with the smallest on top, the largest in the middle, and the medium-size at the bottom of the arrangement. They are translucent, and made up of prismatic scales that can reflect light in many colors. They most resemble hummingbird wings in shape.

Wraith Sprites have quills on their backs in place of wings. They can be flared out to look like wings, but they don’t offer flight. They can be found in a variety of colors, though are usually more muted than vibrant.

Fairy Tales Lore Bits #3

The wings of the major sprite varieties are varied, sort of as a reflection of the varying personalities of the Spirits that created them.

Wood Sprites have two leaf-like wings each, vibrant green and shaped vaguely like bat’s wings. These wings are dexterous and speedy, and give wood sprites some of the best aerial mobility out of any variety. They also contain chlorophyll and enable the sprites to photosynthesize for energy just like any plant.

Shadow Sprites are naturally wingless. They use the magic borrowed from their Spirit to weave shadows into cloth, and they shape that cloth into cloaks that they use as wings. Oftentimes shadow sprites can be mistaken for bats in the night sky.

Water Sprites have four wings on their backs much like butterflies do. Their wings, however, are not for flight but for swimming; they are excellent fins that enable them to jump high above the water but not to fly. Depending on which body of water they live in, the finwings of the water sprites can have different shapes or patterns.

Fairy Tales Lore Bits #2

When sprites mix across species, the child takes on more traits of their biological mother because of birthing constraints and the hormones available. Without new mixed genetics, it takes about four or five generations for mixed traits to disappear, however the connection to the Spirit takes almost three times that long to completely fade.

When mixed, the Spirits share a connection to the sprite. The resulting sprite may Pray to either, but can never have the full connection required for the Voice of the Spirit. Because of that shared connection, the Spirits involved must get along well enough and trust one another to be so close to a potential flow of their magic. Some sprite pairings cannot produce offspring because of this.

Fairy Tales Lore Bits #1

There are six Major Spirits in the Fairy Tales Mythos:

  • Spirit – Title – Sprite 
  • Earth Spirit – Lady of Life – Wood sprites
  • Night Spirit – Lady of Secrets – Shadow sprites
  • Water Spirit – Lord of Purity – Water sprites
  • Fire Spirit – Lord of Change – Fire sprites
  • Sky Spirit – Lady of Freedom – Air sprites
  • Sight Spirit – Keeper of Memory – Wraith sprites

Other minor Spirits exist, but they don’t often create sprites and when they do, they are not widespread. They cannot create offspring with the major sprites, either, because the Spirits that made them can’t share a soulspace with a Major Spirit. Only one Spirit has ever transitioned from Minor to Major: The Sight Spirit.