The Fae

The Bragheayn are more commonly known as the Fae or the Spirit Folk among the Duine. They are a beautiful and long-lived race, the children of the Iraemun who, it is said, were created by the Great Mother at the dawn of time.

The Fae are a unique and incredibly diverse species. They are creatures of nightmares and creatures of dreams, some considered terrible beauties, some merely thought of as terrible. Literally the offspring of dreams, they take diverse shapes and forms, some appearing in mortal likeness while others are hideous monstrosities. They are the children of the Iraemun, direct descendents of Moir Mayragh, the Great Mother.

Attempting to collectively classify the Fae is impossible. They are a chaotic group, only loosely banding together in a collective to better accomplish the tasks given to them by Moir Mayragh.

The Fae live within a fairly well definied caste structure, beginning with the Nai’Oigher, the First Born, and the Surtys, the priests of the Fae tasked with the sacred duty of keeping the Iraemun in slumber. The Fae that come after these two groups are further divided into two courts that bicker over the eventual fate of the Duine–the mortal races–with one court believing that the Duine should be aided in their growth, and the other seeking the destruction of all mortals. These courts are locked in perpetual debate, and the mortals are by and large allowed to grow on their own.

Because of their strict caste structure, the Fae are more accurately described by their social station than their physical appearance, though the one often echoes the other.

Type of authority structure
Monarchical Caste System

Social unit (tribe, city, state, etc.)
Clans divided into the Sidhe’Lien (SHEE-li-EN) and the To’Sidhe’Lien (DO-shee-li-EN) Courts that espouse Progressive (Sidhe’Lien) or Traditional (To’Sidhe’Lien) philosophies in dealing with the mortal world.

Family unit
Varies according to sub-race and species, but the general attitude of the Fae is that children are on their own.

Mythos/religion
The Fae worship the Great Mother, and there are many names and titles associated with her personage, Mimn and Moir Mayragh being the most common. She is the creator of the universe, and the planets are her physical bodies. She gave the Fae life through the Iraemun and then gave them the sacred charge to tend her creations and nurture them.

Level of physical sciences
The Fae do not embrace or practice the creation of artificial tools to make their lives easier. Instead they work in a harmonious, almost symbiotic, relationship with nature itself, asking the land and the sea to provide them with everything they need. A Fae warrior will approach a tree and ask it to grow a staff or other weapon rather than cut a branch down and fashion it into a piece of equipment. Their knowledge of herbs is extensive, and their ability to create medicinal potions is formidable.

Level of social sciences
Indeterminate. The Fae are a highly chaotic and politically disorganized race at first glance, but the deeper into their society one delves, the more confounding and complex the culture becomes. They seem very alien when compared to the mortal races because their outlook on life is so completely different.

Economic structure
Barter and Trade, depending on individual needs and desires

Art forms
Dance, weaving, magic, nature crafts

Mores and manners
The Fae are just as diverse in their mannerisms as they are in form. There is no true code of conduct that they follow, save in the execution of their duties. They respect the chain of command, but they value their freedom and individuality above all else.

Language Type
Spoken: S’goihlig – Common, shared tongue. Each clan has it’s own dialect and each sub-species retains it’s own racial dialect.

Written: Oidheam. The Fae do not rely heavily on written records. Each group has their own unique writing system; however, there is one simplified writing system that uses a small number of characters that are used in much the same way as shorthand, standing for individual phonetic sounds without relying on spelling.

Reproduction
Varied according to sub-race. There are some cases of spontaneous birth (sun or moonbeams, advanced cellular division, or other means of impulsive duplication), birth by patricide or matricide (i.e. the parent has to die in order for the offspring to be born), and other manners and mores that are not listed here. Combinations of the above have been known to occur as well. Each caste also has specific reproductive tendencies.

A note about the immortality of the Fae and the Iraemun: The only true cases of immortality (meaning that the entity in question cannot die) are found among the Iraemun. Although the Iraemun Polorun was technically killed, the entity’s spirit never truly died (a fact that the Surtys have either denied or kept a closely guarded secret since the event). As children of the Iraemun, the Nai’Oigher inherited this longevity and passed the gift onto their children. But it did not take long for them to realize they didn’t have the same blessing of immortality that their first parents were given.

The Surtys believe that the Fae were cursed with mortality as a punishment for the attack on Polorun. Although most of the Fae are blessed with incredible longevity, having the ability to live their lives to an indefinite end, they are still subject to sickness and unnatural death. However, the curse seems to affect the classes of Fae differently. When some of the Fae (particularly the Surtys and Ushalys) die, there is no spiritual continuation as sometimes occurs within the Duine. Thus the idea of ghosts and spirits is very unnatural to the majority of the Fae, and death became something to truly fear and respect. Among the lesser Fae (the Feirnann, Delledeir, and the Riddari) this curse seems to be weakening. It is rumored that the Riddari have found a way to maintain their essence within the Aiemer even after their bodies fail them or have been destroyed. This belief in immortality, though it is a lie, is maintained and cautiously guarded by all of the greater Fae. Yet, even these beings quietly acknowledge the inevitable possibility of death, and in their bid to ensure their influence over the world, they procreate. These unions (especially among the Ushalys) generally do not last, nor are they built on a traditional sense of family. They are a means to an end – a blind comfort that though they might someday cease to exist, a part of them will continue on.

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