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Heh heh heh... Did you really think that I would be some small, diminutive thing that gives people favors? Well, you certainly seem uneducated in the true ways of the fairy. Allow me to educate you.
An unidentified fairy to an unfortunate human.

A fairy is a type of mythical creature in European folklore, a form of spirit, often described as metaphysical, supernatural, or preternatural. As the Fae, it can also be treated as a classification.

Overview

There are many definitions of what a fairy is. "Fairy" can describe either a single being or multiple ones like Trolls, Banshees, and Gnomes. Some say they are spirits of the dead, elementals in alchemy, demoted angels of God, demons, Pagan Gods, a type of human, and more. They are known as the opposites and enemies of the Creatures of the Night and Demons, which also indirectly makes them the allies of the Angels.

While it is believed that fairies are sweet and innocent beings, they are in fact, far from it. Fairies of folklore were vicious, vindictive and cruel; embodying forces of nature and often appearing as monstrous figures rather than the winged pixie-like beings we associate the word with today.

Fairies are known by many other names, with their primary title "fairies" taken after their homeland, the world of Faerieland. Other than faeries, fey and Fair Folk, they are also known as the Kind Ones, Little People, Good Neighbors, and some other euphemisms, partly because of their enormous variety and partly because of age-old superstitions about invoking them by name.

Fairies of folklore were blamed for all manner of mischief and ills, ranging from petty vandalism and theft to outright murder and kidnap and they would frequently be blamed for causing livestock to grow sick or die, they would lead travelers astray at night or lure men to their doom near ponds and rivers and if sufficiently angered they would even kill.

Fairies could kidnap women, children or men as they saw fit, often at times replacing infants with Changelings. But more frequent targets of fairies were travelers and musicians as many Fairies were said to love song and dance. Legends speak of the dangers of such merriment as many mortals have been captivated by a troop of fairies dancing,  although not particularly an act of malice these fairies would often spirit the captivated mortal away to the "other world" to live with them, often never to be seen again by mortal eyes. 

The fairies came in several distinct types and courts, two most well known being the respected but feared Seelie Court (also known as the Summer Court) and the most feared and malicious were the Unseelie Court (also known as the Winter Court) who would often attack and harass mortals without cause or reason. They consisted of Redcaps, Goblins, Hags, Hiisi and other malicious spirits.

Out with these courts were other fairy troops and individuals, though these were more amoral in regards to mortals they were still greatly feared and ruled in a manner not unlike that of ancient gods namely with vengeance and fear.

There was also the Sluagh which is a horde of spirits and fairies of the restless dead which both Seelie Court and Unseelie Court are cautious and fearful around.

While most fairies seemed to exist in the continent of Europe, some live in Africa, such as Jengu in West Africa, Peri in the Middle East and Dokkaebi in Korea. There were also some other tribes of the fairies, like the Haltija and Haldjas.

Description

They are most well-known in both the mundane and supernatural worlds for their characterization as cunning and cruel sense of humor, as well as their delight in tricking others. They frequently characterized as seeking to bargain with mortal beings, offering someone their heart's desire but never mention that said desire comes with a terrible cost. They are committed to notions of honor and etiquette. While they are always exactly to the letter of any promise they have made, they deliver these results with great irony and often use clever wordplay to their advantage in order to create loopholes for them to exploit.

They are unable to lie. They might, however, tell what they believe is true, even if it is not. They may expertly weave lies into sentences by using methods such as not telling the whole truth, letting others assume things, or not correcting the people with whom they're speaking; this does not, however, apply to the half-fairies who possess the ability to lie as easily as any other being. Fairies are also capable of manipulating one another. There have apparently been times when these either playful or serious manipulations, specifically resulting from problems or conflicts between powerful fey, bleed into the world.

Appearances

Fairies are generally described as human in appearance and having magical powers. Diminutive fairies of one kind or another have been recorded for centuries, but occur alongside the human-sized beings; these have been depicted as ranging in size from very tiny up to the size of a human child. Even with these small fairies, however, their small size may be magically assumed rather than constant. Some fairies though normally quite small were able to dilate their figures to imitate humans.

They are known for their unearthly beauty, many fairies said to be extremely attractive with delicate and regal faces. Though they mostly resemble human beings, some have extraordinary features such as wings, horns, oddly colored-eyes or skin. A common aspect among them is their pointed ears. Fairies commonly incorporate flora and multiple forms of vegetation as part of their ensemble.

Types of Fairies

  • Aos Sí - Common Celtic fairy
  • Alp (Believed)
  • Anthousai
  • Banshee - Hostile Irish fairy
  • Bean nighe - Scottish death fairy
  • Bluecap
  • Boggart
  • Brownie -  English and Scottish household spirit
  • Changeling - Fairy child that replaced an human child
  • Cu-Sith
  • Dokkaebi - Trickster spirit
  • Doxy
  • Dullahan - Demonic fairy
  • Dwarf
  • Dryad
    • Meliad
    • Daphnaie
    • Epimelid
    • Hamadryad
  • Elf
    • Svartálfar
    • Dark Elf
    • Dokkalfar
    • Svartálfar
    • Huldufólk
  • Fairy Godmother
  • Fastachee
  • Fenghuang - Chinese avian fairy
  • Goblin - Grotesque fairy
    • Alux - Mayan goblin
    • Bauchan - Scottish domestic goblin
    • Bugbear - English hobgoblin
    • Chaneque - Aztec nature goblin
    • Farfadet - French goblin
    • Gremlin - English air goblin
    • Hiisi
    • Kallikantzaros
    • Kobold - Germanic goblin
    • Lutin - French hobgoblin
    • Muki - Peruvian goblin
    • Pombero - Brazilian goblin
    • Redcap - Murderous Goblin
    • Trauco - Chiloé forest goblin
    • Tokoloshe - Zulu/Xhosa evil goblin
  • Green Man
  • Gruagach
  • Hag - Wizened fairy or old woman
  • Jengu - Water spirit
  • Kelpie - Water spirit
  • Lake Maiden - British Lake Spirit
  • Leprechaun
    • Clurican
    • Far Darring
  • Melusine - Water spirit
  • Nymph - Nature spirit
    • Napaea
  • Nickar - Hostile water spirit
  • Peri - Desert spirit
  • Pixie
    • High Pixie
    • Cornish Pixie
  • Puka
  • Rusalka
  • Satyr - Nature spirit
  • Samodiva - Slavic fairy
  • Spriggan
  • Silky
  • Sprite - Commons woods fairy
  • Tianlong - Asian dragon fairy
  • Vila - Slavic fairy
  • Vodyanoy - Russian water spirit

Notable Fairies

  • Life - Personification of Life and Creator of the Fae
  • Spring Sprite - Preserver of the Fae and the Fairyland
  • Oberon - High King of the Fae, the Seelie and Unseelie Court, and the Fairyland
  • Titania - High Queen of the Seelie Court
  • Mab - High Queen of the Unseelie Court
  • Finvarra - King of the Daoine Sidhe
  • Puck - Jester of the Fairyland's Court
  • Vivian - Lady of the Lake and mother of Lancelot
  • Nimue - Lady of the Lake and daughter of Diana
  • Eitri
  • Brokkr
  • Melusine
  • Lancelot du Lac - King of the Lake (Half-Fairy)
  • Morgan Le Fay - Lady of Magic and Queen of Avalon (Half-Fairy)
  • Green Knight
  • Tam Lin
  • Caipora
  • Gan Jiang
  • Mo Ye
  • Maggie
  • Erl-King
  • Snow Queen
  • Maleficent
  • Peter Pan
  • Tinker Bell
  • Queen Elfaria - Queen of Ringford
  • Mercedes - Princess of Ringford
  • Queen Ripple - Queen of Ripple Star
  • Pan (Outsider)
  • Faunus (Outsider)
  • Lauma (Outsider)
  • Arawn (Outsider)
  • Tuatha Dé Danann (Outsiders)
  • Flaga (Outsiders)
  • Slender Man (Outsider)
  • Jack Frost (Outsider)
  • Weird Sisters (Mistakenly Believed)
  • Hermes (Mistakenly Believed)
  • Odin (Mistakenly Believed)

Quotes

The Fae, the children of the great and most wondrous Lady Life and inhabitants of the magical realm known as Fairyland. Despite being the creations of one of the personification of life, they're nothing more than demonic beings in angelic skins, living for the sole purpose of bringing forth chaos and discord onto the world. Tryeth thy best not to maketh unneeded contact with the fair-folks and to at each moment recall to nev'r engage in combat with these beings. coequal though those gents art devious and monstrous beings in nature, those gents art still the children of a primordial, and the Gifters aren't known for mercy toward their lady children's attackers.
Codex Sancti ad Lunam Bestiary.
Honored for their gifts and feared for their wrath, the fairies remind us to respect the world we live in and the forces we cannot see.
Eddie Lenihan in the book Meeting the Other Crowd.

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Trivia

  • The Tuatha Dé Danann have been interpreted as fairies by Christian interpreters despite them being deities.
    • However, this is also ironic as after the Celtic Pantheon became a faded pantheon, they joined up with the Fae and began to serve Oberon.
      • According to Oberon, he and the Tuatha Dé Danann's ancestors were brothers, whether this mean a familia connection or simply brothers-in-arms is unknown.
      • Along being that joined with the Fae is the minor god Pan.
  • The Fae preside in the Fairyland, a realm created by Life for them, that is connected with the Otherworld.
    • Some sectors of the Fairyland include; Avalon, Elfhelm, Fairy Forest, Neverland, Ringford (which resides in the realm of Erion) and many others.
    • Fairies have also presided in the realms; Alfheim, Vanaheim, Svartalfheim, Nidavellir, Tir Na Nog, Fólkvangr, Moors, the Nevernever, some Underworlds and other places.
    • A lot of fairies reside on a planet in the Human Realm called Ripple Star.
  • While it is closer to the Creatures of the Night, the Wild Hunt is also treated as apart of the Fae Folk.
  • Fairies often choose objects from the natural world to send their messages in—acorns, leaves, flowers.
  • Fairies secrets are sometimes encoded and told in ballads by human musicians, an example of which is the tales of Thomas the Rhymer — being both a story and instructions on how to break someone out of Fairyland.
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