I am not a shaman by any means, but recently I’ve been enjoying reading about the various types of fae found across Ryrin. Fae are nature spirits who take on a more personable appearance and personality to better deal with mortals. Most people have seen fae or are surrounded by them, but unless the person is very observant or knowledgeable about spirits, they are likely to be overlooked. Many have heard of Dryads and Nymphs, but I wanted to focus on a few of the more obscure fae I’ve researched.
This curious fae can be found sneaking into rooms at night to put people to sleep. This tiny rotund man is sand-colored skinned and wears a sackcloth robe. Some people think that there is only one sandman, but multiple shaman have stated that there are a great many of the creatures. I personally have never seen one while I dozed off to sleep, but I suppose I was rather drowsy and inattentive at the time.
Bogun are often seen as evil fae because they are associated with decay. They are not the keepers of death like a necromancer or the like, but instead help dead things decompose to feed the living things in the forest. They are halfling sized creatures who are hunched over with disgusting patches of moss along their back. They remain hidden primarily by turning their backs and remaining still, often being overlooked as a rotting log, or moss on a tree.
Pixies are small sprite keepers of insects. While not a glamorous job, they keep the natural order of things in line as much as the rest. Luckily for them, insects do not require much oversight, so they often fill their boredom playing tricks on each other or mortals. These tiny creatures stand only a foot tall, with large butterfly wings. They can shrink themselves down to insect size, avoiding notice of clumsy mortals.
While a dyrad is a keeper of trees, a didra is the keeper of the grasses. Different didra manifest as different weeds or wild flowers, wandering the land spreading their preferred plant. Didra look like small, thin creatures with flowers or grass for hair. They are experts in hiding in the grasses and underbrush.
Another type of fae that has a bad reputation, redcaps are said to have formed in places of great death and war. They are often seen on ancient battlefields, eating the negative emotions that linger behind. They are named recap because they appear much as a toadstool manifest, with a bright red and white speckled cap. It is said that the more tragic the battle, the brighter red the cap of the redcap.
Thinri appear as small hunched figures with long metal spines coming out of their back.They are small unassuming creatures that can travel incredibly fast along the ground if need be. They are keeper of the weather. They are usually solitary creatures, though it is said that when they gather, a great storm brews. Larger thinri are called Thinrika and are mostly found in the Sea of Storms.
There appears to be some scholarly debate if this creature counts as a fae or under the “magical creature” that phoenixes and the like are. Raiju are large tiger-like creatures who spark with lightning. They are able to move in huge bursts of speed that leaves a thunderclap in its wake.
While unicorn are commonly known, like the raiju there is debate on their classification. Unlike the raiju, they are known to watch over a specific grove much like a dryad would a single tree, but shaman scholars seem to disagree what their actual purpose is. Many believe the unicorn is a guardian, meant to keep intruders out, while others see the unicorn as a tender of the animals in the area. What is worth noting is that they are very few documented cases of unicorn sightings by mortals. Either they are very few in number, or far greater at hiding themselves than other fae.
Jack Frost is not a single fae, but a great many. They are small sprites who enjoy playing and laughing. They are also what brings the first frost of the year. What they do the rest of the year is uncertain. There is a theory that they are related to the Spriggin, and go through metamorphosis during winter and summer, but this theory lacks any credible proof.
As I said, spriggin are the counterparts to Jack Frost for the springtime, bringing buds to plants.
Ask any doctor and they can tell you they have seen the frelen many times. Frelen typically hang around hospitals and medic wards feeding off of illness in much the same way that bogun feed off of negative emotions. Frelen themselves are small humanoid creatures with long noses and large hands. They are slow to move, and can be seen sitting in windows of sick children relaxing in the sun. Like most fae, they can travel into the spirit realm and disappear if needed.
The buldhr are mountain spirits that are slow to anger and just about everything. They embody the mountain’s stoic resolution to continue being forever. Their appearance is almost as a hunched troll with a large mossy bolder for a back. Then buldhr stop moving, they become nearly impossible to pick out from the rest of the rocky mountain side.