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Do you use Fairies in your world?
Yes! Of course! 30%  30%  [ 11 ]
Sometimes, they aren't a main race. 35%  35%  [ 13 ]
Nope, don't usually. 19%  19%  [ 7 ]
Never!! 16%  16%  [ 6 ]
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My idea of someone who was able to do the stereotypical Fairies right is Scott Appleton in the book 'Swords of the Six'. He adds some stuff of his own as well as giving them sufficient backstory.

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I think Luke the Mindwielder's fairies are well done in Circle of Three. :)

@Airi: I would love to see an Oneedad!

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I may be using fairies in an upcoming book, but I'm not certain yet. I haven't used them so far. :) I also do not like the "Tinkerbell image". My fairies would be a lot scarier and a lot more dangerous than Tink... :twisted:
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Cool! Be sure to tell us how they turn out. :)

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Definitely! :D If I decide to use them, that is... I need to make up my mind. :P

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So far, no, I haven't used fairies, mostly for lack of appropriate placement and need in my current storyworlds. However, if I do end up writing about them someday, I certainly wouldn't call them fairies, and I would introduce substantial modifications - for example, making them blue, as in the Inkheart trilogy.

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It is only in modern times that fairy has become synonymous with little creatures with wings.

Ancient tales had them full sized and ranging from angelic to demonic to dead humans.

I read that wings were a recent addition, too. Ancient tales gave them magic that allowed them to move anywhere without the use of wings.

It's your fantasy. Make your creatures your own. IMO Your ideas sound interesting.

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Didn't they used to be small, not tiny? (3 or 4 feet, not 3 or 4 inches?)

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I have something similar to fairies, not exact fairies though; I guess that counts? :dieshappy:

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Elánhil wrote:
Didn't they used to be small, not tiny? (3 or 4 feet, not 3 or 4 inches?)

That's a tricky question to answer because it kinda depends on the culture. Most of the fairies in the British Isles are of smallish size (3 to 4 feet), but there are also many types of fairies, both in the British Isles and around the world, that are human size. There's a large variety, but smaller fae is definitely a common motif.

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Elánhil wrote:
Didn't they used to be small, not tiny? (3 or 4 feet, not 3 or 4 inches?)


Mine are only like 3 1/2 feet tall.

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I haven't fully fleshed out my ideas about fairies yet, but in my Shine Cycle there are Great Fairies and (I presume) lesser cousins. In some early material (that I might or might not end up using) Fairies and my angel-analogues, the Vaynar, acknowledge each other as something like cousins. A Great Fairy is sort of like a good dragon---a rare, solitary, comparatively ancient ("comparatively" because the world itself is less than two centuries old) being of immense power that one doesn't want to get too close to because it's dangerous by nature ("good, but not safe") but that you go in search of if you have a problem of that caliber and have exhausted all lesser solutions.

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Are your greater fairies different in appearance to lesser fairies?

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Airianna Valenshia wrote:
Are your greater fairies different in appearance to lesser fairies?

Like I said, I've thought very little about this---what I know about Great Fairies comes mostly from an off-hand comment about an applied-metaphysical working being well-nigh impossible under ideal conditions "with the help of a dragon and a Great Fairy thrown in for good measure"---but ...

Yes. Great Fairies are nearly "glorious and terrible" in appearance, though they can change their appearance (within reason) as they choose. Ordinary fairies are smaller; a few unusually large fairies might grow to be as tall as a short human being, but most are much smaller than that, though only an infant would be small enough to fit in your hand. Again, they have some slight ability to change their appearance, and can appear fearsome at need, but most of the time they tend to look almost whimsical. Sort of like our idea of pixies, but not quite so far in that direction.

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Okay, sorry, didn't mean to put you on the spot. I missed the "these aren't fully developed yet" part. :D

I'm trying to remember... I read a book once where the fairies lived among humans and were basically the size of short humans.... The concept was very interesting, I wish I could remember the book.

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Airianna Valenshia wrote:
Okay, sorry, didn't mean to put you on the spot. I missed the "these aren't fully developed yet" part. :D

Mind you, I'm not complaining about being asked questions like this; other than the history in outline, and a few concepts that come to me at random (like "dwarven crossbows" or how I handle elves and dwarves---I should start a new thread for that, to let you people sharpen my ideas), I tend to only do, or even think about, worldbuilding when a question (or something in the draft I'm writing) makes me come to specifics. And I like doing worldbuilding-type thinking like this (in moderation). Good question. The "not fully developed" (as you put it) disclaimer is more to give myself leeway to change my mind later; it's saying to myself, "this is brainstorming, not canon."

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The "not fully developed" (as you put it) disclaimer is more to give myself leeway to change my mind later; it's saying to myself, "this is brainstorming, not canon."


*laughs *

That's a good way to look at it. I agree, you should start a thread. :D

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Haven't thought much about them yet...I will probably call them Faerie unless I get a better name. They will be 1-2 feet tall (just a little shorter than Gnomes) will have wings and they will be magical creatures, just been thinking about how magic will work in my book(s).

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We have lots of magic threads, if you need some research. :D

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I have faerie, yes. They are not the type of fairies people think of everday, with wings and that are only an inch tall. Mine are more human size, filled with magic, and made to live in a certain impossible habitat that any other creature would perish in. When I think of the spelling, "fairy," it reminds me something of Tinkerbell, which is why I prefer the spelling, "faery," because it sounds more...well, serious?

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