Title: Non-Western Fey
Description: Beyond the Greco-Celtic
alesian - September 9, 2007 06:57 PM (GMT)
The majority of fey in D&D are inspired by either Greek myth, Celtic Myth, or Western European fairy tales. But fey are not an exclusively Western European phenomenon-creatures that could be given the name fey can be found all over the world.
One area that has creatures that are clearly fey, but have never really been utilized is Slavic mythology. The kikimora, the alkonost, the simargl, Leszy (not leShay)-none of them have been properly utilized.
Japan, too, has entities that can be called fey. The kitsune and the tengu are the first things to come to mind, but there are others as well.
I think it would really help the project to expand the horizons of the fey beyond the standard Greco-Celtic canon.
Galliard - September 9, 2007 07:03 PM (GMT)
The kappas of Japan seem kinda fey, to me.
The hawai'ians have the menehune.
There could be a strong connection between the aboriginal Dreamtime (and its various entities) and Faerie...
You mentioned the kachina spirits in another thread.
Most of the animal gods (Coyote, Fox, Ananasi, etc) of the indigenous peoples of Africa and the Americas seem more fey-like than outsider-like. They're supposed to be spirits of nature and the land, not visitors from far away.
Talisman - September 9, 2007 09:24 PM (GMT)
Let's get to work finding non-traditioanl fey!
Sig - September 10, 2007 01:31 AM (GMT)
Hoooo that's a whole nother can of worms... <_<;;
But let's stick our fingers in...
Yeah kitsune seem to me like stereotypical Celtic Fey, so much so that I wonder if the myths are more related than first appearance. I'll have to read up on both sidhe and kitsune... maybe we can put some options for East-West transparency, as in find parallels between the races and make them essentially 'the same' with a few style differences?
Talisman - September 10, 2007 03:22 AM (GMT)
One easy way to do this would be to create a whole long list of non-Western fey/spirits/whatever. Give each one a few lines of fluff (origin, etc) and what the closes equivalent "standard" fey is.
Boogaloogs: (Fictitious Tribes of Nowhere) These tree spirits look like tall, thin, one-eyed humans covered with green fur. They are associated with trees in the same way as dryads. Treat as a dryad, replacing charm person with lesser confusion.
Talisman - September 22, 2007 03:56 AM (GMT)
Here's what I'm talking about. These all came from the "A" chapter of The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Faeries
Abatwa (S. African): Tiny fey that live with ants in antihills. They are vey shy, and can usually only be seen by wizards, young children, and pregnant women. (Grig)
Abiku (Dahomey): A forest spirit which seeks to steal children. Abiku are attracted to beauty and repelled by ugliness (including scars), bells and iron. (Dryad or Nymph)
Adaro (Solomon Isles): Merfolk with a single horn and webbed feet instead ot fish tails. Said to be able to travel on rainbows (Fey merfolk)
Adh Sidhe (Irish): Haglike creatures who pursue wrongdoers and drive them insane, sometimes tearing them apart with their sharp teeth. They can assume the form of a beuatiful woman or a fine black horse. (Any hag, adding alternate form [horse])
Aerico (Albanian): Malicious tree-fey who haunt old cherry trees. They can inflict swellings and pains of the hands and feet on those who offend them. (Dryad, replacing charm person with contagion)
Ahl al-Trab (Arabic):Tiny, mischevious fey that dwell beneath the desert sands. They plague wayfarers, annoy camels, and generally make pests of themselves. (Pixie)
Al (Persian): Small humanoids covered in hair, having burning eyes, iron teeth, and a single tusk. Al hunt children and pregnant women, but can be repelled by iron. They are also known to inflict diseases. (Fey goblin with a contagion spell-like ability)
Alan (Phillipinean): Mischievous but largely benign, alan are tiny, birdlike fey with fingers on their feet and toes on their hands. They hang upside-down from trees. (Pixie or Grig)
Alcheringa (Austrailian [Arunta]): Invsible nature spirits, the alcheringa appear to those who can see them as thin, shadowy, youthful people. They inhabit and protect various natural features, such as trees, hills, and stones. (various)
Alp (German): A dark fey that brings nightmares and rests on the sleeper's chest until dawn. They possess shapeshifting powers, and are by turns mischievous and malevolent. (Fey night hag)
Angiak (Inuit): A fey spirit created when an infant is deliberately left to die from exposure. Although not truly evil, angiaks will haunt the tribe that left them to this fate (Pixie)
Anhanga (Brazillian): An evil forest spirit that hants the dreams of those who sleep nearby. The appearance of an anhanga is unknown, but the creature will often persecute hunters and steal unguarded children. (Fey night hag)
Aonbarr (Celtic): A magical fey horse that can travel over both land and sea (Fey-blooded horse with a permanent water walk ability)
Apc'lnic (American Indian [Montagnais]): Small fey that can turn invisible and sometines kidnap mortal children (Pixie, or Dryad with invisibility)
Apple Tree Man (English): A small brown man who dwells in the apple orchard; the last of the crop should be left for him to keep his goodwill (Dryad)
Arkan Sonney (Celtic): Fey pigs who bring great good fortune if captured (Fey-blooded boar; treat as a living luckstone if captured and well-cared-for).
Askafroa (Scandinavian): The "wife of the ash tree" is a malevolent forest fey associated wih ash trees. (Evil dryad bonded to an ash tree)
Apsaras (Hindu): The "Sky Dancers" are beautiful fey women who live in fig trees. They test pious mortals by tempting them, but offer blessings at weddings and comfort the dying (Dryad or nymph)
Asrai (English): Small, delicate water fey who dissolve into mist in sunlight, but often come to the water's surface to gaze at the full moon. (Nixie)
Atua (Polynesian): Also called the "Nuku Mai Tore," these are nature spirits who can fly and dwell in trees. They manifest in animals, plants, and weather, and sometimes mate with humans. (Dryad or nymph with a fly speed)
Auki (Peruvian): Mountain fey with healing and oracular powers. Aukai sometimes aid mortals. (Nixie)
Aziza (African [Dahomey]): Benevolent forest fey, they sometimes teach respectful mortals practical skills such as hunting and herbalism. (Various)
Sig - September 22, 2007 06:01 AM (GMT)
I'm thinkin Greek Furies might count, being elemental incarnations of revenge, but 4e will snatch that title up in the Erinyes-reincarnation in half a year.
Talisman - September 22, 2007 08:03 PM (GMT)
Who cares? #1, we don't have to be comcerned with 4th Ed compatibility, at least until after 4th Ed officially comes out. #2, the name "Fury" is public domain, so as long as we don't make 'em LE outsiders, it's not poachng. #3, while I agree that this needs to be compatible with 3.5 D&D, that doesn't mean we can't change anything. Case in point: the pixie and nymph race/classes in the Monster forum. Far, far superior to the WotC versions.
Sig - November 29, 2007 06:16 AM (GMT)
I have an idea coming up for my version of the Sidhe, which I'll call Elfin Sidhe. They'll mostly be mix between the basic races Aasimar, Feytouched, and Grey Elves.
After seeing the Miyazaki movie "Pom Poko" I've been inspired to throw in an Eastern variant for changing into foxes!
Kitsune, if you will, but the Chinese and Koreans have other names.
Yes, it will be either a subrace, or an exchange of stat boost or other ability, or maybe a small list to select from as the character levels.