Noonwraith is a female demon only seen on the hottest part of the day. According to the legends, noonwraiths were coming to life in air whirls, however, other stories
say that they were souls of women who died just before their weddings.
Noonwraiths usually showed up when the sun was at its highest and then
danced in the light. In some stories, they have been known for assailing folk working at noon causing heatstrokes and aches in the neck, sometimes even causing madness.
Noonwraith my appear as an old hag, a beautiful woman, or a 12-year-old girl,
and she was useful in scaring children away from valuable crops.
A Mare was believed to be a spectral visitor: a dark spirit that takes the form of an animal, a beautiful lover, a disfigured hag, or a demon which visited men in their dreams, and rode their chests, bringing on bad dreams or “nightmares,” and dragging life out of them.
Aside from demons, Mares could also be witches, who were known to take on the form of an animal when their spirits went forth from their bodies in trance, called a “fetch”. These were usually small animals which left the body through the mouth, such as: moths, bees or wasps, birds, or frogs, and acted as a vessel for the disembodied soul, and as such was directly linked to the person’s fate and well-being. The fetch could also take the form of a larger animal, usually a hare, a cat or dog, a horse, or even an oxen. The fetch became corrupted when weaponized and projected forth for nefarious purposes, such as to cast malefic witchcraft or blight, or to drain the vitality of others, and becomes a foul hag or mare; akin to a projection of the ugliness of the person’s true essence. Moths especially were associated with the Mare, and often finding them dead where one sleeps was believed to indicate her visitations.
The word “Mare” comes, through the Middle English mare, from Old English mære, mare, or mere. These in turn come from Common Germanic marōn, from which are derived the Dutch: “nachtmerrie”, and German: "nachtmahr”. The -mar in the French word “cauchemar,” meaning "nightmare,” is borrowed from the Germanic through the Old French mare. The word may ultimately be traced back to the reconstructed Proto-Indo-European root mer-, meaning "to rub away” or “to harm”. Hungarian folklorist ÉvaPócs endorses an alternate etymology, tracing the core term back to the Greek μόρος (Indo-European moros), meaning “death”.
In Norwegian and Danish, the words for “nightmare” are mareritt and mareridt respectively, which can be directly translated as “mare-ride”. The Icelandic word martröð has the same meaning: -tröð, from the verb troða, meaning “trample”, “stamp on”, related to “tread”. Whereas the Swedish mardröm translates as “mare-dream”.
The Mare was also believed to ride horses, which left them exhausted and covered in sweat by the morning, or sickened to the point of death. She could also entangle the hair of the sleeping man or beast, resulting in “marelocks,” or “hag knots”. This is closely related to the lore surrounding Hag-Riding.
A Ward Against The Mare
The German Folklorist Franz Felix Adalbert Kuhn records a Westphalian charm or prayer used to ward off mares, from Wilhelmsburg near Paderborn:
Hier leg’ ich mich schlafen, Keine Nachtmahr soll mich plagen, Bis sie schwemmen alle Wasser, Die auf Erden fließen, Und tellet alle Sterne, Die am Firmament erscheinen!
Here I am lying down to sleep; No Night-Mare shall plague me Until they have swum through all Waters That flow upon the Earth, And counted all Stars That appear in the Firmament!
I neglected telling you guys, but he turned into a tiny tiny handsome young man! The wing that sticks out like a shark fin is one of his hindwings that did not hook up to the forewing properly, however he could still fly. I love his yellow eyebrows and fluffy pants! I hope he made many soft fuzzy babies and had a good time!!!
The prince admired his reflection in the ornate mirror, his eyes matching the gold that adorned the rose bush styled edges. It was a fine mirror, worth more that the average person earned in a year, yet it was one of the most simple things in the room.
Candles flickered, lighting the room and keeping the darkness of night at bay. Raindrops hit the glass windows, a rhythmic pattern that mimicked the pace of someone running for their life.
What happens when a nymph goes wrong? When the normally
kind-hearted being is instead a dreadful, spiteful being with much of the
mentality of a hag? Exactly what they are is enigmatic – the offspring of
demons, blasphemers against powerful gods or fey lords (to the extent there’s a
difference), the most beautiful of hags – but hag nymphs are dangerous, wicked
creatures with an eagerness to kill or exploit anyone who crosses their path. Their
powerful personalities fuel dark blessings, including powerful sorcery, mystic
defenses against attack, and the profane beauty that stands starkly at odds
with their appearance as withered, skeletal figures – a dichotomy that’s worth
exploring! Given their enigmatic origins and liminal nature, hag nymphs are
also an excuse to reach for strange spells you normally wouldn’t give any NPC,
possibly even picking a selection or two off another class’s list for variety
to emphasize that these are beings who aren’t quite right.
Rebuked and cursed by
a mighty fey countess for an innocent mistake, the nymph Pheavreza has
wasted away into a figure with the look of a green corpse more than her former
beauty, her once carefully tended green hair a mass of tangles. Even so,
powerful magic clings to her, twisted sorcerous power at her fingertips, and to
look at the apparent vision of beauty she still projects to others in a
vengeful curse has struck more than one onlooker into a quivering mass, their
strength drained away. Her fate has left Pheavreza cruel and pained, often
abducting the youths who dare to tryst in the woods to consume, and she demands
an annual sacrifice from the hamlet of Ilreth to forebear taking more lives.
Daughter of a nymph’s
spiritual dalliance with a dreamthief hag, the hag nymph Rilatne’s birth
was seen as a blessing by her mother at first. As the wayward child grew into a
bitter, hateful adult, her mother was less sure, finally casting the cursed
child out after her violent appetites grew too much to tolerate. Settling into
the twisted woods of the Roshi Vale, Rilatne’s fey power quickly subdued the
local hags after she left two of them powerless and immobile on the ground
while eating the weakest of them, a sickly green hag. Now with her two lackeys,
Rilatne’s charm and strange magics suffice to flatter and intimidate the local
bandits and orcs into serving them while she plots vengeance on both her
Twisted and broken by
one of the Things From Beyond, the nymph Ynerias has become a far different
being, her body hobbled and withered away by the fell energies. Her native
forest has become a twisted, desolate woodland, home to alien predators like
akatas, and a cerebric fungus has taken root. Ynerias herself is reclusive,
keeping the company only of a shredskin made from a former elven friend she
dotes on as a pet.
Abarta (Irish)- A member of the Tuatha Dé Danaan who captured some of the Fianna and brought them to Annwn (the Otherworld).
Aengus Og (Irish) variations Angus Mac Og - Aonghus Og. A god of love, youth and beauty belonging to the Tuatha Dé Danaan.
Aí (Irish)- The poet of Tuatha Dé Danaan. Legend states that when his mother was pregnant a druid foretold that he would possess great powers.
Aibell (Irish) variations Aoibhill, Aiobhell Queen of the Munster fairies and a guardian spirit who dwelled at Craig Liath (the grey rock). Her name means “beautiful”. She possessed a magic harp which legend states that those who heard it did not live long afterwards.
Aige (Irish) - A jealous druidress turned her into a fawn and she was then killed by the warriors of Meilge.
Aileach (Irish) - A fortress in Ulster where the gods and goddesses of Tuatha Dé Danaan decided to divide Ireland between each of them.
Aillén Mac Midhna (al-yen mac mee-o-na) variations Aillen Mac Miona (Irish)- A fairy musician from Annwn who came out of his cave each year to play his timpan (belled tambourine) at the feast of Samhain (Halloween). Every year he would burn down the palace of Tara after enchanting the residents with music. Eventually Fionn Mac Cumhail resisted the music by pressing his spear to his own forehead and then beheading Aillén.
Áine (aw-ne) (Irish) - A faery queen and goddess of love and fertility. She is associated with the moon and has occasionally been seen combing her hair in the middle of a lake. Daughter of high king, Eogabail, the foster son of sea god Mannanán Mac Lir. Her sister is Fenne or Finnen.
Ankou (Ahn-koo) Sometimes called the King of the Dead. He collects souls upon their death and escorts them to the land of the dead. Traveling with his own subjects he is a feared fairy that is mainly seen on November Eve.
Annwn (a-noon) (Welsh) - “Land of Shadows”. A peaceful paradise which contained a fountain of rebirth. Arawn was the Lord of Annwn and was always accompanied by a pack of hounds.
Aoife (eef-eh) (Irish)- According to myth there are few different Aoifes. One is the daughter of Ard-Greimne, and sister of Scáthach, a warrior princess of the Land of Shadows (Anwnn). The second is the wife of ocean god Mannanán Mac Lir and stepmother to her own sister’s four children. She became jealous of them and used magic to turn them into swans. The Children of Lir had to spend 900 years in various waters until they died under the care of a monk. When Aoife’s foster father the Bodb Dearg found out what she had done he changed her into a demon of the air and she was never heard from again.
Aonbharr (Irish) - a magical horse which can travel on land and sea.
Arduinna - a gaul goddess of the moon, hunting and forests. Her sacred animal is the wild boar.
Aranrhod or Arianrod (Welsh) - Daughter of Don and sister of Gwydion, and mother to Dylan, a famous sea god.
Artio - a gaulish goddess bear goddess.
Asrai - An ancient water fairy in female or male form that lives in the sea. They are rarely seen and only at night. They are sometimes called sea ghosts because of their extremely pale, translucent skin. Legend states that they must not be exposed to the sun lest they dissolve into a pool of water
Badb (Irish) - goddess of death and battles. Her name signifies crow or raven.
Badb Catha -battle raven
Balor of the Evil Eye (Irish) - The most famous giant of the Fomorians he had one eye that destroyed anyone who was in its gaze.
Banba (Irish) -beautiful giantress. Daughter of Treon of the Land of the Shadows.
Banshee - see Bean-Sidhe or Bean-Nighe
Beag (Irish) - a goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann, associated with a magic well.
Bean-Nighe - Sometimes called the “washer woman” because she sits on the banks of streams and rivers frantically washing bloodstains from a white shirt. She is similar to the Bean-Sidhe in that she also foretells death.
Bean-Sidhe - ( ban-shee ) This fairy woman is feared by humans because her wails and moaning foretell the impending death of someone near. She has been described as very beautiful, pale with long hair and fearsome red eyes which some say is from her constant weeping.
Bean-Fionn - Also called Jenny Greentooth, she is a malevolent fairy who lives underwater in streams and lakes. She can be either beautiful or hideous and is known to reach up from her watery depths and drag young children under the water with her.
Bean-Tighe - Sometimes called the “King of the Dead”. He is similar to the Ankou in that he collects souls upon their death and escorts them to the land of the dead. Traveling his own familiar paths in black with a black cart he is mainly seen on November Eve.
Blodeuwedd (blod-AY-weth) - welsh meaning “flower-aspect” was made from the flowers of oak, broom and meadowsweet by Gwydion and Math to be the bride of Lieu Llaw-Gyffes. Later she was turned into an owl and was an outcast of all birds.
Boann (Irish) - a water goddess and wife of Nechtan (water god) name means “she of white cattle”
Bogie - A male hobgoblin who is only up to evil and capricious acts of wrongdoing. He enjoys tormenting any traveler who is unfortunate enough to cross his path. Also called bogy, bug-a-boo, bogle or boggart.
Brigid (Irish)- a much beloved triple goddess of healing, smiths, fertility and poetry. Daughter of Dagda, her name means “fiery arrow”.
Brownie - A scruffy small brown male fairy who wears dirty, torn clothing and likes to live with humans. They like to help with chores but also like to be left alone. They expect small rewards and will abandon a home when there is no extra milk and cakes left for them. The Brownie is generally helpful unless they are crossed then they become mean and ill-tempered
Caer - a fairy maiden loved by Aengus Og (the love god) who had dreamt of her before they met. When he found out who she was he asked her father for her hand, to which her father said he could marry her if he could find her, since she had taken the form of a swan.
Cait Sith (cait shee) - a Highland fairy cat that is as large as a dog, with a white spot on it’s breast.
Cailleac Bhuer (call-y'ac V'fhoor) - Also called the Blue Hag or Stone Woman. She originates in Scotland and is an old woman of human size who walks by night with a walking stick made of holly with the carved head of a crow on top. A large carrion crow sits on her left shoulder and a touch from her magical staff means instant death to a human. If her staff is found unattended it will give its owner the power of enchantment.
Ceridwen (ker-ID-wen) (Welsh) - A Welsh sorceress and goddess of fertility. Mother of Afagddu, supposedly the ugliest man in the world. To help compensate for his looks she boiled a cauldron of knowledge for a year and a day so that he would be respected for his wisdom. Instead her other son Gwion Bach who was guarding it accidently acquired the knowledge when he sucked it from his finger.
Changeling - Some fairies love beautiful human babies and will steal them and leave an old, near-death fairy in their place. Humans have been known to place iron bars on or in their baby cradles to protect them from such thefts.
Cliodhna (Irish) - goddess of Beauty who fell in love with a mortal, Ciabhan of the Curling Locks. She had three magical birds that could sing the sick to sleep or cure them.
Corrigan - These female fairies are enchanted to forever roam the earth as beautiful blonde women by day and repulsive old hags by night. Legend states that if a mortal man loves the old hag and beautiful woman equally the enchantment is lifted.
Cyn Annwn (koon anoon) - Welsh hell hounds who are bone white with red ears.
Dagda - “the good god”. An important high king of the Tuatha Dé Danaan, who rides a black horse named Acéin (ocean) and carries a magic club.
Dairine - (Dareen) a princess of Tara
Damona - a gaulish goddess her name means “the Divine Cow”
Dana (Irish) - synonymous with Danu, Anu and Don. Mother goddess from Ireland from who the Tuatha Dé Danann take their name. The high king Dagda is her son.
Dea Arduinna - a gaulish goddess shown seated on a wild boar. She ruled over the beasts of the forest.
Deirdre - “of the sorrows” according to myth the aging King Conchobhar Mac Nessa wanted to marry her but she was in love with Naoise with whom she ran away with to Alba. Nessa had Naoise killed and then forced Deirdre to marry him. Once married she remained sad and distant. When Nessa tired of her he handed her over to Naoise’s assassin. Instead of sleeping with her lovers murderer she commited suicide by throwing herself off a running chariot. From each of the graves of Naoise and Deirdre grew a pine which eventually interwined and grew as one tree.
Domnu (Irish) - goddess of the Fomorians. Mother goddess of undersea dwellers.
Druids - The Druids were important figures in Celtic Ireland and held positions as advisors, judges and teachers. Draoi-id means “oak knowledge”. They were male and female and it took up to 20 years to learn all of the Druidical laws. Evans-Wentz in the book Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries states that they were magicians and prophets and they could foretell the future and interpret the secret will of the fairies.
Dubh - a druidress who used her magic powers to drown her husbands lover. In return her husband had her drown in what became known as Dubh’s Pool.
Duergarrs (Doo-ay-gahrs) - A male dwarf fairy approximately 2 feet tall. They are unfriendly to humans and guard fairy paths and hills.
Dylan - “son of the wave”, a welsh sea god who as soon as he sprang from his mother’s womb (Arianrhod) he jumped into the sea and swam as well as any fish.
Éire (Irish) - goddess of Ireland
Elves - Elves are small and thin with pointed ears and sinewy bodies. Despite their small stature they are very intelligent and industrious and play a major part in the land of fairy.
Epona - “divine horse”, a celtic horse goddess either depicted riding a mare or with a horse and foal.
Etain - (aideen) an Irish fairy queen from the Tuatha Dé Danaan who was reincarnated many times. She was the second wife of King Midir when Midir’s first wife became jealous and had a druid cast a spell so that she was reborn as a mortal. To make it hard for Midir to find Etain the druid first changed her into a pool of water, a worm and then finally a fly. At a banquet King Etars wife accidentally swallowed a fly that had flown into her cup of wine and then she became pregnant with Etain. As the mortal Etain grew up King Eochaidh and his brother Aillill fell in love with her. King Midir eventually found her and reawakened her memories of her past life as an immortal queen in the fairy realm. In a game of chess he won her back from King Eochaidh.
Ethlinn (Irish) - daughter of Balor of the Evil Eye.
Ethné (Irish)- exiled from the Tuatha Dé Danaan. She wanders the hills in vain as a mortal listening to the disembodied voices of the fairies so she can return.
Fairy Trees - All trees are sacred to fairies but the ones most mentioned in fairy lore include: Oak, Ash, Apple, Hazel, Rowan, Holly, Willow, Elder, Alder, Hawthorn and Blackthorn. Willows have been known to uproot themselves on dark nights and follow solitary travelers through the woods. Hazel nuts were thought to instill wisdom and fertility and apples: power and youth.
Fairies/Faeries - The word “fairies” now encompasses all of the inhabitants of Fairyland including the Daoine Sidhe of the Highlands. The Tuatha Dé Danaan of Ireland. The Tylwth Teg of Wales. The Seelie and Unseelie-Court and the Trooping and Solitary fairies. Other names given to the fairy race include: Daoine Maithe ‘the good people’, the Sidhe race, the Gentry, the “People of Peace”, “the still-folk”, the “silent moving folk”, the Sith , the Fair-Family, Fair-Folk, and the Fées.
Fand (Irish) - “The Pearl of Beauty”, wife of the sea god Manannán Mac Lir.
Fir Darrigs (Fear Durgs) - Also called Rat Boys. They are very unpleasant fairies with fat ugly features, hairy skin and long snouts which make them look like large rats. They like to trick humans and other fairies out of their possessions and they love to eat rotten fish and food.
Fomorians (Irish) - One of the first inhabitants of Ireland who were considered demons because of their misshapen bodies and violent acts. The Highland Fomorians were a race of giants and not as evil as them.
Gancanagh (Gon-cawn-ah) - A legendary beautiful male fairy who enjoys seducing mortal women to fall in love with him and then disappearing only to leave them to search for him until their deaths.
Ghillie Dhu (Gillee Doo) - These are tree fairies who disguise themselves as leaves and love to play pranks on human travelers who unknowingly have ventured into their forest.
The Glastig (clee-stickh) - An infamous fairy who is believed to no longer exist. A beautiful woman fairy of human size who attempts to lure mortal human males to be her companion and is friendly until they notice her goat hooves. Then she either drowns them or drains them of their blood.
Gnomes or Dwarves - Earth fairies who age very quickly. They seem to have been born old and they live for hundreds of years. They are very intelligent and they make their homes in hollowed out trees or partly underground. They vary in personalities and temperament.
Gwragedd Annwn (Gwer-geth Ai-noon) - A beautiful blond fairy of human size who is helpful and kind to humans. She lives near lakes.
Gwyllions - Either male or female they live in the mountains and tend goats but also have a disturbing habit of sitting on rocks above roads and staring eerily at passing travelers.
Goblins and Hobgoblins - A name given by humans to the mean, mischievous elves who sometimes haunt their homes.
Grian (Irish)- solar female deity
Gwen (Welsh) - “The White Swan” daughter of Cynwal
Irnan (Irish) - sorceress who spinned a magic web
Knockers - Dwarf fairies who live underground and are expert miners
Leanan-Sidhe (lan-awn-shee) - the Fairy Mistress similar to the Lhiannan-Shee, except she is given a more benevolent description by Lady Wilde in Ancient Legends of Ireland: 'The Leanan-Sidhe, or the spirit of life, was supposed to be the inspirer of the poet and singer, as the Ban-Sidhe was the spirit of death, the foreteller of doom.’ Her inspiration comes at a price, in that poets and artists fueled by her die an early death.
Leprechauns - A solitary male fairy with the cunning ability to steal or find treasure. He loves riddles and dares others to find the treasure that he has hidden, sometimes so well that he himself cannot find it.
Lhiannan-Shee (lannan-shee) - A beautiful vampiric fairy who has been said to either drain her victims of blood or collect it in a cauldron where she performs spells and rituals to keep herself youthful and beautiful.
Lunantisidhe (Loo-nan-tee-shee) - An extremely thin, wiry old hairless man with pointed ears, long teeth, arms and fingers. He travels in a group that climbs and lives in the Blackthorn trees. They despise humans and will go to great lengths to harm them if their beloved trees are trodden upon.
Macha (Irish)- a triple goddess of war. Wife of Nemed, then wife of Nuada.
Maeve - goddess of sovereignty
Manannán Mac Lir (Irish) - A major sea god, the son of Lir. He ruled from Emain Ablach (Emain of the Apple Trees) an island paradise in the Land of Promise. His wife is Fand. A noble leader he possesses an invincible sword and invulnerable helmet and armor.
Mermaids - Also called the merpeople, merrows. A generally gentle female fairy who lives in the sea with a human torso and fish tail. They sometimes travel upstream and have been known to take human lovers to their underwater kingdoms.
Merman - A male counterpart of the mermaid. They also have human torsos and fish tails but are not as interested in humankind as the mermaids. They are wilder with pigs eyes, red noses and green hair and tend to enjoy the stormier aspects of the sea.
Mórrigán (Irish) - a major triple goddess of war, death and slaughter. Her name means great queen. She is interchangeable with Macha, Badb and Nemain. Her favorite shape is that of the crow or raven.
Nair (Irish) - name means “modesty”. A goddess who took the high king Crebhán to the otherworld and gave him fantastic treasures.
Nantsovetta - a gaulish goddess connected with water
Nemain - a war goddess and wife of Neit. She hovers over battlefields inspiring battle madness. Nemain means venomous, Macha (personification of battle), Dea (hateful), Badb (fury) and Morrigan (great queen)
Olwen (Welsh) - means “she of white track” named because of four white trefoils that spring up wherever she trods. A Formorian.
Oonagh (Irish) - wife of Fionnbharr. Dwelt in the sidhe (hill) of Meadhna.
Phookas - A destructive fairy that travels in a pack, they have the body of a goat or horse and the head of a human male. Fairies and humans fear them and avoid them at all cost.
Pixies - A small, winged fairy with a large head, pointy ears, nose and eyebrows. They are mischievous and love fancy clothing made to resemble their favorite flowers. They love dancing, singing and merry making.
Rhiannon (Welsh) - Her name means “maid of Annwn” or “great Queen”. Originally promised to Gwawl, Rhiannon was seen by Pwyll, a chieftain of Dyfed, when she was riding on a magnificent white horse. When Rhiannon rejected Gwawl and married Pwyll her household fell under a curse in which her first born son vanished and was presumed dead at her hand. Her son was eventually restored to life and she named him Pryderi which means “care”. According to legend Rhiannon’s birds sang more sweetly than any mortal bird and were said to have magical powers.
Robin Goodfellow or Puck - This male fairy looks like a satyr with a boys head and the body of a goat. He is playful and loves to play his pipes throughout the forests which entices all the animals and fairies alike to follow his melodious music.
Sadb (Irish)- daughter of Badb Deara. Turned into a fawn by the “Dark Druid”
Scáthach nUanaind (Irish) - her names means “shadowy”, also known as Scáthach Buanand (victorious). The most famous celtic female warrior from the Land of Shadows she ran a military academy where men received training in the martial arts. Her most famous pupil was Cuchulainn to whom she gave a spear named Gae-Bolg or “belly spear”, once inside the enemies stomach it opened up 30 barbs which would then tear the stomach apart.
The Seelie-Court - Seelie means “blessed”, and this court consists of all the noble and kind fairies whose inner code of fair and good ethics contrast that of the Unseelie Court.
Selkies - Selkies appear as seals but are able to shed their sealskins and walk on land in female or male form.
Sirona - a gaul goddess whose name means “star”
Spriggans - A fairy monster who is able to inflate himself and float along the countryside. They sometimes appears as rocks or stones and create havoc on those who cross their paths.
Sulevia - a gaul goddess of the art of healing.
Taliesin - “Shining Brow”. A welsh wizard who was the first to acquire the gift of prophecy.
Tara - The ancient hill fort that became the capital of the Tuatha Dé Danaan. It was a meeting place for fairy kings and visiting dignitaries.
Tir Nan Og or Tir Na N-og (teer na nogue) - “Land of the Young” an earthly paradise where time stopped and the grass was always green and the flowers blossoming. A land of beauty where there was much music, feasting, loving and hunting.
Trooping Fairies - Fairies are sometimes divided into two classes which includes the trooping or solitary fairies. Solitary generally being the less friendly of the two.
Tuatha Dé Danann (Too-ah-day Thay-nan) - Also called the Gentry. They are the earliest fairies. Their goddess was Dana. They are the origin of the fairy race.
Tylwyth Teg (terlooeth teig) - A Welsh name for the “fair race”. Given to represent all fairies whom they believed lived in matriarchal clans.
The Unseelie Court - These are the damned or unblessed of the fairy race and they consist of all that is evil and ignoble in fairyland.
Will-o’-the-Wisp - Also called Fairy Lights, Elf-fire, Hobbedy’s Lantern or Night Whispers. Small winged fairies whose glowing lights can be seen at dusk in the meadows and grassy hills.
Hi! I was wondering if you'd agree to tell us a bit about your Anne Boleyn manuscript? I saw it mentioned in you Aspiration Tag and it made me curious :)
It follows the story of Anne Boleyn from her return to England in 1521 to her eventual execution in 1536. It explores her first love, her romance with Henry and her catastrophic fall. It turns the story a bit on its head, however, by dispelling some of the popular stories and painting a more realistic picture of the doomed queen. (While still keeping that excellent Tudor drama.)
As it stands now, Anne (and so many other prominent women in history) are painted as either heroines or villains, beautiful women or hags. Anne was none of these things and sometimes all of those things. She was human, as all women are, with the all the human greatness and all the human flaws that entails. I hope to change the dialogue about Anne and the way we talk about female historical figures in general.
How to reconcile my love of Millian with my love of CS with my love of lesbians....
Milah leaves Rumple for Killian, but then when she’s with Killian she realizes she’s a lesbian (if you watch The L Word you’ll know where I got that idea from) and breaks up with him. Killian is upset because he loves her, but he loves her enough to let her go and is supportive of her coming out. He even gives her tips on how to flirt with women (because let’s face it, he’s the expert)
Milah doesn’t die some stupid really sexist death at the hand of her ex-husband because she didn’t love him. In fact, her and her new girlfriend (I’m gonna say Mulan because Mulan needs some love) defeat him and win against him and NO LESBIANS DIE IN THE MAKING OF THIS FIGHT SCENE and Killian cheers in the background because his platonic pirate queen has grown up so fast and now she’s taking on baddies all by her gay self
Milah eventually assembles a posse of queer ladies (the farther I go with this, the more it turns into The L Word) that’s comprised of Belle, Red, Dorothy, Mulan, Elsa, and Emma. And that’s how Killian meets Emma (because in this story she’s bisexual) and everyone lives happily ever after
So last night, after @freyreh’s latest fic (That still hurts by the way, why would you do that!), someone went “Leonard has to live forever, right?” because let’s face it, we’re all trash for him. Of course, then I get an angsty idea in my head for a ficlet.
Also, don’t listen to See You Again while reading this. Or do. You do you.
When they first got Leonard Snart back after the Legion of Doom, the team aboard the Waverider learned that their adversaries had discovered him in the temporal zone floating about. They weren’t sure how long he had been there for, or it if had any effects on him in any way. But Leonard seemed to be fine, aside from being a bit more resilient to effects of time travel. So nothing was thought to be wrong with him.
At least not for the first few years.
It was maybe three years after his rescue that they saw he wasn’t aging. He looked exactly the same since the Oculus. There were no new gray hairs, no new wrinkles. Time had frozen for him, and made him immortal. No one knew how immortal he was, but they didn’t want to test it. He was fine as he was, saying that it would allow him more years to spend with the people he loved.
“You just want to see me become a wrinkly old hag,” Sara had teased when he said this.
“You’ll be a beautiful wrinkly old hag,” was his response.
His situation was nice at first. It meant that he could still stay in the game, fighting on the side of heroes (something he would never believe he had come to). No early retirement for him. He could keep up with Sara (or at least the same as he had always been able to) and later on their children. Things didn’t seem so bad.
Then the years started to go by. Everyone around Leonard slowly grew older and showed their age while he stayed the same. He saw the new wrinkles on Mick’s face, and thought how he should have had them too by now. Lisa was starting to look more and more like she was his twin rather than his little sister. Sara had her wrinkles as well, and silver started to thread her hair. Soon she had more than he did. Every photo that was taken with him in had everyone else around him older with him unchanged among them.
The blessing was fast becoming a curse.
Mick died in a blaze of glory, sacrificing himself for other. That was when it hit Leonard that he was going to have to watch everyone he loved die. At the funeral for his best friend, he could see all the other attendants he knew were now more aged than they had been when he first met them. Leonard would have to be there for all their funerals, just like he was there for Mick’s.
Watching his children grow up wasn’t easy, but not aging alongside Sara somehow made it even harder. She got to a point where they both looked the same age, and then kept going. Leonard watched helplessly as she had more gray than he did, and had to hang up her bo staff one day. Their daughter took it up, and started to patrol the streets instead with her father.
People started to assume Lisa was the older sister between the two of them. After Leonard’s ID went under scrutiny one day, he and Sara realized that this was another problem. People were starting to notice he hadn’t changed. Sooner or later, things were going to get problematic. So they left Central City and moved to Coast City. Sara joked around that they could retire by the beach. Leonard had laughed, but it only solidified the understanding that he had come to that he would have to be the one to bury her.
A lot more people went before Sara. Oliver, Felicity, John, Lyla, Curtis. Raymond was the next to die of the original Waveider team after Stein and Mick, and the world seemed a little more darker without him. Barry Allen, Jesse Wells, and Wally West were aging slower than they should thanks to the Speed Force, but they would die one day. The original heroes were dying one by one, and soon it would be only him who remained to watch over the next generation.
Rip visited him from time to time. The Time Master was older and older with each visit. One day, the visits stopped altogether.
Sara died when she was seventy nine. People had started to mistake them for mother and son rather than husband and wife. In the funeral, Leonard looked at his children and saw that they now were his age or older. He would have to watch them die too. He would be standing over their graves just like he stood over their mother’s.
After Lisa died, he moved back to Central City under a false name. He spent time monitoring the new team of heroes that had taken over the city. His grandchildren were among them. Jax, who helped them out too, was now an old man, but Leonard still called him ‘kid’ for old time’s sake. Technically, he was older than him, even if he didn’t look it. The two became good friends, and remembered the days of the past together. He was the last remaining tie Leonard had to the original Waverider team.
Jax died, and only Leonard remained of the original heroes. After the funeral, he visited the other graves of his friends and family. He spent a lot of time at Mick, Lisa, and Sara’s graves. They should have been the ones standing by his grave, not the other way around.
Time went on, and he moved from city to city across the world. He still visited his children and grandchildren. The worst visit was his last to his daughter before she passed. Monica had smiled and said he looked like her father. He was there when they all died, and he watched as they were buried. Some people sought him out, hearing tales of one man who was there before the Justice League and was able to live forever. Leonard would tell them about the first superheroes and they would listen. They would leave and set out on their own paths. And then he would be alone again.
Immortality wasn’t living forever. It was everyone else dying. Watching everyone he loved grow old and die while he stayed the same forever.
Lady Midday or Pscipolnitsa is a mythical woman common to the various Slavic countries of Eastern Europe, a noon demon in Slavic mythology. She can be referred to in English as “Lady Midday”. She was usually pictured as a young woman dressed in white that roamed field bounds. She assailed folk working at noon causing heatstrokes and aches in the neck, sometimes she even caused madness.
Pscipolnitsa, who makes herself evident in the middle of hot summer days, takes the form of whirling dust clouds and carries a scythe or shears; most likely the shears would be of an older style, not akin to modern scissors. She will stop people in the field to ask them difficult questions or engage them in conversation. If anyone fails to answer a question or tries to change the subject, she will cut off their head or strike them with illness. She may appear as an old hag, a beautiful woman, or a 12-year-old girl, and she was useful in scaring children away from valuable crops. She is only seen on the hottest part of the day and is a personification of a sun-stroke.