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the unseelie court aesthetic

consists of the darkly-inclined fairies. unlike the Seelie Court, no offense is necessary to bring down their assaults. as a group (or “host”), they appear at night and assault travelers, often carrying them through the air, beating them, and forcing them to commit such acts as shooting at cattle. like the beings of the Seelie Court who are not always benevolent, neither are the fairies of the Unseelie Court always malevolent. most Unseelies can become fond of a particular human if they are viewed as respectful, and would choose to make them something of a pet.

anonymous asked:

how old were you when you kind of fell into goth?

Whooo, this is a convoluted answer!

I was a weird, darkly-inclined child. I read books on witchcraft, ghosts, and vampires. When I was about six or so, I declared I was going to be the Wicked Witch of the West when I grew up. A few years later I added “Or marry Dracula” to that.

My teenage years (the mid 80s) were spent in a small suburb of Seattle. There was no information about goth, just a lot of weird kids listening to all genres of weird music, and trying to put together our own thrift store versions of whatever we saw on Mtv.

It wasn’t until I hit college that I learned there was an actual subculture for darkly-clad weirdos who liked spooky things and bombastic music. At which point I went “HELLO, TELL ME ABOUT THESE WEIRD AND NICHE MAGAZINES”, and started spending every spare penny I had on sending away for tiny goth ‘zines and mail ordering music I’d never heard, but the ad for the band in the tiny goth ‘zines looking intriguing.  

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the shadowhunter chronicles + faeries divisions: unseelie court

The Unseelie Court consists of the darkly-inclined fairies. No offense is necessary to bring down their assaults. They appear at night and assault travelers, often carrying them through the air, beating them, and forcing them to commit such acts as shooting at cattle. Most Unseelies can become fond of a particular human if they are viewed as respectful, and would choose to make them something of a pet.

The Fae Courts

The categorisation of the fae are based on court - whether or not a faery is light or dark.

Seelie Court (Associated with Spring & Summer)

The Seelie court’s land of origin is Scotland. Another name for them is The Blessed Ones. The Seelie court are known to seek help from humans, to warn those who had accidentally offended them, and to return human kindness with favors of their own. Still, a faery belonging to this court will avenge insults and could be prone to mischief. The most common time of day to see them is twilight. They are the light faeries who are known for playing pranks on humans and having a light hearted attitude, forgetting their sorrows quickly and not realising how they might be affecting the humans they play pranks on.

The Seelie court is fairly organised and structured. There is always an undisputed liege, and this liege is advised by a council made up of the highest ranking nobles of the land. For centuries, Queen Titania and her escort, King Oberon, have ruled the Seelie. Ambassadors from the retreated Unseelie court, and even further afield, sit at Seelie court as well. One can encounter elementals, spirits, genies, and various outsiders at the Seelie court, though fiends are never welcome.

The Unseelie Court (Associated with Autumn & Winter)

 Like the Seelie court, the unseelie court’s land of origin is Scotland. The term Unseelie is most often been translated to mean “unblessed” or “damned”. The Unseelie Court consists of the darkly-inclined fairies. Unlike the Seelie Court, no offense is necessary to bring down their assaults. As a group (or “host”), they appear at night and assault travelers, often carrying them through the air, beating them, and forcing them to commit such acts as shooting at cattle. Like the beings of the Seelie Court who are not always benevolent, neither are the fairies of the Unseelie Court always malevolent. Most Unseelies can become fond of a particular human if they are viewed as respectful, and would choose to make them something of a pet.

The Unseelie court is far from organised or structured. The most powerful and wily nobles vie with each other for the position of liege, and just because one noble starts the reign as monarch does not mean the same noble will sit on the thrown come springtime. Rumor holds that demons have been known to appear at the Unseelie court on occasion, though many Unseelie seem highly offended by the notion. Contrary to what many believe, the two courts are not usually antagonistic towards each other. The Laws of Cyclic Rule are enforced by ancient, deep magic, and neither court wishes to risk the repercussions of breaking such primal enchantments.

The Unseelie fae comprise the Slaugh, or The Host, the band of the unsanctified dead who fly above the earth, stealing mortals and take great pleasure in harming humans. Some Scottish legends say they were all once members of the Seelie Court who fell from grace. The Court travels on the night winds from where their unnerving cackles and howls can be heard. They have no method of reproduction, so they enslave mortals whom they think would never be missed and carry them along to become one of them.

Types of Fae (Specific To The Fae Realm)

  • Abartach 
  • Alp Lauchra
  • Bean Nighe
  • Bean Sídhe
  • Cat Sídhe
  • Cu Sídhe
  • Clurichaun
  • Dullahan
  • Fachen
  • Fear Dearg
  • Fuath
  • Gean Cánach
  • Gille Dubh
  • Glaistig
  • Leanan Sídhe
  • Leprechaun
  • Púca
  • Sluagh Sídhe
Seelie and Unseelie

symbaray617 said: Hi Cassie, I finished COHF in like 1-2 days, and I loved every word of it. I will be expecting TDA to be just as good, if not better. Anyways, as for my question, I’ve noticed in my Codex, that it mentions the Seelie and Unseelie Court, but it doesn’t really explain difference/similarities between the two groups. I assume the Unseelie Court is a badder version of the Seelie Court, and the Codex discusses the types of creatures that are in the courts, but will they be further explained in TDA?

claireknoetze.tumblr.com said: Hi Cassie! I’m sure you’ve heard this 1000 times, but THANK YOU so much for your books! I just finished reading CoHF and I absolutely loved it! It was perfect in every way possible! So this isn’t really an ask about CoHF but I just wanted to ask what the difference between the Seelie Court and the Unseelie Court is? Is that something that will be addressed in future books?

Hi Cassie! So after reading COHF and seeing the major role the seelie court plays in it I was wondering if the unseelie court would play any part of TLH and/or TDA? As in the shadowhunter chronicles so far they havent been mentioned much. Is there any truth to my speculation? Or is having to wait before TDA comes out driving me mad? Thank you in advance. Mizpah xxx P.S I’m that random girl at the book signing at the Prince Charles Cinema that had the matching tops with my Parabatai (Carstairs & Herondale) thank you so much for letting us take a photo you’ve made my life. Like I dont know how I’d exsist without your books. They mean so much to me, anyway I’ve drabbled now, sorry! — uhwhatsmynameagain

treacherous-angels said: Hii Cassie i just want to know if we’ll be hearing more about the faeries in TDA because I feel I don’t know a lot about them even though we hear about them a lot. And in cohf i could feel Magnus hinting to it. Just curious. :)

Hi Cassie, I just had a question, maybe this is something that I missed in the past books, but what is the difference between the Unseelie and Seelie fairies? I didn’t even realize there were different groups until this book where it became slightly more relevant. (I’m a huge fan and cannot wait for the next series to start!) Much love <3 — onehellofasoul

viviennesss said: Hi Cassie, may I ask why we haven’t seen any of the Unseelie Court? I know they’re a mysterious group of faeries and all, but you’ve introduced the Wild Hunt and the Seelie Court so far, and now I’m super curious! Do they have any role at all in the Shadowhunter world?

THE PEOPLE DEMAND ANSWERS. Interestingly, This was in the original version of City of Ashes.

It got cut out, actually, of the final version since my editor didn’t think it was necessary info. I’ve always written assuming the existence of a Seelie Court posits the existence also of an Unseelie Court — as Seelie and Unseelie Courts are part of the established mythology of faeries, not a thing I made up. Most of us who write about faeries have to deal with the Seelie and Unseelie, whether you call them Light and Dark, or Winter and Summer. In fact, one of my favorite things about Holly Black's Tithe is that Corny just googles “seelie court” when he’s trying to figure out what is going on with all these wacky faeries.

Here’s Wikipedia. 

Seelie and Unseelie Courts.

The Seelie court are known to seek help from humans, to warn those who had accidentally offended them, and to return human kindness with favors of their own. Still, a fairy belonging to this court will avenge insults and could be prone to mischief. The most common time of day to see them is twilight. Other names for the Seelie court are ‘The Shining Thron’ or 'The Golden ones’ and 'The light Court’. The categorization of fairies based on court is whether or not a fairy is light or dark. Light fairies are known for playing pranks on humans and having a light hearted attitude, forgetting their sorrows quickly and not realizing how they might be affecting the humans they play pranks on. The Unseelie Court consists of the darkly-inclined fairies. Unlike the Seelie Court, no offense is necessary to bring down their assaults.  As a group (or “host”), they appear at night and assault travelers, often carrying them through the air, beating them, and forcing them to commit such acts as shooting at cattle. Like the beings of the Seelie Court who are not always benevolent, neither are the fairies of the Unseelie Court always malevolent. Most Unseelies can become fond of a particular human if they are viewed as respectful, and would choose to make them something of a pet…The division into “seely” and “unseely” spirits was roughly equivalent to the division of Elves in Norse mythology, into “light” and “dark” distinctions.

The “carrying humans through the air and beating them” thing may sound more like the Wild Hunt, but the Wild Hunt is another myth entirely.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Hunt

(You’ll recognize Gwyn in there, if you’ve read CoHF.)

These are myths that infiltrate all our literature. As authors, especially of fantasy, the challenge is to put your own spin on them. The Wild Hunt in the Shadowhunter Chronicles are part of Wild Faerie, which is neither Seelie nor Unseelie, and subject to no laws. They reap the dead and are fairly morally ambiguous. They don’t acknowledge either the Seelie Queen or the Unseelie King as a monarch.

As for the Seelie and Unseelie, for the purposes of the Chronicles, it’s not so much that one court is good and the other bad, it’s that one court involves itself in outside affairs and the other doesn’t. The Unseelie aren’t very interested in Shadowhunters or playing nice with Accords. Their court is a terrifying place. The mention of the Unseelie at the end of CoHF was largely simply to establish their existence, which will be further explored in TDA.

anonymous asked:

I noticed in your videos you have a lot of beautiful gothic and darkly inclined furniture/home decor. Where did you find some if your favorite pieces?

I buy pretty much everything from Amazon these days, can find almost anything there :) I got my beautiful baroque style furniture from there. Might make a video on the subject when I move house soon :) x

The Darkling Tag

(A tag for goths and gothy-friendly folks alike)

So just for funsies, I decided to make a Tag for the darkly-inclined! Anyone is free to do it and I hope it’s enjoyable! :)

Simple Questions:

  • What is your favorite candle scent?
  • Do you have a favorite book?
  • Are you a tea or coffee person?
  • What is your favorite brand and color of lipstick?
  • What is your favorite perfume/cologne?
  • Do you have a celebrity crush?
  • If you had to give up the color black, what color would you choose instead?
  • If you could change your name to a stereotypical 90s/2000s gothy name, what would it be?
  • What are your top three tips for surviving hot weather while black clad?
  • What song will always make you happy (doesn’t have to be a goth band)?
  • Are you active in the arts (ex. Play an instrument, paint, write, etc)?
  • If you had a teacup or mug made inscribed just for you, what would you have it say?
  • What is your number one non-gothy hobby?

Thought Provokers:

  • If you could be a supernatural creature, what would it be and why?
  • What horror monster-based super power would you have?
  • Do you feel confident or comfortable interacting with other Goths or gothy people (online or irl)? Why or why not?
  • Which is more important for a look: Great hair or great makeup?
  • Is there something you wish there was more of in your subculture?
  • Care to share an embarrassing story related to your “darkliness“?
  • How are you at DIY?
  • Quickly describe your ideal wedding.

Confessional (aka True or False):

  • I love watching cheesy romance films.
  • I ALWAYS remember to wash off my makeup at night.
  • I sleep with plushies.
  • I wear non-black pajamas most nights.
  • I still listen to a boy band that had disbanded years ago.
  • I think Andrew Eldritch is overrated.
  • I don’t like vampires.
  • I don’t like clubs.
  • I’m dating a goth/darkly-inclined person.
  • I don’t enjoy graveyards.
  • Blood makes me queasy.
  • I’d sooner faint than pet a spider.
  • I don’t like haunted houses.
  • I still browse Hot Topic’s clearance racks.
  • I’ve never read Dracula.
  • I think “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is a long and boring song.
Why is it that I only encounter the darkly inclined/gothy types when I'm at work where I am not permitted to dress as I usually would, thereby not allowing me to connect with them in any way?

Alternative/gothy looking girl (hottie) came in today. I can’t just shout “I’M LIKE YOU!! I’M A CREATURE OF THE NIGHT, TOO!!”…that’s just weird…

They can’t tell I like spooky things, or that I appreciate the darker things in life when I’m in work clothes! :p