Traits of Incarnated Faery’s (fairy’s) & Nature Spirits
Signs that your soul may be of faery or nature spirit origin… -You didn’t fit in as a child and felt far different from other kids. You may have been advanced as a child in some way like talking, walking or reading much earlier than your peers.
-You have a strong feeling of wanting to go home, and have a feeling sense of what this “home” is like, even if you can’t put it into words.
-You’ve had strong psychic and paranormal experiences as a child, which continue into the present. Seeing spirits, seeing past the illusion, into the future or beyond the lines of time, and having prophetic dreams.
-You’re highly sensitive
-You have a deep inner wisdom, and you feel timeless… Maybe you’ve even had dreams or memories of off planet past lives and experiences in totally different dimensions and ways of existing.
-You have intense and vivid dreams that often take place in places and times which seem to be in another world. Some of these dreams are so vivid they seem more real than reality.
-You have a deep connection with nature, with plants, animals and the physical elements and you seem to be able to communicate with them on a level.
-You may even feel alienated by your parents and immediate family, like they just don’t get you, and you don’t get them. You may have even wondered at times if you were adopted.
-You’re very aware of energy and how the energy of others can affect you.
-You have natural psychic gifts and channeling, or energy healing abilities.
So what happens if two people who have promised their firstborn to separate witches have a child together? Do they both just pop up in the nursery and have a custody battle?
I need a book about a little girl whose parents had promised their firstborn to different witches and the only way that both ends of the deal were fulfilled was for them to have joint custody of the child.
Disclaimer: My theories are built not just on the Dark
Artifices, but from all the previous books as a whole, and will contain
spoilers if you haven’t read them. I haven’t watched the Shadowhunter TV
series, so these ideas are based solely on book canon.
ON THE FAE:
Why is it the only Shadowhunters that we know to have faerie
blood are Mark and Helen Blackthorn? Over a thousand years of history and no
mention of any others. Could it be that Shadowhunter and Faerie blood can’t mix
much like the Shadowhunter and Demon blood? Could there be an exception or
loophole if there was already some demon blood in a Shadowhunter ie) Tessa’s
(CP 279-280) Tessa meets Hyacinth at Benedict Lightwood’s
party and tells her that fae look for ways to strengthen their bloodline and
she comments on how much Tessa looks like her adult mother. That means that the
Fae had been watching Elizabeth Grey/Adele Starkweather. And we know that
Mark’s blood is prized for it rarity—and so what if the Fae have always had
their eye on Tessa’s line, may have even helped Mortmain’s changeling exchange
of Adele Starkweather in the hopes of creating Tessa and with her a
Shadowhunter line that could breed with faeries. Creepy. I’ll get back to this
in a bit.
the sense that the Seelie Queen hasn’t been at full power in a while. Mark in
LM (403-404), “The Queen of the Seelie Court can be deprived of her powers if
her crown is stolen. Even, Gwyn, who leads the Wild Hunt, must yield authority
to any who steals his cloak.” Is this why she is in hiding? Julian and Emma
were whipped for this information: it’s
My theory: Princess Nerissa knew the Seelie Queen was off
her rocker and capable of doing inordinate damage to her own people, so I think
she asked the Blackthorn brothers to help her hide the crown in the hopes of
diminishing the Seelie Queen’s power.
I think that Nerissa’s affair was with Arthur and not
Andrew, and when he wouldn’t break under fae questioning they punished him by
trying to break his mind. Julian: LM (pg120) “His lunacy, as the Clave would
have termed it, was to Julian’s mind a faerie-spun thing. If they had not
destroyed his sanity, they had planted the seeds of its destruction.” And Mark
says: LM (pg482) “ ‘Madness’ was the faerie word for it; it was a faerie
punishment, in fact, the bringing down of madness.”
I think fearing discovery of what Nerissa had done, Helen
and Mark were smuggled out of Faerie to the safety of Andrew’s Shadowhunter
Institute and the protection of the Clave, before the fae could use the
children as leverage against Nerissa and Arthur. I think Arthur’s mind was
broken at this point as a Faerie punishment because he wouldn’t reveal the
truth about where the crown was. Andrew took in the children as his own,
knowing Arthur wasn’t stable enough to raise them.
When the Faerie convoy comes to the Institute, Julian asks
Arthur if he knows why, and with a casualness Arthur tells him: LM (119)
“Perhaps Nerissa would know.” It’s with a familiarity that seems like he wasn’t
in the thrall of being tortured for seven years. It is known that the fae wove so many illusions for the brothers, much
like when Mark first returned, that everything of their testimony before the
Clave is suspect. They fae are brilliant at lies for truth and truth in lies. In
Arthur’s mind, he knows where to find the Crown and it may have been one of the
reasons the L.A. Institute is attacked by Sebastian and Meliorn. Finding the
Crown may pull in a plot thread for what the Queen of Air and Darkness is
So, was Nerissa discovered and imprisoned? Will Mark and
family find her alive and learn the truth? Could she be reunited with Arthur
and cure him of the faerie punishment? OR…If she is dead: how does the line of
succession in the Seelie Court work? If the Seelie Queen dies, and Nerissa was
a Princess, could the next in line for Queen be Helen?
–And has anyone seen Gwyn wearing his cloak?
LM(pg199) Mark: “They told me I had no choice but to leave
the Hunt. That the King of the Unseelie Court had commanded it.” Since when
does the Unseelie King command the Hunt?
I think in terms of general politics, the Unseelie King is
making a move to take over all of Faerie. The chapters of LoS are based on
Poe’s poem Dreamland. The poem
describes a very fae-like place where the dead roam and is presumably ruled by
a Lord of Shadows. I think the King believes that the Black Volume of the Dead
will give him the power to become that Lord of Shadows. I think he already has
Gwyn’s cloak and is forcing an independent Wild Hunt to yield to his authority,
and the Queen’s on the run because she doesn’t have the Crown of Thorns and she
knows he’ll kick her ass. He wants to rule all
the Fae, not just the Unseelie Court, and this puts Faerie in the midst of
a civil war.
And that gives us the Dark Artifices: 1) Black Volume of the
Dead 2) Gwyn’s cloak 3) Crown of Thorns
And this is the backdrop that Emma and the Blackthorns will
be walking into when they go to rescue Kieran.
–And remember the Blackthorns didn’t technically fulfill
the deal. They never turned over Malcolm to the Court for justice (and the King
could care less about the murderer, he just thought the murderer had the book).
The Fae are very big on technicalities so they’re not just going to let Mark
go. They’ll press their claim. But, of course they could restrike a bargain:
The King want the Book, Gwyn wants his cloak and the Queen wants her crown. Any
of them would be willing help free Mark if they got what they wanted. Easy
Peasy. Kieran’s predicament could be a lure to bring the Blackthorns to Fae.
***(I think someone will become the Lord of Shadows, but it
won’t be the King…stay tuned for Part 3 of my theories as to who it will be when
I go into my thoughts about who will die)***
else might the Blackthorns find in Fae….
Christine from Polandbanana books likes the theory of
Sebastian having a child with the Seelie Queen and it’s a good one— (even works
with my theory of Shadowhunter/Demon blood combo needed to procreate), but it’s
almost too obvious.
So, I have a twist… I wonder
about Kaelie Whitewillow and her brief fling with Jace Herondale. Remember, the fae knew Jace was a Herondale, even
while no one else did, and they are
trying to strengthen their bloodlines. Why would a Queen’s handmaiden be a
waitress in a restaurant in New York that Jace frequented—or bother to flirt
with him in the first place? And why would a waitress be the one the Seelie Queen
sent when the Dark War was over in the hopes of negotiating terms? That’s a weighty responsibility.
(COHF 639-) “Jocelyn Fairchild sat beside Maryse, but there
was no sign anywhere of Clary Fray or Jace Lightwood.” Jace wasn’t there and he
was the only one who maybe had a hope of convincing the Clave of leniency, but
why would he? Did Kaelie think she had leverage over him?
What if it isn’t Sebastian’s child in Faerie, but Jace’s?
I can picture Jules’ annoyance at this muttering to himself:
“Why can’t the Herondales ever keep track of their children?”
THE CRACKPOT ROAD OF FAE:
(If you haven’t recovered from the Jace thing above, please
take a break before you continue) …
Meliorn could lie because one of his parents was not fae. No
one ever talks about who his non fae parent was. Theory: Benedict Lightwood.
The man was infected with Demon Pox (there is a lovely song), so it still fits
the demon blood theory and would make him eligible for fatherhood of a fae—and
we know from the party Will and Tessa attended way back in the day (CP) he was
promiscuous, in case the Demon Pox didn’t give that away.
But, if so, that would have made Meliorn a Shadowhunter. One denied of his rightful name and place
within Shadowhunter society because of his mixed blood—Benedict Lightwood would
have considered him a dirty little secret. In terms of age: We don’t know how
long Shadowhunter/Fae children live, if their immortal or if their life span is
extended. We do know that time works differently in faerie and Mark hasn’t
aged, so Meliorn could easily have lived 100+ years. Meliorn could have plotted
retribution on the Clave for generations nursing a hatred against the Lightwood
name who refused to claim him, that only got worse after Robert Lightwood’s
actions with the Circle.
So…for my next big theory: If Meliorn was a Shadowhunter, he
could have entered anyplace a Shadowhunter could have, including the
Institutes. I think he exchanged baby Max for a changeling (revenge not just
for the Lightwood name, but punishment for Robert’s deeds while in the Circle)
and raised the biological Lightwood child as his foster son in Faerie.
The boy would have been turned against the Shadowhunters
with stories of the Circle, how the Clave treated their own in Mark and Helen
Blackthorn, and been privileged to a first-hand account of the Fae’s suffering
under the Cold Peace. He probably would believe that Meliorn rescued him from the Shadowhunters and
seeing as how his counterpart is dead (Sebastian did seem surprised at how
fragile their Max was), he may have a point. And seeing as how Alec killed his
‘father’—this could be an awkward future reunion. His age (if not screwy with
fae time), would coincide close with Dru’s.
He would make such an interesting character dynamic full of
anger and angst against the Clave, making Alec and Isabelle’s lives
miserable—the Clave would never trust him. The Wicked Powers is in five years’
time which would put him and Dru around 18, a good age for main characters and
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This post will be on the Aes Sidhe (sidhe is pronounced like shee), fairies or fae. Every writer writes the fae their own way, but some research and background information never hurt anyone. Remember that research is your bread and butter, folks.
Again, i would like to apologies for typos that will undoubtedly slip past me - the post is likely to be filled with red lines because of the faerie names and Irish words and my keyboard is obstinate on the best of days. (Seriously, if MS word can recognize some of the idiosyncrasies of the Hiberno-dialect, why can’t chrome? It has declared war on the letter s and made me doubt my spelling.)
(Also I am not going to rant about how a certain suethor made blood drinking creatures who more resemble the fae folk than actual vampires, but i will say for you to do your research and change the name of your supernatural creature if they match another creature more than the one you have named them after.)
What is a faerie?
Fairy, or faerie, is the term for a group of supernatural creatures who are said to be “neither in God’s nor the devil’s service” - that is, neither good nor evil. They are completely outside of religion - it does not interest them, and in certain cases the fae will leave someone alone if they ask for blessings from whatever deity or deities they worship.
Some say that faeries are the children of angels and demons, or that they are fallen angels who were indecisive during the fall and as such, were shown mercy. Before Christianity came to Ireland it was said that the fae were the Tuatha Dé Danann who had been driven underground by the Milesians - those who the Irish are now descended from. Still yet others claim that faeries escort the souls of the dead to heaven, while themselves being barred from it, or that they are themselves dead souls undergoing penance for past actions before they may be admitted to heaven.
Whatever the truth, the fae now live underground in a land where time does not pass as it does on the surface - three short days underground could equal three centuries above, a few hours could be a century. (It does seem to fluctuate a bit)
The faerie court
Each faerie household contains a king, a queen and a fool. King Fionvarra rules over all western faeries alongside his queen, Oonagh (I suspect this may be an Anglicization as Úna is far more common/correct in Irish, much like how the second “n” got added to Conor when it started being used outside of Ireland. Yes google, I am sure that Conor is the correct spelling, you’re the one in the wrong here so stop bloody highlighting it!!!! My apologies for that rant, I am bad with computers. Now let us return to our scheduled posting.)
The fool, or amadan (fool, male only, there’s a separate word for female fool, Oisean. An “i” gets added before the “n” in both cases to make a plural. the spelling amadawn is another Anglicization.) stays within the faerie borders except for June. for that month, he wanders about in mortal lands wild and half naked, dashing mortal wits out. Yes, you read that correctly, he essentially goes about hitting people with whatever is on hand and in the process reduces their IQ by a considerable amount. Worse still, there is no cure.
It is a mostly forgotten fact that only male children are stolen from the cradle. Females are stolen closer to adulthood, essentially being chosen to become a faerie chief’s lover for seven years, at which point they will be returned as a withered hag. Sometimes the fae will take an adult of either gender, usually to perform some task for them or to marry a chief or queen. In the former case, if they complete the task, the fae will allow them to return, rich and successful beyond their dreams. A human taken to nurse a sick faerie might return as a world renowned doctor, for example.
In any case, the fae leave behind a substitute encased in a glamour charm. this could be anything from a log to a dying faerie child to a human who was stolen and has now grown old (the fae like humans to die among their own when the time comes), who will soon grow ill and die.
A number of brutal “cures” were used to force the fae to return the original child, including using foxglove to “burn the entrails out of the faerie”. Of course, in all cases, this was just an innocent child being tortured to death - do not try this at home, or any other such “cure”. if you really feel the need to test someone for faerieness, WAIT UNTIL THEY CAN EAT PROPERLY and give them some jam and bread. When they eat it you will know that your fears are completely unfounded. The fae cannot stomach human food of any description. There is no reason to hurt an innocent child.
I do not think anyone would actually do such a thing, but one must cover their own back, yes?
It was also believed possible for one to enter the faerie fort and take back the child, provided they had not drank three times of the er, enchanted milk. Yes, i just balked at putting the word starting with b in there, purely because of the whole enchanted milk thing. Yeesh. Excuse me… I need the brain bleach.
Much better. Where was I? Ah, yes.
In the case of a stolen wife her husband could attack the faeries when they are abroad and rescue her that way, or by taking the impostor’s girdle, burning it and burying the pin from it.
The Leprechaun and the Cluricaun
Leprechauns make shoes. They are not caricatures of the Irish. please stop using them as such. They wear grey coats, a leather apron, and a red hat for a bit of colour. They are foul-mouthed and generally disagreeable. They guard faerie treasure, and each leprechaun’s entrusted horde is marked by a rainbow. if found and caught, a leprechaun will tell a mortal where the treasure is, but as soon as they get a chance they will thwart the would be thief. In one case a man marked the tree one such rove was buried under with a red cloth. He made the leprechaun swear not to touch the cloth or the treasure while he left to get a shovel, and when he returned every tree in the forest had a red cloth tied ‘round it.
Clurichauns are either close cousins of the leprechauns or simply extremely drunken leprechauns on a spree. either way, the leprechauns deny any association to the cluricauns. cluricauns look exactly like leprechauns save a reddish nose - potentially the result of too much alcohol - and clothing.
The Fear Dearg
A near relation to the leprechaun who enjoys mischief making. Nothing amuses him more than mortal terror. One should say “Ná déan magadh fúm” or “Do not mock me” when encountering a fear dearg to prevent oneself becoming part of some cruel trick or game. strangely enough, the fear dearg show not malice, but favour through their tricks - if thy trick you, you have something they want to see. They might terrorize a modest musician into giving them a performance, for example.
They will attach themselves to certain houses and will expect a certain treatment, such as food and drink being left out when the household goes to bed.
The fear dearg is good natured and will bring good luck to his targets. (How is natured not a word asdfghjkl!)
Merrows and Silkies
Male merrows will sit by the sea in any weather, scanning for brandy that has been lost with a wreckedship. Female merrows find them repulsive and instead seek to tease mortal men. Both genders wear a cap and have webbed fingers.
If a fisherman manages to take a female merrow’s cap, she will forget her life in the sea. The fishermen inevitable fail to destroy or adequately hide the cap, and once found, the female merrow will try it on and remember her life in the sea.
Silkies are seals by day and humans by night. They will obey anyone who holds their seal skin, which they shed every evening and leave on the sand. If they marry a human who then becomes lost at sea, they will sing from the cliffs to guide their spouse home.
Banshees are not the causes of death, merely a harbinger. Banshees will attach themselves to an old family (descended from the Milesians) ans will wail upon the death of a family member. They are exclusively female and can be found washing the shirts of those not long for this world. Banshees love their families and will exult at their great deeds and good fortunes, following them to distant lands and attending their funerals unseen.
Sometimes seen in the company of the banshee, the dullahan appears where a mortal dies. He drives a black carriage with six headless horses and gathers the souls of the dead. He strikes any living being to see him blind.
The Lianhan Shee
The Lianhan Shee, or love faerie, seeks the love and dominion over mortal men. There is only one Lianhan Shee, and she is more a force than anything, for all faeries who love are said to become one with her and to the mortal man who longs for her she is the only one. No one has ever described the Lianhan Shee. She insists upon her lovers entering Tír na nÓg (land of the young).
There are many other types of faerie, but this post is getting long, so i’m going to stop here.
I hope this post helps with writing inspiration/research!