Faeries, Pt. 3
Culture: Faerie society has, traditionally, been divided into four tribes, known as “courts”, each named for one of the four seasons. The Faeries of each court are intrinsically linked with the season for which their court is named, and their respective dispositions and cultural differences stem from that link.
The Faeries of the Summer Court are known for being particularly vain and overbearing. They are the most boisterous of the Faeries, and tend to want to be the ones in charge. When a Summer Faerie is set on something, little will deter them from their course. They are also the quickest to anger, having tempers as hot as the season that is their namesake. The Summer Faeries have a great respect for the Sun Goddess, far more so than other Faeries, though they do not actually worship her. The Forest God is the primary object of their devotion.
The Faeries of the Spring Court are known for being the friendliest of the Faeries, and are generally the ones who try to keep the peace between the four courts. With a great passion for life, the Spring Faeries go to great lengths to preserve the Forest Gods’ creations and are jealously protective of the Faeries’ mystical forest home. As friendly as they may be, the Spring Faeries won’t hesitate to kill those who threaten their forest, even other Faeries.
The Faeries of the Autumn Court are among the more mischievous Faeries, and have a deep respect for death. The Autumn Faeries do not fear death, nor do they view it as a negative thing. To them, death is simply a part of the natural cycle of life, not to be avoided. Unsurprisingly, the Autumn Faeries hold the Twin Gods of Death in high regard, as well as the Moon Goddess. The Autumn Faeries are often the ones who undertake the less savory occupations of Faerie society, which may include the disposal of dying trees, the butchering of animals, and even assassinations. It may come as no surprise that Autumn Faeries are the most likely to enjoy eating meat.
The Faeries of the Winter Court are known for their wisdom and patience. They are the least brazen of the Faeries, and the most cautious. Whenever the Faerie race faces a dire problem, the courts always turn to the elders of Winter for guidance. They are, however, often seen as cold, emotionless, and aloof, and the other courts often prefer not to associate with them unless it is necessary. This has led the Winter Court to be rather isolated throughout the Faeries’ history, and has been the source of internal conflicts in the past. The Winter Faeries’ preferred deity is the Moon Goddess, who they view as the progenitor of the Faerie race.
The Faerie Courts were created by the Forest God himself, after the Faeries first arrived in Siolta. He believed that if the Faeries were to be the guardians of nature, they must understand all aspects of it, and so he bound them each to one of the four seasons.
The Faeries of each court do have some physical differences, mostly in the color of their wings, hair, and eyes.
Summer Faeries may have green, red, gold, or orange wings, and their hair may be red, blonde, or brown. Their eyes are most often green, but may also be blue or gold.
Spring Faeries may have green, gold, or pink wings, and their hair is most often blonde or red. Their eyes are most often green, but may also be blue.
Autumn Faeries may have red, gold, or orange wings, and their hair is usually brown or red. Their eyes are often red, gold, or purple, and sometimes green.
Winter Faeries may have blue, white, silver, or purple wings, and their hair is often blonde or silver. Their eyes are usually an icy blue, but may also be a faint purple.
The Faeries’ taste in clothing varies from elaborate gowns and robes (favored by the nobility) and minimalist, scanty garb (favored more so by the common folk). Clothing styles are largely consistent between the courts, though each court usually favors colors that go better with their respective hair and wing colors.
Each court is overseen by a queen, who, historically, has had varying amounts of power. Faerie society is heavily matriarchal, and only women may ascend to the throne of each court.
All Faeries, regardless of their court affiliation, adore music and dancing. Parties and more formal balls are held often, especially in times of strife between the courts. Nothing brings the Faeries together more than a dance and some good music.
In the long-distant past, the Faeries were ruled solely by a council made up of the elders of each court. The head of the council, who held the power to veto and approve decisions, was always a queen of one of the courts. Which court’s queen headed the council was determined by the seasons themselves, and each queen would serve a roughly three-month term each year during her court’s respective season.
Currently, however, the Summer Court has come to dominate Faerie politics, and their leader, the so-called “Emerald Queen” has ruled over the Faerie lands for centuries. And while the council does still exist, its primary function is now simply to serve as an advisory body to the queen.