I saw this tree and it immediately struck me as a faery tree. So I had to photodiode photoshop it. This was about 8:30pm on the terrace at Bückingsgarten beer garden at Marburger Schloss in Marburg, Germany.
The best ink thing I have ever done, and again, old, but this still lives in my portfolio.
I was in this really high concept Changeling: The Dreaming game, wherein we played characters remembering their past lives backwards through time, chronicling the important events that shaped modern London. We helped WWI era soldiers, swooned in victorian opium dens, dealt with Charles and the concept of Kingship, and the romantic poets, and Chaucer, and Elizabethian politics, and so very much more. This was Invidiana, one of our re-occurring villains, the shadow queen of Faerie in contrast to Elizabeth.
Our GM took some of the story seeds from this game, the ideas that really stuck with her, filed off all the serial numbers, developed them all to herself, and now you can read the books to which this game was the ancestor:
Marie Brennan’s Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lie, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire
And I will forever pimp them because they are *excellent* and impeccably researched and intricately plotted.
These books look pretty cool.
Malphas divides fae into three types
-physical land-based (fae that live in earth)
-etheric realm land-based (fae that live in spirit realms)
-archtype realm (the dream realms are a part of this)
it’s the archtype realm/dreamscapes fae that are the most dangerous, the most fickle, the least constant, because at that level its more pure raw emotion and less logic. this is the kind that fairy tales talks about. Malphas is fond of eating these little fuckers. Etheric Realm and Physical land-based fae have cognitive levels that are closer to meat creatures and humans.
background reading: http://faildemon.weebly.com/astral-geography.html
just reblogging to hang on to and think about.
not sure if this is an odd question at all, but are any fae’s known to be able to shift at all? like, can fae shift into animals at all?
if not, how much do the bodies of fae vary?
Either actual shapeshifting or illusory changing of appearance (a.k.a. glamour) is very commonly attributed to the fae. Also, some just have animal characteristics integrated into their usual/favored forms to begin with, such as ears, tails, etc. The bodies of the fae can vary widely in appearance because of these abilities to shift and to change appearance according to either their own desire or the expectations of the viewer.
Interview clip with Bob (RJ) Stewart on the Faery Tradition
As for any other communities, I do not identify with the multiple community, despite being multiple. I identify with the fictionkin community, but not generally with the fictive community. I front all the fucking time, so I often feel more like fictionkin than a “SoulBond” or a fictive, despite not having lived here since birth like fictionkin generally have.
If I understood you correctly when you described what you meant by being vampirekin (the thread with Sylvere), I can see how technically that could be counted as fictionkin, since you seem to draw your imagery/identity not from older folklore, nor the paradigm of much of the modern psyvamp community which seems to define itself as essentially human plus this condition or state of being (needing life force/psychic energy for health), but from modern portrayals of vampires. But the same could be said for a lot of faery otherkin, myself included, and I don’t think of myself or of them as fictionkin. I tend to apply the word “fictionkin” only when the kintype something specific found in a certain work, not this kind of broad amalgamation. IMO this is more like imagery arising out of mythic patterns in consciousness that also manifests itself in modern fiction, art, film, etc.
I’ve always had strong conviction that I have faeblood (tendencies) in me… From when I was a wee-one and onward. But after looking at pretty fae things that make my heart all warm and tingly- I stumbled upon something called ‘Otherkin’.
Curious, I researched the word on the internets-… And started seeing words like ‘dragonkin’, ‘therian’, and lastly ‘faekin’.
HEY, HEY NOW, WE NOT LAST. HARUMPH.
The last of these stuck out to me- so I delved deeper. Otherkin.net is where I was led.
A place I recommend in general, although sadly not well maintained these days. Consider adding yourself to the directories both there and on dreamhart.org. I won’t bore you with a long list of other sites to check out right here in this post, but I have something I put in PDF form for handing out at the otherkin meetup my husband and I did at PantheaCon a couple weeks ago: http://otherkin.eristic.net/otherkinlinks.pdf (that’s my website; http://otherkin.eristic.net is — duh? — the otherkin and faery section)
All my life, people have commented how I’m like a ‘fairy’. How I act unconsciously, how I look. All the internal conflict and years of clinical depression and flirting with suicide because I have always been and always be ‘odd’ and ‘eccentric’? It. Makes. Sense.
Things which of course humans can exhibit as well, so, inconclusive in and of themselves, just sayin’, but that capslocky feeling of OH IS THAT THE WORD IT ALL MAKES SENSE NOW can be meaningful.
For the first time, it feels like I’m starting to make sense to myself.
So this is where, if we were on Facebook, I would put my status to “It’s complicated”. Because seriously, when is identity ever not complicated?
The difficulty with “fairy” is that my own definition does not fully apply to myself. Mainly that I wasn’t sapient, essentially functioning as a drone for a larger entity. So, I’ve been poking around at “elemental”, which (structurally-speaking) fits much better. The main difference, to me, between fairies and elementals is that elementals are much more intertwined with nature and are less self-aware. If you’d like an analogy, think of a river. The eddies and waves are elementals, distinguishable from the water around them but still part of it. Fairies are the fish that swim in the river; they depend on the water but are separate from it.
Herein lies the problem. There is no doubt in my mind that, when I was not human, I was an elemental or an extension of one. But here and now? I identify with fairy much much more strongly, and I have many of the traits that one associates with faykin. So what am I, exactly? An elemental or a fairy? My brain and my gut instinct disagree, and that’s all I have to explore my claims.
A fraught question, to be sure! IME, there’s a good deal of overlap between elementals and certain “orders” of the fae, especially when it comes to natural features: Is something dwelling in a river a water elemental or a river faery? Is something associated with a mountain an earth elemental or a mountain/stone faery? Etc. There are kinds of fae who fit well with the “drone” mentality you describe, and others who have very independent spirits/minds. Your analogy about fish which depend on the river but are not essentially a part of it is not bad at all, for certain kinds. Generally I would rather trust instinct than brain - which feels more comfortable to say about yourself? - but don’t necessarily credit it as obviously correct, either.