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« on: 08 November 2002, 03:49:00 »

OK, a few notes to go with this, first is that COA and Natural Resources have not been included as they are not applicable to the Pixie clans and the Void respectively.

Lastly, don't expect to understand all of it right now, as I've made references to some things which haven't been put up yet i.e. the Gods.

UPDATE Now revised, to be all mythical-like (hopefully.) Please give me your comments on any sections which may seem too realistic.

Intro:- Even those within Sorren who firmly believe that the Fae are childish Faerietales have a few niggling doubts and questions to whether or not this race may actually exist. This is due to the well-known story of Jakata the Wise, who supposedly left the Void to enter Sorren many years ago, in order to educate the world of the Fae. According to the myths, when she returned to the Void she left behind her documents and teachings, and it is believed that it was from these that many of the tales, or, for the inhabitants of Auerilin facts, that most knowledge of the mythical races originate. With the Pixies, there seems to be more than for the others. Why? If Jakata did exist, and was a Pixie, them obviously she would know more of her race than others. So, think many people, are the Fae for real? Surely the information known on the Pixies is far too detailed for them to be just a myth? Perhaps this question will never be answered. Perhaps it is better if it is not.

Overview:- The Pixies are the well-learned of the Fae. It is said that they live in clans, together in villages. They record, study and tell the histories and myths of the races within the Void. They see Léarin, Goddess of Wisdom, as head of their race and worship her above all others, due to her believed infinite knowledge which all Pixies, whether they care to admit it or not, supposedly wish to receive.

Tales say that the Pixies live the longest of all the Fae, up to twenty generations, which is roughly four hundred years old.

Pixies are pacifists, unwilling to fight except for in defence. So, although they possess a natural aptitude for destructive Mind Magic, few tend to study it in depth although most do have a little knowledge of it, mainly for defence purposes. Interestingly, some continents actually describe the Pixies as possibly being the strongest of all the Fae, as their Mind Magic is so powerful.

The goal for any Pixie is to educate as many people as possible about the histories and myths of the Fae via the methods of his/her trade.  

Appearance:- This is perhaps the only race of Fae that the people throughout Sorren agree on their appearance. They are seen to be relatively short, about one and a quarter peds in height. Their skin is as a human in colour, but rougher, and with very little bodily hair, although some are drawn with small beards. They have slim, petite bodies – you rarely see a fat Pixie, as it would be uncharacteristic for the fabled race, fat being a sign of laziness and overindulgence, which all Pixies supposedly hate. Fingers are long – disproportionate to the body. The face is rounded, with large, quirky eyes that are either a green or blue colour. Hair grows straight in most natural shades, and some are illustrated with more unusual colours including blue and purple. Both sexes tend to grow their hair long, never styled, as that would also be uncharacteristic – people believe styling would be seen as unnecessary by the Pixies, and discouraged.  

Pixies are not fans of beauty products and spending time in front of a mirror. In nearly all impressions of their appearance, they are plain. As it was supposedly written by Jakata herself

“Although they wish to look presentable, they do only what is necessary.”

Territory:- It has never been believed or written that the Pixies have a specific territory. Aside from the fact that it is hard to define the land in the Void into viable sections, or territories, it is commonly thought that the Pixies like to be as spread out as possible, in clans, in order to reach as many Fae as they are able with their tales and histories. However, most people believe that they would have a preference for flat ground in an open area, as this is where they could successfully build their traditional single storey houses.

People:- The nature of the Pixies is never debated. They are seen as the hard-working race of Fae. They are also kind, gentle and loving but that is coupled with a steadfast, solemn nature that is only relaxed at a few times in their life. It has been writted that they can fly into a violent rage though, especially when a Pixie child is concerned. Children throughout Sorren love to hear of the naughty, mischievous Pixie children. Pixie children, for an unknown reason, are seen as the most mischievous and frustrating of all the Fae. They even outclass Sprites in their sheer pursuance of creating as much havoc and chaos as possible. This stage lasts for as long as a generation, which is roughly twenty Sorren years. In stories, many a harassed mother or father have been known to reach a near-breakdown state due to their child(ren.) However, they will not under any circumstance resort to violence with them due to their pacifist nature, the Pixies are written to prefer to send a child away to mull over what he/she has done. This is due to their natural tendency to be pacifists, not wanting to cause any pain or hurt. Strangely enough, it is thought that this unusual story of the Pixie children came about as a way of showing adults throughout Sorren that it is possible to punish children without violence!

The Pixies have always been said to have an astounding ability with Mind Magic. It is theorised that this is due to the fact that their mind is constantly at work and so more developed than those of other races. This ability can help them with their respective trades, for example experienced Tellers can, quite literally, draw their audience in to a tale, make them be there and experience the raw power and emotions of what is being told. Also there are a rare few Pixies who can draw the magical Xan directly from the Void and so are able to perform Magic effectively, much to the envy of some other Fae.

The Pixies do not have any sort of order system. There is no head of a clan. The only distinction is experience, and this is indicated by a coloured sash worn around the midriff. There are ten levels of experience. This interesting system is actually employed by some guilds within Auerilin, it is suspected that some of the original stories about the sash system within the Pixies have become intermingled with the Auerilin way.

Level 1, Yellow Sash, indicates an apprentice, just started in his/her trade, being tutored with several others. This stage can last up to half a generation.
Level 2, Sapphire Sash, indicates top pupil, just about to graduate from an apprenticeship.
Level 3, White Sash, indicates that he/she is newly qualified in their trade.
Level 4, Crimson Sash, indicates that the Pixie has spent at least a generation in their trade.
Level 5, Lilac Sash, indicates that the Pixie has been working for at least two generations. Generally, graduation to this level is made after different tasks have been completed in the various trades. For a Teller, it is after his/her first telling of a grand tale, that is one of the major tales from a history book. For a Scholar, it is after they have studied and understood all the major histories. For a Recorder, it is after they have made a copy of one of the major histories.

For the next three levels generations do not matter, the sash is given when the Pixie is deemed worthy by the rest of his/her village.

Level 6, Green Sash,
Level 7, Ebony Sash, this is the Level at which the Pixie may take apprentices to train,
Level 8, Bronze Sash, it is at this Level that most Pixies are not able advance any further.

For the final two levels, there are requirements that must be fulfilled for the Pixies to gain the sash.

Level 9, Silver Sash, This indicates that the Pixie has discovered, or made a breakthrough in his/her trade. An example of this would be finding an understanding to some piece of the histories previously not understood. Receivers of this sash are also Pixies who have been granted an audience with one of the Gods.

Level 10, Gold Sash, Very few Pixies attain to this level. It indicates that they have done something truly remarkable, not only in their trade but perhaps something that extended beyond the line of duty.

It is said that the Pixies know the most of life beyond the Void, even if that is only an inkling, due to the fact that they are the only race to study in depth the tales and myths.

Housing:- It has always been said that Pixies live close to the ground, in single storey buildings. The biggest room in the house is always the library and the second largest in size tends to be a writing room or study. There is very little decoration, except for in the library. All Pixies houses have a small shrine to Léarin, and the family will gather to worship the Goddess at various moments.

Most Pixie houses are built in circles around one main area where the grand library is situated, which houses copies of the ancient texts and also a stage for young tellers to practice their trade.

Clothing:- What is believed to be due to their devotion to their work, Pixies are said to wear simple clothing, generally in dull colours. For females a long, fitted, plain dress-like shift is worn, mostly in a brown or orange colour. The corresponding sash of experience accompanies the outfit. Jewellery in abundance is scarce and generally frowned upon, however earrings are perhaps the only widely accepted form of decoration, with all others being seen as unnecessary detractions.

The males also tend to wear a shift of some sort, but it is not fitted to the body like the female version. They also have the option of a tunic-like shirt and trousers. As always, the corresponding sash of experience is worn. Most male Pixies tie their long hair back with a strip of cloth for practicality.

Shoes are not worn as the soles of a Pixie’s feet are hard and cancel the need for them.

Food:- It is said that the Pixies will not eat anything that once roamed the land alive and free, making them exclusively vegetarian. Whilst they enjoy a good meal of various fruit and vegetables, they also have a special type of cuisine that involves flowers. Whilst most other races, on Sorren and within the Void, look upon flowers as being a pretty distraction and inedible, Pixies have found a way to harness their flavours and can cook wonderful tasting dishes with them.

Weapons:- The Pixies are almost completely pacifist. However, they understand and recognise the need for being able to handle weapons, should unfriendly Fae (usually the Glinkli) attack. So, most learn how to handle a weapon similar to a human bow, called the Cacherta. Their real weapon though is their powerful Mind Magic, of which the destructive skills within (Telegenesis and Telekinesis) can successfully fend off some assaults upon the Pixies.

Occupations:- The majority of the Pixies fall into one or more of three categories.
-        Recorders. The Recorders are the Pixie folk who spend their time cataloguing events, past and present. They also copy old texts in order to preserve them, and attend meetings in order to know what has happened, why, and to write it down for future generations to know. They can be in great demand as only very few members of the other Fae races take time to learn how to read and write.
-        Scholars. The Scholars spend their lives studying the old texts and histories, trying to understand and comprehend so that the mysteries of the Fae can be understood. Theirs is perhaps the most tedious task, however, those Pixies who choose to become Scholars seem to enjoy the quest for understanding and knowledge that they undertake. Very few Scholars are known outside of their own Pixies clans, except to perhaps some High Faeries, as they tend to be immersed in their work for most of the time, having very few moments to socialise.
-        Tellers. The Tellers are those who construct the great myths and legends of the Fae, and of the Gods. They also ‘tell’ the histories to any willing audience, forever attempting to educate people in the days gone by. They are widely travelled throughout the Void – if a Pixie is ever seen away from its home then the likelihood is that it is a Teller, out on a mission. Fae love to hear a Teller tell, especially if he/she is of a high experience, as they possess a unique ability (probably due to the Pixies ability with Mind Magic) to express themselves so well that the audience is drawn into the tale with the Teller. A famous Teller, who was also a Recorder, is Jakata the Wise, the only known Pixie to travel from the Void to Sorren. She bought with her the tales and knowledge of the Fae that is still the only reliable source.

As well as being well versed in their main trades, all Pixies have a ‘side’ trade. This may be something like a cook or a baker, as a village needs to run and obviously cannot without the Pixies being trained in various other professions.

Government:- Some people believe that the Pixies have some sort of head of clan, but most believe that the Pixies live in what could be called a communist society. There are no leaders or rulers, they look to Leárin as head of their race. Everything is shared and given the nature of Pixies this system works well. Perhaps the only segregation amongst them is what level of experience they have achieved. It is only natural however, to look up to and revere someone who is older and wiser than you, and this admiration does not dent the peaceful equality that reigns supreme throughout the Pixies.

Production/Trade:- It is thought that Pixies trade in their knowledge. There are many tales that the children of Sorren enjoy that are supposedly Pixie histories, so it would not be strange to assume that the Faeries and Sprites would also enjoy Tellers recounting the myths and the histories. It is written that it has been known for some Fae to travel some way to hear a highly experienced Teller, to experience the wonders of their voices and expressions. Recorders also are in demand by other Fae, even Glinkli, as all races understand the importance of the histories, so that deeds of past Fae can be known and recorded. In a way, there is an element of pride – to be able to say that your name has been put down on parchment to be in the histories is something indeed. High Faeries also enlist the help of the Scholars to decipher old texts. So, Pixies tend to never be short of work.

Holidays, Festivals and Observances:- The Pixies are not a race that are over-enamoured with festivals and holidays, unlike the Sprites. It is written however, that they do have a few staunch traditions. The first is when a Pixie child finally enters into adulthood, leaving behind the naughty ways of his or her youth. It is then that their destiny is chosen, whether they are to become a Teller, a Scholar or a Recorder. They are subjected to a test by the five greatest experienced Pixies within their clan. The test is different for every Pixie, and at the end of it they leave with the knowledge of their future. It is immediately after this that they enter the family home for the last time as a child, to pack what belongings they may possess and to formally leave their parents. Then the transition to adulthood is complete.

Another tradition that is held dear is that of a joining between two Pixies. This is perhaps the only occasion members of this race allow themselves to forget their work and become totally immersed in the joys of life. They allow themselves to wear colourful clothes, indulge in jewellery and beauty products and decorate in such a way that would be highly unacceptable in normal Pixies life. A binding ceremony is not a solemn occasion that is such with human ceremonies. It involves not only the happy couple, but the entire clan(s) from where they originate. They all declare a reason why the two Pixies should be together (and this is done in one simultaneous roar) before separating the happy couple. Once separate, the vows are taken, and with each vow a step is taken towards the bride/groom until the final vow is said, and they kiss to seal the ceremony. Following this a huge party is thrown, where copious amounts of drink is consumed, much frivolity undertaken and many things said and acted which would normally been kept inside the quiet, considerate Pixies. The party only ends upon declaration of the newly-joined couple.

Important Achievements:- Without the Pixies, nothing would be recorded and thus remembered. They are the foundation stones of the Fae, perhaps the only race with any links left to true reality.

:D   :D   :D  

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« Reply #1 on: 08 November 2002, 04:54:00 »

Do they die from old ages, or will they live for ever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever?

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« Reply #2 on: 08 November 2002, 11:12:00 »

Forever would be nice.....They are mythical, after all.


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« Reply #3 on: 09 November 2002, 03:55:00 »

Actually... they don't and can't live forever... even though they are supposedly mythical - as that skill is only available to the twelve high Faeries who are the Gods (entry currently being worked on!)

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« Reply #4 on: 09 November 2002, 16:18:00 »

So...
Wait.
The pixies are a tribe of Fae?
Okay.
How many tribes will there be?
If they're meant to be mythical, there can't be too many.
Or widespread.
Just wanted to drop that by.


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« Reply #5 on: 12 November 2002, 07:54:00 »

There are only five tribes. It could be said that technically there are only four... long story...

Ummmmm... is there anything wrong with this? Is it OK? Any adjustments need to be made?

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« Reply #6 on: 18 November 2002, 15:46:00 »

*Deleted, as no longer relevant*

BUT... this has now been revised. :D . Hopefully something can be done about it.

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« Reply #7 on: 11 December 2002, 11:57:00 »

Perhaps I'm a bit behind the times here, as I don't spend a lot of time in this forum, and have only just caught up with the whole Fae/Pixie discussion... but...

Why are these here?  Why have they been created at all?  I don't see any cross-referencing of this 'new race' to any area of the Sorren/Ae're'aichan universe at all - except the Void.

Is the Void a simple excuse for creating things that don't seem to match up or fit into Santharian culture?  Can anyone make up a peculiar beast, far-out plant, or unique race and just say it lives in the Void, therefore it does not need to be integrated into what already exists?

As far as I can see, the Fae and their subset, the Pixies, are an independently-created concept which have been grafted onto the edge - literally! - of Sorren.  Yes, they are fantasy, but they are not Tolkienian fantasy - which was the original inspiration for the Dream.    Yes, they are detailed and well-worked out, and consistent within themselves - but they are not consistent with the general content and flavour of Sorren.

I am genuinely puzzled by this, and my questions are not merely an aggressive stylistic detail,  but a genuine desire for information on this matter.  If someone can explain how the Fae belong in Ae'er'aichan, or why they were approved as a new race (even as a mythical new race), I should be most appreciative.

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« Reply #8 on: 11 December 2002, 13:40:00 »

Bard,
In a word:
Mythology.
pixies are being approached from the viewpoint that old wives will have tales, and missing keys will be blamed on nonprovable things. Basically, all we know about pixies are what we have heard in the tavern, in the nursery, etc. No one has actually *seen* one.


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« Reply #9 on: 11 December 2002, 16:54:00 »

Their void creatures Bardy.

The void isn't a particularly Tolkienesque idea either, so it seems only fitting that they be inhabited by rather un-tolkienesque creatures.........

The void's its whole own world...... and a world that no one knows anything about particularly.......

The idea was originally simply to give a basis for fairy stories, but it grew as these things so often do.

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« Reply #10 on: 11 December 2002, 20:52:00 »

Thanks for the quick response, you two...


Then I must still ask why the in-credible (in both senses) amount of detail is included for a supposedly mythological society?  With all of the current passion for faery tales and faeries in contemporary Terra, there is no equivalent to this sort of comprehensive compendium entry...

Sash levels?  Marriage rites?  Occupations of various Fae?  

This would be appropriate - and appreciated - in a clan/tribe entry.  In fact, I am sincerely reluctant to argue this point, since I can understand the amount of work and creativity that has gone into it.

But... simply adding in a few phrases like "it is believed that" does not make up for the numerous other details that add credibility, realism, and three-dimensional effect to this submission!  It really is a shame that Artemis could not have spent the time to develop an elf tribe or halfling family, with this amount of effort and thoughtfulness.  As it is - it does not have the flavor of mythology/fantasy but rather of reality - that is, the reality of Santharia!


I hope I'm not confusing anyone with this last distinction.  Technically, everything submitted to this site is sheer fantasy (you didn't hear me say that, really!) which we try to make convincing and believable.  

Sometimes I really am convinced that there is such a realm as Ae'er'ai'chan, and I simply am a recorder for what I already believe to exist!  (you didn't hear me say that, either....)

Anyone else have a perspective/explanation/philosophic theory about this issue?


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« Reply #11 on: 11 December 2002, 21:09:00 »

OI,oi,oi, Judith, don't cross the way with one of my grandparents, you won't believe how well faeries and stuff can be explained in great detail!

Anywayy you're right that the current tone is too definete for a mythological race. Though you should not forget that about any of the higher demon is mythological as well but myths are just a scratch away from reality in a fantasy realm so though they might not have all features described in the entries but they come close.

For the faeries I'd try to give them more symbolism, then all the details would make sense in the myths because they've a meaning..
In that respect occupations and other stuff should get more a symbolic place for a theoretical occupation. "These are the Pixies that work all day to create the most wonderful toys, these sing to calm the winds...." just a weird example I'd head into that direction!

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« Reply #12 on: 11 December 2002, 21:44:00 »

"Sometimes I really am convinced that there is such a realm as Ae'er'ai'chan, and I simply am a recorder for what I already believe to exist!"

Hey, I only write what Greybark sends me.....8)  


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« Reply #13 on: 12 December 2002, 08:05:00 »

OK then...

*sits down and takes a DEEP breath*

Right.

Bard Judith - thankyou. You've actually pointed out some things which need explaining. Like you said, you've just recently stumbled across all this Fae business.

Do they fit? Well, I wasn't sure myself when I started. But, I had a conversation with Artimidor, when I offered to stop work on these Fae if he felt that they just didn't fit in with what was already here. However, he said he felt that they could be added, as long as it remains that the existence of them is questionable.

"But... simply adding in a few phrases like "it is believed that" does not make up for the numerous other details that add credibility, realism, and three-dimensional effect to this submission!"

So... the detail. Too much? Perhaps yes. But perhaps no. The thing is, that some people within Sorren actually believe that the Fae exist. No questions about it. These live mainly near the Void and Auerilin (ACK! It never looks as if I've spelt that right.) So these people would see the Fae as living, breathing creatures who go about their lives within the Void, trading and working and sleeping etc. So, for them, the idea of them being realistic is important. They believe the old tales and stories that Jakata the Wise (I suggest you read about her :D ) left, which has enable such detailed descriptions, parts of which has actually been interwoven within their lives. For example, I have this idea that the sash system attributed to the Fae could actually be implemented within some guilds within Auerilin. Perhaps the system was already there way before Jakata came along, or it was just something that the people believed the Pixies would use.

For the people who believe them to be just a myth, well, I've tried to add the it is said etc, to make it understood that not everything is believed, and not everything is known. I know it still has a 3D real effect around it, BUT so do the entries for the Gods, and Demons, with detail, and you do not know that they are real! They are believed to be real by many people, but it does not necessarily mean that they are! This brings it back to my earlier point - some people within Sorren have 100% belief in them, so why should they not be detailed?

Also, if you think about myths and legends we have in our world, i.e. ancient greek and egyptian stories, such as Jason and the Argonauts, they are in so much detail, why couldn't something such as the Fae here be detailed? Perhaps one thing that would make it better would be more variation between places where the tales are told, but still, the general ideas and principles would be the same i.e. Pixies are small with long fingers, the High faeries are tall and graceful, the Sprites are small and have tiny wings etc etc etc.

About being grafted onto the edge... well, they are technically myths within Sorren (for most people anyway) so they're not going to fit exactly into the way that most people within Sorren would have to. I mean, not everything has to be explained, or spelt out the way Sorren would.

ARGH! I have to go now, a bunch of smelly children are invading this computer room. I will finish my comments either tomorrow, or sometime later today. I hope what I've said makes sense.

Oh yeah, just remembered - if everyone truly thinks that the Fae will never fit, then I've been contacted by someone who wants to use my ideas in a world of theirs. I've said no (obviously) but if they don't fit here, then I could say yes, so don't feel guilty if you're not slamming my work because you think that I've put so much effort into it and don't want to offend me or chase me away etc, because it has a place to go if you really don't want them.

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« Reply #14 on: 12 December 2002, 10:09:00 »

(:lol  @ Koldar's grandparents) - too true!

(nods gravely in Greybark's direction, little grin barely showing)

(looks over and bows as Artemis enters forum)

Thank you for taking the time to respond in so much detail, and with such evident care for your creations as well as the integrity of the Dream!

If our great sage has approved and guided the development of the Fae, I can surely make no protest against their inclusion in the Ae'er'aichan (something *I* never spell the same way twice) universe.  It seems that you have understood the points I wanted to make, and I hope you will consider them in any editing or further development of the Fae.

Perhaps less of an omniscient perspective - e.g. "The pixies are responsible for making the clothing for the Fae..." and more of a reporter's tone - "The people of the Marchendri area blame pixies for any missing item, and say that something tangled, torn, out of place has been 'pixied'..." would help to give the entry more of a mythological flavour?

In the same way it would be possible to describe the sash system, for example, as a side detail - "the system of coloured sashes which the XXX guild has used for centuries is said to have its origin in the YYY of the fae...in this system Masterbrewers wear orange, ....." etc. so that it adds a layer of information to our Sorren reality and is also linked to the mythology of the Fae.

I look forwards to your remaining comments, and trust we can dialog further on the matter.  I do hope you won't have to wipe too much gunk off the keys after the rugrats are ejected from the computer room? ;)

Regards from the Bard,
Judith




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