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Frost Faeries, more commonly known as Winter Sprites, are an immortal race of creatures that may not necessarily be native to Innworld.

Appearance Edit

The faeries are small enough to stand on a human's hand.[1] Their bodies, which have no breasts or other genitalia, look as though they are made of fluid ice and pure crystal. They have pupil-less eyes, sharp teeth, and dragonfly-like wings.[2]

Briefly, in Chapters 2.29, 5.11 E, and 6.44 E the Frost Faeries frozen crystal skin changed, and grew brighter, with the colors of spring running through their bodies, bright and green, the color of grass and sunlight and clear blue skies.

Under the effect of their glamor, they look like fuzzy shapes in blue and white to the people, monsters, and creatures of horror and blight of the world.

Powers and Abilities Edit

They can fly and conjure snow, ice and avalanches out of thin air. They are also capable of dropping the temperature and freezing anything that touches them. They can cast a Glamor on themselves so that mortals cannot hear them and they can't see their true forms.

Faerie magic affects the perceptions of reality - For example, they can make great distances appear much closer than they should be, and change the way people speak.

They can make a small sanctuary, where the air becomes warm, snow melts, and grass and flowers grow and flourish.

They can also move across paths beyond worlds.

Limitations and Weaknesses Edit

  • They fear cold Iron, as the mere contact with it leads to injuries. As a result, they won't enter buildings that are made of it.
  • Too much Iron interferes with their magic. In buildings that are made with it, they can't use their magic and it negates their glamor.
  • They can't enter private dwellings without an Invitation, while public places are technically under the same restriction, by the nature of them being public they give an open invitation to all comers.
  • Once they make a promise they can't break it without consequences.
  • Their Glamour can be seen through or broken under plenty of conditions, such as:
    • The eyes of Gods and cats.
    • Great masters of magic.
    • Standing in the right place under the full moon.[3]
    • Anyone who drank the secret drink of the fae.[3]
    • If they enter buildings with too much iron.[3]
    • If they are struck.

Background Edit

Winter Sprites appear at the beginning of every winter, as they are responsible for bringing the snow to the world, which was entrusted to them by their king.[4] They are presumed to be quite ancient, as they were friends of the Elves. They are immortal.

They can travel between worlds, and were on Earth in the past. When asked about their relationship to the Tuatha Dé Danann, Ivolethe denied that they were related to either the Tuatha or the Fomorians, and suggested that these mythical people as well as the hero Cú Chulainn walked other worlds which they visited. They left the Earth, apparently for environmental reasons, as Ivolethe put it: “We left your crumbling, dying world centuries ago. The earth dies, and death fills the air. We want nothing of it.” For that reason, the Faeries never heard of modern-times myths, like superheroes.[5]

The Frost Faeries vehemently denied finding delight in harming children and innocents, and are proud to not resemble Sluagh, Finfolk or Redcaps in that respect.[6]

They indicated that they knew King Arthur, but made misleading statements about him and the sword Caliburn or Excalibur, calling Erin a fool for believing that it was the Sword in the Stone[7] but later not denying that when Ryoka made the same assumption.[8]

“Faeries can’t be trusted. Never go near a faerie mound, never thank a faerie, never eat their food or tell them of your child. They fear cold iron, though, and I don’t believe you can enter a place without invitation.” (Ryoka Griffin[8])

Chronology Edit

Frost Faeries were first mentioned in The Wandering Inn when Relc was giving Erin a rundown of the local dangers.[9]

They appeared on the same day Erin and Ryoka rescued Ceria from the Ruins of Liscor, after Gazi had returned to Chandrar being wounded by Erin. After decending from the High Passes, they pestered and insulted everyone present.[10] They soon found that both Ryoka and Erin could see and hear them, and struck a deal with Erin not to disturb the rebuilding of Erin's inn in exchange for a permanent invitation to the place, including a restriction to copper instead of iron as the building's material.[11] Using that invitation, they later invaded the inn and brutalized Ceria as well as chasing away Ryoka and Relc.[8] To gain their favor, Erin prepared a banquet for them the next day, and was rewarded with the Faerie Flowers[4]. Meanwhile, Ryoka was chased by the Frost Faeries for almost two weeks before they finally relented and claimed that they would stop hounding her. Ryoka then endeared them with superhero stories from Earth.[12] As the Fae learned that Ryoka had never accepted a level, this gained her Ivolethe as a on-and-off snarky companion.[6]

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Culture Edit

Relations Edit

Frost faeries are known to call other races by mostly insulting nicknames.

Half-Elves Edit

For reasons not yet stated, they strongly hate Half-Elves and will torment them whenever they can. The most common assertions they make about Half-elves is that they are filthy and the sons/daughters/spawn of whores/bastards/sluts/cravens. This extends to female Half-Elves themselves who are similarly called whores. Less insulting names include half-breed, halfling or half-spawn.[10][8]

Goblins Edit

For reasons not yet stated, Frost Faeries call them the children or the youngest,[13] and they never watch and listen to them, as they might cry if they did, and the fae did not like to weep for the past.[14]

Relations with other Races Edit

Known faery-expressions for other races include...

  • For all leveling races: playthings[6]
  • For Gnolls: dogs[10], dog people[5], walking dogs[6].
  • For Drakes: once-Dragons[10], children of Dragons[6]
    • For Relc: hot-headed oaf[8]
  • For Humans: humans[10]
    • For Erin: stripling[2] frail thing,[15] foolish human, silly wench, daft cunt,[11] stupid wanker, slow thing[8]
    • For Pisces: fool who revels in death[2]
    • For Ryoka: foolish wench, smelly human[16], bratling, short-sighted fool[8]
  • For Antinium: the slaves [10][11]
  • For Teriarch: old smoker, old grumpy one[16]
  • For Undead:
    • For Toren: dead thing,[10] bag of bones, foolish thing[15]

Trivia Edit

  • Time and distance affect them differently, allowing them to travel at what seems to be impossible speeds to onlookers. At the same time, they can't perceive how Val and Ryoka run at different speeds.
  • They first met Teriarch when he was still a whelp, though just in passing.[17]
  • People from Earth can see their true forms and hear them, because, unknown to them, they have eaten all the ingredients for the faerie’s drink.
  • Once someone kills a Fae they will be killed before the next moon rises.[3]
  • In Ch 3.11 E Laken gave some of them noble titles, such as Comtesse of the Soup Spoon, Herzogin, Reichsgräfin, Duchess, Viscount, Baron, a score of them Blumenritter, and several Ladies.
  • Frost Faeries tend to call those that level "playthings", as they are playthings of greater powers. The Fearies think little of them, given that they put willingly chains around their necks, not realizing what they've given up.[6]

Quotes Edit

  • (To Ryoka) “We grace your filthy ears with words. Answer back!”
  • (To each other) “If she’s used the ointment of our kind, we should blind her now. Take her eyes, one or both and let’s have done with it!”
  • (To Erin) “We don’t hate ye, fool! You mortals are nothing to us but pests. Tis iron we hate! If ye’d take away the iron in the building, we might, might reconsider.”
  • (To Erin) “Copper! Make them of copper, you daft cunt!”
  • (To Erin) “Ye aren’t that smart, are ye? The fey answer to no one, mortal! We speak and bestow our gifts as we please, and none may command us! No god, no king, no lord or master. Have ye not heard the words? The fey obey no one, and we bow to none either. So what if we offended your honor? We do as we please. So long as the worthless child was not a guest we could do as we wished. Now she is your guest.”
  • (To Ryoka) She did what few mortals remember to do in any day and age. She honored us. She followed the traditions. But most wondrous of all: she made food fit for the fey.”
  • (To Ryoka) “Anyone can fly for a few seconds if we push them off a cliff!”
  • (To Ryoka) “Worry not, pathetic human. All you mortals do is disappointing and sad.”
  • (To The World System) “Nae, she will not be learning anything. Not from you at least. Leave the fool alone, ye thing of dead gods. She is different.”
  • (To Erin) “Innkeep! A mug of your finest swill!”
  • (To Erin) “Who is Santa Claus? Does he eat children?”
  • (To Ashfire Bees) “Wretched insect! Know your place! Begone!”
  • (To Ashfire Bees) “Bring out your Queen! We’ll duel her!”
  • (To Laken) “Can you not hear us, oh Emperor? We are here, Frost Faeries of the Winter Court to meet you! Are you not honored?”
  • (To Bevia) “I am a Baron, foolish mortal! Kneel before me!”
  • (To Bevia) “Why would I be a Baroness? I asked to be Baron and so I am! Will ye not kneel?”
  • (To Durene) “Come, daughter of Trolls! Dance with us!”
  • (To Tourant) “Steel? Hah! If you’d duel us, bring cold iron and star metal! Bring blades forged of magic and legend! And if you thrust, do it with your heart in your hands for we’ll pluck it out if you miss!”
  • (To Tourant) “Bare your sword, lordling of men! Shed blood and life like wine on this night!”
  • (To each other) “Find them! Hound them! Tear them apart!”
  • (To Laken) “So long as hospitality is not broken entirely and the host agrees, we abide. But a second breach and we will hunt. Honor demands it!”
  • (To Nobles) “To the Emperor of Eyes! To the Ruler of the Unseen! To the Protector of the Cottage!”
  • (To Ryoka) “Tell me. Why should I tell you? Now, begone. We are trying to see.”

ReferencesEdit

  1. Chapter 4.29
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chapter 2.07
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Chapter 3.04
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chapter 2.21
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chapter 2.28
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Chapter 2.34
  7. Chapter 2.07
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 2.20
  9. Chapter 1.23
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 Chapter 2.05
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Chapter 2.11
  12. Chapter 2.28
  13. Chapter 3.10
  14. Chapter 4.32 G
  15. 15.0 15.1 Chapter 2.10
  16. 16.0 16.1 Chapter 2.15
  17. Chapter 2.24

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