Faeries, pixies, sprites, whisps, shinies, wee ones. These these tiny fey, frequently mistaken from afar as floating motes of light, resemble elves, only with wings and about a foot high.
Faeries wear light, ephemeral clothing that grants maneuverability while they fly. Noble Faeries array themselves like princes and princesses of the fey, wearing flowing gowns and doublets of spider and caterpillar silk that sparkle like moonlight on a pond. Wild Faeries dress themselves in acorns, leaves and bark, and the pelts of woodland beasts. Faeries prefer armor made of acorns, insect chitin, leather, the scales of reptiles, stiff bark, or fine mithral mail. They rarely wear heavy armor.
What Faeries lack in ambition they more than make up for in curiosity. They are usually content to safely watch from hiding, but there are moments when something a creature does is so inexplicable to a Faerie that it just has to interrupt and ask, “What is … ?” or “Why did you … ?” or some other pesky question.
Like their elven kin, Faeries love nature and magic, art and artistry, music and poetry, and the good things of the world.
Delicate Wings, Nimble Flyers
Rarely reaching even a foot in height, Faeries resemble diminutive elves with gossamer wings. These wings sprout from their backs like those of dragonflies or butterflies, but are grander and more beautiful than either. Faerie wings come in as many colors and patterns as there are shapes to dreams. Despite their almost insubstantial quality, they are as bright as the clear dawn and as luminous as the full moonrise.
A Faerie in flight leaves a shower of sparkling dust that follows in its wake like the glittering tail of a shooting star.
Faerie eyes come in as many different colors as their wings. When Faeries interact with mortals in the world, their eyes appear to have pupils. However, the natural state of a Faerie’s eye is a single glittering orb without a pupil.
Mania, Faerie Style
Faeries can live well over 700 years, but unlike some other long-lived races, they tend to live more in the moment. It’s not that they don’t have long memories; rather, where elves consider events with something of a wait-and-see perspective and plan ahead when they can, Faeries are more likely to be excited by any unexpected change to their current circumstances. They might abandon strategy to indulge their curiosity just because an unrelated but novel development catches their attention.
Faeries are able to maintain their concentration on a given task when it seems crucial to them, but outside of that they have an attitude that they’ve got all the time in the world and can get back later to anything that really matters.
Glades, Woodlands, and Rural Streams
Faeries possess little if anything in the way of territorial instincts. Most dwell in forests, sleeping outside in trees or bushes when the weather is fair enough. In temperate climes they will dwell in tree hollows in winter after migratory avians such as wood ducks have abandoned them for warmer climes. Some Faeries simply migrate away from the cold along with the birds.
Exploration and Adventure
Faeries take up adventuring almost accidentally, simply following their innate curiosity away from home at times and joining adventuring groups when they become friends with one or more members of the party. That same sense of wonder about the world may lead them back home from time to time to catch up with loved ones, too, and any time they have rejoined family or friends they have not seen for a while is a great reason to celebrate with song and dance and magic.
Faerie names are usually light-hearted, often based on nature or on magical themes, similar to many fey-folk. Faeries generally only have the one name; family names are not common.
Male Names: Alvin, Avery, Brokk, Oberon, Oren, Warren, Puck, Basil, Cleon, Jack, Robin
Female Names: Daffodil, Dalila, Dewdrop, Echo, Acorn, Ginger, Aria, Buttercup, Cricket, Tinkerbell, Ariel
Ability Score Increase
Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Charisma score increases by 1.
Although Faeries reach physical maturity at about the same age as humans, a Faerie understanding of adulthood as other races see it does not really exist: they retain a certain childlike quality throughout their lives. A Faerie typically claims “adulthood” around the age of 70 and can live to be 750 years old.
Faeries love freedom, variety, and self-expression, so they lean strongly toward the gentler aspects of chaos. They value and protect the freedom of others as well as their own, and they are more often good than not.
Tiny: Faeries range in height from 6 inches to 1 foot. The carrying capacity of a tiny creature is only 1/2 that of a medium-sized creature.
Walk, 15 feet; Fly, 30 feet, hover, altitude limit = 10 feet;
Faeries have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can’t put a Faerie to sleep.
You can speak, read, and write Common, Elvish and Sylvan.
Pixies form small communities, normally lead by an elder council or wise faerie. As they mature, the discover talents that aid them in their tasks
- Animal Pixies
- Nature Pixies
- Light Pixes
- Fast Fliers
Elemental Faeries, these small fey take on the appearance of their Element, both in coloration and wing style. Traveling more than their cousins, their flit where elemental forces pull them.
- Fire Sprite
- Water Sprite
- Air Sprite
- Ice Sprite