Campaign of the Month: May 2021
Baghdad on the Bayou
The Fae Folk prize a simple life, nature, water, and innocence. These fae can hardly be classified as a court. Similar, to the wyldfae, the Fae Folk generally don’t side with either Summer or Winter. Unlike the wyldfae, they tend to congregate in loose, friendly communities, in the part of the NeverNever called The Boonieyonder.
These communities, known as “Coterie”s, tend to include a few dozen fae of various kinds who dwell together as a sort of extended family. They tend to have simple, blissful lives, free of concern for the affairs of mortals and fairies. These “glades” are often compared to “The Garden of Eden” to those who are lucky enough to survive the trip. However, the Fae Folk will rally together to push against threats to their swamp-lands, and the encroachment of curious mortals or ambitious “court-fae”. (Usefully spoken with the same disdain as the word “city-slicker”.)
Known "Corerie"s include:
- Cour Des Marais – The Marsh Court
- Cour De Boue – The Mud Court
Although the Fae Folk don’t have a formal “knight,” they often sponsor one or more “champions,” imbue them with fae power, and charge them to protect their lands and advance their collective interests.
The Sponsored Magic of the Fae Folk
- The magic of the Fae Folk focuses on nature. Plants, animals, weather—things that existed in Louisiana long before New Orleans as founded. Fae folk magic tends to be somewhat unpredictable, like nature itself. Magic, like the Mississippi river, cannot be controlled. Fae Folk magic is at its strongest when nature pushes back against civilization—floods, storms, fires… these are all ways nature reclaims its “turf”. On the gentler side, Fae Folk magic helps nature be at its most ideal as well—beautiful sunsets, soothing hot springs, delicious fruit, bountiful gardens, playful animals, etc.
- The agenda of the Fae Folk tends focus on preventing further intrusion of civilization into the uncivilized parts of the bayou. They find the frivolities of the Cortège Gras to be shallow, wasteful, and undignified. They generally find parks and zoos as distasteful efforts to control nature. The most radical members might be involved in finding ways to free the tightly bridled Mississippi river, etc…. although most members are not willing to go to that extreme. Most are just as interested in enjoying nature as protecting it. Of course, like all Fae, they find the Formor to be a very unwelcome intrusion.
- The evocations of the Fae Folk are among the hardest to detect because they value a “leave-no-trace” style of magic. The faint smell of rain and compost, dew, and vibrant new-growth of nearby plants are often the only signs that Fae Folk magic has been near. Sometimes, birds and small animals will be attracted to the area for some time afterwards.