Fairymaids (FĀR-e-MĀD) are beautiful creatures with long lush hair, feathered wings (which may or may not be visible), and one tiny foot in the shape of a deer’s hoof. Like the Wila or Samodiva of Europe, they are usually dressed in free-flowing gowns decorated with feathers. Typically described as tall, slender, blonde women with pale, glowing skin and fiery eyes, a fairymaid may use her power to “turn” a man’s head although more recently this power has been discovered to affect people of all genders.
Fairymaids are phasic in nature and can shift between solid and incorporeal forms at will. This change affects their entire bodies; they cannot become partially incorporeal and partially solid.
Fairymaids have powerful fire-based magical capabilities. They have the power to bring about drought, burn a farmer’s crops, or cause cattle to die of high fever. A fairymaid can also change her appearance into a monstrous bird capable of flinging fire at her enemies.
They have a strong affinity for nature and an instinctual knowledge of herb lore. It is possible for a human to learn from them, but almost always at the cost of great time and attention.
Fairymaids’ main food source is attention. They can derive nourishment from other creature’s noticing and thinking about them. To that end, they cast a sort of hypnotic spell on people that causes them to be fascinated with the fairymaid, providing the fairymaid ample nourishment. They also enjoy the nectar of fresh flowers.
A fairymaid colony reproduces in a very strange manner. During the spring and fall solstice, a fairymaid colony will start dancing at dusk and continue until sunrise. This dance is captivating to any creature who encounters it and they will join the dance, while the fairymaids feed on the attention and energy, using that energy to produce new children. Fairymaids are adept at hiding their offspring, but it is estimated that they mature at a rate similar to that of human children.
In rare cases, a fairymaid and a human male may produce a child in the typical human manner. Any resulting children are exclusively female, and can pass for human children in all ways. They do tend to be captivating in the manner of a fairymaid and have a knack for herb lore. These traits can be passed down the bloodline, but they become weaker with each successive generation.
A juvenile fairymaid is called a child. The collective noun for a group of fairymaids is a colony (a living group) or a crowd (a general group).
Fairymaids live in wooded areas throughout North America. They prefer temperate climates, and become rarer to the deep north and south.
Fairymaids closely resemble humans in biology, except that they have one hoofed foot and wings which allow flight. They also have a specialized digestive system that allows them to feed off attention.
The main diet of a fairymaid is attention, which they cultivate through mesmerism of other creatures, especially human males. They will also consume flower nectar which they consider a special treat. It is believed that they could consume human food, but choose not to for some reason.
Feathers from a fairymaid wing can be used to fashion a cloak which allows flight. They are also used as the cores of wands. It is possible to trade with fairymaid colonies, especially for difficult to find herbs.
Note: Fairymaids are considered a protected species by the North American Council of Five. They are considered sentient beings with intelligence equal to humans. Harvesting a fairymaid for parts carries with it the same penalties as harvesting a human for parts.
A person under the influence of a fairymaid must make an offering of two pairs of shoes to be freed from the power. It is unknown why fairymaids want shoes. A person can protect themselves from the influence of the fairymaids by throwing a pinch of salt over their shoulder before entering the forest. A bowl of milk may be left as an offering to the fairymaids; while this does seem to keep them from using their powers, fairymaids do not drink milk.