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Faeries or Fae are immortal beings that live north of the Wall, in Prythian, other kingdoms such as the kingdom of Hybern, and in other realms.

Particularities

Most of the things humans know about the faeries come from legends. That's why some of the things the humans "know" about the faeries aren't true.

Human Knowledge/Myths About Faeries

Faeries have magical powers. Before The War, they ruled over all the known world and humans were their slaves, but the Treaty forced them to retreat north of The Wall and never come back. Human legends say the faeries can't cross the Wall.

Human legends also say that the only way to kill a faerie is by using weapons made of iron and ash wood. Some people also buy iron charms to keep the faeries away. The faeries are also believed to like silver.

It is said they cannot lie.

Reality

  • Faeries can cross the Wall. The only thing they can't do is enslave the humans again.
  • Iron has little effect on them, but ash wood can injure or kill them.
  • They do have the ability to lie, and do so quite a bit.

Types of faeries

There are two main types of faeries:

  • The High Fae: humanoid fae who were made specifically to be the rulers of all faeries
  • The Lesser Faeries: faeries that don't look human and serve other purposes (example: water-wraiths)

Special Faeries

Daemati are faeries that have the ability to walk into another person's mind. They are able to read, influence, and even shatter someone's mind, depending on their training and power.

Shadowsingers have the power of shadows and are able to control, transport, and meld into them. They are among the rare few who have the ability to hear and feel things others can't, making them excellent spymasters. 

Seers are a rare type of faerie that is able to predict the future through visions. Similar to shadowsingers, they are able to sense and experience things others cannot and therefore are very valuable to those in the presence of one. 

Females

Fae female's menstrual cycle doesn't work like human cycles. In fact Fae have very painful cycles two times a year, supposedly every 6 months. We can also suppose that Fae female reach sexual maturity later than the average human age as we were told that Rhysand's mother first bled when she was eighteen and Mor first bled when she was seventeen. In certain Fae communities, like the Illyrians and is the Hewn City, once a female has bled she is ready to immediately be married to a male of her family's choosing and at this point she has to provide him offspring.

The Children of the Blessed

The Children of the Blessed are humans, mostly young women, who believe the faeries are good and worship them like gods. They wear silver bracelets, possibly to mimic the ones that the High Priestesses wear, and try to enroll people to cross the Wall into Prythian. They are regarded in a very bad light in the human lands, and even the Fae do not take much liking to them, using them only for entertainment or as game.

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