The High Fae are a group of faeries that are known as the ruling nobility in the fae world. They differ from the lesser faeries by their human-looking appearances, save for their delicately arched ears and longer limbs. Any other difference will mark a faerie as 'lesser' faeries.
They inhabit many places but mainly higher part of the world, to the north of the Mortal Lands. In Prythian, where this book is set, the land is divided into seven courts. These are: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Dawn, Day, and Night. Each court is ruled by a High Lord.
The High Fae are stronger and more powerful than the average faerie, and they may possess unique abilities that vary with their level of power such as winnowing or a trait received at birth, such as the daemati and shadowsingers.
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 fae 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.
High Fae female's menstrual cycle doesn't work like human cycles. In fact High Fae have very painful cycles two times for year (supposedly every 6 months).
We can also suppose that High Fae females reach sexual maturity later than the average human age as we were told that Rhysand's mother first bled when she was 18 and Mor first bled when she was 17. In certain faerie 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.
Known High Fae
Names in bold indicate a High Lord or Lady
- Night Court
- Spring Court
- Summer Court
- Both High Fae and lesser faeries can be subjected to Mating Bonds.