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Types of Fairies Explained

(In alphabetical order and generically described)

Asrais - Are small, delicate, female fairies. They cannot be exposed to sunlight or
captured; else they shall melt away into a pool of water.
Banshee - "Woman Fairy"; a spirit attached to certain families. When a member's death
approaches, the family will hear the banshee crying. Not always terrifying.
Bogles - Generally evil-natured Goblins although they are more disposed to do harm to
liars and murderers.
Brownies - Have traditionally attached themselves to humans and human households.
Traditionally friendly and genuinely helpful.
Dwarfs - Are stocky, short and powerful. They mature at three years old and are grey and
bearded by the age of seven. It is said they cannot appear in the light of day for to do so
would turn them to stone. However, there are potions and spells that empower them to
endure sunlight.
Dryads - They are spirits that dwell in the trees, preferably Oaks. The Druids turned to
them for inspiration.
Elves - Another name by which trooping fairies in are known. They can be divided into the
Seelie and Unseelie Courts.
Fir Darrig - (Fear deang) Are practical jokers of a gruesome nature. They can assume any
visage they wish.
Gnomes - Earth Elementals. They live underground and guard the treasures of the Earth.
Gnomes are wonderful metal workers, especially of swords and breastplates
Goblins - Is the name used for an uglier species of fairy. They are small and malicious, and
usually band together as they have lost their abilities to operate independently. Usually they
are controlled by a Mage for evil doings.
Gwragedd Annwn - (Gwageth anoon) Are traditionally Welsh water fairies, who
occasionally take human men for husbands.
Gwyllion - Are Scottish water fairy. They are mostly seen as a hairy men or hideous
female spirits who waylay and mislead travelers by night on the mountain roads. Mountain
fairies like to sit on rocks on either side of a mountain path and silently watch passerby's.
Hobgoblins - Originally a general name for small, grotesque but friendly brownie-type

Knockers (Buccas) - Mine spirits who are friendly to miners. They knock where rich ore
can be found.
Leprechauns - Are sly and tricky and can disappear in the blink of an eye. They are
particularly fond of, and active on, Saint Patrick's day, but any day is good for them.
Mer-People - Mermaids; they dwell in the water, but they are human from the waist up and
have a tail of a fish. They are irresistible singers who sometimes lure fishermen to their
deaths. Also called the Murdhuacha (muroo-cha) or Merrows.
Pixies - Oft times take the form of hedgehogs. They are mischievous fairies who enjoy
playing practical jokes on humans and other fay folk. They also love to steal horses to ride.
Phouka - Can appear in various animal forms and are considered to be dangerous.
Redcap - is one of the most evil of the old Border Goblins. He lives in old ruined towers
and castles, particularly those with a history of wickedness. He re-dyes his cap in human
Shefro - Male fairies who wear green coats and red caps.
Sdhee (shee) - The name for fairies and their subterranean dwellings. A barrow or hillock
which has a door to a beautiful underground realm of the Tuatha or fairies.
Sluagh - The Host of the Unforgiven Dead, or pagan ancestors. The most formidable of the
Highland fairies.
Spriggans - Are fabled to be ugly, grotesque and small in their natural state, but can inflate
themselves to gigantic proportions. Spriggans are an infamous band of villains, skilled
thieves, thoroughly destructive and often dangerous. They are capable of robbing human
houses, kidnapping children (and leaving a repulsive baby Spriggan in exchange).
Trolls - Have an aversion to daylight. They are frequently observed performing a curious
lop-sided dance called 'Henking'.
Trows - Similar to the Trolls and like them, have an aversion to daylight. They are
frequently observed performing a curious lop-sided dance called 'Henking'.
Urisk - Is a solitary fairy who haunts lonely pools. He will often seek out human company
but his peculiar appearance terrifies those he approaches
Water Fairies - Are the providers of food, nourishers of crops and takers of lives. They
combine beauty with treachery and lethality. They can be friend or foe.