Greyhawk: Return to the Classic
Fey, faery, faerie; collectively, the wee folk, goodly folk, the good neighbors, people of peace, fair folk, and many others are a powerful, supernatural race. They are believed to be the ancestors of, the spirits of, or the goddesses and gods themselves of nature.
The Seelie Court is seen as more beneficent toward humans of the two courts as they bless crops, but to draw their eyes is still more of a curse then a blessing. Seelie means “Spring” or “Blessed” and is the predecessor of the modern word, “silly”. They are known to seek help from humans, to warn those who had accidentally offended them, and to return human kindness with favors of their own. Still, a fairy belonging to this court will avenge insults and could be prone to mischief. The most common time of day to see them is twilight. While, as part of the Seelie Court, they are most well known by their love of pranks and practical jokes played upon humans. They never intentionally take the joke too far and can be very kind and generous. Some of the other most common faries of the Seelie Court are the Brownie, Ferrishyn, Selkies, and Leprachauns.
The Seelie Court is divided into two circles. The Inner Circle is closely associated with Queen Titania, and includes her consort Oberon, their children Damh and Verenestra, their court jester Squelaiche, and Eachthighern, their steed. The Outer Circle is more loosely allied that spend most of their time away from the court, as Fionnghuala does. Still, Titania bears them as much love as she does the members of the Inner Circle.
The Unseelie (Winter or Unblessed) Court consists of the malicious and evilly-inclined fairies. Unlike the Seelie Court, no offense is necessary to bring down their assaults. As a group (or “host”), they appear at night and assault travelers, often carrying them through the air, beating them, and forcing them to commit such acts as shooting elfshot at cattle. Just as one could hardly claim that the faries of the Seelie Court are good, neither are the faries of the Unseelie court always evil. However, when forced to choose, they will always prefer to harm—rather than help—humans. Some of the most common characters in the Unseelie Court are Bogies, Bogles, Boggars, Abbylubbers and Buttery spirits.
The Queen of Air and Darkness is the Unseelie Queen. Her true name, Mab, is never spoken among the fey to speak her name is to invite ones doom. Her symbol is a black diamond. The Queen of Air and Darkness is the sister of Titania, who is the spring dew to her morning frost.
There are a couple myths serounding the Queen of Air and Darkness, perpetuated by wizards who think they know the truth behind everything but couldn’t have simply hidden the answers from themselves.
The Black Diamond
Legend has it that in the time before history began, dwarven miners had unearthed a ten-faceted black gemstone of dark beauty, innocently deciding to present it to the queen of the fey as a gift. The fey princess who would become known as the Queen of Air and Darkness remained in court on this particular day while her sister Titania was bathing in the waters of the river Afon Bhlu, which fed the lake Cwm Glas. The gem, which is whispered to have been the creation of the Dark God, slowly corrupted the princess, eating away her physical body and destroying her soul. Ultimately she left the Seelie Court, absconding with her precious diamond and the great treasures of her race in a black chariot that belched smoke and fire. Soon after, the mountain from which the diamond was unearthed exploded, destroying the primordial fey realm of Ladinion and decimating the fey people. Since then the Seelie Court has been forced to wander the planes, never again finding a permanent home.
Myths of lost lands are common among the fey, and many speak of the Fading Lands that slowly disappear from the world of Oerth.
The Corruption of the Fey
The Queen of Air and Darkness is blamed with the creation of all evil fey races, including quicklings and spriggans.