Fairies (3.5e Race)
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Fairies are the representation Fey creature of the sky. They are related to both Dryads (representing the forest) and Nymphs (representing the land) in embracing the three aspects of nature in Fey culture. Unlike the aforementioned creatures, due to the non-insular nature of their aspect, they are more accommodating to the other non-Fey races of the world. They are still Fey creatures though, and as such are intolerant to those that would despoil the wilds for any reason.
A Fairy's demeanor is inquisitive and free-flowing. Similar to the sky they represent they try to be around anything that they find interesting, learning as much as they can before, invariably, they see something equally as interesting. A Fairy that has her curiosity overwhelm her, and strikes out into the world, tends to be a good-natured sort, making friends easily with those with a quick laugh and being a bane of annoyance to those more serious or bad-tempered.
While not as stunningly beautiful as their relatives, the Nymphs, a Fairy is a beautiful creature nonetheless and shares many of the same physical traits. A Fairy typically resembles an Elf female, though tend not to be as short as the shortest of Elves, standing between 5 to 5-1/2 feet tall and weighing 100 to 140 pounds. A Fairy, unlike the other larger Fey, also sports a pair of wings sprouting from their back. It is this trait that causes many cataloguers to list Fairies as being absurdily large Pixies, though there are a few who know that to not be the case. These wings tend to be gossamer like, but smooth with seemingly no bracing or structure, and sit between their shoulders. A Fairy's wings are unique to each individual Fairy, but trends do appear. Their wings tend to come in two sets, one larger and one smaller, and are usually 3/4 and 1/3 their height, respectively. They are exceedingly graceful, but tend to be a frail race.
Typically, Fairies tend to be pale skinned, but blue, green, purple, and red-tinged skin is not uncommon. The majority is often red, black, or brown when it comes to hair color, but just as many differences can be found here as can their skin. They do tend toward shorter hair styles, to reduce the annoyance and drag while flying. A Fairy has no body hair, save for a small amount in their "private" region. Fairies, while being one of the fewer birthed Fey races, are almost always female, much like their aspect representing relatives. Fairies are a strange race in terms of aging, reaching adulthood around 15 years, but they are long lived and will typically live to be around for 400 years or so.
Fairies tend to be an accepting sort, and except for those that would harm the natural places of the world, have no ill will toward other races. They are, more often than not, positively enamored with those that are planetouched, especially Genasi. Being a creature so tied to nature, those that are outside that set her natural curiosity into overdrive.
Conversely, many see the Elven traits that a Fairy has, and tend to have a similar feeling toward them as they do towards the Fair Folk.
Fairies, like Elves, enjoy freedom and variety when they strike out on their own. Because of this, they lean strongly toward the gentler aspects of chaotic. Generally, Fairies are hard to keep a grudge, and have good values.
Fairies, being creatures of the sky, make their homes in high treetops or, more commonly, mountain overhangs. They tend to live alone and subside on fruit, flora, and fauna in an area they are around. Fairies in nature are vegetarian, but those that you see in civilization may or may not keep to that disposition.
Though predisposed toward the Fey pantheon, many Fairies venerate dieties of nature, wind, the sky, and knowledge.
Fairies, like other Fey folk, speak Sylvan. Though due to their inquisitive nature most Fairies can speak Common. They also pick up bits of language from the other far-spread races, and are more apt to learn them as well, if they so desire.
A Fairy picks her own name, and this could come from a number of different sources. Though most use portions of words and sounds from their common tounge, being as curious as they are, many influences from a multitude of different languages can be used.
- -2 Strength, +2 Dexterity, -2 Constitution, +2 Charisma: Fairies are fast and fun loving, but tend to be more frail than others.
- Fey: Fairies receive a +2 racial bonus to all Knowledge (Nature) checks and can not be subject to spells or effects that affect humanoids only.
- Medium: As medium creatures, Fairies have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
- Fairies base land speed is 30 feet.
- Darkvision out to 30 feet.
- Bonus Feats: A Fairy character has Combat Reflexes and Skill Focus (any) as bonus feats.
- Unearthly Grace(Su): A Fairy adds half her Charisma modifier (rounded up) as a bonus to all her saving throws and as a deflection bonus to her Armor Class.
- Spell-Like Ability: At will—Fly (Self only). Caster level is 7th.
- Automatic Languages: Common and Sylvan. Bonus Languages: Elven, Draconic, Dwarven, and Gnome.
- Favored Class: Bard.
- Level Adjustment: +3
|Middle Age1||Old2||Venerable3||Maximum Age|
|200 years||300 years||400 years||+4d% years|
|Gender||Base Height||Height Modifier||Base Weight||Weight Modifier|
|Female||5' 0"||+1d6"||120 lb.||× (+/- 1d20) lb.|