Fey Bargains (3.5e Variant Rule)
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While nearly everyone knows of the pacts that devils and demons tempt the minds of men with, most don't realize that there are other, sometimes more insidious creatures who offer power and magic in exchange for damnation: the fey.
Without realizing the truth behind such stories, most have heard fairy tales from a young age, those fables that speak of the gifts and promises of the sylvan folk.
In an attempt to bring this to D&D, the author presents to you some rules for making deals with the fair folk, broken up into three categories: The Offerings, The Bargain and The Payment.
With a grunt, Othorir stacked the last basket on the shrine, stopping for a moment to pant and swig a bit of ale. Eight bushels of apples, four of peaches and two small kegs of fine dark red wine adorned the plain stone table, which was now nearly overflowing with foodstuffs. It hadn’t seemed to be so heavy when he loaded it into the tiny cart he hauled here, but now he felt like falling asleep where he stood.
Rolling the cart into a small alcove carved into the cavern wall near the shrine, he sat down next to it and began his wait.
Much like a bribe of sorts, an offering must be made to most fey before they even consider providing a service for a non-fey. First, the petitioner must seek out a place frequented by fey, whether a group or a single one. Next the petitioner must bring an offering, which can be a variety of things, ranging from food to jewelry. This offering serves little purpose besides piquing the fey's interest, since it doesn't count towards the final payment.
|Grig||Honey and milk|
|Nixie||Honey and milk|
|Pixie||Honey and milk|
|Spriggan MMII||Fresh meat|
|Ocean Strider MMII|
|Kelpie FF||Fresh meat|
|Petal MMIII||Honey and milk|
While certain fey might prefer other offerings, in most cases those presented are traditional in the cultures that exist near that type of fey, or it's the result of misinformation spread by the fey or by those who wish that others would not make the same mistakes as them. There is no set quantity for the amount of an offering, but it is often suggested that the petitioner bring at least a heavy load of the suggested substance.
Once the petitioner has laid out his offering in the fey's domain, he must wait, either near the spot or elsewhere, usually for until midnight at the most (if the offering was left overnight while the petitioner was elsewhere, he must come back again the next night to meet with the fey, assuming the offering was accepted).