Half-Fairy (5e Race)

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Half-Fairy[edit]

"I have to protect my people." A half-fairy says when his forest is attacked. The day started off like any other, with the morning sun peeking through the trees of the sacred forest. By midday, the whole forest would be engulfed in a demonic fire. The half-fairy did everything he could do to protect the forest from attacking Demons.

Three giant red creatures stomp through the forest burning everything in their path. The half-fairy springs into action to defeat the demons. But the power of one half-fairy is not enough to defeat these invaders. Within hours of their arrival, the demons had used their power to destroy everything in the forest. The demons are gone, but the forest lies in ashes as one of the last remaining half-fairies vows revenge on those who destroyed his home.

Thomas Dermody.

Contacts between the Feywild and material dwellers have historically been key for the evolution of the world: From the old alliances with elves and dryads to the great wars between Elves and dwarves, from the great empires of the forests to the small colonies of pixies and sprites. Although forbidden, some pixies, or exceptionally a sprite, get infatuated with one of those mortal dwellers or vice-versa. In rare occasions, this fey undertakes a terrible ritual where they lose everything, including their own immortality, their families, their community and their magic. By means of this ultimate sacrifice, pixies and sprites in love use their powers for the last time just to join the mortals: They lose their wings, they stop producing pixie dust and they start ageing, but most importantly they grow up to 4 feet. In this form, they may embrace the love of their life and give the world a descendant: the half-fairies.

Physical Description[edit]

Half-fairies look completely like an elf in factions, with a slim body, but their height range from about 3 to 4 feet tall (exceptionally 5). Half-fairies skin ranges from common skin tones to a few copper and bronze skin tones. Their eyes tend to be green or blue, although purple, brown, red and gold have been reported. The hair is usually green, brown, blonde, white or red.

Their main characteristic is their small set of wings, reminiscent of their fey ancestry. This tends to be butterfly or beetle style and taken care with the utmost consideration, but these wings are too small to be used to fly, although some can use them to hover over cannons. They are also known to flaunt jewellery and fancy clothing either because of their upbringing or their nature.

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Source: Shakespearian Costumes. Samuel Miller Sirca 1890.

History[edit]

Although there are records of half-fairies from about three thousand years old, these records are mostly anecdotical or born from the oral tradition. The first register of one half-fairy is from a thousand years old, from the registrar of the now extinct Filloir empire, a girl born from a sprite transformed and a female elf. Not much more information is known in any other regard.

They are one of the few half breed races that aren't naturally hated by their parent communities. They inherit certain magic abilities from the fairy side, and they gain many abilities from their mortal side.

The few half-fairies that are imprinted in history are diplomats, druids, wizards or royal councillors. They are always regarded as charismatic leaders and negotiators, but no one is certain if it is natural or if they use magic to do so.

Society[edit]

The half-fairies tend to live in within sacred forests blessed by the various Gods and Goddesses pertaining to nature, although living in cities is not impossible for them, they will rarely adapt completely to it. They rarely build on the floor and prefer to live in the top of trees. Their fairy side is generally stronger in these situations so they generally are distrustful of other races who enter the forest. They have a natural love of all nature, and will never do anything to harm the natural world. In these societies, they have a monarchic way of ruling, although the king or queen is mostly ceremonial, as the desitions are taken by the whole community.

Pixies, Sprites, and even Dryads are known to be part of these communities, although they leave most of the power positions to the half-fairies.

Trade with these communities is almost impossible: They live in places that are very secluded and are not that naturally inclined to trust people in first sight. For the merchant that gains their trust, the reward is immense: Pixie dust, magic wands, rare feathers, potions, magic weaponry made out of the elusive, stronger-than-steel and highly appreciated ironwood; and control, a blend of cotton, linen and other unnamed plants as strong as iron.

Half-Fairy Names[edit]

Their mixed heritage gives them an uncommon naming convention, mostly because of their fey ascendance and the joyful ways of the fairies. In general, they have a first and a second name, one given by each parent; and both family names, starting always by the pixie or sprite one. Pixie and sprite names tend to be simple, describing objects or even sounding childish. They get a nickname in their childhood and they choose another nickname as adults: The first one only for family and close friends, the second to indicate their rise into adulthood and the beginning of a new time in their life.

Male: Artsun, Coldit, Itx, Silvo, Spak, Turtson.

Female: Alondy, Bell, Dix, Esprit, Nightchim.

Pixie's Family Names: Flowerbloom, Joketree, Rain, Setsun, Sweetdust.

Half-Fairy Traits[edit]

The offspring of a fairy and a mortal.
Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity, Wisdom and Charisma scores each increases by 1.
Age. Half-fairies have an unknown exact life span, but some scholars suggest that they can have a life span of up to about 600 years. The first 20 years are considered infancy and they are considered adults at 100 years old
Alignment. They are mostly neutral aligned. Although by nature they are chaotic, the ones growing up in town tend to be more levelheaded.
Size. Half-fairies tend to be 3-4 feet tall and weigh anywhere between 40 and 60 pounds. Your size is Small.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.
Darkvision. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can't discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.
Fey Ancestry. You have advantage on saving throws against being charmed, and magic can't put you to sleep.
Natural Magic. You know both the druidcraft and dancing lights cantrips.
Keen Senses. You are proficient in the Perception skill.
Naturally Stealthy. You can attempt to hide even when you are obscured only by a creature that is at least one size larger than you.
Fair Wings. You have a flying speed of 30 feet and you cannot fly higher than 10 foot off the ground. If you start your turn more than 10 foot off the ground you fall until you are within 10 feet of the ground.
Languages. You can speak, read and write Common, Sylvan and one language of your choice. Half-Faries adopted language is usually the language of their mortal parent.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

Base
Height
Height
Modifier*
Base
Weight
Weight
Modifier**
3′ 6″ +1d6 40 lb. × (1d4) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)


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