The Fae Courts
To Fae, neutrality is a lie.
We must all pick sides and to some of the oldest beings in the land, this saying never rings more true.
The courts are allegiances where fae get to enforce or encourage their philosophy on existing like-minded members, recruit for new delegates, build armies, hold say in seasonal power, have more control on the land, and create new nobility.
There are those who remain Courtless.
Some fae prefer to go about their own business and not get involved in the politics of the Courts.
These fae are known as Courtless.
They act as a neutral/balanced/common ground between the courts. The Courtless are often seen as unpredictable by their peers and often receive the stigma as outcasts. However, the Feywilds welcome them just as the same, and the chaotic nature of the land draws energy and returns them energy with the same intention.
Most fae belongs to either the Seelie or Unseelie court.
In the rawest sense, it is 'Light versus Dark'.
That does not mean however a Seelie cannot be cruel as much an Unseelie can´t be kind. They are simply predisposed towards gentleness or mischief.
Seelie are just as dangerous as Unseelie.
Light brings life, but if the temperature goes too high, you get horrible burns, wildfires, and droughts.
Dark brings death. But death is more than just an ending; it balances life and keeps things from stagnating.
In the end, each is needed, light and dark to keep nature in sync and the balance of the courts is what keeps the chaos in the Feywilds in check.
Freedom to create your story
Keep in mind that the Four Seasons and the Courts that represent the seasons are only one aspect of nature. Nature is multi-faceted and therefore takes on a multitude of expressions and will be personified in the Feywild in kind. There are fae that preside over the seas, the desert wastes, and the endless skies of the Feywild. Whether you wish to incorporate the court aspects and which season aligns better with your character, is entirely left up to you.
Suggested Traits (not enforced)
•Drawn towards warm seasons, Summer and Spring, and strongest during these times.
Weak during cold seasons (Autumn and Winter).
•Value nature, beauty, and inherently 'good'.
•Motivated by joy and pleasure, along with having a generally mischievous but light disposition.
•Known to seek help from humans and to offer them the same.
•Warn those that accidentally offend them.
•Return kindness with their own.
•Avenge insults and prone to mischief.
•Selective, or restrictive towards those without fae blood.
Magic of the Seelie
The fae of the Summer and Spring courts often favor spells of Conjuration and elemental fire magic in addition to the illusory and nature magic that all fae are innately drawn to.
Types of seelie Fae
Certain species of fae are commonly known as Seelie because they have an extremely high likelihood of being aligned with the Seelie Court, but every individual fae’s court alignment is actually independent of their species.
Short list of some fae species that are typically (but not exclusively) Seelie aligned:
•Drawn towards cold seasons(Autumn and Winter) and strongest during these times.
eak during warm seasons(Spring and Summer).
•Rather harm than help.
•Tend to be unfriendly unless you give them a reason not to be.
•Value power, control, and absolute dominion.
•Motivated by joy and pleasure but get it by causing pain or by feeling a sense of superiority.
•Merciless and are likely to be aggressive without provocation.
•Open about their cruelty.
•More welcoming of any with fae blood.
•Can be fond of respectful outsiders, treating them as pets
Magic of the Unseelie
The fae of the Winter and Autumn courts often favor spells of Shadow and ice elemental magic in addition to the illusory and nature magic that all fae are innately drawn to.
Types of Unseelie Fae
Certain species of fae are commonly known as Unseelie because they have an extremely high likelihood of being aligned with the Unseelie Court, but every individual fae’s court alignment is actually independent of their species.
Short list of some fae species that are typically (but not exclusively) Unseelie aligned:
Bean Nighe or Bean Sídhe
Phooka (Phuca, Pwca, Puka, Pouque)
The Seelie Queen is known by the name of Sunday [CassandraMiddles Resident].
The Unseelie King is known by the name of Odium. [sweet.darkfury]