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I like to say in my author bio that my stories include folklore and mythology from around the globe. Looking at my NaNoWriMo project from this November, I have to admit that I like to fuse everything I know about a certain creature into something with rules and I make them a denizen of Faerie.
In April this year, I looked closely at what folklore is (folk art, folk songs, folktales, legends, proverbs, folk religion, myths, and traditional cooking).
“Where in the world’s the Forgotten? They’re lost inside our memories… What we remember becomes folklore.” – The Forgotten, Green Day
Some of the creatures I used in my NaNoWriMo project have been forgotten, while others still make the news – like the Tokoloshe.
In the logline for my novel, I only mention the main protagonists and the antagonist.
“The Witch Warriors is the conclusion to The Quickening of the Mist trilogy.
Will Kate and Cal – the last Druids – finally defeat the Obayifo who threaten life itself?”
But many other, let’s just say magical creatures, also help and hinder the protagonists.
Faeries from (mostly) African folklore who either aid or hinder the Druids in their quest to save the world. (Most link back to their original folklore posts.)
Faery dog in Scottish Mythology that is usually in the form of a big black-and-tan dog (Rottweiler).
They have amber coloured eyes that burn brightly as they do magic.
They protect those of the Mist – humans with magical ability who are important to the Fae Monarchs and children of both worlds (half Fae and half mortal).
They use mindspeak (a form of telepathy) to communicate and all of them speak without contractions – except modern-day Saphira.
The Cù Sìth are the most powerful of all Fae. They control the very fabric of time and space. They create the Faery circles that are the most powerful and accurate of all magical teleportation. They can go anywhere in Time to correct or interfere in someone’s life.
Whenever the Cù Sìth protect someone, all who know about them know that the person who is protected is something special.
Extremely handsome men, they look like airbrushed models.
They have long hair, like in centuries gone by. Their luscious locks hide their hyena faces at the back.
<Their hair hides hideous faces with sharp teeth that can rip your arm off.> As the Cù Sìth warn in Secrets in Shadow.
They prefer to live in mountains and hills. their caves smell awful and is filled with the skeletons of previous meals.
They have a Stone of Power that gives them their magic and has the ability to block or absorb the powers of other magic users.
As with the Fae, human magic-users are classified under their own gifts as well. Some control fire, some water, some air (wind) and some earth. Some even have power over that which dwells within their element of control.
Some Witches can siphon magic from their surroundings.
Only Druids seem to have power over everything.
Certain bloodlines of witches and Warlocks have found the power of Runes and thus power like Druids through branding their skin with various Runes. Dangerous and possibly fatal.
There are no female Grogochs.
The Grogoch lives in either a cave, a cleft in the landscape or a hollow he evicted a fox or rabbit from.
He resembles a short, old man covered in coarse red fur. He’s really grody – his hygiene leaves much to be desired. Spare twigs and leaves can always be found on his person (though this could be a good thing while he gardens?).
Thanks to the thick fur covering his body, the Grogoch is quite impervious to extreme temperatures of either end of the spectrum.
Once they bond with a magic user (Druid, Witch, Warlock, what-have-you), they are extremely loyal.
It is unclear what kind of magic they practice.
Brownies are the servants of the High Fae (from any Court).
They’re androgynous. They’re the size of a two litre coke bottle. They’re obsessed with technology. They’re excellent cooks. They’re obsessed with cleaning and cleanliness. They don’t like it when others try to do their duties.
She’s the Queen of the Water Fae.
She’s a renowned figure of African Folklore.
A beautiful black woman who is usually associated with snakes, mirrors and jewellery. If one wanted to contact her, thinking about her while staring at any of these objects will usually call her to you.
The Jengu do whatever she wishes. They are extremely loyal to her.
She is the biggest opposition to the Obayifo.
In the series, Quickeing of the Mist (Water Witch, Secrets in Shadow, and The Witch Warriors), she is abducted by the Obayifo so they can destroy all water without her interfering. She is rescued by Kate (the heroine of the story who happens to be a Druid).
Water Fae who are extremely loyal to Mami Wata.
They have a strong influence on African Folklore and are usually associated with Mami Wata.
They resemble mermaids, with yellow and green hair. Their fish tails are mostly silver, reflecting the colours found in the water they swim in.
They smile a lot. They have gaps between their front teeth. They also like to giggle.
Mostly they talk in their own language that involves a lot of clicking noises, like the noise made by crab claws or insects.
They have power over water. They can make it move in whatever way they wish.
They will ally themselves with anyone who protects Nature – and especially those who go up against the Obayifo.
Male Faery in Irish and Scottish Mythology that is known for seducing human women.
Personated by love, idleness and randiness.
Intoxicating substance in skin – contact makes him addictive. Once bedded by him, human women cannot think of anything but the next fix of him and they usually wither away since he deplores anything resembling commitment.
Suave and charming, he exudes pheromones to both sexes that make them want to be near him and please him. Sometimes to the extent of violence among each other to do so.
Nocturnal, social creature. Loves parties and human companionship.
His spell on humans can be broken if they consume a tincture of liquorice, vanilla and rooibos (can be mixed in a drink). He can be chased off by the presence of strong human magic users showing that they are a viable threat.
Faery Cat in Scottish Mythology that usually presents as a black cat with gem colour eyes.
They have no true allegiance, though rarely they do form a strong bond with another Faery.
They use Mindspeak to communicate and are usually cheeky. They speak as they wish.
Normally they bring misfortune on all humans who see them. They are mischievous in nature. Some do have ill-will towards humans.
They can make themselves invisible at will – even to other Fae.
The only known alliance between the Cù Sìth and the Caìt Sìth is that of the Cù Sìth Saphira and the Caìt Sìth Jade.
They are small, with deathly white skin and silver hair. They look sweet and kind.
They’re obsessed with food.
They don’t mind setting out elaborate feasts on long tables properly set with silver and fine china in the middle of forests. They even share their meals with travellers. Especially meals of plum wine, fish and corn.
They have invisible servants – these are guests who had overstayed their welcome and are now silently enslaved to them.
So be warned: do not eat with Faeries or you’ll belong to them.
Ogres, guardians of the forest.
They sing in the language of trees; usually melancholy songs.
They are usually peaceful, though when provoked they won’t hesitate to kill.
They keep to themselves.
They do not do things in haste. Like it takes time for a forest to grow, they take time to do what they must.
They can be found in all the forests in all of the world, though they have a special connection to forests in Africa.
And all about the main antagonist in this trilogy.
First is the known kind.
They were once Witches or Warlocks who made an alliance with the Unseelie King for more power and longevity. They became Vampires who drained the life from the earth and blood from small children (under seven years old). They retained all their witchy powers and then some.
The earth dies wherever they go as they suck the very life from it.
Their mission is to completely destroy all life.
Their magic lies in a bone pendant around their necks. The pendant is made from the bone of any powerful witch or warlock they have killed.
The second kind are victims of the first kind who played vampire and tried to make more Obayifos from normal, non-magical humans. Rarely does it take. They have to bite so deeply with their fangs that they pierce all the major vessels and arteries in the throat/neck in one bite to transfer a bit of their own powers. The bite also kills and then brings the victim back to life.
The second kind of Obayifo cannot make more of their own kind – only the first kind of Obayifo can make more in this way. This second kind is more Vampire than Witch. They can drink any blood to sustain life. They can also eat food. They do not burn in the sun. A stake to the heart cannot kill them; starvation can.
Type one: Nature Faeries and Druids.
Type two: None Known (they usually die via suicide – starving themselves).
And though some of these Faeries need some fleshing out – like the Brownies – I know enough to be finishing off the last in a trilogy where they appear in.
Brownies also appear in most of The Adventures of Saphira the Faery Dog.
“They’d scarcely entered Eolande’s castle before they were surrounded by Brownies. The tiny Faeries clucked around them and made sure that even Cian had a warm bath and clean clothes before they could enjoy their homecoming meal.” – Saphira’s Impossible Choice, The Adventures of Saphira the Faery Dog, Ronel Janse van Vuuren
I hope you enjoy reading the seventh tale in the series. Comments can be left here or on Wattpad – I always appreciate feedback. What do you think of the collection of Faeries I used in my novels? Have you ever met any of these creatures? Do you use any of them in your writing?