The world the Fairest were part of — or as much of it as they remember — was beautiful, a world of sweet pain and exquisite cruelty, a bittersweet paradise. Surrounded by beauty as they were, thralls to creatures a thousand times lovelier than anything on Earth, they had to focus all their thoughts on remembering what it was to be plain, to walk among the ordinary. The Fairest return from the Fae realm as striking, enchanting beings, but with that enchantment they bring back an inhuman cruelty -- a cruelty sometimes magnified by the arrogance that comes from knowing that they were pure enough of heart and strong enough of will to escape the thrall of ecstasy. The Fairest often believe that they should be far more influential and powerful in their Courts than they actually are, mistaking social prowess and ruthlessness for the qualities of leadership. Some manage, by sheer force of personality and charm alone, to rise to the top, but there are more Fairest in positions of authority than there are Fairest who know what they're doing. They push themselves into everything they do, and sometimes their overwhelming charisma is enough to carry an enterprise on its own. Of all the changelings, the Fairest are the least suited to solitude. Though proud and cruel, they are social beings, and when they rise above their shortcomings and let others in, the cruelty that made them can be redeemed.
The Fairest are often tall, often slim and always good-looking. They're never really conventionally attractive: instead they're striking, haunting, memorable, and seem to carry themselves with a sublime grace. They're also the changelings who look the most like their fae miens when shrouded by the Mask.
The Fairest gain an affinity with the Vainglory Contract, allowing them to use their beauty and standing as a powerful means of persuasion, and the Contract of Separation, allowing them to distance themselves from trouble by virtue of their sense of being "set apart from" or "above" others.
- Bright One: changelings who came from light; will-o'-the-wisps, bright elves. White Ladies and other beings of light and fire and ice from all over the world.
- Dancer: Those among the Fairest blessed of particular agility and grace, for whom motion is itself beauty and art. Whether entertainer, courtesan, artist or murderer, the Dancer is happiest when moving to the sound of her own rhythm.
- Draconic: Changelings who bear within them the blood of dragons or other Great Beasts of Faerie, including celestial bureaucrats and tithe-payers to Satan alike. Haughty and possessing a robust physicality.
- Flamesiren: These burning Fairest represent the entrancement of flame, the force that holds ones attention to a flickering candle or crackling bonfire is the essence of the Flamesiren's appeal.
- Flowering: Flowers blossom on bare earth where these changelings have stood (although they take months to appear in the human world rather than seconds, as they did in Faerie). Their skin is soft like the petal of a rose or a chrysanthemum and bright with a bloom of health.
- Gandharva:These changelings reflect heavenly beings from Hindu lore. Androgynous, with mixes of plant and animal, these fae are articulate and precise musicians and speakers.
- Incubus: (pl. Incubi) Their beauty is darkened inevitably by something that happened to them in Faerie, coloring their splendor with hints of the diabolical (blood red eyes, black nails, bat wings etc). These Changelings are tempters and temptresses, creatures imprisoned by lust but who can also wield it like a weapon. Not to be confused with "Incubus" as a term for entities of the Dream World.
- Minstrel: The Gentry love to be entertained and moved, especially by music. Fairest trained as Minstrels spend their durance serenading their Keepers, sometimes with an instrument, sometimes using only their voices.
- Muse: Their beauty inspires the arts. Whether a Romanesque beauty, a sedate and delicate daughter of the Heavenly Ministry, a grotesquely beautiful masquer garbed in tatters, or a Dark Lady who drives her beloved to destruction, the Muse inspires the creation of things of beauty and honor and love and feat.
- Playmate: The Keepers turned them into the living embodiment of friendship. Difficult tasks are made far easier by their very presence, and one is often drawn to their easy company.
- Polychromatic: They are the sons and daughters of the rainbow, fae who are the living embodiments of color itself. Their hair and eyes flash all number of vibrant colors, sometimes shifting to match the Fairest's temper.
- Romancer: Some Keepers recognize that a Gentry’s greatest and most enduring love is itself. Lost who become Romancers were taken to act as a form of mirror, reflecting things not as they were but as the Gentry wished them to be.
- Shadowsoul: The antithesis of the Bright Ones, these fae are the most beautiful chosen of the night. Their beauty comes from the darkness they swathe themselves in rather than the light they radiate.
- Succubus: (pl. Succubi) Another name for a female Incubus. Not to be confused with the Dream entities also called "Succubi".
- Telluric: Fairest imbued with the essence and spirit of the celestial bodies. They shine with an empyrean light, have hair like starry nebulae, or are marked with the signs of a specific planet.
- Treasured: Far more than any other Fairest, the Treasured were treated as nothing more than prized objects for display. They spent their durance in golden cages or atop cold stone pedestals, with no greater hope than to please the eye of a passing Gentry. Treasured are jeweled, gilded, alabaster, like Michelangelo's David. Countless hours upon a pedestal have given the Treasured the blessing of Alabaster Fortitude.
- Weiss Frau:A beautiful matron, said to protect children. Wearing all white, she is benevolent and sad. It's said that a kiss from a Weisse Frau confers protection. Inspired by the German Weisse Frau and Mexican La Llorona, "weeping woman".
This category has the following 18 subcategories, out of 18 total.
- ► Bright One (8 P)
- ► Gandharva (1 P)
- ► Incubus (3 P)
- ► Larcenist (5 P)
- ► Romancer (4 P)
- ► Weisse Frau (3 P)
Pages in category "Fairest"
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