Important Terms and Organizations

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Druid – Traditionally, a fey-friend. Druidism began as a tradition of Noah’s tribe, in which people acted as intermediaries between fey and other human tribes. Noah is often cited as the original druid, although it is recognized as a possibility that there were other such liaisons before Noah that simply were never recorded. Early shamans, witches, or visionaries may have practiced what is today understood to be druidism.

Druids display a variety of powers appropriate to their function, including spiritual insight, a limited ability to exercise authority over fey, and supposedly are able to access magical arts that are unique to Faery. The truth of their abilities and their link to Faery isn’t entirely certain, but they appear to be respected among humans by the fey.

Though it is often thought that druidic power is gained by obtaining favor with Faery, it’s more evident that druidic craft is a mystical art in and of itself, independent of the will of the fey people, in which one can have talent or skill just like any other art. This is especially apparent after the fall of Faery, as most fey have become hostile toward humans, but druids maintain both their peculiar abilities and the capacity to continue appearing among younger generations.

The Court of Rhadamanthus – A great cabbal of witches and sorcerers, comprised of many covens and circles, that spans the globe. Following the tradition of sorcerers seeking to harness the forces of the world around them, they both conduct research and enact machinations among nations, furthering their whispered goals. With a network of adept spies, they discover and locate all manner of beings with supernatural powers, fey or otherwise, usually attempting to exploit these beings to their ends. They have a great interest in exploring the land of Faery and gaining access to its now unattended power and lore.

The Druidic Clave – The concerted number of druids, working to understand the cataclysm of Rhea and Kadmon’s fall and to repair the damage. Largely retaining their powers after the downfall of Faery, they now resort to using their influence to combat the forces of wild or malevolent fey that endanger humankind.

Grey Court – A gathering, or gathering place, of Mawan caravans.

The Mawan – The Mawan are a nomadic people who most probably originate from the land now known as Nirieh Bavau.

Noah’s Mistletoe – A rare plant with supernatural properties. It resembles ordinary holly or mistletoe except for the paler, slightly bluish color of the leaves. Mistletoe is somehow reactive to the aura of a fey, and as such can be used in spells to hamper or even bind a fey’s powers.

Norn – An elevated being who bears an enigmatic power and responsibility toward the sustenance of a World. Norns are presumably immortal and have access to much greater knowledge than typical creatures.

Nornic Triad – Also called the nornic triplicity, the nornic triad refers to three interconnected principles of destiny, will, and the formation of future events. It is referred to as “nornic” because norns are thought to embody the culmination of these prinicples.

Paruseptra – A paruseptra is an elevated being, a type of cosmic agent similar to a norn that has certain powers pertaining to the World it inhabits. Paruseptra is derived from an old term, probably of Mavan origin, that suggests the idea of a powerful protector or keeper.

Ukou – In fey speech, “acorn.” The acorn is a symbol of reverence for the fey, as according to myth the first fey hatched from acorns that fell from the World Tree. Rumor has it that Jubelon and Jari were found in the form of acorns at the top of the Holy Tree in Faery.

Witch – As a generic term, “witch” refers to a human who practices a supernatural art. This can include sorcery, thaumaturgy, geomancy, or a psionic power. More specifically, a witch connotes a magician who employs sorcery or thaumaturgy, and less often geomancy. A witch is usually identified as someone who uses magic in a practical way as part of a lifetsyle, such as a mystic healer or a magical artisan.

An academic expert or scholar of magic is more commonly described as a sorcerer, as well as someone who practices “secret arts” outside of public use. Both terms can be appropriate for someone, however. Gilda Arhamboras is correctly called both a witch and a sorcerer.

Someone who employs innate psychic abilities is more aptly called an esper, though someone can be an esper and a witch at the same time.

Yggdrasil – Also called the World Tree. Yggdrasil is a visualization of a cosmic structure of existential planes. It’s apparent that fey understand the nature of this structure better than humans.

The properties of the cosmos are likened to a Tree that possesses different regions or components (like branch, fruit, roots, so on).

Important Terms and Organizations

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