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    Since it came up in another thread, here is my weird little thing on Fairy Animals, based on the hounds and horses of the Kingdom of Willows book. It's largely based on research into domestication of animals, with a dash of Changeling fun.
    Fairy Animals

    Humans are not the only ones who can host a fairy soul. There are fae beasts as well, and once they roamed the Flesh World in great numbers, populating the stories and dreams of humanity alongside other creatures lost to memory. As Banality spread, though, and the Mythic and Flesh Worlds parted, the fairy beasts fled or died, until none remained wild outside the Dreaming. For long centuries, only those fairy beasts carefully cultivated by the Kithain or others remained in the Autumn World.

    With the Resurgence, though, and the return of the Sidhe came others. The Sidhe did not return to the world alone; there were other Kiths that went with them, and they naturally brought their steeds, their herds, their pets and hunting animals with them. Some of these were able to be reborn as the Sidhe were into mortal frames, becoming the Arcadian breeds of different fairy animals by mimicking their masters and slipping into mortal shells. Many, however, had no domesticated or wild counterparts any longer, or even any extant living relatives, and these were forced to remain as chimerical beings, similar to the wraithly forms the Denizens take but without the sentience required to find temporary shells. These may be treated as Chimerical Companions, with the option to take the Rede Fairy Animal. This Rede costs 2 Chimera Points and grants a bonus of +2 dice to resist Banality in encounters with the enchanted where it might be mistaken for a real animal.

    Not all domesticated animals have fairy animal counterparts. In some cases, their counterparts were too rare and have died out or not made he trip back. In other cases, humans were actually encountering enchanted animals altered by fairy magic. Any animal can be enchanted, and enchanted companion animals can be taken as part of the background Retinue, treated similar to ghouled animals taken as Retainers in Vampire. Many fairy beast lines actually began through the enchanting of normal animals; over time, enchanted animals can gain powers and intelligence of their own, and this can be passed down to their descendents (p. 30 "The Enchanted" - Enchanting Beasts).

    The fae have a history of domesticating animals that others wouldn't or couldn't. Down through the ages, some breeders of more exotic fairy animals have remained. Such populations are rare, though, as lines fail, human events such as wars or changing regulations interfere, and the general hardships that the fae have faced. While breeders of special lines might still exist, their wares are sufficiently rare as to be disallowed during character creation unless listed as otherwise. However, when the Sidhe returned, some of the animals which returned with them were of these sorts, and in mimicking their masters found sanctuary in wild creatures. Sadly, many of these are lost again before they can be found, but some seek out their masters while others are "found" in visions and quests or through reports of beasts behaving strangely. Because they are Arcadian, they are particularly susceptible to Banality and thus remain quite rare.

    Fairy Animals which were bred during the Interregnum do undergo a form of the Changeling Way. However, their spirits are more fragile than those of fully sentient fae, moving down carefully-bred bloodlines maintained by the Kithain and other fae in the Autumn World. When bloodlines are lost for one of the many reasons noted above, the creatures can return in normal animals just as sentient fae do, but they often have succumbed to Banality swiftly, and eventually stop coming back, either dissipating or fleeing instinctively into the comparative safety of the Dreaming. Once in a rare while these lost souls are recognized in some way or other, and this is one of the many ways that tales of remarkable animals come to be.

    Sentient fairy animals do exist, but are even more rare than normal fairy animals. Most of those left during the Interregnum have fled into the Dreaming, and notably few have returned from Arcadia with the Sidhe. Occasionally a normal fairy animal wakes into sentience over the course of time. Sentient fairy animals are so rare as to require special approval and maximum cost (see below). Sentience in this case is defined as full self-awareness; fairy animals can be quite intelligent and seem uncanny in their knowledge, but without full sentience are not wholly self-aware and thus limited to some extent in their abilities.

    Fairy animals are available as companions using the Fairy Animal Companion background. This background may be possessed more than once to represent multiple creatures; clearly, this limits the number of fairy animals a PC can possess. This is done purposely; long time breeders with a sizable stock are limited to NPCs. This does not prevent a PC from attempting to go into breeding the old-fashioned way, securing two or more fairy animals and attempting to establish a population.

    As noted above, there are two basic types of fairy animal: Commoner and Arcadian, also known as Normal and Double-Blooded, respectively. Commoner fairy animals are those which have been bred in the Autumn World, and are nearly always domesticated animals (including exotic species not normally tamed). One parent is always a non-fae animal, and this is the same as giving them one foot in the real world, helping to protect them from Banality the way fae who remained during the Interregnum are by their undertaking of the Changeling Way. Normal fairy animals are less likely to have special powers, but are more commonly available.

    Arcadians, on the other hand, suffer just as Sidhe do when faced with Banality. Furthermore, they tend to be faster, stronger, and all around "finer" than their mortal cousins to such a degree that their presence in a dog show or horse race would undoubtedly result in the unmasking of their true essence. Confined to Freeholds, the Dreaming, and wilderness regions, these animals might be superior but have limited use in the Autumn World. They are often called Double-Blooded, because breeding two fae-blooded animals will effectively produce Arcadian offspring. Not all fae souls are reincarnations; when fae breed, whether sentient or animals, new fae souls can be born, though resulting children are also just as likely to attract old souls. Fortunately for Arcadians, non-sentient animals as a whole do not suffer from Bedlam.

    Roles of Fairy Animals in Fae Society
    Fairy animals can be found in most of the same roles as their mundane counterparts, with one major exception: meat. A vast majority of fae find the idea of eating a true fairy animal abhorent where they might not feel the same for a normal, enchanted, or chimerical animal. Pooka and other shapeshifters in particular feel a definite affinity for them, often seeing fairy animals as family virtually. There are exceptions, of course. Most Redcaps actually savor the taste of fairy animal flesh as a delicacy, though Redcaps who own fairy animal stock sometimes rely on them instead for milk, eggs, wool, muscle, or just companionship and can zealously guard their own while gladly devouring anything else that comes along. There are always some fae who argue that they are mere animals, albeit magical and rare; in the end, it can be a controversial subject.

    The biggest roles most fairy animals fill are companionship and mounts. For many fae, these are one and the same. Legends of fae and humans with unusual animal comrades have helped to keep such ties alive down through the ages. Far less common are fairy animals used for draught, muscle, wool, fur, eggs, milk, and similar products or services; it is not that there are fewer tales of them, but that in these tales the animals are rarely focused on heavily. The primary exception would be animals used for hunting or finding, which often blends with companionship again.

    Breeds of Fairy Animals
    Horses and dogs, known as Faerie Steeds and Faerie Hounds, are two of the best known and most widely-spread types of fairy animal. They are both detailed in the Kingdom of Willows book. Stories abound with tales of magical steeds and dogs, often attached to legendary figures. Many of these were fae in nature, and you can still find many varieties that conform with breeds from the old stories. Unusual size, coloration, intelligence, and abilities are often found among these mainstay friends of humanity and the fae. Nunnehi had their own fairy hounds, and have developed several horse lines as well, particularly among the tribes that have come to heavily value and incorporate equines into their culture.

    Raptors and Owls
    Falconry has a long history, and is perhaps unique in that the birds used for it have never truly been domesticated. While some breeders do exist, a more common practice has long been what is called "hacking": the capture and training of young birds, who are then used for a time and eventually released back into the wild. This insures that the birds can survive in the wild both before, after, and if they should fly free, and that they have the proper instincts as hunters. Falconry has long been seen as a symbol of the aristocracy, but nomadic and non-agrarian societies have long made use of falconry on a more practical level to provide small game during the winter months and supplement a limited diet.

    There is an undoubtedly romantic air surrounding falconry that has long attracted many fae to it. While the practice makes many Pooka nervous (though no less so perhaps than hunting dogs), numerous Sidhe engaged in it before they left and took their favorite birds with them to Arcadia. Down through the Interregnum many commoners engaged in it, particularly those who styled themselves as lords in the absence of the Sidhe. Trolls seem to find a certain stoic delight in the practice, and many Eshu hail from cultures where falconry is still practiced both practically and as a status symbol.

    Fae make use of many species humans do not in their falconry. Because of the practice of hacking, bloodlines have managed to remain among wild raptors, and the return of Arcadian breeds has added new blood to the mix. Too, though owls are rarely used by mortals in falconry many fae are more attuned to the dark hours, and so many more species of owl can be found as companions. Fae often have to work harder to capture or coax in fairy raptors and owls, but the effort is well worthwhile and lifelong bonds are often forged. Though many returned Sidhe practice falconry with normal enchanted birds, those with fairy souls are highly prized. Due to their uniquely free ways, commoners are as able to find and connect with these hunters as nobles are.

    Other Mounts
    Though "Fairie Steeds" commonly refers to horses, they are far from the only mounts the fae make use of. In fact, tales abound of the fae riding animals humanity considers exotic or strange. Especially small fae in particular have been known to ride animals a human could not, such as dogs.

    Ponies are a classification of small horses, and so fall under Fairie Steeds. Donkeys and mules have enjoyed a long history in stories, and in fact donkeys were domesticated before horses; though technically different animals, they also will be treated as Fairie Steeds, and many smaller fae still ride them. There is a rich history of tricksters, troubadours, servants, and others riding donkeys.

    Camels have a history with humanity as old as horses, particularly the dromedaries. In fact, the only wild dromedaries today are a feral population in Australia, and the wild bactrians of central Asia are both highly endangered and quite different in form from their own domesticated counterparts. Three hybrids have also been developed and bred; of these, the most popular among the fae is the direct cross between the Dromedary female and Bactrian male. Called the F1 Hybrid by some, they prefer the more exotic names it bears; Tülu in Turkey, Majen in Saudi Arabia, Iver in Turkmenistan, and Bertaur in Kazakhstan. In Iran, males are called Boghor and females Hachamaia. There are some lines of the F2 Bactrian and Dromedaries, though, bred from the F1 and their progenitors, and these still enjoy popularity with the fae, who love anything especially exotic and less well-known to outsiders. For more on camels: Camels

    Reindeer (or Caribou) have been domesticated nearly as long as horses and camels. Lesser-known in warmer climes, they are a common element in the legends of the arctic and subarctic in both Eurasia and North America. Though humans more often use them to pull sleds, fae have been known to ride them. There are still herds kept that produce some fae-blooded reindeer, and with the resurgence more have arrived, as the Arcadians do seem to love their horned animals. Besides companionship, mounts, sled-pulling, and muscle, both the milk and small amounts of blood are used for cooking, making liquors, and other purposes.

    Goats also enjoy a long association with the fae. While mainly seen in the same capacity as donkeys when used as mounts, they are often valued for companionship and milk. Some sheep also fall into this category, though many sheep kept by fae tend to instead harken back to their wild ancestors or come from other, mostly wild breeds. Some see this as stemming from the apparent fae connection with horns. Satyrs in particular often bond with goats and sheep, unsurprisingly, but many of the Kiths have long-held associations with them, including Trolls and Redcaps. Naturally, wool or fur sheared from a fairy goat or sheep is highly valued. There are darker tales of using them for sacrifices, for meat, vellum, or their hides, and some say the Golden Fleece came from such a beast.

    Both antlered and horned animals are very popular with the fae in general. Particularly potent fairy deer, goats, or sheep are rare, but more common varieties can be found the world over. They are often confused with enchanted animals, though, and often enchanted and fairy beasts will be in the same herd or flock. The fae affinity for antlered and horned animals means that many species are also domesticated in very small numbers, and with the Resurgence Arcadian counterparts have emerged in surprising places. Overall, though, obtaining these animals is an expensive proposition due to their scarce distribution and how jealously they are guarded. It is far more common to see their products in fae markets, mainly wool and dairy-based foods and drinks but also some horns and antler-crafted items (usually harvested after natural death or from species that shed theirs) or leather (also usually harvested after natural death).

    Another classic staple of old stories is the pig. The history of the pig in stories is a dark one in many ways; they often symbolish foolishness and can be a whimsical companion to the hero, but the knowledge that most pigs are destined to be eaten is constantly there. Pigs have been bred to find truffles, and fairy tales will have pigs as mounts sometimes for comical characters. On the other hand, many species of wild boar are also associated with the fae due to their perceived status as wild themselves. True fairy pigs or boars are rare, though, and there are no more than a handful of breeders left in the whole world. Occasionally Arcadians or rare surviving Autumn World souls will slip into a wild pig, a pampered pet, or a celebrated porker, but overall fairy pigs suffer and have dwindled heavily in the modern world. Fae who remember them from ages past value them for their intelligence, their keen sense of smell, and their sturdy, determined nature, and some Pooka remember their association with the old tales of whimsy. All told, fairy pigs are rare and valuable. A truly great boar might make a fine steed, but many find it easier now to simply train an enchanted one.

    If fairy pigs have become rare, fairy cows are virtually extinct in much of the world. These bovines include Taurines (the most common variety now), Zebu, Yaks, Bison, and several other species. Used for muscle, meat, milk and leather, many of these species have simply become too mundane in the eyes of humanity for fae souls to survive among them any longer. The two main exceptions are in the Indian subcontinent and among the Bison of North America. The Hindu reverence for cattle and cows has kept them elevated so that fairy animals may yet be found in this region. Few of these are in fae hands, ironically, or even recognized for their true nature beyond the respect Hindus offer them. North American Bison also enjoy a very limited number of fairy animals among them, due to the strong role they once played in the lives of the native tribes who lived in harmony with them. However, so many were destroyed and the species so decimated that fairy souls found among the herds are few now and inevitably claimed and watched over by the Nunnehi, who will stop at nothing to keep them out of the hands of Kithain. Not truly domesticated, fairy bison are wild animals with a touch of magic to them which Nunnehi and their relatives recognize and respect, much in the manner of Indic ones. Fairy cattle are so rare in general that there isn't a single true herd left in the world, and the term has come to refer to enchanted animals instead usually. A rare few have arisen and been bred, but their lines have proven notoriously difficult to maintain and are often lost within a generation or two to Banality. Though unrelated, the water buffalo also falls into this category effectively.

    Kithain have noted that llamas and alpacas appear to have fairy animal counterparts. These were long rarely seen outside of South America, where it is believed that the local Nunnehi there bred them. With the slow rise in llama and alpaca farming elsewhere in the world, though, they have gradually spread, and there are currently two known small breeding populations of each in North America. Used in much the manner of donkeys or horses, alpacas can also supply a soft wool, as can their wild progenitors, the vicuñas, and both can be milked, ridden, or harnessed. Llamas are also gaining an increased usage as guard animals, playing on an instinctual urge similar to that in sheep dogs. They have been put to work guarding herds of sheep, goats, alpacas, and other livestock, and for this purpose fairy llamas especially are becoming sought after for enchanted flocks and herds. Llamas are not the only animals valued for this work; besides dogs, still the most common, donkeys, kangaroos, and ostriches have all been used successfully. Fairy dogs bred for guarding flocks are the easiest to get, though donkeys are also readily available. If any fairy kangaroos exist, nobody has spoken of it.

    Ostriches, on the other hand, have inspired cultures and civilizations for millennia. As far back as sixty-thousand years ago hunter-gatherers were using ostrich eggs as canteens (a practice still in use today), their leather is said to be the strongest commercially available, and their feathers have long been highly sought after. They are so adaptable they've been farmed in climates ranging from South Africa to Alaska. Moreoever, ostrich racing is popular in Africa, and apparently has been for a long time; a statue was found in the tomb of Arsinoe II, co-ruler of Egypt around the 3rd century BC, of her riding an ostrich. The fanciful idea of fae riding giant birds is an old one. Most were magical beasts long relegated to the Dreaming, but ostriches remain, and in this modern era are actually on the rise in popularity among the Kithain, with a number of notable breeders.

    Beyond these, other fairy mounts are even more rare. It has been claimed that there are a handful of fairy elephants left in the world, Asian elephants largely found among the palaces or remote jungles of Southeast Asia. Every so often some other beast is seen being used in such a manner, but more often than not these turn out to be either enchanted, chimerical, or involve treasures. Still, among the fae, miracles happen.

    Animals for War and Hunting
    Humanity has long used animals for battle and the hunt, and the fae have followed suit (or, some claim, set the pace). Many of these creatures are also used as guardians or companions. Mounts are among the most common, and handled above. Fairy hounds are naturally also highly used in these fields, as are raptors and owls. Both have been used for various purposes, from guard duty and outright battle to carrying messages. For the latter, some fae have come to favor smaller animals like the kestrel which see less use in open falconry.

    Cats are mentioned here because besides being classical companions, familiars, and confidants, they have a long history as hunters. While humans simply turn them loose to deal with pests, the fae have more options, and can often more closely relate to and guide their feline friends. Few non-fae enemies would suspect the use of a cat as a spy, a courier, or even an assassin, but the fae can get quite creative in their use of these canny creatures, and there are perhaps as many fae breeds of cat as of dog. They populate a whole genre of stories practically, as everything from hero to villain, fool to mastermind, and a sizable percentage of Pooka are of a feline persuasion. Hybrids with wild cousins are sometimes carefully encouraged as well. Less common among the fae-blooded are others of the feline family; the callous use of big cats by humanity over the centuries in bloodsports and hunting as greatly damaged the potential for fairy animals among them, to the point that they are so rare as to not really be spoken of here in any major way. Even Arcadian returns can only so bolster the population of fairy big cats in the face of their dwindled numbers.

    Ferrets have a long history with humanity as well. Though once used extensively for hunting, particularly rabbits, most now enjoy simple companionship status. While not as numerous in their variations as dogs or cats, there are special fae-only breeds of fairy ferret, or Ferrie, as some like to quip. These variances are mainly a matter of coloration but also can include size differences and various odd quirks such as unusual abilities. Ferrets are bright, inquisitive, and mischievous, making them favorites among many fae; their name stems from the Latin "furittus," meaning "little thief," a likely reference to their penchant for secreting away small items. Many a fae has made use of this habit, training them as spies, couriers, and thieves. The well-known depiction of the pair Kodo and Podo from the movie Beastmaster may seem fanciful to those unfamiliar with ferrets, but it is dead on, as many fae know.

    Many birds show up in old tales, but few fairy birds have survived compared to mammals. The chicken, rock pigeon, goose, turkey, barbary dove, Indian peafowl, goose, muscovy, guineafowl, mute swan, and Mandarin duck all have been domesticated for centuries, even millennia in a few cases. Very few harbor fairy souls, though, as they so often live harsh lives. The domesticated turkey has had the brains bred right out of it, and the lives of most chickens are no better.

    Rock pigeons and barbary doves, however, have long been bred for show. Lines have been maintained for centuries, including the homing pigeon variety of rock pigeon. There are still fae breeders who specialize in them, and rock pigeons enjoy a special bit of notoriety for their service as messengers during the two World Wars. Though hardly as numerous as other fairy animals, it is possible to obtain rock pigeons and several of their subspecies, some exclusively fae; barbary doves are more rare and less useful, but still have a couple of dedicated breeders.

    Chickens are one of the oldest-known domesticated birds, and are easily the most numerous species in the world. They are primarly used for food, either themselves or their eggs. Some cultures also fight them. With so many, it is no wonder that a few fae lines have managed to survive. These are invariably not your usual chickens, often producing unusual eggs or plumage, sometimes smarter, sometimes larger or smaller. Boggans especially like chickens, and enjoy developing new breeds for their meat and eggs. When fortunate enough to have developed or maintained a fae line, the eggs are the primary interest, and the chickens often become virtual members of the family with them. Many others also maintain chickens for their eggs, particularly with more potent lines that lay unusual eggs. This is also sometimes seen with ducks and geese.

    Recent years have seen a boom in efforts to create unusual and unique chicken breeds. Some have traveled to South America to make use of the araucana, a unique variety that has been shown to be pre-Columbian and quite possibly brought across the Pacific. Some aracaunas have no tail, and some have tufts of feathers around their ears; many lay blue-green eggs. This exotic flavor naturally attracts the attention of the fae. A few Nockers have gotten into the act recently after the discovery in 2006 that a recessive gene in chickens could be activated causing them to grow teeth. The subsquent creations have been bizarre indeed, and a well-known group of egg-guzzling Redcaps in England commissioned the creation of what they like to call the Sabre-Toothed Chicken. Naturally, most of these breeds aren't fae-blooded, but merely enchanted animals, but some unusual variations have certainly been added to fae lines.

    Geese are actually a favorite of many Trolls and Redcaps, and not just those trying to find the one laying the golden eggs. Geese have been used as guard animals for centuries, and their aggressive nature naturally appeals to these Kiths. There are several lines of fae geese that have been carefully maintained, often by these two Kiths or Boggans. Redcaps are known to be possessive of their livestock in general, though some feel that it's just a Redcap's nature to find any reason to pick a fight. Fairy ducks are far more rare, with their lines poorly maintained except among some Boggan and Pooka fanciers. Indian peafowl, however, remain a favorite among the fae for their vibrant feathers, and the few fae lines have been rigorously kept up over the years, as those with fairy blood exhibit colors and displays to dazzle the eye.

    Other Species
    Generally, fairy animals exist in a precarious state; too much or too little contact with humanity can mean the end of a line. While the resurgence brought back some extinct species, these are rare and effectively endangered. It has been said that House Aesin brought back more normally wild animals successfully than the other Houses due to their bond with animals, and indeed they have seemed to have better fortune forging bonds with wild fae animals, many of which seem to specifically seek them out. It has also been whispered that Pooka, Selkies, and other shapeshifters have revitalized or created fairie lines by breeding with animals, but these remain largely rumors.

    Powers and Attributes of Fairy Animals
    Fairy Animals have fae miens and mortal forms just like Changelings. There are usually fewer differences between the two, but this is not always the case with fairy animals that exhibit more fantastic forms. Arcadians are also prone to more unusual miens than Commoners, another reason they have so much trouble with Banality. Many fairy animals are fae counterparts of well-known breeds, but some are their own breeds and merely take the form of animal with the nearest visual similarity. For example, black dogs or hellhounds might masquerade as rottweilers or boxers.

    Fairy Animals can enter and leave the Dreaming along opened trods. They are capable of following a Silver Path so long as it remains visible, and can even leave the path without becoming lost if the area they enter equates with a homestead or freehold. They do not have to be enchanted to interact with the Dreaming, nor Chimerical objects and creatures in the Autumn World.

    Many fairy animals can develop Attributes and Abilities far beyond the normal limits of their species. The most potent may gain access to perks or boons similar to Kithain birthrights or chimerical charms. However, their biggest asset is their ability to interact and move between the Autumn World and the Dreaming fluidly. Even Arcadians and Double-Bloodeds, who stand out like a sore thumb and suffer from Banality as Sidhe do, are better off than full Chimera when they must confront the banal world. If you are looking for a companion with more fantastic powers, though, you may be better off with a Chimerical Companion. There are pros and cons to each.

    Fairy Animals have their own Background. It works much like the Chimerical Companion Background, and in most cases, each time you take it it represents a single animal. To build a fairy animal, begin with the base stats for its species and/or specific breed and add based on the number of points put into the background. The Appearance bonus may be added OR subtracted; some animals are purposely bred to be fearsome-looking, after all. Fairy Animals may take Kenning as an Ability. Some animals might be bred with certain attributes or abilities in mind, so there may be more variance among some species than others.

    Some powers of Fairy Animals increase in the Far and Deep Dreaming, similar to the Augmen of Kithain.

    Arcadians receive a bonus over Commoners due to their more rarified nature, but keep in mind their limitations when dealing with the Autumn World. They have one extra point to spend for Physical Attributes and the Appearance Attribute and start with one more point of Glamour. As well, their max for Attributes and Abilities is raised by one, reflecting their ability to excel far beyond their more worldly counterparts.

    Level 1: Starting Attribute Bonus: +2 Physical, +1 Mental, +/-1 Appearance. Attribute Max +1.
    Starting Abilities Bonus +4 (no more than +2 in one ability). Learned Abilities Max: +2 over normal.
    3 Power Points
    Base Glamour 2, Willpower +1, Banality 3

    Level 2: Starting Attribute Bonus: +3 Physical, +1 Mental, +1 Social, +/-2 Appearance. Attribute Max +2.
    Starting Abilities Bonus +6 (no more than +2 in one ability). Learned Abilities Max: +2 over normal.
    5 Power Points
    Base Glamour 3, Willpower +1, Banality 3

    Level 3: Starting Attribute Bonus: +3 Physical, +2 Mental, +2 Social, +/-2 Appearance. Attribute Max +2.
    Starting Abilities Bonus +8 (no more than +3 in one ability). Learned Abilities Max: +3 over normal.
    7 Power Points
    Base Glamour 4, Willpower +2, Banality 2

    Level 4: Starting Attribute Bonus: +4 Physical, +3 Mental, +2 Social, +/-3 Appearance. Attribute Max +3.
    Starting Abilities Bonus +10 (no more than +3 in one ability). Learned Abilities Max: +3 over normal.
    9 Power Points
    Base Glamour 4, Willpower +2, Banality 2

    Level 5: Starting Attribute Bonus: +5 Physical, +4 Mental, +3 Social, +/-3 Appearance. Attribute Max +3.
    Starting Abilities Bonus +12 (no more than +4 in one ability). Learned Abilities Max: +4 over normal.
    11 Power Points
    Base Glamour 5, Willpower +3, Banality 1

    Power Points may be spent on appropriate powers that may include Merits, Fae Gifts, Charms, Redes, Powers from the Bygone Bestiaries book, and other abilities. They do not need to be spent on abilities that are innate to the animal naturally, such as heightened senses (though they could further augment these). Naturally, these powers are treated as fae powers in all cases; the sources cited above are noted to offer the players a wide array of sources. Full Sentience is considered a 5 point power. In most cases, the cost of the power normally will be the cost in Power Points (and thus more potent abilities may not be available to lower-level animals). Other sources for ideas on powers may include the Pooka book, Werewolf and Fera merits, Blood-Dimmed Tides, and the many books dealing with spirits, familiars, and similar subjects.

    You are not REQUIRED to spend all of your Attribute, Ability, or Power points if it does not fit what you want in your animal. Power Points may also be spent to raise Glamour as if they were Freebies (at a rate of 2 for 1).

  • #2
    Wow, that is a lot, and really cool!

    I havery been wondering for a log time about sentient fae that are primarily animals and not humanoids. This lead to one of my home brew projects, the Beithoch sith (bae-ock shee) beast kith. I was a bit shocked to see warpletinger in the C20 book actually, as they were one of the beast kith I had. The other core kith were cat sith (fae cats) cwn anwn (fae hounds) muryan (fae bugs from Cornwall) zalty (Russian snake-fae) saleerandees (lizzard like fae of balefire) and each tenned (horses). In all the storest they appear in they are specifically called fairies, and are as sentient as any satyr or troll, just not humanoid.

    I figure they've been around a long time, just like the inanime, as human dreams of animals, but have generally kept away from the kithain because they are often treated like lower creatures (I have a history half written up...much like most of my projects)


    • #3
      You mentioned the rumor that pooka may have created fae animal kinain by breeding get with mundane animmal. Can pooka breed with members of their animal kin? It makes sense that they could, I just don't think it has ever been addressed (to the best of my knowledge).

      Selkies were said to do so, in the old Immortal Eyes books, but I don't know about pooka


      • #4
        Originally posted by Urabyfirst View Post
        You mentioned the rumor that pooka may have created fae animal kinain by breeding get with mundane animmal. Can pooka breed with members of their animal kin? It makes sense that they could, I just don't think it has ever been addressed (to the best of my knowledge).

        Selkies were said to do so, in the old Immortal Eyes books, but I don't know about pooka
        The first edition player's guide mentioned something about pooka born in their animal forms.


        • #5
          It might be complicat d for f make pooka getting preggo, would it be born human or horse/water. But I imagine it would be easier for male pooka.

          It is a time for great deeds!


          • #6
            *tries breeding a fairy animal with a Fera*Kinfolk and Fairy animal!


            • #7
              Originally posted by Lian View Post
              *tries breeding a fairy animal with a Fera*Kinfolk and Fairy animal!
              Actually not a bad idea. It would be an interesting mix. A wolf Kinfolk and a faerie wolf would produce something strange. The Red Talons would be both flabbergasted and horrified at the same time!


              • #8
                Originally posted by Demigod Beast View Post

                Actually not a bad idea. It would be an interesting mix. A wolf Kinfolk and a faerie wolf would produce something strange. The Red Talons would be both flabbergasted and horrified at the same time!

                Or you just get a Fianna...


                • #9
                  Well, there ARE the Ceilican. So why not some other weird hybrids and relatives? On that note, Hawaii (and the Pacific peoples in general) is full of shark people myths. Could Rokea and Menehune intermingle? Why not?


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Windthin View Post
                    Well, there ARE the Ceilican. So why not some other weird hybrids and relatives? On that note, Hawaii (and the Pacific peoples in general) is full of shark people myths. Could Rokea and Menehune intermingle? Why not?
                    Glamour and Gnosis don't mix. It's so we don't get Sam Haight 2: Terrible Crossover Boogaloo. Also, the Rokea outside the Beast Courts just outright haven't bred with humans with any frequency for ages, and in modern times, betweener-hunting slews tend to kill the ones they find.

                    (9 times out of 10, it would probably result in a normal changer who can learn the Fianna Gift: Faerie Blood easily.)


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Saur Ops Specialist View Post

                      Glamour and Gnosis don't mix. It's so we don't get Sam Haight 2: Terrible Crossover Boogaloo. Also, the Rokea outside the Beast Courts just outright haven't bred with humans with any frequency for ages, and in modern times, betweener-hunting slews tend to kill the ones they find.

                      (9 times out of 10, it would probably result in a normal changer who can learn the Fianna Gift: Faerie Blood easily.)

                      Asside from the Ceilican and Fianna....


                      • #12
                        I like this a lot. To simplify it, I'd just rule that such faerie beasts are chimera or bygones bound into animal forms by the Kithain, and so they only appear in carefully bred family lines, except for the odd fluke. They don't undergo the Changeling Way, as such, because that seems to imply sentience. Then you just need an oath/ritual to cover the ability. A sort of extended kind of enchantment.


                        • #13
                          Yeah that sounds fair... hehe

                          Its less then a Fae, and Chimera qualifies.

                          I feel the Kinain effect is part of whats extending it. Like a breed of Kinain, just a touch of Faery. With those more infused, like the Arcadian steeds fulling possessing a Steed first generation, and the cultivated. Sounds simple and fun to pop in a game.

                          It is a time for great deeds!


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lian View Post

                            Asside from the Ceilican and Fianna....
                            The former are a weird result of the breedbook author's preoccupations and a subsystem for extra-important secrets given to the Bastet that was ditched in Revised (where the Ceilican became the Hellcats) as if it had never existed, and then fished back up for W20. The latter are pretty much indistinguishable from any other tribe in most respects, except for Gifts that they learn that are named after fae. Don't tell them that you can learn "Gift of the Spriggan"; it freaks most of them out, for some reason, even more so than Balor's Gaze.


                            • #15
                              This is all great, but what about fairy plants? Forests, crops, gardens and such?