Changeling is the name given to the various races of a faerie-kind, who have been re-entering the mortal world after the development of human civilisation drove them elsewhere. There are four basic forms of changeling that are most populous in the world today:
Other races of Changelings are said to exist, but they are rare and little is known about them. Many are not acknowledged parts of the Faerie Court.
The Faerie Court is a world-wide political structure created for the mutual support and protection of all faerie-kind. It was constructed in the 1970s (when Seerkind finally re-entered the world) along feudal lines, with a High King of Fae residing in the Silver Palace, and lesser monarchs in other continents. A disproportionate number of these positions are filled by Kithian, who are often accused of nepotism and arrogance, especially by the Seerkind. However the Kithian arent likely to step down soon, as they have lived in the mortal world longest - indeed, some never left.
The worlds Changeling, Glamour, and Banality, are three general terms used to describe what are different things for each faerie race. These terms were popularised a few years ago by a popular but controversial roleplaying game produced by some mortals in California; many believe the game to be a satire of Kithain society produced by the Seerkind - it is too accurate ! Nevertheless, these terms have caught on. Their meanings, and more traditional terms for each race are shown below:
What Faeries Look Like:
Numena are from the novel Memory and Dream - Charles de Lint
Seerkind are from the novel Weaveworld - Clive Barker
Quinona are from the novel Moonheart - Charles de lint
references to Dream are from Sandman - DC Comics
All references are for game use.
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