Magic: the Gathering
By Arinaldo, 01/25/20
faeries. Fairies are present in several tales we know, and also present in the folklore and mythology of some countries. The word
fairyoriginated from the Latin word "fatum", which means
destiny. This is due to the stories and popular tales where the fairies rule the destiny of men with their magic wands. In Magic, we use the archaic spelling,
faerie. These creatures are usually represented with a light and small appearance, on top of having wings. They are only a foot tall (sometimes, even smaller) and are known to have a
taste for mischief.
greencolor and varied in appearance.
Scryb Spriteswas the first card to bear this type and was introduced in the Alpha edition. Still representing the green color,
Faerie Noblewas the first lord of the faeries, launched in 1995 in the
Pixie-Queensubtypes were incorporated into the
Faerietype (although this is no longer true for Noble). The
Ouphesubtype is used instead when we're talking about creatures that aren't small and do not have wings. For instance,
Shelkin Brownieused to be a Faerie, while
Fyndhorn Brownieused to be Brownie, and now both are considered
Ouphes. Nowadays, faeries are represented mainly by the
blackcolors. More recently, though,
Throne of Eldraineintroduced us to
whitefaeries. But before we talk about that, let's get to know a little more about faeries in the other planes of the
Fire Sprites, who are faeries that are able to cast fire spells, as well as being enveloped in a fire aura. It is unknown from which plane came the legendary faerie
Rubinia Soulsinger, but her great ability to influence others to join her cause needs no introduction, as even the most powerful warrior readily surrenders to her. Faeries from the plane of
Ravnicaare known for their malicious pranks and the inhabitants of the plane have become accustomed to their antics. There, they are also famous for
hunting trolls. In
Alara, faeries were found most often in the
Esper shard. These faeries had metallic wings and feet similar to their hands, which make them excellent mechanists. So far, the most relevant plane for this type had been
Lorwyn, which was introduced to us way back in 2007. Faeries are everywhere in
Lorwyn. Like bees collecting pollen, they are capricious, malicious, and often seen as a nuisance for most of the races in this plane. Their antics are generally harmless, but always irritating and embarrassing. Their lives are extremely short, but they live them to the fullest, constantly looking for new tricks to alleviate their boredom. The faeries of this plane live in small groups called
cliques. The notorious
Vendilion Cliqueis formed by siblings
Veesa, Endry and Iliona. Iliona is slightly older, and also their leader. Although these little creatures seem to be unpredictable, they obey their queen's wishes. They are instructed to invade and steal dreams for the benefit of
Oona, Queen of the Fae. It is said that Oona's magic is responsible for keeping Lorwyn in
eternal midsummer. All the faeries on the plane originated from her. The queen and mother of the fae lives in isolation and sees the world through the
dreamsthat her faeries bring her. Oona was one of the few creatures capable of maintaining her memories even after the
Shadowmoor, a dark and distorted version of the old plane. In Shadowmoor, faeries were the only race that did not undergo changes in their characteristics. By keeping her memory, Oona became even more powerful. As an honorable mention (still in the plane of Lorwyn), there is a legendary faerie called
Wydwen the Biting Gale. Wydwen is mysterious, comes and goes as she wishes and does not live in cliques like other faeries. Much about her is still unknown, as she is not mentioned in any Lorwyn book. We just lived an adventure in
Eldraine, a historic land of castles and magic, filled with treacherous faeries. But, just like the dishonest creatures and attractive spells that hide in the shadows, this world is not all that it seems. Most of Eldraine's faeries are opposed to the five courts, but there are beneficial faeries on that plane (a rare sight, huh?).
Mark Rosewater(head designer for MtG) believes Eldraine has the first beneficial Faeries of Magic.
Throne of Eldrainealso introduced decks designed for the
Brawlformat. There are 4 decks, and lovers of the faerie type can pick the
Faerie Schemesdeck, led by
Alela, Artful Provocateur.
Oko, a shapeshifter Planeswalker who appears to be both charismatic and presumptuous, a mysterious, intelligent and conceited figure. According to
Nic Kelman, who is one of the writers responsible for bringing these characters to life, Oko came from a plane ruled by faeries who believed in a unified society. This ruling class of faeries decided that, for the greater good, their beloved pranks should be suppressed in order to create a perfect society - but for Oko, who was born with incredible shapeshifting skills, this new culture was against everything he believed in, and calling himself a speaker of truth, Oko opposed all this hypocrisy. However, he ended up being subjected to magical procedures to suppress his powers, but these procedures only succeeded in
igniting his spark. We can imagine that it was a terrible experience for him and that it would make it almost impossible for him to trust someone again - especially those in positions of authority. And so, speaking of positions of authority, we can already imagine that Oko would not be at ease in Eldraine, and to disrupt the peace of the courts, Oko planned to eliminate the
High Kinghimself. That's all for today, and if you want to know more about the history of Eldraine, consider buying the official e-book:
Throne of Eldraine: The Wildered Quest. I hope you enjoyed this article!! Let's talk more about faeries in the comments? You can also leave your suggestions for which type I should cover next! Thank you very much for reading and until the next time!