The Sarim Fae

The Sarim Fae are among the innumerable inhabitants of the Sarim Forest. They collectively refer to themselves as the Sarim Fae, or Fae of the Sarim, to distinguish themselves from the Fae of other regions, who can differ widely in societal structure, cultural practices, and even physiology. Although they regard themselves collectively, they loosely inhabit the majority of the vast forest. Their numbers are unknown, and they have no formal, central authority. Rather, the Sarim Fae are a gerontocracy, wherein the elders carry implicit authority derived from their great wealth of experience. The long lifespan of the Fae means that elders tend to range from 800 to 1000 or more years old.

Views Toward Outsiders
In ages past the Fae of the Sarim Forest have not ventured much beyond their home, though any individual may range the entire forest freely. Moderately insular in nature, they are naturally suspicious of outsiders, though a Fae visitor from another region is treated as an honored guest except in times of the very gravest of conflicts. But such are extremely rare, and the Sarim Fae have not harbored a deep enmity with any kinfolk for many centuries. Individuals of other races who enter the forest are observed with care, but seldom harassed or even interacted with unless they behave in a way that disrespects or threatens the forest. The Sarim Fae have in the past been more trustful of elves, as elves share a reverence for nature, but in current times many elves have had too much contact with humans, and so the Fae cannot be sure of how any given elf may behave.

Human Encroachment
In recent times, human encroachment has become a growing concern for the Sarim Fae, as the city of Cideron has risen and drawn humans in greater numbers than this region of the world has ever seen before. Some young, adventurous Fae have ventured out of the forest to learn more of the humans and their ways. When the elders finally agreed to send out a diplomatic contingent to meet with the Council of Ghast, they were detained, not permitted to leave the city, due to the outbreak of the plague. Although the elders understand the need for quarantine, the detainment has been making waves amongst the Fae as a whole, some of whom believe that the humans are using this plague as a convenient cover. Most of the Fae so far believe themselves immune to this human illness.

Economy
The Fae have no system of currency, but boast an elaborate trade system based on good faith, reputation, and reciprocity. Typically when a young faerie reaches adolescence, he or she becomes attached to an adult as an apprentice for a number of years until they are skilled enough to make their own contributions in their chosen area of expertise. The Fae consider themselves the guardians and caretakers of the Sarim Forest. They facilitate the natural harmony of the ecosystem, ensuring that the Great Old Trees live on, that there is balance between predator and prey, that small fires remain isolated, and much more. Among the Fae there are healers, crafters, herblorists, scholars, wanderers, gatherers, storytellers, shamans clothiers, and many whose skill sets cannot quite be defined but who are indispensable to their clans.

Religion
While no formal religion exists among the Fae, several deities are revered, most having to do with nature. Thousands of years of history provide them with a rich spiritual foundation, filled with lore and ritual utterly unknown to outsiders.

Naming System
All Fae take as their last name the place they call home. Therefore all Sarim Fae take the last name of Sarim. The faerie’s middle name is their clan name.

Appearance
The Sarim Fae are generally elvish in appearance, having slender bodies, pointed ears, and delicate features. Their wings typically resemble those of dragonflies or lacewings. Individual features, including skin tone, hair color, and distinctive markings, can vary quite a bit from faerie to faerie. They range from about 8 to 14 inches in height and seldom weigh over 1 pound.

The Sarim Fae

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