For the next few weeks, I will write posts for this blog, sharing a bit about my life in Baile Eile, as a faerie living among humans, and about my home world of Cu Tailte, a place humans erroneously refer to as "Fairyland." I say that the term is erroneous because we Faeries are not the only ones who live there. Many races of beings inhabit Cu Tailte and we Faeries neither rule it nor own it, so it is not our land.
First, you might wonder how a faerie could live among humans and be accepted as one of them. After all, faeries are only a few inches high and have wings, right? No, that is incorrect. Some types of Faeries, such as Pixies and certain Sprites, resemble butterflies: small, winged beings. But Faeries come in many different sizes. My family's "species," if you will, are human-sized and we don't have wings, much to the disappointment of my niece, Siobhan. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you have met my sister, Keira Nightsinger. Siobhan is her daughter. Siobhan loves dragons (don't tell her mother) and yearns to be able to fly. She is one faerie who would be thrilled to have wings. Unfortunately for her, they don't run in our family. On the other hand, this "lack" is a great gift to me. It means I can enjoy a life among humans without their knowing that I'm a Faerie. Why is that important? If you are a human, I'm sure you can think of several reasons. Just think about the typical human response to "aliens." A magical alien? Most human communities would react to that either with fear (and possibly violence) or they would try to exploit the magical being. I love humans, which is why I am here, but they do sometimes have strange reactions to those they consider different.
I come from a family of banshees, so we had more frequent contact with humans than most other beings who live in Cu Tailte. From an early age, I had a great interest in and a growing love of humans. I have a gift for healing, so when I was sixteen, I decided to leave Cu Tailte and move to Baile Eile to help heal humans of illnesses and problems that "modern medicine" struggles with. The humans call me an herbalist since generally I use herbs in my treatments. At first, most people were hesitant to come to me. Some simply didn't believe in anything other than the traditional doctor / hospital route. Others were wary of taking herbs, and some people actually suspected me of being a witch. That was a worrying time for me considering the history between humans and people they thought were witches. I've been in Baile Eile for ages now, though, and most people have accepted me. Some think I'm a "quack," but at least now very few consider me dangerous.
I am looking forward to sharing with you more about the people of Baile Eile, my experiences among humans and in my native land Along the way, I will tell you a bit about my family. Please ask questions. Ask me whatever you'd like to know about my family, Cu Tailte and Baile Eile or my life as a faerie among humans.
Gurra mah aguth! * Blessings on all who read this!
*The language of CuTailte has many things in common with the Irish language. It is not Irish, however, so if you are an Irish speaker, don't think, "Oh, that's spelled wrong." You may recognize words here and there, but many words are spelled differently than in the Irish, some might look similar to Irish or sound similar to Irish words but have different meanings. I say this in the hope of clearing up any confusion.