The feyborn are the product of mortal parents whose blood contains some tinge of fey magic. Many are born to mortal parents, although their ancestry may be tinged by a great-grandfather cavorting with a dryad, but some are the result of a powerful blessing from a fey creature of great power while the child is still in the womb. The favor of a fairy is a powerful thing, and their good will towards one who is not yet born can have a powerful effect on their blood and destiny.
The feyborn are marked with strangeness, right from their moment of birth. There is something strange and magical about them even when they lie in the cradle, their mis-matched eyes changing color with the shift of the winds. As they grow up, they exhibit an even stronger affinity with fey magic, possessing a natural way with the plants and animals of the woods and occasionally exhibiting some outward flash of fey magic.
Feyborn are more at home in the wilds of their fairy ancestors than large cities. Many suffer torment and ostracism at the hands of superstitious villagers that fear their fey nature, while others find the touch of fey-blood a blessing as they grow into maturity. From a young age, they exhibit a strong connection with the natural world and magic, and many use their skills to play practical jokes and tricks on those that surround them.
Personality: The personalities of the feyborn are as varied as the seasons and the fairies they are descended from. Some are as solemn as an aging oak tree, with others flit between emotions like a butterfly dancing across a field of flowers.
The only constant from one feyborn to the next is the sense that they are always older than they appear. Their natural understanding of nature’s rhythms and cycles, from the changing seasons to the inevitability of death, makes them constantly aware of the bigger picture.
Even the most erratic and fun-loving feyborn is influenced by their deep connection to nature, and although they may seem like a shallow nuisance to those around them, they are also prone to flashes of sudden depth and insight.
Physical Description: The feyborn’s physical features are as diverse as the mortal stock they are born into, though they are usually slender and possess a few fey traits. Eyes of two different shades are common, as is having one arm or leg a few hairs longer than the other.
Some feyborn exhibit traits that are associated with their fairy ancestors – a green cast to the skin if they are descended from a dryad, furred haunches or a small tail if they are descended from a satyr, or elven features if they are related to pixies and similar small folk.
Feyborn always seem younger than their years, and they are known to age slowly. They retain their youthful features well into their forties and fifties, and even in their dotage they have the features of humans only half their age.
Regardless of their personal magnetism and charisma, all feyborn are considered fair to look at by humans and other demi-human races. Their alien beauty often wins them admirers as quickly as their mercurial temperament drives others away.
Relations: Most feyborn are communal creatures that love interacting with others, but few maintain a strong connection to the human communities that raised them. Their long life and strange outlook often sees them leaving their homes at a young age, and many drift towards communities of other forest creatures.
With their love of woods and forests and a strong affinity for fairy mischief, many feyborn find themselves associating with true fey and gnomes. More serious feyborn can be found living among forest-dwelling elves, and some drift to communities of outcast half-breeds along with half-elves and half-orcs.
Alignment: With their strong connection to nature and their affinity for the cyclic nature of life, many feyborn tend to be fairly neutral in their view of the world. While some may drift towards mischief and randomness, and others adopt a fundamentally moral outlook on the world, they are rarely swayed far in either direction. Although they are rare, a few feyborn turn to evil as a result of the ostracism they feel in their youth or their link to a darker strand of fairy blood.
Feyborn Lands: The majority of feyborn attach themselves to the communities of other races, so they rarely possess lands of their own.
Most feyborn live among human communities, often existing on the fringes of society serving as village herbalists or fortunetellers. A rare few head off into the wilderness, living among the fey and the animals that make their homes there.
Rumors exist suggesting that the majority of the feyborn eventually find their way to the otherworldly realms of Fairy to serve in the fey courts that reside there, but few who do so are ever heard from again.
Religion: The majority of the feyborn possess a connection to nature that is stronger than any church dogma they are taught as children, so few find their way into the realms of organized religion. They are often present in nature cults and druidic circles, however, and others are known to worship the Kings and Queens of the fey as divine beings.
Languages: Feyborn grow up learning the native tongue of their homelands, usually common. They also possess the innate ability to speak to woodland creatures such as birds and small animals.
Names: Feyborn are normally raised in human cultures, although they often shunned as outsiders or aliens if their heritage is known. Their names are as diverse and unique as any other human's would be.
Adventurers: Mischief and adventure sing directly to the heart of the feyborn, and it is rare that one touched by fey blood can resist the call of travel and exploration for long. Whether they are driven from their communities by the suspicion and scorn of their peers or an insatiable need to explore the world, the feyborn quickly become natural travelers once they take that first step onto the winding roads.
Among the rambunctious hordes of adventuring parties and other travelers, feyborn find an acceptance and camaraderie that is normally absent from their adolescent years. Others find peace and serenity while wandering their beloved mountains and forests, often finding a place as a wandering messenger and guardian for the fey folk that inhabit the area.
Feyborn Racial Traits
• +2 bonus to Charisma, -2 penalty to Constitution. Feyborn possess powerful personalities and a strong sense of self-awareness, but they are frailer and weaker than normal humans.
• Medium: As Medium-size creatures, Feyborn have no special bonuses or penalties due to their size.
• Feyborn base land speed is 30 feet.
• Low-Light Vision: Feyborn can see twice as far as a human in starlight, moonlight and similar conditions of poor illumination. He retains the ability to distinguish color and detail under these conditions.
• Spell-Like abilities: A feyborn with a Charisma score of at least 11 may choose one of the following abilities: 1/day – charm person, 1/day – disguise self, 1/day – entangle or 1/day – faerie fire. Caster level 1st; save DC 10 + feyborn’s Charisma modifier + spell level. Once chosen, this ability cannot be changed. See the spell descriptions for more details.
• Add +1 to the Difficulty Class for all saving throws against enchantment spells cast by the feyborn. Their innate connection to fey magic gives them a talent for beguiling others. This adjustment stacks with those from similar effects, such as the Spell Focus or Fey Sorcery feat.
• Automatic Languages: Common. Bonus Languages: Draconic, Elven, Gnome, Sylvan and Goblin. Feyborn learn the languages of many creatures that inhabit their forests.
• Favored Class: Bard. A multiclass feyborn’s bard levels do not count when determining whether he takes an experience point penalty.
|Race||Adulthood||Barbarian, Rogue, Sorcerer||Bard, Fighter, Paladin, Ranger||Cleric, Druid, Monk, Wizard|
|Race||Middle Age||Old||Venerable||Maximum Age|
|Feyborn||60 years||100 years||150 years||+2d20 years|
|Gender||Base Height||Height Modifier||Base Weight||Weight Modifier|
|Male||4' 8"||+2d8||95 lb.||× (1d8) lb.|
|Female||4' 4"||+2d8||70 lb.||× (1d8) lb.|