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Forest Fey-Folk

Bestiarum Vocabulum: Fey-Folk

The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.

Boy-Fey
Boy-Fey

fey-folk [ˈfā fōk] noun, c.1100; OE fǣge and fāh hostile, outlawed < High OGer feigi doomed < ME feye; also boy-fey (masculine), girl-fey (feminine), fay, fah, fae, faerie, fairy, sprite, pixie, imp, brownie, puck, boggart

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. A class of diminutive magicians as tall as the length of a human’s hand from the wrist to the tip of the middle finger. Weighs about as much as a heavy thought. Called “fey” for their impression of vague unworldliness.
  3. See fairy, brownie, and boggart in the Bestiarum Vocabulum.
A Dragonette in Sye

Bestiarum Vocabulum: Dragonette

The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.

Dragonette
Dragonette

dragonette [drag-uh n ɛt] noun, 1175–1225; ME < OF < L dracōn < GR dracon + ette; also dracon (informal), Seri or Madam Drracon’el (formal)

  1. Denizen of the Enchanters of Sye world.
  2. A dragonette is a miniature five-pound dragon; typically 4’ long with wing span almost 5’ wide.  Domesticated dragonettes are the pampered pets of powerful magicians and Enchanters.  Along with a basic omnivore diet consisting of fish and fresh vegetables, dragonettes must also consume magical essence daily to stay alive.  Because they eat magic, the owner must acquire and register the dracon through the local Magic Guild. These sentient magical creatures are the colors of the four magic types: Earthe, Mer, Aer, and Fyre.
  3. Personages: Arnl’jhott in Wrath and Tredan’s Bane; Taithleach in Tredan’s Bane.
  4. See “Dragonettes in Sye” and “Here There Be Dragonettes
Dryad's Chair in the Woods

Bestiarum Vocabulum: Dryad

The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.

Dryad
Dryad

dryad [ˈdrī-əd,-ad] noun, c.1400; Gr drys tree < L dryad-, dryas; also wood nymph, hamadryad, naiad, sylph, or nymphet.

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. A flora magician, about 3 feet tall, with a beautiful woman form. Typically a shepherdess in orchards, pine coppices in the highlands, or oak groves near planting fields. Makes its home in the largest tree (called the “monarch”) and uses the monarch’s roots to supply earth magic to the trees in its care.
  3. Personages: The malevolent orchard dryad on Hurt Island in Ephraim’s Curious Device.
  4. See “Review: Delphinia’s Willow
Kate Receives a Tarot Card Reading

Review: Trials of Hallion Book 1: Two of Swords

Trials of Hallion Book 1: Two of Swords by Maria Greene is an epic fantasy about a New York office worker named Kate who battles evil sorcery in a fantasy land.

A Magical Door Takes Kate into Hallion
A Magical Door Takes Kate into Hallion

Kate McKnight inherits Liliath Cottage from her eccentric Aunt Mattie. Soon after she arrives in her aunt’s Scotland hometown, a magical door takes Kate into Hallion. There she embarks on a quest to overthrow an evil sorcerer named Kil Morgol, whose magic is poisoning the land. Helping Kate is Scotland native Jamie Kirkland, the current Earl of McAndrew. Problem is, Jamie has rejected the Old Art of his lineage and is ill prepared to help Kate.

Eavesdropping Plants Have His Sinister Magical Taint
Eavesdropping Plants Have His Sinister Magical Taint

Soon after arriving in Hallion, Kate receives a tarot card reading that identifies puzzling obstacles in her upcoming journey. But it’s clear that Kate and her allies must find hidden scepters and a mysterious artifact called the Drewander Codex to gather magic powerful enough to defeat Kil Morgol. His sinister magical taint is everywhere, even in the eavesdropping plants. Time is running out for Hallion.

Trials of Hallion Book 1: Two of Swords is awhirl with a hero’s journey icons. While tarot card symbols are a familiar fantasy technique, the story uses it well. Maria Greene has a deft hand at scattering unusual people in Kate’s journey. A surprise awaits the reader concerning an unexpected shape shifter. Lita recommends this story for fantasy fans who like a traditional tale mixed with the practicalities of a modern-day heroine.

Trials of Hallion Book 1: Two of Swords on Amazon US

Trials of Hallion Book 1: Two of Swords on Amazon UK

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Will 'o the Wisp

Will ‘o the Wisp: Swamp Siren (Part 2)

A Will 'o the Wisp's Seductive Light
A Will ‘o the Wisp’s Seductive Light

Last time, we put on hip boots and splashed around in the fen near Lita’s castle. We met the swamp’s malevolent siblings, Will and his sister Wisp.

The Will ‘o the Wisps invited us to dinner. Shall we join them and exchange some small talk? Lita must tell Gentle Reader a story about a wizard’s swamp date with these sirens.

Swamp Siren

Wizard Kadmeion, his assistant Sir Bright, and some thick-witted goons had to travel through Murphy Swamp. It’s a bog on floating Hurt Island where everything goes wrong unless the traveler is a pessimist.

Have a Care, Sir Wizard, If a Will 'o the Wisp Asks You to Stay for Dinner
Have a Care, Sir Wizard, If a Will ‘o the Wisp Asks You to Stay for Dinner

During the night, Wisp and her gal pals sang a siren song to lure the doomed wizard and goons into the swamp’s chill water. Guess what was on the girls’ dinner menu? Tasty wizard’s flesh, served tartare and still warm on the bone.

Another Fine Mess

The dangerous spell woke Bright. His half-elf nature provided scant protection from the evil magic, but he still plunged into the knee-deep muddy swamp water and went after the enthralled wizard. Bright’s poor aim with a flung stone missed the siren’s light and instead knocked Kadmeion out cold.

The ravenous Will ‘o the Wisps swarmed, settled onto the wizard and his assistant, and prepared to feast. Bright was a mage still coming into his magical powers, and had just one desperate way to get them out of this mess.

We’re Late

So sorry Lita is a tease, but we must run now and catch the last airship home. We can stop along the way if Gentle Reader would like to read more about how their adventure began in the Clockpunk Wizard world of Ephraim’s Curious Device.

Will 'o the Wisp

Will ‘o the Wisp: Swamp Siren (Part 1)

Beyond the forest and rim-ward of Lita's castle is a fen.
Beyond the forest and rim-ward of Lita’s castle is a fen.

Beyond the forest and rim-ward of Lita’s castle is a fen. Let’s put on hip boots, splash right in, and meet its resident sirens. Just like mermaids, these girls love wizards to death.

The Will ‘o the Wisp only comes out at night. This fiery little witch has many names: ignis fatuus (“foolish fire”), chir batti, jack o’ lantern, hinkypunk, spook-light, hobby lantern, pixy-light, marsh ghost-light, Luz Mala, friars’ lantern, corpse light, Min Min light, and orb. Let us call her Wisp.

Wisp and her ilk are mischievous and malign. Here are stories travelers have told Lita.

Wisp Left the Traveler at the Edge of a Precipice
Wisp Left the Traveler at the Edge of a Precipice

Follow Me Not

Wisp carried a lantern and guided a late-returning fellow all over the countryside. She took him to the edge of a chasm, leapt across, doused the lamp, and laughed.

Wisp left the man far from home, standing in pitch darkness, at the edge of a precipice.

Blacksmith Will (Wisp’s brother, methinks), made a deal with the Devil and won a piece of glowing pit coal. Will uses it to warm his hands and light the way on desolate walks through the marshes. Wisp’s helpful bro leads wanderers into the swamp and abandons them when they come close to Will’s hell light.

The Curious Follow the Will 'o the Wisp's Path
The Curious Follow the Will ‘o the Wisp’s Path

Graveyard Path

Will and Wisp’s lights are also death omens. Curious nighttime travelers see the siblings’ small flickering flames in graveyards and call them “corpse lights.”

The blue-green flames mark the path of a pending funeral. If Gentle Reader follows the path away from the graveyard, it takes you to the soon-to-be deceased’s home. Usually yours. See? Curiosity killed more than the cat.

Next time, we join this nighttime siren and her brother for dinner. Guess what’s on the menu?

Unicorn Woods

Bestiarum Vocabulum: Unicorn

The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.

Unicorn
Unicorn

unicorn [yoo-ni-kawrn] noun, c.1170–1230; ME unicorne < OF < L ūnicornis; also sparkly horse (derogatory), narwhal (aquatic form).

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. A protean (shape shifter) magician. In its land-based form, a small horse with a red, black, or white coat. In its ocean-based form, a small whale. Both have a long spiral horn on its forehead called the alicorn. To weave their magic, unicorns whip their heads so the air (or water) whistles through their alicorns. This mournful sound mimics native elf-kind enchantments.
  3. Personages: Dances on the Wind, Herd Leader, Elder Unicorn, and Silverteen in Glitter Ponies.
  4. See “Concerning Unicorns in the Clockpunk Wizard World” and “Care of a Fey-Folk Fairy (Part 2)
Get an Enchanter's Kiss Before You Go

Get a Goodbye Kiss

Gentle Reader journeys to the Enchanters of Sye world today. And the best part? Get an Enchanter’s goodbye kiss before you return home–if you dare to lose yourself in delicious enchantment.

An Enchanter's First Kiss Creates the Sweetest Enthrallment
An Enchanter’s First Kiss Creates the Sweetest Enthrallment

Sye’s Enchanters lavish affection on those who adore magical submersion. A single Enchanter’s kiss can create a delighted magical confidant–if the receiver doesn’t lose control and attack the Enchanter.

Beware. Pure magical essence from the source can drive a magic-starved recipient mad. Ah, the sweet risk of enthrallment.

Lita hears that Enchanter kisses taste like cinnamon and chocolate with a hint of peppery spice. The bold Gentle Reader can get a first Enchanter’s essence kiss here, and savor details about Sye’s magical essence.

What of taking a second kiss? That repeat binds the affectionate Enchanter to you. This tie is the Enchanters’ curse that makes these lovely magicians so generous with essence kisses.

Sharing magical essence is a pleasurable burden, but the Enchanters’ wanton affections enrage the Church magicians. If Gentle Reader wishes to become an Enchanter’s Essence Partner, pucker up here.

Stories from the Enchanters of Sye fantasy world:

Wild Brownies Live Here

Bestiarum Vocabulum: Brownie

The Bestiarum Vocabulum is the wizard’s encyclopedia of faerie beasties and mundane crossovers living in the lake and forest near Lita’s castle.

House Brownie
House Brownie

brownie [brou-nee] noun, c.1505–15; brown + -ie; brounie or urisk (Lowland Scots) or brùnaidh, ùruisg, or gruagach (Scottish Gaelic); also hob, hobgoblin.

  1. Denizen of the Clockpunk Wizard world.
  2. Tiny magician that aids in household tasks. Most house brownies work at night in exchange for small food gifts (especially porridge with honey). To get rid of house brownies, either call their gifts “payments” or mistreat them. Wild brownies live outside in dens near streams and waterfalls.
  3. Personages: Dell in Glitter Ponies.
Beautiful Dryad Girl

Review: Delphinia’s Willow

Delphinia’s Willow by Lana Axe is a fantasy short story about a forest dryad and her encounter with a wizard.

Wizard Casts a Spell
Wizard Casts a Spell

The willow dryad Delphinia awakes troubled one morning. She searches for the disruption that has unsettled her beloved forest.

Her investigations uncover an elf wizard whose careless spells has harmed the plants and animals. The dryad rages at his indifference to the woods, but the gentle willow spirit can do nothing to harm the magician. The wizard casts a spell to stun Delphinia and whisks her away.

Dryad's Hand
Dryad’s Hand

He takes the kidnapped dryad to the stony city to auction off his prize to other magicians. But a horrible surprise awaits the arrogant wizard when the forest dryad escapes.

Delphinia’s Willow is a lovely little story that pits earth magic against wizardry. It reads like a cautionary tale for children, but adults would enjoy the dryad’s resolve to right a wrong and the unexpected outcome. The wizard’s fate is especially good for a smile. Lita looks forward to reading more tales from this talented fantasy author.

Delphinia’s Willow on Amazon US

Delphinia’s Willow on Amazon UK

Delphinia’s Willow on Goodreads

Lana Axe on Goodreads

Lana Axe website