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Fey Relations with Other Beings

As a rule, fey are aloof from concerns far beyond their sylvan realms. They have many enemies, but they have little cause to deal with those enemies directly. 

Thanks to the lack of recent conflict, as well as the isolation of Faerie, the fey have managed to keep their activities and interests largely secret from mortals and extraplanar beings.

Aberrations: As creatures utterly alien to natural life and death, the fey unfaltering see aberrations as the most horrid monstrosities imaginable. Most fey think they have no right existing in Creation and seek to destroy or banish any aberrations they find, but a few extremist Seelie believe that they can be integrated into nature with dramatic enough mutation.

Elementals: The natives of the Elemental Realities are often seen by fey as tools, nothing more and nothing less. They are called upon when useful, perhaps compensated, and otherwise paid little heed. As an exception, the powers surrounding the Elder Elemental Eye (including the Princes of Elemental Evil) are greatly reviled and opposed by fey powers wherever possible, as these elementals wish to eradicate the present world in favor of the supremacy of raw elements (which the fey have little place among).

Gnomes: Said by some to be long-ago descended from fey exiles, gnomes have since proven themselves to be amusing enough to be invited back from time to time.

Lycanthropes: Although lycanthropy seems to impose the influence of nature on mortals, that is not always the case. Many common forms of lycanthropy, which twist 
the souls of their victims into the forms of specific alignments, are little connected to or influenced by nature, but rather mortal perceptions of nature. A werewolf is usually more representative of mortal fears of man-eating animals, akin to a fiendish wolf, than it is a reflection of true wolves. As a result, fey attitudes vary widely as they do on all things strongly bound to Ideals. There are rumors of other sorts of lycanthropy which are linked more directly to nature and may be respected as such by the fey.

Other Faerie Residents: Fey tend to view non-fey inhabitants of Faerie as lesser beings. Those they have greater affinity for, especially animals, plants, and vermin, are regarded almost like children. faerie dragonsfirbolgs, some magical beasts, and some monstrous humanoids are seen similarly, if with a bit more respect. However, some beasts and monstrous humanoids are also distrusted in so far as they are bound to gods or cosmic entities which the fey in question find distasteful. Finally, fomorian giants and linnorms tend to be viewed as troublesome rivals (which the fey sometimes underestimate). Many fey are especially suspicious of linnorms, but nothing has yet come to light that would sour their alliance with the Unseelie.

Other Dragons: Fey have very mixed feelings about true dragons. They find these beings to be magnificent examples of raw physical power and magical beauty, but also find their extreme alignments and overweaning greed to be annoying. Additionally, the huge amount of land and food required to sustain most dragons can often lead to resentment on the part of local fey.

Other Giants: Giants are usually seen as short-sighted fools, since their respect for nature rarely goes beyond raw elements. As exceptions, forest giants, ocean giants, and a handful of other races are much closer to the vital and magical world of the fey, and are seen nearly as equals.

Other outsiders: Many denizens of the Realms Beyond, such as devils and slaad, tend to be treated with open contempt by the fey and may serve as adversaries even to fey of similar alignment.

Fey typically deal better with genies, azatas, agathions, night hags, and titans (and demonsrakshasas, and formians to a lesser extent) than other outsiders. These groups are generally better at understanding the fey’s bonds, or deal well with the physical nature of fey. The hags of Hades may serve as allies or antagonists of fey, but their relationships (especially with the Unseelie) tend to be closer than any other between fey and the Realms Beyond.

undead: The fey often fear and loath infectious undead as perverse mockeries of nature. However, restless dead who do not spread their curse may be ignored or even elicit sympathy from fey they do not bother. A few fey, such as many of the Unseelie House of Stormwind, put the undead they find to use as slaves to attack equally reviled enemies. Additionally, the fringe group called the Harbingers of the Undying Season glorifies undeath.

Powers: The fey generally have a dim view of the powers of the Realms Beyond – more often than not, they distrust, resent, or fear the gods and their meddling, and often feel likewise about cosmic entities. In fact, some fey are terrified by clerics and holy or unholy symbols, recoiling from these things or lashing out at them on sight. The strongest root of this distrust lies in the way gods may draw fey souls away from the world they know and the endless cycle of reincarnation, bringing them into the 
afterlives in the alien-seeming Realms Beyond.

As an exception to this general trend, fey often have respect for Powers of nature. However, they usually regard nature gods as important allies or even peers, rather than figures worthy of worship. Semuanya of the lizardfolk, most elf gods except Lolth, Skerrit of the centaurs, Surminare of the selkies, and the Ancient Titans are among those who deal well with the fey as whole. Conversely, several Powers are viewed with special disdain by most fey, including notorious and perverse Lolth, treacherous Lilith, disruptive Panzuriel, and meddlesome Zuggtmoy.

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