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|“||We flourished. In the soil of those birthing woods we were molded anew. Once, we were the leftover scraps of a race nine times decimated. We had been nothing. Through our vengefulness, we became something. But when our essence is to lay waste, to obliterate, to raze, what could we become?
We became the weapons that were never used against us.
We became engines of the destruction we sought.
We became bombs.
|~ A Faerie shortly after losing his name in "They Had Names".|
|“||It is this that makes our interactions with They-Who-Swore-To-Protect of paramount importance. Names have power, and without them, we remain trapped in this gilded cage. A Name, any Name, even a borrowed one, means we will be whole enough to leave. This is why we must interact with those who drove us to this place, and why they must replace us here. We take their Names, and thereby take their place outside. Then, and only then, can we be free.||„|
|~ The Faeries in "Most Beautiful Things".|
The Faeries, or the Fae, are recurring antagonists in the SCP Foundation mythos based on various depictions of the Fairies from folklore. They are an ancient magical race currently inhabiting the dimension of SCP-4000 after losing all of their names following their failure at destroying the Foundation.
They play important roles in the "From 120's Archives" and "Project PARAGON" canons.
(Note: Due to the lack of canon in the universe of the SCP Foundation, it is up to the reader to pick which part of the group's history is canon for their headcanon.)
From 120's Archives
Around 300 000 years BCE, the Faeries alongside the Children of the Night and humanity evolved from one common ancestor, and became the three dominant species on the planet. The Faeries led by Queen Mab and her sister formed a vast empire connecting all Faeries as one nation worldwide while taking control over both humans, who were put into habitats to act as entertainment, and the Children, who were used as slaves. Eventually, the poor who had been oppressed by the aristocrats fought back under the leadership of Mab's sister, leading to Mab using her powers to help the royals win, but the Children and the humans took advantage of the chaos and decimated the royals' palaces. In the aftermath, Mab was killed after temporarily loosing her powers, while the Children became the next dominant species before humanity also overthrew them with Mab's help whose spirit lived one within her corpse.
At the beginning of time, as the two opposite forces known as "IS" and "IS NOT" created the entire universe, the very first beings that came to inhabit the newly created Earth were the Faeries formed from the remnants of IS before being followed by the human race led by Adam El Asem. During Asem's reign in the city of Audapaupadopolis, he took a star from the sky and transformed it into the powerful Crown of Apollyon.
The Faeries seeing this act as a terrible and unforgivable sin to their goddess Titania, attacked the human race, but were repelled by Asem and his sons. Refusing to let Asem get away with this, the Faeries prayed to Titania and wished to grant them a mean to bring him down for good. Titania answered by creating the Children of the Night which were sent by the Faeries to destroy Audapaupadopolis and capture Asem. The Children were successful in this task, but despite serving their purpose perfectly, the Faeries ostracized the Children due to their resemblance to humans and left them at the bottom of their cities.
After Titania found out of the Faeries' mistreatment of the Children of the Night, she betrayed the Faeries and became the Children's goddess, allowing the Children to overthrow the Faeries and take over their cities, turning the captured ones into their slaves who were used as playthings. Years following this, the Faeries were attacked by the House of Apollyon which wished to expand their territories outside of Old Europe and into the Faeries' lands. The House was able to slaughter a number of the Faeries and kidnap a fairy princess, but after being taken by them she used her magical powers to put a curse on the House, causing the kingdom's disastrous downfall. After the Flood caused by the sorcerer Noah killed most of the Children, the Faeries were able to free themselves while surviving the Flood.
SCP-001 (Bright's Proposal)
In 1911, after the newly founded SCP Foundation took over The Factory, the Faeries tried to warn them of the horrible threat posed by The Factory, but were ignored forcing the Faeries to go to war with the Foundation and The Factory. Despite their best efforts, the Faeries were able to destroy the Foundation, and kill most of the O5 Council except for O5-1. Cornered by the Faeries and having no other choice, O5-1 was forced to make a deal with The Factory, which was possessing the corpse of James Anderson, and rewrote history, reviving the Foundation and making them the winners of the war who proceeded to retaliate by killing most of the Faeries. As a result of their defeat, the Faeries lost their true names and were forced to flee to SCP-4000 where they became trapped, unable to leave unless they got a name from someone.
SCP-001 (Ralliston's Proposal)
In 1908, Mab from beyond the grave manipulated James Rollander into building The Factory in Poland where her body was put inside a room. After employing a number of people to work for the Factory, Rolland began offering human sacrifices to Mab in order for her to fuel the Factory with magic. After the newly created SCP Foundation discovered the Factory around 1911 they tried to investigate it, but this eventually led to the Great factory purge in which Mab, under the guise of her sister, used her powers to slaughter most of the remaining Faeries who opposed her, while the survivors had their names taken by her. Those who were able to retain their names due to their loyalty to Mab would form the terrorist group known as the Triumviraté who wished to resurrect Mab and the Fae empire.
SCP-001 (Ihp/Locke Proposal)
As a result of Site-100's manipulation, Allison Eckhart was brought into SCP-4000. This cross-test resulted in SCP-4000 and the Faeries getting the identity of Allison Eckhart, but because of Eckhart's semantic identifier, all of the Faeries inhabiting SCP-4000 entered in a quasi-comatose state, while the other Faeries who had retained their names weren't affected.
When the Church of Maxwellism led by Saint Hedwig discovered SCP-4000 and its inhabitants, they came to the belief that the Faeries were enemies of their god WAN and so they began slaughtering them. The Maxwellists then proceeded to use the Faeries' bodies to forge an anomalous metal named Pygnite which they believed would help them reassemble their god. As they kept forging more and more Pygnite out of the Faeries, a powerful blizzard began forming on Amazon as a result of the ashes formed from the burning of the Faeries. The SCP Foundation upon discovering what the Maxwellists were doing decided to remain neutral since they did not care much about the Faeries' fate and the Maxwellists actions posed no threat to them or the Veil of Secrecy. However, as the blizzard expanded over the entire world, the Foundation and Prometheus Labs took over the Pygnite production from the Maxwellists, since the metal was able to help people resist the cold caused by the massive blizzard, and began hunting the Faeries to extinction and began vivisecting the remaining ones in order to harvest their organs and body parts as they could regenerate over time before eventually dropping a nuke within SCP-4000. This would later lead to the few remaining Faeries such as Ekhart to try and take revenge on all of the groups responsible for the decimation of their race.
GASLIGHT, GATEKEEP, GIRLBOSS/No Return
After former cult leader Damien Nowak, who sought to bring humanity, the Faeries and the Children of the Night to live back in harmony, was resurrected by the SCP-5572 phenomenon and became Nobody, he went to SCP-4000 where he destroyed a portion of Mab's essence which was responsible for the current state of the inhabitants. Following this accomplishment, a number of Faeries trapped within SCP-4000 had their names returned, but others remained nameless due to Mab still being alive, causing Nowak to go hunt down the rest of Mab's body. Following this, the Faeries began fighting over the election of the new leader to govern them.
When the event only known as SCP-6500 began neutralizing all of the anomalies due to the Foundation containing most of them, in the "Emissary's Path" the Foundation rechristen itself Vanguard and deliberately caused a "Broken Masquerade" scenario in order to stop SCP-6500. In the new state of the world, various Faerie communities revealed themselves to humanity and with help of Vanguard the two races were able to coexist with each other.
Physical Appearance and Characteristics
The Faeries were a species scientifically known as either Homo sapiens sidhe or Trans stellaris, which mostly looked identical to normal humans, but with notable differences. As Homo sapiens sidhe the Faeries were taller than humans, possessing ethereal wings, big black eyes, pale skin, and hair colored after nature. As Trans stellaris the Faeries were smaller than humans, possessing light green skin, and six eyes positioned in two vertical columns. A subspecies of the Faeries resembled women with ears pointer than those of elves and possessing green skin.
After losing their names, the Faeries also lost their true form, resulting in them undergoing changes in physical structure when unobserved and often resembling animals. The Faeries also possessed reddish-green blood and according to a vampire working for Ambrose Restaurants in Transylvania the Faeries' blood is very sweet. In modern times a mixture of a iron and heroine named Spiegeleisen was forged as a highly addictive drug for Faeries.
Powers and Abilities
The Faeries were highly advanced in thaumaturgy/magic and some were experienced reality benders. The Faeries could use their powers for a variety of things excepted for the traditional fairies. In addition the Faeries were notorious tricksters and manipulators, being capable of outsmarting unsuspecting or careless people and easily tricking them in order to achieve their goals. As according to folklore, the Faeries were immortal as they never aged, but were also highly allergic to iron which proved to be very harmful and toxic to them. According to Veronica Fitzroy the Faeries can draw power from ceremonies and rituals similar to SCP-2852. It is also said that they, or at least a subspecies of the Faeries, can inhabit both the physical and spiritual planes, and often used their powers to prey on unsuspecting people to feast on their souls.
After having lost their names, the Faeries had also lost their identities and forms associated with their stolen names and became imprisoned inside SCP-4000. As a result of losing their true appearance, the Faeries were transformed into forms which often resembled animals of humanoid shape. However, the loss of their names also allowed the Faeries to achieve nomenclative and nominative powers, allowing them to steal other people's names and identities and manipulate their newly acquired names as they wish. After stealing someone's name people would start to see the Faerie as the same individual whose name was stolen, while the original holder of the name would be forgotten and be unable to be identified or recognized. Despite acquiring a new name, the Faeries wouldn't be returned to their former selves as the names weren't their's meaning that they didn't represent the real identities of the Faeries. Because of this when interacting with the Faeries people should use inconsistent epithets in order to avoid the harmful effects of the Faeries and SCP-4000.
Hierarchy & Structure
Not much is known about the social hierarchy of the Faeries. On one account it was said that the Faeries were ruled by monarchs who acted as conduits to their gods while some primogens, such princes and princesses, led a loose governorship of their lands.
On another account, the Faeries had always been ruled over by Queen Mab and her sister, with the aristocratic Faeries standing above the poor ones who were turned into slaves like the ancient humans and Children of the Night. This hierarchy was soon demolished when Mab's sister led the oppressed people in a revolt against Mab.
Not much is known about the Faeries' religion, apart that they worshipped some deities such as the goddess of Earth Gaia, possibly SCP-4043 or SCP-6789, and the goddess of Stars and Wishes Titania. Although Gaia was the central figure in their religion, the Faeries favored Titania over her. It is implied that the Faeries also worshipped SCP-4971-▽, SCP-4812-S, SCP-INTEGER and the Violet Queen as their deities. The religion of the Sidhe in Three Portlands mostly comprised of ancestor veneration which made up 12% of the total population's religions.
The Faeries spoke an unknow language referred as Fae with the word "Triumviraté" translating to "we will prevail", but were also fluent in old versions of Irish, Welsh and Gaelic. The Sidhe in Three Portlands spoke Modern Celtic, while SCP-2932-A spoke Quechuan.
Relationship with other anomalous factions
The Faeries are hostile to the SCP Foundation due to them working with The Factory to massacre them and take away their names. However, most Foundation personnel don't understand this hatred due to the aforementioned events being classified information which was kept secret from them by the higher ups.
During an occult war happening in the dimension of Avalon in the year 1884, the Sidhe population evacuated the dimension and made a deal with a genius loci in order to create the interdimensional city-state of Three Portlands to act as their new home.
The Global Occult Coalition has made a treaty with the Faeries named the Athurian Charter that neither race would harm the other unless one attacked. When the Foundation captured one of the Faeries' unicorns, the GOC broke inside the site containing the unicorn in order to not upset the Faeries.
When the Unusual Incidents Unit discovered the island of Hy-Brasil, the then current king allowed the organization to establish their headquarter on the island.
Although referring to the Faeries as "friends" and together crafting the Blue Lily Chains as a sign of friendship, a large number of the Serpent's Hand regard them as hostile misanthropic monsters who hate humanity for no real reason and believe that they deserved to have their names lost. Despite this, a Fairy couple found refuge in the Wanderer's Library where they were seemingly welcomed.
Elewynn and Erelynn once helped the Man with the Upside-Down Face of Herman Fuller's Circus of the Disquieting in saving one of the poor circus members from the wrath of Herman Fuller. In gratitude, Manny repayed them by getting "Dr. Jaspers" stolen name from The Factory with the help of Isabel Wondertainment V and Iris Dark.
The former subordinates of Miss Moon from the interdimensional kingdom of Alagadda would often travel to SCP-4000 in order to be free from the evil of the Kingdom and interact with the Faeries. The Hanged King himself regarded the Faeries as disgusting creatures.
The Triumviraté once opened a false restaurant in SCP-5373 under the guise of the Ambrose Restaurants franchise in order to trap unsuspecting Faeries and bring them to SCP-4000.
After the Faeries arrived to the Greenleaf region of Corbenic where they formed their nation of Wielka Altana, the Three Moons Initiative decided to leave the nation be and not establish any form of communication after learning of their hostile nature and that they were under the protection of the Corbenese goddess, Konarwidz, although they would have diplomatic discussions when in cases it became necessary. However, in SCP-6944 it's revealed that the Fairies had secretly spied on the Initiative to gather more information on a version of SCP Foundation.
During the Irish War of Independence, several Faeries from Hy-Brasil who were suffering from the war, decided to flee to America alongside Irish immigrants by joining the Irish-American criminal organization known as Chicago's North Side Gang which benefited from their nomenclative magic. However, the organization came into conflict with another criminal organization the Chicago Spirit, which led to the Faerie members being killed by the Chicago Spirit's leader Richard Chappell who expressed disgust towards them.
SCPs Associated with the Faeries
French musical artist Edward Ikor released on June 4, 2020 a song based on the Faeries from SCP-4000 titled "Dancing With Faeries".
- The importance the names have for the Faeries seem to be based on the myths surrounding the concept of the true name. If someone found out about a fairy's true name then they would have full control over the fairy, but if the fairy found out a human's true name the fairy in turn would have full power over the human.
- SCP-4000 is also based on the Wonderland from Alice in Wonderland and the Land of Oz from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- Protocol Eshu which details instructions in dealing with SCP-4000 and the Faeries seems to be named after Eshu from mythology.
- In the SCP Wiki the terms Fairies and Faeries are used to refer to the same species, with Faeries being used more often. However, these terms actually refer to two different type of beings. The term Fairies, which originated from Latin word "fatum" meaning "fate", referred to benevolent type of spirits who didn't wish any harm on humans, while Faeries, which originated from Gaelic word "fear shidhe" meaning "'man of the shee", referred to malevolent creatures who would kidnap human children and turn them into their slaves.
- The Faeries are not the only beings capable of name magic, as the group known as the Unnamed Lords, which includes Mr. Night who own various Great Shucks, are also able to manipulate their and other's names.
- In SCP-6125, the Foundation had classified the reality of SCP-4000 as part of the Realm of Hyrial, the first layer of the universe, or the Second Hytoth, and were able to use a portal of SCP-6125-Ω to access SCP-4000.
- In "Multiverse Threat Recovery Log: SCP-6936", which details various prohibited spells from different universes, describes a spell known as "Hands of the Butcher" which caused mechanical limbs to emerge from a portal harvest useful material from the universe it originated where the interdimensional group known as the "Black Priestesses of WAN" composed of Maxwellist Black Queens took over the world to harvest more Pygnite from the Faeries.
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