Rise of the Outsiders
The Feywilds are not as chaotic or constantly-changing like some of the other planes. In fact, it is, in its own way, rather predictable. A river or forest that was there yesterday is most likely going to be there today and tomorrow, barring any kind of arcane disaster. The Feywilds mirrors the material planes, but not in an exact manner, almost a parody. The climate in the Feywilds is also similar to the material plane, but varies depending on the location. The areas held by the Seelie Court are warm and vibrant and in a constant summer, whereas the territories belonging to the Unseelie Court are cold, snowy, dark, much like the middle of winter. Neutral territory, home of the Wylde Fae, are subject to seasonal changes based on which court has the most power.
Politics and Factions
There are three main factions in the Feywild. The Seelie Court, also known as the Summer Court, tends to hold dominion in the Southern half of the Feywilds. The Seelie Court is ruled by Queen Titania. In the Northern half of the Feywilds is the lair of the Unseelie, or Winter Court ruled by Queen Mab. As its name may suggest, the Winter Court is cold, constantly covered in ice and snow. In between the two courts are the Wylde Fae, who are not so much a faction as they are fae who are unaligned to either court. That being said, it is not uncommon for Wylde Fae to be hired as mercenaries or agents for either of the courts. The ruling elite of the Feywilds are the Arch Fey. Arch Fey can belong to any or no faction, and are usually the oldest and most powerful of a fey type of creature. For example, the Arch Fey the Prince of Ice is the leader and commander of Mab’s elite guards, the Cold Riders, and the Erlking is the leader of the Wild Hunt and its Fey Hunters. Once an arch fey dies (a rare event in and of itself), its power and title are transferred to the closest, next most powerful appropriate arch fey. There are restrictions on which fey can inherit which titles, and it is almost impossible to inherit multiple titles and mantles of power. This system means that an heir may not necessarily be related to the original arch fey, but this tends to be rare. Each of the fey courts has three queens: The Queen that Was, The Queen that Is, and the Queen that Will Be. Or, in more colloquial terms, the Mother, the Queen, and the Lady. The Mother is the most powerful Arch Fey in each court, almost on par with gods, but they tend to be reclusive and offer an advisory role if they bother with politics or squabbles at all. The current Mothers are so ancient their true names have been lost from all but the most powerful in any plane. The Queens are responsible for ruling over the court, managing its affairs, their underlings, etc. The current Summer Queen is Titania, and the current Winter Queen is Mab. The Lady of the court trains for her eventual ascension to Queen and helps maintain fey influence in the mortal and other planes, acting as an ambassador. The Summer Lady is currently Aurora and the Winter Lady is Maeve.
Nature of the Fey
As a rule, fey tend to be capricious, vain, curious, and impulsive. While Arch Fey can be more reserved, like almost all extraplanar creatures they are beholden to their nature (That is to say, since extraplanar creatures/outsiders lack a soul and are compromised in part of their native plane, they lack free will and must act according to their nature). Each fey can have a different personality from another, but they can generally be described by those main traits. Many fey creatures can be playful tricksters, although the tricks can range from harmless pranks to deadly. In addition, fey are unable to directly lie, yet this does not mean you can trust them at their word. A statement made by a fey can be technically true yet be so misleading for all practical purposes it would be a lie. For example, a fey may say “Ennakin is dead,” making you believe he is dead, but in reality he has merely adopted a new name and identity, breaking all ties with his past. While the man may not be physically dead, the identity of Ennakin is for all intents and purposes (for the Fey) dead. In addition, the fey, and Arch Fey in particular, are quite fond of deal-making and politics, to the point where an unwary mortal can easily be ensnared in their machinations. A deal with a fey can be magically binding, and be triggered by something as simple as offering or taking a gift from them. This is because the feywilds, and as a result the fey themselves, are built around balance. If something is given, something must be taken, and vice versa. This is why the Summer and Winter Courts are more than just simply good and evil (though that would easily be the easiest way to describe them). The two fey powers balance each other out to prevent the destruction of the fey plane, and as a result to keeping that destruction from bleeding over to the other planes as well. A fey creature’s faction can affect its temperament as well. Wylde Fae are easily the most varied, but also have a tendency to be more impulsive than their Seelie and Unseelie kin. Summer Fae tend to be more compassionate and kind, but are also more emotional, preferring to act on instinct or emotion than a logical plan. Winter Fae are harsh and cold, sometimes literally, and tend to be violent, cruel, and manipulative. Again however, despite the appearance of being good and evil, fey morality is more complex than that, more “blue and orange” than “black and white.”