Summary: A forest of trees who are constantly changing as though they are experiencing all 4 seasons in the matter minutes. It is said men go mad entering this forest and hallucinate their wildest dreams. No one know why the forest allows the Seelie Fae who honor the sanctity of life and the Unseelie Fae who become enamored with the endlessness of death to be immortal not even the Fae themselves. Many Fae leave the Eternalwoad to experience the thrill of life with an end only to return for fear of actually dying. It is said if you make it through the Fae-woad you will find the Shire of Barleybuck were the Bobbin folk live.
Cultural Dress: Regal and beautiful clothing mimicking flower petals and flower colors for Seelie. Cold and Fall colors mimicking fallen leaves and Snowflakes as well as icicles for Unseelie.
Form of Government: Rotating monarchy based on the seasons
Government: The Crowns of Seasons. The community votes and discusses everything.
Religion: Worship of nature and the Seasons, Ire
Economic Status: Unknown
Georgraphical Zone: Large temperate forest
Races: Unseelie and Seelie Fae, Wyrdlings (Humans), Trolls (Orcs)
Political Allies: Shire of Barrleybuck, Kingdom of Draioch
Crown, Titim (Crown of Fall)
Crown Gheima (Crown of Winter)
Crown, Earrach (Crown of Spring)
Crown, Samhra (Crown of Summer)
Sammual Highmark, High Priest of the Corbis Order.
Grog Honorheart of the Trollguard
Finn McBain the Icecrest
Shira Deathsongs of the Sword of Ice
Seric Embersong of the Sword of Fire
The sword of Ice and the Sword of Fire choose a worthy knight to lead the Fae against all who would be sent to harm them. The Fae believe these magic swords are the Swords of Ire.
History: The Eternalwoad is ancient and the creation of the forest is lost in time. The Eternalwoad borders the Kingdom of Draioch and surrounds the Shire of Barleybuck on all sides. A haunting forest of trees that go through all four seasons in a matter of hours. The forest itself causes those who are not attuned to it to go mad and see their wildest fears. The Bobbins and Fae are immune to this effect and hold the secret to allowing others to pass through without garnering its effects. Trade routes are set up and scheduled with Grand Caravan of Bhutaar and the Boreal-Lurin Bazaar to allow trade in and out of the Shire of Barleybuck, only these caravans are made aware of these routes and anyone who stumbles upon them uninvited will face the ire of the Fae who dwell in the Eternalwoad. The Fae who live in the Woad see the Bobbin as their wards, beings they must protect, and an open line of communication and respect is seen from both races towards one another. Although Fae are rarely seen in the Shire. Bobbins often attend Fae Solstice ceremonies to honor the seasons with them.
The wild Fae who dwell in the forest protected it with the utmost prejudiced and determination. Each season a different king or queen will sit on the throne of their chosen season. Crown, Titim (Crown of Fall), Crown, Gheima (Crown of Winter), Crown, Earrach (Crown of Spring), Crown, Samhra (Crown of Summer), when not sitting on the throne they are known as The Council of Eternal Seasons. The Crowns are there to propose plans and is the swing vote on all community decisions. Unseelie, hunter Fae of the groves are often seen wandering the forest in search of unnatural beasts who seek to destroy they Fae above all other races and Fomorians, small insect like creatures who borrow into the minds of their victims tainting the sanity and slowly turning them into hulking monsters, they often infect the local wildlife turning the most innocent of fauna into bloodthirsty giant beasts. While Fae are in the Woad they are immune to the effects Fomorians. The Seelie work on fortifying their community both spiritually and physically through the creation of goods, such as potions and tinctures, experimenting with natural and elemental magic as well as recording history through song and dance, that is not to say that the Seelie do not enact in rites of war and battle. Every Fae is a force to be reckoned with and inside them is a bloodlust that is near unquenchable. The Fae are spread throughout the Woad in small grove community’s and meet on every full moon to enact the blood tithe ritual in the throne grove, the biggest of all the Groves were the Throne of Seasons is kept. The throne in which the reining season’s King or Queen sits.
Cities/Towns: Small grove community
Culture and Customs: Honoring each season, a strong base of community.
Everyday Life: Hunting, prowling the forests, making herbal tinctures and surviving the sometimes harsh forest.
Downtime: Sharpening weapons, passionate parties, Song and dance by fires.
Order of Corbis
Not only do the Fae and other inhabitants of the Woad have to deal with the Fomorians, but they must also deal with the Wyrdlings. Men who ventured into the Woad without Fae assistance around thirty years ago and went mad from its effects, after which they began worshipping the Fomorians. they call the Fomrians Corbis Seeds and believe allowing these creature to burrow into their minds is the only path to true power. They have recently started stealing babies from Draioch to bolster their ranks, leaving hay fetches in place of the babies, some of the people of Draioch believe it is the Fae stealing their babies and have become restless and resentful toward their neighbors in the Eternalwoad. The leader of these Wyrdlings is named Sammual Highmark, who has created a militant order of Wyrdlings calling themselves the Order of Corbis. They believe that the mother of these creatures is named Corbis and she is destined to rule the world by having her infected cleanse Erolan of those who are not worthy to gain the gift of corruption.
The Fae are not alone in their defense of the forest, a group of Orcs who were attacked while on their way to make a planned trade with the Bobbin by Fomorian tainted wolves the Orcs put up a darring fight but the, gigantic tainted creatures became too overwhelming, the wolves had the Orcs down to their last breaths until the Fae swept in and vanquished the Hulking beasts, saving the Orcs. It was because of this heroic deed that the Orcs swore allegiance to the Fae. They stayed in the Woad and were taught the secret of protecting their minds from its effects. They protect the trade routes and alert the Fae suspicious activities. These Orcs now call themselves the Trollguard, they are lead by Grog the Honorheart. Due to constant exposure to the magic of the Woad their skin is now blue and some of them have developed horns. They view this change as an honor, a sign that they have become far removed from what their original creation of bloodthirsty berserkers was, and respect the Woad as their new home.
Led by Finn Mcbain the Icecrest, who got his name when he was pushed into the wood while fighting a vampire in defense of Draioch on a cold winter’s day. It is said the essence of winter itself came to his aid. Allowing him to freeze the creature encasing it in ice with a single hit of his sword. The power of the seasons does not belong to the Fae, it connects with them at birth and allows them the ability to call upon the seasons favor while in the Woad. This is the first time a human was given a boon by a season. immediately the Fae took notice of this and blessed him as a ward of the forest. The Boon he received always stayed with him even past the winter season and seemingly stopped him from aging, the man looks 30 but should be about 80 to date Finn takes this title very seriously and he and his group of Finnadains, protect the outline forests from the creatures that are laying siege to Draioch. Finn also trades the tinctures and potions of the Fae with the people of Draioch in hopes to inspire understanding and stave off prejudice.