This guide has been designed to give a better understanding of what life is like for fairies on Earth, to help in creating histories for Earth-born characters.
Population and distribution
Compared to the number of humans, there is only a very small number of fairies on Earth: approximately four million across the globe. Fairies generally congregate together, often in the capital city of their home country or in remote areas.
Mostly, fairies live amongst humans in secret. There are a handful of all-fairy settlements in the world, but all have a population of less than a thousand and all are located in harsh, difficult locations which makes them unattractive to prospective residents. Fairies live in almost every country where humans do, although some countries have a larger population than others. The country with the largest population of fairies is the United States of America, and China has an unusually small population of fairies considering its size. The countries where the original fairies make their homes are especially popular to ordinary fairies, and there is a high concentration of fairies in Cairo, Egypt, since the Council of Originals has strong links there.
In terms of geographical preferences, fairies vary as much as humans do.
Fairies and humans
Fairies live for the most part in complete secret, although very rarely they may tell a human that they're a fairy if they're very close to that human. Fairy and human friendships do blossom, although long-term romantic relationships between fairies and humans are very rare, and offspring between them rarer still. It is exceptionally difficult for a fairy to conceive a child with a human and, on the exceptional occasion when it happens, the child is nearly always a stillborn or dies shortly after birth. Very little information is documented about the offspring of a fairy and a human since so few have ever survived, and there is no record of any fairy/human hybrid living to adulthood.
Most fairies live amongst humans and so, live as humans do. They'll go to human schools, get jobs in human workplaces and make human friends. Ambitious fairies tend to be very successful at their jobs because of the aid of their magic, and fairies are often found in high government positions. There is an international law against using magic to win elections, however, and the council police this very closely. Ambition is not a common trait in fairies, though, and most are content to lead quiet lives. By and large, fairies are a peaceful race.
- Since the conclusion of the Shaman civil war, discord has been brewing between Spain and Italy. Spanish/Mallosian and Italian/Gwythrian fairies detest each other and are threatening war.
- Since demigods were discovered on Shaman, extremist religious sects seeking to deify them have risen in popularity.
- Since the death of Aura, the Auran Church has been seeking to expand its influence unchecked. It has been able to make indisputable claims about Aura's will, since she is no longer around to contest such claims.
- Since demigods were discovered on Shaman, a power rivalry has occurred between the Spanish and Mexican branches of the Mallosian Church. Traditionally the Spanish Church has been the most influential, but since they fell out of favour with Mallos over the demigod affair, the Mexican Church has been flexing its muscles.
- The USA is currently considered the country with the most religious tolerance and diversity in terms of fairy religions.
- The Rhaegaran cult has recently learned of their god's reappearance and are eager to make contact. They are showing an increased interest in Shaman, and are starting to make their presence felt on Earth for the first time in a century.
- Since he became the Chairman, Tsi's cult is on the rise in global popularity.