Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Courtesy of Mac's Journal

One of the things I love most about the series is the incredible detail and information the author provides her readers so we can totally immerse ourselves in the books. There is always so much going on with the plot and characters so for me it's always been vital that I remember all those important details so I don't have to stop and flip back through pages trying to refresh my memory. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful if I shared some so we can be ready for Shadowfever. Happy reviewing!!



Courtesy of the Glossary from Mac's Journal:


The Tuatha De Dannan (also known as the Fae)

A highly advanced race that came to earth from another world, comprising the Seelie and Unseelie. Divided into two courts, the Seelie or light court and the Unseelie or dark court. Both courts have different cases of Fae, with the four Royal Houses occupying the highest caste of each. The Seelie Queen and her chosen consort rule the light court. The Unseelie King and his current concubine govern the dark.

The Seelie

Governed by the Seelie Queen, Aoibheal. The true queen of the Fae is long dead, killed by the Unseelie King, and with her died the Song of Making. Aoibheal is a lesser royal, who is one of many that has tried to lead the People since.

The Unseelie

The dark or "fouler" court. According to legend, the Unseelie have been confined for hundreds of thousands of years in an inescapable prison.

Death-By-Sex Fae

A Fae that is so sexually "potent" a human dies from intercourse with it, uness the Fae protects the human from the full impact of its deadly eroticism. Comes only from royal lines.


Some of the types Mac has faced:

The Gray Man - Monstrously ugly, leprous Unseelie that feeds by stealing beauty from human women.
The Gray Woman - The female counterpart to The Gray Man
Gripper - Dainty, disaphanous Unseelie that is surprisingly beautiful. Grippers look like the modern media's representation of fairies - delicate, shimmering nude beauties, with a cloud of gossamer hair and lovely features. They can step inside a person.
The Many-Mouthed Thing - Repulsive Unseelie with myriad leechlike mouths, dozens of eyes, and overdeveloped sex organs.
Rhino-Boys - Ugly, gray-skinned Fae who resemble rhinoceroses with bumpy, protruding foreheads, barrelike bodies, stumpy arms and legs, lipless gashes of mouths and jutting underbites. They are thugs dispatched primarily as watchdogs for high-ranking Fae
Royal Hunters - Miltantly sentient, they resemble the classic depiction of the devil, with cloven hooves, horns, long satyrlike faces, leathery wings, fiery orange eyes, and tails. They hunt sidhe-seers.
Shades - Sentient but barely. They hunger - they feed. They cannot bear direct light and hunt only at night. They steal life in the same manner the Gray Man steals beauty, draining their victims with vampiric swiftness, leaving behind a pile of clothing and a husk of dehydrated human matter.


Extra:
  • The Seelie cannot touch the Unseelie Hallows. The Unseelie cannot touch the Seelie Hallows.
  • Glamour is the illusion cast by the Fae to camouflage their true appearance. The more powerful the Fae, the more difficult it is to penetrate it's disguise. Average humans see only what the Fae want them to see and are subtly repelled from bumping into or brushing against it by a small perimeter of spatial distortion.
  • Sifting is the Fae method of locomotion, occurs at speed of thought

The Compact

Agreement negotiation between the Queen Aoibheal and the Mackeltar clan roughly six thousand years ago to keep the realms of mankind and Fae separate. The Highland clan of Druids has performed certain rituals and tithed every Samhain to honor the Compact. The walls Queen Aoibheal erected to separate the worlds weren't sun into existence with the Song of Making, because the Fae lost it so long ago, but were somehow rigged from a portion of the Unseelie's prison walls and reinforced with blood and oaths.


Dark Zone

An area that has been taken over by the Shades. During the day it looks like your everyday abandoned, run down neighborhood. Once night falls, it's a death trap.


Druids

In pre-Christian Celtic society, a Druid presided over divine worship, legislative and judicial matters, philsophy, and education of elite youth to their order. Druids were believed to be privy to the secrets of the gods, including issues pertaining to the panipulation of physical matter, space, and even time. The old Irish Drui means magician, wizrd, diviner.


The Halls of All Days

The central hub of the Silvers. Barrons described it as a quantum travel agency for the Fae, like an airport terminal. The walls and floor are made of pure gold, and it seems to stretch on forever. The walls are covered with billions of mirrors that are portals to other worlds, dimensions, and times.


Sidhe Seers

A person Fae magic doesn't work on, capable of seeing past the illusions or "glamour" cast by the Fae to the true nature that lies beneath. Some can also see hidden Tabhr's hidden portals between realms. OThers can sense Seelie and Unseelie objects of power. Each sidhe seer is different with varying degrees of resistance to the Fae. Some are limited, some are advanced, with multiple "special powers"


Important terms:

IFP - Interdimensional Fairy Pothole.
OOP - Object of Power
Pri-ya - A human addicted to Fae sex.
Tabhr's - Fae doorways or portals between realms, often hidden in every day objects.
IYCGM - Stands for If You Can't Get Me. Barrons set it as a programed number on the phone he gave Mac.
IYD - Stands for If You're Dying. Another one of Baron's programed numbers.
Null - A sidhe seer with the power to freeze a Fae with the touch of his or her hands.


*this information came from my copy of Dreamfever*

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