A Guide to Speaking with the Fair Folk
You stumble upon a leather bound book. It's dyed a deep emerald green, and fancy golden leaf is used to add embellishments to the otherwise plain book. The title is A Guide to Speaking with the Fair Folk and a few pages appeared to be bookmarked...
Ironblooded; Someone who is toxic.
Eight Points; an exclamation of surprise, a curse.
[...] In the following chapter, this guide will cover the taboos of Fair Folk conversation. This will include swears, insults, and other vulgar language that could see you in deep trouble if spoken to the wrong Fae. The pre-face of Chapter 7: How to be Polite
How to be PoliteBeing polite in the company of Fair Folk is incredibly important; and proper conversational skill will help you avoid disaster! In the following chapter, this guide will cover the taboos of Fair Folk conversation.This will include swears, insults, and other vulgar language that could see you in deep trouble if spoken to the wrong Fae.
How to greet FaeUpon greeting a Fae the most important thing to remember, as was discussed in How to interact with the Fair Folk chapter is to avoid direct eye contact unless permitted. When greeting fae, you want to interact in the following way:
A typical greeting that Fae share with one another. One must take great care to ensure that the usage of moon/sun is proper; Seelie and Unseelie Fae have different usages of the greeting. It is considered polite to ask the fae what their residing court is, much better than assuming.
Haloion, efall yr'm Hau'lo / Mau'n disglairiom aryn Hello, may the Sun/Moon shine on you
Polite GoodbyesWhen parting presences with Fae, a safe statement to use is the following:
Though the Fae are separated from one another via their courts, a common departing statement is to wish them well in a neutral matter. If you know of the fae's court standing, you can replace elem'ean with Hau'lo or Mau'n.
A'efall yr'm elem'ean gh'ad aryn. May the elements protect you.
Swears & InsultsFae are typically very polite beings. Being polite is a key part of their culture, but there are swears used occasionally. If you are on good terms with fae, it is likely that you may hear these in casual conversation. You must be aware of your relationship with the fae before using these terms.
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An article that shows not only insults, but polite phrases. That's a neat take on the prompt and I'm totally not gonna
stealborrow that idea. Out of curiosity, is there a system behind the language and how the words and sentences are formed/structured?
There kinda is! I butcher Gaelic and as I've messed with it I've made up part of the vocab; With aryn being 'you' and such! I'm glad people like the idea, I worried it was going to be boring >A<
I would have like to have seen some more examples of phrases but, I really like what you have so far as it gives hints about fae society and what they value. Are there any species the fae don't get along with very well because of they are frequently vulgar? Or is there more of a neutral/reluctant acceptance that everyone else is a vulgar 'barbarian'?
Thank you! Fae occasionally have a hard time with any humans that have been on ships and the like (they swear a lot, are typically vulgar). Most begrudgingly interact with other species that tend to be vulgar/swear a lot, and just consider them less educated/crude. Probably equivalent to a noble talking to a farmer, if that makes sense. : p
I'm assuming Fair Folk and Fae are the same thing, and that Seelie and Unseelie correspond with the sun and the moon, respectively. I wish you linked to other articles so I could look into these terms because I'm intrigued. As other people have said, you made some interesting choices: making this an in-universe document and including politeness to balance out the cursing asked of the prompt. I feel like exploring the consequences of breaking these etiquette codes would make a fun addition to the article as well. And also just more phrases.
Ah, unfortunately I don't have my Fae article done yet or I would have linked it! I've been working on my species, but WASC has kind of gotten in the way of that. I do plan on editing it in the future, these kind of edits are something that I appreciate people bringing up. ^^ I need to look up how to do tooltips as well... Thank you so much for the comment!
Haloion, efall yr'm Hau'lo! I enjoyed reading this very much, it's short but concise and lets me get the general feel for the attitudes of the Fae. Fantastic job!
Thank you! A'efall yr'm elem'ean gh'ad aryn! I do plan on adding more to it, but I just got some summer camp burn out on it )':
Great work! It really feels like a language and not something totally made up. Great job!
Thank you so much! I appreciate it!
I can "feel" some words in your vocabulary, like they really evolved from somewhere. I also like how you act as this was book and not simply a blog article, and would love to see the full book someday. *smiles in fair folk language*
Thank you! I took a look at how Gaelic was structured and based my language off of that with my own few twists. I do plan on adding more after the month is up. Not a full book, but a little bit more fleshed out ^^.
This is a refreshing take on a language article! Great to see the language used in context rather than a big list :D it says a lot more about your world and makes me want to read more of it!
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
Thank you so much for the kind words! I wanted to frame this as a book about r pamphlet so it wouldn't just be a list of insults/words and would be more engaging, I'm glad people seem to like it so much!