Fei

 
by Annie Stein
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by Annie Stein
The Fei are the plantlike people of Venus. Their striking appearance demands attention, with coloration in all shades of the rainbow. Their breath is toxic to other humanoids, so travelling Fei wear masks to avoid poisoning others.  

Physiology

Fei are humanoid. The archetypical Fei is tall and slender, with intensely pink or bright white skin. However, they come in all shapes and sizes, and any colour imaginable. Fei have a lot of control over their own growth, with the ability to even generate new limbs or merge existing ones. Some Fei use this to blend in on other planets, but Venusian Fei use this ability for self-expression. The growth process takes years, and significantly slows down as the Fei gets older.   Fei have also embraced symbiosis, though many struggle to see where the Fei end and the symbiont begins. Symbiosis was practiced in Venus back in ancient days, but seems to have fallen out of favour for most of Venusian history. Since it's reintroduction in the early spacefaring age, however, the practice has exploded in popularity.

Intoxicating Toxins

  Fei aren't just toxic, but naturally intoxicating. Most creatures find the fumes of the Fei narcotic. Staying awake under the effects of the fumes givies a pleasant high.   The fumes are not physically addictive, but they can be irritating and cause inflamation. Prolonged exposure to unmasked Fei can damage the lungs and immune system.
Illustration of a fei. She is vivid pink, with brightly coloured clothing. It is hard to tell what is part of her and what is clothing.
Fei by Annie Stein
Geographic Distribution

Distinctive Features
Toxicity, Produces intoxicating fumes.
Mutability, the ability to cultivate their own physiology

Skin Coloration

This article is a stub . It will be expanded upon later.


Cover image: Fei Banner by Annie Stein

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Eternal Sage AmélieIS
Amélie I. S. Debruyne
3 Dec, 2022 14:55

I love the idea of toxic people! Is a filter enough to solve all problems in inter-species romantic relationships?

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Annie Stein
3 Dec, 2022 15:54

You could just risk it and hope you're one of the people who never have issues with the fumes, but to minimize risk it is best for the Fei to wear a mask as often as possible, to have lots of air filters or plants that do the same job, or for the other people in the relationship to get filter organs. How people deal with it is up to them.

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
6 Dec, 2022 14:30

The Fei you've made is very pretty! They're a lot more colourful than I was expecting (I was thinking mostly blue & green colours). Do they wear clothes like us or are those all symbiotic live plants and chorals?

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Annie Stein
6 Dec, 2022 14:40

Thank you! They can and do wear clothes, but I wanted to make it hard to guess what is and what isn't the Fei themselves. I like to think they enjoy that kind of ambiguity.

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3 Dec, 2022 15:09

I'm really, really looking forward to reading more about these fellas and can't wait to see the art either :) They sound fascinating


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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
3 Dec, 2022 15:54

Thanks! I'm going to have a lot of fun coming up with Fei designs, I know that much!

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6 Dec, 2022 15:18

The added drawing looks amazing! :D


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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
6 Dec, 2022 16:02

Thank you so much!

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Eternal Sage MandoMc
Amanda McRoberts
3 Dec, 2022 15:51

I love that they're both toxic and intoxicating. That loving something that's bad for you.

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
3 Dec, 2022 15:56

It feels fitting for Venus, the inhospitable planet of love, doesn't it? It may be significantly more hospitable in Solaris, but keeping a bit of that danger feels right.

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Amanda McRoberts
6 Dec, 2022 15:05

They look so much prettier than I imagined!

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
6 Dec, 2022 16:02

Thank you!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
5 Dec, 2022 18:37

Such a unique spin on a more common species type. I really love what you've done with them and the mix of being toxic whilst also intoxicatings is just *chef's kiss*. Great job! I can't wait to see the art for these folks!

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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
5 Dec, 2022 19:25

Thank you!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
5 Dec, 2022 19:52

I love that someone can fall in love with a Fei and die from them :) Two questions: did anyone try to collect the fumes and sell them as a drug? Did anyone try to replicate the Fei self-modification for medical purposes?

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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
6 Dec, 2022 14:37

Haha, thank you! I don't know how well the fumes would store, I wouldn't be surprised at all if some seedy establishment hired Fei and asked them not to wear the mask on purpose. I also have to imagine Fei self-medication has probably been studied to some extent, but I think it's something they can't really replicate.

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6 Dec, 2022 14:28

Lovely artwork! They look much better what I imagined them to be, and I love the addition of the skin colours!

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Annie Stein
6 Dec, 2022 14:34

Thank you so much!

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6 Dec, 2022 17:55

I love the drawing, it leaves enough detail is so you get a good mental image but enough details out that it allows for imagination. Do you draw them all yourself?

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
6 Dec, 2022 18:05

Thank you! Yes, I do the illustrations you see here, and around the site. The only I did not make is the banner you see at the very top of the article though, that's from a NASA poster done in collaboration with Caltech called Gamma Ray Ghouls. This comment was a good reminder to go through and make sure there's a credit added to every piece!

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6 Dec, 2022 23:19

I love the artwork so much, and the idea of a naturally toxic/intoxicating species. It must cause some unique challenges in any kind of relationships outside of Venus, from employment to friendship, to romance. :)

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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
7 Dec, 2022 09:30

Thank you! And yet, despite all that, or maybe because of it, Venus is known as the planet of love.

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7 Dec, 2022 02:53

I love the addition of the art piece and the skin tones. I am curious. Do they follow similar pattern to nature on our own home planet here, evolutionarily? The brighter and more like wildly visible the color, the more toxic it is?

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Annie Stein
7 Dec, 2022 09:27

Thank you! There probably is some natural variability in their breath, but it wouldn't correlate with brightness. It sounds like an excellent lie to tell people though!

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Aster Blackwell
7 Dec, 2022 03:10

Wow they are beautiful! I love your art. I think the Fei are my favorite race in Solaris so far <3

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Annie Stein
7 Dec, 2022 09:30

Thank you so much!

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
15 Dec, 2022 22:34

Absolutely love how weirdly pretty she is, and your coloring is so nice!! and then at the same time they have that alien, almost off-putting vibe; something about that flower growing(?) out of her chest is unsettling, in a good way!   Also, I'm seriously amused at how the Fei being able to change their body, have all sorts of vivid colors and wild symbionts, and also drug breath?? (I wonder if anyone visits them just to try it out...) feels like it makes them kinda peak fashion? it just seems to fit Venus really well!   tldr: i lov.

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
16 Dec, 2022 09:15

Aah, thank you so much! Peak fashion Venus sounds about right, and I absolutely think some enjoy being a bit unsettling. After all, if everyone finds it agreeable you can hardly call it cutting edge, right?

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29 Dec, 2022 12:07

Do the different cultures of Fei associate certain colours, shapes, or patterns with particular meanings? I also wonder if other humanoids are inspired by their aesthetics in their own methods of self expression!


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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
29 Dec, 2022 12:14

Thank you! It's an entire planet of people and I have to imagine colours and symbols have different meanings and interpretations across those cultures. It's too early to go deep enough into worldbuilding Venus to flesh out the individual cultures. I do think it's natural for the sorts of people who are drawn to aesthetics and who like to explore self expression to be drawn to Venus and the Fei. There's probably a synergy there, where the more fashion forward and extreme Fei would also want to pull visionaries of any kind with strong aesthetic vision into their orbit.

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