The Second of the five cultures I created for Cultural Anthropology. The Fadites. Enjoy 🙂
Back in the days before the collapse, it is said that only the elves had the capability of tapping into the Aetheric Flow. But there are several legends that speak of one man who could, Fadrix the Wizard.
The stories are mixed as to how he managed to do it. Some say he overcame the limitations imposed by humans, others claim he was a human/elf hybrid. Others claim he spoke to the voice behind the Flow, and asked nicely if he could.
But, while the stories dispute the origins, they all equally declare the wonders that he was able to do during his life. They are all dwarfed, however, by the greatest achievement any magic user was able to achieve. He tapped into the Flow and drew forth life.
The creatures were small, barely a foot in height. A fuzzy blue light radiated about hem, hiding their forms from sight. They had forms though as, when one would land in your hand, you could feel its warm skin and tiny pulse. They were called faeries (or fae) by the way they resembled the creatures in the stories Fadrix would read to his grandchildren.
Fadrix discovered the creatures had a strange relationship to the Flow. They drew strength from it, and when it was absent their lights grew dim and they could no longer fly. But at the same time, the fae attracted the flow, drawing it in and making anything that grew by them do so in abundance.
Because Fadrix summoned them, a pact had been formed. The faeries keep their physical forms and continue to exist in the world, and in doing so serve Fadrix and his family till the last of their line dies out.
It is thanks to this pact that the Fadites survived the collapse. Though, despite centuries for their culture to evolve, I’ve yet to meet village of them that have developed passed a garden based society.
The Fadites live in the Northern Crags, a region of scattered plateaus divided by gorges and harsh cliffs that raise each plateau to a different altitude. To any other society, the land would be uninhabitable, but for the Fadites, they are able to turn the rocky surfaces into lush gardens with the faeries help.
The faeries services are not limited to gardening alone. Fadite men will take nests out with them into the crags for hunts—ensuring they are drained beforehand. That way, when they sense life in the desolate wasteland, they are drawn to it and shoot for it. This leads the hunter to the crag beasts, which while the faeries thrive off the Flow, the hunters bring the beasts down.
The leader of the Fadite tribes is a man called the King of Fae. He is the one in the tribe who controls the most amount of plateau space around the village and the one who owns the largest number of faeries. This man was also the one who approached me when I arrived, took me in a bear hug, and invited me in. Oh, did I mention they’re surprisingly friendly?
Despite how much the faeries are used like tools. The Fadites never refer to them as it. They use pronouns like “she” or “he” to describe their fae, and I’ve noticed some children play with the faeries that flutter about around the town. They seem to look at the fae less like tools are more like pets or livestock. While fae may seem mistreated, their existence depends on the Fadites survival.
- Division of Labor – Faeries tend the crops and track the herds, but the men and women still work. Women collect what’s grown and men kill what is found. Some individuals take on specializations, including doctors who specialize in using faeries to uncover injuries.
- Territory – While claiming plateaus for gardens is important for Fadites, the number of faeries a person owns determines their wealth and worth to the culture. You could have a dozen plateaus, but without enough faeries to tend to them, you might as well own the desert.
- Kinship – Inheritance is less bickering over land and more of the amount of faeries one has in possession. The decease’s clan determines who gets what after their death—the largest portion usually going to the oldest.
- Conflict Resolution – Because of how centered faery ownership is—as well as the source of most of the conflict—the elders of the clans are the ones who are expected to differentiate when disputes rise up.
- Equality – Men with more faeries, and thus more gardens, are higher regarded. But if they have the support of a clan or clan leader, they are expected to aid the clan and make sure everyone is fed. Though, while the elders are considered the wise ones, the wealthy tend to control the distribution of food.
- Religion – The Fadites honor their ancestry in Fadrix and his contract with the faeries. The clans of each Fadite clan pay tribute to their ancestor, one of Fadrix’s legendary grandchildren. They also believe that, with the faeries, there are darker lifeforms that exist in the Flow. Spirits that infuse malevolent thoughts such as laziness and abuse toward faeries. To ensure those spirits don’t succeed, the Clan Elders enforce the prohibition of extreme force against faeries.
- Sustainability – faeries are such an integral part of life and they do die. Of course, more return at a time, repopulating in ways the Fadites cannot understand, but much as when a garden dries up and becomes worthless, when a person runs out of faeries they are destitute. But, thanks to the fae, they are able to reuse land that would otherwise be unusable (for a time).
- Security – Because of the faeries, food is more plentiful and mildly diverse.
- External Conflict – Cliffs natural defense provide more than enough protection against intruders. There are feuds between the clans and villages over the rights of faeries—as well as determining ancestry of the deceased.
Leave a comment if you like what you’d see or wish me to clarify some issues (if anything, it helps me think critically about my own work). Like with the Lerofa, if you’re interested in using the Fadites for any of your own writing ventures just send me a PM.