Seelie Court Fey

Gwendolyn Kestrel, Dragon #304

The seelie court fey view themselves as the most lovely of the beautiful, the most charming of the desirable, and the most exquisite of all living creatures. Purity and beauty form the basis of their social status. Ordinary fey fall short of the seelie court fey's status but, while not regarded as equals, are at least tolerated. Unseelie fey are considered repulsive and usually driven out of seelie court fey demesnes. Seelie court fey dismiss all other beings as beneath their regard. Occasionally, however, a seelie court fey develops a fondness for a particularly beautiful or talented nonfey, such as a bard with a very high Perform skill or a weaver with a very high Craft skill. The fey cosset these talented mortals like favored pets. While circumstances might occasionally force a seelie court fey to associate with nonfey as equals, they rarely do so willingly or with pleasure.

Fey high-society and the fey realms, be they the Plane of Faerie or fey high-society enclaves on the Material Plane, contain the only creatures whose opinions matter. Politicking thrives in this elitist environment. Seelie fey, having perfected contempt and disdain for other creatures, also form cliques and factionalize among themselves.

Creating a Seelie Court Fey

"Seelie court fey" is a template that can be added to any fey creature (referred to hereafter as the "base creature") if it has exclusively fey ancestry. Creatures who have become fey through any means other than having been born fey from purely fey parents are not welcome in the seelie court. A seelie court fey uses all the base creature's statistics and special abilities except as noted here.

Special Attacks: A seelie court fey retains all the special attacks of the base creature and also gains vernal touch.

Spell-Like Abilities: Seelie court fey with an Intelligence or Wisdom score of 8 or higher possess the following spell-like abilities, using their HD as the caster level, as specified in the table below. Each ability is useable once per day.

Vernal Touch (Su): To receive a vernal touch is like being kissed by springtime itself: full of life and promise. At will, as a standard action, the seelie fey can touch a creature with a vernal touch. This touch removes dazed, nauseated, fatigued, and exhausted conditions from living creatures. For undead creatures, a seelie court fey's touch attack acts like a cleric's ability to turn undead as a cleric of two levels lower would. Unlike a cleric's turn ability, each use of vernal touch affects only the touched undead.

Special Qualities: A seelie court fey retains all the special qualities of the base creature and gains the following abilities.

Aura of Glory (Su): A seelie court fey radiates calm. She is immune to fear (magical or otherwise). Allies within 10 feet of her gain a morale bonus on saving throws against fear effects equal to the seelie court fey's Charisma bonus.

Damage Reduction: Wood and silver weapons have little effect against seelie court creatures, but cold iron weapons harm them as normal.

Iron Vulnerability (Ex): The mere touch of iron (including steel) deals 1 point of damage to the seelie court fey. A hit with an iron or steel weapon deals an additional +1d6 points of damage. The fey's DR protects it from this damage. Roll the damage as normal and apply DR, unless the weapon can defeat the fey's DR.

Sanctuary (Sp): Once per day, a seelie court fey can cast sanctuary on herself. Unlike a normal casting of the spell, this ability affects only the seelie court fey. Caster level equal to HD; DC 11 + Charisma bonus.

Spell Resistance: SR equal to 10 + base creature's HD. If the creature has better spell resistance already, use that value instead.

Skills: A seelie court fey receives a +4 racial bonus on Bluff, Craft, or Perform (one only, chosen at the time the template is applied), and Diplomacy checks. Self-absorbed, they also receive a -4 penalty on Listen and Spot checks.

Environment: Any land and underground.

Challenge Rating: As base creature +1.

Alignment: Any.

Advancement: As base creature or by character class

Seelie Court Fey Damage Reduction
Hit DiceDamage ReductionAbility
15/cold ironCommand, disrupt undead, prestidigitation
2-35/cols ironAs above, plus charm person, unseen servant
4-55/cold ironAs above, plus create food and water, enthrall
6-75/cold ironAs above, plus suggestion, minor creation*
8-95/cold ironAs above, plus charm monster, Leomund's secure shelter
10-1110/cold ironAs above, plus major creation*
12+10/cold ironAs above, plus mass suggestion, Mordenkainen's magnificent mansion
*Items created by seelie court fey using these spell-like abilities will vanish if touched by iron or steel. Fey cannot create iron or steel items.

Sample Seelie Court Fey: Seelie Court Fey Dryad.

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