The beautiful fay Glastyn turns into the grotestque Fenoderee.

Creatures of Faerie: Glastyn and Fenoderee

Glastyn is the first fay you meet in The Fey Man. He was exiled for some offence he is unwilling to discuss and sought out Thomas Rymour at Cairnagan. Tall, dark and beautiful, witty and charming, Glastyn seems to live for life at court. He thrives on the intrigue, the drama, and he enjoys seducing people’s wives. Where Tom flounders in Cairnagan, Glastyn is a perfect fit.

Glastyn’s darker face is his antithesis, a fay called Fenoderee. Fenoderee is ugly where Glastyn is handsome, plain of speech where Glastyn is witty, sombre where Glastyn is feckless. Fenoderee is a shambling mess, as if his limbs are being held together by moss and mould, and he stinks of rotten leaves. But he has Tom’s best interests at heart, whereas Glastyn’s motives are his own.

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Both Glastyn and Fenoderee are fairies from folklore, though I’ve taken some liberties with tradition. Glastyn was tall and handsome, but could also transform into a horse and pulled young women underwater to drown them. Fenoderee was ugly and hairy, and this was punishment for missing a festival. He was also banished. The two seemed like they fit together, so I kept the broad strokes and blended them a little. The pair serve as perhaps the most prominent stereotype of the fay.

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