D&D Monster Spotlight: The Fey
Sometimes good, sometimes evil, and sometimes chaotically disinterested in your character’s general wellbeing, Fey run the D&D monster gamut.
The Fey come in all shapes, sizes, and alignments. One of the most diverse verities of monster in the manual, a Fey could be your friend, a benefactor, an employer, or a dangerous foe to be avoided at all costs, but no matter what they are powerful creatures you should take every effort not to piss off.
Linked to various seasons, Fey Eladrin are powerful elf-like beings who possess personalities and powers reminiscent of their season. For example, Spring Eladrin are joyful and mischievous but a little naïve about certain things with calming or hallucinatory magic while Winter Eladrin are pensive and gloomy and use cold or windy themed spells. They can change their season as often as they chose, but others spend their entire lives with one season or following the natural change of the seasons of the place they live. These Fey are as neutral as the weather itself, and likely have an alignment that flows as their personality and the seasons around them do, so on average each could be as benign as a pleasant spring day, or as dangerous as a hurricane.
This fey is a dreaded and cruel creature known for giant like strength and eating children. Usually chaotic evil by nature, up to eight feet tall, 325 pounds, and sometimes described as having ogre like qualities, Annis Hags are a little farther down the inhospitable side of the “possible friend to no thanks” scale. They are, unfortunately for any traveler, as intelligent and sly as they are terrifying. But, they are also narcissistic and open to bribery, so who knows. Good luck.
Faerie Dragons are closely related to Pseudodragons, usually chaotic good, and always really cute. Roughly the size of a cat, they have tiny little breath weapons, have a diet of bugs and fruit, and are intelligent though to use language. Faerie Dragons, like many Fey, are also mischievous and natural pranksters, making it no surprise that they often travel with pixies and sprites.
Chaotic neutral and honestly, probably pretty fun to be around for a little while, Satyrs or Fauns like to enjoy singing, dancing, feasting, and parties to a hedonistic fault. Going to any length to achieve their desires with little mind to the consequences, they likely won’t harm you on purpose unless you give them a reason, but they likely won’t pay much mind if you accidently come between them and a good time, either. If you do end up in a fight with a Satyr though, shortswords, shortbows, and a magical pan pipes to lull you to sleep will be what you find yourself contending with.
These some of our favorite kinds of Fey, but there are almost countless more. What’s your favorite Fey in D&D? What Fey encounters have you had in game? Were they generally positive and fun, or did you run into a Annis Hag? Let us know in the comments!