The Petiani

Petiani 

The last of Faeron’s children, Petyna, either because of her own subconscious reluctance to leave or a poor sense of direction, led her husband, children, and people further into Dwarven territory.  On the verge of being caught by the Dwarven army, inspiration and necessity led Petyna to the solution of size-shifting.  Then when the Dwarves’ war feelings waned, Petyna opened a dialogue with them and established a symbiotic relationship.  In return for letting them stay in the area, Petyna promised to use their size-shifting not only to limit their need for resources, but also to watch over their shared crops.  Like the Waerani, since their size-shifting is a product of Spirit, they do not tie their identity to an element, and instead tie it to the concept of Life.  They see it as their place in the world to protect the little things in life.

As for looks, it was their admiration of the Dwarves’ colorful appearances that influenced them. As a result, they, like the Dwarves, have no uniform skin or hair color.  However, after the Petiani divided further with Petyna’s three children, there are recognizable traits that set the Petiani apart.

Sprites

Petyna’s eldest, Sparitina, founded the nurturing pastel-colored butterfly-winged Sprites.

 Pixies

Pix founded the inquisitive electric-bright dragon-fly-winged Pixies.

Brownies

The protective Brownyth founded the earthy-colored lady-bug-winged Brownies.

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The Birshandi and the Waerani

Birshandi

The fifth born, Birshara, was loathe to leave the mountains whose peaks touched the skies, so she moved her people along the mountain paths to the farthest end from the Dwarven kingdom, using the rock face itself for their homes.  The birds of the mountains became their friends, and by their influence, her tribe changed.  Becoming tawny-haired with tanned golden-skin, they found their strength in Wind.

Waerani

The twins, Waeron and Launa, were the closest of Faeron’s children, and could not bear to be parted, so together they took their portion of the Faerani to in the plains west of the mountains.  There they found humans and wolves warring against each other for resources and land.  Befriending both species who shared the twins’ love of family and neighbor, Waeron and Launa learned to shape-shift between their humanoid form and that of a wolf.  In this way, they acted as ambassadors between both species and created a peace between them.

Since Spirit is the element that allows shape-shifting, their identity is not tied to a specific element like the other Faerani.  Instead they see their affinity and thereby identity tied to the concept of Peace.  Like the Elviani, the Waerani’s appearance began to resemble that of their human neighbors.  Their pale skin became more sun-touched, and their hair darker.  Reflecting their wolf coats, their hair is usually black, brown, or gray.

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