Sunday, September 2, 2007

The Origin of Species

We spent an hour or more there, in that house by the sea. Lydia’s head pressed against my chest, her tears soaking into my Armani. I’d have to have it dry-cleaned tomorrow to get the salt out. When tears go on for that long – especially faery tears – you know she’s crying about several things and not just the loss of her mortal lover.

She opened up to me, glad to have a confidant that didn’t judge her. She cried for her homeland, the exiled children who killed her mother, her sister Sophia who left the mortal realm to take the throne of Faery and the two children she left behind.

It was only as the sun began to sink into the horizon that she confessed the real reason for her tears, that her unborn child would have no father.

Harold once coined the term ‘nephilistic’ to describe the odd attitude to life that occurs when you know that one of your parents was not of this plane. It expresses not a belief in the supernatural world, but the fatalistic attitude that it not only exists, but that it would rather you didn’t. Despite their advantages over their mortal brethren, nephilim remain an endangered species, for not only are they hunted by mortals by by higher beings as well.

Mortals have an innate fear of nephilim for good reason. God hated the children of his angels so much that he flooded the world to be rid of them. It didn’t work. In Exodus we are informed that Moses came across several villages populated by nephilim and that he destroyed every man, woman and child that resided there, citing them as “abominations unto God.”

Later still we have the deliberate breeding of a tribe of nephilim by the angels as an act of counter-insurgency. The breed Homo Luperius was created to seek and destroy the tribe of the Sisters of Twilight, a race of Goddess worshippers. The experiment went awry, of course, and the weres lost their connection to God and became as feared as their prey.

All of them suffer from nephilism. Each of them is both contemptuous of the mortals that surround them at the same time as being mortally afraid of them. Mortals will destroy a nephilim the first chance they get. They don’t want another flood.

A child that is half fey has several advantages. They are natural witches, able to draw upon the power of the ley by force of will alone, they are quick to mature and exceedingly long-lived; they have the natural ability of glamours, able to camouflage their true appearance without conscious thought.

They also have disadvantages. Concentration in a fae child is a quality that must be forcibly developed. They bore easily and will flit from the subject of survival in the forest to the intricacies of a butterfly’s flight in the space of a heart beat. Conversely, if a subject interests them sufficiently, they will spend hours – sometimes days – pondering it. I have seen a fae child die from starvation as it studied the growth of a tree.

Lydia’s child, when it was born in three months, would need full time attention. In Faery this would not be a problem, for every adult will spend time with a child and think themselves fortunate for the opportunity. In the mortal world such children are shunned, a natural instinct against those perceived as ‘different’.

As a lone parent, Lydia would need the support of her family.

Until the morrow. X

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