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Fairies are a type of magical being found in both 'Red Bat' and 'TAO: Rize of the yin-yang'. In both continuities they are an extinct race, save their king, who acts as an antagonist.

Red BatEdit

Fairies, or Homo oberonus, were originally known as Efreets, and were created by Byzantine mages in order to be used for conquest.  However, the Efreets proved to be unstable, targeting friend and foe alike and after releasing a plague they were sealed in various artefacts, ever tempting humanoid species like humans, vampires and werewolves to release them by offering them wishes.  They were said to appear as extremely beautiful beings, but this was to conceal their true monstrous forms.

A war eventually led to the virtual extinction of the fairies, save one, the fairy king Arborius , who would later seek revenge against humans, vampires and werewolves alike.

TAO: Rize of the Yin-YangEdit

Fairies once had a kingdom, before they were absorbed by their king, Lord Hoth Arboriusson II of the Shadow Throne millenia ago so that he could avenge his father and destroy 'a great empire on Earth'. He was later sealed in a tomb, although the circumstances surrounding his sealing and awakening were never elaborated on.  Arboriusson was eventually absorbed by Urumi .

Fairies were described as being a thousand in number and being at least three thousand years old.

Behind the scenesEdit

The concept of fairies in 'Red Bat' was first introduced by Scorpiontail, along with Arborius who would go on to become the main antagonist, with their nature elaborated upon by Zukomones.  They were introduced and described in 'TAO' by Return of the King.

TriviaEdit

  • The fairies' 'scientific name' suggests that they were an offshoot of humanity like vampires and werewolves, although their description by Old-Lady Silver-Moon gives the impression that they were anything but human.
  • Their original name 'Efreet' appears to be derived from 'Ifrit', a type of Jinn or spirit in Arab and Islamic folklore, better known in the west as the westernized 'Genie'.  Indeed, the fairies' description as wish granting spirits sealed in objects does make them resemble genies.
  • The fairies that have appeared in both continuities are based on the medieval and Renaissance versions of fairy myths and stories.
  • The scientific name for fairies, Homo oberonus, is derived from the character Oberon.

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