Fauns

Birth and Childhood

One or two
Plants you brew.
Three and four
You add some ore.
Five and six
knead the mix.
Seven eight
Let it bake
Nine and Ten
Repeat again

Unlike humans and all other fey, female fauns have complete control over their own reproductive system. There is no such thing as an accidental faun pregnancy. Nor are there any unwanted children born to fauns.

Since fauns frequently practice group marriages, children are raised by all the adult fauns in the group. In some cases the child may not even know which of the adults are their biological parents.

Fauns tend to teach through experience. An adult faun may allow the child to get themselves into trouble, stepping in only to prevent the child from getting seriously hurt. It is believed that experiences are more easily learned then a lecture.

Fauns are considered to have reached adulthood at the age of 14, however, many will continue to live with their family after they have reached adulthood.

 

Love and Marriage

Love

Fauns tend to fall in love intensely for short periods of time. This does not preclude the possibility of longer-term romances but this is not the norm. Most Faun love affairs are bright brilliant and burn out quickly and that’s the way they like it.

Marriage

Faun marriages tend to be more a partnership built on friendship and co-operation then any sort of commitment to a monogamous relationship. Married Fauns work together to raise their children and to support their household but do not expect a exclusivity. In fact, they consider the idea to be strange. As such, Faun’s see nothing wrong with either same-sex marriages or polygamy.

Death and Burial

How Fauns Age

Fauns live every moment of their lives to the fullest. As a result they tend to burn out rather young. Most fauns do not see their 60th birthday.

Funerals

Fauns prefer to celebrate life than morn death. After the death of a cherished one, fauns will organize a great party in their honour. At this party, all the departed favorite foods will be served. Toasts will be given in their honour with their favorite drink. Memories of the departed will be revisited. If the departed one, happens to resurrect, they are more then welcome to join in the fun.

 

Politics

What passes for Faunish Politics

Fauns have little use or need for formal government structures of any sort. In fact, many find the mere idea of laws, politics or the judiciary laughable.

Fauns who live in close proximity to other races may choose to participate in whatever local government exists. This is generally either of out morbid curiosity or part of an elaborate practical joke on the part of the fauns.

 

 

‘War and Peace

Fauns

Fauns are generally peaceful creatures. They are not interested in conquest or power. They would far rather live at peace with their neighbors then fight with them. But while it is true that few if any wars have been started by fauns, when provoked they will fight back. Many have been surprised by the passion and fortitude with which they fight. Fauns are generally thought of as flighty creatures but this does not mean they do not have a role to play during times of conflict. It is true that fauns do not make good front line fighters but many armies use fauns in support roles.

Many fauns are excellent scouts. Their familiarity with the forests makes it easy for them to travel undetected. Whether tracking a fleeing foe or finding a new path through rough terrain, fauns are both comfortable and well suited to complete these tasks.

Fauns are also renowned for the cleverness of their traps. Most people killed by a faun will never see their attacker. A cleverly laid trap (or
series of traps) can do just as much damage to an attacking force as a patrol of heavily armored orcs.

The final area fauns are used in times of military strife is as military alchemists. They aren’t the ones swinging the swords but they can ensure that those who do are stronger, tougher and do more damage with every swing. Even with limited supplies, many fauns can aid their friends in defeating their foes.

 

Crime and Punishment

Fauns don’t go much for formal political structures. As such they don’t have to much in the way of formal laws. In fact for the most part, fauns only have one rule: “Do what you like, so long as it doesn’t interfere with other peoples ability to do what they like.” When someone breaks this rule, the normal cause of action if for the fauns near them to ostracize them. Given the social nature of fauns, ostracism is often viewed as a terrible thing. Each faun who disapproved of the original action decides the extent and length they will personally enforce the ostracism. It is often as simple as the fauns saying “We don’t like you, so we are going to play with someone else.”

 

Work and Play

Most fauns have a great deal of trouble grasping the concept of money or ownership. If you find a faun in possession of 50 gold pieces, they probably like they way they glitter in the sun. This is not to say that fauns don’t work or that they don’t expect to get paid for their work. But the idea that coins contain some intrinsic long-term value seems unreliable to them. Instead they generally prefer to work for barter.

Fauns rarely differentiate between work and play. They tend to choose occupations that they enjoy so that work and play become one activity.

Fauns have a natural aptitude for alchemy. Many fauns practice at least some potion making but may or may not consider themselves “alchemists”. For these fauns, alchemy is a way a life, a means to an end, not an end onto itself.

Fauns are drawn to the woods and often have a strong sense of wanderlust. They don’t like jobs with require them to live in cities for long periods of time. As such they gravitate to jobs that allow them the greatest amount of freedom. You will often find fauns acting as messengers, bards, peddlers, merchants etc.

Fauns also like jobs which allow them to be creative. There are many fine faun bards and storytellers in the world but there is no school of faunish literature. There are no traditional ballads handed down through the centuries. No poems that they must all learn by rote. Fauns much prefer to make things up as they go along.

 

Tips

Thinking Like a Faun

Fauns are flighty forest dwellers. Although some take a fancy to the social scene of civilized areas, they always remain near their beloved woods. Fauns are a lustful, socially oriented race; loners are unknown! Fauns like nothing more than being at the centre of an admiring crowd. They are naturally devious; they constantly play harmless practical jokes in an effort to make everyone else lighten up. They have had enough experience with other races to always keep an eye on the exits just in case one of their jokes is taken the wrong way. Fauns tend to rely on fleetness of foot, quickness of mind and advance preparation to deal with whatever troubles may be thrown at them.

Acting Like a Faun

The most common misconception about fauns is that they spend their whole lives in search of sexual experiences. While all fauns do like sex and generally have sex regularly with a variety of partners, it is part of their life not the center of it.

Fauns are very busy people. They like projects. Many fauns will have a multitude of project on the go at any one time. Just because some of them will never get completed and others will fail, is not seen as a reason not to start them.

Fauns are among the Faeries most upbeat creations. Even when things look dark, the fauns are always the ones with a joke, or a crazy hundred to one plan.

Looking Like a Faun

Fauns dress in one of two styles. Those dedicated to woodcraft and forest living, tend towards more tailored cloths in browns and greens. Those fauns who prefer the company of the towns tend more towards loud multi-coloured garments. Some fauns may have cloths from both camps so that they can dress to suit the occasion.

All fauns have horns. There is great variety in the sort of horns fauns have. Some resemble those of a goat where others resemble a bull, deer or narwhale. Some fauns like to paint or decorate their horns. In addition to their horns, some fauns have fur covered legs and/or tails. Faun tails are short, like those of a rabbit or a deer.

Sounding like a Faun

Fauns do not have their own language, they are happy to speak in whatever language is local to the region in which they life. You will find few fauns outside of the mists speaking anything but the common human tongue.

Fauns have, however, developed a complex form of sign language. The signs are very regional so it is rare that fauns from different areas (or in some extreme cases different families) can communicate in this manor. A talented user of this art can communicate complex messages to their kin without a casual observer being aware that any communication is taking place.