Campaign of the Month: June 2012
Most races of the Fey are decedents of the Shee, one of the tribes of the Div, borne of the Cursed Sacred Fruit. The gods gave the Shee a choice, they could either lose their immortality and remain free-willed, or they could lose their will and stay immortal. The Immortal ones became the Fey and the ones who kept free will became the Elves. Over the centuries, creatures such as the faun or pixie, on very rare occasions are born or are unexpectedly imbued with free will. Forever changed, these creatures become truly mortal and their magical powers are much diminished from their true fey-blooded kin. These creatures now have souls and are almost always outcast from the communities to which they were born, forced to make their way among other races, ostracized.
Brownies are small, benign humanoids who may be very distantly related to pixies. Peaceful and friendly, brownies live in pastoral regions, foraging and gleaning their food.
Standing no taller than 2 feet, brownies are exceedingly nimble. They resemble small elves with brown hair and bright blue eyes. Their brightly colored garments are made from wool or linen with gold ornamentation. They normally carry leather pouches and tools for repairing leather, wood, and metal.
Brownies speak their own language and those of elves, pixies, sprites, and halflings, as well are common.
Combat: Brownies prefer not to engage in combat, and only do so if threatened. Angry brownies rarely meet their foes in hand to hand combat, relying instead on magic.
Since their senses are so keen, it is impossible to surprise brownies. They are superb at blending into their surroundings and can become all but invisible when they choose.
Brownies use spells to harass and drive away enemies. They can use the following spells, once per day: protection from evil, ventriloquism, dancing lights, continual light, mirror image (3 images), confusion, and dimension door. If cornered and unable to employ any spells, brownies attack with short swords.
Habitat/Society: Brownies live in rural areas, making their homes in small burrows or abandoned buildings. They often live close to or on farms, as they are fascinated by farm life.
Brownies live by harvesting wild fruits and gleaning grain from a farmer’s field. Being honest to the core, a brownie always performs some service in exchange for what is taken. One might milk a farmer’s cows and take only a small amount.
Some brownies go so far as to become house brownies. They observe the families in a given area, and if one meets their high moral standards, these brownies secretly enter the household. At night, while the residents are asleep, they perform a variety of helpful tasks; spinning, baking bread, repairing farm implements, keeping foxes out of the hen house, mending clothes, and performing other household tasks. If a thief creeps silently into the house, they will make enough noise to awaken the residents. Watchdogs and domestic animals consider brownies friendly and never attack or even bark at them.
All brownies ask in exchange for their labor is a little milk, some bread, and an occasional bit of fruit. Etiquette demands that no notice be taken of them. If the residents boast about the presence of a brownie, the brownie vanishes.
Brownies are not greedy, but they do have small hoards of treasure which they have taken from evil monsters or received as gifts from humans. A brownie sometimes leaves his treasure in a location where a good person in need is bound to find it.
Strangers and outsiders are constantly watched by the brownies of the community until their motives are established. If the brownies decide that a stranger is harmless, he is left in peace. If not, the brownies unite and drive the intruder out.
Brownies know every nook and cranny of the areas where they live, and thus make excellent guides. If asked politely, there is a good chance that a brownie will agree to act as a guide.
With the onset of growing civilization, some brownies actually prefer the urban environment, fulfilling similar roles to their urban counterparts.
On occasion, one may encounter a brownie of a more negative demeanor. These rascals use their size and talents to cause no end of troubles. They are usually outcasts from their fellows, and their honesty might be of a questionable nature.
Ecology: Brownies are basically vegetarians who live very comfortably on the gleanings of agricultural life. They make efficient use of leftovers that are too small for humans to notice. When brownies glean from fields, they do so after harvest, gathering grains and fruits which might otherwise be wasted.
The urban brownies likewise live off the scraps of the city. They tend to collect cast-off (lost or even stolen) jewelry, and prize small gems and pearls above all other wealth.
Brownie characters are blessed with the Maker’s Gifts.