Book of Archfey

Archfey were fey beings who gained nearly god-like powers and established a position of preeminence among fey-kind. Each archfey had a unique appearance and set of abilities, most controlled a portion of the Feywild and had self-proclaimed titles.

Some of them were powerful fey of many races, others were the awakened spirits of natural places such as forests or rivers, others the sentient incarnations of different types of animals, and others were noble eladrin so old and powerful they transcended the bounds of mortality.

Some archfey were regarded as deities and granted divine abilities to their worshipers. Archfey could be contacted by a willing warlock to form a fey pact.

Notable Archfey:

  • Baba Yaga, Mother of All Witches
  • Hyrsam, the Prince of Fools
  • Neifion, the Lord of Bats
  • Nintra Siotta, the Princess of Shadow Glass
  • Oberon, the Green Lord
  • The Prince of Frost
  • Queen of Air and Darkness
  • Titania, the Queen of the Summer Court
  • Verenestra the Oak Princess
  • Kannoth, the Vampire Lord of Cendriane

Fey pact warlocks, which were among the fewest in number of all warlocks, forewent the obvious dangers of dealing with devils or the forbidding mystery that surrounds the star pact but instead dealt with powerful, supernatural forces of the Feywild. Such spirits of the natural world may have been menacing or simply capricious in their dealings with mortals of the Prime Material Plane. Some were faerie-like dryads or sylphs while others were less easily defined, more like incarnations of nature than anything else. Many of the sponsors of warlocks who sought the fey pact were dangerous archfey, such as the Queen of Air and Darkness or other such Unseelie fey, although a few received their powers from the more benevolent Seelie fey.

The magic bestowed upon fey pact warlocks could be enchanting, while retaining the savage lethality common to the Feywild. Typical spells may have charmed a foe or burnt them alive, reflecting the often fickle nature of the fey. Often such invocations required the wielder to have a high level of natural presence and charm, with which they could hold their own in negotiations with the wily and often deceptive beings. The most basic of these, known to all of the fey pact, was eyebite, which caused its victim to lose sight of their attacker under the weight of staggering psychic pain. Additionally, fey pact warlocks with a measure of fey blood may also have demonstrated a natural affinity for flora and fauna, allowing them to have located hidden wildlife with relative ease.

Pacts with Archfey

Warlocks who focused all their attention on dealing with fey spirits might have become one of the feytouched, half-mad arcanists who slipped between the Feywild and the Prime Material Plane as they wished. Some of the best-known organizations of fey pact warlock included the Lakh-Myr Thorns, who, during the Era of Upheaval, were headed by a shadar-kai named Gaen Ral, as well as the Tairemgira of Kryptgarden Forest. While most fey pact warlocks sided with the Unseelie, a few came under the patronage of more benevolent beings, such as the archfey Titania.