Oak King - The Oak King is usually depicted as wearing a small breech cloth and a crown of oak leaves and acorns. In his right hand he carries a staff of oak wood. He is the king of the waxing year and the other half of the Holly King, the king of the waning year. From Yule to Midsummer the Oak King reigns, taking over the mantle of ruler ship from the Holly King.

Oakmen - Male dwarf faeries with huge heads who are the guardians of sacred oak groves. They are not very friendly towards people, but no one has ever been harmed by one.

Oannes - Fish-headed beings from another world, these were considered to be sea-gods by the ancient Chaldeans. Oannes lived among men by day, building the great Sumerian civilization and teaching art, science, and religion, while at night they returned to the Persian Gulf to swim in the ocean.

Ohdows - A race of small, well-formed people with the features of the Native Americans who live underground in North America . They use their magic to subdue the earth spirits who cause earthquakes.

Orculli - Giants with a mean disposition and a cannibalistic diet. On the rare occasions that they are seen, they appear as bearded males. They live on clouds and descend to earth only to obtain food. They prefer to eat their own kind, but will settle for beef and human meat if they must. Their touch alone can sicken cattle to death, and they are adept thieves. One Alpine legend says that these giants fear cats and will flee in terror from them. One can always tell when an Orculli is around because of the vile smell they produce, said to be like that of a rotting carcass. Despite their size they're slow and clumsy, and humans can easily get away from them.

Paian - Not an individual or even a single type of faery. It is a faery gathering, a congress or forum, of all the dwarf faeries of Scandinavia . They meet in secret at the Sabbats to worship, play, and discuss business. No known human has ever witnessed this gathering. Their most famous ruling was against a dwarf named Ammaze who was censured and then excommunicated for trying to live as a human.

Painajainen - These faeries lool like small white horses who ride through the Alps . They like to tease and sometimes harm children, but they never steal them, and no child has ever been killed by one. Bringing nightmares is their most usual way of tormenting. Even today their tiny, ghostly hoof beats are occasionally heard echoing through the Alps , though no horse and rider can be seen.

Pamarindo - This Italian male dwarf faery is very small, mean, and obese. He is a scavenger who kills animals. He wears a hat of fur and red clothes which are stained with animal fat. He is lazy and disliked by other faeries. He's a carnivore who is either forbidden or unable to make his own kill. Therefore he must engage in creative ways of obtaining his meat, such as running animals off cliffs or causing them to fall and impale themselves on fallen tree branches. He has ghastly table manners, and his clothes are usually streaked with grease and animal fat. He will not move out of the way for anyone, and has been known to knock down travelers he meets on the road. He is extremely rude and antisocial.

Peg Powler - She inhabits the River Tees. She is a green water hag with long hair and sharp teeth. She is fond of grabbing the ankles of those who stand too close to or wade into the water and pulling them underwater to drown.

Penates - Pronounced "Pay-not-ayes"; they're dwarf faeries who wear peasant costumes and small tool belts. They always are seen as male. They're similar to the house Brownies of Scotland in that they adopt a home and do good deeds for their adopted family by night. They can go abroad by daylight if they want, but he chooses not to. A Lare, pronounced "Lahr-ay", is a Penate who is a solitary, and can't be exposed to sunlight, or he'll perish.

People of the Hills - English faeries who live under green mounds.

Phi-Suk - They wear the ancient native dress of southeast Asia. They're neither good nor bad to humans, but are dispensers of justice and lessons.

Phookas - Pronounced "Pook-ahs". They're the Hobgoblins of Ireland. They have heads resembling human males, but the bodies of horses. They can fly for limited distances, though they have no wings. Phookas are trooping faeries who run in destructive packs. They are said to be extremely ugly and ill-tempered and to have frequent quarrels among themselves. Wreaking havoc is their favorite pastime, and they will go out of their way to harm children and crops. The Phookas lay claim to any crop which is not harvested by Samhain night, and to cut a plant after this time risks provoking these dangerous faeries and their malevolence. In spite, for taking what they believe to be theirs, they have been known to kill herd animals, particularly cattle. They especially love human babies and are always on the lookout for a newborn to steal. And because of their limited powers of flight they are jealous of airplanes and will do them harm whenever they can.

Phynnodderees - They're completely naked, revealing wizened, emaciated male bodies. Their skin is leathery, and they have small patches of silver hair tucked here and there all over themselves. By human standards they are very ugly. They're believed to have been expelled from faery society and now are solitary beings condemned to their watery realm and their hideous form for all time by the curse of an offended Faery King. They're very ill-tempered, but have never caused humans any harm.

Pillywiggins - Seasonal faeries associated with spring. They are small winged creatures who resemble Pixies, and they are very playful. Their sole purpose seems to be to tend to spring. Pillywiggins live among wildflowers which grow at the foot of huge oaks. They're trooping faeries who have no ill will toward humans, and they seem only mildly interested in us. They have been seen mimicking human behaviors such as weddings and dances, but do not lower themselves to playing pranks. They are quite diminutive and like to ride bees from flower to flower. Their queen, Ariel, often rides bats, and is blonde and very seductive. She wears a thin, transparent garment of white, sleeps in a bed of cowslip, and can control the winds. She can't speak, but communicates in beautiful song. Though she is not seen any more, she is still believed to exist in Faeryland.

Pixies - They're small, winged creatures with heads too large for their bodies. They have pointed ears and noses and arched eyebrows. Their wings are shiny and translucent, and they are usually seen wearing seasonal colors and flora. Pixies are generally friendly but are extremely capricious and given to nonmalicious mischief. The little caps they wear are the tops of foxglove or toadstool, plants they hold sacred. No gender differentiation seems apparent. Excessive contact with iron can kill Pixies. These faeries are wildly attracted to flowering gardens and are often seen around Beltaine. Their queen is said to be a tiny woman of sublime beauty who has created a spring world in Faeryland which few humans can resist. They loathe human laziness and have been known to pinch a couch potato until he springs into action. Pixies are trooping faeries who love playing, dancing, and music above all else. They like to have large gatherings known in northern England as Pixie Fairs. A few humans have come upon these revels and have been allowed to watch briefly, but never asked to join in. While Pixies do not seem overanxious for human contact, they have been known to be very helpful to deserving people.

Plant Rhys Dwfen - They're a tribe of faeries who inhabit a small invisible land. It is invisible because of a certain herb that grows on it. They're beautiful people, quite short, and they are fond of outbidding at Cardigan auctions. They are honest in their dealings, and kind to people who are kind to them.

Poleviks - Pronounced "Ph-leh-vicks"; they look more like bipedal goats than anything resembling a human. They aid in the growing and harvesting of crops. Generally they are benign where humans are concerned, but they are not to be trusted. If they aid with your crops, they expect excessive payment at the harvest's end. This can be combated by drawing up a contract stating just what you will give them and leaving it in the fields overnight for them to find. They will then usually decide your fields are not worth the trouble and move on. Even today some Polish farmers who wish to have no trouble with them leave extra grain in the field each week as a libation. This way they know their next year's crop will be looked upon favorably by them. Farmers in the field using sickles are protected because this is an instrument which the Poleviks fear and will flee from.

Portunes - They look like old men and are among the smallest of all faeries, less than an inch tall. They have a trickster's nature. Portunes are best described as English Leprechauns. They are superb horsemen, grant wishes if captured, and guard a treasure. But unlike Leprechauns, they can be persuaded to help with farm chores. The Portune can grant wishes-one per customer-if he can be physically captured.

Pyrenees - No one has actually seen a Pyrenee, but their energy can animate the ancient standing stones of Cornwall .

Rakshasas - Shape shifting demon-goblins. They can appear as monsters, animals, or beautiful women to seduce holy men and then eat them. They have side tusks, ugly eyes, curling awkward brows, bull's heads, bloated bellies, tangled hair, and backward pointing hands. They can cause leprosy, raise the dead, and regenerate severed limbs.

Ravan - The ten headed, twenty armed king of the Rakshasas, Ravan ruled in the kingdom of Lanka (possibly Sri Lanka ) until he was killed by a Rama. He was once imprisoned in a mountain for a thousand years, but he can be destroyed by a mortal. He was finally after kidnapping Sita, Rama's wife, when Rama and his army of Indian faeries stormed his castle.

Red Cap - The Red Cap, an emaciated man with a leathery body and little or no hair, carries a sharp wooden scythe to strike down all who invade the area he has decided to guard for the time being. Solitary and hateful in nature, we can all be grateful there is only one of him. He moves from place to place on a whim throughout the extreme lowlands of Scotland along the English border. He haunts the ruins of old castles and cairns which he guards with his life. The Red Cap he wears, and for which he was named, is said to be made of dried human blood. Some say he is a cannibal who will consume faeries and humans alike.

Robin Goodfellow - Robin Goodfellow, also known as Puck from Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream , looks like a Greek Satyr, with the head of a young male and the body of a goat. He has a playful, lusty nature, and loves to play pranks on humans. He has small horns on his head, and he carries with him pan pipes which he loves to play while he dances. In English legends, Robin is the son of a faery father and a mortal mother who loves to play tricks on humans who venture into his woods. Some have claimed to hear his laughter after the trick is successfully completed. He is also adept at animal and bird calls.

Rubezahl - Pronounced "Roo-bee-zahl"; these are male dwarf faeries in short black cloaks who each carry a thin, spiky walking stick. They're mean to human travelers. They wear large cloaks which hide their faces and seem not to want humans to know just what they look like. Because of this it is believed that they can't shape shift. They were once credited with being able to summon the wind or the rain, if only for a brief time. They would bring whichever one would most annoy a human traveler in their woods. If the human had no water they would summon a hot sun, and if he or she had no shelter they would summon a cold rain. They like to yell confusing noises so that travelers lose their way. They make their homes in the mountains.

Rusalki - Lovely female water faeries with long green hair who like to play water games with people. They do not seem deliberately malicious, but sometimes their games get rough and dangerous.


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