Uilebheist - Faeries who appear as multiheaded sea monsters who guard the inlets and waters around the rocky coasts of the Shetland and Orkney Islands . They probably came to these remote islands with the Norse invaders. Island seamen often spoke of sea monsters off the coast of northern Scotland whose purpose seemed to be the protection of the islands rather than the destruction of sailors and ships.

Undines - They appear like small seahorses with human faces. They are stern and yet playful, depending upon what they feel is their appropriate role at the time. They are also thought to have a somewhat seductive nature, though their very small size in relation to humans makes them little threat in that regard.

Unseelie Court - The Unseelie Court, like the Seelie Court , has never actually been seen. Attempts by humans to describe them paint them as a massive dark cloud which rides upon the wind. They are thoroughly evil. The term Unseelie is most often said to mean "unblessed". Some Scottish legends say they were all once members of the Seelie Court who fell from Grace. The Court travels on the night winds from where their unnerving cackles and howls can be heard. They have no method of reproduction, so they enslave mortals whom they think would never be missed and carry them along to become one of them.

Urisks - They're extremely ugly, so much so that they have been credited with actually frightening people to their deaths. They are wrinkled, hairy in patches, and emaciated; have duck feathers on their backs and necks; and are topped with huge, misshapen heads. Despite their appearance they are quite friendly and seem to crave human companionship. Urisks often used to seek out human company, but their ghastly appearance frightened all would-be companions away. For that reason we see very few nowadays. They will be glad to be helpful in almost any endeavor in exchange for brief company. They are known to be very intelligent and highly psychic.

Vasily - Dwarf faeries that are both male and female, though there seem to be more males. They live in barns and make their beds in the hay. They shun human contact, so we have absolutely no knowledge of their feelings towards humans. Vasilys are the greatest horse lovers on any plane of existence. They care for horses at all times, and are especially tender to the ones who are elderly or ill. No human has been harmed by them, but it is believed that they could be quite mean to anyone who abuses their favorite animal.

Vilas - Pronounced "Vee-lahs"; they're female faeries, mistresses of the forest, and are so beautiful that once they are seen by human males, they are longed after forever. They don't like to get involved with humans, but they have rescued them Alpine disasters by guiding rescue teams and dogs.

Virikas - Never more than eighteen inches tall, these unpleasant spectral entities can be recognized by their flaming red color and their horribly pointed, bloodstained teeth. They gather outside the homes of men soon to die and jabber excitedly. To prevent this, people can erect a small shrine in their honor and burn daily gifts of flowers and spices for them.

Vodianoy - Pronounced "Voe'd-ee'ah-noi". They're small male faeries who have green hair and are bloated and wet as if recently drowned. They're completely nocturnal, and are dangerous, bringing sickness to humans, especially sicknesses associated with polluted water such as cholera.

Wag-by-the-Way - The Wag-by-the-Way got his name because he used to guard the byways of the Lowlands for the noble families of Scotland . He has a long, cat-like tail which wags when he is irritated or angry. He is an extra small-sized dwarf faery usually covered in cinders. Only males have been reported. The Wag is generally friendly. This Scottish boarder sprite is similar to the Scottish house Brownie. He adopts a home where he is most domestic and friendly, almost like a family pet. He is intensely loyal to his family, but tends to throw things at visitors. They are always cold and love to get as close to fire as possible. For reasons unknown, the Wags are almost a vanished race, and there are very few left now.

Water Leaper - The Water Leaper looks like a small bat bouncing along the surface of the Irish Sea . They are quite vicious and have been credited with killing humans. They mostly prey on fishermen, whom they lure into rocks or coerce overboard to drown.

Well Spirits - Well Sprites are water sprites and well guardians who are very sympathetic to human needs, but asking their help often carries a huge price. They are superb shape shifters who usually take the form of human beings whose bodies they envy, and are then dangerously beautiful.

Wichtln - Pronounced "Veech-l'n"; they look like very tiny elves all dressed in brown fur coats. Their bodies are very bulbous and their arms and legs are much too long for their bodies. Their mischievous nature borders on downright meanness. Some persons who are acquainted with them claim that they never sleep. While this is probably a gross exaggeration, these elves are tireless in their pursuit of fun, which is always at the expense of some unsuspecting human being or animal. Like the Scottish Brownie they adopt a human home and can do many of the household tasks and will gladly guard and protect their home, but most people feel that putting up with their poltergeist nature is just not worth it. Some of their favorite pranks are pinching, tripping, letting livestock loose, causing spills, and moving things about. Wichtlns love gifts, and such displays of affection will keep them in your home and generally keep them placated.

Wilde Frauen - Pronounced "Veel-duh Frow-in". It literally means "wild women", and they are the female wood sprites of the Germanic and Scandinavian forests. They stand about three feet high and represent all the ages of women from childhood through old age. Wild in this context does not describe their temperament any more that it does that of any other wood faery. Wild in this case refers to their living conditions among the roots of the oldest trees in the deepest part of the forests. They're seen year round, but fewer have been seen in this century due in part to the diminishing of untouched forest lands. They dress seasonally and will always be found wearing the flora, foliage, and colors of the current season.

Will-O'-the-Wisp - The Will-O'-the-Wisp appears as a collection of flickering, wavering, glowing lights low to the ground near marshes, meadows, and grassy hillocks. They are most easily seen an hour or so after sundown. These golden lights which are seen glittering enticingly in the distance have never been explained by science.

Yakshas - Benevolent nature spirits; they are the guardians of treasures hidden in the earth and the roots of trees. Their ruler is Kubera, who lives on a mountain in the Himalayas . They are deities of cities, districts, lakes, and wells, and are thought to have originated from a cult of ancient Dravidians.

Yann-An-Od - He appears as a kindly old shepherd complete with long robe, shepard's staff, and long white beard. Little is known about his feelings towards humans because he tends to fade from view when approached. Yann-An-Od is actually the name of a faery king who guards flocks of sheep. He is a one-of-a-kind, and one has to wonder where his legions are if he is a king.

Yumboes - Located on Goree Island , south of the Cape Verde Peninsula in Senegal , West Africa . They are two feet tall with pearly skin and silver hair. They are also called the "Bakhna Rakhna" which translates to "The Good People." They enjoy dancing and feasting by moonlight and live in magnificent subterranean dwellings in the Paps, groups of hills about three miles from the coast. Guests to their homes report lavishly decorated tables and servants invisible except for their hands and feet. They like to eat fish.

Yeti - Pronounced "Yet-ee"; it's a large, bipedal, hairy creature of light brown or white fur who is occasionally sighted throughout east Asia and North America . Rather gorilla-like in appearance, he tends to run away from humans.

Zips - Pronounced "Seeps"; they're thin male faeries of very small size who wear tiny helmets and carry tiny speaks. For all their fierce and battle-ready appearance, they are very shy and have always avoided people. The Zips' sole function is to protect and care for deer, especially stags.


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