Tuesday 26 June 2018

Tagging Treefolk

Tagging Treefolk: Names and Naming Post 13 

When I started writing the Fairy in the Bed series, I dealt with just one kind of fay. As
the series expanded, I brought in more. To justify having them different (they're all fay or fairies, but many of them categorise themselves beyond that) I came up with naming systems to suit each group.
Part of the fun, if not making up the names from scratch, lies in adapting existing names and finding enough that fit recognisably into a culture.

The treefolk lie somewhere just beyond the leprechauns in the range of fay. Like the sylvan, they live almost exclusively over there. It's likely they could survive over here in the human realm, but most unlikely that they'd ever want to. Treefolk, who term themselves as tree maids or tree lads, or sometimes by specifics such as beech maid, are a friendly and generally sweet-natured people. They are straightforward and inclined to say exactly what they think, which some humans and even some other fay find disconcerting. They favour pleasant-sounding names that are generally short, and use group surnames, according to their clan.
We meet several treefolk in the Fairy in the Bed series. The first one encountered is a redhead named Heidi Ash, a childhood friend of Peck Grene's. Heidi is highly empathetic, and if anyone she meets is troubled, she is troubled too.  
Moss the beechmaster is the nominal head of the beech clan. He is the person the leprechaun men approach if they want beechwood for a fiddle. He also helps direct the younger clan members if he thinks they're running into danger. He has a halfling daughter named Becca, whose mother is a water maid.

Tally Beech is one of the few treefolk to venture over this side of the gateways. As a child, she used to come through to play with Flori Alexandris. Flori had no idea her friend was anything but human, and she missed Tally when she stopped coming. Moss the beechmaster had put a stop to the visits. When Flori meets Tally again she is a leprechaun's wife and the mother of four children. Everybody loves Tally, though she has a disconcerting habit of "reading" people.
Sash is another redhead, and also married to a leprechaun man.
Vith was a treemaid who enjoyed a long-term romance with a hob man, but since he lived on the human side of the gateways, they never lived together. She is a character in Pisky Business, although she never actually appears.
The treefolk aren't dryads, but they do regard trees as something special, which is probably why they choose to use tree names for their clans.

The Fairy in the Bed series is showcased at Larksinger while the books can be purchased from the publisher.

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Sally is Sally Odgers; author, anthologist and reader. You can find you way into her maze of websites and blogs via the portal here.(Sally is me, by the way.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. 2017 is well behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of June 2018 I STILL hadn't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books in the pipeline, and I'm certainly showcasing those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, places and objects. Thank you so much to everyone who's come along on this journey so far!

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