Buttercup fairy

Category: Fantasy

Buttercup fairy loves to help plants grow. Humans would call it gardening, but she knows better: plants know what they're doing. Humans try to make them grow in places they don’t like. Buttercup works to make the environment suit the plant best and encourages them to grow big and sturdy.

Buttercup especially loves helping small, delicate plants. Like her namesake flower, Buttercup is beautiful, hardy and aggressive to those who would subdue her, qualities she uses to help those weaker than her thrive. When fairy-children have bullies, they think of Buttercup—and ask for her help, on occasion—to gather their courage and stand up for themselves.

But Buttercup fairy also loves to dress up in flower petals. The plants and flowers she cares for so diligently are so thankful for her help that they shed their most beautiful petals for Buttercup to make into spectacular outfits. She is especially fond of chrysanthemums, daisies and violets.

Buttercup fairy

Buttercup fairy

Scientific Name

Fairies (Fata faierie) are closely related to sprites (Fata spriggan). Goblins and trolls are also part of the Fata family.

Characteristics

Generally, fairies are eight to ten inches tall when full-grown. They are usually human-shaped, usually fair-skinned, and winged, though this is by no means a rule. Fairies have been seen in the shape of small woodland creatures, including small rodents and birds. Some fairies are also innate shape-shifters, though this is not common.

History

As varied as the places from whence they hail, fairies from Britain and Ireland—the most common ancestor to the American fairy—have been known to humans as long as humans have lived on those islands. Occasionally confused with pixies, who are also very small in stature, fairies are most known for the raucous parties they hold in fairy rings and for occasionally stealing human children.

Present Status

No confirmed sightings in over 200 years, though mushroom fairy rings, used for parties or circuses, are common after rain.