The Peryaldyn, Peryphylyn in their language, are what humans commonly refer to as pixies. Pixies are the smallest of the “civilized” races, measuring at an average of six inches tall. Their wings are similar to translucent dragonfly wings, but pixies, unlike dragonflies, only have one set of wings. Pixies have the most diversity of all the “civilized” races, ranging in hair, eye and skin colors of all kinds. These colors can range from bright blue to green and human tones. This distinction of coloring has no effect, however, culturally or otherwise in the fey community.
The Peryaldyn is the longest living race, and the most illusive. Pixies are considered a phenomenon in the cities, due to the Peryaldyn’s strong cultural ties to nature, though some pixies still live in “Doxydal”, which is a blanket term for all of the other larger races, cities for various reasons. The Peryaldyn are known for making the best spies, mainly because of their size and flying abilities, but also the race’s penchant for using illusion-based magic. Despite the spying reputation, Peryaldyn are often known to have very cheerful dispositions, though that is a general stereotype of the Peryaldyn. Though known for their size, it is often a grave mistake to underestimate one of the Peryaldyn. Most pixies rely on illusion, nature and conjuration magic to suppliment what they lack in size and physical strenth, as well as speed and ranged weapons. Being great pioneers in botany and herbalism, their ranged weapons are often tipped with deadly poisons.
The Peryaldyn mainly live in the great central forest that spans the middle of the continent between the two major mountain ranges. The Peryaldyn are governed by kingdoms and courts, the favored of the King or Queen becoming lords. Currently there are two courts of Peryaldyn in power, the Serylyn and Unserylyn courts. These are often translated by humans into the Seelie and Unseelie courts. The Serylyn court is often referred to as the Day, or Sun, Court, because of it’s stance on working with the Doxydals. The Unserylyn Court, known as the Night, or Moon, Court tends to take the hands off approach to the larger races, and the Unserylyn Court has been known to harbor a lot of the more malicious and tricksters of the two courts. This often gives the Peryaldyn a reputation for being practical jokers and con artists. Both Courts, however, enlist the help of the Forudyn, the forest elves, and have done so since the mortal war, where humans rebelled against the elves. The Forudyn do not interfere with the affairs of the courts, but act as delegates and protectors of the pixies from other Doxydals. For doing so, the Forudyn receive gifts and services for their protection.
Both the Peryaldyn and the Forudyn worship the “Mother Earth” nature goddess, known as Pery. It is said that the Peryaldyn were made from her, and so they took her name into theirs as a sign of worship. While the Peryaldyn have no organized religion, Pery is their figurehead, and they all, or at least the pious ones, abide by Pery’s rule to honor and respect nature. Her rule is to live with nature, and not just seek to control it. This is the chief reason why most Peryaldyn buildings, even in some Doxydal cities, are made from living wood and plants, shaped by magic and kept alive by feeding on Pixie Dust, which the Peryaldyn create naturally, and has magical growth properties for plants, and can even rejuvenate dead plants. This plant and pixie relationship is symbiotic. The plants get a steady supply of nutrients and the Peryaldyn get shelter. Pery is said to have no one form, but to be the earth itself, and is the only god not to be considered on the Astyr plane. Pixies say that if she has to appear to mortals, she usually comes in the form of either a Spriggan or as a dryad, as these are some of the only creatures created from plant life and magic.