Five years. Five very short years. The Golden Dream stood for eons, it was ancient before the Earth was young. It is a realm of magic that has withstood the most potent magics, wars of creatures unimaginable, and strife between factions clawing for more influence. In five years the great dream was brought to its knees; a once rare phenomenon called the Blighting began to manifest within the realm itself. A growing corruption rapidly spreading across the lush landscapes of the Golden Dream, consuming everything in its path. The Seelie who called the great dream home fell victim to the encroaching corruption, their forms, minds, and spirits becoming twisted and turned into vile creatures known as the Unseelie. As the darkness on the horizon grew, The Conclave of Dreams rallied Seelie forces to stand against this evil - even their advesaries The Circle of Thorns came together in an effort to stand against The Blight. Even their combine efforts proved to be too little to preserve the land, and while united they stalled the advance they knew it would not be long until the great dream was lost to them altogether. As the Dreamgates - the path ways between the two worlds - began to fall into the hands of the enemy, and more and more of The Golden Dream became corrupted the Seelie were left with little recourse other than to flee to Earth and hope to form a new plan.
That was three years ago.
In the three years that have followed the Seelie have found themselves with enemies on all sides. The tense alliance between The Conclave and The Circle has shattered. The Assembly of Dusk - a third, rogue, faction of the Seelie have grown in number and made this new life among the humans even more difficult. The Conclave suffered terrible loses when two of its seven leaders were claimed by The Blight; with their remaining leaders and those who remained loyal, they approached the governments of Earth in hopes to find a place where they could live in peace away from humanity so that both sides did not need to interfere with one another. Humanity, of course, was hardly ready to comprehend and handle the revelation that not only were they not alone in the universe but these Faeries were walking among them. People quickly became divided, those where were pro-faerie, those who were anti-faerie and a whole slew falling between the two extremes. These awkward relations between The Conclave and the United Nations were further complicated when the Assembly began its crusade against humanity. Before the year was out S.A.F.E. (Security Against Faerie Encroachment) was created - an organization backed by the United Nations to handle negotiations with the Faeries fleeing to the world, but also tasked with protecting the world against them.
In 2016 Earth got its first taste of what the Seelie were running from - The Blight. Now in control of most of The Golden Dream, The Blight was able to pass to Earth through the great Dreamgates. The Conclave and The Circle both acknowledged that this war was their problem, not humanities and rose to defend the people of earth from the corruption. Unfortunately with wildly different ideas on how to handle the situation, it got much worse before it got any better.
Earth is now the home to not just Humans, but the Seelie who have fled from The Golden Dream - most of which has been lost to The Blight. Humanity is struggling to deal with the reality that the supernatural creatures that have not only influenced their histories but in some cases steered entire portions of their civilizations are not just myths, but real and now walking among them. These super powered individuals must be accounted for, and dealt with, but there are a wide array of ideas on how to handle that. The Seelie have lost their home and been evicted to a land that is foreign, and they suddenly need to deal with a people - Humans - who are in many cases not prepared to handle them. Further their entire people are fragmented and split, utterly divided on how to proceed in this new world; ontop of which they have this enemy who threatens to turn them into the subserviant Unseelie always looming not very far in the distance. While many Seelie have been lost to the corruption, they are reinforced by suddenly being forced to acknowledge the Fay and the Kindred, the common link between them and humanity - yet another thing humans as a whole have to suddenly deal with.
For nearly as long as the Seelie have been around in large groups the Conclave has existed. Shortly after the first settlement of Seelie was built within The Golden Dream, The Conclave came together, a group of elder Seelie who were well respected and often turned to for guidance anyway. As the Seelie became more and more unified these elders took on an official role in the society, and thus the first Conclave was born. Since that time the mantle has been passed down to new generations when a member of the seven-person council has decided to step down or more regretfully Faded - in both cases, the remaining members of the Conclave have turned to pillars of the society, those with influence and respect and selected a replacement.
The Conclave represnts the government which has historically ruled over the majority of the Seelie - approximately 70% or so. They have, largely, maintained stability and peace among the people and kept The Golden Dream and the Seelie themselves safe. To accomplish this they passed a number of decrees by which the Seelie have been expected to exist by:
The First Decree: Also called the "Words of the Realm", the First Decree states that the Seelie belong within The Golden Dream and that humanity belongs on the Earth. It is not permissible for any Seelie to cross between the realms, using a Dreamgate or any other means, unless deemed appropriate and approved by the Conclave by a majority vote. Humanity is to live its own life, free from the influence of the Seelie.
The Second Decree: States that no Seelie will enter The Dreaming without an assigned Dreamguide, and that such activites will be monitored at all times by that same Dreamguide. This same decree also states that any Seelie found to have begun the Blighting will surrender themselves to the Conclave and be granted a merciful, and swift death.
The Third Decree: Says that no Seelie will interfere with the slumbering Primordials - their shrines are to be protected from outside influence and under no circumstance are they to be awakened.
Currently: With two members of the Conclave turned into Unseelie, and their decrees in many ways no longer applicable they have suffered some rather heavy losses. The Conclave believes that the best chance for Seelie survival is to work an arrangement out with the humans in order to create an agreement that benefits both sides - at least until such a time as The Blight can be dealt with and they can return back to The Golden Dream. While they may not outright agree with some of the procedures and things that S.A.F.E. wants to enact, they understand it is they who are tresspassers, and in this time they have to play ball in order to survive going forward. This has made The Conclave the most well liked from the perspective of humanity, even though in truth it's the Conclave that wants as little to do with humans as possible. As they have in the past The Conclave is dedicated to the destruction of The Assembly of Dusk, noting that their behavior undermines the ability of all Seelie to interact and progress with humanity. Further the Conclave is actively working to help humans deal with the encroaching Blight, but doing so on their terms as much as they can.
Many years after The Conclave was formed and the First Decree was made, there were those that did not believe in what was being done. Those of likemind broke away from the Conclave and ultimately became The Circle of Thorns, a secondary faction which grew large enough in strength and size to contend with The Conclave. The Circle believed that the Seelie had been given tools like The Dreaming and the Dreamgates because they were meant to be masters of the realm. To that end they should be able to come, and go as freely as they wanted, without any regard to the repercussions such activities might have on humanity. With this in mind The Circle eventually took control of a Dreamgate and began moving freely between the realms; it is because of members of the circle that many of the legends, myths and other fantastical stories humanity has conjured up exist.[/i]
Seelie Rights: Things like The Dreaming, the Dreamgates and magic are the birthright of all Seelie and should not be monitored by anyone. They should be used freely, and encouraged - regardless of what they might do to humanity, whom may not be unimportant but are certainly less important than any given Seelie and their freedoms.
Fay, Kindred & Awakened: Because of their frequent visits to Earth, it was members of the Circle who first discovered that Seelie and Humans could breed and produce viable offspring. These children were not quite Seelie, but far from human. A Seelie and Seelie mating always produces a Seelie offspring. A Seelie and a human or Fay always produces a Fay - a Fay and a Fay also produces a Fay, while a Fay and a human produces a Kindred. Two Kindred, or a Kindred and a Fay, or Seelie procudes another Kindred. However a Kindred and a human produces an Awakened. Two Awakened creates a new Kindred, but an Awakened and a human create only a new Awakened. These three types of sub-Seelie are litered throughout human history, and much like the Seelie themselves have inspired no shortage of legends.
Currently: Much like they have historically, the Circle does not believe that the Seelie should negotiate with humanity. While they do not actively oppose humanity, they don't go out of their way to support them either. The Circle has become very dedicated on dealing with the Blight and reclaiming the Golden Dream - regardless of what that means for humanity. Their blatant disregard for human lives and space has become a prime example of the reasons why the citizens of Earth are having a difficult time accepting their new Seelie world-buddies. The Circle does not approve of The Assembly, but they rarely actively hunt them either - unless they interfere with Circle operations as a whole. The Circle has no interest in S.A.F.E. or coexisting with humans; they view it as a reality that humanity must accept and get over.
The Assembly of Dusk was created by Seelie who broke away from both factions because while they might have agreed with some of what The Circle of Thorns said, they outright opposed what the Conclave of Dreams preached. The Assembly of Dusk believes that the Seelie are the ultimate masters not just of the Golden Dream but of Earth as well, and that the Earth was placed their so that the humans could grow and eventually serve their Seelie masters. Where the Circle simply doesn't concern itself with humanity, The Assembly actively seeks to control it, and integrate humanity into Seelie society as a low class of servants and followers.
Currently: After finding themselves, like the rest of the Seelie, on Earth and confronted with the inevitable war with The Blight, The Assembly took to working against humanity. Their goal to control humans and turn them into fodder to use against the enemy has only grown worse since the Seelie have found themselves on the ropes. Because of the state of Seelie life, where their cause was once considered mostly taboo by all, their recruitment has gone up considerably as many Seelie are unwilling to tolerate the humans and want their home back - no matter the cost.
Established in late 2014 by the United Nations, the Department of Security Against Faerie Encroachment was se tup to be the go to point for all Seelie contact. Funded and equipped by the UN, S.A.F.E. began setting up regulations and protocols for handling the Seelie across the globe. In the three years since the Seelie have been a well known thing on Earth, S.A.F.E. has worked tireless to deal with breakouts of The Blight, negotiate with The Conclave, fight against The Assembly and work to understand - or often, also fight against - The Circle. While S.A.F.E. is meant to be a neutral party in what's going on, trying to help humans accept the Seelie and the Seelie integrate, their primary objective is to protect the best interests of mankind.
Order 01: Any Faerie caught targeting humans, or human assets will be considered a enemy of the world and treated as such - regardless of circumstance. Faeries are not humans and thus not subject to human rights and procedures; enemies of the world will be treated as hostile combatants and killed on sight.
Order 18: In matters of dealing with "The Blight" on Earth, the Seelie are to differ to the judgement of the nearest and highest ranking S.A.F.E. officer. Failure to comply will result in branding disobdiant Seelie as enemies of the world.
Operation - Whitelist: A more recent suggestion that is still mostly in negotiations, S.A.F.E. wants to create a list of registered Seelie on Earth. Such registration would include documentation detailing not only who they are but what they are capable of. This process is meant to be a voluntary action, that will allow any Seelie on the Whitelist to integrate into normal human society on a level as any other citizen would be able to - however, any Seelie who is not approved and on the Whitelist will be subject to repercussions if caught by approved authorities and potentially imprisoned.
Awakened: A one-fourth Seelie; they have latent magic, but no natural abilities or magic to call upon.
Blighting: A rare event that corrupts a Seelie. Once afflicted by the Blighting no remedy has ever been found.
Classification: Human terminology given to various Seelie, such as: Vampire, Dragon or Phoenix. These are human names and descriptions given to Seelie that were the basis for these myths.
Dreamgate: A massive portal that bridges the two realms - The Golden Dream and Earth - together. These portals have fixed locations. and originally only four such gates existed. Over time, however, the Seelie learned how to replicate these and created five more. The nine total drop sites for the Dreamgates are as follows: Stonehendge, Easter Island, Menkaure, Fountain of Youth, Tintagel, Glastonbury Tor, Hells Gate, Devil's Kettle Falls, The Dragon Cave. Of these nine Dreamgates, only three remain controlled by the Seelie, while all others now belong to The Blight: Fountain of Youth, Stonehendge and Devil's Kettle Falls.
Dreamway: A magical bridge created on Earth to rapidly relocate around the globe; this is accomplished by allowing brief access to The Golden Dream.
Fay: A half-blood Seelie. The Fay are in many ways like the Seelie, though rarely as powerful. They often have fewer abilities, and less control over them but they are about as powerful as a human born person can hope to be.
Human: A race of beings that were born on Earth. The humans were not aware of the Seelie until the year 2014, and have no known magical potential at all - they can not enter The Dreaming.
Kindred: A one-third Seelie. Kindred can also be called mutants, as they have a single ability or magical power that can be either passive or active.
Primordial: The oldest of the Seelie, the unable to attain a human like form. They are some of the most powerful forces to ever have been created. They have been slumbering deep within The Golden Dream for eons.
S.A.F.E.: A human based organization, funded by the United Nations - the Department of Security Against Faerie Encroachment. This is not only a political organization, but a pseudo-military task force dedicated to controlling the Faeries that spill into Earth, as well as dealing with the Blight that follows them.
Seelie: A magical race of beings that were born within The Golden Dream. By humans the Seelie are called Faeries (and numerous other things).
The Blight: A corruption that originated within The Golden Dream, with unknown origins. The Blight spreads across the land, corrupting it and warping it from a dream into something more akin to a nightmare. Seelie touched by the Blight undergo the process of the Blighting, and become twisted servants of this dark force.
The Assembly of Dusk: A rogue faction of Seelie seeking to enslave humanity and control the earth for the betterment of all Seelie. They believe that the Seelie are the ultimate beings, destined to inherit both realms.
The Circle of Thorns: A political faction within the world of the Seelie that believes that The Conclave is too strict and oppressive of the Seelie.
The Conclave of Dreams: The ruling body of the Seelie world. The Conclave has ruled and guided the majority of the Seelie people since nearly the start of their civilization. In recent times however, they have begun to fracture under the pressure of the massive changes their people are facing.
The Dreaming: An ritual that allows a Seelie to transcend their physical form and enter The Eternal Dream, a spiritual realm. The Dreaming is a sacred ritual, and one often viewed as highly dangerous because those who enter it have an increased chance to become afflicted by The Blighting.
The Golden Dream: A physical realm of existance, inhabited and populated by the Seelie and the Primordials. It is within this realm that The Blight first manifested.
Unseelie: Any Seelie who has become afflicted by The Blighting is twisted into a dark visage of their former selves, and become a terrible being known as an Unseelie.