Classified as Homo arcanus rather than Homo sapiens, the fey of the Anitaverse share many similarities with those of her later Merry Gentry series of novels.
Fey characteristics Edit
- Fey are cross-fertile with humans. Humans with part fey ancestry, such as Magnus Bouvier and Dorcas Bouvier may share some characteristics of full blooded fey. (Because the only fey to appear in the books are the Bouviers and two exotic specimens, Rawhead and Bloody Bones and Xavier, this section primarily discusses part-blooded fey descended from the fairy high court, such as the Bouviers).
- Part-fey such as the Bouviers appear primarily human. In the case of the Bouviers, their most striking physical characteristics are their otherworldly androgynous beauty, and the ability of their irises to "pinwheel" closed when their powers are active.
- Enhanced physical abilities. All fey seen in the Anita Blake novels to date have been preternaturally fast and strong, and unusually resistant to damage. Some fullblooded fey, such as Rawhead, are completely immortal under normal conditions. (Ultimately, Rawhead shared blood with Magnus, rendering Rawhead capable of being killed while Magnus lived).
- Cold iron. Unlike vampires and lycanthropes, fey are not bothered by silver. Cold forged iron or even lead is more damaging to them.
- Fairie ointments. The use of a four-leaf clover, Saint-John's-wort, red verbena, daisies, rowan, and ash can break glamour. As such special ointments are made of either four-leaf clovers or Saint-John's-wort, and spread on the eyelids, mouth, ears, and hands, making a person proof against glamour.
- Salt. Temporarily disturbs fey magic, either by throwing it on the fey or the thing being magicked.
- Glamour. One of the key abilities of the high court fey is that of glamour, an ability to cast illusions. Humans can resist glamour by placing a variety of magic ointments over their eyes *Example of Glamour; Making mud look and taste like ham.
- Sensitivity. Both Magnus and Dorcas were mentally powerful as well, possessing psychic abilities, such as touch clairvoyance.
- Harmony with nature. When Anita walked through the forest with Dorcas, it appeared as if the forest plants moved aside for her, or that she was in harmony with them. Anita never sees a plant move, but somehow, forest plants were never wherever Dorcas happened to walk.
- Vampirism. Supposedly, it is impossible to raise a member of the fey as a vampire. However, as Xavier showed, this does not appear to be entirely true.
- In the Anitaverse, Unseelie fey are barred by law from immigrating into the United States. Because fey are not native to North America, the only fey present in the U.S. are therefore either illegal or are descended from ancestors who arrived in North America before the formation of the United States. (This is in contrast to the Merry Gentry novels, in which the U.S.A is one of the few countries that welcomes full-blooded fey.)
- The Daoine Sidhe, or fairy high court, is composed of some of the most powerful of the fey. When Anita sees Magnus using glamour, she concludes that he must be descended from the Daoine Sidhe. It is divided into a seelie court of neutral or good fey and an unseelie court of "bad" fey.
- Many people in the Anitaverse have partial fey heritage, and, at least in the U.S., they officially have the same rights and privileges as ordinary humans. Even Dolph Storr, who regards most supernatural beings with some dubiousness, considers having fey blood a non-issue. In practice, however, prejudice against part-fey is prevalent enough that many conceal their heritage.