They are protectors of lakes and rivers because these were the portals
from their land to the mortal land in Ireland. The raven is often
associated with them and are thought of as their messengers, or
minions. They are often believed to be extremely attractive, but
this is often due to their ability to magically 'charm' people.
Who needs beauty when one can make their beholder desire them no
Silver and iron are their main weakness, they are highly allergic
to it and it can kill them. Vanity can also be a personal weakness
for them, because they see themselves as the better of other creatures.
Some were known to be abductors of those that they thought would
make pretty pets (mostly mortals).
Sidhe are seen as tall, longhaired creatures in rich clothes and
with manners that could annoy the fly off the wall. In modern days
they have to had to blend in more so they have toned down the look
and cut their hair. Most times their hair speaks of their vanity
- long, rich and flowing.
Vain, cocky and extremely impatient is a good descripation of some
of ways that these fae act. However some have seen past the ways
their own kind and decided that it was better to act as so they
are accepted by society.
Shapeshifting, speaking with ravens, charm and flight are not as
comman as noted. Others powers seen are teleportation (a momentary
blink from one place to another) for the very powerful.
Sidhe are considered to be a distinct race, quite separate from
human beings yet who have had much contact with mortals over the
centuries, and there are many documented testimonies to this. Belief
in this race of beings who have powers beyond those of men to move
quickly through the air and change their shape at will once played
a huge part in the lives of people living in rural Ireland and Scotland.
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