Pixies are one of the best known types of Fey and by and far considered the most annoying. They are well known pranksters and habitual thieves and for these reasons frequently shunned by civilised society (a rather counter-effective move because Pixies react to being ignored in much the same way as your average 4-year old human).
Pixie shapes vary wildly, but are all based around a basic theme: a humanoidish body with wings. Normally they measure about ten to twenty centimetres standing up. Using their magic, however, they can take on nearly any shape they can imagine, at nearly any size (the biggest recorded is the pixie Knarps, who temporarily took on the shape of an ocean, drowning two continents (there were no casualties)). Despite this, an individual Pixie's shape is surprisingly consistent. This is thought to be a product of its attention-seeking behaviour: to become notorious one has to be recognisable.
Although they strongly resemble the more docile Faeries, Pixies are not closely related to them. It is believed that Pixies purposefully mimic the Faeries general shape in order to make people believe there is nothing to fear, much like corral snakes do. Because of their extrovert personalities and the shyness of Faeries, however, the opposite has happened and now Faeries are usually mistaken for Pixies.
Outlook and Behaviour
Unusual for Fey, pixies spend nearly all their time “manifested” in some world or other. In fact they even use their assumed forms within the void. Presumably they have heard the phrase "being one with the universe" and got distracted in mid-sentence. Amongst the Fey, pixies are by far the most individualistic.
Pixies were born of Chaos and it is this chaos that even today drives them (to no purpose whatsoever). They are very hard to distract in much the same way that the sea is hard to get wet. Partly because of this, Pixies are fiercely optimistic, as they are not bogged down by past experience (due to forgetting) and worrying about something would require thinking about consequences, or in fact knowing about them.
Contrary to popular believe a Pixie will not act as if any moment could be its last, instead they act in the security of knowing that no matter what they do, there will be another moment (they have been known to fail to appreciate this is not the case for others. There is a theory which states that Pixies are a form of natural selection for universes, and that the one we live in is the way it is only because it's the first one that didn't get destroyed by Pixies (yet)).
It is well known that Pixies are kleptomaniacs, although most of them do not consider themselves to be thieves. They just have a rather fragile grasp on the concept of ownership and a great desire to be close to things they like (generally shinies).
Likewise they are pranksters because they want the world to laugh (the concept of anybody not enjoying their pranks cannot penetrate the Pixie mind).
Magical and other powers
Despite their diminutive size, Pixies pack a surprising amount of magic. While they do not have the raw magic power of dragons and the higher Fey, they can access it much faster (a necessity given their attention time spans) and have a great deal of control over it as long as they focus. It is said a Pixie can do pretty much anything it can imagine and within certain limits this is true. One of these limits is that the most powerful magic simply does not come fast enough and the Pixies generally get bored.
Nearly anything a Pixie does is magical in some way.
Pixies are allergic to boredom to the point that it is one of the very few ways of destroying them. Another weakness is anti-magic, which will evaporate them.
Other than these two there are no known ways of killing or even physically hurting a Pixie.
Luckily Pixies have a number of mental weaknesses:
- They are very gullible
- They are easily distracted
- They like chocolate cake
- They usually don't remember their own power
Though they are incredibly hard to count, a global population of less than one thousand individuals is usually presumed. Pixies are generally an urban species, though they don't build any cities (or even houses) of themselves (or rather they build them but don't live in them) instead they parasitize other civilisations.
Being largely immortal, the Pixie population shows little fluctuation. On the whole Pixies don't die or breed. Occasionally a new Pixie is born when the concentration of magic and chaos in an area grows too high and it condenses into a sentient form. However most pixies living today were created when the Ur-pixie blew itself up.