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Stu, one of the game's developers, gathered up a bunch of in-game lore about fairies to answer a question in a Q&A. Yay!

I'll answer your question with some (paraphrased) quotes from in-game fairy lore:

"Zanaris is an extremely old place. It was here long before we fairyfolk came to live here. In fact it is rumoured to be the nexus of all planes."
"When we arrived here, we found many of the magical properties of this place to be dormant. One of these was the ability to jump between planes using a powerful portal that had been sealed for centuries."
"The Fairy Queen harnessed that magic and created the fairy rings. These are not as powerful as the original portal would have been, but are very effective nonetheless."
"Much as we humans would refer to our souls as our life essence, so too does a fairy have a life essence of pure magic. You could refer to fairies as magic embodied, and not be wrong."
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"I discovered my first evidence of the race I would come to know as fairies in my exploration of the myriad nature worlds...On one dark world, teeming with all manner of fungi in its humid jungles and moist swamps, I met with a race of surprisingly intellectual mushrooms. They lacked mobility, but travelled and reproduced by dispersing spores that fused with the nervous system of local animals, allowing them to control the host. Bonding with me in this way, I was able to communicate with the myceloids. Friendly though they were, it took much persuasion to convince the symbiotic parasites to detach from my brain upon taking root."
"Another world teemed with insects. A culture of winged invertebrates that bore some resemblance to the fairies of Zanaris, but the swarms were mindless and tirelessly industrious. The migration of these insects - which was achieved through an innate ability to teleport over short distances - also seemed to have a direct impact on the local climate, for reasons I could not discern."
"This brings us to the moon of Zanaris, its dark magical forests, giant fungi and, as I discovered on a return visit, a network of fairy rings they had made from the World Gate I'd placed there."
"The fairies of Zanaris, caretakers of the world below, obviously shared a common ancestry with the creatures I had encountered on the nature worlds. However, they were changed, transcendent, inextricably bound to the abundant magical energy of Gielinor, in order to fulfil a specific purpose."
"The fairies are an embodiment of magic - their life-force infused with anima. It is why they work so tirelessly to maintain Gielinor's weather and seasons, for the planet's equilibrium is intrinsic to their own wellbeing. They have no choice. It is now necessary for their very survival, but they perform their duty without complaint."


I will have to find out if I can find the sources for these tidbits so that I can think about them in the proper context, but :D :D :D

This makes the fairies even more insect like and descended from swarming, maybe even social, insects which use teleportation as a mode of locomotion. And the fungi that the fairies interact with is an actual Cordyceps-like intelligent fungi.

Oh my. The fairies are probably a mutualistic symbiosis of these weather-altering, teleporting swarm insects and sentient Cordyceps fungi.
fairy_fixit: (Empress)
So, there is a canonical Runescape AU that comes to light in the quest Dimension of Disaster, and while the scope of Dimension of Disaster is limited to the city of Varrock, there are some things that can be inferred about the rest of the world, especially given that the quest is a It's a Wonderful Life like story in that [player character] never went adventuring and some odd things about New Varrock.

Without [player character]'s intervention, the Fairy Queen would have died from her wounds after an assassination attempt by the Fairy Mafia, leaving the Fairy Godfather in charge of the Zanaris fairies and a major multiversal nexus. Even without [player character]'s intervention however, a resistance movement sprung up, lead by the Tooth Fairy General. Who looks a lot like Fixit and shares her fashion sense, too, suspiciously. I've headcanonned them as sisters so far. Anyhow, with the General's military expertise and Fixit's technical expertise, the Mafia's rule would have been short-lived, even with the Godfather pulling in resources and muscle from other universes.

So, why is Fixit empress instead of the general? I dunno, narrative convenience? Fixit's tendency to let convenient accidents happen? Why is there a fairy empire at all? Well, in Dimension of Disaster, teleportation is severely restricted via magical methods in New Varrock and the villain in control of New Varrock has not been able to expand his control beyond the city. The dude is a megalomaniac and I doubt he would stop with one city. The teleportation restriction, I suspect, is to keep an adversarial force which is very skilled at teleportation.

What's to stop a military force capable of growing a fighting an army from a bunch of teeth and teleporting supplies and commands across continents over secure channels? Maybe New Varrock was under siege.

The inspiration for this specific aspect of the Dimension of Disaster AU was a thread between Fixit and the FoolAlec Troven messing with multiverses and AUs. Fairy Fixit hasn't gotten much chance to show it, but she is morally gray. Empress Fixit takes moral grayness to the extreme, actively serving as a counterbalance to the evil (or good) in the world and allowing chaos and rebellion to thrive in her otherwise orderly continent spanning empire. What she does is for the protection of Zanaris,though. Also, she is not as anti-religion/anti-god as I usually play her.

Appearance-wise, she has six pairs of wings instead of her usual two. She'll likely be accompanied by two dagannoth/daggermouth toothbeasts everywhere she goes (toothbeasts being creatures conmposed solely of teeth and fungus magicked together and dagannoths/daggermouths seem to be a hybrid between a bit taller than man-sized godzilla and a shark, generally described as horrors from the deep)

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