Changelings are humans born with a fae soul inhabiting their body alongside their human one. They are able to interact with the Dreaming and the chimerical reality which exists alongside the mortal world, but are also shielded by their mortal existence from the banality of the mundane world. They are cut off from the home of the fae, Arcadia, and seek to preserve the imagination and creativity of mortals, as this glamour fuels their magics and sustains their dual existence.
The difference between a normal person, a True Fae, and a changeling is that a Changeling is an apparently normal human housing a Chimerical spirit of a fae within. When in the Near Dreaming the tables are turned and it is more the body of an apparently fae individual housing the spirit of a mundane person within.
Dark Ages Edit
Changelings were initially created when the fae sought a way to protect themselves from the increasing banality of the mundane world by transferring their souls into (often infant) humans, leading to the traditional changeling myth of fairies stealing away a human child to replace it with a child of their own. The process of becoming a Changeling was known as the Changeling Way, and was most often practised by the commoner kith.
Modern Days Edit
Most Changelings in the Modern Nights are born naturally - the result of a fae soul who had once undergone the Changeling Way migrating from the death of its mortal body to another, newborn mortal. When the Sundering took place and the Dreaming broke off, innate Changelings became the more common form of fae. After the Shattering, Changelings became the last remnants of the fae in the mundane world.
Immortality & Aging Edit
For more on the lifecycle of the Kithain see the article Síocháin.
Changeling Society Edit
Changeling Society is a shifting web of many different aspects. Changelings band together for mutual support and have created different ways of living together based on the dreams of mortals. A lone changeling is doomed as mortal disbelief, and even his or her own, erode their faerie soul. If a chimerical tree falls in the woods and no changeling witnesses it, not only doesn't it make a sound, it doesn't even exist.
Medieval Paradigm Edit
During the late Mythic Age and early Sundering, the Medieval mindset dominated the Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve and shaped Kithain society as well. It continues to effect them to this day for many reasons.
One, Even the Commoners who lived on earth through the Shattering and Interregnum, some who have very futuristic mindsets or modern ideas, tend to harken back to the medieval time when they are wrapped in the Dreaming. While their mortal bodies live and die in time their eternal souls long for the familiarity of the past.
Second, the mortal world still harkens back to those times themselves. Faerie tales go back to those days. Humans dream of mythic creatures surrounded by castles even today. Following these mortal dreams becomes a path of least resistance for the fae.
Third and Lastly, the Resurgent Sidhe never experienced the rise of Democracy or Socialism. Having retaken their thrones, they enforce the medieval paradigm. The Feudal system with its focus on land makes an ideal model for a society that relies on protecting Freeholds and other special places of the Dreaming. While feudalism is obsolete today, the feudalism practiced by the fae is not as strict as it once was... it has provided a framework off of which to build.