The Mists are the mechanisms that hide the world of the Faeries from the world of Humans. They induct a feeling of forgetfulness in their target that makes them overlook chimerical acts or declare them as delusions or find "rational" explanations for what they saw.
The Mists were originally protective wards erected by the Fae to hide from mortal sight. Over the ages, they became infected with Banality and now hide the Dreaming whereever it sprouts in the mortal world. Since the Changelings are part human, the Mists also obstruct them from the Dreaming and of their memories as faeries or their time in Arcadia. Only using Glamour can protect a Changeling from the Mists.
The Mists, however, do part in some cases on their own. Most occur during dreams, when the link between the mind and the Dreaming is at its strongest. Most of these memories do not last and are again claimed by the Mists once the dream ends. Other ways to ward them off include Enchantment, which involves the infusion of Glamour into a target and allow even ordinary mortals to experience the world of the Faeries.
The following chart is consulted when a changeling or enchanted being is "killed" by chimerical damage, when an unenchanted person witnesses a chimerical effect, or when enchantment wears off. For a Changeling, the re-infusion of Glamour brings back all memories of themselves.
|Banality||Duration of Coma||Memory|
|0||One Minute||Total Recall: Everything is remembered with perfect clarity.|
|1||One Hour||Startling Clarity: The while encounter is remembered as if it happened yesterday.|
|2||Six Hours||Hazy Memory: Almost everything is remembered, although a few of the details may be hazy.|
|3||12 Hours||Disoriented: The person is slightly confused and probably a little shaken but still able to recall most of the experience, but many details are vague.|
|4||One Day||Uncertainty: The subject has a vague memory of what happened but has serious doubts about the validity of the recollections.|
|5||Three Days||Haze: Hazy recollections are possible but the memories are doubted; put aside as momentary delusion without physical proof.|
|6||One Week||Flashbacks: The person may experience occasional, vivid flashbacks of the time enchanted but otherwise it will seem like a long-past dream.|
|7||Two Weeks||Dreamlike Quality: Only vague, dreamlike images are remembered and doubts are predominant.|
|8||One Month||Distant Dream: Something must provoke a memory and even if that should happen it's just remembered as a faded dream.|
|9||Four Months||Complete Denial: There are only faint scraps of dreamlike memories but the person denies anything happened.|
|10||One Year||Complete Blank: The person remembers absolutely nothing of their time with the Fae.|
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