1) What is Changeling: The Dreaming?
Changeling: the Dreaming is a complex, challenging game. Changeling
the Dreaming was produced by White-Wolf from 1996-2000. White-Wolf
abandoned the game, for what ever reasons. And here we still play
2) What is a Changeling?
A changeling is one of the Immortal Gods of old, who were displaced
by the coming of organized religion and science. Time and persecution
turned Mankind from the "Old Ways" and they forgot about
the "Old Ones". Those mortals who did not forget either
were hunted or became hunters. The Old Ones crossed the veil leaving
behind the Commoner Fae and the House of Scathach in Realm of
Man. They entered Arcadia, hidden in a realm White Wolf calls"The
Dreaming." Once in Arcadia the Sidhe became arrogant, bored
and petty. They committed crimes against one another and became
exceedingly cruel and so while millions watched Neil Armstrong
take his first steps on the Moon, Arcadia spewed their wicked
souls back into the Realm of Man -without their true forms or
memories to be born and share souls with a mortal, the mortal
soul supressed when the Fae come of age -( kinda like "Invasion
of the Body Snatchers".... without the pods. =). Will the
Fae pass the testing of the dreaming and become mortal again?
3) Which books do I need?
You'll need Changeling: the Dreaming, The Players Guide and the
Storyteller's Handbook. Since the books are out of print your
best bet in finding used and sometimes new books is Amazon.Com,
Ebay, Local used book stores and your local comic book stores.
PDF copies (scanned copies) try DriveThru
RPG as of April 30,2008 most of the books for Changeling the
Dreaming are still available there.
4) How do I make a character?
4/30/08- As the
Character Creation section is not yet completed and posted, it
is a good idea to read this F.A.Q and the Cross Over Rules first
and check out the Library Section. Then write background story
for your character, then make a Character sheet. Character Sheets
must be accompanied by a background (Biography or Timeline style).
Files must be submitted in .doc, .rtx, or .txt files. Be preapred
to negotiate. Existing Characters may be accepted IFF a background
history is provided thatt justifies what is on the Character Sheet.
- PBN FAE is accepting only Seelie Court
- PBN FAE does not accept Antagonist Characters:
No Unseelie Court, Shadow Court, Red, White or Green Court Characters.
- The ST provides enough Bad Guys and
Gals to keep your Character very busy.
5) What are Faery Kiths?
In the simplest terms a kith is simular to clan, pack, or tradition-
each one has a specific appearance, birthright, birth flaw, art,
realm etc that only those belonging to the kith will have.
Kiths are born of legends and folk tales. Each kith has its
origins in a particular race or region. Once Faeries were restricted
to living among the lands and people of its birth. Modern kiths
have transcended those barriers, and now exist throughout the
world. Some families have carried faerie blood for generations
but changelings are no longer restricted to being born to those
families. Fae blood does as it pleases and there is no rhyme or
reason to the lineage of the kith. A pair of changeling twins
might be born a pooka and a troll. for example then skip several
generations. There is no way to predict that a child will be born
6) What are Gallain?
1.)Dark Kin of the Fae..known as "The Outsiders" "The
Others" The Gallain may be Kithan but their origin, customs
and magical ways are not understood.
2.) Any inscrutable being of the Dreaming.
7) What are the Arts?
The Arts are various ways to shape Glamour - Faery Magic.
8) What are Realms?
There are two answers to this question:
1) The planes of existance in the game - Realm of Man andThe Dreaming.
2) The aspects of reality the Fae have influence over.
9) What is Fae Society like?
Fae society operates within a Feudal System with Kings, Knights,
Barons, Countesses, Dukes, etc. with factions, political traditions,
legacies and secret societies . It is the Crusades and Arthurs
Court meets the 21st century.
Fae society is divided up into Three major courts courts:
- The Seelie Court (the
Blessed) favor the Old Ways of the Fae and the Dreaming -still
true to honor and inspiring humans to be creative and dream
dreams. They protect the Dream Realms and the Autumn Realm from
the darkness of Endless Winter and the darker beings he Shadow
Court would release upon the world.
- The Unseelie Court (The
Cursed) puts Fae before the needs of Mankind. They are the "true
rulers of the Earth" without the constraints of the old
feudal system mankind is allowed to exist only for the Unseelie's
- The Shadow Court: Strive
to protect the past, but at the same time, prepare for a new
age. The Midnight Court is an alliance that hides behind the
Unseelie court. This alliance believes that The Nobles of the
Seelie Court has made a mess of things Faery by surrendering
to the Changeling Way and raisng humans on a pedestal of near
worship. Their goal is to bring about Endless Winter -even if
it means destroying the Seelie Court.
There are many different factions and secret societies -too many
to list here.
10) What is Arcadia?
Arcadia is considered the true home and the original paradise
by nearly all Changelings. Unfortunately it is Paradise lost.
11) What is Banality?
Anything that removes the wonder from a child's eyes, anything
that teaches us not to believe in magic or in faeries is a source
of Banality. It describes to what extent the mundane world has
tainted the character's ability to dream, and to find wonder in
the things around him. Each Changeling has certain things that
remind them of this, and hence make the workings of their Enchantments
When some body says: "I don't
believe in faeries" A faery does not
fall down and die.
12) A. What is Glamour?
The living force of the Dreaming. Faery Magic.
B. How does a Changeling obtain Glamour?
Through one of the four paths of Ephiphany:
1.) Reverie - inspiring creativity in a mortal dreamer.
2.) Rapture- self-inspiration and creativity.
3.) Ravaging - theft.
4.) Rhapsody-the pathway of destruction.
13) What are the Mists?
The Mists of Forgetfulness protect and hide Changelings from those
that would hunt them. The Mists of Forgefulness makes the changelings
forget who they really are until they enter areas of where glamour
exists. It is created by the Dreaming to protect Danu's children
and grandchildren..... when anyone encounters glamour in progress
the mists make seem like it was only a dream, each night making
the details more and more fuzzy and unclear.
This is not the Vale of Mists. See the Lexicon in the library
14) What are the Houses?
When the sidhe returned from Arcadia, they came bearing the banners
of thirteen noble houses noble houses that had been gone from
Earth for centuries. Only one house of sidhe, House Scathach,
remained behind when their brethren fled to Arcadia; they are
now considered impure and inferior by most of the new arrivals.
All sidhe characters must belong to one of these houses, and
any commoner character who is a servant or other recognized member
of a house may write its name and add "(affiliation)" on the line
for House. However, commoners do not receive the Boon or Flaw
for the house.
In PBN Characters may belong to one of the 9 houses.
15) What is Enchantment?
Enchantment is a spell wherein a Changeling imbues another person
orbeing with Glamour thus allowing that target to interact with
the Dreaming and making the target more vulnerable to Faerie Magick.
16) What are the Adhene?
The Adhene are Fae made of pure Nightmare. Nobles of the Formorians.
When Ravnos, a very powerful vampire, died a large amount of mystical
energy was freed throughout reality which unleashed and created
17) What are Agendas?
For the Dauntain (Autumn People) Agendas are the powers that Dauntain
have gained through their association with banality. Agendas are
soul-killing, dulling, mind-numbing powers that suck the life
and vigour out of things. Unlike Fae Magick, Agendas do not require
some bunk to activate them and draw their power from the plentiful
banality in reality.
18) What is the Rhapsody?
The Rhapsody is forbidden. By Rhapsody one of the Changelings
infuses a person with so much glamour, lighting him up like a
Roman Candle. The person then must fevertly create his last and
greatest form of art work (the Appropriate roll) + number of Glamour
points invested. In the end the person is drained permanently
of all creativity and independent thought. He will be drained
of all glamour by the Changeling.
19) What is the difference between
Chimerical and Mundane reality?
Chimerical and Mundane realities overlap each other, they are
not seperate places or parallel dimensions. The Mundane world
is what you and I see or the mortal characters..However .Small
children, Changelings or The Enchanted see The Chimerical overlapping
the Mundane. Like rose colored glasses or the way a child sees
a closet...in the day its a small room filled with clothes and
toys....afterdark it becomes filled with monsters and other frightening
things - in the chimerical realm- those monsters may come to life
- the monster under your bed is real! There are the extremes of
impossible beauty and grotesque monsters. It is the journey down
the White Rabbit's hole.
20) What is the Changeling Way Ritual?
It is a process/cantrip/ devised by the fae stranded in the mortal
realms after the Shattering. The stranded fae learned through
trial and error how to implant their spirits into the bodies of
infants and young children, fusing themselves with their hosts
mortality without displacing the human soul. By beginning their
lives in human flesh changelings could avoid being destroyed by
Banality. The draw back was the fae had to force their memories
and knowlege of their true nature into stasis until it could safely
immerge during Chrysalis.
21) What is Chrysalis ?
The Chrysalis is the metamorphosis that occurs in Changelings
that strengthens their Fae Nature while weakening their banality
and mortal nature as they venture deeper into the Dreaming. The
Daoine Maithe under go tremendous changes magically, mentally,
22) Who or what are the Lost Ones?
The Lost Ones are the closest relatives to True Fae that exist
in the mundane realm-do far as we know. Unlike Kithian, the Lost
Ones erected a wall of glamour and power sealing themselves off
to a certain spatial location. Lost Ones are tremendously powerful
and are easily a match for the most potent Magi or Vampire Elders.
Lost Ones have complete control over their own little reality
in that location. However, Lost Ones may not leave that location
but may easily create servants to spy for them. Many Lost Ones
are mad with their years of confinement and their sheer exposure
to raw Glamour.
23) What are the the Síocháin?
Changelings who have achieved a balance between Banality and Glamour,
between their mortal and fae natures. They
have accepted both entirely and regained their immortality. Perhaps
the Síocháin are proof that exile on Earth is to
teach the fae to live in both worlds and to balance their faerie
and mortal natures. It is the Nobilities fear of death and arrogance
that prevents most from accepting their duality and regaining
24) Why can't Changelings possess
Attributes or Abilties over 5 without Arts or Birthrights?
The answer is simple. All Kithian, and most related Gallain, possess
a banal shard. That banal shard gives them mortal limitations
to fit in mortal reality. The reason why Chimera and True Fae
do not follow this rule is because they do not possess a banal
25) Do True Fae exist in the WOD?
Depends on who you ask. In the source book War in Concordia
you'll find they come from Arcadia to help their brothers and
sisters in the mortal realm. My personal take... yes, the True
fae are here, however they do not advertise the fact they are
in the mundane world.