Because of their good and honest nature, a brownie always felt obligated to do a good deed for the farmers they stole food from, such as milking a cow. Though in keeping with their penchant for remaining hidden, they would perform these good deeds in secret.
Like many fey creatures, brownies possessed an innate potential for spellcasting. The spells they typically employed revolved around causing confusion and distractions. These spells most often consisted of the following: confusion, continual light, dancing lights, dimension door, mirror image, protection from evil, and ventriloquism.
The carrying of weapons was unusual among brownies, as they typically preferred to avoid combat. At most they were seen carrying short swords. But even then, a brownie would not resort to using their blade unless they were cornered and unable to use their spells.
Brownies were well known be skilled in repairing things. Especially those made of leather, metal, or wood. They typically carried leather pouches full of tools around so that they could easily repair things whenever the need arose.
Brownies were known to be vegetarians. They foraged for wild fruits and harvested small amounts of grain from the fields of unknowing farmers. Following any harvest they would gather grains, fruits, and vegetables that would otherwise go wasted.
Brownies typically lived in the small burrows or abandoned buildings of rural and pastural areas. Occasionally they were known to covertly move into another creature's house or barn, though only if the inhabitants matched up to a brownie's high moral standards. These were referred to by many as house brownies.
Due to their shy demeanor and the upholding of secrecy being highly valued as proper etiquette within their culture, a house brownie never revealed themselves to their landlords and only came out at night while they slept. During such hours a house brownie would perform a variety of household tasks. Such as making or repairing small items and clothing, spinning thread or yarn, baking bread, and alerting them of intruders.
Those who recognized the presence of a house brownie and understood how they operated would leave out small offerings of bread, fruit, and milk. Occasionally even coins and gems. However, those who were ignorant and boasted to others about having one in their home would deeply offend a brownie, driving them to move out.
Outside of the Feywild, brownies were known to be found in the northern reaches of Faerûn inhabiting the woods of Cormanthyr the High Forest, occasionally the city of Waterdeep, and the Llyrath Forest on Gwynneth Isle.
In Faerûn's Lands of Intrigue they could be found in the Forest of Mir and Forest of Tethir. In the Vast they could be found in the forest of Dark Hollow. In the Unapproachable East, they could be found in the interior uplands of Aglarond.
Brownies were generally known to be friendly towards humans, dwarves, and elves. Domestic animals were also friendly towards them and would almost never attack nor alert their owner(s) of the brownie's presence. However, because of their shy demeanor they rarely interacted with such creatures, choosing instead to hide.
Brownies were willing to help most lawful good individuals that asked for their assistance, as well as willing to guide most people if asked politely. Brownies were also known to steal treasure from evil monsters. They would sometimes purposely leave their horde of stolen and gifted treasure somewhere that a good individual was liable to find it.
Whenever a stranger or outsider entered places that they inhabited, brownies would intently watch them and try to decipher their motives. If they determined that an individual meant harm to their local community, brownies would then work together to try driving them out.
Brownies were one of the many fey races known to serve the Seldarine. Among Yondalla's Children they were known to act as servants of the deities Arvoreen, Brandobaris, Cyrrollalee, Sheela Peryroyl, Urogalan, and Yondalla herself.
Rumors & Legends
- Booka, another species of fey who similarly acted as house spirits
- Dobie, a species of fey related to brownies.
- Domovoi, another species of fey who similarly acted as house spirits.
- Quicklings, a species of fey whose ancestors had been corrupted by dark magic. It was once believed that they may have formerly been brownies.
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