Sqeulaiche (pronounced: /skɛllaɪ/ skell-lie) was the Court Jester of Queen Titania's Seelie Court and a member of her Inner Circle. He was a demigod of leprechauns, trickery, and illusions. The translation of his name was "storyteller".[note 1]
Ever playful and unpredictable, Sqeulaiche was a trickster and a prankster who enjoyed teasing his friends—and even Queen Titania! He loved to mock lawful creatures and annoy evil ones. He was generally chaotic neutral in outlook but leaned more towards good than evil.
— How certain scholars explain Sqeulaiche's intelligence
Sqeulaiche, like many leprechauns, had a weakness for wine and gold, and it was not overly difficult to bribe him for information or favors.
Sqeulaiche could always remain invisible if he desired. His avatar shared a number of innate magical powers in common with the other sylvan gods. He was also immune to all enchantments and charms and to all illusions.
He employed spells but only from the school of illusion. He also had a number of innate magical powers. His avatar could always polymorph any object, create a powerfully convincing silent image, and deploy ventriloquism, as could most leprechauns. Additionally, he had greater powers to create chaos in foes, to force them into irrelevant discussions with each other, or to throw them into fits of uncontrollable laughter.
Sqeulaiche was patron of the leprechauns, but, like other sylvan gods, he did not grant spells to his followers, nor did he have priests or clerics, for all fey creatures had magical powers of their own. His holy symbols were both a clover leaf and a pointed red hat like the one that he wore.
He was not directly worshiped most places in the Realms; however, the elves of Faerûn often offered prayers to him along with their worship of the Seldarine, as they also did to the other deities of the fey people.
Sqeulaiche was considered a member of the Inner Circle of the Seelie Court, serving Titania and Oberon along with Damh and Verenestra, their children, and with Eachthighern, the Lord of unicorns and pegasi.
The myths claimed that Sqeulaiche sprouted live from a magical plant in Arvandor, a spiritual off-shoot of the natural world itself.
- ↑ The in-universe language for this translation is not given in the source; however, it appears to be a Celtic word. In the Forgotten Realms, this would most likely place it in one of the Waelan languages, such as Druidic.
- ↑ 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), p. 124. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 175. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Carl Sargent (May 1992). Monster Mythology. (TSR, Inc), pp. 117–118. ISBN 1-5607-6362-0.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Colin McComb (1996). On Hallowed Ground. Edited by Ray Vallese. (TSR, Inc), p. 137. ISBN 0-7869-0430-5.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd, Erik Mona (May 2002). Faiths and Pantheons. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 220. ISBN 0-7869-2759-3.
- ↑ Eric L. Boyd (1998). Demihuman Deities. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 92. ISBN 0-7869-1239-1.