Surragatti

The Origin

It should be noted that the modern mage, when referencing Changelings, is more likely to be referring to the Surragatti. Technically, a Changeling is the offspring of a fae creature left in the place of a human creature for various purposes and mostly exclusive to the Wyldefae. The Surragatti are, in short, mortals who have lost dominance of their bodies to a fae creature. The fae creature may then wield great power with the body, blend in mortal society, and overcome a large number of fae weaknesses. The relationship between a mortal man and the fae creature that possesses him may appear quite benign. The fae themselves often portray the relationship as a form of commensalism, but only quite recently the years mages have found that this was far from the case. The fae creatures that take part in a Surragatti relationship are exclusively and almost maliciously taking part in a form of brood parasitism, killing off the owner of the body once it has fully developed.

Surragatti are rare and they did not even exist until the 18th century. The fae creatures are basically beings born of magic; as such, fae courts all hold a comprehensive understanding of all of magic's traits and limitations beyond what even a mage could learn. This knowledge allows them to introduce new uses for magic and bend rules at will. The Surragatti are one example of this very thing, something new that the fae created when they decided it was necessary. As man began to see the power behind magic and mortal religions became more accepting of it, the number of magic practitioners increased dramatically. While not all had talent, there were many mortals who had learned to wield magic proficiently but not the laws behind this magic for better and for worse. This came to no small impact onto the world around them. Many of the magicians, wizards, and sorcerers born took to destroying everything around them, to the point where nature, the universe, and even magic itself was at risk of being affected. What was more, was that man began to exploit magic as well as the creatres that come from it, the fae were among the first to be affected. They were killed by the non magic and enslaved by the sorcerers. The Surragati were created to protect the fae and all magic that the mortals attempted to destroy.

The fae have only once ever tried to make a mage into a Surragatti, however, this attempt backfired and they were not able to control him effectively. While he proved incapable of using their abilities at all, he used his own magic against some of the fae, leading to his own death.

Biology

Anatomically, the fae are the same as their mortal equivalents. They retain all the features of the mortal child they took over, body shape, size, height, and physical condition. The fae, in fact, cannot 'grow' without the human being alive. The longer the human inhabits the fae body, the stronger the fae and the more human like the body is once the fae takes over. This also means that the injuries the human sustains are retained by the fae as are many of the muscle memory functions, knowledge, and skills. Because of this, the fae have created their own time sensitive calendar for when they intend to take over the body of a changeling. Despite having vast abilities as a fae, changing a body left to them by the mortal host is magically equivalent to them breaking an oath with the mortal host despite there not being any formal oath made. As such, healing a knee injury of a Surragatti after taking over the body corrupts the host body making it more fragile. These rules, however, do not apply to injuries sustained after the fae has taken over. Additionally, the fae does not sustain any penalties for healing done to the mortal's wounds if it is done onto them involuntarily by a non fae creature.

Like the fae, the Surragatti are magical in nature and can take on some of the characteristics of the parasite under certain circumstances. Examples are pointed ears, talons, and forked tongues all of which are specific to various species of fae. Some fae may choose to not have the mortal take on any resemblance of their true being at all. The only things that can truly define a fae are certain markings on the skin visible only as a fae taps into their highest levels of power. These markings are symbols and words spelled out in Sylvan used to preserve the body in whatever state the fae consider its 'Prime'. Because they are basically 'stuck' with a body, the fae are known to be extremely picky and vain when searching for hosts. The fae look look for parents who were physically attractive based on their fae ideals on what makes an attractive human. They also search for mortals skilled in some way in hopes their attributes will pass down to their young; athletes and warriors are most frequent.

Personalities

The Personality of a Surragatti has two parts, the human, and the fae which are independent throughout their shared existence. Usually, the presence of a fae has little affect on the human as he or she grows and interacts. The fae, however, are conclusively affected by the mortal. Part of the fae advantage gained with mortals is their ability to immerse themselves into the culture and learn from it. The fae use what they learn to their advantage— in some cases better than the mortal they once inhabited. Knowledge of how mortals work helps them become more human like and understand mortal values. As such they can protect themselves even through non magic means. Many of the phrases or mannerisms that their mortal host frequently used are retained involuntarily but used decisively. The Surragatti are otherwise the same as they were before taking over the mortal body, fiercely loyal to their true lineage and apathetic to everything else.

Abilities

The Surragatti are a surprisingly powerful force that when fully matured are capable of fighting many human mages at once or even a very powerful human mage. The abilities of the Surragatti are simple. They are connected to magic, just as they were when they lived at fae. They live breathe, and sustain themselves with it. A Surragatti has no need or desire for food, sleep, or even socialization. They also retain their immortality, with the body they inhabit preserved in the age it was when the host mortal was killed. The Surragatti also take on no ill effects from using magic, they are immune to being overpowered by magic urges as mortal mages can be. They may also use any magic without mortal side effects. Most of the Surragatti's powers are not availiable with the human living.

Beyond those the Surragatti are also capable of:

  • Negating Magic in a location or a being
  • Sensing Magic and how it is being used.
  • Cancel, Reverse, or even Transform certain spells cast by mages
  • Using magic in its most potent forms
  • Understanding magic nature and how that affects mortal magic
  • Using magic without any need for spells, charms, or runes
  • Overwhelming a magic user with magic
  • Move through the InBetween

Objections

It should be no surprise that there are some who would like to exterminate the fae lines, and no more surprise that they would like to see an end to the protective Surragatti. Otherwise, though, the Surragatti are accepted. Because the Surragatti protect all magic creatures, they have many allies and many supporters of their practice. Until very recently, the Magus Council held no objections toward the fae using Surragatti. The Council seemed to agree that the fae were entitled to a form of protection against mortal magic for the sanctity of magic. Though they did overtake mortal bodies, the fae can only do so with the explicit permission of the child's caretakers. As such, the fae had very few Surragatti that was not aided for the better by their incredible finickiness. It has become realized, however, that the fae are willing to use their human like appearances to 'convince' mortal parents to give away their children in other ways. Many are concerned that the fae will assume the role of social workers and mothers incapable of child birth to increase their numbers to a dramatic effect.

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