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Bannick
Pronunciation ban-nick
Plural Bannicks
Category Land fae
Habitat bathing places, coasts
Abilities cleansing, minor repairs to clothing
Mentioned in Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation

About Edit

"The Bannick are bath-spirits; they’re obsessed with cleanliness, and Faerie being what it is, they can sometimes enforce their own ideas about hygiene. Nothing cleans a person like a Bannick."[1]

Bannicks are friendly fae that love to clean. While not like Hobs, they can also clean spills and messes. Physically, their teeth are sharp, mossy, and definitely unsettling. 

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Bannick Mythology Edit

Spirit of the bathhouse (bania) in Russian and Ukrainian folklore; at times, the bannik had a female companion, known as the bannaia or bainikha. Because the bathhouse was seen as a potentially unclean and dangerous place, the bannik was perceived as a capricious, sometimes harmful, household spirit. An angry bannik could cause one to suffocate in the steam of the bathhouse or simply make the structure burn down; women who bathed alone ran the risk of being spied on by the bannik as they undressed. As a result, Slavic peasants did not hang icons in the bathhouse or wear crosses into the bath; they also avoided bathing singly or at night. When a child was born in the bathhouse (a common occurrence), the mother and baby were watched carefully, to prevent the bannik from carrying away the unbaptized infant.

To propitiate the bannik, peasants often thanked him upon exiting the bathhouse; they also left offerings of soap, water, and fir branches. Like most household spirits, the bannik could tell fortunes. During the Yuletide season, girls and young women would gather in the bathhouse to consult the bannik about the new year by allowing him to touch them from behind. A warm, soft touch foretold happiness; a cold, prickly touch was a warning of ill fortune.[2]

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List of Fae
Land Fae

AfancBannickBansheeBarghestBarrow WightBlodynbrydBansheeBridge TrollCait SidheCandelaCoblynauCu SidheDaoine SidheDjinnDochas SidheDopplegangerEllyllonGean-CannahGlastigGwragenHamadryadHobKitsuneLamiaManticoreNight-hauntsPeriPiskiePixiePucaRoaneRose GoblinSatyrShyi ShuaiSileneSirenSea WightSpriteSwanmayTuatha de DannanTylwyth TegUriskWill o' Wisps

Sea Fae

AsraiCephaliCetaeHippocampusKelpieMerrowNaiadNixieRoaneSelkieUndine

Air Fae

Folletti

Fire Fae


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