Age of Worms
- Eladrin don’t sleep. Everyone knows this,but most people don’t appreciate just how bizarre the concept of sleep seems to members of this race. During Trance, one’s mind wanders the Fey Realms, but these ‘dream’ journeys are mostly lucid— not too dissimilar from how such a journey would feel while awake and corporeal. Dreaming, as members of other races do, is quite a foreign concept.
- Most eladrin find unconsciousness utterly terrifying. This strange state of being… not there is not something the eladrin mind is equipped to deal with. It can’t even be said to resemble death, for at least the departing soul of a dead eladrin is still self-aware as it journeys to the Deadlands and then Beyond. To the eladrin, sleep is like death would be if your soul was also destroyed.
- True dreaming— random and uncontrolled and nonsensical (not even following the odd ‘rules’ of the Feywild, which are not so odd to an eladrin, after all)— is likewise a profoundly unsettling experience. Eladrin never lose control of their minds’ wanderings, so being unable to control where one goes and what one experiences in a dream is like being possessed by some malevolent force. Most eladrin who experience true unconsciousness are deeply traumatized by the experience.
- Similar to their inability to comprehend dreaming, the concept of madness or losing one’s sanity is terrifying to an eladrin. Their natural bond with the forces of magic as well as their long life-spans make the eladrin almost supernaturally self-aware. They are constantly conscious of their mental state whether it be elated, depressed, joyful or furious. Thus, to lose control of one’s emotions and intellect so completely is utterly anathema to the fae folk. Countless eladrin bards sing the tragic stories of folk who lost their minds and the sufferings they caused. To a human, these songs have been used as slapstick comedy at times— but to an eladrin they are horrific in the extreme, for these stories tell of folk who are cursed to spend hundreds of turns of seasons utterly without control of their lives.