Homonifée epipelagica

 

sea fairy drawing

Once, in the mid-1700s, an English forest fairy named Oaklynne fell in love with William Fredswinds, a nefarious and controversial pirate who was known for ruthlessly killing enemies in the pursuit of treasure, as well as for being an honest and genuine gentleman in the midst of the other rapscallions in his league.

Legend has it that Oaklynne and William Fredswinds planned to elope and raise the half-fée daughter Oaklynne was carrying on an undiscovered island in the Caribbean. To protect both parties’ honor, Fredswinds devised an intricate plan wherein his lover would stow away in a treasure chest on an enemy ship, then when Fredswinds and his crew captured and defeated the enemy they would steal that treasure chest, only to accidentally drop it into the ocean where it would float to the desired island so that Fredswinds could quietly rejoin his fiancée at the end of a later voyage, which the public would believe had been his last.

The plan worked perfectly at first – Fredswinds’ crew captured the enemy ship; the treasure chest with Oaklynne inside it amazingly floated all the way to the precise island marked on the pirate’s map; no forest fairies or pirates suspected a thing. Oaklynne waited several months for Fredswinds on a deserted island. Eventually, she gave birth to the original flying-fish fairy, scientifically known as Homonifée epipelagica. However, Oaklynne met a merman on the island who seemed a much more sensible and consistent partner, so the two escaped to another little-known tropical island. Fredswinds later returned to the island where he had planned to meet Oaklynne several years before. There, a coconut fell on his head, causing the state of delirium that allegedly led him to sail to France and claim to be the long-lost princess. Meanwhile, the winged couple raised the child, a daughter, with equal exposure to marine and terrestrial environments and lifestyles. In time, the seagoing fairy married a swordfish. With some surgical help, the rare couple gave rise to the unique genus of fairies that finds itself equally at ease in air and in water.

sea fairy drawing detail feet and fins

Like the “flying fish” found in shallow to medium depths throughout the world ocean, flying fish fairies (fondly referred to by their studiers as “triple-f”) are endowed with hydrodynamic fins that also allow them to fly above water. However, since these fairies have some Homonifée blood, they retain the ability to truly fly, rather than gliding or jumping. Flight-fins can be observed between the toes, on the lower legs, upper thighs, and mid-to-upper back.

Flying fish fairies can be found throughout the tropical and temperate oceans, particularly in coral reefs favorable to seahorses, as seahorse-charioteering and rodeo is a popular pastime. Triple-f homes, built of marine debris, are architectural masterpieces but usually carefully concealed from the human eye. The triple-f often migrate on a daily, weekly, yearly, or irregular basis between coastal land habitats and the shallow sea. Some notable niches occupied by Homonifée epipelagica include pranking greedy fishermen, scattering magic seashells on beaches in the early morning for children to find, interpreting for dialogue between merpeople, other marine creatures, and land fairies (they tend out of necessity to pick up several languages early in life), and caring for injured or sick marine residents.

sea fairy drawing detail face and hairstyle

Like every marine creature, Homonifée epipelagica are susceptible to harm caused by pollution, ocean acidification, overfishing, and other damaging activities perpetrated by humans (Homo sapiens sapiens.) Their coral homes and seahorse companions are declining in number and health, and plastic bags can be used by vengeful fishermen or pirates to trap and drain the magic pearl dust from the fairies’ internal dust sacs, killing them and gaining magical power they probably won’t use for charitable acts.

But there is hope. Efforts have been made in the human community to found a more compatible relationship with other species, including fairies. In 2014, a 39-year-old triple-f named Leilané became the first non-human professor of digital engineering at the same university where Anne Seaworthy occasionally teaches. In a public statement, she expressed a goal to “encounter great minds that love to learn, teach them the basics, and then watch them go on to heal our planet and be featured in MIT Technology Review.”

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