Let’s talk Fae today. Immortal Monday has been itching for the topic since its inception. The few mentions of Prince Nuana, as of late, have not helped to keep that interest at bay. Although Prince Nuana is not Fae, but a Bethmoora elf, rather, it still pulls my mind in that direction. Bethmoora is the fabled original Faerieland. How can that NOT have you thinking FAE? See how my mind works?
As for Fae, there are so many variations, one may never know where to start. My daughter can count that high… we’ve been practicing, but would we miss one and need to start over? I thought I’d make it easy and talk about one type in particular today. Where sex comes into play with our mystical Fae – there is the incubus. This is the male Fae using sex almost like a weapon. Karen Marie Moning introduced used to a death by sex Fae in her Fever Series. Although this Fae does not hold a seat in the actual dictionary of Fae, other than in Ms. Moning’s world, it isn’t a stretch to think an incubus may have slightly influenced this creation.
The incubi are said to lie with the human women at night while they are sleeping. So, take all that strength and power we saw in the weapon show Prince Nuana gave us in Friday’s video, and think of it now turned into something much more intimate. I’ve heard it said they are impossible to resist. What Ms. Moning did was brilliant, simply releasing the time limitation and allowing the Fae to walk freely among us all day. It could be anyone. Any blinding, gorgeous hunk of male, that is.
But one visit, what does that do? Give a girl a good romp to wonder and gossip about? Actually, the incubus preys on the life force of their victims. Continued visits will eventually leave them depleted, unhealthy, possibly even succumbing to death.
The female counterpart is known of as the Succubus and is much more famous. She seduces men, taking them to bed and having much the same effect – draining them of their life force. The original Succubus goes as far back as the Garden of Eden. It is believed that before there was Eve there was Lilith (Sound familiar all you Supernatural fans?). Lilith became a succubus and left Adam to mate with the archangel Samael, and refused to return to the Garden of Eden. The first incubus doesn’t show up until 2400 BC. Clearly, the females have the upper hand on the lay of the land on this one.
Oh, but the incubus contributed a huge name to myth and legend. Or so it is said. It is written that Merlin, of the Legend of King Arthur, was a cambion and his father was an incubus. The source of Merlin’s great power.
Traditionally, both the incubus and succubus have been looked at as harmful demons with few exceptions. But with today’s fads and many interests, it’s no wonder that we can find a show celebrating this version of Fae. It’s not that far of a leap from the huge vampire rage and it still covers the realm of paranormal and romance angst so many are looking for. Welcome Lost Girl, where a succubus can be confused about what she is, while exploring her power. Toss in a plucky side kick and some competing love interest of varied taste. And, hey, she’s a succubus, so anything goes. Then make her a little bit of a badass herself, but one that needs a rescue every now and again – after all, she’s still learning. The result – Lost Girl.
This show is in its third season overseas, but here in the U.S., we are just seeing it for the first time. I don’t know about you, but I do so enjoy watching other’s take on creatures such as this. Like I’ve said SO many times before, you never know where that spark of inspiration will come from. 😉
Speaking of… do you find sex inspirational in your movies and books? Romance novels are still the best-selling books on the market. Sex sells. It’s slowly been creeping into more areas of our entertainment each year. Just look at what you can find on television now versus five years ago. I write young adult fiction and have been following a group called Edgy YA. It might surprise you what is allowed in some books for teens these days. Of course, many teachers and schools are filtering them out of their systems, but they still can be found should the teen so desire to read them, in the shops and libraries. An interesting discussion on this topic broke out at the beginning of Jenny Hansen’s Row80 Check-in. If the topic interest you, it’s worth a read.
Look for a change in this week’s posting schedule. Things are set to run Thursday and Saturday this time around. Look forward to seeing you then. 🙂