Talents and Talent Symbols

Taken from the textbook ‘A Brief Guide to the History of Pixie Hollow’ by Jessamine Brightsparkle

Many years passed, and the population of both pixies and Clumsies on Neverland grew. The pixies were now living in the Pixie Dust Forest, which held the largest number of pixie dust trees on the island. Additionally, they’d learnt that they could use their wings to fly as fast as any grown Clumsy could run, sometimes faster, with the help of some pixie dust, the golden substance they were born in. Outside the forest, pixie dust trees were difficult to find, and combined with the harsh weather conditions, it was difficult for pixies to venture outside the forest to collect materials.

However, things were changing for pixies. Those who had been among the first laughs, who had come to be known as the Fae, had become aware of a magic within them. Once their magic was awakened, a Fae could use their magic in a way no other could, from art to cooking, even controlling the weather. No Fae had the same power. These powers came to be known as ‘Talents’.

Amongst the Fae, there were five who were stronger than the rest: The Gifted. Not only had they mastered their Talents, but they had each learnt how to use them to complete extraordinary feats.

Carla could manipulate water, and see the future in its reflection. Kind-hearted Julian could understand animals, and additionally, read minds. Then there was Kira, a sweet fairy, who could manipulate light, and could use it to create illusions. Amos worked with the flora, and was able to heal anyone he touched, and finally, there was Zara, a master at building things, who had the ability to move solid objects with her mind. However, such power doesn’t come without a price, and with time, each of the Gifted came to resent the power they were given. It was less of a gift, and more of a burden…

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Despite the magic the pixies dust trees created, preventing anyone from growing old, pixies live on the belief of Clumsies, and in early times, only the Clumsy tribe living in Neverland knew pixies existed. As more new pixies arrived, many that were older came to be forgotten, including the Fae, causing many unique Talents to be lost.

Realising it was only a matter of time before they too met the same fate, the remaining Fae decided to give up their Talents, so that future generations could inherit them and make use of their powers. Each of them, including the Gifted, chose an object that they deemed important to represent their Talent and contained their power inside of it. It should be mentioned that the Gifted, knowing the nature of their Talents, enchanted their objects to ensure that no fairy would ever be able to inherit their entirety of their power.

These objects would later come to be known as the Talent Symbols, in which the power of the corresponding Fae is still held to this day. The Fae then established a ceremony that let all the Talentless acquire a Talent, as well as any future pixies that were born. This later came to be known as the arrival ceremony, a method still used by pixies today. It is important to note that a Talent is not chosen by the pixie. A Talent Symbol will bless a fairy/sparrowman if it feels they’re most capable of, and will glow upon first contact with said fairy/sparrowman, signifying their new Talent has been found. It’s said that the brighter the glow, the greater the chance of the fairy achieve great things in their lifetime. Occasionally, a pixie who is chosen to become a Water, Light, Garden, Animal or Tinker Talent will inherit the corresponding Talent’s Gift, in addition to slightly more powerful magic than average. This occurs to stop the Talent Symbols created by the Gifted from holding too much power themselves. It is also why the ratio of pixies with Gifted Talents is considerably higher than others.

There have been some occasions in which new Talents have been founded, but such an event is very rare and hasn’t happened for centuries*. In these situations, a pixie will be sorted into whatever Talent will most likely awaken their powers. An example could be the Writing Talents – the founder of this Talent was originally a Scribe Talent until she found her ability to write stories.

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*Note from Rose – this book was written before Zelena founded her Talent, Pixie Dust Alchemy.

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