Introduction, by Sati

For all those that might be reading this and have not read the primary story the following tales are from, let me redirect you to "Dowry of Stories" since this introduction and collection will contain some "spoilers" for that story. The faerie tales presented in the following chapters are based on stories that were at least mentioned in that story. I am posting them in the order they appeared – starting with "The Tale of Piráne" which was first mentioned in the first chapter of "Dowry of Stories". Information that pertains to the tales themselves will be presented before each story, such as my personal inspirations for them and some "in-story" information for them.

The creation of "The Tales of Rocatis" was originally suggested to me by my best friend and beta reader for "Dowry of Stories". She wanted to read the full stories that I mentioned. After a while of debating if I could do this, I realized that many of the tales I presented in that story were very well outlined already and that all I needed to do was to expand on them. So that is what I did.

Rocatis's world is full of faeries and those faeries each usually live in a House. Each House is ruled by a king or queen and is usually different from others in culture and traditions and sometimes even language, but there are still overall general things about faeries that remain constant. They are magical creatures who live very long lives and it is hard to kill a faerie, making them seem more-or-less immortal.

In the past the faeries waged war with one another – which not only devastated their own numbers but mortal populations as well. Peace was started by a young Romeo-and-Juliet style couple (oh-so-cliché, I know). Also in the past, the fae were far more open with their dealings with the mortals. But mortals, being greedy by nature, sought to become immortal or to use the faeries power for their own selfish gain when magic faded from mortal blood. The kings and queens of the fae decided that the best thing to do was to agree that faeries were not to interfere with the affairs of mortals without the king or queen's consent and that if a mortal was denied immortality by one king or queen that they were forever barred from the honor. This latter rule, however, became a point of contention in "Dowry of Stories" towards the end. The rules, however, have nearly unanimously been helpful in keeping mortals that are not worthy away from the faeries.

Over time, the mortals ended up not bothering the fae any longer, as that they realized they could not so easily enter their world or get what they wanted from them. The faeries saw this as an opportunity to fade out of sight of mortal eyes. Some faeries, most of whom are House-less, still wander the world to help mortals, but the majority hides in the forests and mountains away from mortals. Thus is the state of the world currently.

The most profound proof that faeries still existed was upon the death of writer Rocatis when faeries from all over the continent that she lived on journeyed to her home. Faerie lights floated through the land that indicated the otherwise invisible march of the fae. Since then the lights have been noticed more, but still they are rare. And people take the tales that Rocatis left to them far more seriously than they had the other faerie tales for many generations.

Though Rocatis penned hundreds of tales the following chapters are just the sampling of those that are mentioned in the stories I have written about her. They are as follows:

Eleven tales from "Dowry of Stories" -
The Tale of Piráne
The Sorrow of Tochi
Laifwen and Aerlys
Little Lost Cat
Gates of Caileh
Faerie Guardian
The Silver Branch
The Tale of Huljen
Songs of Kejan
In Pursuit of Love
The Warring Houses

More will be included once I get the sequel finished and posted!

I hope you all enjoy "The Tales of Rocatis". I had fun creating the summaries for the main stories and then the full versions of them for this posting. Please give me reviews and let me know what you think!

Thanks! Sati