Glossary: Water sprites
The Faelschan will not build a village away from running water, but, as Dram has observed, that’s not because they use stream water in any obvious way. Their drinking water comes from wells. The streams have another purpose, and it’s one of protection. The forests, as Dram has said, are dark places, and can feel threatening even when they are familiar. The Faelschan seek protection from the menace of the forest in the presence of water sprites – gay and slight and laughing, but able to hold back all the looming darkness of the deep woods.