Most village folk are kind and hardworking but prejudices run deep (it has taken Wes continually risking his life to help the Queen to make the slightest dent in prejudices against him). The royals have taken centuries to get the rival groups to stop fighting and live side by side in peace, even if they then have not much to do with each other. I’d like later to take one village and write a fantasy village life spoof. Eileen has a great deal of time for village folk and along with Hanastrew these are the beings she misses the most from her Kingdom days.
The various Kingdom species organize meetings for their own kinds at least once a year though the authorities insist that these are spaced out so the realm doesn’t get a load of drunken dwarves running into the local troll clan meeting and riots erupt. It is also expected the different groups police themselves effectively or the government will intervene. Nobody wants that so this scheme works (which of course was the intention behind the idea). FNN wants to get involved with these group meetings, filming them for documentaries but each and every group has turned them down flat, partly as they don’t want to risk ridicule for some of their most peculiar customs (every group has at least one) and mainly they don’t feel Roherum will take the meetings seriously enough. They’re almost certainly right to worry about that. Notice has to be given of when and where meetings take place so other groups in the vicinity can make sure they’re well out of the way. It makes for a quieter life….
Reading is something indulged in by the higher magical ranks and is seen by them as a necessity as they need to keep up to date with the latest spells and charms techniques. Ranks like the sprites leave reading (and writing) to “toffs”. Reading focuses on the magical trade. What we would consider fictional fairy tales they see as non-fiction or documentaries. The idea of making up stories as we do is looked down on. Stories happen in the Kingdom. They are re-enacted in villages around the Kingdom to keep the tales alive that way. It is considered a great honour for a girl to be picked to play her village’s Cinderella, the difference being she ends up becoming Cinderella and meets and marries her own Prince Charming. This is why making up stories is despised. The general feeling is that there are enough stories as it is and the ones that exist are factual so why bother inventing any?