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Fairy Tales to help you create Fantasy Worlds and RPG's

Fairy Tale Home

Russian Fairy Tales
The Fiend
The Dead Mother
The Treasure
The Awful Drunkard
The Bad Wife
The Smith and the Demon
Ivan Popyalof
The Norka
Baba Yaga
Vasilissa the Fair
The Headless Princess
The Soldiers Midnight Watch
The Soldier and the Vampire

Welsh Fairy Tales

THE MIGHTY MONSTER AFANG
THE TWO CAT WITCHES

HOW THE CYMRY LAND BECAME INHABITED

THE GOLDEN HARP

THE GREAT RED DRAGON OF WALES

THE TOUCH OF IRON

THE TREASURE STONE OF THE FAIRIES

A BOY THAT VISITED FAIRYLAND

THE WELSHERY AND THE NORMANS

THE WELSH FAIRIES HOLD A MEETING

POWELL, PRINCE OF DYFED

WHY THE BACK DOOR WAS FRONT

THE RED BANDITS OF MONTGOMERY

THE FAIRY CONGRESS

Grimm's Fairy Tales

The Goose Girl

The Gnomes and the Princess

The King of the Golden Mountain

The Water of Life

Our Lady's Child

Hansel and Gretel


Fairy Tales for RPG Games
Role Playing Games are one of the greates art forms of today combining story telling, writing, fine art, and acting into one of the most imaginative forms of collabritive creation possable.
Much of what RPG's are has been inspired by one of the old forms of story telling of the past, that is the fairy tale, much like role playing games the fairy tale where a method of story telling, that drew on the ideas of the fantasy world. Whenever you play RPG games you are drawing on the tradition and creativity of thousands of years of human history, a history which can be found in the fairy tale.
These articles are an explination of fairy tales as they pertain to fantasy role playing games, as will as a list of fairy tales which are useful for creating role playing games.

Introduction to Using Fairy Tales to Create Fantasy Worlds and RPG Quests

What Hansel and Gretel Means for the Fantasy RPG World.

Using the Mighty Monster AFang to Play RPG Games.


The Soldier and the Vampire, a fairy tale from the land of vampires for your RPG.

"The Headless Princess" and "The Soldiers Midnight Watch" and the Fantasy Role Playing Game

Propp's Fairy Tale Functions and the Fantasy Role Playing Game

All these and more Fairy Tales of interest can be found at our sister site www.zeluna.net

Russian Fairy Tales of interest to your RPG

The Fiend
In this dark story of a girl who falls in love with a man who turns out to be a demon the importance of elders are shown, as too is the risks of loving in a world with magic and demons. This folktale is perfect for helping to generate quest ideas for in the dark world of fantasy RPG's any girl could find herself in the same place as this girl.

The Dead Mother
For those who want to create a dark world, a horror setting this is the perfect story, for few tales are darker then a mother who rises and then kills her child by accedent. This of course prompts the question why and how did the mother rise from the grave. In your world an area could have the viel between life and death weakened, so that people unwittingly return to wreck havic on those they love. This of course would lead to many questions including how do the PC's deal with dead who don't know they are doing evil, especially as these are peoples loved ones? And of course how do they fix the vail.

The Treasure
The priest in this tory turns into a demon, when people are dependent on a priest what happens if that priest is greedy, and what happens if he turns into a demon?

The Awful Drunkard
The father of the character of this fairy tale is captured by devils and used as a slave. Sometimes great adventures are not to save the world but to save a single person from a horrable fate.

The Bad Wife
The man in this tale makes friends with an imp and goes about the country side pretending to cure people of the ills that the imp causes. Then the imp wishes to kill someone.

The Smith and the Demon

One of the darkest of all Russian tales for its theme, for in this story a smith learns that he must respect evil as much as good. In your fantasy world this story can act as a means by which a people could start down the path of worshiping evil. It is also interesting because it shows a demon in a painting.

Ivan Popyalof
A family of snakes that blots out the sun, and causes ill across the whole land.

The Norka
In this story they enter the other realm, and must do so to kill the monster. Further they build a castle by the portal to the other world. Both interesting ideas for your RPG.

Baba Yaga

Vasilissa the Fair
Another story that describes Baba Yaga in some detail.

The Headless Princess
Even on dying a princess comes back to life to haunt the boy responsable for her death. As a witch she can come back to life if she breaks him, and so he must remain in a magic circle and ignore all her tricks, or he will die and she will live.
For RPG's this ability could easily be written into many of the darkest villions, that killing them is not actually the end of them.


The Soldiers Midnight Watch

As with the story above those who are dead can come back to life if they can break those responsable for their death.

The Soldier and the Vampire
The vampire in this story is interesting, though not what we traditionally think of as a vampire.

Welsh fairy tales are interesting because unlike Grimm's fairy tales they are fairy tales in the happier sense of the word. They are stories where mighty hero's combat great evil, where fairies are described in detail as they hold court and make human friends.

THE MIGHTY MONSTER AFANG
Perfect for fantasy role playing games this is the tale of a monster which no one can defeat until a young lady and her love find a way to trick the creature. This story is a good tale because it is a story much like one would find in a fantasy world.

THE TWO CAT WITCHES

HOW THE CYMRY LAND BECAME INHABITED

THE GOLDEN HARP

THE GREAT RED DRAGON OF WALES

THE TOUCH OF IRON

THE TREASURE STONE OF THE FAIRIES

A BOY THAT VISITED FAIRYLAND

THE WELSHERY AND THE NORMANS

THE WELSH FAIRIES HOLD A MEETING

POWELL, PRINCE OF DYFED

WHY THE BACK DOOR WAS FRONT

THE RED BANDITS OF MONTGOMERY

THE FAIRY CONGRESS



The Goose Girl

The Gnomes and the Princess

The King of the Golden Mountain

The Water of Life

Our Lady's Child

Hansel and Gretel