The changeling way is the name of the process whereby a fae soul is bound to a mortal soul. This
binding has two important effects:
- The combined soul reincarnates in the manner of
the mortal soul. The soul does not need to be taken by the Sluagh to Moonbeam Fissure, and is not
incarnated through one of the Gates in
Arcadia. At the time the Changeling
Way was adopted by many fae, this was a
critical factor as the Sluagh were no
longer able to perform their functions easily, and Arcadia was home to the Fomori.
- The changeling has a single dreamstuff form which, because it is
partly petrified and partly not, can interact with both Ironfell and the
Dreaming, an important asset in the post-Shattering world. The changeling also
gets the advantage of Liam's
Gift. The downside, of course, is the inability of the
changeling to function in pure Dreaming or pure Ironfell environments.
The commoner Kiths undertook the Changeling Way at roughly the
time of the Shattering, along with
House Scathach Sidhe. Only Nocker,
of the commoners, did not, for he had found another solution to the
problem of existing partly in Ironfell
at the time of the Sundering.