It may not be fear of chaos that has caused the Faerie Courts to close their borders and withdraw to the Mittlemarch; it may just be an aesthetic dislike for the squalor and grubbiness that this war is bringing about. Or it may be the death of Elizabeth – Gloriana – finally driving the fey away from Europe. Whatever the case, the Ladies and their Courts have abandoned the mortal realm, and closed the doors behind them. Passages into the Mittlemarch no longer reach Faerie, and none can find their way to those far realms. Only wyldfae, outcasts, and ferals remain in this world.
The Wyldfae and Outcasts
Many of the minor faeries were abandoned in this realm, either neglected or forgotten. Brownies, pixies, knockers, kobolds, and goblins all still lurk in the lonely places, dark forests, dark forests, and deep caverns, unwilling to go with the Courts or too unimportant to be invited. Along with these are some few higher fey, cast out deliberately by their Court for one transgression or another. Most of these live as expatriates always have, seeking happiness and acceptance in a new land after their homelands have rejected them.