Taistala are a race of nomadic peoples who share blood with the Fey. They are often seen moving through the countryside in wonderfully painted wagons or performing and hawking wares in cities. They are known for being excellent musicians and dancers. Beyond their work the Taistala keep to themselves and rarely invite non-Taistala to their communities. Little is known about their culture beyond their nomadic lifestyle. It is rumored that they steal children and raise them as their own. It is also rumored that they are thieves and cheats and not to be trusted. However, people still visit the Taistala to have their fortune told or pay them to mend a fence. The Taistala just have to be sure not to overstay themselves in any one place. Other rumors suggest the Taistala have close relations with other Fey and can travel to Faerie, but stay in this world because they love to play tricks on Humans.
The Taistala are part Fey and try to keep this fact secret for fear of further mistrust and persecution. However it is not true that they are in this world to play tricks, rather they are here because they were exiled from Faerie. Their heritage is that of performers from the Seelie Court in Faerie. During one performance the Taistala insulted and made a fool of one of the Faerie Kings. To punish them the King told them they must wander the Earth until he agreed they could once again return to Faerie. The King forgot about the Taistala and passed away before permitting them to return, so it now seems they will be left in the Human world eternally. The Taistala try to bring their children up in the Faerie way reminding them of their past and singing them songs of their homeland and exile. The Taistala have strict policies of dealing with other races. For example, they cannot marry other races, speakin the Faerie tongue before other races, or speak of their history to other races. They must always purify themselves after dealing with other races and any of their possessions that other races may have come in contact with. Despite their wish to preserve themselves from other races the Taistala find that to survive without a homeland they must make their living off those they encounter. To that end they peddle to and perform for them. The Taistala’s unusual and secretive ways the generate mistrust and discrimination. The Taistala pay lip service to Erathis, but secretly they still worship the seasonal gods: Avandra (Summer), Melora (Winter), Corellon (Spring) and Sehanine (Autumn). These are the traditional gods of Faerie.
Taistala typically appear as slender humans with pale white skin and golden hair. They often have blue eyes, but green eyes are not uncommon. They are a passionate people and some have been known to react on impulse alone when their emotions are aroused. However, the typical Taistala is good natured and jovial. They smile, joke, and sing as often as they can. The oldest Taistala may live to 150, although 80 is more common.