Of course, faen time moves at a different scale from mortal, There are stories of boys crossing and returning mere days later as beardy old men, and also of girls missing for years and then returning as if no time has passed at all. My thoughts on these children’s stories are that they are not Felurian related, she isn’t a paedophile, and they are simply other faen realm encounters that occur when folk ignore good advice to stay away from greystones as they are famously regarded as being portals to and from the faen realm. Even Kvothe cannot remember how long he spent there but doubts it was a whole year and so it is fair to say that if he doesn’t know then nobody understands how dual-moon time works…until now.
Marlock’s Compendium of Faen Phenomena
There are two interesting references from The Eld’s local folk, who know about such local things, concerning previous Felurian spotting’s. Dedan’s tale he heard from a previous victim’s brother’s son at the Pennysworth Inn and this story is authenticated by the correct recital of her ear-worm song which was accurately remembered by the surviving brother from twenty years ago. That was also apparently the last time she visited the locality as the obnoxious fiddler from the very same inn stated that nobody has seen her for ‘a score of years’… until Kvothe’s return, that is. So we have a second statement affirming twenty years having passed since she last crossed over on a manling hunt and, while these are only rough numbers, is still good corroboration and gives us twice as much substance to believe this number to be accurate.
Felurian also knows that there are stories told about herself and better than any she understands how time passes and how mortals who have eluded her siren song will still remember her words. Kvothe himself recalls four instances of folk returning from her clutches and the tales of their short and sad existence thereafter. Quite possibly these were among the tales listed in the 200 year old Vintish tome A Quainte Compendium of Folke Belief which he discovered in the archives and reads the three chapters on Faeries: One of which was entirely devoted to tales of Felurian. Such stories have therefore always been passed down by various bereaved relatives over many generations, and any others who did manage to escape her clutches will still have her siren song stuck in their heads.
‘How have I never heard of this, it seems it would be hard to miss, Fae dancing on the mortal grass… But has not just this come to pass?
the world is wide and time is long but still you say you heard my song before you saw me singing there, brushing moonlight through my hair.’
We are also told that there was a full moon that night in mortal when our bandit hunters found her pool and heard her song, but over in the faen realm, at the reciprocal time, it was actually a night with no moon. Of course it was, since the one moon that they share between them was fully in the mortal sky at the same time… that’s how she rolls, baby. And so it is clear that this specific and same whole/empty moon juncture corresponds to when Felurian makes her own mortal crossovers in search of fresh manlings to seduce, as this is the time then the passage between the two worlds is the easiest.
We later see the first sliver of the new moon begin to re-emerge after Kvothe has spent X* uncounted ‘sleeps’ with her under the empty faen sky and working out this X* number will denote how long it takes for the faen moon cycle to achieve what the mortal moon phase does overnight. So, using logic and rhetoric as our tools, we can safely assume that Felurian only ever crosses over to seek the full moon’s light she loves when the faen sky is completely moonless,and dark, and dare I say faerful. Expect Felurian Every Twenty (mortal)Years appears to be the rule of thumb and if you had any specific reason to want to seek her out specifically, as Kvothe has promised to do in the future, then this is the correct time and place to go looking for her.
In mortal thinking this X* number could be calculated by knowing the synodic period which we learn occurs every 72 days (gotal) where a mortal year is 360 days long (gotalu) and so this ratio must tally that the synodic period in fae is also going to be influenced by this same number since it is the same moon in both worlds. Furthermore, each 1/72 th part phase will find itself balanced in either sky, as the one sliver diminishes here so a new sliver simultaneously appears over there making both worlds respect the same number. Knowing Felurian’s recent absence as having lasted for 20 mortal years (gotal) gives us some rather pretty numbers for crunching in order to work out the difference inherent between them. (20 x 360) mortal days = 7200 faen days, which is the total number of ‘sleeps’ between the departure and return of a moonless night in Fae. Dividing this by the mortal synodic number, which must still be relevant by default, gives us a nice round figure of 100 days for each single faen moon phase. (gotalu/l).
Old Scores to Settle
Two questions need addressing now, why does the synodic period fluctuate? And who else in Kvothe’s world may find any such information on Felurian’s movements to be useful. As to the first, Short answer, I do not know, which is a good answer to remember, but I suspect that Lanre had a hand in the way things are, he usually does. He has, after all, already visited the Cthaeh before and may have a score to settle of his own on that count, something to do with vengeance is the business of a Man, and furthermore, as his alter ego Tarsus in Daeonica, he has previously spoken to Felurian too. Perhaps he is after a second date? It is entirely possible that having spoken to her before, he was the first man to escape her clutches with his sanity and life still intact, but he is rather a special case in that concern but there is a good chance that he still has her song in his head.
Cinder may also have done the Cthaeh a bad turn once, even bringing that up makes the statement almost certainly the truth, and that also implies that these two have had words in the past. Knowledge of this kind is enough reason for the Sithe to seriously want to stop him from spreading any such Cthaeh speech onwards which shoould explain why Cinder needs Lord Haliax protection from them. His recent presence in the Eld vicinity should not be glossed over by the more obvious actions of bandit’s stealing taxes, I mean, why is an immortal being bothering with stuff like that? what use has one of the Seven for such things? More likely the true desires of all such creatures will be beyond most folk’s comprehension however it is more than possible that he is simply fulfilling the orders given to him by his Lord Haliax, which brings us back to Lanre and any who follow him. Back to what they seek, what they hope to achieve.
What’s their plan? What’s their plan?
Given that the map was also enclosed safely in a secure box with the valuable gold we should suspect it as being of equal significance to the bandit’s mission and therefore it deserves closer scrutiny. I suspect that we shall discover the cross on his map refers, not to his own encampment, but to the location of Felurian’s pool which is far too conveniently close a landmark to ignore considering the size of the Eld. It beggars belief for two such immortal and historical Faerie-tale folk being found in the same vicinity at the same period in time for it not to be for similar reasons. Perhaps another map will help pin-point a few thoughts as we stumble together onwards through the Eld, endlessly searching…