Species Guide: Jollybeans

Jollybeans are a closed species belonging to Midveil!
You cannot make your own without a MYO slot.

Jollybean Anatomy

What humans often refer to as "imaginary friends" are actually, in fact, the Midveil residents known as "jollybeans." These rodent-like faeries feed off the imagination of children, and in turn, will provide them companionship, comfort, and sometimes protection from nightmares and anxieties. Jollybeans are shapeshifters by nature, and will often take a different form to present themselves in front of their new human companion. They usually assume this form from observing drawings made by their children, or bits and pieces found around their rooms. This form can be anything from a cute, cuddly companion, to a giant dragon for protection. Jollies can only maintain their forms as long as their child believes in them. When their child "outgrows" them, they retire to Midveil, assuming their original forms.

Long ago, Jollybeans used to be able to freely shapeshift at will, but due to the magic shortage after the closing of Faerth's gate, they are no longer able to practice their abilities. Jollybeans will cling onto their children for as long as they possibly can. There is no purer magic than a child's ability to believe in the impossible. However, as children grow and succumb to modern beliefs, this magic fizzles up and dries out. Jollybeans will occasionally visit their children in their dreams, even years after their child has ceased to believe in them.

Trivia

  • A group of jollybeans is known as a "shimmer".
  • Jollies have hollow bones, which in combination with their ever fluttering wings, allows them to easily walk atop the clouds.
  • Jollybeans live in the clouds just above Cafe Central, in the city known as Dreamhaven. There are multiple jollybean cities across Midveil, but Dreamhaven is the most prevalent. Jollies will occasionally descend to the earth below, but due to convenience they favor life in the clouds. Jollies who reside on land will need to return to Dreamhaven monthly.
  • Jollies will occasionally visit their children through their dreams to check up on them.
  • Long ago, jollybeans were able to retain their Earthen forms in Midveil in short spurts. They are no longer able to retain this form, though with the introduction of magic school ... maybe there's hope?

Temple of Reverie

  • The kingdom of jollybeans is ruled over by the high priestess jolly known as Hiraeth. She resides within the Temple of Reverie.
  • Jollybeans feed on dreams, and only need to "eat" once a month. To do this, they will visit the Temple of Reverie.
  • It is possible for a companion to become a guardian through Hiraeth's blessings. To do so, a jollybean must dissipate a nightmare in the Temple of Reverie. The more blessings a jolly has, the more respected they are in society.
  • The Temple of Reverie leads to the dreamscape, which hosts all human dreams and nightmares. Weaker jollybeans must avoid nightmares at all costs. Guardians will visit these dreams in an attempt to vanquish the beasts lurking there.

Jollybean Bauble

A jollybean's bauble is essentially its heart. The bauble is the source of its life and magic. During their time on Earth, their bauble fills with warm memories and experiences. Due to the fact that its heart is exposed, a jollybean must protect it from harm at all costs. When descending from the clouds, a jollybean will often cover its bauble to protect itself.

If a jollybean's bauble becomes cracked, it becomes corrupted. These poor souls are banished to the dreamscape. Corrupted Jollies become the nightmares they once fought so hard to protect their children from.

Earthen Form

Jollybean Earthen Form

A jollybean is born from a child's imagination. Born entirely blank, they will take the form most pleasing to their child. The earthen form can be anything a child could imagine! From a cat, to a fantastical dragon, to even a fellow human companion.

Midveil Form

Jollybean Midveil Form

After returning to Midveil, the jollybean will retain the colours, markings, etc, of its earthen form. Jollybeans are nostalgic by nature, and will often keep "mementos" of their children in their baubles.

While not required, it is encouraged to draw your jolly's Earthen form as well!

Jollybean Types

Companion Jollybean

Companions

The most common classification of jollybeans. Companion jollies provide their children with comfort, friendship, and affection. These jollies are quite small and dainty, though there are chock full of energy!

Companion jollybeans are usually born from a child's loneliness, and serve mainly as playmates. Due to this, they usually spend the shortest amount of time on Earth, as once their child grows and begins making new friends, they are no longer needed and will fade.

Companion jollies will often take on the Earthen forms of beloved plushes, small animals, or generally soft and huggable critters fresh from a child's imagination.

Guardians

Guardian jollies are highly respected, and are born when a child is in need of some sort of protection. This may be from loss, hardship, or protection from nightmares.

Guardian jollies are quite large compared to others, both in their Earthen and Midveil forms. They often appear as either fierce beasts, or as angelic guardians. They will assist their children until that hardship is overcome and return to Midveil.

Guardians will receive a blessing from Hiraeth upon retiring to honor their time spent on Earth.

Guardian Jollybean
Nightmare Jollybean

Nightmare

A third classification of jollybeans lurks in Midveil that does not have good intentions. The monsters lurking within the dreamscape were once jollybeans themselves, but they are no longer welcome in Dreamhaven and have been forced to live in the shadows. A nightmare jollybean's bauble is cracked, allowing the contents to escape and corrupt the jollybean.

More information coming soon!

Making Your Own Jollybean

You can choose a variety of themes for your jollybean! This theme cannot be changed after approval, and any redesigns must stay true to the theme. Trait upgrades will be available at a later date.

Designing a Companion Jollybean:
- Companion traits are written in blue. You can choose any traits from this rarity.
- Companions do not get blessings.

Designing a Guardian Jollybean:
- Guardian traits are written in orange. You can mix and match traits from either rarity.
- You can choose one blessing from the list. Additional blessings will be unlockable in the future.

Cracked/open baubles are nightmare rarity only.

Jollybean Traits Jollybean Traits