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... Or just Fairy water as they call it in the less fancy of places.

The practice of growing undines, the waterliving genus of fairies, inside a bottle of water is one shunned upon by the majority of societies and banned in most. But since the potency of the product is so distinct and the thought so decadent, it doesn't stop some barkeepers from stashing at least one secret bottle for the right customer for the right price.

To understand what's so special about it, you will have to understand some basic fairy biology.

Instead of expelling processed nutrients in a fashion most of us would be expecting, they secrete a thin, thin layer of "ambrosia" through their pores, coating their skin.
This substance has a very powerful and near instant intoxicating effect on humanoids. With the texture, colour and taste of the finest honey, mixed with a tinge of mysterious fruity flavor and a titillating fizzy sensation on ones tongue once imbibed, it leaves very few unimpressed.

A beginner's guide:

Fairies, and undines alike, are born from "dewdrops" (semitransparent and gelatin-like eggs) lain by their parent figure in clusters of up to about half a dozen.
If one goes fairy-hunting, these are not all that difficult to come by due to the generous amounts of fairies in the forest. Look for undine clusters by any shallow body of fresh water. Try not to separate the eggs from the water in which they were lain to reduce trauma.

Place one (or two, if you think you can handle it) of the dewdrops, with its home-water, in a properly sized bottle. Slowly dilute the water with the water you want to use for your beverage over the course of a day. Wait for it to hatch. Add a small amount of sugar (preferably grape sugar) to the water, keeping the fairy healthy between proper feedings of soft berries for optimal results.

It takes about one or two months for a normal sized bottle to reach a proper concentration... By which time the fairy water should be either served or at least diluted to keep the fairy healthy enough for another bottle. Sadly, they rarely last for more than three bottles. Less if not being properly cared for.

And as with anything, there are people who have mastered the art of fairy water, with their own science applied to it for truly otherworldly results.

Fairy Water, Spirit Water or Fairy Wine - An exciting choice for the decadent and adventurous connoisseur. Or an abominable practice to be stopped by the compassionate soul.


I've been wanting to draw this picture for I don't know how long. ^^; Feels great to have finally done it. I was inspired by a certain artist who's name I can't recall, but I found a picture of a similar theme by him, painted in traditional airbrush, in one of my older brother's art books when I was a wee kid.
:3 Yay~
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whitebearboy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Poor little fairy.
VidGameDude Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015
It's been years since we talked emi, hope everything's been going good for you, i really do miss seeing your comic kR. if you left for good reasons, understandable, just thought i'd swing by and see if the dust had cleared.

Blackfire2Q Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student Artist
haloheretic14 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
hey petite, when are you going to post new artwork, i love looking at your beautiful artsytle. I mean, its been a full year since you posted anything.
joshpoint0 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
this reminds me of the effect moonshine is rumored to have XD
Tetravexitus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Their must be a decent way to acquire this drink. Or at least a way to cooperate with the race for it.
heart4art7 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
i still wait for your return, you're a talented artist and if you havent quit then it's understandable that you're busy
Crogge Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Interesting story
Duck0nQuack Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
This is a smirnoff bottle. Anyone care for smurfs in smirnoff?
Fleeting-Epiphany Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
you are a gifted artist. l love the detail.
painted-blank Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks a bit cramped in there...and sightly bored, I imagine life in a bottle isn't very exciting
zJoriz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I meant 'by the way'.

Forgot to say, I love the logo too.
zJoriz Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
Beautiful paintwork! And that's one helluva cute fairy bey the way :D
mid204 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
if i had a bar, inn, or tavern, and served fairy wine i would either have a fish tank by the door with 2 to 3 fairies in it or an aquarium built into the wall behind the bar with 4 to 6 in it and have that water on tap
Jakuryusei Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
Oh my OH MY, it certainty does seem like this idea has been brewing for a while! It's an absolutely enchanting concept.

I wonder how long it'll stick in it's viewer's minds...
TheLizardLord Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Writer
I like it. I really really like it.
SithLordNergal Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Hmmm, so what is it that eventually kills them?
Under-13 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
i'm reminded of that scene in moulin rouge with the green fairy
Monele Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I must commend your imagination there ^_^, though I'm also amongst those who would be very much against such practices ^^;
ShawnLeroy Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very Creative. With a Capitol C.
that1mofo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
intruiging concept.
TalkyMeat Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
Has anyone tried distilling it? And did they live to tell the tale?
SEMC Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really cool looking. I like the shading.
Blue-The-Assasin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice ju. Var du på Uppcon nu?
jeremycoatney Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Professional Writer
You've put a fair amount of thought into this haven't you? o v o;

You did a lovely job of handling the light diffusing through the liquid/glass. :meow:
malhavoc431 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I honestly feel conflicted when looking at this. One part of me wants to release her. The bartender part of me is incredibly interested in trying some and possibly providing it.

:iconwhyyounoplz: WHY YOU DO THIS TO ME EMI?!
carveor Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thowt it was absinth that you drank to chace the green fairiy? love it thow.
Epzi10n Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like you.
Zscribe Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I love this concept. There seems to be an unwritten rule that elements of fantasy must always be taken as a whole and never altered from their original form. As a result, we often get medieval societies with the magic 'just next door', and the line between the mundane and the magic is clear. Here however, we see that the line is all but gone and what was once exotic and foreign is now domestic. Sort of like bananas, a tropical fruit often coming from south of the equator, has become a familiar part of North American diets.

The painterly creation of the bottle creates a wonderful contrast to the tight, professional lines of the character. As a previous post had said, creating a bottle graphic with this character and logo to be placed on bottles or canteens would most certainly garner interest and purchases.

Very awesome piece, bravo!
RamsusXIII Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So it's like a tequila worm, but better and sexier.
Dr-Raven Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Tell me please, where on Earth can I buy a bottle. LOL. Awesome work as always.
DarkLord75253 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Dante13666 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that's a little... grotesque, don't you think? ;P
MeAmArt Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
okay that was cool.
UrzzaKangra Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
is it sad to say I would drink this? @~@
shimoyaki Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
amazing art!
i wanna try some!!!
everclear (191 proof{95% liquor} ) doesnt even work for me!
speedbump07 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Student Writer
A very interesting idea : o

I like it C: Keep up the excellent ideas!
newmanaccount Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Doesn't look like she's having much of a good time...
Fluffy-Sweety Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Poor little girl...
RadicalEdward84 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Forced to live in her own escrements, no wonder their life is so short.
I'm sure there must be another way to... (wonders about licking the fairy's skin)

It's just a pity these cuties have so bad a temper. Well, it would if they really existed, that is.
nothingsp Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Well, now, there's multiple reasons this is better than tequila :D
10Gauge Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
So how exactly does one pour a glass of this wine without releasing the fairy inside? If a mesh or aerator divider, how does one administer the berry foodstuffs?

3 bottles.. hmm.. maybe release after 2 or do the fairies have limited life spans and it wouldn't matter?
Petite-Emi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You'd have to break the bottle if you want the fairy set free. The muzzle of the bottle is big enough for small berries, but too small to offer an escape.

If you care for its life you'd have to set it free before it gets too poisoned by the fairy water and make sure you release it where other undines live. They will die in the wild without a shoal to rely on.
10Gauge Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
makes sense. I guess being born in captivity they wouldn't have any tricks like size changing.. But breaking the bottle wouldn't kill the fairy outright? I would tend to think that the violent impact needed to destroy the bottle would cause grievous bodily injury, and if that wasn't enough.. the shards of broken glass would pose a hazard as well.

Ahh.. much like yeast used in wine and beer making. some strains have higher tolerances to the alcohol they produce.. but if too much sugar is used.. yeast can literally kill themselves by producing too much alcohol.
Dante8411 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
I've heard of Bottle Fairies, but kind of really inhumane and probably not something it's okay to joke about.
smsldoo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
I will take two... Since they are small ;3

Awesome job Miss Emi.
eShredder Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goddess! It took me so long before I saw her.
I'd like to try this wine someday, no matter the price.
Lorddeathheart Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
I would buy the bottle just to get the fairy and let her go.... Yeah I am a sucker for those cute little pouty eyes of hers.... Hmm what would happen if you had a pond or something would that work to? Like let them hatch in a bucket then put them in the pond? Or are they like frogs? Maturing in water and then becoming more land based?
Petite-Emi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Keeping them in a pond would be very possible. :3 They live in water and prefers to stay there. If the pond gets too crowded, a fraction might opt to migrate over land to find a new home, though. Fairies sport the shortest of long term memory in the known world, so don't expect them to become loyal pets. And their inherent paranoia and skittishness won't help much either.
Lorddeathheart Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Well if they are around you every single day and you come there and leave thm berries and other things for them wouldn't they naturally come to accept you as a friend? Also who said anything about wanting them as pets? I would have the pound and them just to make sure that the population wouldn't suddenly drop down or die. You got to think if the fairy wine became popular enough their would be pouching and other things so a pound or even a entire mansion made to be a suitable habitat for them would make that select group use to the humans that live in the home correct?
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