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Brystal Lynn Evergreen
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Biographical Information
World Land of Stories
Title(s) Fairy Godmother
(former) Head of the Fairy Council
Also known as "Grandmother" (Alex & Conner)
"Grandma" (Alex & Conner)
"Cinderella's Fairy Godmother" (Alex's library books)
"The Big F.G."
"Grams" (Ezmia)
"Brystal Evergreen" (real name; Fairy Council)
"Brystal Eve Bailey"
"Mrs. Fairy Godmother" (Conner & Alex in The Wishing Spell)
"FG" (Mother Goose)
Physical information
Species Fairy
Gender Female
Age 14 (A Tale of Magic...)
15 (A Tale of Witchcraft...)
Hair colour Greying Brown (The Land of Stories series)
Light Brown (A Tale of Magic...)
Eye colour Soft, bright blue
Personality A warm smile and kind eyes, like her son John Bailey
Family information
Family Members John Bailey (son)
Masked Man (son)
Charlotte Bailey (daughter-in-law)
Alex Bailey (granddaughter)
Conner Bailey (grandson)
Emmerich Himmelsbach (grandson)
"Grandfather" (husband, deceased)
Justice Evergreen (father), Lynn Evergreen (mother)
Barrie Evergreen (older brother)
Brooks Evergreen (eldest brother)
Affiliation Fairy Council, Happily Ever After Assembly
Land of Stories
First Appearance The Wishing Spell, ch 1
Appeared in Book(s) The Wishing Spell
The Enchantress Returns
A Grimm Warning
Beyond the Kingdoms (flashback / memory sequence)
A Tale of Magic...

Background Information

Brystal Lynn Evergreen also known as "Cinderella's Fairy Godmother" or just "The Fairy Godmother" was a member of the Happily Ever After Assembly, as well as the head of the Fairy Council, until her death after defeating a dragon.

She was also the real grandmother of Alex and Conner Bailey through their father John Bailey. She passed away, making Alex the new Fairy Godmother.

 Appearance

"Their grandmother was a petite woman with long, graying brown hair that was pulled back in a tight braid. She had the warmest smile and the kindest eyes in the world, which wrinkled pleasantly when she smiled, just like the twins' dad's eyes had. She was cheerful and energetic."[1]

In her full fairy regalia, the Fairy Godmother was a beautiful older woman, with graying light brown hair that was wound up in a gorgeous hairdo and had white flowers in it, and she wore a long sky-blue robe that sparkled like the night sky.

As a grandma, she always wore bright dresses and shoes with white laces and brown heels. She carried a large, green travel bag and a blue purse that was "never more than a few feet away from her", and always wore her wedding ring, despite her husband's death years ago.[2] She also owned a small cottage in the woods and a blue car.[3]

Personality

At first Alex and Conner only knew their grandmother as a friendly and warm woman who visited a few times a year, and their father's mother. Her long absences were explained as due to her traveling all over the world to read fairy tales to sick children in hospitals.

It was revealed that she was responsible for bringing Ezmia to the Land of Stories from the Otherworld, and she felt guilty over this.

She was very powerful, but hardly used her magic for combat. She was understanding, she had been wise and curious since a young age, and was very courageous. She was also willing to help anyone in need.

Adventures in the Land of Stories and Beyond

First Adventure in the Land of Stories

Brystal Lynn Evergreen grew up in the Southern Kingdom (later the Charming Kingdom) in a family of justices. She went to a school for future wives and mothers. Although it was against the law for women to read, her brother Barrie would still sneak her books, as she loved reading. She took up a job at the library as a maid under the name Bailey, so that she had the opportunity to read. One day, she came across a restricted section of the library, and began reading banned books regarding the truth about society. When she read a book about the truth of magic, she uttered an incantation that filled the room with lights, and was caught in the act and arrested for female literacy, magic, and trespassing. Spending some time in the dungeons, her brother Brooks visited her and tells her that though he'd do what he can, he couldn't help her. Brystal was trialed and was sentenced to death by her brother Barrie (who didn't know the accused was his sister as her cage was covered), and was 'saved' by her father Justice Evergreen. As punishment she was sent to the Correction facility of young women, where she was put to work by the owners for free labor. She befriended 'Pip' who aided her to keep herself warm. After some time, Madame Weatherberry comes in to recruit Brystal to her school for magic. They made two stops on the way to the school and enlisted Xanthous Hayfield and Emerelda Stone as students. At the academy, Brystal was introduced to Madame Weatherberry's apprentices Tangerina Turkin and Skylene Lavenders as well as the academy's housekeeper, Mrs. Vee. Later, Lucy Goose was also brought to the academy by her parents who wanted to get rid of her. Lucy was devastated and Brystal was the one who made her feel better and like she belonged. Brystal struggled in completing the magical assignments given by Madame Weatherberry which made her feel like she didn't belong. Madame Weatherberry then figured out that this was because Brystal had a disorder called Magiclexia which blocks fairies from accessing their magical abilities. To help Brystal get around Magiclexia, Madame Weatherberry gave her a magic wand made from pure crystal.

Lucy Goose and Brystal Evergreen

Second Adventure in the Land of Stories

Shortly after their triumphant victory, Brystal encountered trouble with her mind. She was described to always have a negative "voice", and felt that she was under a lot of stress. The fairies seemed to have accomplished everything Byrstal had ever wanted, but her happiness was shielded when the voice starts getting louder in her head. But things got mixed when Mistress Mara came and introduced her school of witches to the fairies. Pip goes along with the witches and Brystal was heartbroken. Brystal goes to talk to Madame Weatherberry about her feelings until Lucy comes by. She didn't know that Madame Weatherberry was the Snow Queen and she got mad at Brystal for not telling her. As revenge, Lucy ran away from the Academy and joins the witches.

Adventures in the Otherworld and the Land of Stories

Years later Brystal Evergreen found another world and created multiple portals to that world, she told the fairy council about it and together they travelled all around the fairytale world and the otherworld, she met a young girl named Ezmia and takes her to the Fairytale world, a few centuries later she meets the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson and shares the stories of the Land of Stories at this time she also created the portal potion, decades later she visited Mrs. Peters in the hospital when Mrs. Peters was a young girl and had pneumonia, she told her stories while Mrs. Peters was sick in bed and told Mrs. Peters her identity and where she was from when Mrs. Peters got better. [4] A few years later John Bailey was with his mother in the otherworld, he met a nurse named Charlotte and he fell in love, the fairy godmother forbid him from ever going to the otherworld but he found a way to make the wishing spell and travel back there.

Third Adventure in the Land of Stories and the Otherworld

The Fairy Godmother gave the twins the Land of Stories book for their 12th birthday.[5] When the twins fell into the book and went on their adventure, she tried to find them, going across every kingdom, but didn't manage to do so until the very end of the twins' adventure, when she revealed herself as Cinderella's Fairy Godmother to the twins.

Fourth Adventure in the Land of Stories

When the twins' mother was kidnapped, the Fairy Godmother arranged for Alex and Conner's protection, but did not anticipate that they would activate a portal and go to the Land of Stories themselves to find their mother. She seemed to be aware of their presence at the Happily Ever After Assembly despite their disguise and gave them her veiled support to fight Ezmia.[6] After Ezmia was defeated, and when she was free from being trapped in a bottle, she called the Fairy Council together and they decided to close the gateway between the worlds for good. She agreed to let Alex stay and become the next Fairy Godmother-in-training and gave Conner a magic mirror to communicate with Alex and his other friends in the Fairy-Tale World.

Fifth Adventure in the Land of Stories

The Fairy Godmother was training Alex to be her successor, but admitted to feeling very tired and of finally having found the right person for the job. Her magic was failing and her latest spells became undone because she was dying. Before she does, she fought and defeated the Masked Man's dragon. She then said goodbye to Alex and Conner and "returned to magic".[7]*Faded away in sparkles and disappeared*

Flashbacks

The flashbacks show how she created the portal potion to make Lloyd happy, and failing that, how she took away his magic to protect the Land of Stories.

Relationships

Charlotte Bailey

Since the twins' father died, leaving their mother to struggle financially, the Fairy Godmother tended to stop by in the Otherworld every now and then and bring a lot of supplies and gifts, filling their fridge and cooking special dinners. Overall, she had a good relationship.

Alex and Conner Bailey

Alex holding her grandmothers hand

In The Wishing Spell, she stopped by to celebrate Alex and Conner’s birthday. When they enter the Land of Stories, she spends a lot of time looking for them as they collect the Wishing Spell. The twins cared about her very much. In The Enchantress Returns, she is absent for a long time, and then shows up but doesn't tell the twins much about the danger the Land of Stories is in, in order to protect them. In A Grimm Warning, she helps train Alex on how to become the next Fairy Godmother.

Ezmia

While she initially showed love and care for Ezmia (loving her "like a daughter"[8]), she gradually pulled away when she realized Ezmia had changed and become cruel and mean-spirited.

"Grandfather" (husband)

The Fairy Godmother is a widow. Her husband used to travel with her between worlds, and she describes him as the "love of her life". She tells the twins that he died shortly before her son John was born[9], though it can be assumed that this is a lie, as he is also the father of John's younger brother Lloyd.[10]

Mother Goose

She and Mother Goose share a secret: she has a second son, Lloyd, whom everyone, including the Fairy Council, thinks is dead. She makes Mother Goose promise never to tell anyone[11]. It is shown that the two are very close friends.

In A Grimm Warning, it is revealed that she wanted Mother Goose to be the next Fairy Godmother, but Mother Goose turned it down.

Lloyd Bailey/The Masked Man

Flashbacks and memories in Beyond the Kingdoms show the Fairy Godmother struggling with her son's behavior and doing her best to make him happy. After some advice from her friend Hans Christian Andersen, she offers Lloyd a potion to turn his favorite books into a portal, but he declines. When she consults the Hall of Dreams to try and find out what he wants instead, she finds out his biggest dream is to destroy the Land of Stories and kill her, so she takes him into the forest and "kills his magic", hoping that will stop him. Lloyd swears he will never forgive her, and begins to plot his revenge.[12] The Fairy Godmother imprisoned him in Pinocchio Prison for trying to steal the Portal Potion, and had him masked so no one would know it was him.[13] She even faked his death to protect the world from him. However, in Beyond the Kingdoms, it is revealed that Lloyd is alive - he is the Masked Man.

Also in Beyond the Kingdoms, her son Lloyd accuses her of loving her first-born son more than him, and his grudge against her intensifies after she takes away his magic. Their relationship never recovers, as of her untimely death and her act of taking his magic. In short, Lloyd hated Brystal after she killed his magic and threw him in jail.

Mrs. Peters

In An Author's Odyssey, Mrs. Peters tells Alex and Conner she was one of the sick children the Fairy Godmother visited in the hospital. Their brief encounter inspired Mrs. Peters to become a teacher.[14]

Barrie Evergreen

Brystal was close to her brother Barrie, who would sneak her books, even though it was against the law. However, after her brother became a Deputy Justice, he was no longer able to smuggle books for her.

Brooks Evergreen

She didn't get along with her other brother Brooks. However, when her life was at risk, he still did what he could do save her. He'd also give information about various people he knew to her so she would be aware. In A Tale of Witchcraft Brystal learns that her brother lost everything after her trial.

Her parents (Justice and Lynn Evergreen)

Although the series never really mention anything about them , she didn’t get along with neither of her parents very well. However, she began to get along a little better with her mother (Lynn Evergreen) later on, who feels sorry for her and towards the end, even proud. As for her father, they didn’t get along at all. Her father (Justice Evergreen) disinherited her, then after he readdressed her as 'daughter', Brystal disinherited him. Regardless, it appears he does care for his daughter to a certain extent as during her trail he argued for a lighter sentence to the Bootstrap Correctional Facility for Troubled Women for her instead of the death penalty. In A Tale of Witchcraft, after the Righteous Brotherhood attacked during Barrie's wedding, the event traumatized him so much that he was willing to ask Brystal (who he never spoke to since she disinherited him) to help clean up even allowing her to use her magic.

Abilities

In the course of the first book, the twins discover that their grandmother is actually the Fairy Godmother, and can travel between their world and the Land of Stories[15], as she was born during a collision. She is the only one who is able to travel between worlds without the use of a portal. She is at least 150 "Otherworld years" old, as she has worked together with the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen to help spread fairy tales to give hope and joy to the people. She explains she discovered the existence of the "Otherworld" by accident, as she used her magic to wish herself to a place where "people needed her most" and she ended up in another dimension.[16] Mother Goose and other fairy tale characters helped her with this.

Though she is capable of traveling between worlds without a portal, she uses her magic to open a door for Mother Goose and to travel through (that Dr. Bob also uses to get into the Land of Stories).[17]

Quotes

"It's funny how different you look in every book I read."[18]-Alex Bailey

"No matter how hard you try, you can't help everyone. And you're beginning to learn that some people can't be helped, not because they're helpless, but because they don't want to be helped."[19]-Brystal Evergreen

"To know someone's deepest desires is to risk knowing them more than they want to be known."[20]-Brystal Evergreen

"We wouldn't want to live in a world where no one believed in themselves enough to make their own dreams come true."[21] Brystal Evergreen

"The key to slaying a dragon is to always remember you're much smarter and more powerful than he is. He may seem scary, but he's really nothing but a large winged reptile with horrid breath."[22]-Brystal Evergreen

"That is the last time you will ever lay hands on me. And don’t you dare address me as daughter. You’re no father of mine." -Brystal Evergreen

"'Yes, children, I am dying, but what the other fairies didn't explain is that a fairy never really dies. When a fairy's time is up, his or her soul simply returns to magic. They become the very substance that helps the fairies make the world a better place. Even when I'm gone I'll still be with you both'" -Brystal Evergreen

"The world will never be a better place for us until we make it a better place for all. And no matter what challenges await us, no matter whose favor we've yet to earn, we cannot allow anyone's hate to rob us of our compassion or damper our ambition along the way." -Brystal Evergreen

"The truth it, there will always be a fight, there will always be bridges to cross and stones to turn, but we must never forfeit our joy to the times we live in. When we surrender our ability to be happy, we become as flawed as the battles we face. And too many lives have already been lost for us to lose sight of what we're fighting for now. So let's honor the people who gave their lives for this to happen - let's cherish their memory by living each and every day as freely, as proudly, and as joyfully as they would have wanted us to. Together, let's begin a new chapter for our community, so when they tell our story years in the future, the tale of magic has a happy and prosperous ending." -Brystal Evergreen

"I...I...I can't be! Of all the people in the world, this can't be happening to me.... This can't be who I am.... I have enough working against me as it. I can't be magic on top of it all." -Brystal Evergreen

"My mother just handed me a new life." -Brystal Evergreen

"...If you expect us to clean up the mess you've made, then you will follow our demands - and if you don't, then I suggest you all go coat shopping, gentlemen, because you're in for a very, very long winter." -Brystal Evergreen

"You can call us the Fairy Council, and if you'll excuse us, we have a kingdom to rebuild and a world to save." -Brystal Evergreen

"You have a specialty for compassion... Otherwise, it would just be weird how much you care about helping other people." -Mother Goose

"Creativity is the simple but powerful ability to make something from nothing, and it just so happens that making something from nothing is also the definition of magic."

(Add your favorite quote here!)

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References

  1. TLOS I, ch 3, p. 53
  2. TLOS 1, ch 3, p. 53
  3. TLOS II, ch 8
  4. TLOS V, Prologue, p 12
  5. It is unclear if she gives it to them because she means for them to go through the portal; most likely, it was just meant to be read as a book they both enjoyed so much as kids.
  6. TLOS II, ch 12, p. 201
  7. TLOS III, ch 29, p. 444
  8. TLOS II, ch 12, p. 193
  9. TLOS I, ch 24, p. 430
  10. For more discussion on this topic, see the blog post: TLOS Talk 2
  11. TLOS III, ch 21, p. 344
  12. TLOS IV, ch 9
  13. TLOS IV, ch 10, p. 154
  14. TLOS V, Prologue, p 12
  15. TLOS I, ch 24
  16. TLOS I, ch 24, p. 429
  17. TLOS II, ch 22 p 402
  18. TLOS II, ch 3, p. 41
  19. TLOS III, ch 2, p. 48-49
  20. TLOS III, ch 2, p. 51
  21. TLOS III, ch 2, p. 51
  22. TLOS III, ch 29, p. 442