The Death’s Head Moths were attracted to the faeries’ light, and thus the fragile creatures became endangered. There was no malice in the insects’ attacks. They merely sensed light and magic and were drawn in.
Initially, the mages built the lanterns as refuges, places the faeries could safely hide when the swarms were on the wing. It was a kindness, and the faeries gratefully accepted their hospitality.
But once the mages had them, they couldn’t help but notice the faeries’ beauty, and how plentiful and useful their magics were.
It does not take long for refuge to become a cage.

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