Brownies are invisible brown elves or household goblins who live in farmhouses and other country buildings within Scotland. While the members of the household are asleep they go about doing labours for the house owners. Brownies are protective creatures and become attached to the families if the family move the Brownie will move with them. If a Brownie is treated badly by the family or is offered payment the Brownie vanishes without trace. Children because of their innocent nature can only see Brownies, though this does not prevent the Brownies from helping adults.