Wyrdlings are among the lowest echelon of elementals. Wyrdlings are currently unique among elementals in that they can be summoned by a Wizard who has made the decision to focus on a specific element via Attunement with the Call Familiar spell.
The five available types of wyrdlings are earth, water, air, fire, and lightning. They are short (~ 1 foot) humanoid creatures composed of their specific element that possess a basic level of intelligence.
Wyrdling eyes are generally oval shaped, without iris or pupil, and bear a misty glow in a range of colors while they are alive. The particular color of glow a given wyrdling has is synonymous with eye color of your standard humanoid and does not change through its lifetime.
Wyrdlings have mouths, but have never been known to speak of their own volition. However, like all familiars, their master can channel its voice through them, giving them the appearance of speech. They are omnivorous, and will eat basically anything common humanoids find edible.
- Earth wyrdlings tend to have very square, boxy features, very little hair, and sometimes bear small horn-like protrusions. They have either large, bulbous, or very square, flat noses
- Fire wyrdlings tend towards sharper, more angular features. Like earth wyrdlings, fire very rarely have any hair, though sometimes bear small horn-like protrusions. They bear the longest noses, often coming to a sharp point and having a very chiseled, angular appearance.
- Water wyrdlings have soft and smooth features, with hair that very closely resembles their element in texture, consistency and look. Their hair tends to be very fluid and water-like and have small, noses of human shape.
- Air wyrdlings share the soft smooth features of water wyrdlings, have wispy, cloud-like hair and almond-shaped eyes.
- Lightning wyrdlings resemble fire wyrdlings in their features, with the exception of having silver-hued eyes.
Wyrdling limbs tend to be in proportion to the body, with three toes on each foot and three fingers plus one thumb on each hand. The limbs of air wyrdlings are sometimes longer and more slender than their kin, with similarly styled digits on their hands.
Very rarely, water and air wyrdlings will be lacking in both legs and feet entirely, with their lower bodies tapering into a tail-like appendage. In these instances, water wyrdlings tends to 'flow' along the ground in a very fluid manner, which air wyrdlings merely drift through the air.
Some wyrdlings have small, non-functional bat-like wings protruding from their shoulder-blade area.
Skin texture and color varies with type and particular wyrdling, though common trends exist within each type:
- Earth wyrdlings tend to have skin resembling stone, colors in dark greys, yellows and browns. It is often cracked and generally has a mist-like aura of dust clinging to the air close to it.
- Fire wyrdlings tend to have skin of dark redish-orange hue, textured similarly to cooling magma. Occasionally their skin will feature small cracks like that of earth wyrdlings, except that a shifting ember-like glow will often accompany these breaks in the skin. The skin of fire wyrdlings is always warm to the touch, and occasionally exudes waves of heat that blur the air around it.
- Water wyrdling tend to have exceptionally smooth skin of various blue and sea-green hues, light and dark. The skin of water wyrdlings is always cool to the touch, and occasionally pleasantly damp.
- Air wyrdlings have soft, smooth skin similar to that of water wyrdlings, which is very pale and tinged lightly with various hues. The skin of an air wyrdling often appears to be fuzzy or blurry at the edges, though they have neither fur nor body hair and to the touch it is perfectly smooth.
- Lightning wyrdling resemble fire wyrdlings is most aspects except for skin tone/texture and eye color. They have smooth, yellow tinged skin and tend to also be shorter and more slender on average than others.
Wyrdlings do have gender, but it is very difficult to discern at a glance. Water and air wyrdlings are more often female, with earth and fire more often male.