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.
Shared by all wyrdlings:
The (element) wyrdling crouches down low, scanning the area with his dimly glowing eyes.
A small cloud of dust gathers in the area suddenly and quickly condenses near you to form a round-eared earth wyrdling.
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The earth wyrdling blinks slowly. The earth wyrdling crouches down and clutches her knees, resembling nothing so much as a misshapen boulder. The earth wyrdling grumbles loudly. The earth wyrdling scrubs her rough hands across her craggy head. The earth wyrdling shakes her head, stirring up a small cloud of dust. The earth wyrdling's skin cracks suddenly, a few stray pebbles falling to the ground. The earth wyrdling stomps around the area. Tiny ripples stir the ground about the earth wyrdling's feet.
A small spout of fire suddenly erupts from the ground near you and coalesces into a smoldering fire wyrdling.
The fire wyrdling dashes off.
The fire wyrdling blinks. The fire wyrdling chuckles. The fire wyrdling darts around the area. The fire wyrdling shimmers with heat, distorting the air about her into wavering refractions. A halo of flame flares to life about the fire wyrdling, swirling in a widening spiral about her small form before dispersing into the air. Tiny fissures in the fire wyrdling's skin briefly glow a deep red-orange. Tiny flames lick along the fire wyrdling's shoulders, dancing merrily before dying away.
A small puddle of water forms on the ground near you and slowly flows up into a roughly humanoid form before resolving into a sleek water wyrdling.
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The water wyrdling blinks. The water wyrdling burbles softly to himself, liquid notes falling from his lips like music. The water wyrdling laughs softly, his voice like a bubbling brook. The water wyrdling shakes himself suddenly, throwing a fine mist into the air. The water wyrdling slinks around the area, his movements having an unearthly fluidity. A droplet of water separates from a sleek water wyrdling and floats around his head slowly. A few tiny snowflakes form around a sleek water wyrdling suddenly and float gently to the ground. Water drips from the water wyrdling, sluicing across his skin in glistening trails before vanishing again into its skin.
A small whirlwind appears in the area suddenly, coming to an abrupt halt near you. The dust-devil slows its spin, gradually resolving into an ethereal air wyrdling which gazes around with his dimly glowing eyes.
The air wyrdling floats off.
The air wyrdling blinks. The air wyrdling drifts into a graceful pirouette, his feet leaving the ground as he floats along an unseen breeze. The air wyrdling's form ripples briefly, his edges flickering with translucency. The air wyrdling sighs airily. The air wyrdling steps gingerly into the air and floats around the area momentarily. A light breeze suddenly passes through the area, stirring up some loose debris around an ethereal air wyrdling.
A small cloud of fog forms near you, tiny bolts of lightning lancing over its surface periodically. Suddenly, the vapor condenses with a flash and a loud crack, leaving a scaled lightning wyrdling in its place.
The lightning wyrdling darts off.
The lightning wyrdling blinks. The lightning wyrdling darts around the area, her movements jerky and uneasy. The lightning wyrdling hisses softly, a quiet crackle escaping her lips. A thin halo of lightning forms around the lightning wyrdling's wrists briefly before dissipating with a harmless crackle.