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Fire Elementals

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Of all the elements, fire is the one with more destructive capability than constructive. Fire burns too hot to the touch and consumes everything in its path. It works quickly, hungrily devouring, and very little is able to withstand it. Fire wants nothing more than to survive and spread out, and it does so with a fierce beauty that captivates, as it destroys.

The Otherworldly Beings of this element often share the characteristics of beauty and danger. Fire elementals are among the most terrifying and inspire the most awe in those that encounter them. Many possess lethal powers and only in rare instances are these used for beneficial purposes.

Boitata
The Boitata is a Brazilian legend consisting of two versions. In version one it is a giant fire serpent that lives in rivers and appears only to attack other creatures, to absorb their energy and light. In version two it is a bull-like creature able to spit fire from its mouth.
                       
Culebre
In the Cantabrian traditions of northern Spain, legend speaks of a dragon or snake-like creature with huge bat-like wings called the Culebre. These fearsome beasts are said to exhale fire and sulphur, and guard a hoard of treasure.

Firebird
The Firebird is a miraculous animal from Russian folklore. Its feathers shine as if made from silver and gold, and its eyes sparkle like crystals. It sits upon a golden perch and at midnight illuminates gardens as brightly as a thousand lights. As legend would have it, when it sings pearls drop from its beak and the sound heals the sick and the blind.

Fire Children
In Polynesian mythology, the son of the Sun god was sent to earth in the form of a comet, bringing with him the Seed of Fire. Once on earth he married the Fire goddess, and they had five children together who were named after the fingers on the hand.

Fire Dogs
Fire Dogs are small creatures with pointed ears that are always seen in mated pairs. They only ever travel to the north or to the south. They are a legend that hails from Native American folklore in and around Seminole, Oklahoma.

Sugaar
Originating in Basque mythology, Sugaar is represented as a dragon or a serpent, with the meaning of his name being, ‘male snake’. He travels in the shape of a half moon of fire, which suggests he may originally have been a personification of lightening.

Surt
Sturt is a Fire Giant and the leader and guardian of a group of Fire Giants from Norse legend. He stands ever alert, holding his massive shining sword which glows brighter than the sun. The tale predicts that his sword will burn all the earth, except for Hodmimir’s Forest, when he leads to fight the gods.

The Devil’s Small Horses
The Devil’s Small Horses are from Cantabrian myth. Every Saint John’s Eve they appear with a cry, shrouded in smoke and fire. They consist of seven winged horses, in the colours of: red, orange, yellow, white, black, blue and green. Each mounted by a devil, they search for four-leafed clovers, and their mission is to destroy any that they find to prevent them being used as lucky charms.


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