IPCA Employee Handbook Section 3.1.9
Ancient Origins, Separate Evolution, Various Forms
Immortality: Insofar as such things can be considered alive, yes
Breeding: No breeding threat
Types: Earth (gnomes), Water (nymphs, ondines, etc), Air (sylphs*), Fire (salamanders**)
*Visual confirmation has never been successfully achieved
**Fire salamander birth from flames has yet to be witnessed
Myths: Personification of various types of elementals; no known extensive human-elemental interaction. Little is known of origin or types. Though IPCA officially recognizes these four elementals, their existence (with the exception of gnomes and a few localized nymphs) is not proven. Additionally, some feel faeries are classified as elementals under “spirit.” (See Appendices: Elementals, Discussion of, 89.745.)
Facts: Few undisputed facts about elementals. Please see further information on Gnomes and Salamanders, as well as supplemental pamphlets “My Time with Ondine” and “Digging for Gnomes” (both pre-dating IPCA, from APCA).
Information contributed by Evelyn age 15 (please see Appendices Catalog, Section 7, for details on glamour-piercing abilities), transcribed from the original audio:
Elementals? Like, what do you mean? [interviewer unintelligible] Oh. Yeah, I don’t really want to talk about elementals. Do you know what they had me do when I was thirteen? I had to sit on the banks of this river in Greece for THREE WEEKS just staring at the water trying to see something! Do you have any idea how boring it is trying to see a nymph? They tell me a trip to Greece, and then that’s all I do. It sucked. So when they asked me to sit on a mountainside for a couple of weeks staring at the air—the bleeping AIR—looking for evidence of a sylph I faked sick. Don’t sigh like that, Raquel. You would have, too. As far as salamanders, I asked for one for Christmas last year. Still waiting.
Artist rendering of Evelyn’s Salamander description:
How cool is that? I personally would love a salamander as well!
Make sure you follow the rest of the tour to find out more about the creatures in Evie's world. The next tour stop will be over at Good Books and Good Wine on Friday, September 23.
I really love Paranormalcy (my review) and Supernaturally (my review) and I love the background information we are getting with this tour!
And here's a bit more about the book in case you haven't heard anything about it.
Kiersten White is also going on a physical tour where you can meet her in person. To learn more about the tour, where she is visiting and who she's traveling with visit here.
Paranormalcy and Supernaturally are in stores now! I highly recommend you go pick up a copy!