An elemental is humanoid shaped creature of the elements. Most often elementals are depicted as human-like creatures made of an element. For example a water elemental would be made of water and a fire elemental would be made of fire. They can usually summon there element into reality, like a fire elemental can shoot fire balls, an earth elemental can cause earthquakes, a water elemental can cause tidal waves and an ice elemental can freeze things. They are most described as being evil or unkind but are occasionaly described as nice.
Traditionally, there are four types:
- gnomes, earth elementals
- undines, water elementals
- sylphs, air elementals
- salamanders, fire elementals.
The exact term for each type varies somewhat from source to source, though these four are now the most usual. Most of these beings are found in folklore as well as alchemy; their names are often used interchangeably with similar beings from folklore. The sylph, however, is rarely encountered outside of alchemical contexts and fan media.