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Genies (traditionally called Djinn) are mythical beings, sometimes looking similar to humans, sealed in a lamp, as most stories generalize them. Along with the power to grant three wishes to anyone who rubs the lamp, Genies are also very tricky and sometimes evil. So if you run into one, be very specific of your wish; broad statements could have catastrophic effects. However, in most stories, TV shows, and movies you see today, Genies are either protagonists or assistants to the protagonists (examples: Aladdin, I Dream of Genie). According to Muslim beliefs, they are made out of fire that gives off no smoke. Unlike Angels, they have free will.

After the Genie grants three wishes, it is forced to return to its lamp until another person (other than the previous master) finds it. You may be able to wish for its freedom, but is not always a good idea. If your wish has a bad influence on the world, which is very likely because some Genies are sneaky, and you wish for its freedom, you may not be able to unwish the wish.

So if you ever find one, though odds are extremely unlikely, be cautious.

AppearanceEdit

In many cases, Genies are depicted as half-humans for bodies and having a wispy haze for legs. And some look like a regular, normal human. However, because Genies have been around for generations, its hard to know what exactly a Genie would be wearing. One guess is that they will probably be wearing something from several centuries ago.

OriginsEdit

Djinn date back to the dawn of creation according to Islam. They were amoung the three major races Allah (God) created. The other two were angels, who were made of light, humans, who were made out of the earth. The djinn were made from a fire from which no smoke arose. While angels had no free will, the djinn, like mankind had free will and were able to do both good and evil.

AlignmentEdit

As mentioned above, djinn have free will, meaning they can be good and evil. Some evil activity include causing sand storms and kidnapping women and children. Even the Islamic philosopher Ibn Taymiyyah said djinn were "ignorant, untruthful, oppressive and treacherous,", his assumption based on the Salafi movement. In the "wish-granting" interpretation of genies, they can manipulate the wish to severly harm or even kill their "master".

Powers and LimitationsEdit

Genies can wield phenomenal power, such as shapeshifting, manipulation of weather, and in some cases bending reality on certian levels. but even that power may have its limits. Some tales of genies make mention of certain rules that genies must follow and are incapable of breaking. For example, genies are unable to travel far from their lamps (or whatever vessels that contain them). They also cannot kill under their own power and cannot grant the wish to kill, though they can bestow weapons or powers upon their masters that can allow them to kill. Also, while unable to kill, genies are certainly still capable of attacking others and inflicting pain.

Genies are also unable to tamper with free will. For example, a genie will not be able to force someone to fall in love with anyone else.

Finally, genies are incapable of necromancy and have no power over the dead. They cannot return someone to life in any way, shape or form.

Some more free genies are able to cause great sandstorms, causing great trouble for the humans. More malevolent genies can kidnap humans for sadistic entertainment.

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