Ifrit are supernatural creatures in Arabic and Islamic folklore. They are in a class of infernal Jinn noted for their strength and cunning. An ifrit is an enormous winged creature of fire, either male or female, who lives underground and frequents ruins. Ifrits live in a society structured along ancient Arab tribal lines, complete with kings, tribes, and clans. They generally marry one another, but they can also marry humans. While ordinary weapons and forces have no power over them, they are susceptible to magic, which humans can use to kill them or to capture and enslave them. As with the jinn, an ifrit may be either a believer or an unbeliever, good or evil, but he is most often depicted as a wicked.
In modern literature and cultureEdit
Stories of ifrits were highly prevalent in Egyptian culture up until the Second World War. British soldiers visiting the pyramids reported that they had been warned by the locals of ifrits living in the desert in the form of a dog which would lead them astray until they became lost. At this time Ifrits were also said to have the power to turn humans into animals themselves. In the Dungeons & Dragons series of tabletop role-playing games, the Efreet (singular Efreeti) are powerful extradimensional beings originally from the Elemental Plane of Fire (later changed to The Elemental Chaos). In the video game series Final Fantasy has included a creature called Ifrit in many of its installments, usually a helpful magical creature for the player to call upon. In the video game Devil May Cry, Ifrit is a weapon that can be used to further the game; it resembles two flaming gauntlets. An ifrit also appears in the fifth season of the television show True Blood as the result of a curse placed on the platoon of Terry Bellefleur during his tour in Iraq. In The Infernal Devices book series, Ifrits are magicless warlocks, who instead turn to working with downworld drugs. In Kirby's Dream Land 2, there is a mid-boss called Efreeti who is based on an Ifrit. In Catherine Brontë's preface to the 1850 edition of Wuthering Heights, she suggests that Heathcliff was a "child neither of Lascar nor gipsy, but a man's shape animated by demon life -- a Ghoul -- and Afreet."
Powers and abilities Edit
the power to turn humans into animals
Susceptible to magic.
Can be enslaved.