Aetherlings are magical and diverse creatures. They appear as draconic, vaguely ferret-like creatures that vary greatly in size and shape, but all are recognizable by the luminous crystals that cover their bodies. These crystals are charged with energy to fuel them on their journeys.
Unusual traits are assigned a point value. Most traits cost Aether Points, abbreviated AP, but particular traits that reflect Voidal influence cost Void Points, abbreviated VP. AP and VP are acquired via special customs, make-your-owns, or added onto existing designs with special permission.
Aetherling bodies are long and flexible, with short, five-fingered hands and feet and long, prehensile tails that are often longer than the total body length. Depending on body type and rarity, an aetherling can vary from ferret-sized to towering dragons 100 feet long, but the average aetherling can choose to shift between about the size of a cat and a large wolf. If you own an aetherling, feel free to alternate between small and large sizes as you please!
Aetherlings' crystals are the source of their magical power and their way of nourishing their bodies. Diverse in shape, size, growth patterns, and colors, they are also an aetherling's pride and identity.
As a bean, the only major crystal is the Origin Crystal inside their chest, which was the piece of crystal the Primal used to create them. This serves as the aetherling's heart. There can be other tiny crystal growths as well. When the aetherling completes the Discovery, their body and crystals grow to full size.
Normal aetherling crystals grow in organic shapes and patterns.
They can be faceted, angular, jagged, stone-like, or even smooth like glass.
Crystal Size and Coverage
Crystals should grow in at least two different spots on the body, usually in clusters. They're often plentiful and can be many sizes, but very large or small amounts are rare and reflect especially strong or weak magics.
Aetherling crystals come in almost any color of the rainbow, though they usually tend toward a single bright, glowing color. Other colors and color patterns are possible, but rarer.
Other rare crystal traits are restricted by element.
Aetherling faces have draconic features that reflect their divine ancestry. They have gently angled, vaguely reptilian muzzles with hard, beaklike mouths. The muzzle shouldn't be too straight or bumpy. Their mouths have one or two notches along the edge and shouldn't be smooth or jagged in shape. Normal aetherlings do not have teeth.
Aetherlings have expressive, diverse eyes. They can be humanlike, animalistic, or anything in between. Some have eyebrows made of hair, markings, or crystal growths. Some even have crystal eyelashes. Pupils can be round, oval, slit-like, diamond shaped, or blank. Eyes can be any color (except pure black, a Void trait), but they often match the crystal color.
Below are some special eye types. Other rare eyes are listed under Elemental traits.
Aetherling ears are big and leathery, and can resemble mammals, dragons, or other creatures. They can be smallish, or large and showy, but should be symmetrical and covered in fur, hair, or skin. Some ears have crystals growing off of the earlobes. Some aetherlings also pierce their ears.
Below are unusual ear traits. More are listed under Elemental traits.
Mane and Hair
Aetherlings have no limits when it comes to manes and hair. While their whole bodies are covered in soft, often fluffy fur, the hair on their heads is especially diverse in texture, length, and style. Aetherlings love individuality and enjoy styling, cutting, or shaping their hair in all sorts of ways. Others have more animal-like manes of wild hair, keeping it untamed.
Other Body Features
Aetherlings have dexterous paws that resemble human hands or ferret paws. They have five digits on both their hands and feet, with crystalline claws and soft paw pads. The claw color must always match the crystal color. Their paws can be quite dainty, since many aetherlings prefer to use magic to float or drift just above ground rather than running.
Aetherling paws are capable of grabbing onto things, using tools, and even writing and painting just like a mortal humanoid can.
Aetherlings have strong, agile, prehensile tails that they use to grab onto things. Some even wield weapons with the tails or dangle from perches with them. Normal tails are 1-2 times the body length. Other tail lengths are less common.
The life of an aetherling is full of adventure - but these adventures are not without danger. Sometimes an aetherling sustains significant injuries in their lifetimes. However, this is a rare occurrence because aetherlings have hardy bodies that quickly regenerate from most wounds. It takes a significant injury to leave permanent scarring. These scars heal over with crystal rather than flesh, showing a glimpse of their crystalline internal bodies.
Aetherlings have colorful fur covered with all sorts of patterns and markings, from the natural to the fantastical. The only particularly special marking are sparkle-like flecks called aethermarks.
Auras are manifestations of an aetherling’s constant, passive power. An aura is a condensation of elemental energy that gathers and slowly flows around an aetherling. They flash with light and flow wildly when an aetherling casts magic. Aetherlings can turn auras on and off at will. Not all aetherlings manifest auras, but many powerful individuals do, with some choosing to flaunt them as status symbols.
Most other rare aetherling traits fall under a specific element. Only aetherlings of that element may bear those traits, including legendary Paragon traits. See the following elemental pages for more.