Salamanders are the spirit of fire. There are many family branches of salamanders each differing in size, appearance and dignity, and in folklore they were ruled over by a magnificent flaming king called Djin.
Salamanders are the strongest and most powerful of all the elementals, having the ability to extend or diminish their size as needed. They and others of their kind are mischievous spirits, who, like children, don’t fully understand the results of their actions, which can affect the thoughts and actions of people around them. As such, strong control is required when using their aid in ritual or magic.
Salamanders are thought to move about most freely at night and if you are ever lucky enough to see them, they would appear as small balls of light drifting across the air and water. Old-time sailors often saw them investigating the sails of their ships while sailing at sea, and the term “St. Elmo’s Fire” was coined to refer to such phenomenon. On land they are mostly perceived as small lizard-like flames about a foot or more in length.
When used in magic, Salamanders can have a profound effect upon human nature. Linked through the heat with which we maintain our bodily temperatures, they can influence our emotions and general temperament. They also have special influence over those with fiery tempers. Salamanders will always help people who are friendly towards them and keep their heart fires burning.