Pygmy pyzkyes are birds with butterfly wings.
Pyzky is also commonly spelled pyzki, pizky, pikzi, or pixzy.
|Common affinities||Fire, Water, Earth, Air|
|Ability to plan and abstract||All are proficient|
|Languages||Fae, rarely Plant; other languages learned very quickly|
|Size||between 1 and 2 feet (30~60 cm)|
Many pyzkyes, not just the pygmy versions, are highly in tune with nature, and primarily hold Earth, Fire, Water, or Air as one or more of their affinities. Generally speaking, the more diluted, or less “focused” an element is, the less chance there is of a pygmy pyzky with that element. As such, secondary elements are a bit more uncommon in pyzkyes, with Spirit and its subtypes being second in rarity to Acid.
An equal amount of affinity from the parents and elemental influence from the environment affects the element of the pyzky, with the flower the pygmy pyzky was born in often being the deciding factor in what affinity that offspring possesses. Primary elements often win out over secondary elements when determining the offspring’s affinity. No pygmy pyzkyes have ever been reported to be seen without an elemental affinity, so no comment can be made on that specific subject.
Elemental weaknesses and resistances
Almost all pygmy pyzkyes are greatly negatively affected by Acid. It is able to corrode their defenses to other elements, and can often ruin the fairy circles pyzkyes make, forcing them to relocate and make a new one elsewhere.
Many pygmy pyzkyes are in tune with nature in some form or another, and possess varying resistances to almost all primary and secondary elements. The deciding factor for weaknesses or resistances often depends on the pyzky itself, as well as its own individual affinities.
Many believe that since traditional tales often depict fairies as fragile creatures, being weak to various metals, poisons, and fire, that pygmy pyzkyes are as well. This is an incorrect assumption, as many pygmy pyzkyes are actually resistant to those elements.
Pygmy pyzkyes are native to Glissod, and the vast majority of them will be found there, scattered throughout the continent.
Rarely do pyzkyes set up their own fairy circle on other continents, though it does happen. They are not a common sight on Owel, but the few that are found there usually live in areas far away from larger, industrialized cities. Places such as the Village of Good Intentions, Dewclaw Flats, Citrico Archipelago, Prospector Village, and United Gnoll Nations are examples of preferable pyzky locations.
As long as magical affinity and plants are in abundance, the pygmy pyzkyes are usually happy to live there. Temperature and weather do not matter to pyzkyes, as they are highly tolerant of and are able to naturally adapt to almost any temperature, save for hot or cold extremes. Sere Valley is one of the only places on Owel too hot for pyzkyes to adapt to, and some of the furthest reaches of Auroria are too cold for pyzkyes to adapt to.
“Fairy circle” is the term for the area of nature-boosting effect around where pygmy pyzkyes establish their village or community.
All pyzkyes feel they are in a pact with nature itself to help preserve it to the best of their ability. The presence of pygmy pyzkyes encourages nature to thrive, with plants growing more quickly, animals becoming more abundant, and the weather becoming more docile. This also happens in lands without forests, lakes, or other things traditionally thought of when thinking of “nature”, although the effects are far more subtle. Pygmy pyzkyes living in or near a volcano would see a greatly increased mineral content in the surrounding area’s soil, more gemstones forming, and nearby plants and animals acquiring the Fire or Lava affinity in order to more easily grow and live in that environment.
Nature flourishes a little more wherever a fairy circle is set up. The more pyzkyes living within a circle, the better off and more beatiful those plants will be. Sometimes, pygmy pyzkyes get into annoyed arguments over if there should be more circles with less pyzkyes in each, or the inverse.
Feral animals will tend to not ever attack a pygmy pyzky unprovoked, and the smaller animals will even feel compelled to listen to minor commands a pygmy pyzky will issue. This helps them monitor their fairy circles with more ease, as small animals will become sentinels for pyzkyes at their beckoning.
Ability to plan and abstract
All pygmy pyzkyes are capable of higher-level thinking, such as the ability to plan ahead, to reason, rationalize, and to understand abstract concepts and principles.
Pygmy pyzkyes can almost always understand Fae. Most have a beak, though rarely they will instead have a proboscis and be unable to speak Fae. These pyzkyes can understand Plant and Fae without a problem, however.
Most learn to read and write if they stick around near the circle they were born at. The mouthless ones are the most proficient at understanding other languages, though all pyzkyes excel at it.
Any language a pygmy pyzky does not know can often be learned relatively quickly.
All known pyzkyes are vegetarian, and pyzkyes who have eaten meat, either on purpose or by mistake, almost always fall ill. Oftentimes this illness is so serious that the unfortunate pyzky becomes bedridden for days on end.
Their features are usually a combination of bird and butterfly.
All pyzkyes have at least one flower on them somewhere.
Pygmy pyzkyes are born with a set of baby wings that fall out as they reach their maturity; when the wings regrow, they are larger, more colorful, and usually coincide with the pygmy pyzky figuring out or awakening another talent or ability. They are often very small talents, like being able to change the color of a flower, or stop wind from hitting anything within a fairy circle, etc.
They can barely fly without their butterfly wings; the best they can do is glide until the new wings grow in.
Pygmy pyzkyes change color dependent largely on season, but mood and age also factors in heavily.
All pyzkyes are female in sex, though they can create a child with any other pyzky. Most pyzkyes feel that gender and sex don't matter a lot because what really matters is planting more plants, so they're less concerned about such matters.
Pygmy pyzkyes will stick their eggs in flowers within their fairy circle. The children's flowers on their bodies are the same species as the one their eggs were planted inside.
Every pygmy pyzky will put forth a goal that they intend to complete before death. A pygmy pyzky that does not eventually return to its birthing fairy circle to report success is seen as shameful to that circle. The goals are almost without exception related to nature and its betterment.
Most pyzkyes will only create a small and manageable goal as their llife endeavor.
Pyzkyes that aren't pygmy look stikingly different. Pygmy pyzkyes don't get along with their larger cousin variants.