THE CIRCLE OF LIGHT
Windlings are small, winged creatures. They average 18 inches in height and weigh an average of 13 pounds. They fly using two double-wings, similar to a dragonfly’s, made of a tough, iridescent membrane. A winding’s skin color matches the brightest-colored elements of the environment in which it live: icy white in a snowcap, the yellow and orange of meadow flowers, the glazed blue of the ceramic roof-tiles of the city of Vewbane, Skin coloring only changes after a winding has lived in the same place for two or three months. Then, in the space of three nights, the winding’s skin changes to match its current surroundings. Windlings grow very little body hair, though their head hair can be luxurious. Their ears come to a sharper point even than elven ears. Windlings mature physically over 30 years, reaching a natural lifespan of 170 years. Their appearance does not age during this time.
Windling society can best be describes as haphazard. Windlings often speak of a class of nobles who rule them. Though they will obey a direct order from a noble the social hierarchy stops there. Windings acting on orders from their queen cannot wield authority over other windings by virtue of these orders, but may persuade other windlings to seek out the queen to determine for themselves that the orders are legitimate. Windlings are happiest when living outdoors, taking shelter under or inside whatever nature can provide and windling magic make comfortable. Windlings can tolerate cities, but consider them a colossal waste of time and effort.