Djinn are spirits with deep ties to Elona, usually bound to spiritually strong areas. In some Elonian legends, they have the power to act unseen. Like humans, they are allegedly capable of choosing a path of good or evil. In a sense, djinn really can act unseen—many are shapeshifters, capable of assuming a human form when interacting with human beings and other species. Djinn are, unlike elementals, free-willed and sapient beings that have the capacity to communicate. Their souls are made up of elemental energies, as opposed to the servitor creatures that spells create. Djinn are to other elementals as humans are to other animals. They are made of similar basics, but more evolved. Some Vabbian myths describe the djinn as protectors of the natural world, making them enemies of unnatural demons from other dimensions.
Most djinn are bound to the locations and places they protect, most commonly rivers, lakes, and stretches of desert. When humans first came to Elona, truly powerful wizards attempted to bind djinn to estates, caves, vaults, or other places where wealth was hidden. Djinn guardians who outlive their masters may forget their original commands, or they may become powerful enough to find their own motives.
Djinn are relentless when defending the items, places, and causes they protect, but they may also bestow their favor on people who aid them in those tasks. Vabbian legends hint at djinn granting wishes and bestowing powers. In more recent accounts, adventurers have shared stories of djinn who offered them magical knowledge and powerful magical items...including some salvaged from mighty heroes who dared to disturb the djinn.
Djinn are an ancient race of elementals, dating back before known history. Unlike most elementals, djinn are free-willed and sapient beings, and their souls are made out of elemental energies. They can be compared to other elementals akin to how humans are to other animals.
As ethereal beings with a connection to the world through their representative element, djinn do not need sustenance or even sleep to survive like other Tyrian races. Rather, the element they're connected to is enough to sustain their lives, which can easily last several centuries if not more. This results in them occasionally investing themselves for months at a time into a single task without ever stopping to rest. They can however, still become exhausted during their work, and in some cases will stop floating temporarily if they're injured enough in battle. They do not seem to possess the ability to fly; rather they can leap short distances as well as teleport if needed.
Djinn range in height, with most being approximately twice as tall as an average human, and a few more powerful ones being roughly three times a human's height, though given their ability to float and lack of anything resembling legs, it can be difficult to figure out where a djinn "ends." That said, the shape of several djinn skirts would suggest they have some sort of hips and thighs at the very least. It's unclear what exactly djinn faces look like, as the only djinn with a "revealed" face is Qadim. Nevertheless, based on the facial shape of other djinn, Zommoros' concept art, as well as Qadim it can be assumed that their faces resemble human skulls, with prominently defined cheekbones, sharp chins, pointed elf-like ears, and very short almost non-existent noses. The Key of Ahdashim, unlike Qadim, possesses lips, making it difficult to conclude whether other djinn possess them as well.
Due to their ethereal nature and generally being known as highly skilled magic users, djinn need to focus on maintaining their forms, regularly splitting their focus to control both their elemental magic and their physical beings at the same time. If a djinn expends a significant portion of their magic to maintain a spell, their body may become translucent as a result. There have been multiple cases of djinn altering their forms to look like humans, both living and dead, in order to observe and guard areas undetected. However, djinn tend to be weakened while in such states, with severe attacks potentially causing their memories to scatter. It's also possible for djinn to assume a form that resembles their base element, such as water djinn turning into puddles, fire djinn resembling embers or balls of fire, air djinn becoming small tornados, and earth djinn resembling piles of rocks or earth. These forms are considered to be the most defenceless form a djinn can take, however. In the event that a djinn attains more magic than they normally should have, they may lose their sense of self and better judgment. Having too much of their element is considered just as bad as not having enough. There are a few, though quite rare, djinn shown to be capable of wielding multiple elements, and in the case that a djinn becomes Branded, their abilities change as is normal for branded creatures.
When casting magic, djinn will employ all four of their arms, however, when using weapons in combat, the lower pair of arms will be hugged to the body to keep them out of the way, suggesting that the lower pair of arms are not as strong, flexible, or a combination of both compared to the upper pair. When they do choose to use weapons, djinn will dual-wield a variety of weapon types, from swords, maces, greatswords, and staves. They can even dual-wield weapons that normally are incapable of being dual-wielded thanks to their height.
Not much is known about the origins of the djinn, except for their deep ties to Elona. Similarly to other ancient races however, their strong magical capabilities would suggest they've been around Tyria for an exceptionally long time.
Many djinn maintained a firmly held belief that they were immune to the effects of the Brand, but an unlucky few would succumb to the effects.
While djinn may have strong ties to Elona, they can still leave the region if they both wish to and aren't bound to a set area, with some djinn having ventured to the Sandswept Isles, Jade Sea, and Kryta. In rare cases, djinn may even become exiled, though it remains unclear what warrants such punishment.
Djinn rivalries are incredibly prevalent, making coexistence with other djinn in the region difficult, and in some cases leading to wars between those involved. However, small groups of djinn outside of Ahdashim can coexist peacefully, and in some cases with an express goal in mind, such as those in the Djinn Enclave who have been cleansing Abbadon's corruption within the sands and re-purposing the magic in the form of jackals.
Thanks to their incredibly long lifespans, many djinn develop various hobbies and special interests, such as inventing riddles, remembering historical facts, crafting magical items, playing pranks on rival djinn, and maintaining personal collections. In rare cases, these hobbies might be seen as bizarre even to other djinn, such as Vemyen's collection of human trinkets and Qadim's menagerie of living creatures from across Tyria.
Due to the nature of the magic that caused the enslavement of many of the djinn, it's quite common to find djinn still guarding the areas or people they are bound to even to this day, with only some of them having become freed within the past 200 years.
This would cause many djinn to distrust humans for the most part and to some extent mortal races in general. However there are still those who would choose to help humans, befriend them, travel together, develop romantic relations, or in at least one case set up a business together.
- See also: Category:Djinn
- Ahel Nakat
- Air Djinn
- Aisha Jedgok
- Astral Djinn
- Astral Ward Defender
- Astral Ward Illuminate Everille
- Cardinal Adina
- Cardinal Sabir
- Champion Adal, Unyielding Firmament
- Champion Aszar, Swinging Pendulum
- Champion Effazu the Lodestar
- Champion Elder Air Djinn
- Champion Elder Fire Djinn
- Champion Elder Yasmi the Fickle
- Champion Jackal Tamer Etuz
- Champion Runeforger Gejahj
- Champion Runesmith Kamor
- Champion Unbound Djinn
- Champion Yasia Glacierfalls
- Drojkor, Spirit Squall
- Earth Djinn
- Elder Vasim
- Elite Earth Djinn
- Fire Cardinal
- Fire Djinn
- Grand Elder Air Djinn Dhizosai
- Grand Elder Earth Djinn Bhozu
- Grand Elder Fire Djinn Naayih
- Grand Elder Water Djinn Khiafe
- Grandmaster Elder Djinn Emine
- High Elder Farid
- High Elder Jilai the Radiant
- High Elder Juaruadun the Flawless
- High Elder Kaadsseo the Wise
- High Elder Kumaa the Feisty
- High Elder Yitfei the Light
- High Elder Yoonam the Intrepid
- High Elder Ziadih the Fearless
- High Elder Zomi the Accomplished
- Inquisitive Djinn
- Legendary Ellutherius Wintergust
- Legendary Rubedon, Trembling Earth
- Nori Mahat
- Qadim the Peerless
- Veteran Adept Air Djinn
- Veteran Adept Earth Djinn
- Veteran Adept Fire Djinn
- Veteran Adept Water Djinn
- Veteran Air Djinn
- Veteran Bound Air Djinn
- Veteran Bound Earth Djinn
- Veteran Bound Water Djinn
- Veteran Discontent Djinn
- Veteran Earth Djinn
- Veteran Escaping Djinn
- Veteran Exhausted Jackal Runeforger
- Veteran Fire Djinn
- Veteran Jackal Runeforger
- Veteran Jackal Runesmith
- Veteran Jackal Trainer
- Veteran Jubua the Wildfire
- Veteran Korahm, Echoing Gale
- Veteran Magic-Muddled Djinn
- Veteran Portal Researcher
- Veteran Water Djinn
- Veteran Water Djinn Shazuul
- Water Cardinal
- Water Djinn
- Ziya the Radiant
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- Jinn (alternatively djiin, or genies) are supernatural creatures in Arabian and Islamic folklore.
- An ambient conversation near Kodonur Temple reveals that poking a djinn in the eye wouldn't hurt them due to them being ethereal beings.
- The unique shape of djinn hands may be based on the aye-aye, a lemur species known for its long, skinny middle fingers which it uses to poke into the insides of trees to catch insects.
- ^ A Shotgun Interview with ArenaNet, Relics of Orr
- ^ The Four Djinn
- ^ Veteran Exhausted Jackal Runeforger
- ^ Folarin_Oyekan#Dialogue
- ^ Shatter the Brandstone before it explodes
- ^ Champion Unbound Djinn#Dialogue
- ^ The_Key_of_Ahdashim#Dialogue: Additional dialogue with djinn hiding as elements
- ^ Zohaqan
- ^ What Lies Within (achievements)
- ^ Zommoros
- ^ Kodonur_Temple#Ambient_dialogue
- ^ Drojkor,_Spirit_Squall#Dialogue
- ^ Ziya the Radiant#Dialogue
- ^ Zommoros's Journal
- ^ Kodonur_Temple#Ambient_dialogue
- ^ Kodonur_Temple#Ambient_dialogue
- ^ Zohaqan's Letter
- ^ Lovers' Tree
- ^ Miyani