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written by Keyes
Wisp, also known as will o' wisp, is a hovering phosphorescent ball of light.
There is debate amongst scholars in Erinn whether these creatures are living organisms or something entirely different. The most common theory is that they are parts of a dead person's soul that have been magically preserved. However, unlike other undeads, wisps are most often seen in the fields and not dungeons. Also, their behaviors are quite different from other undeads as well. Due to these reasons, there are some scholars that don't buy this theory. Instead, they say that wisps are a new organism created by a fusion of magic and inorganic elements.
However, despite all this debate, no one that denies that wisps show signs of intellect and emotions.
Although they aren't capable of speech, they have their own way of expressing their emotions. There is report that, recently, there has been a surge of wisp attacks on humans.
The purpose of this book is not for an academic study of wisps, but to understand them for the sake of keeping travelers out of harm's way. Therefore I have gathered all existing reports regarding wisps in order study their language, which will give insight into their behaviors.
First, wisps are not naturally aggressive creatures. The majority of people who have been attacked by wisps said it happened while they were staring at the wisp in bewilderment. Many of them said they were also carrying a weapon. From this, we can observe that wisps feel threatened when they are stared at for long periods of time, and by anyone carrying weapons.
The following are typical signs of expressions by wisps.
- ?, !?!?, ???
- The wisp feels threatened.
A wisp that is left alone is harmless. However, if the wisp shows the sign above, you should immediately switch to combat mode or run to a safe place. Many travelers say they made the mistake of standing around, mesmerized by the creature. The next thing they know, they were knocked out on the ground.
What signs does the wisp show when it is about to attack?
- It will use regular attack.
- It will use Smash attack.
After the wisp shows the questions mark filled sign, expressing its hostility, it will express various attack signs. The wisp is extremely fast, so it's best to flee the area before it chooses its attack. If it's too late, you need to try decode the sign and respond quickly.
The following is a report of other attack signs of the wisp.
- It will use Defense, waiting for the enemy's attack.
- A body of lightning will begin to form and circle around the wisp.
- It will use Counterattack.
When the wisp shows 2 or 3 exclamation marks, the wisp will stay in place. However, you need to distinguish between the two quickly, or you just might get struck with a deadly lightning bolt. The wisp possesses powerful magic, so it's best to fight it in close combat and prevent it from using magic attacks. Also, you will need to pay careful attention when the wisp shows 4 or 5 exclamation marks. Although these are similar in number, they mean two very different things.
Though there still much unknown about these creatures, we should be grateful that we are able to decode their language. I am thankful to all those who have sacrificed their lives to obtain all this information, and I hope that this book will prevent any future misfortune or tragedy.
Other mobs with similar behavior
On a side note, I've heard that the wisp's language is very similar to that of the Black Warrior and Black Soldier who have recently emerged in Erinn. Once I get the chance, I would love to research their language as well.