imperial / metric
number
240
class
Regulator
disposition
Melancholic
height
5 ft, 6 in
length
9 ft, 8 in
weight
-
size variance
60%
I.Q.
233
core temp.
2,088°F
stability
33%
prevalence
20%
constancy
52%
longevity
3 years
no. appearing
1-6
vision type
near
language family
inert
prefix inzanzi suffix stronei
inzur ze ze
physical appearance

The inzanzistronei (/ɪnˈzænzɪstɹoʊˌneɪ/) is a thin-limbed stranger which appears to be made entirely of flame, which ranges from orange, to blue, to near-white. Its limbs seem proportioned not to hold it upwards, but rather, to affix it to the world. It glows, but does not illuminate its surroundings. The inzanzistronei does not set its surroundings aflame, and feels, if anything, a bit cooler than the surrounding air when touched, despite it exceptionally hot inner area. Its odor is crisp, clean, and pleasantly leaf-like.

The inzanzistronei's body dissipates when exposed to water, producing no steam in doing so. Otherwise, it is not damaged by any physical interaction with the world, but its fire grows cooler in perceived intensity when exposed to long, shuddering sounds or tones, its body breaking apart and disappearing.

It smells like a fire, and produces sounds to match. Its crackling audio does hold similarity to human cadence, though it can't be called a voice.

environment and generation

The inzanzistronei appears in the uppermost floors of car parks, never appearing underground. The parking facilities of stadiums, hospitals, or shopping centers provide equally likely home to an inzanzistronei, and its inclinations are further persuaded by yellow lights, number placards more than twenty-seven years old, and any sheen of grease or fluid that makes the floor reflective.

It flickers into sight as though a gas were lit alight.

Individuals which appear near one another tend to disperse within the hour. Despite this, inzanzistronei infestations tend to be clustered around one or two specific sites within a city, and do not spread out beyond their boundaries.

behaviour and effects

The inzanzistronei's disposition remains gentle and sincere, its exploration of the world timid and fleeting. It never allows its head or tail to touch anything in its environment. It settles down in certain enclosed spaces with no windows, low ceilings, and doors which close entirely, leaving a light-free containment. There and only there, it lays upon the ground, its fiery audio becoming a bellowing inferno. Only in these circumstances does it physically impact the world, leaving a black burn-mark on the ground beneath it.

"I sat down beside it and I stared into the inferno. The car park became, in my mind, a thing that stretched down for six-hundred and sixty-six more floors, and there I was at sub-level 1, and could go no further. The stairway I'd used to get down there, if I were to open the door and face it again, might have become clogged with trash behind me, and I'd need to throw it in the flames to clear it out. Those flames — the rooves of citytops, the little rooms inside, and embers that marked the place of people — possibilities that seemed less inevitable by the hour." Scottwin, Nile. Pyres, 393

The inzanzistronei's flame causes other objects to become enkindled, as well. Aside from its color, this flame appears indistinguishable from typical fire, and spreads from object to object in the same way that fire spreads. Unlike typical flame, however, the inzanzistronei's associated phenomenon causes no damage, and feels very slightly cool, rather than hot to the touch. All fires lit by this phenomenon do not persist beyond ten to thirty minutes, and do not spread more than fifteen feet from the inzanzistronei's body, other than a low glow on fabric or papers held by sensitives.

This flame does not affect other strains.

The inzanzistronei is neither social nor asocial. Small clusters congregate and disperse with little regularity and no communicative gestures between individuals. When two individuals of disparate size stand near one another, the smaller is always absorbed by the larger, with the larger displaying a temporary 10-20% increase in mass. Such absorptions elicit no emotional reaction from any involved or nearby individuals.

interactions with sensitives

The inzanzistronei tends to be actively disinterested in sensitives, moving away from them more often than not. It does not move faster than a slow walking pace, making it easy to force interaction with this harmless stranger. When touched by a sensitive, the inzanzistronei crouches and becomes still, waiting for the sensitive to leave. If any opening presents itself, it will sneak away and return to its usual wander.

The inzanzistronei's flame can also spread to a sensitive's body, thus providing potential confusion or delight.

aging and death

The inzanzistronei disappears at the end of its life, burning brighter and then breaking apart in a brief dazzlement. It leaves only the slightest singe directly underneath where its body had once stood.

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