Wandering Wisps are a phenomenon that is still not fully understood. They can be found all over Ealdwyll, but seem to prefer wooded regions and marches. Scholars have tried for centuries to determine what they are. Some even belief they are build up luminescent gasses from the pools of water in marshes. This does not explain why they are also found in woodlands however. Nor does it explain why they make a soft humming noise. Obscurists have an other explanation. They firmly belief the wisps are alive. And they are not alone. There are scientists who belief the same, although not all of them would freely admit to it.
The wisps appear as floating balls of blueish light. They can vary in size but never grow larger then a diameter of 15 cm. They often make a soft humming noise, but can be silent as well. When something treatens a wisp its light will grow paler, and its humming will become agitated. Wisps do not like to be touched, but it is believed they do not have a tangible form.
Behaviour and intelligence
Wandering Wisps tend to float around at a gentle pace. They can move around very fast when they want to though. When something piqued their curiosity for instance they will flock towards it at great speed. This helps in studying them since they often find scholars very interesting and will float around them happily. As long as experiments are not perceived as threatening towards the wisps they seem to enjoy them. According to some studies the wisps show intelligence. Several reports have been made that they seem to recognise people that they have met before. Especially if they have been around them for longer periods of time. For example, scientists and obscurists studying the wisps may spend weeks with them before returning home. When the same person comes back weeks or months later the wisps seem to be pleased to have them around again. Often resulting in the returning person almost becoming obscured from view by the wisps flocking to them. Popular experiments involve showing an object to the wisps after which they are asked to find a copy of this object in a line up of various items. Bright colored items seem to give the best results. Although no one knows how they would see color since they do not have eyes.
Habitat and Nutrition
Woodlands and marches are a popular habitat for Wandering Wisps. They can also be found in ancient ruins though. Wisps tend to stay away from populated areas. Although in some places, like Pagan Hills, they are known to visit villages from time to time. These regions are not densely populated though. It seems they do not require any form of nutrition. No proof of it has ever been documented atleast. But we do not know for sure if they might feed on something that we can not perceive.