There was once a beautiful little woman, dressed in red and gold, who used to come down from the mountains to dance and sing in the day of S.Juanne. One day a young man tried to steal a golden button from her blouse and nobody's seen either of them since.
are diminutive magical creatures, similar to little women around 12" tall, slender, and with long raven hair and pitch black irises.
Their skin is pale or ash grey, sometimes with a faint blue tint, and they are always described as outworldily beautiful.
They usually dress in crimson red and black dresses, richly embroidered in gold and silver, or they wear nothing at all, in particular when they are communing with the natural element for a ritual.
Despite their aspect markedly feminine, there are male Janas, but for the humans they are almost indistinguishable from their sisters.
No human eyes ever witnessed the birth of a Jana, or seen a Jana's child, but from the little that the creatures have been willing to share, the newborn Janas are similar to S'ard babies in all but size and skin tone. They anyway grow at a much faster rate, reaching their adult aspect after only 3 years. After this short period, they don't seem to age for the rest of their very long life.
Among their magical abilities, the Janas can mutate their form to that of a human or another animal. They commonly prefer the form of ravens or moths, but when dealing with humans, Janas prefer to assume the shape of women.
In addition to the shapeshifting abilities, a single Jana can summon and comunicate with natural creatures, and has a small degree of control towards the weather and the plant life in her immediate vicinity.
With the aid of rituals and joining other Janas, they can bend the magical energies of the land to perform elemental magic and to control the natural elements in a more effective way. This will anyway require the availability of several focus elements and a true willingness of the Jana, on top of the blessing of the Great Mother.
The abilities of the Janas are no restricted to their magical powers, as they are skilled crafters in particular in the field of weaving, embroidering, jewelmaking and baking. Their creations are so splendid that numerous legend are told about them, even if only very rarely the Janas imbue them with actual magical powers.
Their voices are said to resemble the flow of the pure water from the Gennargentu waterfalls, or the song of the goldfinch, and they accompany their songs with an instrument similar to the launeddas
Domus de janas
The Janas, for the most part, live in the domus the Janas
, detached from the human's communities.
This comunities usually are set in highly forested areas, along mountain cliffs, with sources of clean water and silver and gold veins nearby.
are underground complexes of galleries and chambers that often reproduce the layout of the human village that sits closest to their territory. When that's the case, the Janas communities consider themselves to have a duty of protection towards the human village and will closely monitor the life of the human community.
A Domus the Janas complex is usually inhabited by 3-36 Janas even if there are instances of isolated domus occupied by only one of the creature, although communities larger than 36 units are unheard of.
Each Domus the Jana holds in its depths at least one golden loom and the adjoined chests that contain the The Janas' treasure
, the more the occupants of the complex, the more likely is the presence of multiple looms and treasure's chests.