Spirits (精霊 Seirei ) (also known as Faeries (妖精 Yousei ) in the anime series) are magical beings that haunt the world, residing within old objects they born from. Normally they are hidden in plain sight, but witches in Finland developed a magic song that calls them from their hiding and appeases them.
Spirits are small incorporeal creatures that are the very soul of an object developed after a long time, approximately one hundred years. Their appearances vary from one and another, but what most of them share in common is their bodies seemed to be composed of light. There are spirits called Will-'o-the-wisp or Fire Spirits which are distinguished by their quality of emitting a brightness similar to fire. Another class are called Wind Spirits, which can move with and generate wind.
While spirits mostly behave peace and friendly as many of them befriends with witches, they can also become aggressive as seen in The Enchanted Parade. It seemed that magic used to attract and communicate with spirits would also affect their mood depend on the said magic's purpose. For instance, dark magic used by a Titan in The Enchanted Parade on various objects surrounding its prison provoked nearby spirits to become aggressive and causing chaos, while Lotte's sheet of ancestral song would attract and entertained nearby spirits that made them had fun with her.
Due to their non-corporeal nature and can only be perceived by those who have degree of magical skills like witches or wizards, Spirits can be confused with Ghosts. In spite of their similarities, it should be noted that spirits and ghosts are actually separate type of entities: Whereas spirits are non-corporeal magical beings manifested from objects that went past a hundred of years, ghosts are actually disembodied soul of once-living creatures.
The spirits can be contracted with witches in a similar way to a familiar, so that the spirit can stay close and give the witch his help and advice.
While not confirmed, the phenomenon where spirits manifesting from their old object is arguably made possible by the presence of magic in their vicinity. In fact, they require magic energy to sustain their form outside their respective old object indefinitely. Though spirits are capable to manifest themselves in areas where magic cannot be used, they can only do so temporarily until they ran out of energy, at which they'll retreat into old objects they came from. This however, not always the case, as some faeries can sustain themselves by another energy sources (ex. Flame Faeries feed upon the wood to sustain their forms).
Throughout the series, various types of spirits are introduced:
These are spirits that possess basic characteristics of their kind such as possessing great knowledge over items they inhabited, able to shift their forms in some degree in aiding expressing themselves, and able to possess objects they inhabited and giving said objects anthropomorphic traits in process. Other than that, they lacked special abilities. Their physical appearance usually reflecting on objects that they reside within to some degree (ex. the faerie of Horologium Room's Great Clock takes the appearance of an anthropomorphic hourglass that resemble the Clock itself.)
- Main article: Flame Faery
A type of spirits with pyrokinetic abilities. They can sustain their form by feeding on flammable objects such as wood. The contact with water will severely weaken them. They are arguably manifested from either flame element itself or old items imbued/charred by fire, or both. They also have smaller cousins which can emanate brighter light called Will-o-the Wisp.
A type of faery which possess the ability to emanate bright light from their very being and possess pyrokinetic abilities similar to that of Flame Faeries albeit in weaker scale. One of such faeries is Will-o'-chan, Lotte's familiar.
Spirits with ability to manipulate air. They can also fly and levitate at will. This type of faery is arguably manifested from either wind element itself or old items imbued with wind element, or both.
- Main article: Hunger Faery
Hunger Faeries are a type of faery notorious for their insatiable appetite. While it endows a witch enhanced strength upon being ingested, the faery's presence in her stomach would force her to eat a lot of food to keep it from possessing her and wreaking havoc. Once such faery lives in Jasminka's stomach due to eating it by mistake during her childhood.
- Main article: Dryad
Faery which born from nature and forest itself. Unlike other faeries, they are most human in appearance. Females of dryads are exceedingly beautiful to look upon.
Powers and Abilities
Spirits can possess inanimate objects and even give the said object anthropomorphic attributes in the process, particularly items they manifested from. Being born as soul manifested from old objects they resided within after around 100 years, they possess vast knowledge about the said items, including its history.
In addition of bright light, some spirit may have other abilities unique of their own. For example, the Will-'o-the-wisp can emit bright light from their bodies to illuminate dark places and even generate fire.
- In The Enchanted Parade, Lotte's sheet music for the Song of the Spirits has the lyrics for Bjork's song "Crying".
- The concept of spirits as incorporeal entities born as soul of old items they resided at likely based on the Tsukumogami