If one is interrupting your research, please notify the Archivist on duty. Please do not feed the sootbeasts; they are NOT hungry, no matter how pitiful they act. The only thing you're feeding is their ego.
sootbeasts emerged from the ashes of the Library's burning. they are tricksy little impish spirits made entirely of soot. you can spot them skittering throughout the Library wreaking (mild) amounts of havoc--chewing on books, stealing tomes, nesting in scrolls, and the like.
sootbeasts can vary in size, and change their shape at will, but they tend to stay relatively small compared to the spirits who patron the halls. whether this is due to ability or preference, none can say; though, the Archivist would like to propose that they do this to evade her specifically. a visiting scholar who peer-reviewed this statement would like to counter-propose that it's because "they're cuter that way." they are pleasantly warm to the touch but will cover anything they come into contact with in a fine grey-black powder.
despite their compact and adorable forms, sootbeasts appear to be the only beings who can permanently damage items of the collection. however, once a sootbeast is sated, bored, or sleepy, whatever they nibbled on or stashed away seems to return near* its former resting place unscathed and completely intact.
*sootbeasts are notoriously bad reshelvers.
appearances & permissions
sootbeasts are welcome to be drawn in stand-alone pieces, or depicted with any of the Library's other characters. no outside character interactions or writing at this time, thank you!
usually sootbeasts are seen skittering and scampering around your peripheries. they reside and remain within the library, mostly within the stacks (shelves). occasionally one will venture out into the reading room, but they are mostly shy (read: mischievous) and prefer to cause their little mayhems in the privacy of the collections. they vary in size and form, and are made entirely of ash. they are featureless, but they can manipulate their forms like mouths to hold things and cause mayhem.