Period Elemental
Description:
A whirling cloud of pinhead-sized perfect black spheres, almost like a swarm of insects, which can coalesce into larger or smaller forms.
Behavior:
Causes things to stop rather abruptly in its presence. This can be as simple as stopping noise or stopping conversation, but it can also include stopping the electrical function of synapses or the beating heart of a living being. The Period Elemental generally causes minor stoppages by its mere presence and will only attempt lethal stoppages in battle.

Comma Elemental
Description:
A small swarm of what appears to be insects but are actually paired black slashes of a few millimeters in length and near-infinite thinness.

Behavior:
Similar to a period elemental, the comma elemental can force processes to pause for a moment, including everything from speech to hearts. This is generally not lethal, though it can be uncomfortable. The comma elemental prefers to use this ability to slow time to make its escape in combat situations. They are generally found in pairs, though they may appear singly, and have been known to multiply vociferously if allowed to reproduce in libraries containing certain types of fiction.

Semicolon Elemental
Description:
A ground-based mass of centipede-like forms, with tiny spheres as the “body” and comma-like points as the “legs.”

Behavior:
The semicolon elemental joins things that can exist separately on their own, phasing them into each other temporarily or permanently. This can be as inconvenient as joining a sandwich to a plate, as painful as joining clothing to the body of its wearer, or as fatal as joining a lump of food to the inside of the esophagus. When threatened, the semicolon elemental will throw things at its attackers, attempting to phase and join them in harmful or at least painful ways.

Colon Elemental
Description:
A whirlwind or tornado-like structure made up of many binary dots, each pair orbiting around a shared central point.

Behavior:
The colon elemental tends to flood the mind of thinking creatures with an intense desire to enumerate or to make lists. Non-thinking creatures tend to perceive the sensation as pain and will leave the immediate area. In particularly severe cases, the obsessive need to list, categorize, and enumerate can persist for days or weeks, and be pursued to the fatal exclusion of eating, drinking, or sleeping.

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