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Type: lesser demons
Origin: Germanic mythology
Description: Small, unattractive boarding on ugly creatures. Imps, while usually associated with black arts, are not always evil, but merely mischievous and pranksters, as they do not strive to harm their victims. They usually act very wild and uncontrollable. Most often, they're viewed as immortals. Typically, they are familiars who serve witches or warlocks as informants.
Sometimes imps seek friendship with humans since they're often portrayed as lonely. Usually their pranks drove away the people or when they found a friend, they were described as impish for their love of practical jokes.
Interesting Facts: Some Germanic tales consider imps to be more closely tied to fairies due to the fact that they're more playful and show a variety of interests, unlike their more infernal cousins.
They're very commonly used in computer games/video games due to the fact that they are known as servants to magical beings. Examples are World of Warcraft, The Legend of Zelda, and Dante's Inferno.
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Have you heard of imps before?