Veelae have very small, compact bodies, and are amongst one of the smallest denizens of Lyth. They are just under a foot tall when upright, so about the same size as your average Levii
. They are able to walk on their hindpaws, though most prefer to fly through the use of their magic. Because of this, it is common for Veelae to have vestigial paw pads, which can be just a coloration difference with no padding; some don’t have them at all. In addition, Veelae often lack opposable thumbs, as it is much easier for them to just use magic to levitate objects.
✦ False Hood (& Ears)
All Veelae have something known as a "false hood" that covers part of their skull. It is not actually a removable piece of clothing, rather, just a textured portion that’s slightly denser than the rest of their skin or fur. The style and coverage of a Veela’s false hood varies, but their face is always bare. If the individual has ears, they can be completely covered by the hood or have portions peeking through.
Depending on the variant, all Veelae have either a mane or a collar that encircles their neck region. Like their false hoods, these are not removable and can often be textured differently than the rest of their body. It is believed that a Veela’s neckpiece shows how much magic they can store; the bigger the mane or collar, the larger the reserve.
Most Veelae have tails, which are very expressive. You can tell how a Veela is feeling by watching how its tail moves. For example, a twitchy tail may indicate excitement or nervousness.
Magic is something that comes naturally to a Veela, usually at a very young age. All Veelae are able to utilize their magic for transportation, which is why it’s not unusual to see these pixies floating slightly off the ground rather than standing directly on it. They are also able to cast this on objects, which allows them to levitate things much larger than themselves. Most Veelae are elementally aligned, with the two most common being light (for the benevolent) and dark (for the malevolent), though other elements can also be found. Another skill that all Veelae share is the ability to shift into "Attack Mode." When in this mode, parts of the Veela may shift and begin glowing, a clear indication that a powerful spell is about to be cast.