From the Dark
The elemental races in this world are actually just humans. Occasionally humans are born with special gifts that separate them from their kin. Scholars believe this is a result of how much magic people have meddled with over the centuries. Some newer theories are that these elemental races are one of the many symptoms of the curse spreading over the land.
Each of the elemental races are described as being touched by their element. Ifrits are touched by fire, oreads are touched by earth, sylphs are touched by air, and undines are touched by water.
They each live normal lives though people tend to associate them with their elements, even if they act contrary to that nature. It is difficult for the element-touched to feel like they belong. They aren’t born to their own kind, being element-touched doesn’t run in the family, and they are spread out over the world. Many of them seek a place to belong and there are outcast villages that include these people. But others become champions for their people and journey into the mists.