Asrai are a strange race of mute aquatic fairies found in the ponds, lakes and caves of Great Albion. They are very shy and will flee from anyone who even slightly scares them, though a small number have managed to form friendships with gentle and trustworthy humans.
A peculiar trait found in them is an almost vampire-like vulnerability to direct sunlight, any exposure will cause their skin to burn and blister. If they don't manage to cover themselves or dive below water within a few seconds, the affected area will melt into water. While the injury will heal after a month, too much more exposure can kill them.
Another is Asrai Frost Burn, an incurable condition affecting all other species caused by having skin-to-skin contact with an Asrai. Upon making contact, the colour will begin draining from the touched skin until it matches the off-white of the Asrai, the area becomes significantly colder than the surrounding skin. While harmless by itself, the skin effect by the frost burn becomes very susceptible to sunburn. The effect also has a pain-numbing aspect to it as well as reducing blood flow, Asrai will often seek out injured swimmers and will attempt to help them.
Asrai are based upon a British Folkloric creature of the same name. Writing this took a few too many late nights reading poetry and cryptid blogs at 02:30 in the morning, but I'm fairly happy with the result.
Any feedback on the writing or questions about the Asrai and Great Albion are warmly welcomed.