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Ember sprites begin life as a flickering ball of fire, only a fraction of an inch across. Indeed, in a blacksmith’s forge or around a crackling fi re, it is almost impossible to tell an ember sprite from a natural ember, and this is where the danger of a fireball becomes apparent.
Despite their minute size, ember sprites can cause huge amounts of destruction. Drawn to sources of great heat (such as forges, ovens, and hearths), ember sprites settle in the flames and rapidly swell in size. As they grow, they throw off a scorching aura of heat, which ignites nearby combustibles and fuels their growth. After a sprite has consumed everything in the immediate vicinity, it rapidly loses heat and size, and then floats off looking for another meal.