Spell thieves (spelþjófr in Auld Saxa) are hunched humanoids covered in wispy, dark-colored fur, with long twitching noses and beady black eyes. Many clothe themselves in rags to conceal their appearance. They have never been heard to speak, though they do giggle and chitter in high-pitched voices.
These annoying creatures, for they cannot be said to be truly malevolent, stalk mages, rob them of a spell or two, and then scamper away. While the stolen spells are recovered when the thief is slain, catching them is not an easy task.
Opinions are divided regarding the origin of spell thieves. The two main opinions are that they are servants of Maera sent to punish mages who misuse their power or servants of the Unknowable One dispatched to rob mages of their spells to teach them not to rely solely on their magic. A small few sages claim they are linked to the Siphoning, but this is very unlikely as they have been recorded for centuries. If anything, their numbers have been declining since the Siphoning began.