Earth, air, fire, and water elementals are considered as the main types by many, although there are many more in existence, with their own unique appearances and abilities, and most of them can live both on their own Plane and on the Material one.
Powerful magic users are known to summon elementals, and exotic creatures and monsters can either work in unison with one of their kind or keep them as slaves or pet guards where the elementals continue to prove their own worth to their masters.
While some say elementals use names just like humans do, others argue they are only given a name by someone else. Whatever the truth is, some of elemental manage to get themselves known, with names like Bayle, Tera, Hydran, and Necron.
Earth Elemental Names
While earth elementals dwell in their own world they do find their way to the Material Plane, in a form of a summoning ritual more often than not, where they prefer to live deep underground, surrounded by the type of nature they understand the most.
Summoned by a drow wizard a long time ago he now roams the dark tunnels without any real purpose, merely reacting to what happens around him. Unbeknownst to him, a duergar patrol approaches nearby and it’s uncertain who will be victorious at this time.
This elemental is one of the dozens who are helping build a grand dwarven fortress, one that will be put into writing as the grandest castle with the most gorgeous halls, and while his name probably won’t be noted down, his master is showing enough gratitude for him to continue obeying the orders.
Air Elemental Names
Made out of pure air, they populate the Plane of Air, although some did make the Material Plane their home. They dwell in regions where strong winds occur more often than not, and most resent summons done by sorcerers and magicians alike.
Dwelling on his home Plane, he’s been enjoying his existence as much as anybody else, and the fact there were winds so strong he could just let go and flow along with them was the best thing ever. Alas, one day he felt a voice call up to him, from nowhere, before he was sucked through nothingness, only to appear on the Material Plane for the very first time.
She’s been practicing her control and balance, and it certainly shows. Being the one of the few who are able to ride the winds all the way to the mountain top, she’s enjoying the well-deserved fame and is determined to never stop trying to achieve more.
Fire Elemental Names
Resembling a humanoid more than the rest of their kind, these creatures are made of fire itself, where their names can usually indicate some sort of a catastrophe, a disaster from which they could have been born.
For who and what he is, he’s really not doing a good job. Three times he was summoned and three times he failed his master, twice by accident and once due to the fact the things around him simply caught fire.
After getting suddenly summoned in the middle of a large group of orcs that were about to fight a wizard and his guards, he reacted instinctively and burst forth the flames which erupted in all directions, burning the surprised orcs in the process.
Water Elemental Names
Water elementals come from the Plane of Water and are made out of homogenous bodies of water, where most look like a sentient wave with a vague and generic face and several joined water bodies resembling something that is perceived as arms.
This elemental has been trapped inside a tomb, deep beneath the ocean waves, hidden and all but forgotten by the rest of the world. A certain elf, however, has continued the research his grandfather started, and he was now close to discovering its true location which he means to visit as soon as possible.
Summoned yet again by his master, both fireman and a wizard, this elemental makes quick work any fire, proving to the villagers how worthy it is to have such a person around. While the people thanked the wizard and not himself, he was frequently shown appreciation by his master and was rather happy he was used for such noble purposes.
There are many types of elementals, although the Earth, Fire, Air, and Water ones are often considered the main representatives of their kind. Most come from their own Planes of existence but many also make their home on the Material Plane, something that usually happens when a wizard summons them with a powerful spell. However, not all of them like the fact this can be done without their consent, and there are stories that speak of such tragic occasions. Think about what type of elemental the character is, how did they come to be, where do they live now, what might be their next course of action, and think of a name worthy of the magical reality their existence proves we all live in.