The First Root
There are several broad spectrum of supernatural creature that all fall under the category of “nature spirit.” Elementals, nature kami, some guardian animals, and even some of the fairy folk. Nature spirits are simultaneously some of the most common supernatural entities and the least encountered. This seeming contradiction is due to the very nature, excuse the pun, of nature spirits typically appearing as part of the natural world. An earth kami might sit in the middle of a farmer’s field for generation with no one suspecting it was anything more than a boulder to big to be moved. An air elemental might live invisibly within a human city. I city of tiny leaf fairies could theoretical be anywhere.
Nature spirits can be truly breathtaking source of information. Many, especially the larger ones, can be older than entire civilization and posses breadth of knowledge that staggers the mortal mind. Coaxing a nature spirit into revealing that information can be a trial in of itself. As already mentioned, most nature spirits are incredibly difficult to recognize or find. Even if one is identified it may simply ignore, or be unable to comprehend, any beings attempting to communicate with it. That being said, there are some nature spirits that are more than willing to divulge what information they have for simple offering of bread and a showing of respect.
In the end, nature spirit are an incredibly diverse, enigmatic, and varied group of creatures. When dealing with them it is best to remain respectful and non-confrontational. Remember, while some may be ancient and willing to remain non-moving for generations, that does not mean they have patience for beings they find rude or irritating. There are few mistakes as costly as insulting the spirit of a thousand foot tall mountain.