- "Oh no, please stop wrecking everything! Like that urn in the corner, with the djinn bound inside. No, the other one, with golden – oh, woeful day, this wanton destruction of priceless artefacts is so inconvenient to me personally and absolutely no one else."
- ―Dread Emperor Irritant I, ‘defending’ the palace of the High Lord of Aksum from heroes
Djinn are a supernatural species.
They were said to have princes.
The Ancient Taghreb bred with Djinn in a succesful attempt to produce more powerful sorcerors. The Bishara line was the first to do so. Their family still has more djinn blood than other families.
- Book 5 - Interlude: And Pay Your Toll
- Book 3 - Villainous Interlude: Chiaroscuro The Taghreb had attempted to go beyond those limits by breeding with supernatural creatures more apt at using sorcery, most notably the djin. Limited success was attained: to this day, mages born to the southerners were on average more powerful than those born in the rest of the Empire.
- Book 2 - Interlude: Rats The Bishara family’s glory days were long gone, Ratface knew, but the bloodline was still prestigious. One of their ancient chieftains was said to have wed the daughter of a djinn prince, and though the creature blood ran thin nowadays it was still purer than in a lot of more powerful families.
- Book 2 - Interlude: Rats Aisha could still put her hand into an open brazier and feel no pain, or spend an entire day under the sun of the Devouring Sands and not have her skin burn.
- Book 3 - Chapter 37: Procedures “Djinn were usually bound to urns, not lamps, and did not grant wishes,” Masego replied absent-mindedly.
- Book 4 - Chapter 3: Chat “You know very well that djinn do not grant wishes,” she said. “That is mere Callowan ignorance.”
- Book 7 - Chapter 46: Penultimate I sometimes felt like the shepherd from the stories, stumbling on the half-buried lamp and rubbing it so I might ask the djinn for wishes.