The mannegishi (singular the same) are mysterious trickster creatures that inhabit the northern regions of North America. They are humanoid, with very thin and lanky arms and legs, six digits on each hand and foot, and large heads that lack a nose. The mannegishi live on the banks of rivers or in dams on the river itself, and one of their chiefest delights is to capsize the boats of people as they travel across areas of rapids, particularly over rocks and shoals.They can also wreak havoc during portage between bodies of water, upsetting crafts, and spoiling or stealing the goods being carried.
Mannegishi are an aquatic species, and spend most of their time in the river. They absorb oxygen from the water through their skin, similar to one method of how amphibians breathe.
The mannegishi are adept crafters, and use stone as their primary medium. They have been known to carve pictographs into stone, and even create canoes from it.
They nest within existing structures such as caves, or build their own dwellings that from the outside appear to be nothing more than a pile of rocks. Some have been found near the Inunnguaq in Mishipeshu Province, always near water. They can disrupt teleportation spells if they interfere during the casting procedure. It is also believed they can communicate via telepathy, and possess either an uncanny intuition or at least a marginal ability to penetrate human minds.
Mannegishi will trade with magi, although a bargain with a mannegishi is a serious undertaking, similar to that of negotiating with a leprechaun. Wizards among the indigenous North American magi bargained with the mannegishi for peaceful coexistance, and safety of person and property. Over time they have created a tenuous trust. Mannegishi appear to especially favor human luxuries such as tobacco and furs. Many wizard coureur de bois, including Jean Bicolet and Étienne Brûlé, are also known to have traded with the mannegishi. When bartering with the mannegishi, it is advised to have the proper runic wards to protect one's mind from intrusion.
A juvenile mannegishi is called a child. The collective noun for a group of mannegishi is a crowd.
The mannegishi are almost exclusively found in Canada. They do not like warm weather, and will stay in the water to keep themselves cool during the summer.
An adult mannegishi can grow to four to five feet in height. They are amphibious in nature, and must keep their skin moist to survive. The mannegishi are normally corporeal, but it is believed that they may turn spectral at times to travel.
Mannegishi are omnivorous. Although they tend toward a herbivorous diet of river plants, they will consume fish and insects at times.
Mannegishi skin can be used to form waterproof clothing. Their eyes can be used for divination. Their finger bones can be used as wands. Other parts of the mannegishi can be used for potions, charms, and talismans.
Mannegishi have never been known to engage in violence. If a person approaches the whereabouts with malicious intent, they are presumed to take measures so that they cannot be found by the aggressor.