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Gremlins will push you around! (look where you're going!)
gremlins love to pitch things at your eyes! (wear safety goggles!)
gremlins are floor greasers! (watch your step!)
gremlins think it's fun to hurt you! (use care always!)
gremlins were synonymous with the aviator culture of the 40s. they were blamed for aircraft malfunctions, accidents at the hangers, and other unfortunate incidents. so i figured i would make a creature in my dieselpunk world based off of them! these guys are heavily inspired by sphynx cats and the classical gremlin myths of the 1940s. think of them as the equivalent of rats in new york city.
The gremlins of Sky City Miria are vermin. they go around and sabotage anything and everything, and scavenge whatever they want from whatever they find. when they set their sights on a mechanical object (like a car, skyship, toaster, etc), they will go and completely wreck it, grabbing whatever they want from it in order to add to their homes and scrap collections. however, they usually scavenge from mechanical objects that have been abandoned , thrown out, or just forgotten about (it's easier to get that way for them). however, they LOVE to sabotage things for fun. they'll scope out for a perfectly good vehicle, appliance, or whatever, wait for the owner to not be around, and then go to town on the object. sometimes it's a complete demolition, but more than often it's a prank-level sabotage. a few wires cut here, a couple bits sawed off there, and the owner won't suspect a thing until they actually go to use it. gremlins aren't completely dumb though. while they may not be as intelligent as a normal person, they do have a natural understanding of mechanics and engineering, and they can discern between something that they can wreck, and something they should never touch (like a building's vital structure bits, a bridge, a hospital / medical equipment, etc).
there's still a lot that remains to be known about the gremlins, considering how elusive they are. something that is known about them, other than their behavior, is that they are small; growing to about the size of a child. the clothing they wear are all old, thrown out clothing that almost never properly fit them. there are plenty of stories and rumors about the gremlins living in some kind of mega junk city underneath the pavement of the city, but no one has been able to get proper evidence of that yet, considering the gremlins can get very protective about their homes, let alone a supposed mega city. while no one knows exactly where the gremlins came from, the most commonly accepted theory is that they had managed to sneak into the city while it was still being originally constructed hundreds of years ago.
an extra fact: calling someone a gremlin is an insult, in Sky City Miria. it's like calling somebody a rat in our world. the word is also synonymous with bottom-feeders, dumpster diving, pests, saboteurs, and ugliness.