In their nature and their element, the efrit are the polar opposite of the marid people. They were born from fire, and carry the scorching heat of the flames within. They have no great cities or a taste for splendor; they are cruel and destructive, and live in fire pits scattered around in deserts and mountain caves. Even though they are djinn, they grant no wishes other than a wish for a quick death, and they are impossible to reason with. They were born from the flames invoked by the Nadir, and since fire bring light, they have been lurking in our world of eternal sunshine ever since the war…
Truth behind the myth
Efrits (also spelled as ifrit, and a number of other ways from which we had to pick one) are a special kind of djinn, known to be evil, in many stories similar to the devils and demons of European folklore and legend. They are strong, quick and fierce, and often associated with the element of fire. In some tales, efrits are born from the blood of murder victims, seeking revenge on their killers.
The story of The Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad (Arabian Nights 15th night and on) tells about a maiden abducted by an efrit who has the ability to change shape. King Solomon was also said to be able to command efrits, making them do tasks only they were strong enough to do. Efrits are usually said to be wicked, although they serve humans who can trap them, and every once in a while they even show compassion.