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About the species:
Nymphs are female nature spirits from Greek mythology which are well-known for their beauty. While they're often the offspring and/or companions of gods and goddesses, they themselves are not typically regarded as goddesses in the same sense the Olympic gods are, as it's possible for them to be killed. Still, they're not considered mortals either, as they won't ever grow old or be affected by illness.
Nymphs are typically friendly in disposition, although there have been some exceptions. They're often associated with dance, music, love and promiscuity, and known to engage in love and sexual behavior not only with humans but also with other forest denizens such as Fauns and Satyrs. Historically, each Nymph or group of Nymphs is intrinsically linked with a specific location or landmark. Many are associated with water bodies, to the point that the alchemist Paracelsus used the term "Nymph" as a synonym for his water elementals, a.k.a. Undines.
The Nymphs are essentially physical incarnations of the forces of nature such as water or wind. They are a mysterious race, believed to have been created to preserve what is called "The Great Balance" As a result, they are spirits of neither good nor evil and will aid the side that is necessary to preserve or realign the afore mentioned balance. Depending on what type of Nymph the female is (water, land, wood,..) they have the ability to control a specific element.
Nymph legend says that they were created by an entity believed to be the source of all things natural to which they refer to as Shialakzoran, which literally means “Nymph mother” in ancient Esirian. This may also refer to Aurosozahnah, High Goddess of Nature from the ancient days prior to the Mianorite invasion. Shialakzoran, though highly revered, has never been worshiped by the nymphs. It is due to the nature of their relationship resembling more of a bond between a mother and her children as opposed to a goddess and her followers. As such, nymphs consider themselves all part of one big family. They refer to each other as cousin, if speaking to a nymph of another element, but will refer to nymphs of the same elemental alignment as sister.
All nymphs are female, however due to their longevity it is not necessary that they procreate. Which prevents their population from growing out of control or dwindling. Nymphs can born from nature itself, one day appearing from a minor gust of wind or newly budded tree in spring. They may also be born through mating with other sufficient races (depending on the race, mortal or immortal). Depending on the nymph, in the case of a female offspring, it will be born a nymph. This method of nymph creation is usually very rare, due to their nature of separating themselves from mortal society.
Nymphs exist in an unusual state of limbo between life and death. In a general sense nymphs are immortal, however some nymphs can be killed or made mortal through rare circumstances, secrets that nymphs guard dearly.
Nymphs have especially low fertility rates, but can mate with almost any species. Luckily, regardless of the species they mate with, the child is almost always a Nymph.
Nymph pregnancies will last a full term of 9 months unless they procreate with a shifter; in that case, the full term pregnancy will last 7 months.
Nymph x Nymph cannot procreate
Nymph x Human will be a Nymph
Nymph x Vampire will be a Vampire
Nymph x Werewolf will be a Werewolf
Nymph x Warlock will be a Nymph
Nymph x Shapeshifters will be a Shapeshifter
Nymph x Phoenix will be a Phoenix
Nymph x Merman will be a Mermaid/Merman
Nymph x Siren will be a Nymph
Nymph x Fairie will be a Nymph
Nymph x Incubus will be a Incubus/Succubus
Nymph x Heretic will be a Nymph
Nymph x Cambion will be a Nymph
Nymph x Dhampir will be a Nymph
Nymph x Angels will be a Angel
Nymph x Nephilim will be a Nymph
Nymphs appear human, but usually have an appearance that is tied to their natural object - a dryad's hair will usually match the leaves of her tree (in all seasons), for instance, and water nymphs universally have blue eyes. Whatever their individual traits, they are always beautiful and youthful in appearance.
In addition to not aging, nymphs are immortal - as long as their natural object is around, so shall they be. They can, however, be harmed, generally in any way that a human can be. They share the specific strengths and weaknesses of their natural object, however - a water nymph cannot drown, but a dryad will be especially vulnerable to fire.
Every spring after attaining majority (which in nymphs usually takes as long as it took their natural formation to form), nymphs experience a fluctuation in their hormones somewhat akin to an animal going into heat. To put it bluntly, they become extremely horny, and seek out partners with which to have rather vigorous intercourse. Repeatedly. It is incredibly rare for them to produce offspring from these liasons, but any child born to a nymph will have an affinity for their mother's natural formation, while taking after its father in terms of genetic traits.
As beings tied to nature, nymphs can communicate with plants and animals. Seeing as they control the elements, usually they and the elements get along, meaning they can generally encourage some sort of cooperation. In addition, nymphs can move through the woods without cracking a single twig or disturbing a single leaf, due to their kinship with nature.
Each nymph has a special tie to her natural formation, and can retreat into it regardless of normal impossibilities. A nymph cannot stray far from her natural formation without weakening. Her life is also dependent upon it - if something detrimental happens to her formation (a tree sickening, a river being polluted), she too will suffer. If her formation is destroyed, she dies. This relationship is not reversed - if a nymph is harmed or slain, her natural formation will remain untouched.
When a nymph is 'in heat', she exudes magically enticing pheromones, which are particularly effective on humans and satyrs.
Society and Habitat:
Nymphs from nearby natural things tend to gather in groups, but they can't wander far, and they don't have much interest in things beyond their natural habitat. With the pollution and industrialization prevalent in the modern world, nymphs are quickly becoming more and more rare. Under normal circumstances, nymphs cannot travel to another plane or world without severing the tie to their object, and therefore dying.
Various aspects of nature have their own particular kind of Nymph:
Celestial Nymphs: Apsara, in Indian religion and mythology, one of the celestial singers and dancers who, together with the gandharvas, or celestial musicians, inhabit the heaven of the god Indra, the lord of the heavens. Originally water nymphs, the apsaras provide sensual pleasure for both gods and men. They have been beautifully depicted in sculpture and painting in India and throughout areas of South and Southwest Asia influenced by Hinduism and Buddhism. Notable examples are the 5th–6th-century frescoes at Ajanta in India and at Sigiriya in Sri Lanka and the sculptures and bas-reliefs decorating the temples of Angkor, Cambodia. Aurae are the nymphs of the breezes. They were daughters of either the earth-encircling river Oceanus or the north-wind Boreas. Asteriae were nymphs of the stars. Most were daughters of the Titan Atlas including the Pleiades and Hyades, both of which were also classed as Oreiades (Mountain-Nymphs). Nephele were the nymphs of rain-clouds. They were numbered amongst the Okeanides (Oceanids).
Water Nymphs, called Nereids, are similar to Mermaids. The 3,000 Oceanids, the Nymphs of the oceans, are the daughters of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. Naiads were nymphs of the earthly sources of fresh-water, including springs, rivers, streams, wells and fountains. Some were daughters of the earth-encircling river Okeanos (i.e. the Okeanides), while others were born of local River Gods. They were sometimes also associated with rain-clouds (the Naiad-Nephelai), trees (the Naiad-Dryades), and flowery meadows (the Naiad-Leimonides). Hydriads were fresh-water nymphs whose name comes from the Greek word hydros"water". They were essentially the same as the Naiades.
Land Nymphs are linked to particular geographic locations. Oreids, who inhabit mountains and ravines, often accompany Artemis on hunting expeditions. Alseids protect glens and groves, while Auloniads are found in pastures and mountain valleys, often in the retinue of Pan.
Wood Nymphs and Plant Nymphs are identified with particular species of trees. Often their bodies become part of the trees they inhabit. Dryads are associated with oak trees, Hamadryads with nut, elm and fig trees, and Anthousai with ash trees. Ovid tells the story of Daphne, the Nymph who becomes a laurel tree. The god of love Eros wounds Apollo the god of the Sun, with an arrow, causing him to fall in love with Daphne, daughter of the river god Peneus. A follower of Artemis and vowed to chastity, Daphne runs away from her pursuer. Just as Apollo is about to catch her, Daphne cries out to her father for help. The moment the cry leaves her lips, her skin turns to bark, her hair to leaves, her arms to branches and her feet to roots. Embracing the lovely laurel tree, Apollo declares it sacred and winds a laurel wreath around his brow.
Underworld Nymphs: The Lampades were the torch-bearing nymphs of the underworld who accompanied the goddess Hekate in her night-time revels and hauntings. They were the divine counterparts of the Eleusinian celebrants who carried torches in the nocturnal procession of the Mysteries of Demeter. Cocytiae is a representation of the darkness of the river Styx, the river of hatred.
Depending on what type of Nymph they are, each female has a specific eye color when using their elements (see below):
Celestial Nymphs: Aurae have aquamarine eyes, Asteriae have true sapphire eyes, and Nephele have satin gray eyes
Water Nymphs: Nereids have blue eyes and Oceanids have ice blue eyes
Land Nymphs: Oreids have hazel eyes, Alseids have brown eyes, and Auloniads have amber brown eyes
Wood and Plant Nymphs: Dryads have green eyes, Hamadryads have emerald green eyes, and Anthousai have forest green eyes
Underworld Nymphs: Lampades have crimson red eyes and Cocytiae have blood red eyes
Classical elements typically refer to the concepts in ancient Greece of earth, water, air, and fire, which were proposed to explain the nature and complexity of all matter in terms of simpler substances. However, there are actually eight known elements of nature: Fire, Water, Earth, Air, Nature, Ice, Light, and Darkness. Each type of Nymph group are capable of performing two out of the eight elements.
Celestial Nymphs: Earth and Light
Water Nymphs: Water and Ice
Land Nymphs: Nature and Earth
Wood and Plant Nymphs: Air and Nature
Underworld Nymphs: Fire and Darkness
Nature life force: A nymph's life force is connected to the specific part of nature that they control (e.g. a dryad with a tree, a myceliad with a mushroom, etc). As such, if that specific part of nature is destroyed, then the nymph will die.
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