Nymph

A nymph (pl. nymphs) is an immortal being who is the physical incarnation of the soul of some natural entity of Earth. They are always female, but there are numerous distinct types, depending on which natural entity the nymph is tied to:

  • Alseids (glens, groves)
  • Auloniads (pastures)
  • Dryads (trees)
  • Helead (fen)
  • Leimakids (meadows)
  • Naiads (usually fresh water)
  • Napaeae (mountain valleys, glens)
  • Nereids (daughters of Nereus, the Mediterranean Sea)
  • Oceanids (daughters of Oceanus and Tethys, any water, usually salty)
  • Oreads (mountains, grottoes)

Physiology

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.


Magical Characteristics

As beings tied to nature, nymphs can communicate with plants and animals. They don't control the elements, but 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.