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Nymphs

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    The nymphs are totally hippied out. Pretty much everywhere you go in the wilderness, you'll find these female nature spirits doing their thing. Go to a forest, and there'll be dryads dancing in their beloved trees. Hike up a mountain, and you'll find oreads chilling in their rocky homes. Take a dip in the ocean, and nereids will be swimming right beside you. Go paddling in a lake, and naiads will be right there with you. You get the point. These lovely ladies aren't just into nature; they are nature itself.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Nymphs

    Nickname

    Here's a quick list of the major branches of the nymph sisterhood and what we're into:
    Oceanids (the source of fresh water—naiads and aurai are all oceanids)
    Naiads (fresh water rivers, lakes, streams, springs)
    Aurai (breezes)
    Nereids (ocean)
    Dryads (trees)
    Oreads (mountains)
    Hesperides (sunsets)
    Lampades (the Underworld)
    Bacchai/Maenads (followers of Dionysus—sometimes thought of as mortals)
    Pleiades (followers of Artemis)

    Sex

    Females

    Current city

    We all live in nature—the waters, the trees, the fields, the mountains, you name it.

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    Female Nature Spirits

    Education

    Gaia's School of Being

    Beliefs

    Political views

    Pro-Zeus

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    All of nature. Fancy, we know.

    Siblings

    Tons

    Children

    Tons

    Friends

    Mostly each other—there are enough of us to keep each other company.

    Enemies

    Mostly gods and mortals who try to force themselves on us

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Generally single

    Interested in

    Mostly satyrs and scrumptious young mortal men

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Planet Earth 
    Grimm 
    Once Upon a Time 

    Quotations

    "from the center of my life came
    a great fountain, deep blue
    shadows on azure seawater."
    – from "The Wild Iris" by Louise Gluck (big with the nereids)

    "What fools these mortals be."
    – from A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep."
    – from "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost

    "So take your hat off boy
    when you're talkin' to me
    and be there when I feed the tree."
    – from "Feed the Tree" by Belly (kind of a dryad anthem)

    "Live fast, die young
    Bad girls do it well"
    – from "Bad Girls" by M.I.A. (the Maenads love this one)

    Books

    A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare 
    Walden by Henry David Thoreau 
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov 
    "in Just" by e. e. cummings 
    The Bacchae by Euripides 
    "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost 
    Coraline by Neil Gaiman 
    "The Wild Iris" by Louise Gluck 
    Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera 

    Music

    Bottom of the River by Delta Rae (The naiads can't get enough of this one.) 
    Some Nights by Fun. 
    Want U Back by Cher Lloyd ft. Astro (So many lovesick nymphs out there...) 
    Ho Hey by the Lumineers 
    Feed the Tree by Belly (The dryads love it.) 
    Everybody Talks by the Neon Trees 
    Bad Girls by M.I.A. (The Maenads go crazy for this one.) 
    Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven 

    Movies

    Pan's Labyrinth 
    Spirited Away 
    A Midsummer Night's Dream 
    The Lord of the Rings (The dryads think Treebeard is mad sexy.) 
    Avatar 
    The Little Mermaid (The nereids are all about this movie.) 
    Princess Mononoke 
    An Inconvenient Truth 

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    National Forests
    Wetland Preserves
    Parties in the woods
    Beach Volleyball

    Interests

    Astronomy
    Ecology
    Forestry
    Oceanography

    Groups

    Nymphs
    The Nymphs Fanclub 
    Green Peace 
    Pro Hikers

    • Spotter's Guide

      If you're out in nature, chances are there are nymphs all around you. That doesn't mean you'll be able to see them, though. These lovely nature spirits tend to be shy when it comes to humans. Well, most of the time anyway. Sometimes nymphs, like the naiads, rise to the surface of their forest pools to seduce sexy young men into coming below the water with them. This is almost always a bad idea. Dudes who go for a swim with naiads rarely ever see the surface again.

      Sex: Females
      Age: Eternally young
      Build: Slim
      Complexion: Pale
      Hair Color: Varies
      Facial Hair: No
      Scars/marks/tattoos: None
      Jewelry and accessories: Flowers, leaves, sea foam, seaweed, moonlight
      Clothing: As little as possible
      Armor: None
      Type of Weapon: None

      Typical Companions:

      Sister nymphs
      Satyrs

      Known Hangouts:

      Oceans
      Rivers
      Forests
      Meadows
      Mountains
      Sky

    • Sightings

      Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

      The Odyssey by Homer

      Odysseus gets frisky with Calypso, the sexy nymph of the sea, in this most epic of epic poems.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Bacchae

      Dionysus gets crazy with his pet nymphs, the Maenads, in this gruesome Greek tragedy.

      Jan 1, 1970 - Jan 1, 1970

      The Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius

      Heracles is mega-mad when he loses his boy-lover Hylas to a school of seductive of water nymphs while on Jason's Quest for the Golden Fleece.

      Dec 20, 2019

      Metamorphoses by Ovid

      This mega-influential collection of myth-y poems includes stories about all kinds of famous nymphs—Eurydice, Io, Daphne, and friends.

      Dec 20, 1595

      A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

      The magical and mischievous fairies in this play sure remind us a whole lot of the nymphs of Greek mythology.

      Dec 20, 2019

      "Slow, Slow Fresh Fount" by Ben Jonson

      In this excerpt from the play Cynthia's Revels, a nymph named Echo mourns the death of Narcissus, her self-obsessed object of obsession.

      Dec 20, 2019

      "Lycidas" by John Milton

      In response to the death of a friend who drowned, Milton wrote a poem where cold-hearted water nymphs drag a man to his death under the waves.

      Dec 20, 2019

      The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

      This whole series for young adults is chock full of nymphs of every kind—nereids, dryads, you name it.