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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