Nymphs were humanoid creatures hailing from the Olympian realm and ancient Greece, among other places. They were divine spirits similar to Fairies, being capable of animating the nature, and usually appeared as young women. They lived in mountains, forests and various bodies of water; and were virtually immortal. Nymphs were the frequent target of Satyrs.
The Nymphs can be broken down into other sub-groups:
- Oreads - Nymphs of mountains,
- Dryads - Nymphs of the forests, but their scent is apparently close to Dryads' or Sirens'
- Maenads -Followers of Dionysus, having control of beverages like alchohol and known for being virtually indestructible. They were able to shapeshift into beast-like creatures.
- Sea nymphs / water nymphs
- Naiads or Naiades - Nymphs of the fresh water, rivers and streams, The Siren Venus has been stated to be a Naiad on occasions. Their scent is apparently close to Dryads' or Sirens'.
- Nereids - Described as sea nymphs, and water nymphs.
- The Oceanides were the 3000 daughters of Oceanus and Tethys. They were the Nymphs of the water ways and clouds,
- Hyades - Described as rain nymphs.
- The Sirens were the daughters of Achelous and Terpsichore, sea Nymphs who could lure men to their deaths through their singing, The Siren Venus has been stated to a Naiad on occasions.
- Mermaids/Mermen were sea Nymphs with the head and torso of a human and a fish-like tail. They were born from Triton, the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite.
- The Hesperides nymphs were the daughter of the Titan Atlas and Hesperis.
- Pleiades were the seven daughters of Atlas and of Pleione, a sea nymph.
During the Hyborian Age, the Water Nymph Miri was enslaved by Kezan Val, who bound her to lure a score of ships onto the rocks with her Siren call. She helped Conan challenge him for the leadership of the Western Corsairs and was freed by the Cimmerian. She later repaid the debt by shipwrecking the Argossean Man of War led by King Thamos.
It is unknown if Miri was a Siren, or if the Siren call was a power also possessed by Water Nymph.
Amphitrite was the wife of Poseidon.
A Nereid, Thetis was a sea-goddess and the daughter of the sea-god Nereus. Along with fellow Nereid Eurynome adopted and raised Hephaestus. She later wed Peleus and gave birth to seven son, including Achilles.
Ekho, a Nymph whose constant chattiness earned her the ire of the goddess Hera, was cursed by the goddess to only speak last, and only repeating the last word spoken to her, so that she would never speak first. Filled with grief, Ekho faded from physical form and remained a disembodied voice.
On the Quest for the Golden Fleece, the Argonauts landed on the island of Mysia, where Hylas went to collect water and ended up being seduced by some water Nymphs. The beautiful creatures dragged the boy into their pond and he was never seen again. Hercules searched him for days, but the Argonauts were forced to leave their friend on the island to hunt for their missing friend.
Powers and Abilities
The Nymphs possess many powers:
- The Water Nymphs cannot been slain.
- The Water Nymphs could control any man they could seduce.