An Animus Saga Bestiary: Naiads

DESCRIPTION:

Humanoid imago with blue skin and black hair, naiads are deeply connected to the element of water.  They have strikingly beautiful features and often possess a near-hypnotic hold on humans they come into contact with.  Though they are rarely aggressive, their mastery of water-based attacks make them formidable enemies when pushed toward confrontation.

NOTABLE MEMBERS:

Heidrun, leader of the Legion of Imago, is a human/naiad hybrid.  His elder half-brother Heimdal was a full-blooded naiad.

CREATION:

When I began compiling a list of imago races, naiads were one of the most intriguing to me.  In Greek mythology, naiads are always female and portrayed as more of a nuisance than a threat, more dangerous because of their allure than anything else.  I expanded the race to include males but incorporated that attraction into Heidrun’s character, as it plays a role in his relationship with Sundari.  I also combined oceanids (saltwater dwellers) with naiads (freshwater dwellers) into a single race since their connection to water would not change depending on salinity.

NAME ORIGIN:

The name was taken directly from Greek mythology.

LANGUAGE:

Although most naiads speak Panglossa, many also speak Akhai, a language shared by closely-related imago such as alseids, draiads, and anemoi, all of which are taken from Greek mythology.

NAMES:

Aside from Heidrun and Heimdal, whose mother took their names from the old gods of Dravigia, the majority of naiads have Greek names.

CULTURE:

Although naiads are generally peaceful, many have borne a strong hatred of humans since the destruction of Aurinko, their cultural capital and symbol of their power and achievements.

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