The Five Types of Nymphs

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Jacob Studer

Now this, is my greatest work to date, my Magnum Opus. These five young ladies are the five types of nymph in my world. In Greek/Roman mythology, nymphs were female goddesses of trees and waters and mountains who lived longer than humans but were members of the entourages of certain gods and goddesses and consorted with satyrs, fauns, gods, centaurs, and human men. But in my world, male nymphs exist and are often categorized with fey beings like fairies, pixies, silvans, treants, gnomes and other beings. Now the green nymph at the bottom left is a Dryad, a wood nymph that lives in the tree it is tied to, and if it dies or is harmed, the dryad bound to it will die or suffer with it.. The blue one at the bottom right is a Naiad, a water nymph that lives in rivers, lakes, streams, wells, etc. The red one on the top right is a Lampad, a fire nymph that reside in volcanoes, lava, and magma.(In greek myth, lampads were the nymphs of the underworld who carried torches for the dead.)The off-white blueish nymph on the top left is a Nepheliad, a nymph of the skies, air, and wind.(Nepheliads are based of the Nepelai, the nymphs of clouds. I changed the word "nephelai" to "nepheliad" so that it matches better with the other nymph types becuase most types of nymphs have their titles end with either "ad" or "id"." And finally the grey one in the center is an Oread, a nymph of the mountains, rocks, and soil.(Though originally, oreads are nymphs of just mountains or mountain trees, but the idea of mountains brought up thoughts of rocks and soil so my oreads are earth nymphs) *Note: The lampad and the nepheliad were originally called an efreet and a sylph respectively, but recently I went to and discovered some new kinds of nymphs thought correspond with the elements of fire and air.

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