The Joy of Research: The Fae…Water spirits

Water spirits ~ while similar to tree spirits in their humanoid form and lack of flight, some water spirits tend toward a darker intent when it comes to human interaction. While there are some water Fae who either avoid human contact or like interacting with humans, there are many others who actively seek to harm humans that enter their territory no matter the human’s intent for being there.

1. Apseras ~ are Hindu water spirits who have existed since the creation of the universe. They love playing music and dancing to the pleasure of the gods, and are companion to the gandharvas, spirits of air and music who guard the magical soma drink of the deities. They are very beautiful and sensual beings, and similar to the Norse Valkyries the apseras carry fallen heroes to the reward in paradise, which sometimes includes the apseras themselves serving as consorts to the fallen hero. Unlike many water spirits, apseras can fly, and generally are ethereal in form. Some have the ability to shape shift. Apseras also are associated with fertility, inspiration similar to the Muses of Greece, gambling, and gaming. It is said the apseras can cause madness or drain judgment to all who hear their music.

2. Asrai ~ English water Fae from Cheshire and Shropshire. Tall and lithe maidens with translucent skin, long green hair and webbed feet. As a defensive ability their cold, wet hands can burn a human. The wound lasting all of their lives. They cannot speak English. They speak their own language. When they are captured or die (exposed to sunlight) they melt away into a pool of water. As the sun starts to rise the asrai disappear into mist, reappearing only on nights of the full moon, called Asrai Nights. An asrai can appear on one of these nights once in 100 years.

3. Morgens ~ They dwell in Lake Glasfryn Uchaf and are said to carry away children or anyone else who ventures too close to the water. They sleep by day and an underwater grotto, rising only at night to sit on the rocks along the shoreline. The morgen are forever young and seductive. They sit on the rock and comb their hair with a golden comb, singing a song whose charm is irresistible. Their touch kills which leaves the morgen forever lonely, unable to enjoy the physical pleasure they crave. Those killed by the morgen’s touch are forever condemned to wander without comfort.

4. Naiads- Water nymph that presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of fresh water. The naiad nymphs were often classified by their domain: Pegaiai were the naiad of the springs, Krenaiai the naiads of fountains, Potameides the naiads of rivers & streams, Limnades and Limnatides were naiads of the lakes, and Heleionmai the naiad of marshes and wetlands. The naiads, along with Artemis, were regarded as the divine nurses of the young, and the protectors of girls and maidens, overseeing their safe passage into adulthood. The saltwater cousin to the naiad is the oceanid.

5. Nix/Nixie ~ German water spirits who love to seduce young human men and sometimes visit village dances disguised as beautiful girls. They appear in the water as lovely woman with long golden hair and blue eyes. According to moral tales nixie’s are malignant, seducing sailors to trap their souls and lobster pots to prevent them from reaching heaven. In Guardian Circle mythos nix can be male or female, and though they tend to be selfish and shallow even to the point of being cruel, they also can be reasoned with.

6. Undine ~ German water nymph who dwells in forest ponds and waterfalls, and also the name for Greek sea fairies. In their natural form the Greek undines appear as seahorses with human faces, but they can take the form of a human as well. German undines appear human. It is said that undines lack a soul but can obtain one by marrying a mortal man and bearing him a child. Undines are often invoked in magical workings require the cooperation of the waters. The queen of the undines is Necksa.

7. Vili ~ (singular vila) are Slavic fairies who live in Woodland streams and lakes. Rather than being born Fae, the vili are the spirits of virgins and children who through their connection to the water and the earth can leave their graves to dance at night. Though the vili can choose to use their power to lure humans to dance with them until they die, the vili also serve to prophesy at the birth of a child and bestow their fate upon them. Within the mythos of the Guardian Circle, a child or virgin can become vili if they have died an unnatural death, and the Fae decide justice must be served. In these cases the dance of death may be used against those the victim of the crime deems at fault for their death. Once justice is served they are given a choice, to either move on into the hereafter or to stay and serve the Fae courts as a vila fate keeper. Rumor has it that a number of vili are part of the Fae militant movement.

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