Knowledge Level: 
3 - Very common, noble born children are taught this during classes.
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Name: Nymph
Type: Secondary
Deity: Vanessa
Creator Deity: Januri
Origin Area: Undain woods
Current Area: Midgardian forest
Keywords:

  • Alluring
  • Love seeking
  • Diplomatic
  • Empathic

Demography: 1.1 million

Breeding: Year round
Gestation period: 10 months
Natural lifespan: 120 years
Life expectancy at birth: 36 years
Adulthood: 20 years
Life expectancy at adulthood:70 years

skin colour: human tints
Other visually distinguishing features:

  • Feathers that grow from and in between their hair
  • Stunningly beautiful
  • Can have interracial characteristics

Common languages:

  • Nymph
  • Northern trade (English)
  • Southern trade (English)

Common societal structures:

  • Tribal
  • Individual pilgrim

Example female names:

  • Aegenia
  • Messelise
  • Tess
  • Kalliphae
  • Zelipea
  • Nemea
  • Gatalea
  • Claironei
  • Kikki
  • Meliphia
  • Damara

Example male names:

  • Cimon
  • Cos
  • Castor
  • Cadmus
  • Salmoneus
  • Calchas
  • Nikolos
  • Thersites
  • Bastien
  • Prokopios

General

Nymph are a race of beautiful humanoids feathers growing on their heads. They are a very socially race driven both by the nature of their deity, and their need to find a mate. When producing offspring this always results in a full-blooded nymph. A nymphs natural lifespan is about 120 years.

Physical appearance

41384674235_bce86a1687_o.jpg Nymhps have approximately the same build as humans but always look better than average.

Feathers grow from their heads next to the hair that grows on most humanoids. These feathers often end up interwoven with their normal hairs which leads to a beautiful and colourful hairdo.

Nymphs often wear headdresses or other clothing made from the feathers of their own head or other feathers to enhance their appearance. Especially nymphs with a high standing have elaborate feathered accessories or clothing to announcing their status.

Some may have slightly pointed ears, a vaguely green skin or other characteristics of their interracial heritage.

Biology

Nymphs cannot reproduce unless they are in love. Therefore nymphs are very biologically driven to search and find love.

What passes for "love" to a nymph is as varied as their headdresses. Some know this feeling within a day other can take up to several years to establish such a connection.

Female Nymphs are the only race that can successfully mate with other races without having the risk of creating hybrids. Children that come forth from these interracial relationships are always full blood nymphs but sometimes have slight traits hinting towards their interracial heritage. Male Nymphs can't fertilize females from other races.

There are currently more female nymphs than male nymphs. Many theories have been conceived about this. Most scholars believe that the male nymph is slowly becoming biologically obsolete.

Diet

Nymphs have a fairly standard omnivore diet. They are more inclined to eat food that increases their attractiveness or enhances their libido.

Common culture

27416499387_2a108d83c2_o.jpg Most nymphs live in woodland tribes among other nymphs. Their tribes tend to be more open to outsiders compared to shanata and feyfolk tribes.

Most nymphs will find love in their own tribe or settlements surrounding it. However there are nymphs who do not find a compatible partner in any nearby settlement. Driven by their nature these nymphs will journey out of their settlements to find love in other places. This journey is referred to as "The great walk".

In preparation of these great walks they usually learn the basics of both Northern Trade (language) and Southern Trade (language) and sometimes learn the native language of a specific race if they find that race particularly attractive.

Nymphs that have not yet found a reproductive mate sometimes surround themselves with many potential love interests in order to increase the chance of finding someone to reproduce with. Such a temporary harem sometimes travels with the nymph on "the great walk", with people falling in or out of the group. Some of these mini communities are highly supportive and loving, acting like a surrogate family. Others can be viper nests filled with jealousy fuelled in-fighting.

After finding a person they can successfully mate with, most nymphs turn monogamous and tend to settle down with their partner. What happens to the harems after that depends on the harem.

The Nymph race was originally created in the Jungles of Northern Zarashal, but has since they made contact with the other races spread across Heimr.

Nymph communities exist spread out across Heimr. One large concentration of Nymphs is found in the Undain woods. Many of these communities actively resist the encroaching Midgardian civilization.

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