ECOLOGY & HABITATLakes, rivers, and large streams are where naiads make their homes. They share territory with water nymphs, however, unlike their cousins they cannot spend extended periods of time out of water without life threatening consequences. They thrive on kelp, algea and small fish.
ANATOMY & MORPHOLOGYNaiads look similar to small humans with scales over the majority of their body. The scales darken as the progress down the body. They have gills along their ribs for breathing underwater, where they spend the majority of their time.
BIOLOGICAL CYCLENaiads are born live in a special underwater cave designed to keep them safe from predators while they are helpless. As they mature they become adventurous exploring the rivers and waterways of their homelands. Upon reaching maturity they choose a place to settle down, this sometimes means travelling overland until they find waterways that have not become crowded by their kind. Those who choose to do so run the risk not making it to their destination as they need to spend at least half their time within the flowy confines of water. There are some which decide to settle in swamps and marshes since these rarely have a large community of naiads. Once they have settled down they begin searching out a mate. They would prefer to mate with their own kind but many have had to settle for other races or ethnicities of fae.
BIOLOGICAL TRAITSNaiads come in many shapes, sizes, and colours. That is their scales do not conform to any particular colour or pattern. Those naiads who make their home in Lake Veristo and the nearby waterways are blessed with a spectacular scale design. This is due to the waters from Abhainn Bhogha and their magical properties. This particular ethnicity of naiads have learned to use the magic of the water and their own magic in conjunction to create rippling colours in their scale patterns. These patterns are hypnotic and the naiads use them to escape from fishermen and other threats.
SOCIAL STRUCTURENaiads prefer to live in family units. They usually limit this to ten as many more than that can be detrimental to the fragile ecosystems of their waterways. This means that when the family unit is close to ten the new young adults will strike out to begin their own family unit.
HISTORYThe naiads have a dark history as they were nearly irradicated during the Unending War when the waterways of the world dried up except for a few rivers and streams. Not all were habitable for the naiads either being to shallow or clogged with debris and sulfurous. They were some of the first to cross over to the The Fae Wilds. When the waterways of Corrigenda became habitable again they returned to the outer lands as they have been called. Naiads cannot survive in the oceans due to the salt content of the water and the Sirens who have a particular dislike for them.
COMMON ETIQUETTEFor the naiads common etiquette is to respect the waterways of others, seeking permission to cross and accepting the hospitality of those living there. The offering of hospitality to travellers is highly respected and expected. This is because at one point everyone needs to pass through the territories of others. This is also to ensure that the young have a chance to meet potential mates.
DRESS CODEFor the naiads the height of fashion is their scale patterns, in other words naiads completely shun clothing.
COMMON CUSTOMS AND OBSERVED TRADITIONSOffering hospitality is a common thing among naiads. This is to help those who may be travelling across country in search of a place to settle. There have stories of naiads who died near the edge of a waterway because they couldn't make it to the water in time.
TABOOSTurning away a traveller is a taboo in naiad culture. They believe their numbers are too low to risk the loss of even one to the land.
INTERSPECIES RELATIONSLike all of their Fae cousins naiads are capable of breeding with any of the sapient species of Corrigenda. This is a rarity since they prefer to keep to their own kind since the other species cannot understand why they naiads cannot live outside of the waterways.
MYTHS AND LEGENDSThere are a number of legends regarding naiads who moved onto the land to be with their mates. Many of these legends have unhappy endings for the naiad, but there are one or two that have happy endings in where the mated pair have lived long and happy lives until the landliver passed from old age. The primary myth related to the naiads is that of The Crossing.
Birth & Baptismal Rites
When a young naiad is born the family unit comes together to celebrate the new life with stories and gifts.
Coming of Age Rites
When a naiad turns one hundred, their family throws a feast in their honour. During this feast the names and territories of those known to the older generation are passed to the new adult before he/she sets out on their journey. No gifts are given during this event because the one who is coming of age would need to carry them on the journey, thus slowing them down if htey needed to travel cross country.
Funerary and Memorial customs
Once a naiad has left the family unit they are considered to have died if the family hasn't heard word from them within the year and each anniversary until they have gotten the news they found a place to settle down. This means that on the anniversary of their leaving the family gathers to recall the lost one's life with stories of their youth.