The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

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Monday, May 5, 2008

Nereid

The Nereids (neer'-ee-eds) are sea nymphs, the fifty daughters of Nereus and Doris. They often accompany Poseidon and are always friendly and helpful towards sailors fighting perilous storms. They are particularly associated with the Aegean Sea, where they dwelt with their father in the depths within a silvery cave.

Description
Often mistaken for Naiads and other water based creatures, Nereids are maidens of the seas, not the oceans or rivers. Unlike Sirens and mermaids which often distract sailors at their work and often foretell their doom, Nereids are always glad to help during storms, often leading them to safe harbor or in extreme cases keeping the men from drowning if the boat has been destroyed. Although Nereids are helpful and friendly, these beautiful creatures are extrememly shy, and thus it is an extremely rare incident to encounter one.

History
In Iliad XVIII, when Thetis cries out in sympathy for the grief of Achilles for the slain Patroclus,
“There gathered round her every goddess, every Nereid that was in the deep salt sea. Glauce was there and Thaleia and Cymodoce; Nesaea, Speio, Thoe and ox-eyed Halie; Cymothoe, Actaee and Limnoreia; Melite, Iaera, Amphithoe and Agaue; Doto, Proto, Pherusa and Dynamene; Dexamene, Amphinome and Callianeira; Doris, Panope and far-sung Galatea; Nemertes, Apseudes and Callianassa. Clymene came too, with Ianeira, Ianassa, Maera, Oreithuia, Amatheia of the lovely locks, and other Nereids of the salt sea depths. The silvery cave was full of nymphs.”

In classical art they are frequently depicted riding an assortment of sea creatures — Dolphins, sea monsters, and hippocampi.

Names of the Nereids
This list is correlated from four sources. Apollodorus, Hesiod, Homer, and Hyginus. Because of this the total number of names goes beyond fifty.
Actaea
Agave
Amathia
Amphinome
Amphithoe
Amphitrite
Apseudes
Arethusa
Asia
Autonoe
Beroe
Callianassa
Callianira
Calypso
Ceto
Clio
Clymene
Cranto
Creneis
Cydippe
Cymo
Cymatolege
Cymodoce
Cymothoe
Deiopea
Dero
Dexamene
Dione
Doris
Doto
Drymo
Dynamene
Eione
Ephyra
Erato
Eucrante
Eudore
Eulimene
Eumolpe
Eunice
Eupompe
Eurydice
Evagore
Evarne
Galene
Galatea
Glauce
Glauconome
Halie
Halimede
Hipponoe
Hippothoe
Iaera
Ianassa
Ianira
Ione
Laomedia
Leiagore
Leucothoe
Ligea
Limnoria
Lycorias
Lysianassa
Maera
Melite
Menippe
Nausithoe
Nemertes
Neomeris
Nesaea
Neso
Opis
Orithyia
Panopaea
Panope
Pasithea
Pherusa
Phyllodoce
Plexaure
Ploto
Pontomedusa
Pontoporia
Poulunoe
Pronoe
Proto
Protomedia
Psamathe
Sao
Spio
Thaleia
Themisto
Thetis
Thoe
Thoosa

A special thanks to Wikipedia and to Autonoe of Deviantart.com for this slightly stolen image!

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