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Dec 19, 2010

E - Epimeliad

In the spirit of the holidays we are taking a break from fierce monsters and terrible man-eating beasts to focus on a more gentle creature for the letter E.

The Epimeliads (or Epimelides) hail from a group of numerous and extremely diverse greek creatures known as nymphs. Nymphs are nature spirits that are connected to a certain creature, place, or even element. They can often be found in valleys, forest groves or beside quiet lakes or streams acting as the guardians of the animals and plants around them.

The Epimeliads , like most nymphs, are depicted as beautiful young women. They are a type of nymph known as the Dryad and are specifically the protectors of apple trees and sheep. When in the form of a young woman the Epimeliad's hair is reportedly pure white, like apple blossoms or lambs wool. They are extremely shy, and have the ability to shape shift quickly from human to apple tree when mortals are close, making a glimpse of them a rarity.

4 Comments:

Doug said...

Sorry if this is a dumb question- is there a deadline on this?

Toby said...

The deadlines are always 2 weeks after it's first assigned, so it'll be due midnight Pacific time Jan 02

Doug said...

the holidays and a minor but time consuming family issue have,um, delayed my entry...so if you were considering extending the deadline this time out, I wouldn't complain :-)

writesprite said...

I wanted to look up this word and found this. I am always happy to see things that are "spritely" in nature. :) I've never heard of this apple-tree sprite. Thank you for sharing! :)

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