Nymph (Dungeons & Dragons)
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In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the nymph is a type of Fey. Nature's embodiment of physical beauty, they are so unbearably lovely that even a glimpse can blind or kill onlookers. They are based on the nymphs of Greek mythology.
The nymph appeared in the second edition in the Monstrous Compendium Volume One (1989), and reprinted in the Monstrous Manual (1993). The reviewer from RPGnet felt that the nymph was one of the inclusions in the book that helped make forest environments "well covered". The grain nymph appeared for the Dragonlance setting in the Taladas: The Minotaurs set (1991). The nymph was further detailed in Dragon #240 (October 1997). The grain nymph and the unseelie nymph appeared in Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume Four (1998).
The nymph appeared in the fourth edition in Monster Manual 3 (2010).
Nymphs resemble elven women, but are unfathomably perfect and beautiful. They are so physically attractive, in fact, that the slightest glance can stun a person, drive them mad, permanently blind them, or even kill them. Nymphs are able to suppress this effect if they choose to, however.
Nymphs prefer attractive aquatic environments, such as a secluded cove or sandy beach, and are mostly solitary, though sometimes live in groups. They might assist a group of adventurers, or have a love affair with a man who wanders into their midst, but there is little contact between them and civilization otherwise (this is typical for a fey). Nymphs hate ugliness and evil.
In popular culture
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