Not all swans may be what they first seem - some may shed their feathery coats at night and reveal themselves to be beautiful female Fays. If these coats are stolen, then the maidens will become trapped in humanoid form. If the thief is a human male, he may then take the maiden as a (possibly unwilling) bride. Should this occur, it raises the possibility that when the man least expects it a whole flight of swans will come to liberate their sister and her swanskin.

Not all swans may be what they first seem - some may shed their feathery coats at night and reveal themselves to be beautiful female Fays. If these coats are stolen, then the maidens will become trapped in humanoid form. If the thief is a human male, he may then take the maiden as a (possibly unwilling) bride. Should this occur, it raises the possibility that when the man least expects it a whole flight of swans will come to liberate their sister and her swanskin.

Also known as: Gwragedd Annwn, Gwagedd Annwfr, Gwraig, Ladies of the Lake, Lake Maidens, Water Maidens, Water Faeries, Be-Find, Morgans, Morgens. It is considered that the Welsh Otherworld of Annwn (sometimes known as Annwfn or Annwvyn) can be reached beneath the surface of certain lakes. Here, in their submerged towns and villages, dwell the Gwragedd Annwn, stunning golden-haired Faerie maidens.

Also known as: Gwragedd Annwn, Gwagedd Annwfr, Gwraig, Ladies of the Lake, Lake Maidens, Water Maidens, Water Faeries, Be-Find, Morgans, Morgens. It is considered that the Welsh Otherworld of Annwn (sometimes known as Annwfn or Annwvyn) can be reached beneath the surface of certain lakes. Here, in their submerged towns and villages, dwell the Gwragedd Annwn, stunning golden-haired Faerie maidens.

Also known as: Mara-Warra, Moruadh, Murrughach, Sea-Cows, Walrus-People, Muardachas. The Merrows are a distinct breed of Irish Sea / Atlantic Merpeople whose genders also differentiate greatly. Whilst the males are friendly enough characters, in appearance they are generally considered to be gruesome. This opinion often seems to be held by their comparatively gorgeous females, as they have been known to fall in love with human males instead.

Also known as: Mara-Warra, Moruadh, Murrughach, Sea-Cows, Walrus-People, Muardachas. The Merrows are a distinct breed of Irish Sea / Atlantic Merpeople whose genders also differentiate greatly. Whilst the males are friendly enough characters, in appearance they are generally considered to be gruesome. This opinion often seems to be held by their comparatively gorgeous females, as they have been known to fall in love with human males instead.

Also known as: Selchies, Roane, Seal People, Seal Folk, Sea Faeries, Haaf-Fish, Finn-folk. Whilst wearing their sleek fur coats the Selkies are indistinguishable from seals, yet at times they will shed these skins and appear as strangely beautiful humanoid creatures. Several love affairs between humans and Selkies have been rumoured; at least one of these relationships occurred as a result of a human man finding and hiding a shed seal skin, for deprived of this hide a Selkie cannot return…

Also known as: Selchies, Roane, Seal People, Seal Folk, Sea Faeries, Haaf-Fish, Finn-folk. Whilst wearing their sleek fur coats the Selkies are indistinguishable from seals, yet at times they will shed these skins and appear as strangely beautiful humanoid creatures. Several love affairs between humans and Selkies have been rumoured; at least one of these relationships occurred as a result of a human man finding and hiding a shed seal skin, for deprived of this hide a Selkie cannot return…

The Talasam, hellish creature from Bulgarian folklore that comes out of dark attics at night to terrorize little children

The Talasam, hellish creature from Bulgarian folklore that comes out of dark attics at night to terrorize little children

Also known as: Ashrays, Scarille, Dancers on the Mist. The Asrai are a Fay species confined to water. During the day they remain in the depths, but they may be sighted below the surface on moonlit nights. They seem to be exclusively female, and exhibit a strange beauty. Some human men have been so filled with longing at the sight of an Asrai, it has been said that they have attempted to capture the being. However if caught, or even if exposed to sunlight, the Asrai will melt away into a…

Also known as: Ashrays, Scarille, Dancers on the Mist. The Asrai are a Fay species confined to water. During the day they remain in the depths, but they may be sighted below the surface on moonlit nights. They seem to be exclusively female, and exhibit a strange beauty. Some human men have been so filled with longing at the sight of an Asrai, it has been said that they have attempted to capture the being. However if caught, or even if exposed to sunlight, the Asrai will melt away into a…

Have you read Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier? It is a haunting retelling of The Six Swans

Magazine - Nadezhda Illarionova's Dark Fairy Tales

Water Horses can vary in temperament from shy, to mischievous, to downright nasty. Like the Scottish Kelpie, many will suddenly appear at bank-sides and encourage or force weary travellers onto their backs. Then they will suddenly charge at alarming pace into the nearby body of water and dump the startled human there. Normally an embarrassing soaking is the worst that will befall the hapless human, though some Water Horses will also drown their victims …

Water Horses can vary in temperament from shy, to mischievous, to downright nasty. Like the Scottish Kelpie, many will suddenly appear at bank-sides and encourage or force weary travellers onto their backs. Then they will suddenly charge at alarming pace into the nearby body of water and dump the startled human there. Normally an embarrassing soaking is the worst that will befall the hapless human, though some Water Horses will also drown their victims …

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