Perhaps the most fearful characteristic of water nixies is their allure.
These magical creatures appear as beautiful women, but they trick fathers into giving up their sons or outright kidnap and enslave children who fall into wells. My early medieval characters grew up hearing tales like “The Water Nixie” and “The Nixie of the Mill-Pond”. These beings have such a hold on the imagination, that they, not the protagonists, are in the titles, and what might have frightened listeners most is that the villains, although defeated, are still alive and able to wreak more havoc on mortals.
See my post on Unusual Historicals for more about water sprites that terrified my characters.
gordon levine said:
First time I’ve run across nixie used that way and I’ve been reading both SF and historical fiction and mythology for 70+ years. Guess I just never noticed it. Probably it just swam right past me.I know the term as a special type of electronic tube used to show numbers. see… or google nixieNixie tube – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
| | | | | | | | | | | Nixie tube – Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaA Nixie tube, or cold cathode display, is an electronic device for displaying numerals or other information using glow discharge. | | | | View on en.wikipedia.org | Preview by Yahoo | | | | |