Mythological Creatures: Water Elemental (Undine)

The elements of fire, water, earth and air are said to be the four building blocks of nature, composing the world in which we live. The Swiss renaissance alchemist known as Paracelsus was the first to bring the concept of the elements to life, calling his mythological beings elementals. Since their conception, elementals have been at the very heart of fantasy literature, folklore and occultism...

MythDen.com - Water Elemental (Undine)

Mythically called Undines, water elementals are beautifully graceful, emotional and incredibly willing to help humans. Undines control the waters of the planet, living hidden from the naked eye in sea caves, lakes, rivers, marshlands and waterfalls. Many Undines are said to be the wandering spirits of love-lorn women and that their endless tears composed Earths oceans. Although appearing in many forms such a mermaids, most Undines resemble humans and wear clothes fabricated from seaweed. Folklore states that if an Undine should marry a man and bear his child they will gain a soul, effectively returning the Undine to a mortal life. However, if a man is unfaithful an Undine can perform the Ondines Curse, meaning that if he falls asleep ever again, he will cease breathing.