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Siren

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"Siren"
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Details
Type(s)
Elemental
Source
Greek mythology
Scale
Medium
Similar creature(s)
Nymph, Undine, Oceanid, Nereid, Rusalka, Mermaid, Naiad, Harpy


The siren is a female creature, occasionally depicted with bird features, such as wings and talons. They lure sailors to their deaths, either with enchanting songs and music, or with their physical appearance. They reside on islands surrounded by treacherous rocks and reefs, feasting on shipwrecked sailors. In the mediaeval times, the description of their look changed from their more harpy-like features from Homer's Odyseey to the one of a half-fish-half-woman.

Source[edit | edit source]

Siren originate from greek mythology.

Media[edit | edit source]

Siren appear in the following media:

Books[edit | edit source]

  • Odyseey, the epic poem by Homer.

Games[edit | edit source]

  • Darkest Dungeon
  • Forgotten Myths
  • Grey Goo
  • Grid Legion, Storm
  • Soda Dungeon
  • Killing Floor 2
  • Prodigy
  • The Witcher - those Water nymphs or Vila are beautiful female creatures, whom derive from slavonic mythology. Thoughout the series, there are many different water nymphs, but the Lady of the Lake probably is the most impressive and powerful. It's not proven, if she is just a local goddess or maybe more. While those Water Nymphs live near lakes, rivers or ponds, they still have legs and no fish tail. In The Witcher III - Wild Hunt, the Witcher also encounters various hostile Sirens, which not only have a fish tail (while looking like women from head down til the belly button), but also wings. Notable is Sh'eenaz, a mermaid from the Witcher Short Story "A Little Sacrifice" from the Sword of Destiny collection by Andrzej Sapkowski.

Lamia (in The Witcher) are similar creatures, although described as half woman and half snake.