Nixies were 4‑foot-tall (1.2‑meter) fey with pale green skin and dark green hair. They also had webbed finger and toes; unlike other sprites, they lacked wings. Nixies tended to be slim. Females wore tight-fitting wraps and males wore loincloths.
Nixies were naturally aquatic creatures who could breathe both air and water. In combat, male nixies wielded daggers and javelins. Nixies were known to use a 24-hour version of water breathing, and a group of ten nixies could cast a powerful charm on other humanoids.
Nixies lived in tribes of 20-80 members that controlled a territory approximately 6-10 miles in diameter. They wove their buildings out of living water plants. A typical nixie family had 4-8 members and a tribe typically had 10-15 families, all descended from a set of common ancestors. When a tribe got too big, 2-3 families would split off to form a new tribe elsewhere. Nixies were known to be polygamists, with males having 2-3 wives.
Nixies tribes were ruled by an Acquar, or water mother, who was a direct descendant of the tribe's founder. The Acquar was advised by a council of elders led by a spokesperson called the L'uquar, who was responsible for keeping the oral history of the tribe. The Acquar was responsible for settling major disputes and dividing treasure gained through war, luck, or work; she also picked a warrior to be the S'oquar, or warlord in charge of hunting and defense.
Nixie intertribal relationship were often fierce, with females sometimes being captured as brides.
Additionally, nixies would use their charm and water breathing spells to enslave male humans as slaves for up to one year. They used their slaves to do heavy labor, such as the removal of trash or obstacles. Lakes where nixies lived were always clean and well-stocked with fish.
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