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|Alternate Names/Spellings||(pl) Rusalki|
|Alignment||Neutral Evil, Lawful Evil, Neutral|
|Appearance||Melancholy Feminine Spirit|
The Rusalka is a creature with origins in Slavic mythology, legend and folklore. The first Rusalka spirits were believed, by authorities, to be fertility spirits, Nymphet and/or Elemental in nature, such as a Nymph or a Merman, with a positive connection to water's important role in nature.
Most other Rusalka spirits, however, are known to be seductive undead, having arisen after meeting a violent and untimely fate in the waters of their native lands.
Some speculate that the term 'Rusalka' was once used for Mermaids or Nymphs of the land, who tended to the lands with their powers over the waters.
The Rusalka differs in appearance from an ordinary woman, only in the most subtle ways. Their skin is almost certain to be pallid and deathly, cold to the touch. Perhaps their hair remains eternally damp, even if spotted out on dry land. Their skin might well be slightly damp as well.