The Naiad Nature Demons or creations where done during the First War of the Power (2203-2223 a.a.H). After the defeat of the Northwestern human kingdoms, the fall of the Empire of Uslen and the sack of Purpurian, it seemed that all the main threats to the hegemony of the Dark Legion in the continent of Aels had been defeated, and so, the demons decided to proceed with their legions to what where considered until then secondary objectives.
In the great forests of Eastern Aels, Nubla and Bierteno, there was the old realms of elves, remnants of the elfic age, that had survived the past of centuries in the great forests: Silvan wood elves, wollumis and mourlicoun dryads, that where to be subjected to the Dark Legion. As well, aside of the elven realms, there where the Loranor clans of these forests that didn't swore their allegiance to the Dark Legion as the other Loranor clans of Aels.
To put these regions under the dominion of the Dark Legion, a large host marched from Kanovait, while some smaller demonic legion forces marched from the east, from Anutkia, and other crossed the Zaghäl pass: the three armies where to converge on the sylvan elven kingdom of Lorthen, destroying, sacking and conquering everything that opposed them on their path:
But these three armies completely dissapeared: later historiography will speak of the Lost Battle of the Forests, but no notice was ever known for sure of the destiny of these legions.
This worried the Dark legion, which commended the demonic princessIxis the Nyx to prepare a new expedition, but of an army fit to cross the forests of the east, and that could fight in such terrain.
And so, the demonic princess Ixis the Nyx created the Naiad demons. Some of the first fighting naiad where the Goblin Stool Naiad, made from a local ozcura swamp mushroom called goblins stool, for appearance and taste. Those where to be the grunts of the naiads forces. But as their design probed to be flawed in several aspects in the field practices of the dark legion, later on where developed the solain naiads.
The solain nayads where a much fiercer breed than the previous mushrooms-demons: so much that they were difficult to be handled by the servants of the demons, who couldn’t restrain or bound them, as they were vicious and fierce, and very poisonous.
Upon later reflection the researches of the Dark Legion and the Nixeans servants where convinced that adding canis root to the mix was a bad idea: “trust that nasty thorny root to give any demonic plant a nasty attitude”. However, while the demon-plants rejected to be bound, going all indiscriminate if they somebody tried to restrain them, they could take orders.
Created by the demons, the Naiads have a demon soul shard of Ixis the Nyx, her creator. While other demon creations as the posterior Warforged Pixerian where of metal, or the flesh abominations, the Naiads where botanic in nature, made of plants and wood. Normally, they looked quite similar to the Mourlicoun Nymphs, being said that Ixis the Nyx created them as a mock to these creatures, having often a green vegetal "skin", with flowers, leafs and branches growing from them. However in case of battle they could grow their "skin" from soft vegetal tissue to wood and their arms into sharp claws to tear their foes apart.
But as the flesh abominations rotted and the warforged golems rusted, the wood bodies of the Naiads decayed: when this happened, the Naiad demonic creations will grow a berry, in which when mature, they will place their soul shard, becoming the old naiad body deadwood, and the naiad-berry, a new Naiad.
It is reported that sometimes the Naiads grew more than a single berry, splitting their soul shard in as much pieces as berries she had grew.
However, this further division weakened the Naiad, and in the same time, fusing soul shards made them stronger: reason why these creatures will seek solitude and live away from their own kind: because without their mistress Ixis the Nyx to stop them for doing so, as often when a naiad meet other naiad creation, they will try to tear each other apart, to "eat" the other Naiad and fuse both soul shards in a single, more powerful Naiad.
While the newly created nature-plants where still on an experimental-phase of their development, the landing of the forces of the Venerable Empire of the Whide Axis in the western shores of Aels at the 2209 a.a.H forced the Dark Legion to hurry up their plans for the eastern forests, as they feared the elves of Nubla and Bierteno would join the High Elves, and while they hadn’t achieved divisionary strength of their dark legion, an expeditionary force with Naiads was send to attack Nubla.
However, during this second campaign in Nubla will be seen what would be considered a critical fail in the naiads: the naiads will be very reluctant to actually attack the elves once they got there, as - according to the demons researchers- it was due their nature, as elves could manipulate nature-maná.
And so the demonic legions of Nyxea marched forward only to wind up standing at the elfs doorstep milling about and uncertain, becoming known in the history of the First War of the power as the demonic legions most embarrassing assault.
Because of this, the demon lord in charge was so enraged, she slew the naiad forces herself, and went on with a failed assault, with nothing to aid but her remaining forces, who hadn’t been poisoned injured, or otherwise incapacitated by their naiads. Insufficient for an assault, the second campaign of Nubla as well finished in a catastrophe, as the first one was. As well, was considered an utter failure this experimental deployment of Naiads.
As result of this, these new horrors of the Dark Legion –The Naiads- will never be used in the campaign they were created for, as the armies of the Whide Axis that had landed in the west, defeated one legion after other. As the human, high elven and dwarven armies of the Whide Axis crossed Olga's Wall in Dargoina's mountain range in the Battle of Montes Cado, Ixis the Nyx will abandon her fortress with part of her forces to Morod, as the dark legion massed their last armies against the seemingly unstoppable enemy forces, while other of the servants of Ixis the Nyx dispersed in the wild, to escape from the armies of humans, elves and dwarves.
As the passing armies of the Whide Axis found the fortress of the Nyx abandoned, they burned it to the ground and continued their march into inner Polforia. But while the fortress was burned to the ground, it didn't burnt the extensive underground dungeons... and so when the fire was down, the armies of the Whide Axis and the Dark Legion fighting away, in the plains of Morod what will be the last battle of the First War of the Power, many of the surviving demonic naiads will leave for first time the underground greenhouse where they were raised, and will see a world of ashes and destruction for the first time.
As with the end of the war the Dark legion disbanded and the great demonic princes where sealed in the Island of Demonach in Mount Satanmet, the naiads that survived the war and the fall, will wander in Polforia and Nubla, becoming other of the dangers and monsters that lurked in these regions.
In the case of the Naiads slew by their commander in rage, in the forests of Nubla against the elves, where once was a battlefield, when the ground later dried great flowers grew where the naiads lay now shriveled husks, and from the flowers will come to be two naiads per flower.
Without a demonic master they went about the great forests of the east of Aels, doing as they liked. The tiny naiads soon grew and matured into the various species of naiads that will be later known and cultivated.
Among them where the solains, a naiad-specie that settled down in the forests of Nubla. Later on in this forest naiads will be known as a local hazard, as some of the more hostile ones will attack travelers.
Solain naiads are noted as the most hostile, even by the local elfs, who call them Belladonna after the poisonous flower they originate from -solain it’s the Low Polforian for nightshade, which is what belladonna is-
Later on, on the colonial joint venture of the sylvan-high elves in Lorthen, during the Middle Human Age, some elves will try to domesticate naiads –or repeat the demonic process of creation of the demons-plants, keeping naiads as a sort of house plant. The result –sometimes- would be of a naiad taking orders that would not attack other peoples –but these other, non-elven peoples would have get the feeling that the plant thoroughly disapproved them-.
Like most naiads, the Solain naiads gave off a sweet perfume which may be a sort of lure for unsuspecting prey, but for the elven owners was just another benefit of the pet plant.