Yep, it's another Nymph-related question!
Recap: Nymphs are "born" when large amounts of residual life force (say, in a town cemetery or slaughterhouse) build up and combine with the magic bleeding into this world from an alternate reality. They are beings of nature, manifested as human women in their prime, and their clothing is akin to that of Tinker Bell and her friends.
Now, Nymphs are just about immune to hot and cold; they can wade through lava flows and stroll through the Arctic. They can also breathe air and water with equal ease, cannot be poisoned or burned and survive the pressures on the seafloor (meaning the continental shelf and abyssal plain, not the intense pressures inside the trenches, AKA canyons of the sea). They also know any plant or animal in their environment and can speak and understand any human language.
They sound like they'd make great warriors, right? Especially considering they have superhuman strength, speed, endurance, healing factor, and all that (see Ton Day's answer to Nymphs and Humans: Preventing Anarchy. for more on that). But no, that's not the case. Every Nymph is born naive, curious, peaceful, and with a deep love and awe of nature, along with an equally deep longing for purpose and belief in fate.
In fact, Nymphs are so passive that they are obliging; if they encounter a predator (say, a Titanoboa) they'll not only allow it to eat them, but they'll hop in its mouth and wriggle down its throat so it doesn't have to catch or even swallow them! Granted, in this case, these instincts are a population check on the biologically immortal Nymphs, and it's not even the end for them (please see Finding Nymphs Before Predators for more on that), but this does pose a problem to creating a society of warrior Nymphs.
Now, I believe it's possible: Nymphs are beings of nature, and nature has an aggressive side; they may be childlike, but there are child soldiers; however, there are a lot of rather significant barriers to accomplishing this. Basically, I'm looking for a way that someone can collect Nymphs after they spawn and convince them to become warriors despite their peaceful, extremely passive, nature-loving personalities.
My question is: Can Training Alone Create a Society of Warrior Nymphs or Will Other Methods Be Necessary?
Some of my thoughts:
- Is this even feasible? Sure, people can overcome their instincts to a certain degree, but there are also plenty of instances where instinct overcame discipline. Can Nymphs, which for the purposes of this question are essentially human women with hard-wired traits and beliefs, change their natures like this? Or in other words, can people hard-wired to act or believe a certain way (through their biology, mind you) overcome and even change their nature?
- Everyone has a certain line that if crossed will result in them resorting to violence, yes? However, even though Nymphs can and will fight to survive (metaphorically of course) once they've found a purpose, they love and respect nature, so hurting anything natural will probably be unthinkable to them. Then again, they are human, and humans can adapt to just about anything (mentally speaking)....
- By "warrior Nymphs," I mean an Amazon-type society where the Nymphs live isolated from the rest of humanity. Their targets are animals or humans, whatever attacks them. They're not going after people or creatures, just fighting to protect themselves from the creatures that want to eat them. FYI, an IRL example of this would be Switzerland's policy of armed neutrality.
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