Mythical Creatures Series
It is said whoever hears the song of a alkonost will become mesmerised and forget everything they know. Wars were stopped by her vocal chords, yet the alkonost has no ill intent. She simply wants to live a happy life. The innocence of this creature could easily draw the attention of those hungry for power, and I can see her being used to hypnotise unsuspecting people. It is not often I come across a mythical creature who is pure, but I suspect the alkonost is not easily captured.
What is it?
The alkonost comes from slavic mythology, yet it is not known where she originated. According to Russian folklore, this mythical being is not too much different from the Greek sirens, completed with a captivating singing voice – except of course she is half woman and half bird, instead of half fish.
The alkonost name comes from Alcyone, the Greek goddess, who was transformed by the gods into a kingfisher.
Ability / Power
It is said her voice is angelic sweet and anyone who happens to hear it will forget everything. She lays eggs on the sea-shore, and then rolls them into the ocean. Legend explains that the sea will then remain calm for six to seven days during which the eggs will hatch, resulting in a sudden storm. Unlike sirens, a alkonost is not evil.
They are joyous and pretty happy going beings, flying to different places and singing their beautiful songs. Some legends believe the alkonost also have the ability to control the weather.
It has the body of a bird and the face of a woman, and are said to be quite large. Their color variations depend on age, and the more colorful the alkonost, the younger she is.
Did you know? For the Russian Orthodox Church, Alkonost personofies God’s will.
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