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2023-07-18 Snargl 1 minute 10 seconds

Where does the Harpy live?

According to Greek and Roman mythology, the harpies did not have a fixed abode, but rather roamed the earth and the sky, carrying out the commands of Zeus.
They were often associated with storms and winds, and sometimes acted as agents of divine punishment or justice.

Some sources mention specific locations where the harpies were encountered or resided.
For example, in the story of Jason and the Argonauts, the harpies were sent by Zeus to torment the blind king Phineus, who had the gift of prophecy.
The harpies would snatch away his food every time he tried to eat, leaving him in a state of hunger and misery.
The Argonauts arrived at his island and managed to drive away the harpies with the help of the winged sons of Boreas, the north wind.
The harpies fled to the Strophades, a group of islands in the Ionian Sea, where they were allowed to live by a pact between Zeus and Iris, the goddess of the rainbow.

Another location that was linked to the harpies was the Elysian Fields, the paradise for the blessed souls in the afterlife.
According to some accounts, the harpies would carry away the souls of the dead to the Elysian Fields, where they would enjoy eternal bliss.

Therefore, the harpies did not have a permanent home, but rather moved around according to the will of Zeus or their own whims.
They were mostly seen as terrifying and repulsive creatures, but also had a role in transporting the souls of the righteous to their final destination.

What does the Harpy look like?

Harpy with large wings on a rock with a bird in her hand and a castle in the background
Statue of a male Harpy with wings on a rock in the middle of a mountain range at sunset or dawn
Statue of a Harpy with wings spread out and a candle in the background
Bird like Harpy with wings and armor in a desert setting with mountains in the background
A harpy is a mythical creature that has the body of a bird and the head of a woman.

Harpies are often associated with storm winds and are sometimes sent by Zeus to punish or torment people.

Harpies can have different appearances depending on the source, but some common features are:
  • They have wings and feathers, usually dark in color.
  • They have human faces, sometimes beautiful and sometimes ugly.
  • They have claws or talons on their hands and feet.
  • They have long hair, often fair or blond.
  • They have breasts and female genitals.
Harpies are usually depicted as fierce, hungry, and cruel.

They are known for stealing food from their victims and carrying off evildoers to the underworld.

They also make loud and unpleasant noises, such as screeching or snoring.

Harpies are sometimes confused with sirens, who are also part-bird and part-woman, but sirens lure sailors with their enchanting voices, while harpies repel people with their disgusting sounds and smells.

This is a text description of a harpy based on various sources from Greek and Roman mythology.

Example of the color palette for the image of Harpy

Picture with primary colors of Charcoal, Pearl Aqua, Asparagus, Straw and Teal blue
Top 5 color shades of the illustration. Arranged in descending order of frequency of occurrence (first - more often, last - more rare).
See these colors in NCS, PANTONE, RAL palettes...
NCS (Natural Color System)
NCS S 7005-R80B
NCS S 1040-B70G
NCS S 3020-G40Y
NCS S 1040-G70Y
RAL Classic
RAL 7026
RAL 6027
RAL 6021
RAL 1002
RAL 5007

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