The Naids are divided into various sub-classes: krenaeae (fountains), pegaeae (springs), eleionomea (marshes), potameides (rivers), and limnades or limnatides (lakes). They are intimately connected to their bodies of water, as their own existence seems to depend on it. If a spring dried out, the Naiad presiding over it might die.
Many Naiads live in the Canoe Lake at Camp Half-Blood and looked with curiosity at Percy Jackson's arrival. When a Nereid visits Percy in the Mississippi River, she tells him that the Naiads are sustaining her life because the water was too foul too stay there long.
The Naiads help to push the boats upstream when Percy asks them. While he and Zoë Nightshade were in the canoe together, a Naiad splashed water at Zoë and said that they had never forgiven her for becoming a Huntress of Artemis instead of staying with the Hesperides.
|“||You're not so different from me, demigod. Even when I'm out of the water, the water is within me. It is my life source. I hope you find a way to rescue your friends.||”|
In order to avoid the river pollution, the Naiad taught Percy how to summon seawater to clean away the dung by throwing fossilized seashells onto the ground, claiming that water used to cover everything and the sea follows Percy wherever he goes.
Percy later remembers the Naiad's words while trapped under Mount Saint Helens and uses what she taught him to save himself.
Difference between the Nereids
Unlike the Nereids who serve in Lord Poseidon's court in the sea, the Naiads live in fresh water. When Nereids leave, they glow green and vanish, while Naiads melt back into the water.
- Like Artemis, the Naiads were seen as the divine nurses of the young and the protectors of maidens.
- Piper states that they get on very well with children of Aphrodite.
- A moon of Neptune was named after this species.