- Not to be confused with the episode.
Prior to the series
Nyad was the first Elemental Master of Water and was able to control whales and ride on their backs. During the Battle of Nine Days, Nyad sacrificed herself by becoming one with the Endless Sea and took the Storm and Wave Amulets from Wojira. Eventually, she forgot who she was.
Benthomaar asked Nya if she could control whales, like Nyad. He then explained the tale again, and Maya said that she told Nya the story when she was a child.
Benthomaar tells the ninja how Nyad was able to defeat Wojira by merging with the Endless Sea, which ultimately sealed her fate as she could not return to her original form.
While the ninja were hiding from Kalmaar and Wojira, Nya asked Benthomaar how Nyad became one with the sea to defeat Wojira. Benthomaar highly advised that Nya not think about merging with the sea, as she would lose herself if she did so, just like Nyad did before her.
Very little is known about Nyad's personality. But it could be implied that before she merged with the sea, she was once a heroic and sacrificial heroine willing to do anything to defeat Wojira and free the realm from her.
After being stuck in her new form for thousands of years, Nyad underwent a significant change in her personality and lost all memory of her identity. Although she is not evil, Nyad still lost a sense of morality, as shown in "The Call of Home" most likely due to the merger with the Endless Sea with associated memory loss when she believed it was neither right nor wrong if people died in the ocean and questioned Nya for rescuing a man who fell off a boat in a storm.
Nevertheless, Nyad is friendly and has some level of compassion when she helps Nya regain a sense of her old self and comforts her when it seems that she could never return to her human form and leaving Nya on a positive note wishing her good luck.
The Legend of Nyad
The first Elemental Master of Water—and Nya’s ancestor—was a brave Merlopian warrior named Nyad. She fought her greatest battle deep in the Endless Sea against an enormous sea serpent called Wojira. Legend says that long ago, the monster was awakened and Nyad defeated her on the last day of the Battle of Nine Days. To do so, Nyad had to lose herself in her elemental power and become one with the sea. She was never seen again.
- 165. "A Big Splash" (pictured)
- 174. "Riddle of the Sphinx" (mentioned)
- 176. "Master of the Sea" (flashback)
- 179. "Nyad" (mentioned)
- 180. "The Turn of the Tide" (mentioned)
- 182. "The Call of Home"
- 81. Mech vs Monster! (flashback)
Her name is originated from the name of nymphs from Greek myth who presided over fresh water, naiads. Meanwhile, the name of the latter derives from νάειν, "to flow," or νᾶμα, "running water." Her name may also be a reference to a fictional water elemental from DC Comics. However, the most likely reason why she was so named is that it comes from the name of her successors, Nya.
Behind the scenes
- Nya is named after her.
- Despite being a Merlopian, Benthomaar's story depicts her with purple skin, similar to a Keeper's.
- The markings on her face before the merging with the Endless Sea are similar to Benthomaar's.
- Chronologically, she is the first known Elemental Master to not be human, though Zane precedes her when going by debut appearances.
- She is the first original Elemental Master to be named.
- In "The Turn of the Tide," Kalmaar pronounces her name as "Ny-ad" rather than the normal "Nee-ad." This is a reference to the name's origin.
- The symbol on her helmet is the same as the golden medallion on Kalmaar and Benthomaar's chest, as well as Trimaar's crown.
- It is likely that this symbol is simply a representation of Merlopia in general.
- According to The Book of Elemental Powers, she was Nya's ancestor. However, since the book is an in-universe book written by Jake, it is non-canon.