Stone glyph s portray them as coming from the skies. Other beings with wings are depicted in ancient texts, hieroglyphs, and beautiful Egyptian cave paintings. For the most part, these beings look human other than the fact that they have wings. Wings represent transcendence.
Winged being from mythology. Supposedly they breathed fire. There are many pages on the net about them but none that connected for me to link to.
In earlier versions of Greek myth, Harpies were described as beautiful, winged maidens.
Later they became winged monsters with the face of an ugly old woman and equipped with crooked, sharp talons. They are represented as carrying off persons to the underworld and inflicting punishment or tormenting them.
Originally, Harpies were probably the personification of storm winds.
SIRENS IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY
The SIRENS had maidens’ features but from the thighs down, they had the forms of birds. One of them played the lyre, another sang, and another played the flute, and by these means, they persuaded passing mariners to linger.
Sylphs are beings of wide-open spaces and the air. They are responsible for the myths of “angels”, the winged protectors of the Garden of Eden. Their attitudes embody the extremes of nature, mercurial and intense. Most of all, they defend the high peaks and wilderness mountains that are their home. Sylphs are creatures of the air, and their great wings allow them to soar with the Eagles. Sylphs can fly 25 yards + 5 x their dexterity per round.
Sylphs are believed to be an offshoot branch of the sidhe, winged rulers of the Dreaming, controllers of the weather and the great birds of the mountains. Sylphs are loners, content to soar the skies with the Eagles. They care little for the machinations and politics of “ground folk”, and they rarely interfere with changeling society. Like trolls, sylphs hold their word of honor to be inviolate, and once sworn to protect something, they will defend it to (or even past) their death. Like the sidhe, sylphs are very regal in the manner and bearing. Theirs is an ancient and proud legacy, and it is dying out. Fewer and fewer sylphs fly as the modern world creeps in. Most sylphs feel that this is the end of their race, that they will be the first of the kiths to slip into the Fibula winter.
It is for this reason that they have come down from their mountains and rejoined changeling society in large numbers. If they are to die, then at least they will be remembered for the honor, glory, and majesty that is inherent to their kind. Appearance Sylphs resemble, lithe humans – with one exception. Sprouting from their backs are a pair of huge feathered wings. These wings are almost 2 body-lengths long, but fold up behind the sylph when they are on the ground. Their eyes are large and shaped like a hawk’s, and their faces are sharp and angular.
Childlings sylphs are timid and flighty. They rarely associate with others, but when they do, they usually form bonds that last for life. They are called Cherubs by the rest of changeling society. Wilder sylphs are intense and direct, like the birds of prey they resemble. They soar endlessly through the skies, looking for something to attract their interests and allow them to prove their worth.