After riding the gales for a spell, Silpheed revels in lying down and relaxing on a bed of rocks nearby the sea in hopes of tricking mortals into thinking she is a mermaid. Masquerading as a maiden of the sea, she manipulates the gale, tossing waves to and fro.
Sylph (also called sylphid) is a mythological spirit of the air. The term originates in Paracelsus, who describes sylphs as invisible beings of the air, his elementals of air. Sylph has passed into general language as a term for minor spirits, elementals, or faeries of the air. Fantasy authors will sometimes employ sylphs in their fiction, for example creating giant artistic clouds in the skies with airy wings.
Because of their association with the ballet La Sylphide, where sylphs are identified with fairies and the medieval legends of fairyland, as well as a confusion with other "airy spirits", a slender girl may be referred to as a sylph.
Artwork by Ahn Sohee aka xxxsof.