I sort of went the fairy-tale route on this one. The Story of the Six Swans.....you can read the Grimm brothers version of this..... BUT! if you're willing to pick up a novel, theres a wicked re-telling of the classic fairytale by Juliet Marillier. It is Book 1 of The Seven Waters Trilogy called "Daughter of the Forest"
Anyways! the thing that always catches me with this tale is the sixth brother in the end. The nettle shirt incomplete he has to live the rest of his life with one Swan wing instead of his arm. Forever in a sort of limbo between human and animal worlds... He even misses his mate....cause swans mate forlife you know T_T Yeah...so these are supposed to be him