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Enchanting Folk of the Sea

Pronunciation: muhr-fohlk

Areas Found: Seas, oceans, aquatic areas

Special Powers: Blessings, protection, song enchantment, healing, transformation, underwater breathing, swimming

Danger Level: Usually beneficial

Likes: Water, sailors, the kindhearted

Dislikes: Those who threaten them, the cruel, dry places

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Seen the world over, merfolk appear in both male and female varieties. Most likely cousins of the ningyo, merfolk have different general appearances and different gifts. The merfolk, called mermaids for females and mermen for males, almost always appear with the top half of a beautiful human and the bottom half of a fish. They can swim just as quickly as any fish or aquatic creature their size, and of course they can breathe underwater, where they live with other merfolk in splendid underwater cities and villages.

Merfolk have quite amazing qualities as well, as they are so magical. It is said that merfolk can transform their fish-half into the lower half of a human when out of the water so they may walk around like any human. Of course they retain their great beauty and abilities, but they cannot be separated from the water on a long-term basis or they will grow despondent and weak.

One of the most incredible features of merfolk is that any and all of them may heal any ailment through several methods. Just a drop of blood from one of these beings will bring even someone on death's door back to life in full health, cured of any ailments and injury. When a merperson cries, the tears become pearls when they hit the water and also may be used for healing potions if ground up or ingested, reportedly; they also have great magical powers, and anyone using a pearl in magical workings is said to be gifted indeed by the sheer power included.

Possibly the most controversial of abilities is that of immortality conferred by consuming the flesh of a merperson. However, to forcibly take this gift from a living merperson is to invite the wrath of the sea and be cursed with eternal pain as long as that immortal life [sign in to see URL]! It is said, however, that if this gift is given freely or if the merperson has already passed from this plane of existence that the curse will not be given. However, immortality may in its own way be a curse too.

The songs of merfolk are enchanting, and to some it may place them under the control of ther merfolk. The label of Siren is also sometimes used for merfolk because of this, and in many tales they are one and the same. The song of any merperson may evoke the most intense of feelings in those who listen to it, and it may compel them to do whatever the merperson wishes them to do.

However, most merfolk are gentle and kind, rather than capricious or cruel. Often almost childlike in their outlooks, they prefer the company of the kind and gentle rather than the cruel or callous. They have been known to intentionally cause harm to the wicked, especially those out of favor with sea deities. Merfolk are also known for their romantic and poetic hearts, reflected in their incredibly beautiful songs.

Perhaps this is why their stories and legends have lived so long over such a huge area, stretching the world over. It is likely that merfolk and ningyo live peacefully in each other's company and that they may be mistaken for each other in some places. Like the ningyo, truly the merfolk are magical and wonderful!
 


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As a race, the people of the sea themselves are referred to as Merfolk, the males as mermen, and the females as merwomen.

Physical Description
Skin of face, neck, palms, soles, underarms and groin is leathery. From these areas scales fan out to cover the rest of the body. Skin color varies as widely as the coloring of tropical fish, encompassing anything from muted and mottled shades of black, green and blue to accents of brilliant white, yellow, turquoise or crimson. Hair is nearly always worn long -- sometimes braided or beaded -- and is commonly (naturally) streaked in lighter shades of the predominant body color. Facial features tend to softer curves and planes than humans. The shape of the eyes is more round, the nose flatter. They do not possess finger- or toenails. Hands and feet are webbed.

The Merfolk possess a unique internal structure with two separate but complementary pulmonary and cardio circuits which allow them to breathe in water or on land. Their gills are located below and just behind their somewhat pointed ears, but out of the water these gills seal up into barely noticeable slits that may be mistaken as scars. Their land-oriented systems are not as efficient as their underwater systems, causing their lips and extremities to take on a blue tinge when in use. While Merfolk have the ability to take to land for brief amounts of time, it is something they detest. Without the support of the water, they feel slow and cumbersome and are at a disadvantage. Too long out of the water and they will sicken and die.

The eyes of Merfolk are unique. While the structure is basically the same as humans, the lens is larger and has a greater density. They focus by moving the lens forward and backward. Other differences include a clear protective shield (a nictating eyelid that is slightly bioluminescent) in addition to regular eyelids, a greater sensitivity to light, a slower adjustment to new light levels, and a consistency in color -- they are always nearly black.

The voices of the Merfolk have often been described as 'silvery' or 'fluted', though this does not discount an occasional deeper timbre among the males. It is a rare treat indeed for land-walkers to hear a group of them singing.

The build of Merfolk tends to be slight -- the males not more than 5'6" and 110-130 pounds, and the females averaging about 5'3" and 95-115 pounds. They are slender, graceful creatures and can move through the water at great speeds.

Merfolk are omnivorous.

Clothing such as land-walkers affect is usually non-existent and considered far too restrictive. Physical adornment, beyond their caste tattooing, runs the gamut and might consist of anything, including necklaces, torques, earring, bracelets, belts, armbands, anklets -- all form-fitting, as loose items are dangerous and easily lost.

The above description accounts for the greatest majority of Merfolk, but it must be remembered that there are several different subspecies of the race, ranging from Moraeans (half eel) to Molluskians (half octopus) and so on. Generally, members of the subspecies are more reticent -- and more rare -- than their humanoid kin. They are very seldom seen close to the habitations (floating or stable) of Men. Along with rumors of the existence of these odd creatures is talk of a race of sea-gypsies with a trace of merfolk blood in them. It is said that these gypsies despise the land, going ashore only twice a year for the Gathering (a mix of party, meeting of clan leaders, and inter-trading of clanmembers).



Maturing of the Merfolk
In an environment where everything is prey to the next biggest hunter, Merfolk reach adulthood quickly, usually by their fourth year. Merfolk life expectancy is 50-60 years. Sexual maturity is reached at 6-10 years of age. Each female typically bears a child every 2-3 years and the gestation period is approximately six cycles.

Family Structure
Matings are arranged by contract and only occasionally do Merfolk commit to lifelong partnerships.

Mer young are cared for by their mothers, and the females often congregate in pods, sharing the duties of child-rearing. At age four the child's caste and occupation are chosen by the viljanen (council of elders - see Society. below).

There is no segregation of male or female roles in Merfolk society except as dictated by physical nature. Merwomen are highly valued for their ability to bear children, and pregnant women are granted ojaniemi - a temporary pardon or waiver from class distinctions that lasts until one year after their child is born.



Society of the Merfolk
Merfolk observe strict class distinctions. Progress and personal achievement throughout life are displayed beautiful, colorful in tattoos on their faces. A basic symbol delineates class, and more elaborate ones show stature within that class.

The term ahti (meaning "estate" or "social standing") refers to the division of Merfolk society into six separate classes:

the laulaja, warriors, princes and kings - in other words, the nobility
the taipale, record keepers, teachers and exponents of the law
the elonen, priests and religious followers
the sulku, farmers and merchants
the parras, manual laborers, artisans, masons, etc.
the ylänne, castless - usually children and youths before occupation/profession is determined
Merfolk castes are differentiated by rituals and beliefs that pervade their daily existence. Caste is determined by one's profession as decided by the viljanen (council of elders) and deeds, and not by one's birth. Changes in standing can be attained through exceptional personal accomplishment and achievement.



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Mer craftsmen are considered the "true artists". They are thought to possess superior intellect, vision, a full understanding of culture, and a wide ranging sense of ingenuity. They have the capacity to create and produce great works of art that can but rarely find their equal in world of the land-walkers.

Because 'undersea' is uncharted, the actual Merfolk population is unknown, nor is it known how far out to sea they might range.

Half-los
Half-Los are of part merfolk lineage and part human lineage. The origin of the name is uncertain, but it is thought to have come about from reference to being from "half below the water. "While the Mer gene is dominant, it tends to manifest in the Half-Lo's coloration, although some Half-Los exhibit tiny scales which can cover all or part of their bodies. Hair and eyes can vary greatly, encompassing all Human and Mer traits. Gill-less, they are required to breathe air, though they are able to hold their breaths for an extended period of time.

Half-los are able to breed with human, merfolk, and other half-los. The original Mer parent of a Half-lo must be from the humanoid species of Merfolk, and not one of the subspecies, nor is it possible to cross-breed with other non-humanoid sea life.

 

For more information on the Mer, contact:

The Oceanuus Region Leader


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 Maturing of the Merfolk
In an environment where everything is prey to the next biggest hunter, Merfolk reach adulthood quickly, usually by their fourth year. Merfolk life expectancy is 50-60 years. Sexual maturity is reached at 6-10 years of age. Each female typically bears a child every 2-3 years and the gestation period is approximately six cycles.

Family Structure
Matings are arranged by contract and only occasionally do Merfolk commit to lifelong partnerships.

Mer young are cared for by their mothers, and the females often congregate in pods, sharing the duties of child-rearing. At age four the child's caste and occupation are chosen by the viljanen (council of elders - see Society. below).

There is no segregation of male or female roles in Merfolk society except as dictated by physical nature. Merwomen are highly valued for their ability to bear children, and pregnant women are granted ojaniemi - a temporary pardon or waiver from class distinctions that lasts until one year after their child is born.



Society of the Merfolk
Merfolk observe strict class distinctions. Progress and personal achievement throughout life are displayed beautiful, colorful in tattoos on their faces. A basic symbol delineates class, and more elaborate ones show stature within that class.

The term ahti (meaning "estate" or "social standing") refers to the division of Merfolk society into six separate classes:

the laulaja, warriors, princes and kings - in other words, the nobility
the taipale, record keepers, teachers and exponents of the law
the elonen, priests and religious followers
the sulku, farmers and merchants
the parras, manual laborers, artisans, masons, etc.
the ylänne, castless - usually children and youths before occupation/profession is determined
Merfolk castes are differentiated by rituals and beliefs that pervade their daily existence. Caste is determined by one's profession as decided by the viljanen (council of elders) and deeds, and not by one's birth. Changes in standing can be attained through exceptional personal accomplishment and achievement.

Mer craftsmen are considered the "true artists". They are thought to possess superior intellect, vision, a full understanding of culture, and a wide ranging sense of ingenuity. They have the capacity to create and produce great works of art that can but rarely find their equal in world of the land-walkers.

Because 'undersea' is uncharted, the actual Merfolk population is unknown, nor is it known how far out to sea they might range.

Half-los
Half-Los are of part merfolk lineage and part human lineage. The origin of the name is uncertain, but it is thought to have come about from reference to being from "half below the water. "While the Mer gene is dominant, it tends to manifest in the Half-Lo's coloration, although some Half-Los exhibit tiny scales which can cover all or part of their bodies. Hair and eyes can vary greatly, encompassing all Human and Mer traits. Gill-less, they are required to breathe air, though they are able to hold their breaths for an extended period of time.

Half-los are able to breed with human, merfolk, and other half-los. The original Mer parent of a Half-lo must be from the humanoid species of Merfolk, and not one of the subspecies, nor is it possible to cross-breed with other non-humanoid sea life.

 



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