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Merfolk female by Shabazik Merfolk female by Shabazik

A female Merfolk from the Tlann, Kingdom of under the sea in the Sea of Caritz.

In my world of Aiers, I have basically two "undersea" species: Merfolk -Tlannts- and Mermaids.
The true it's that I hadn't ever defined much neither of them.

For the Tlannts, I have two ideas: One is to make them not fish people, but related to sea mammals -as whales, dolphins, or even sea lions- or instead, as an amphibious ovipare race, related to sea dragons.

In both cases, they have legs because they don't live only in the sea.

Despise my indescition in them being mammals or ovipares, they are some of the few creatures, aside of elves, demons and dragons, to have maná, and therefore, "magic".

Because of this, sometimes they are called as Naiad, Oceanids, Nereids or Sea elf -thought they aren't related to elves-.

For the Mermaids, I have sometimes wondered, of making them or a myth among a mythical world -as pixies in Aiers- or make them some people.
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Armygeneral13 Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
if she is a marine mammal then she has marine mammal organs? 
Shabazik Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Hadn't thought about it.
One question: can I has sex with her? Dead serious =P.
Shabazik Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist
I guess you should ask her that, not me. XD
I just can't decide if it's even possible anatomically =P... Oh well, she still has a mouth, I guess :D.
"So, what now"
"I don't know, normally I put the eggs and you the fertilizer, doesn't that works like that for you?"
And then you will be running and thinking "Why it wasn't the other kind of mermaid, with fish part up and human part down?"
I knew I should stick to elves =P.
She looks cute enough to me--though I suppose that Mr. Lovecraft would likely write something scary about her. Things that are merely "sci-fi" or "fantasy" now, seemed to be horror and insanity inducing tales back in the 1920's and 1930's it seems!

Her fins and webbed fingers and toes do make her look fish like. But they could be porpoise-like. I might suggest that you could view them as similar to the platypus? If not literally, than having features that might normally be seen as impossible in a mammal?

As most of your Aiers races and species probably emerged from some bio-engineering chambers, why not? On the other hand--Mermaids? I'd say no--let them be legends instead. If you wanted the mermaid to actually have legs and a more humanoid look than the tlannt in this pic, I'd suggest actually doing "aquatic" elves. Although, have that as something of a misnomer. Elves that live on islands and bays, well adapted to swimming, but really air breathing land dwellers for most things?

It is theorized that polynesians have extra subcutanneous body fat to help regulate body temperature due to life as oceangoers, despite living on tropical islands, so maybe more extreme adaptations might be possible? Especially if done by the world's creators?

Likewise, I've wondered if maybe Vanolose orcs are also prehistoric seagoers, much like it is theorized that humans using boats colonized the coasts of the Americas in the ice age? Certainly a tendency towards being fat might be helpful as primitive boaters?
Shabazik Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist
I have think about that as well. Doing them ovipar mammals. But maybe it's too strange.

I do like the possible relation with dragons.

For mermaids. Yeah, I'm almost sure I prefeer them to be mythical. :3
Hmn? This reminds me of a thread on the roleplaying site "" over how to think of dragons.

D&D 4th edition dragonborn, a humanoid dragon race, have breasts! Yet they also lay eggs. This gives rise to all sorts of speculations as you might imagine. Including making them ovipar mammals--as indeed--what else could they be?

This speculation carries over to the actual dragons themselves. Wondering how dragons ought to be classified and if they also produce milk!?
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