Deep-sea merfolk
Deep-sea merfolk
Deep-sea merfolk
Merfolk
Mermaid-class
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A very mysterious, rarely-seen cryptid, referred to as "deep-sea merfolk" or "rainbow men". Very little is known about them, other than they exterminated sea elves and might be destroying submersibles. They have, to current widespread knowledge, never attempted non-hostile interactions with sapient species, cryptid or normal.

They usually stay away from human activity and almost never venture onto land. This has resulted in extremely scarce evidence of their existence throughout human history, and likely confusion with other mermaid-class cryptids. The advent of Remote-Operated Vehicles has revealed possible sightings within the lower abyssal zone and hadal zone. No merfolk settlement or nest has been discovered yet.

Biology

Deep-sea merfolk biology is currently completely unknown to the world at large. The SPW Foundation's cryptoecology department and the Wings Of Relief Sanctuary have partial, basic data obtained from one specimen, registered as the familiar of marine biologist Dr. Kūjō. Deep-sea merfolk are psionic cryptids, and have been categorized into the mermaid class, due to their humanoid upper body and aquatic-tailed lower body.

Thanks to their unique biology, adaptability, versatility, and complex social behaviors, deep-sea merfolk are secretive super-apex predators of Earth's oceans. They go wherever they wish, hunt whatever they want, and not even the most hostile environments or aggressive creatures will deter them. Alone or in groups, merfolk always find out some way to thrive, through body adaptations that improve their suitability for their surroundings, as well as manipulation and control of their environment. They are also clever enough to steal and alter man-made technology to serve their own purposes.

While best-suited to abyssal depths and below, they can survive in zones where even microbial life struggles. Deep-sea merfolk are one of the oldest extant lifeforms, and have existed, mostly unchanged, for over a hundred million years. They are undamaged by radiation, and never progress past their physical prime. Their bodies have intricate duplications and specializations that allow them to live virtually anywhere on Earth. Atavistic traits hidden away in their genes often re-emerge during an emergency metamorphosis, further increasing an individual's chances of survival.

Anatomy

Natural weapons and defenses

Adaptability

Merfolk genders

Merfolk metamorphosis

Merman bioweapons

Endurance and Illnesses

Abilities

Merfolk psionic and magic abilities

Ecology

Evolution

Civilization

History of the Merfolk

Legends and Myths

Culture and Lorekeeping

Belief and Ways of Life

The Old Ways

The New Way

Language

Telepathic Variants

Sigils and Glyphs

Body Language and Displays

Arts

Construction and Landscaping

Performances

Clothing and Weaving

Magical Mastery

Weaponcrafting and Armorcrafting

Cuisine

Prey and food preparations

Society and Structures

The Great Clans

The Great Queens and their clans

Colonies

Colonies of the Old Ways

Colonies of the New Way

Tribal Pods

Pods of the Old Ways

Pods of the New Way

Schools and Ferals

Family schools and feral merfolk

Mating

Mating and romance

Interspecies relationships

Gallery

Gallery

Merfolk Characters

List of Merfolk Characters

Notable Merfolk