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Merpeople are a race of intelligent underwater humanoids in the Great Sea. Males are called mermen or tritons, while females are known as mermaids (Skellige jargon: havfrue).

Characteristics

Physical description

Merpeople are a race resembling a half-human (male or female) with fins and a fish's tail in appearance. The females are similar to nymphs and are very beautiful.[1] So beautiful in fact that their graces are a subject of many sailor songs.[2] They are described as having flowing celadon-green hair, light green nipples, and long fishtails covered in scales.

They are able to breathe air but can stay above water only for short periods of time because the sun hurts their skin.[1]

Merpeople are often confused for siren/nixa; a vicious monster.[N 1] A notable difference though is that sirens have large, bat-like wings while merpeople are far more peaceful and always wingless.[3]

Mental traits

They appear to wield mysterious power and rule the undersea world. Even vodyanoy respect them. Furthermore, they can summon the dreaded krakens if the need arises.[1]

History

They're an old race known to inhabit the Great Sea since well before the arrival of Nordlings in the 8th century.[4] Although peaceful, they haven't always been friendly to humans,[1] possibly attacking them during one of the numerous race wars.[5]

Culture

Merpeople, like nereids and sea witches who live with them, use a euphonious version of the Elder Speech, which puts a great emphasis on melodiousness and intonation.[1] It is said to be related to the dialect used by dryads of Brokilon.[6]

They train dolphins[1] and sharks as mounts in a manner similar to how surface-dwellers train horses.[6] Tritons are alluded to have good relations with hippocampi as well.[7]

Notable merpeople

Footnotes

  1. In Polish, "syrena" (siren) can mean bot "mermaid" and "siren". It was later clarified in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Artbook, in particular, the Polish version, that the game's sirens are actually "nixae" and often get mistaken for real sirens (in English: merpeople).

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Sword of Destiny
  2. The Last Wish
  3. The Tower of the Swallow
  4. Blood of Elves
  5. The Witcher Role-Playing Game
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni
  7. Season of Storms
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