Sailors swap stories of the sirens, beautiful women who sing sweet songs to ensnare unwary fishermen, and then drag them down to their watery deaths. There are tales of the kelpies, aquatic horses who drown their riders by jumping into lakes. By far the most popular yarn spun is that of the merfolk, scaled half-humanoids who roam the seas. Merfolk resemble a humanoid from the waist up, as they possess two arms, two eyes, and all the rest of the appropriate anatomy, but from the waist down, they are nothing but an extremely long, eel or snake-like serpent with fins to help propel them in the water. Their scaly bodies are covered on the anterior side by colorful scales and on the posterior side by overlapping plates or reef-like ridges, in shape like a seahorse or crustacean. Merfolk run the gamut in terms of color.
Merfolk are pescatarians, subsisting on raw fish and other sea-creatures. Merfolk are active during the night and day, depending on their particular region and sleep schedule.
Merfolk desire above all else to accrue the riches and wealth of the surface folk. Merfolk love things which are shiny, so precious gems and fine metals are a hot commodity with them. They use these treasures to decorate themselves and their homes, and keep stashes of valuables hidden in reefs and secure places. Merfolk are extremely secretive, and respond with great animosity to any violation of privacy. It is held that merfolk can be dissuaded from ill-intent if they are offered a tightly kept secret or valuable.
All Merfolk have the following powers: