Called “sea fae” by the elves, merfolk are denizens of the oceans. Much like traditional mermaids and mermen, the merfolk have tails of fish or aquatic mammals and upper bodies that resemble humans or elves (depending on region). Most southern merfolk have elven features. Merfolk are rarely seen by humans, and on the occasions where they are, they tend to lure sea travelers to their deaths. Because of this, many humans disbelieve their existence since almost anyone who has seen one has not survived to tell about it. The rare survivors usually are not believed.
Their diet consists primarily of fish (including shellfish). They will eat kelp if absolutely necessary, but their sharp, serrated teeth are not designed for vegetation.
Merfolk have the ability to breathe both underwater and above water, which allows them some versatility in travel. With the help of a potion brewed by the elves, merfolk are able to walk on land, but if their legs are submerged more than halfway, the potion is negated and their legs will transform back into a tail. The potion itself last for various amounts of time, but if another is taken before one wears off, then they will not revert back to their true form until the second potion wears off (or until they return to the water).
Society and Culture
Merfolk society is similar to Elven society. Females outnumbers males two-to-one, and most societal influence is held by female merfolk. In general, merfolk dislike humans, finding them to be hazardous to the ocean’s ecosystem. If they see the same ship too often, they will try to sink it and drown the crew.
Merfolk are not born live. Instead, they hatch from eggs after almost a year of incubation. Merfolk age slowly, although not as slowly as elves. In their early years, they stay with their own age group, and all adults take responsibility for teaching them behavior, social skills, and other important skills to survive. Like elves, merfolk do not marry.