There are several representations among the sailors of Mermaids: as fierce bird-woman (Harpy-like), as normal women, but who live in the oceans, and as creatures with the upper body of a female (human, elf, vanolosé orc, giant, etc) and the tail of a fish (or of a shark, dolphin, manatee, dugong, whale, walrus, etc).
The first recorded stories appeared in ancient Koyonko -zuleis dark elven queendom-, in which the goddess Unnlinne transforms herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her elven lover. Mermaids are sometimes depicted as perilous creatures associated with floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drowning. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition) they can be benevolent, bestowing boons or falling in love with peoples of some races and species.
Mermaids in different culturesEdit
Depending to each different culture, they seem to have their own variations of Mermaids. For coastal harpies of Tok, the Mermaids are delicious fish-people, which grant powers to the harpy who can eat them -but at the same time, they are fierce harpy-eaters who cast storms to sink harpies into the oceans-. For the Vanolosé orc sailors, mermaid are half-vanolosé, half-walrus, weight about 3/4 ton and have the more beautiful giant tusks any Vanolosé have ever seen. The Mermaids of the Draak-Harg are instead half sea-serpent. And for the Naga the Mermaids are sea Naga, with several arms. For Giants, is a sea-giantess, half whale. For the Flairie and Unnline dark elves, they where spirits of the water, who looked like elven women, but leaved the oceans to dance in the beaches, and drag people to their undersea kingdoms.