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|Alternate Names/Spellings||Merboy, Mergirl, Mermaid, Merman, (pl) Mermen, (pl) Merpeople, (pl) Merperson|
|Alignment||Chaotic Neutral, Neutral Good, Neutral Evil|
Merfolk are a race of creatures with origins in mythology, legend and folklore from around the world.
Among the most well-known easily recognizable of the mythical races, Merfolk are human from the waist up, and from the waist down, there extends a wish tail in the place of human legs.
Aside from this, Merfolk may have any skin color that is common among mundane humans, from the lightest shade to the darkest hue. Their hair and eye color may be any color that occurs within fish species; that is, hair and eye color run the entire visible color spectrum.
Some Merfolk possess more ichthyic (fish-like) characteristics than others. They may have webbed fingers, scaly patches on their skin (for example, in place of nipples on a mermaid's breasts); in cases, they may have fins and/or gills. Though, the 'human half' of a Mermaid or Merman's body is most often indistinguishable from true human.
In fact, it is common for sailors, pirates and other passersby on the waters to mistake a Mermaid or Mermaid half-risen from the waters for a human swimmer or someone drowning.