Questions tagged [merfolk]

For questions about aquatic creatures traditionally resembling humans but with a fish tail instead of legs, or any sort of water-dwelling humanoid.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
3
votes
0answers
38 views

Plausibility of Cheek Gills

Merfolk gills, when not set into the chest, can be placed within the cheeks Specifically, they are found above the angle of the mandible, near the back of the jaw-region. They are structured like in ...
2
votes
2answers
66 views

Plausibility of Ear Fins

Many depictions of merfolk show the ears as a set of ray-bearing fins, resembling the pectoral fins of fish However, this doesn't make much sense from an anatomical perspective; the pectoral fin is ...
2
votes
1answer
99 views

How would reverse merfolk navigate on land?

A reverse merfolk is a creature with the head and chest of a fish with the legs and lower parts of a human. While they would be able to walk around by their legs, they may have issues with their ...
6
votes
2answers
173 views

Would mermaid be able to leap higher out of water with a Fosbury flop?

In a high jump sport on land, athletes would adopt Fosbury flop technique to cross over a bar. This bar is the indicator of how high an individual can jump with reference to the ground, so I wonder ...
7
votes
2answers
155 views

Could this gill system realistically develop?

Often, aquatic humanoids and other species are depicted with a set of shark-like gills in the side of their chest. Specifically, the gills and gill arches would replace the lungs and ribcage under the ...
4
votes
3answers
212 views

Would merfolk kept in captivity suffer from lack of oxygen?

In my story, in the midst of a human-merfolk war, merfolk are captured by humans, and are periodically de-scaled (they grow back) to sell their colorful scales as jewelry. In these farms, the merfolk ...
6
votes
5answers
356 views

underwater calendar for merfolk?

In the world I'm creating, I have merfolk who have human-level intelligence, live in pods/tribes of 10-50 (but are connected to each other and trade and exchange information frequently). Most worship ...
9
votes
7answers
1k views

What materials would merfolk use to craft armor?

What materials in the environment could merpeople use to make armor? The merpeople live in the mediterranean sea and have contact and trade with humans who could provide resources and craft the armor ...
-3
votes
2answers
148 views

What is a realistic psychological response to magic? [closed]

So I think about this a lot based on seeing things like clichés or unrealistic reactions - how would someone actually react to magic? In some media, the character is in unbelievable denial - you've ...
2
votes
2answers
117 views

How would an underwater city be structured? [closed]

Let's say there is an underwater civilization of merpeople. They were able to develop medieval technology (approximately, since an underwater civilization would develop differently than an above water ...
1
vote
3answers
156 views

How would humanity fight against a neolithic aquatic race

In the early 1950s an aquatic race called merfolk for simplicity sake was discovered. But they weren't friendly in order to scare them off the crew that discovered them fired off a warning shot which ...
5
votes
1answer
82 views

Could these mermaids have side-fins?

The mermaids are a species of ape that are adapted for the sea. One of these adaptations is that the legs are fused into a single finned 'tail', as in sea-lions. However, I'd also like them to have a ...
7
votes
4answers
165 views

Most effective gill design for a humanoid?

In the distant past, Water was a world much like Earth--but all of its continents have been eroded away, such that its surface is entirely covered in, well... water. While many of Water's ancient ...
5
votes
2answers
186 views

Would merpeople contract diseases from land?

In working on the merpeople for my story - very basic, classic merpeople - they are humans underwater with fish tails. I've questioned whether they would contract diseases. It seems that they would in ...
-1
votes
1answer
109 views

What are the faceless mermaids like on the inside? [closed]

The faceless mermaids have 2 eyes, on the back of their shoulders. They also have an upwards-facing beak in their chest, which is used to eat. Their head has no eyes or mouth, but does have a nose ...
0
votes
2answers
106 views

How could these sirens move on land?

The siren is an amphibious humanoid. They are mostly like humans apart from the limbs: Their arms are large and flipper-like, being used to swim underwater. Their leg is short, and they always have ...
2
votes
4answers
147 views

What is the most vertebrate way a mermaid's bone structure could develop in an embryo?

The mermaids are human down to the knees. Their thighs are fused together as in sirenomelia, to form a single structure. However below the knees they have a fish-like tail with vertebrae and the other ...
3
votes
0answers
100 views

What is the function of this limb system? [closed]

The Globadob is a strange fish with a strange anatomy. Most notably is its lower half, which features a structure that is not seen in any other animal This structure is composed of a ring of legs, ...
4
votes
4answers
239 views

How can I make my underwater crops more aquatic in nature?

In my fantasy novel, I'm writing about a society of merfolk. They're well developed and have city states, but they don't have very good farming practices. As part of the story focuses on this, I am ...
3
votes
1answer
110 views

Could you build a depth charge in the early 1800s?

My novel taking place in an early 1800s setting (circa 1800 - 1850) has a human versus merfolk war. It started with disputes over fishing resources, but now has escalated, for the merfolk, to a fight ...
14
votes
8answers
3k views

Could merfolk cook without air by using electrical heating?

Basically title. You can't light a fire to cook your food because everything's all wet and there's no air you see. But can you take some raw meat, apply an electric eel to it for 20 minutes, turning ...
13
votes
8answers
3k views

How would WW2-level navy deal with my "merfolk"?

The abovementioned fictional race aren't exactly merpeople from fantasy, but I call them like that just for the sake of convenience. Rather, they're semi-aquatic humanoids, who are really good at ...
4
votes
8answers
663 views

How do you tie up a mermaid?

How could you restrain a mermaid's tail with rope so that they couldn't swim away? Let's say that the tail is like a fish, and is roughly the size of a pair of human legs
4
votes
1answer
87 views

How can I improve my pressure based magic system?

My fantasy world Treyidal tentatively has a pressure based magic system. This started as an outgrowth of the inability of my merfolk to do a whole lot, and this is my hopeful solution to construction, ...
3
votes
1answer
156 views

What infrastructure would be needed to "farm" merfolk scales?

In the world of my story, merfolk have been captured by humans to serve the cruel purpose of providing their colorful scales to make jewelry, chandeliers, etc, with their colorful scales. I'm not ...
0
votes
1answer
130 views

Could a creature swim using an organic dress?

Could a creature swim through water (faster than the average human) using a fin that wraps around the body like a dress or skirt? Specifically, the fin would surround the rear end in a circle, with a ...
3
votes
1answer
69 views

How would merfolk sustainably magically grow coral?

This question is a modified version of my earlier question, where I will clarify some of my worldbuilding. In my world, merpeople are capable of manipulating coral by making it grow at a faster rate ...
3
votes
2answers
99 views

What headwear could a triton wear?

The tritons are a species of aquatic animal with a rather unique appearance. Their head is human-like, apart from the following: They have equine ears, that are positioned at around eyebrow level ...
-1
votes
1answer
54 views

How could a triton be ridden?

The tritons are a species of aquatic animal with a rather unique appearance. Their upper body is mostly humanoid, apart from the following features: They have equine ears, that are positioned at ...
5
votes
4answers
175 views

What material could merfolk use to make rope?

I have a fantasy world with merfolk in it who have their own underwater civilization. While they are capable of trading and obtaining material from humans I want to figure out how much technology they ...
3
votes
5answers
197 views

What method of waste disposal would be the most practical for merfolk?

While worldbuilding my merfolk society I've been thinking about what method of waste disposal they would use. I've come up with a few ones that I will describe, and ask how practical they are, and if ...
7
votes
7answers
2k views

Could merfolk create pottery and other vessels for storage?

I've got a fantasy setting set in a world based on the ancient near east ca 500 B.C. In it there are merfolk who have contact and trade with local humans. The merfolk are physically more similar to ...
6
votes
2answers
383 views

What kind of house would merfolk build?

In my fantasy setting there is a species of merfolk who live in the ocean. They have hands with human level of dexterity and can live completely underwater. I would want to ask a question about what ...
7
votes
3answers
224 views

What Would Be The Advantages Or Disadvantages Of Merfolk Having Extra Fins?

I've always liked the idea of merfolk having extra fins(by this I mean fins like the dorsal and pectoral ones and not the main tail fins). After seeing this article about how fish use their many types ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

Are humanoids capable of breathing in water and on land feasible? [duplicate]

Is it possible to genetically engineer a creature that can breath in air and water? If so, what changes would have to be made assuming the creature was originally a human?
4
votes
5answers
2k views

Could we evolve to become mermaids?

Anyway, I'm playing subnautica and it goes something like this. you're traveling in the aurora an interstellar special ship, but due to some event you become stranded on a planet filled with water and ...
11
votes
4answers
1k views

Would nomadic mermaids be capable of domesticating fish that they herd?

In my world, most mermaids migrate and have two family groups: A warm-water group and a cold-water group. When the water is cold (winter) the mermaids move down south to warmer waters. There the ...
6
votes
7answers
265 views

Could giant mermaids domesticate baleen whales?

While many mermaids are hunter gatherers some live a pastoral life, herding creatures like domesticated manatees. Along with this some mermaids (particularly giant mermaids) herd baleen whales using ...
6
votes
7answers
426 views

What would be an effective land based mode of transportation for mermaids?

(this is probably going to be my last mermaid based question for while) unlike their giant counterparts, most mermaids are more humanoid sized and have a life style similar to seals. now some of these ...
3
votes
5answers
269 views

How would giant mermaids wage raids/warfare against ships?

Part 2 of How could medieval ships protect themselves from giant mermaids? While hominids may rule the land, giant mermaids dominate the sea! Many nations employ these giant mermaids to wage warfare ...
28
votes
17answers
6k views

How could medieval ships protect themselves from giant mermaids?

Long ago when apes and hominids split off a third group began to live in the seas and became mermaids/seafolk. Among several species of mermaids, there is a species of "giant mermaids" who ...
1
vote
1answer
67 views

How Useful Would The Amphibiousness Enchantment Be For People? [closed]

This is an extension of Benefits of Amphibious Items? and covers the benefits of the Amphibious Enchantment for people. If someone swallows a Snapper (as in the monster, see the linked question above) ...
10
votes
3answers
784 views

What would be the most comfortable position for mermaids and humans to engage in sexual relationships?

Alice the mermaid and Bob the human have been dating each other for quite some time, and being young adults filled with love and copious amounts of hormones the two of them want to take their ...
6
votes
2answers
259 views

When is the latest a population of merfolk could have inhabited Zealandia without humans getting conclusive proof of their existence?

Inspired by this answer to this question. In my setting, there exist magical immortal mutants descended from humans who randomly became "magically active" and transformed into the first ...
0
votes
1answer
142 views

What adaptations would humans need to become partially aquatic (like otters, seals, etc.)?

Continuing from this discussion: Why might it be desirable to engineer aquatic humans? In a society in which humans have been bio-engineered for a partially marine lifestyle (I mentioned otters and ...
3
votes
2answers
224 views

What pressures would lead to the evolution of merfolk?

I want to know what evolutionary pressures would lead to merfolk. Here are characteristics required: must be around human height, strength, and intelligence must swim at least 4 mph it having gills ...
1
vote
2answers
206 views

How Would Merpeople Riders Change Naval Warfare?

When a human and a merson (mer-person) "pair off"-with a human as the rider, and a mermaid or merman as the mount-magic is involved. There's a connection that draws the two together. As time ...
4
votes
2answers
142 views

How Large Would A Mermaid Need To Be To Support Someone?

My last question was about why mermaids would allow people to ride them, but someone pointed out that a conventionally sized mermaid wouldn't be able to support someone. That got me thinking: how ...
-1
votes
2answers
79 views

Merpeople with ink-spraying heads?

My merpeople have ink sacs in their heads, as they can spray ink from tentacles (like Medusa's snakes) on their head. The problem is, I don't know where said ink sac for each tentacle would go without ...
2
votes
1answer
129 views

How would a aquatic race make ships [closed]

How would an aquatic race make ships for underwater travel, how would they deal with the pressure of the deep ocean or build warships, make transports and the like. Curiosity for a campaign set in an ...