The Water race of the Etherealm, Merai are entirely based on being aquatic, with a fish tail, fins, and gills. Able to survive leagues underwater, they mostly keep to themselves, although they do sell marine-based merchandise to people on land.
Merai have considerably advanced technology, and this is reflected in their main city, Atlaqua, and their mechanical legs that allow for walking.
History of MeraiEdit
Merai are known on Earth as mermaid, or merfolk, kappa, and practically any other anthropomorphic aquatic species. Thought also to be the inspiration behind Atlantis, Merai have had a long establishment in the legends and myths of other worlds. Because of their ability to dive deep into ocean crevasses, they find a high amount of inter-dimensional gates in underwater caves and trenches. Their main city is a technological marvel, and can weight it's ballasts to either sink or float, and can control ocean currents to direct their city to a new location. With this, they can move anywhere in the ocean, and have become fairly difficult to locate. If one has an enchanted item on the same resonant frequency as the city's Tide Generator, however, they can track the city's movements.
Because the majority of unwater species surrounding the city are either crustaceans, exoskeletal in general, or have flimsy fish bones, Merai have been mostly ignored by Death Crusades and the Skull. However, there are the occasional rare deep-sea creature that catches the Skull's notice, and they then try to convert it to an undead creature. In these cases, the relationship between Merai and Skull will reach open conflict; this is one of the few cases where the environment will serve as no defense; the city is filled with either water or air, and Skull are immune to the negative effects of a respiratory system in either case.
Biology and Reproduction in MeraiEdit
Physically, Merai have as wide a range in appearence as the Veinoc; many have appendages and organs similar to aquatic species across the globe, and across to omniverse. Because of this, the possibilities for diversity are endless.
For the most part, however, Merai follow the rules for reproduction of most aquatic animals; they'll lay eggs, which are then kept in a vault until they hatch. Some Merai have more mammal in their system than others, though, and will develop 1-15 fetus in a womb-like organ for about four months, with a potential additional week per child. Usually though, at maximum occupancy, the female will be too engorged to even move, and will spend the four months being attended to.
The majority of Merai have ridiculously underdeveloped legs, being at most two dense clusters of nerves on their tails. Building on this, the Merai developed mechanical legs to attach to these clusters, and enable rudimentary land travel.