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The Merfolk of ‘The Fjords’
The Fjords is a merfolk AU I’ve been working on and this post is about the merfolk's physiology/culture
In this world, the merfolk (I'm just going to call them mer for short) vary in size depending on mix (think what the lower half of the mer is). Whale mer are much larger than carp mer, but even the smallest mer are at least human-sized.
They communicate with each other through sound and gestures. Private conversations are generally held using gestures/body language, while long-distance, “open” communication occur using sound waves.
The warmbloods and coldbloods have a strained relationship, as warmbloods have historically hunted coldbloods during times of low food availability. Warmbloods are viewed with suspicion by coldbloods, and they generally live in shoals with other warmbloods. Intermingling between warmbloods and coldbloods does happen but is often frowned upon.
Mer live in pseudo-familial units called shoals. Shoals are similar to dolphin pods and comprise of the shoal leader, their mate(s) (called shoalmates), and their children (called shoalings). Each shoal has its own sigil/symbol that can be displayed on accessories/clothing or used to mark territory.
Individual mer can have one to several mates, depending on how attractive others find them. Mer attractiveness is measured in two ways – their fish-hunting ability and their pattern. How important these two traits are depends on the individual doing the judging and the individual being judged.
Courtship is usually initiated by the “fisher” bringing a potential mate gifts of fish and rare trinkets, like pearls or an old pocketwatch from a shipwreck. Interested mates will reciprocate with a trinket of their own. Nonmigrating shoals will often have a space to display all their trinkets, while migrating shoals will carry incorporate their trinkets into their accessories.