Abyssal Merfolk

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Abyssal Merfolk are an evil aquatic race that dwell in the dark depths of the oceans.

Abyssal Mer[edit]

Abyssal Merfolk are an evil aquatic race that dwell in the dark depths of the oceans. They are known for their cruel militaristic society that frequently launches raids into the surface world to capture slaves and plunder.

Physical Description: Abyssal Merfolk have the upper bodies of humans and lower bodies of cephalapods, especially octopi. Think Ursala from Disney's version of Little Mermaid. Most Abyssal Merfolk have no hair, but a few have crests or fins on their heads. Many have glowing bio-luminescent spots or lures on their bodies and heads. Merfolk have specially adapted gills instead of lungs that can breathe both water and air. Their tentacles and water jet allow powerful swimming, but are equally capable of supporting the rest of the body upright on land as they crawl along. (maybe they shouldnt be able to walk on land, not having bones and all?)

Society: Abyssal Merfolk live in a state of unbending theocratic tyranny. Almost all Abyssal mer are drafted into the military once they reach adolescence. The center of each merfolk's life is his barracks. His unit has replaced his family. His officers have replaced his parents. Most menial work is performed by penal battalions of slaves who were either captured in war or demoted from the army as punishment. The desolate wastes of the ocean floor do not offer enough resources to support a civilization. As a result, abyssal mer must constantly raid and plunder the shallower and more fertile regions of the ocean.

Alignment and Religion: A large number of Abyssal Merfolk have a lawful evil alignment, which is well suited to their militaristic and pitiless society. A minority of Abyssal merfolk have other alignments. Most Abyssal Merfolk worship Father Earth. They see positive aspects in him as the god of passion, art and a furious life creating spark of activity. They argue that Luna is a dead god and that Father Earth is still alive and active and that you can still hear his furious screams of pain in the tectonic activity of the plates. They cannot forgive the Sea Mother for killing Father Earth and see it as vile treachery and oath breaking. They may not show as much mercy as others but they are passionate, furious and their law and oaths are as unbreakable as the iron tools they forge.

Relations: The long history of war and slavery with other races has caused fear and hate to be the default reaction with many other civilized races. This undercurrent of suspicion makes relations with other races difficult. Abyssal Mer get along best with dwarves, who rarely have previous knowledge of abyssal exploits.

Adventurers: Abyssal Mer usually become adventurers as part of a religious directive or atonement for some crime. More unusually, military deserters escape from their regimented military life. With no way to return to their former lives, and no friends or allies to rely on, these runaways turn to a life on the road as adventurers. Abysall Merfolk adventurers are usually martial classes such as fighters, rangers, and barbarians, but they can also become talented wizards.

Abyssal Merfolk Racial Traits[edit]


+2 Strength, +2 Intelligence, -2 Charisma: Abyssal merfolk are strong and well-educated, but their militaristic culture does not put a premium on social skills.

Medium: Merfolk are medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.

Slow Speed: Merfolk have a base speed of 20 feet, but are never encumbered by heavy load or armor.

Aquatic: Merfolk gain a swim speed of 30 feet, a +8 racial bonus to swim checks, and can breathe both water and air.

Grasping tentacles: Abyssal Merfolk receive the improved grapple feat.

Darkvision: You have superior vision in dark and dim conditions. You can see in dim light within 60 feet of you as if it were bright light, and in darkness as if it were dim light. You can’t discern color in darkness, only shades of gray.

Military Drill: Members of this race gain a +2 racial bonus on saving throws against fear and despair effects. Also, once per day, after a natural roll of 1 on a d20 roll, members of this race may reroll and use the second result.

Weapon Familiarity: Abyssal Merfolk have proficiency with the net, trident and Halberd.

Languages: Abyssal Merfolk begin play knowing common and Aquan. Merfolk with a high intelligence score can choose Gnomish, Orcish. Sylvan, Elvish, Draconic, and Halfing.

Abyssal Sea Star[edit]

A monstrously giant sea star has fallen down from above and grabbed onto the outside of a Coastal Mer dwelling. Atop the sea star rides an Abyssal Mer rider. The Abyssal Mer rider pulls up and the trained sea star rises up and then slams its great jaws into the concrete dwelling and begins to drill away.

Related Links[edit]

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