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PostSubject: Salmina   Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:18 am

I imagined up this type of mermaid over a few days. I didn't think it was that great, but hey, ya never try it, you'll never know for sure.

Salmina

Salminas are a smaller race of merfolk, ranging from 5 feet to 7 feet in length. Unlike their beautiful relatives, their tails look relatively bland with silver/grayish scales along with green fins and black spots; they're human skin also tends to be heavily freckled. For the most part, they swim through the ocean, eating generally whatever they can swallow. Their main feature, however, becomes evident when it comes time to breed. When mating season kicks in for Salmina, they flood into the mouths of rivers, swimming upstream toward freshwaters bodies where they can spawn. The males also change in appearence, too, gaining a thick red stripe on each side of their tails along with darker, more vibrant skin.

The migration is large, though not enough to completely flood rivers from shore-to-shore, bottom-to-surface with Salmina. However, their vast number easily make them a prime target for giant predators, who find that their predictable pattern make for an easy catch. Indeed, many Salmina don't return to their home in the ocean, but a large number do still manage to carry out their duties and return. On their travels toward their breeding ground, they work together and use the fullest of their brainpower to outsmart fishing predators, warning allies of nearby threats and using rocks to spring traps like nets set for them by Dridders. The migration is a very teamwork-oriented event, for many Salmina manage to save the lives of their brethren by giving warnings and tips to passers-by; Salmina who go off alone without support of others tend not to survive for very long.

Their culture seems to revolve around this migration. They are taught at a very early age how to detect traps and avoid predators when they make the trip, and many of their lore revolves around heroes who overcame great odds and stared death in the face while making the migration. Most notably, Celebrations are held when it comes time to make the fateful journey upstream, perhaps as one last time of fun for friends who may not return home...


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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:29 am

Oh, nice Salmon Mermaid.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:47 am

a salmon species of merfolk?

Well, that's pretty original. And cool.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:49 am

I know that you didn't mean it when you made this race, but their migration would be a massacre. A truly horrible thing to watch. Think about what would happen! Rivers filled with Salmina. No predator could miss catching them.

Fish are fish, the salmon migration means a lot die, but they don't swarm the rivers to the extent that Salmina apparently do. Giant mermaids, giant anything would gorge themselves. Especially dridders. Any migratory river that was near dridder territory wouldn't be part of the migration for too many seasons. Dridder web nets.
I'm sorry, but the images this puts in my head are horrific.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:56 am

Anime-Junkie wrote:
I know that you didn't mean it when you made this race, but their migration would be a massacre. A truly horrible thing to watch. Think about what would happen! Rivers filled with Salmina. No predator could miss catching them.

Fish are fish, the salmon migration means a lot die, but they don't swarm the rivers to the extent that Salmina apparently do. Giant mermaids, giant anything would gorge themselves. Especially dridders. Any migratory river that was near dridder territory wouldn't be part of the migration for too many seasons. Dridder web nets.
I'm sorry, but the images this puts in my head are horrific.

And the people regularly dying horrible acidy deaths don't put horrific images in your head? Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:29 am

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And the people regularly dying horrible acidy deaths don't put horrific images in your head?
Then why are you here if you picture vore that way? This is a very bad argument in my opinion since you basically just said, "I'm only here to watch people die horrible deaths," which I know isn't what you mean, but still come out as awkward.

I guess what AJ means is that, since they're sappient creatures, you'd think they would try to come with another way to mate without turning it into a massive suicide mission?
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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:47 am

There's a difference between "a few adventurers who made a mistake and are now paying for it" and "Sapient species dying in the tens of thousands because they need to reproduce and have no choice."


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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:50 am

Ah yes, right, sorry. I didn't really think about that x.x

I guess I could reduce the sheer mass of the swarm during the migration... Not sure if that would do much good.

It wouldn't be overcrowding rivers like I mentioned, just a few at a time. Of course, there would still be a fairly high mortality rate, but I could lessen the impact of predation on the population; if I just remove the migration and the associated risks thereof, I don't think it'd be safe to refer to them as salmon merfolk anymore.

Should I abandon the idea, or is there a reasonable solution? Again, sorry x.x
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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:57 am

bringing on regards to sapient. if they are, they will have the right to protect them selves and quite adequately as much as humans or sapient species might. hell they have the upper body of a human, do you know how many defensive capabilities i can infer on just that description. I mean they could be docile to fighting but if they have more a brain capacity then their salmon counterparts, much as a human, then i wouldn't describe it that horrifically. i still expect them to take a large quantity of loss but not as much as salmon in a river with bear next to the shore.

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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:56 pm

I think Vixens has a point, since they're sapient that gives them the advantage. Larger predators mostly don't have much of a civilization because they're mostly loners and it'd be hard to provide food for hundreds of them living in one spot. Being more human sized (and sapient) and living in a massive group means they would most likely have developed some kind of underwater settlement for themselves and/or use tools to spring traps such as dridder nets.

Also, fish lay thousands of eggs at a time for this very reason.
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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Wed Jan 05, 2011 10:45 pm

Ah yes, their sapience... I updated their bio with something a bit kinder towards the race. Thanks, Vix, I never would've thought ^^;
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PostSubject: Re: Salmina   Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:38 pm

That's pretty bittersweet.
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