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 ====== Nereides ====== ====== Nereides ======
-Nereides (//Homo Nereides Cetaceus//) are also known as: Delphin Merrow, Dolphin People, Sea People. They show evidence of divergence from possibly another common ancestor than humans. They are in a different species than the more well-known, scaled classical mermaids (classified as //Syreni Squamula//​). Nereides differ in the fact that they are mammals, as opposed to mermaids, who lay eggs like fish.+Nereides (//Homo Nereides Cetaceus//) are also known as: Delphin Merrow, Sea Nomads, Dolphin People, Sea People. They show evidence of divergence from possibly another common ancestor than humans. They are in a different species than the more well-known, scaled classical mermaids (classified as //Syreni Squamula//​). Nereides differ in the fact that they are mammals, as opposed to mermaids, who lay eggs like fish.
  
 Nereides are a custom species created by [[http://​starlightacademy.net/​index.php?​members/​lalilulelo.210/​|Lalilulelo]]. ​ Nereides are a custom species created by [[http://​starlightacademy.net/​index.php?​members/​lalilulelo.210/​|Lalilulelo]]. ​
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 ==== Body Features ==== ==== Body Features ====
  
-Their skin is fair to medium fair, and their backs are medium to medium deep in colour. Their tails are smooth, with black to dark slate grey dorsal fins and a lighter grey body. Extremely fair individuals that make up about 20% of the pod have their backs are countershaded in grey. Younger individuals have more melanin and pigment in their tails, and they lose this pigment as they get older. If such an individual is very fair, their tails would show up as pink later in life. They retain nipples and navel, and tend to not wear clothing unless for ceremonial purposes+Their skin is fair to medium fair, and their backs are medium to medium deep in colour. Their tails are smooth, with black to dark slate grey dorsal fins and a lighter grey body. Extremely fair individuals that make up about 20% of the pod have their backs are countershaded in grey. Younger individuals have more melanin and pigment in their tails, and they lose this pigment as they get older. If such an individual is very fair, their tails would show up as pink later in life. 
  
 The blowhole is located on their head, though it is often hidden by hair.  The blowhole is located on their head, though it is often hidden by hair. 
  
-Like humans, they are omnivorous, but possess two stomachs like other cetaceans. Their canines are prominent and have a slight serrated edge. They swallow fish whole with minimal chewing.+Like humans, they are omnivorous, but possess two stomachs like other cetaceans. Their canines are prominent and have a slight serrated edge. 
  
 ====== World View ====== ====== World View ======
  
-They regard the Ocean as the Mother that supports their world, and many refer to the ocean as such. Ocean currents, rips, tsunamis, waves and maelstroms are proof of this force, even though they understand it's scientifically explained. They love calm and beautiful seas. They hold a positive relationship with the sun as a benefactor of life. The moon is personified as a gloomy ​and moody force of nature. Upsetting the balance of the Ocean has extreme consequences for the wellbeing of the Earth. They have many oral tales and myths that are passed down orally ​through generations.+They regard the Ocean as the Mother that supports their world, and many refer to the ocean as such. They love calm and beautiful seas. They hold a positive relationship with the sun as a benefactor of life of calm in the ocean, and understand that seasons and climate has bearing on the calmer, shallow temperate seas and reefsHowever, to survive ​and hunt, they also need to venture into the colder, more dangerous waters to find rich foods to support their way of life. Upsetting the balance of the Ocean has extreme consequences for the wellbeing of the Earth. They have many oral tales and myths that are passed down through generations.
  
 Nereides are able to live in both saltwater and freshwater habitats. Surprisingly,​ Nereides prefer to drink freshwater, and will often come to underwater caves to find river systems or wells to drink from.  Nereides are able to live in both saltwater and freshwater habitats. Surprisingly,​ Nereides prefer to drink freshwater, and will often come to underwater caves to find river systems or wells to drink from. 
  
-There is a clear divide and balance between land and sea. In the Australian Indigenous Dreamtime, it has been documented and spoken that the sea coast draws further inland, and even separating lands to form islands. In Nereide culture, they speak of this in a similar light, but it is seen more as a cautionary tale.+There is a clear divide and balance between land and sea. In the Australian Indigenous Dreamtime, it has been documented and spoken that the sea coast draws further inland, and even separating lands to form islands. ​Knowledge and documentation of receding shorelines ​In Nereide culture, they speak of this in a similar light.
  
 Females of their species often wear hair ornaments made from pearl and sea coral, whereas males prefer to carve crowns out of driftwood. Tattoos are important for males, as it is a mating ritual that lies in the hand of a selected female, which creates the tattoo for them using ink from cephalopods and marine plants. To do so, they have to come up to surface, which puts Nereides in considerable danger if close to a human settlement. Nereides are known to mate for life. Females of their species often wear hair ornaments made from pearl and sea coral, whereas males prefer to carve crowns out of driftwood. Tattoos are important for males, as it is a mating ritual that lies in the hand of a selected female, which creates the tattoo for them using ink from cephalopods and marine plants. To do so, they have to come up to surface, which puts Nereides in considerable danger if close to a human settlement. Nereides are known to mate for life.
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 Nereides split from the human ancestral tree during the late Pliocene era. This differs from the genus Syreni, which have links to their ancestry in early Silurian times and had a much more different evolution line to humans and Nereides. Myths often colour the perception between these sea-dwellers,​ but extensive study show that there are difference between classical mermaids, Nereides and sirens scientifically. Nereides were possibly an isolated group of amphibious hominins in nature that lived by the sea, and dived for their food.  Over time they evolved to have more marine-like traits to live in the sea and rivers.  ​ Nereides split from the human ancestral tree during the late Pliocene era. This differs from the genus Syreni, which have links to their ancestry in early Silurian times and had a much more different evolution line to humans and Nereides. Myths often colour the perception between these sea-dwellers,​ but extensive study show that there are difference between classical mermaids, Nereides and sirens scientifically. Nereides were possibly an isolated group of amphibious hominins in nature that lived by the sea, and dived for their food.  Over time they evolved to have more marine-like traits to live in the sea and rivers.  ​
  
-The Nereides and Syreni had a complex war in the past for territory and possession over Atlantis, to which both had a hand in helping the human population build. Syreni do not regard them as '​true'​ mermaids and thus look down on them, despite Nereides having superior ocean navigational skills and was able to locate Atlantis before the Syreni. Nereides regard Atlantis as their ancestral home, and often make pilgrimage there once a year. In the end, the Nereides lost the war for Atlantis, and Syreni made the city of Atlantis their habitat, until Atlantis fell in the late Renaissance due to political upheaval and the decline of Syreni society. As of today, the city of Atlantis is treated as a historical area to both species, and remains as a neutral zone.+The Nereides and Syreni had a complex war in the past for territory and possession over Atlantis, to which both had a hand in helping the human population build. Syreni do not regard them as '​true'​ mermaids and thus look down on them, despite Nereides having superior ocean navigational skills and was able to locate Atlantis before the Syreni. In the end, the Nereides lost the war for Atlantis, and Syreni made the city of Atlantis their habitat, until Atlantis fell in the late Renaissance due to political upheaval and the decline of Syreni society. As of today, the city of Atlantis is treated as a historical area to both species, and remains as a neutral zone.
  
 ====== Relationship with Other Species ====== ====== Relationship with Other Species ======
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