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Rán is the Norse Goddess of the Sea. She’s the wife of Ægir and they have nine daughters. Rán owns a net with which she captures unfortunate seafarers, only to drown them and drag them down to dwell in her underwater home. She is also associated with the practice of sailors bringing gold with them on any voyage, so that if they drowned while at sea, Rán would be pleased by their gift.
Adaro- Solomon Islands. A warlike type of merman with gills and webbed feet.
Aegeon- Greece. A monster with fifty heads and a hundred arms, personifying hurricanes and violent seas. He was also known as Briareus and could have been as aspect of Poseidon.
Ahi Budhnya- India (Hindu). A serpent of the deep primeval waters.
Alcina/Fata Alcina- Italy. A monster who lived in the Straits of Mesina. Sailors who saw her drowned.
Ao-Jun- China. A dragon of the western sea that brought good fortune.
Ao-K’in- China. A dragon of the southern sea that brought goodness.
Ao-Kuang- China. A dragon of the eastern sea that brought virtue.
Ao-Shun- China. A dragon of the northern sea that brought generosity.
Aonbarr- Isle of Man. The magical horse of sea god Manannan that could travel through the ocean or over land.
Ben Varrey- Isle of Man. A mermaid who, depending on her mood, lured sailors to their death or warned them of approaching bad weather.
Blue Men of the Minch- Scotland. Water fairies who roiled the waters of the Minch Channel near the Outer Hebrides. Their leader was called Shony. The Blue Men were described as having wings and a fondness for singing. They were said to board ships and demand tribute. If they were appeased, they would cause storms. On the Isle of Skye, the Blue Men were believed to be remnants of the Picts, who painted their bodies with blue woad.
Bonito Maidens- Solomon Islands. Mermaids.
Brounger- Scotland. A type of water fairy who inhabited the sea along the east coast of Scotland and warned of approaching storms.
Bucca Gwidden- Cornwall, England. Offerings of food and drink were made to this water fairy to bring good luck. Originally a sea god, his name means “white spirit”.
Cabbyl Ushty- Isle of Man. A type of fairy horse of the sea, distinguishable by its backward hooves. Humans who tried to ride these creatures were usually drowned.
Charybdis- Greece. A whirlpool in the Straits of Messina that could consume entire ships. Along with her companion Scylla, Charybdis attacked Odysseus and his crew on their legendary voyage. She was also known as the Witch of the Shoals.
Coirebhreacain- Scotland. Also known as Cailleach the Hag. Located between Jura and Scarba, the Cailleach made it a gamble to use the shortcut through the Crinan Canal (an alternative to passing around the Mull of Kintyre). It has been said that “the roar of the whirlpool can be heard a distance of twenty miles and the confused seas attain a height of twenty feet”.
Daoine Mara- Scotland. The Gaelic name for a type of mer-people, which literally translates as “sea people”. In oral tradition, some Scottish clans were known as the People of the Sea.
Davy Jones- England. An ocean spirit or ghost. Sailors lost at sea were said to have gone to Day Jones’ Locker at the bottom of the deep.
Dopkalfar- Norway. Dark elves that lived in either the woods or the sea.
Each- Uisge- Scotland. A fairy water horse that lived in the sea as well as the lochs.
Fee des Houles- Brittany, France. Sea fairies that made their homes in caves.
Fiachra- Ireland. The king of the western sea fairies.
Fin-Folk- Scotland. There are extensive legends about the Fin-Folk who were variously known as Finn-Men. Muckle Men, Fion, and Fin-Finn, which meant small. As little boat people they were later associated with Finland. Through the name Fion, they were linked with Ireland’s legendary hero Fion the Fair and associated with the Otherworld. In some areas of Scotland they were believed to be sea fairies with beautiful gardens around their underwater homes. In Cornwall and Wales, they were also called sea gardeners. Elsewhere in Scotland they were seen as the remnants of the ancient Pict people. Sightings were recorded from 1682 to 1864. They were also called Finn Wizards in Shetland, where they were believed to don seal skin and masquerade as seals. They had power over the winds through magic worked with leather bags and black strings. By unknotting the strings or unstopping the bags, they could bring up a wind and cause a storm. Belief in the Fin-Folk also stretched to Norway, where they were said to keep crows as familiars who would let them know what was going on in the world. Only the Fin-Folk could ride a water horse.
Gioga- Scotland. The queen of the sea trows (trolls) who were mainly found around the islands.
Grendel- Norway. A giant monster that frequently devastated the North Sea coast. He personified the powers of the deep sea and storm floods. Grendel was killed by Beowulf.
Groach Vor- Brittany, France and Cornwall, England. A type of mermaid.
Haaf-fish- Orkney Islands, Scotland. A type of selkie.
Hakenmann- Germany. A monster of coastal Northern Germany that had the head of a man and a body of a fish.
Halfway People- Canada. The Micmac name for mer-people. In their legends, the mermaids sang to warn fishermen of storms.
Havfine- Norway. Mermaids that were bad omens.
Havfrue- Denmark. A mermaid who could be a friend or a foe to fishermen, as her presence foretold of coming storms. She gathered the bones of those who had drowned.
Havmand- Denmark. A handsome type of merman who was friendly to humans.
Jormungandr- Norway. A great serpent that circled the human world with his tail in his mouth. He personified the ocean that was believed to circle Middle Earth. It was also known as the Midgard serpent.
Juruta/Jurute- Lithuania. A mermaid or sea fairy that originated as a sea goddess and consort of Perun, the god of thunder. She is associated with the gemstone amber.
Kakamora- Solomon Islands. Cave-dwelling ocean fairies known for their long, sharp fingernails. They were said to have an aversion to the color white.
Kami- Japan (Shinto). Elementals living under the ocean.
Karawatongia- Malaysia. Seashore fairies known for their beautiful hair.
Kelpie- Scotland. Also known as Nix, Nuggle, water horse, water bull, and Each Uisage (Greece), this creature was considered the “most ancient and primitive type of mermaid’s northern ancestors”. The most common form of the Kelpie was a gray water horse that offered rides and then threw its passenger into the water, sometimes to drown. Kelpies could appear as human men, but had hair of seaweed. When not throwing riders, they liked to stand atop water wheels, bringing them to a halt.
Kraken- Scandinavia. A round, flat sea creature that created whirlpools to ensnare passing ships. In other legends it was variously portrayed as a giant fish, whale, or squid.
Lakhmu- Babylon. A sea monster called up by Tiamat to fight against the god Marduk.
Lamia- Greece. Sea fairies whose dancing could create waterspouts.
Leviathan- Phoenicia. A sea serpent/dragon that came into being on the fifth day of creation. As chaos incarnate, his great tail made the seas roil. His name means “coiled”.
Luchorpain- Ireland. A type of leprechaun that could live beneath the sea. They allowed humans to safely journey to their realm by use of a magic cloak over their heads of special herbs placed into their ears.
Maighdean Mara- Scotland. A mermaid whose name means “sea maiden”.
Maighdean na Tuinne- Scotland. A mermaid whose name means “maiden beneath the waves”.
Mal-de-Mer- Corwall, England and Brittany, France. Sea fairies that caused shipwrecks, then took possession of the drowned souls. Their name means “evil of the sea”.
Mama Alo- African and Caribbean. Also known as Mama Jo, these mermaids liked to capture a person’s shadow-metaphor for soul. They could transform and come ashore as cats, which is why stray cats in the West indies were not welcome guests.
Mara-Halddo- Lapland. A type of sea fairy.
Mara-Warra- Ireland. Mermaids with rich undersea dwellings.
Margygr- Greenland. Mer-folk.
Marie Morgane- British Isles. Mermaids related to Celtic fairies.
Mari- morgan- Brittany, France. Sea fairies usually described as sitting on rocks and combing their luxurious hair with golden combs.
Marmaeler- Scandinavia. Children of the Meerweiber.
Mary Player- England. A mermaid who could cause a ship to sink by swimming three times around it.
Meerfrauen/Meerjungfern- Germany. Mermaids.
Meermann- Germany. Merman.
Meerweiber- Scandinavia. Mermaids or sea women.
Mer-Folk- Legends abound worldwide about these near-mortal beings who lived mainly under water in a fairylike paradise. They occasionally came ashore disguised as humans through the use of a magical garment such as a veil, cap, scarf, or sometimes a seal skin. Capturing such a garment gave control over a mer-person.
Mermaids- Classical mythology often depicted mermaids seated on rocks combing their long hair. They were voluptuously human above the waist with the lower body of a fish. In worldwide legends their personalities vary from helpful to malevolent.
Mermen- The male equivalent of mermaids, also called Tritons. Unlike mermaids, mermen were said to be very unattractive.
Merrow/Morvadh/Murrughach- Gaelic names for the mer-folk. They were portrayed as peaceful and sometimes intermarried with humans. The offspring of such a union had webbed toes and fingers.
Merrymaids- Cornwall, England. Mermaids.
Mer-woman/Mer-Wife- England. Mermaids.
Muireartach/Muilearteach- Scotland. A type of sea fairy that appeared as an old woman with blue-gray skin and one eye. She could also appear as a sea serpent and cause storms.
Murdhuachas- Ireland. Sea fairies with the head of a seal or walrus. Sometimes they helped sailors; at other times they hindered them.
Mweedn- Wales. A child of the sea.
Naga Padoha- Southeastern Asia. a sea serpent that tried to destroy the first lands created by the god Batara Guru.
Neagle/ Nuggle/Nyaggle- Shetland Islands, Scotland. Alternative names for a water horse.
Nickur/Nykur/Ninnir- Iceland. A gray or black water horse also found in rivers and lakes.
Ningyo- Japan. A mermaid.
Nuckelavee- Scotland. A sea fairy that usually appeared as a grotesque water horse. While it could go ashore, it had an aversion to fresh water and rain.
Orc- Italy (Roman). A sea monster.
Polong- New Zealand. Sea fairies that fought with the Maori people.
Roane- Ireland and Scotland. Sea fairies that took the form of seals. On shore they could remove the seal skin, but anyone who took possession of it had power over the roan.
Ryu-wo- Japan. A sea dragon that was also king of rain and storms.
Scylla- Greece. The six-headed rock monster of the Straits of Messina. According to legends she was a sea nymph who Circe turned into a monster, jealous of her trysts with Zeus and Poseidon. Along with her companion, Charybdis the whirlpool, Scylla attacked Odysseus and his crew on their legendary voyage.
Sea serpents- Legends of great unknown creatures have been reported worldwide through the ages. One recorded incident in New England occurred off Cape Ann, Massachusetts in June, 1639.
Sea spirits- Isle of Man. Sea fairies who used discarded seashells for boats. They usually aided people in need.
Sea trows- Northern Europe, Scandinavia, British Isles. A type of troll living a the bottom of the ocean. While they tended to play tricks on people, they were not malevolent.
Selkie- Orkney Islands, Scotland. Sea fairies that appeared as seals, but shed the disguise on land. They came to dance for special occasions. As with roanes, stealing a selkie’s seal skin gave a person power over it. Various legends portrayed selkies as fallen angels or humans who were guilty of major transgressions. Male selklies were said to take human lovers.
Shoopiltees- Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland. Water ponies.
Sirena- Guam. A mermaid who could only be caught with a net of human hair.
Tangle- Shetland Islands, Scotland. A mischievous type of water horse.
Tarroo-Ushey- Isle of Man. A dangerous water bull that was capable of going ashore.
Uilebheist- Orkney and Shetland Islands, Scotland. A sea monster/dragon with multiple heads.
Undines- Greece. Sea fairies whose name means “wave”. They could appear as human or sea horse. Elementals of any type of water came to be called undines.
Usumgal- Sumer. A sea serpent.
Vatea- Polynesia. A mermaid that was half porpoise.
Water bull- Scotland. Similar to a water horse; however, it protected people from harm rather than playing tricks on them.
Water horse- Scotland. Also called kelpie. A horse with a wheel for a tail, linking it to symbols for both the sun and “the edge of the night”. Before it disappeared below the sea,a tiny blue flame could be seen. On the east coast of the Shetland Islands the water horse was a light color, and on the west coast it was dark with sand in its mane. In contrast to the kelpie legends, the Shetland water horse could take riders to a beautiful realm under the sea. The journey was pleasant but the rider could not return to the world of humans.
Waternome- Germany. Mermaid or sea-woman.
Wihwin- Central America. A water horse that spent its summers in the forested mountains.
Zabel- Phoenicia. A creature known as a lord of the sea, he was summoned to fight against Baal.
Source: Sea Magic: Connecting With the Ocean’s Energy by Sandra Kynes
Mer!Roddy, Drift and Rung seeing the human!reader and falling in love with them?
Rodimus whistles then hides behind a rock when you turn around. He splashes you and once you’re riled up and angry, then he introduces himself. It doesn’t really matter to him that you’re human, except for that he wishes he could see you more.
Drift finds pretty shells and presents them to you. He likes to float on his back with you cuddled up on his chest. It bothers him that you can’t be together more often, and he tries to find some magical way to become human (little mermaid anyone?)
It takes Rung forever to approach you. For one thing he’s shy, plus he fears it wouldn’t work out. But he just had to at least try. He loves to hear about life on the surface and eagerly tells you about his underwater home. He also stares at your legs; they’re just so graceful and pretty.
I like the idea of sea level rising stories, but I’ve never pictured the sea level rising fast enough to really fuck people over, especially in countries like the US. So instead, imagine years later, and everybody’s more or less survived, and now Florida is underwater; the buildings are home to fish, and gigantic coral reefs have sprung up in the cities. Imagine swimming through the windows of an old bank building to find a giant shoal of bait fish, or looking for sharks near what used to be a Seven Eleven.
I mean realistically it wouldn’t happen, but it’s nice to think about. Perhaps at that point humanity has been mostly wiped out, and the main character is an alien extraterrestriologist. Who knows!
seahorse: surprisingly domestic;
wrasse: those lips
The weather on the coast isn’t
exactly known for its predictability (aside from being predictably awful), but the storm still takes them by surprise.
They’re a good distance away from
camp when the weather takes a turn from bad to worse. Despite the relentless downpour, Solas had expressed an interest in
seeking out some ancient artefacts in the area, and even though none of the others had
been inclined to join him (“your old-as-balls curios have been sitting there
for centuries, Chuckles, they can wait a few more hours”), Ellana had offered
her assistance. Although truth be told, her reasons
for joining him had little to do with ancient elven history, and more to do
with the leap-and-dive dance her heart sees fit to make, at the prospect of
stealing a few moments alone with him.
Of course, the coast doesn’t exactly
make for very romantic scenery, between the sheets of rain and her
dripping curls plastered to her face, and she’s regretting her decision one cold and drenched hour later, when the roiling skies decide to properly empty their
contents over their heads. The deluge is accompanied by a crack of thunder so
loud Ellana feels it reverberate against the inside of her skull, and then it’s
all she can do to walk straight without slipping on the wet grass and sending herself tumbling
headfirst down the viciously steep slope they’re climbing.
A hand under her elbow keeps her steady,
his fingers warm even through the fabric of her robes (and Dread Wolf take her,
why had she forgone her long-sleeved coat? Because the velvet robes were more flattering?), and then he’s steering her off the
path, towards the copse of trees she can spot in the distance, through the curtain of rain that’s obscuring most of her vision. But his change of direction
makes sense a moment later, when he’s nudging her though the doorway of a
derelict cabin tucked towards the edge of the cliff. And despite the drum
of the rain against the roof and the creak and whine of the planks boarding up
the windows, the inside is mostly dry, and the sudden respite from the
onslaught of the skies leaves her blinking dumbly into the dim, musty light of the cabin.
She’s drenched – all the way to the
bone, it feels, her thin robes clinging uncomfortably to her skin. It hadn’t
been this cold when she’d dressed that morning, but she misses her thick wool robes dearly now, torn between wanting to peel off her wet layers and
keeping them on, if only to ward against the draft creeping through the cracks
in the walls, salt-tinged and unforgiving. She’s aware that her teeth are
chattering, and that she’s so tense with cold a breath could knock her over,
and it’s the single worst idea she’s ever had, she’s sure, volunteering to look for dusty old relics in a storm just to be alone with a guy.
Hypothermia will kill you long before this damn infatuation, she thinks miserably, as she begins to peel off her outer
layers, rubbing her hands together to warm herself, but she’s too cold to wring so much as a sliver of warmth from the pool of magic within
her – not even enough for her to stop shivering so badly she can’t make use of
Fingers touch the soft hollow
of her elbow, the sudden contact startling her into looking at Solas, only to
find him offering his coat – the spare she knows he keeps tucked away in
his rucksack, still dry, by some small miracle. But, Ellana notes, balking slightly at
the sight – in her moment of self-absorption he’s forgone his tunic and undershirt, and along with his own coat they hang draped over the back of the room’s only chair, all dripping wet, and their absence leaving him completely stripped to the waist, save that odd pendant he’s so loath to part with.
Oh, Mythal have mercy, she thinks, and wonders idly if she ought to take her chances with the storm.