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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.
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.
This one’s for all of our Canadian followers, celebrating Canada Day by examining the national animal, the Bibarel!
Well, the national animal is a beaver, but Bibarel is also a large dam-building semi-aquatic rodent. But yeah, beavers are totally unique in the way the build and manipulate their environments, second only to humans.
Beavers build homes in water, called lodges, out of wood. Their homes dam up water and can be absolutely gigantic. The largest ever recorded (850 meters) could be seen from space. They have a very particular method of construction, using their teeth (which never stop growing) to knock down and cut up trees to use in their lodges. Larger trees form the base of the dam near the bottom, and smaller trees fill in the rest, as well as provide the most food. They build all year round, not even stopping during the winter. The entrance to their home is underwater, and a dam usually consists of two dens: one for drying off, and one for living and socializing with their family.
Bibarel are very good swimmers, reaching speeds of about 5 miles an hour with their webbed feet and using their unique tails to steer. They can hold their breath for over 15 minutes and have a special pair of transparent eyelids, which act like goggles to help them see underwater.
Bibarel are industrious workers which build underwater nests out of trees they chop down with their teeth.
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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!
Selkies are a kind of aquatic faerie native to the northwest Atlantic Ocean, where stories of them are found throughout Ireland, Scotland, the Orkney Islands, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland. Similar stories of shapeshifting seals can be found elsewhere in the world as well. The term “selkie” supposedly originates from an older Scots word, “selich”, which simply means “seal.” I have also read, however, that at least in the dialect of Orkney, “selkie” is itself just a word for “seal”. In Scotland and Ireland, selkies are often not differentiated from mermaids and may be referred to simply as “maighdeann-mhara” or “maighdean mhara”, meaning “maidens of the sea”.
Said to live in the sea as seals, selkies may assume the form of a human to traverse on land. When changing into human form, a selkie quite literally sheds its seal skin, which they are often depicted as wearing like a cloak. A selkie’s seal skin is its most important and treasured possession, as it is the source of their shapeshifting powers; without it, a selkie can’t change back into its seal form and return home to the sea. As such, a selkie will often hide its skin in a safe place along the shore while on land. Beliefs differ from place to place regarding when and for how long selkies can come onto land, with some making the claim that they can only come onto land on a specific night once each year, and others putting no such restrictions on them at all. In the Faroe Islands, it was believed that the selkies were the spirits of drowned humans who could only come to land and regain human form on Twelfth Night, January 5th or 6th, when they would dance and revel on the shore.
Cultures across the world have stories of faeries and faerie-like beings that become beholden to a human who has stolen their clothing and, unfortunately for the selkies, they are no exception to that trope. Many stories about selkies tell of men who steal a selkie woman’s cloak, preventing her from returning home and forcing her to marry him. In most such stories, the selkie lives with her human husband for many years and bears his children, but her seal skin is nearly always returned to her by some means in the end, at which point she leaves her human family behind and returns to the sea. In some stories, her half-selkie children may also join her in the sea, leaving their father all alone. It should be noted that the so-called seal-wives were not always held against their will, with some stories telling of happy marriages between human men and selkie women.
While stories of selkie women often depict them as victims of human men, the opposite is true of stories about selkie men, who are depicted as targeting human women in a similar fashion. Terribly handsome and seductive, male selkies were said to come to land to seek out unsatisfied or lonely human women, whether married or unmarried, with whom they could engage in sexual relations. Quite commonly, the woman in question is a fisherman’s wife whose husband is often away at sea for long stretches of time. It was also believed that a woman seeking out a selkie man could summon one by shedding seven tears into the sea at high tide. If a woman went missing while down by the shore or while at sea, it was often said that she had been whisked away by her selkie lover.
In more modern portrayals, selkies are most often depicted as being largely benign and friendly, and while many selkies certainly may be friendly, there was apparently a great fear of them, historically. Faeries are people, after all, and not all people are nice. Shipwrecks, drownings, shoreline disappearances, and poor catches while fishing might be blamed on the acts of malevolent selkies, and mothers would often paint crosses on their daughters’ breasts to protect them from the selkies while at sea. A story from Mikladalur in the Faroe Islands tells of a vengeful selkie woman whose family was killed by hunters, who laid a curse on the people of the island to die at sea until their collective severed hands would be enough to circle the entire island.
In the folklore of the Orkney Islands, the malevolent acts attributed elsewhere to selkies instead became attributed to another supernatural race called the finfolk, who were a more fish-like race of amphibious sorcerers who would abduct humans at sea and drag them to their underwater homes to be used as slaves. Selkies, meanwhile, came to be seen exclusively as more benevolent and romantic. It is theorized by some, however, that the finfolk and selkies were once believed to be one and the same in Orkney, as the finfolk do not appear to exist in other places where belief in selkies has existed.
There are many different theories as to the origins of the selkie, which may vary from place to place. A more Christianized theory claims that, like other kinds of faeries, the selkies are fallen angels who were cursed to live on Earth as animals until Judgment Day. Others claim that, rather than angels, they are humans who, for whatever transgressions, were cursed to become seals and live the rest of their lives in the ocean. In some places, as previously mentioned, it was believed that the selkies were actually the spirits of drowned humans who took on the form of seals, only permitted to come on land and regain human form for one night each year. Other, far more mundane, theories posit that stories of selkies and finfolk originated from old Norse stories of the Sami people, who were referred to as “finnar” and were believed to be powerful sorcerers capable of shapeshifting.