Merfolk: Angry Mermaids

Lore: Scavengers of the Sea

Residing deep beneath the waves, merfolk rarely interact with land-dwelling creatures, thus becoming the focus of many a sailor’s romanticized tales. They lack the means to create a proper society beneath the water, such as making weapons or writing histories, and thus live in hunter-gatherer tribes. On occasion, multiple tribes will gather to face a greater threat, choosing a single leader to helm the charge. Sometimes, these unifications lead to the creation of underwater dynasties that last centuries.

They build their homes within submerged caverns, cities, coral mazes, or stones that they themselves carve. These can usually be found in water shallow enough for them to see the sun, thus granting them the ability to mark the passage of time. They harvest coral and farm fish like animals. They’ll craft weapons from whatever supplies they can find in order to defend themselves.

And that’s all. It isn’t bad lore, but you can’t do a whole lot with it. At best, you can use it as a way to slide the merfolk into a larger story.

Design: Zora, D&D Edition

Hey, you like Zelda? Well, here’s that.

You know that SOMEONE wants to get down and dirty with that.

While not the most creative design in the book, this one does have a bit going for it. Like it’s clothing; note how none of it quite matches with the other pieces, like the mermaid drawn just picked up whatever she could find and put it all on. It’s a nice little lore-appropriate detail.

Still, it does leave a bit to be desired in the creativity department. It’s a humanoid fish, basically just a Zora from Ocarina of Time; it isn’t exactly breaking new ground.

But hey. At least they didn’t go the generic ‘pretty human with a fish body and a seashell bra’ or something stupid like that.

Stats: A Fish… With a Spear…

Wow. This really doesn’t give me anything to work with.

This isn’t a powerful monster. Its AC and HP are both extremely low. Its spear attack is fairly dangerous, at least for a level one monster. You hit it and it dies, it hits you and you might die… if you’re the weakest level one character of all time.

And that’s it. This monster has no special abilities. No magic spells. It doesn’t have anything to make it more interesting. It doesn’t even have anything to give it an advantage if it’s in the water! It has nothing! Even as a starter monster, that’s just sad!

Placement

This is a pretty weak monster overall. Its lore isn’t terrible and the design is decent. Unfortunately, the stats just don’t make for an interesting fight in any way. As a whole, very underwhelming.

With all that in mind, let’s put the Merfolk on the Best of the Bestiary!

  1. Beholder
  2. Death Tyrant
  3. Dragon Turtle
  4. Green Dragons
  5. Red Dragons
  6. Blue Dragons
  7. Black Dragons
  8. White Dragons
  9. Silver Dragons
  10. Couatl
  11. Behir
  12. Aboleth
  13. Sea Hag
  14. Lamia
  15. Bronze Dragons
  16. Brass Dragons
  17. Copper Dragons
  18. Gold Dragons
  19. Chuul
  20. Kuo-Toa
  21. Gibbering Mouther
  22. Kraken
  23. Intellect Devourer
  24. Chimera
  25. Death Knight
  26. Fomorian
  27. Bone Devil
  28. Dracolich
  29. Faerie Dragon
  30. Lich
  31. Magmin
  32. Kobold
  33. Kenku
  34. Hobgoblins
  35. Night Hag
  36. Green Hag
  37. Ankheg
  38. Hook Horror
  39. Storm Giant
  40. Hill Giant
  41. Empyrean
  42. Efreeti
  43. Grimlock
  44. Dao
  45. Cloud Giant
  46. Manticore
  47. Drow (all four of ’em)
  48. Shadow Demon
  49. Marilith
  50. Drider
  51. Aarackockra
  52. Azer
  53. Demilich
  54. Spectator
  55. Hydra
  56. Marid
  57. Harpy
  58. Werejackal
  59. Half-Dragon
  60. Cambion
  61. Fire Giant
  62. Animated Armor
  63. Banshee
  64. Basilisk
  65. Yochlol
  66. Bulette
  67. Cloaker
  68. Darkmantle
  69. Doppelganger
  70. Ghoul and Ghast
  71. Ettin
  72. Medusa
  73. Pit Fiend
  74. Erinyes
  75. Chain Devil
  76. Bearded Devil
  77. Barbed Devil
  78. Spined Devil
  79. Ice Devil
  80. Djinni
  81. Nalfeshnee
  82. Glabrezu
  83. Chasme
  84. Grell
  85. Barlgura
  86. Horned Devil
  87. Balor
  88. Shadow Dragon
  89. Werebear
  90. Lizardfolk
  91. Vrock
  92. Dretch
  93. Gnolls (all three)
  94. Goristro
  95. Hezrou
  96. Manes
  97. Frost Giant
  98. Weretiger
  99. Werewolf
  100. Duergar
  101. Quasit
  102. Dryad
  103. Flumph
  104. Goblin
  105. Wereboar
  106. Wererat
  107. Githyanki
  108. Planetar
  109. Imp
  110. Clay Golem
  111. Flameskull
  112. Displacer Beast
  113. Carrion Crawler
  114. Githzerai
  115. Grick
  116. Invisible Stalker
  117. Rug of Smothering
  118. Bugbear Chief
  119. Bugbear
  120. Flesh Golem
  121. Vine Blight
  122. Twig Blight
  123. Needle Blight
  124. Mephits (all six of ’em)
  125. Bullywug
  126. Hellhound
  127. Ettercap
  128. Gas Spore
  129. Cockatrice
  130. Lemure
  131. Homonculus
  132. Merfolk <——————————–
  133. Solar
  134. Deva
  135. Gorgon
  136. Hippogriff
  137. Griffon
  138. Cyclops
  139. Centaur
  140. Ghost
  141. Fire Elemental
  142. Water Elemental
  143. Air Elemental
  144. Stone Giant
  145. Deep Gnome
  146. Dinosaurs (All six of them)
  147. Iron Golem
  148. Stone Golem
  149. Earth Elemental
  150. Galeb Duhr
  151. Helmed Horror
  152. Flying Sword
  153. Crawling Claw
  154. Violet Fungus
  155. Shrieker
  156. Gargoyle

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