Overtime, this post will be updated as new merfolk appear in my story. My merfolk won't die from old age, and I'll be following many of my old rules for merfolk. I expect that it could be easier to cheer for a specifc character since they won't disappear anytime soon.
One of my favorite Island Radio Songs that always reminds me to stay playful and have fun with my writing here, kinda a story theme.https://youtu.be/Di638xS0jksMy Merfolk’s Abilities and Weaknesses
Just a short outline of things I do differently with my merfolk. These things are made possible with mods. A lot these rules are creative decisions I made for my story.
1. My merfolk don’t naturally have a human form
Meet the MerSimsDylan and Zephyr Zalrian
2. Merchildren don’t have a human form until the teen life stage
3. Prolonged use of a human form gives my merfolk the Dagger Walker moodlet. This can make all merfolk very uncomfortable while in their human form.
4. Merfolk that can shapeshift into a human form can get forced back into their natural form if they get soaked long enough.
5. Merfolk feel the Call of the Sea. They are drawn to places to swim.
6. Certain skills like singing and playing most instruments are set to the maximum difficulty for developing those skills. The eternal life of merfolk makes it possible for them to both sing and play instruments better than most humans. They have the time to perfect the skill.
7. My merfolk are the only sims that get the Child of the Ocean Trait and Clumsy Trait. The Clumsy Trait causes my merfolk to occasionally stumble which fit very well with a life that is primarily aquatic.
The twins that have always been a part of everything from the beginning. I turned back the clock to give them their mermadic childhood I always wanted to give them. Since they are merboys, they can't shapeshift into a human form. Dylan and Zephyr inherited their mother's spiritual connection to sulani, but they aren't true island elementals. Dylan and Zeph can tap into Sulani's Mana, but they are still one of the merfolk. They are definitely not human and never will be.Dylan has the necklace and Zeph has the bracelet.
Calum is an oddity among the Zalrians. He actually likes to be around humans. If it was an option, he wouldn't make a deal with a Sea Witch to become human. He’s proud to be a merman as much as he’s fascinated by humans. Besides, he knows it’s impossible for any natural born merfolk to become human.
Still, Calum and Kemps have very different opinions about humans. Calum ended up marrying his wife Arihi, who gave up being human to live in the sea as a mermaid. Calum and Arihi sang the song that brought the twins into the world.
Out of the three brothers, Calum is the most compassionate and understanding one.
Ages ago, Arihi made a deal with a Sea Witch to become a mermaid. Calum couldn't become human, but she could join him in the sea. Arihi doesn't have a tail natural born merfolk have. She also isn't as clumsy on her feet. Arihi is a genius that expertly navigated the terms of her contract and managed to fullfil her end of the deal without any negative consequences. Damian still has a grudge because of how she outwitted him.
Calum's older brother. He doesn't approve of his younger borther's interest in humans, but he learned to accept Arihi after she became a mermaid. Kemps is loyal and devoted to protecting his family. After the twins joined the pod, he's become a little more protective of his family. The twins are too young to hide among humans and take a human form. He's constantly worried that his younger brother's fascination with the human world will put Calum and his nephews in danger.
Out of the three brothers, Kemps is the most responsible one. He’s had to look after his younger brothers for a long time. After Calum and Reef started their families, Kemps became the Patriarch of the Zalrian Pod. His number one priority is ensuring the safety of his brothers, nephews, and sisters-in-law.
As a child, Alexander read many books about mythical creatures from the deep. As he grew older, his passion for the ocean and the legends that dwelled within never faded. When his father, Mortimer Goth, had writer's block, Alexander joined his father on a vacation to Sulani. Alexander had no idea that Mortimer was involved with an Evil Sea Witch and became another victim in Mortimer's dealings with Damion.
Alexander embraced his new life as a merman and the family that adopted him. Without his memories of the past, it was easy for him to move on. The same could not be said for the shadow he left behind in Davy Jones' Locker.Mortimer Goth: A Poor Unfortunate Soul
Kylen and Lir Kailani
Reef is Calum's older brother and Kemps's younger brother. Reef was adopted by Kemps and Calum's parents. Even though the parents of the three brothers aren't alive anymore, Kemps and Calum still treat him like their brother. Reef doesn't pick a side when it comes to his brother's debates about humans. Reef neither hates nor likes humans. He's happy with his life as a merman and the family he has.
Out of the three brothers, Reef is the mediator. He’s gotten a lot of experience settling disputes between his brothers, Kemps and Calum.
Kylen and Lir are Alexander, Dylan, and Zeph's cousins. Kylen is Reef and Sarah Kailani's son they sang into being. Lir was adopted by the Kailani when they found him alone in the sea. Merchildren are more vulnerable than older merfolk because they can't shapeshift at their younger age. Without a human form, merchildren never leave the sea and can only access spaces close to the water. It's hard to move on land with a tail. It's fairly normal for merchildren to stay close to an older merman or mermaid that looks after them.
A merman that became obsessed with ocean magic. He mastered the art of Sea Sorcery and can brew every potion and conjure any spell. He's lured many poor unfortunate souls in with promises of riches, good fortune, and power. Sadly, most of the individuals that came to him could never pay the price. He has a deep grudge for Arihi, one of the few that managed to outwit him.
Ukupanipo was a poor unfortunate soul that made a deal with Damion. He was scorned by the love of his life and wanted to stop feeling heartache. Damion was happy to help a fellow merperson, but his magic came at a price that Ukupanipo couldn't pay. Ukupanipo has lost his free will and is bound to Damion by the contract he signed. Ukupanipo has since turned to the darker side of the sea and serves Damion faithfully. He neither feels the warmth of love nor is he bothered by what is asked of him by Damion.
A vampire hunter associated with Mortimer Goth trapped Caleb in a glass room with direct exposure to sunlight. Caleb perished that day, but Damion couldn't let him go. Damion used the soul of the Vampire Hunter to bring Caleb back. Soon after, he got his revenge against Mortimer for setting his boyfriend up. Caleb is Damion's soft spot and Mortimer tried to use Caleb to get to him.
The only way Damion could bring Caleb back with ocean magic was to turn him into a merman. Caleb has embraced his new life as a merman and tries to prove that merfolk aren't dangerous sirens or evil sea witches from the deep. Much like how he was when he was a vampire, he tries to prove that merfolk can be good too. Even if, much like the ocean, the nature of merfolk is both good and evil, chaotic and serene.
Despite the past, Caleb has been enjoying the sunshine and isn't as pale as when he was a vampire.
Kai, Lano, and Tero Keahloha
A premade I added to my rotational gameplay. Unlike how he is in a new save, I made him a merman. Not just a human turned into a merman. In my story, he's 100% a natural born merman from the sea. This also means that his Ambitious trait was replaced with the Clumsy Trait, and I changed his aspiration to the Super Parent one. He still retains his core attributes though. He's active and family oriented.
Additionally, Makoa fills the role as the Patriarch of his own pod, a slightly smaller pod than the Zalrian pod. Using Deaderpool's MCCC, I made some CAS adjustments that are identical to Kemps's Build.
The PrologueA story told by Alex to his younger brothers. Some parts of his story may not be accurate to what really happened, but he does a good job telling the story.
The Little Merman ArcAuthor Note: I want to say thank you to @luciousstorm and @Ellupelluellu for all their wonderful feedback they gave me! I found a style for SimLit I really liked and updated the chapters in this arc to match it.
Credit for Mods:Shimrod101https://modthesims.info/d/549757/suave-amp-passionate-kiss-always-available-1-19.htmlAndrew's Studiohttps://sims4studio.com/thread/2617/andrews-studioSpinning Plumbobhttps://www.patreon.com/posts/expanded-mod-2-0-78685209https://www.patreon.com/posts/sea-nery-stuff-74793919https://www.patreon.com/posts/atlantica-set-63764427https://www.patreon.com/posts/occult-mod-70850049CazMarihttps://cazmari-mods.tumblr.com/post/185933168349/mermodeling-pose-packhttps://cazmari-mods.tumblr.com/post/186175440304/part-of-your-world-pose-packhttps://cazmari-mods.tumblr.com/post/185798562519/mermaid-pose-packSerinion Studio
Kai was born in game. Lano and Tero were created in CAS to complete the triplet trio. Kai is an Innovator, Lano is a comedian, and Tero is dedicated to the arts. Their story will be just beginning and there will be updates to their character bios in the future.
I use Custom Content from Serinion Studio, specifically the Castaway Content, the Reef Bed, and Reef Chair. I can't share a link in the forums but I use enough CC from them that I wanted to leave a credit.Peridot Sims
One of the most essential mods I use with the Expanded Mermaids Mod and Sea-nery Stuff from Spinning Plumbob. This mod stops fish quality from decaying when you put them in a fish tank. This includes the objects that I stock with fish to simulate an underwater environment.https://www.patreon.com/posts/mod-fish-quality-69838558