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The mermaid kingdom of Thalassia has been forced smaller and smaller in recent years, crushed in on all sides by the ever expanding influence of humans. Schools of mermaids, cut off from the overarching empire and the reach of the Dread Empress, have either retreated, or attempted to make friends with the humans, with varying effects.

Deep sea voyages have become more common, and in retaliation, the Empress has developed a new weapon. A plague among her people which can turn any mermaid - warrior or not - into a berserker ready to tear into her enemies at the first scent of blood. Those who are affected are termed Stricken, and are feared by mermaids and humans alike. Sirens, higher caste members of society gifted with the ability to hear the Songs which the Sea, their deity, Sings can capture those Songs and Sing them for all to hear, with magical effects.

In recent times, a large group of mermaids broke from the empire and fled, trying to aim for a particular group of islands sheltered behind a veritable maze of razor-sharp reefs and channels, where they had heard tell of a freshwater atoll where they might be safe from the Empress' grasp. In their flight, they came across several vessels full of humans in trouble, and assisted in the rescue of sailors and civilians from a vessel broken apart on the reefs. The Dread Empress sent her pet and guard creature, the Grasper, a great kraken, to devour the mermaids, and the humans and mermaids banded together to kill the creature. The Sirens in turn used their Song to entice a vessel of cruel pirates onto the reefs so that the ships they had befriended - limping carefully through the reef channels with mermaid guidance - would not be set upon and their human friends killed.

In the end they made it to the islands, and the first large colony of free mermaids was established.

Among these ships was the research vessel the Panlong. Scientists and activists aboard that ship were able to eventually return home and created the first Mermaid Sanctuary and Research Facility.

The Mermaid Sanctuary and Research Facility, or just Sanctuary for short, was begun by a small but enthusiastic staff several years ago. Here injured mermaids are brought for treatment, fleeing mermaids can find a home away from the vengeful strike teams of Thalassia, and medicine and marine biology are making great leaps and strides in understanding the sea in general and especially this fascinating race. The facility is a haven, medical center, informational hub, and kick-off point for mermaid rights activism, and is internationally recognized as the authorities on mermaid culture, habitat, behavior and biology. It took the imagination of the public by storm and when investigation discovered the place was real contributions, grants, and funding flooded in from across the world. The international community has yet to recognize the mermaids as their own race and kingdom, but there is a fair amount of pressure to move in that direction. Other groups target the center and their workers as disseminators of false information and protectors of man-eating monsters.



RESOURCES: General Mermaid Information | Siren Song | Stricken | Midpoint Atoll Information | Sanctuary Information | Glossary | Questions | Resources and Inspiration



INSTRUCTIONS: Please include your race (human/mermaid) in your subject line! Tag around and have fun!

PROMPTS


1. New Arrival: There's a new mermaid in the water. Either in isolation, in recovery, or freshly introduced to the larger schools.
2. Injury: Blood in the water! Somehow someone has been injured. How serious is it? Who will help? Is this in the Stricken waters, because if so you have a larger problem.
3. Refugee: You've heard of this place... it's supposed to be safe. Looks like there's a greeting party.
4. New Handler: A new staff member is being introduced to the schools.
5. Patrol: Un-Stricken mermaids pair with human handlers to patrol the waters and keep them safe.
6. Fine Cuisine: Chow time is always a mess.
7. Fish Out of Water: Someone's practicing their land legs.
8. Visitors: It's School Day at the Centers and you know what that means... lots of little human children at the glass.
9. VIH: Very Important Humans have come to see if the Centers are worth funding. Better be on your best behavior! ...or not.
10. Nightfall: Night descends on the Centers... but not everyone sleeps. Or sleeps soundly.
11. Arts and Crafts: The Centers have arranged for materials to be brought in! Who wants to make something?
12. Storm: There's a storm rolling in and the sea walls can only shield so much.
13. Cross-Current Lovers: A human and a mermaid fall in love, or a Striken and un-Striken, a refugee and an Empress' fish... how do they handle their separation and differences?
14. Fingerlings: New baby mermaids have been born! It's up to the whole community to teach them what it means to be a mermaid.
15. Culture Class: Mermaids need to learn about humans as much as the reverse!
16. Wild Card: Make up your own! Combine a few!

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Aug. 15th, 2014 09:01 pm
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In this post you will find links to a number of generic/fluffy/random memes. Please feel free to sort through and find whichever scenarios you like best. Tag into a particular character's toplevel or make your own with your preferences noted! As a courtesy to fellow readers, if your thread turns smut-ward, please make a note of it in the comment subject line and/or link to a new thread in the Shippy/Smut Memes post. Please also note if any potential triggers appear in your thread. Thank you!

NOTE: Some of the scenarios below are potentially triggering. These have been marked - proceed at your own comfort level.

Affectionate Physical Contact Meme - found in this musebox | Random Scenario Meme - found in this musebox | Daemons | Hurt/Comfort | Rainy Day | Under the Night Sky | Bodyguard | Minor Injury | Kidnapping - Potentially Triggering | Vampire/Werewolf | Masquerade Ball | Healing the Broken | Massage | Power Games - Potentially Triggering | Mindfuck - Potentially Triggering | Mercy Killings - Potentially Triggering - found in this musebox
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The Affectionate Physical Contact Meme


You love spending time with your significant other; but sometimes, just "spending time" with him/her isn't enough. You need to have your hands on each other every now and then.

➝ Look for the character you'd like to tag, or post with your own character and the character from my muse list you'd like to tag with in the subject line.
➝ Use an rng with range 1-8 to roll a scenario.
➝ Roll as many times as you want, and play out whatever you'd like!

ONE; Hugging. You just want to give your loved one a warm embrace. Be it out of happiness, to comfort them while they're down, or just to give them something warm to latch onto, you just want to wrap your arms around them.

TWO; Kissing. Whether it's a peck on the cheek or a deep kiss, a kiss good-bye or a romantic kiss, you find yourself compelled to kiss the other person! Be as tender or as passionate as you so choose.

THREE; Holding hands. It's a simple gesture, really -- to reach out and take someone's hand. But that one simple gesture can convey any number of sentiments. What the sentiment is, is up to you, but you find yourself reaching out to take your significant other's hand.

FOUR; Carrying. Is your loved one hurt and needs a lift? Do they want a piggyback ride? Or do you just want to spare them the effort of walking? Whatever the reason, you're now itching to pick up your partner and carry them to their destination.

FIVE; I love you. You've said it before or maybe you haven't but now you have to say it again or for the first time.

SIX; Dancing. Kick up the music, because it's time to dance! But no lone dancing allowed -- you need to have a partner. Do whatever dance strikes your fancy.

SEVEN; Massaging. Did your significant other have a rough day? Did they get hurt? Or do you just feel like doing something really nice for them? Whatever it is, you're giving them a nice massage now. They'll feel wonderful in no time!

EIGHT; Flirting. The easiest way to break the ice or maybe you're just an overly flirty person.

NINE; Cuddling. Sometimes there's just no better feeling than curling up next to each other on a warm sofa. Hold each other, lie next to each other, fall asleep on each other -- it's all good here.

TEN; Wild card! Reroll, pick an option, or come up with something else!

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