The Melusine Mer


“We couldst perform the chanting . . . ” offered Eretria, of the Melusine kith. Her silver eyes stared back without blinking. “Art thou afraid?” she challenged the others.

“I know naught of a red-eyed Mer of the Melusine. Mayhap, because of the chanting or mayhap, because our mothers art quiet whilst pregnant,” allowed Eretria, scooting to follow the shade, her pale grey skin showing signs of sunburn.


Melusine (or Melusina) is a figure of European legends and folklore, a feminine spirit of fresh waters in sacred springs and rivers.   She is usually depicted as a woman who is a serpent or fish from the waist down (much like a mermaid). She is also sometimes illustrated with wings, two tails or both, and sometimes referred to as “nixie” or Neck.

Eretria is the character who is a member of the Melusine kith.

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