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30 Monster Girls - 05 - Mermaid by Chaos--Child 30 Monster Girls - 05 - Mermaid by Chaos--Child
Decided to do another 30 (insert topic here) challenge, this time it's the monster girl challenge, and rather than do one a day I'm taking my time with this one so they'll pop up a bit sporadically.

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Here we have another man eater, the Mermaid.

The mermaid may in fact be one of the most powerful and most dangerous creatures in mythology, because almost every human culture on the planet has a myth about them (or rather a creature similar enough in description) even cultures that have never seen the sea. That and the grand plethora of powers the mermaid is said to have, depending on who you talk to.

The myth may have initially evolved out of our species innate fear of the water, it's not easy to see in, it's very dark deep down, if you stay in too long you can drown, and there are a plethora of real creatures there already who are more than happy to make you die. Yet despite that we need it to survive. So it's no surprise that the largest bodies of water gave rise to one of the most dangerous creatures.

Most commonly if a person sees Merfolk they will see the Mermaid, there are in fact male Merfolk but since (according to most myths) they do not look remotely human they rarely bother with us, thus they stay at home and mind their children, and food unfortunate enough to still be alive.

The Mermaids on the other hand, through either trial and error, a strange bout of evolution, or magic have the appearance of a woman with the lower body of a fish. They have learned that they can use this to their advantage when it comes to catching prey, since even if they are found out those silly human men will still willingly get caught by them. Only to become VERY disappointed a few moments later when they are dragged to the bottom to drown (or be kept 'fresh') torn apart, or eaten alive in the water. Some tales even claim that the Mermaids are more interested in ripping out a man's soul to eat rather than his body.

Mermaids have varying hunting techniques, from pretending to be a shipwrecked woman, a drowning swimmer, or simply swimming up and saying hello. Despite humans being aware of this a Mermaid rarely fails to catch her prey.

Mermaids are by nature playful, they will dart around ships or swim flirtatiously past people. It's unknown if they do this to try to lull their prey into a false sense of security or if they simply do so because they aren't yet hungry; though there have been many accounts of Mermaids simply drowning humans of all ages and genders for fun rather than for food, they seem to prefer women and children the most in this instance.

Mermaids are said to have varying other worldly powers depending on the myth. A common on is that in some form if a Mermaid is washed up on land her tail will change into human legs, many foolish human males try to take advantage of this and get themselves a sea born bride. However in all variations including ones where the Mermaid goes along willingly, the man find himself swiftly with no wife, no home, struck mad, dead, or consumed with an obsession for the sea over which he drowns himself or is eaten be his former spouse. Though one such story did have a somewhat good ending in which the surviving human children of the Mermaid lived very long lives as gifted doctors before succumbing to the sea.

Mermaids are also sometimes said to be able to give humans the ability to breath under water (though those stories often end with the human suddenly finding their lungs full of seawater and a gaggle of laughing Merfolk), they are sometimes blamed for sudden storms or abruptly flat seas. They are said to strike sudden magics and curses on men , and they are also said to be able to weave spells with their singing, which cause even the most intelligent men to throw themselves overboard. (much as the Greek Sirens who were sometimes portrayed as Mermaids)

Despite her human like appearance if one were to get close enough to examine a Mermaid (and somehow live) they would find that she isn't remotely human at all. Seemingly stunning eyes are revealed to be large and glassy like the eyes of a fish, her soft looking hair tough and rubbery like kelp or fish fins, her skin rough and sharp like a shark, and gills hidden up where her ears should be or on the sides of her throat... Not to mention the razor sharp teeth hidden inside her pretty mouth.

It is also interesting to note that for their animal like instinctive behavior Mermaids have been known to speak human languages; and it is common for them to keep trinkets from victims, often weaving them into jewelry or hanging them from a makeshift belt as trophies.

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grisador Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Really Awesome Mythical Creature İnfo's and Picture's ! :D 


I personally believe Mermaid's are either some sort of Single-Gender Race Or Male Merfolk (İe. Merman) borns extremelly rare (Maybe only %10 of species are male) That'll explain a Lot of things...

However I also 'think'; if they're realy they'll either hunted/enslaved into extinction Or Learn to Stay the Hell away from Humans :O
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)

lol I imagine they would have.
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grisador Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Very Welcome ! :D

Well another reason for Do Not go to Deep Waters ... Alone ! ... Lol !
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Scarecrow113 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Mermaids are complicated creatures.
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Probably X)
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CoyoteoftheSands Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Just proves that looks can kill.
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, that and poor judgment + lack of forethought. ;p
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CoyoteoftheSands Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
goddamn little mermaid watered it down waaaay to much (the disney version at least)
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:iconchaos--child:
Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
well to be fair it was made for very young children.
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CoyoteoftheSands Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
yeah....ironically i had a crush on ariel when i was 5. so i see your point.
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Thesquarewave Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Number one rule in all mythology: If it's beautiful it's dangerous (or even deadly) plain and simple. :| Beautiful work by the way. :D Wait... :sprint:
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol yes, rule number 2 in mythology, don't try to make out with the obviously not human lady, she will eat your face.

:giggle: don't worry, I think if you observe from afar you'll be safe ;3
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soryaseroth Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I'd love to see you attempt a Kitsune maybe. Or maybe A vampire! Keep up this awesome project, I can't wait to see more! :D
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D I can't remember but I think those are on the list.

I shall do my best!
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soryaseroth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Yay! :D
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KyaJaganshi Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Since you mentioned magic... I thought it interesting that I'm reading a book called "The Hero's Journey", which talked about the similarities between mythologies (i.e. there is only one monomyth), and one of the thing they mentioned is that is some cultures, the reason women are forbidden from participating in certain rituals is because the men have stolen the magic from them and are trying to keep them from getting it back. It's really the belief that magic comes from women and it's only through theft or deals with otherworldly beings that men are able to use it at all. Perhaps the same could be said for merfolk?

I love your mermaid, btw. Very alluring and yet terrifying.
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh that's interesting :) I've never read that book before, I'll have to look for it when I next go to the library. I've heard similar things to it though, probably came from the fact that many old world mythos contain matriarchal goddess figures, and female empowerment.

Thank you very much :D
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KyaJaganshi Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If you get a chance, also check out "The Hero with a Thousand Faces" it's the book that inspired "The Hero's Journey" and talks about the monomyth theory.
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
neat :D I will, thank you!
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dorchacht666 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
I like the way you gave this mermaid a threatening aura. It's another great portrayal
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D I wanted her to look pretty and inviting but also have something unsettling about her.
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dorchacht666 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
And you portrayed that pretty well! :)
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Huzzah! :D
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BiohazardToxic Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
that is why i love and fear the water .w.
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah me too, I love to go swimming but every once in a while I'll become abruptly aware of how very dangerous where I'm swimming is.
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BiohazardToxic Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah D:
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Sword-Demon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd hate to admit it, but this monster girl is by far one of the scariest. Not because she looks evil, but because she doesn't. Man alive...and their fiction is everywhere too.

Awesome pic of the mermaid! Your personal touches make this super fantastic! :)
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch :D Yeah Mermaids are probably one of the most dangerous monsters from mythology. There are so many differing stories about then that it make their nature erratic, and they seem to have so many powers it's like there's nothing they can't do.
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Sword-Demon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome.

Yeah...and people think Jaws was a good reason to stay out of the water...
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol yeah
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yorikitsune Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous and haunting. :)
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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yorikitsune Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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