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Playing Up Old Changeling Myths.:

 1 Zolnier, Sun, 29th May '11 8:25:37 PM from A suspiciously dull shop
The Odd Lad
This time I mean literal changelings. Anyway of adapting traits assigned to changelings in folklore to mermaid offspring?
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 2 Leradny, Sun, 29th May '11 8:32:49 PM from Alameda, CA
Yes.

 3 Zolnier, Sun, 29th May '11 9:02:25 PM from A suspiciously dull shop
The Odd Lad
[up]Didn't know River Song was a troper.tongue So in the other thread Sparkysharps suggested having merbabies be born unable to survive in the sea at birth and have to be raised by humans until they were seven, as an allusion to the stories that say faerie offspring need to be nursed on human milk.

edited 29th May '11 9:05:14 PM by Zolnier

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 4 Leradny, Sun, 29th May '11 9:03:59 PM from Alameda, CA
That sounds quite feasible.

 5 Zolnier, Sun, 29th May '11 9:06:56 PM from A suspiciously dull shop
The Odd Lad
So anyway a kid from the sea could be a little uncanny valley?
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 6 Leradny, Sun, 29th May '11 9:08:21 PM from Alameda, CA
You can give them features subtly hinting at fish or marine-mammal origins.

 7 Zolnier, Sun, 29th May '11 9:11:55 PM from A suspiciously dull shop
The Odd Lad
Hmm, maybe they don't blink.
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That would be pretty creepy. It would make sense, though: maybe they don't need to blink because they have an extra transparent layer of eyelid.
 
 9 Zolnier, Sun, 29th May '11 9:24:52 PM from A suspiciously dull shop
The Odd Lad
Any habits that could creep people out on occasion?
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 10 Zolnier, Sun, 29th May '11 10:21:44 PM from A suspiciously dull shop
The Odd Lad
Also how could merfolk get their newborns into human hands?
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 11 Zolnier, Mon, 30th May '11 2:01:09 AM from A suspiciously dull shop
The Odd Lad
So how could a mermaid get her offspring back if the adoptive parents moved inland?
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First of all: The 'no blinking' idea sounds awesome. As for other strange behavior, maybe the children will, once they're four or five years old, start spending more time under water. Like putting their heads under when they're bathing and stay like that for several minuttes, or even hours.

How the merfolk could get their children to the humans ... hm, that's tricky. Maybe they swim up to docks by night and leave them in the boats there. If the adoptive parents move inland - unless the mermaid can grow legs or if there's a river leading into the new home, I'd say she's out of luck.

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 13 Zolnier, Mon, 30th May '11 5:52:49 AM from A suspiciously dull shop
The Odd Lad
Maybe inland mer kids will run away and try to get to the ocean.
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