A mermaid has eyes of a fine light blue; its nose small and handsome; its mouth small ,lips thin and its teeth small, regular, and white.Its chin well shaped, its neck full, its ears like those of the eel, but placed like those of the human species; and behind them are the gills for respiration, which appear like curls.
Merfolk are about 8 feet long from the top of the head to the end of the tail, and weigh about 400 pounds.
Most merfolk encountered outside their home are warriors; the information in the statistics block is for one of 1st level.
Merfolk favor heavy crossbows of shell and coral that fire bolts fashioned from blowfish spines, with an underwater range increment of 30 feet. Merfolk often barrage their enemies before closing, when they resort to tridents.
|Merfolk, 1st-Level Warrior|
|Medium Humanoid (Aquatic)|
|Hit Dice||1d8+2 (6 hp)|
|Speed||5 ft. (1 square), Swim 50 ft.|
|Armor Class||13 (+1 Dexterity, +2 leather), touch 11, flat-footed 12|
|Attack||trident +2 melee (1d8+1) or heavy crossbow +2 ranged (1d10/19-20)|
|Full Attack||trident +2 melee (1d8+1) or heavy crossbow +2 ranged (1d10/19-20)|
|Special Qualities||Amphibious, Low-Light Vision|
|Saves||Fort +4, Ref +1, Will -1|
|Abilities||Strength 13, Dexterity 13, Constitution 14, Intelligence 10, Wisdom 9, Charisma 10|
|Skills||Listen +3, Spot +3, Swim +9|
|Organization||Company (2-4), patrol (11-20 plus 2 3rd-level lieutenants and 1 leader of 3rd-6th level), or band (30-60 plus 1 3rd-level sergeant per 20 adults, 5 5th-level lieutenants, 3 7th-level captains, and 10 porpoises)|
|Advancement||By character class|
Amphibious (Ex) Merfolk can breathe both air and water, although they rarely travel more than a few feet from the water’s edge.
Skills A merfolk has a +8 racial bonus on any Swim check to perform some special action or avoid a hazard. It can always choose to take 10 on a Swim check, even if distracted or endangered. It can use the run action while swimming, provided it swims in a straight line.
A merfolk’s favored class is bard.