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Merfolk
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Merfolk are an aquatic race of fishmen. They have a humanoid upper body; instead of legs, though, they have the finned tail of a huge fish. Merfolk are covered in small, multi-colored scales. While they may not provide protection, these oily scales do insulate them from the icy chill of the deep and make it hard to keep a merman trapped.

Merfolk are known for their incredible voices. Many a sailor has been enchanted - sometimes lured to his death - by the bewitching siren songs of the mermaids. Mers are trained from an early age in the use of sharp, thrusting weapons like daggers and tridents.

Recent generations of merfolk have developed an innate magical ability: they can split their fishtails into two fin-covered legs and walk around on the shore.  This tail-shift happens automatically whenever the merfolk enters or leaves the water. Unfortunately, though, this keeps them from wearing boots of any kind.

As an aquatic race, merfolk never drown. When in the water, they move fast (even heavily wounded), fight better and receive some mild healing. However, they fight worse in very dry or enclosed spaces.
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Merfolk stat adjustments:

Strength         : -5
Dexterity        : +5
Intelligence     : +5
Constitution     : -5
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Merfolk resistance adjustments:

Shock            : -10
Cold             : +10
Drown            : +50
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Merfolk skill adjustments:

2-hsword         : -10  axe              : -10  bow              : -10  
dagger           : +5   deathblade       : -10  escape           : +10  
holy water       : +10  mace             : -10  polearm          : +10  
singing          : +10  spear            : +10  staff            : -10  
stealth          : +10  sword            : -10  toughness        : +10  
magic            : +10 for Water Sphere Wu-Jen 

Merfolk starts with first degree Water for the Wu-Jen mage subclass.
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Merfolk sight restrictions:

Max Sight        : +9
Min Sight        : +1
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Merfolk is a man-sized race.
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Merfolk combat adjustments from terrain:

Bridge           : +5
Building         : -5
Desert           : -10
Hills            : -5
Mountains        : -10
Plains           : -5
Ship             : +5
Shore            : +5
Swamp            : +5
Underground      : -5
Underwater       : +10
Water            : +10
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