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"She is my life now....."

0 · 376 views · located in The New England Aquarium

a character in “The Crystal Seas of Atlantis”, as played by akai-pyon





His hair is dark blue, his eyes sea green and intense. A network of blue and green markings crawl their way up from his neck onto his cheek, marring other bits of his body as well. They cover scars. Many, many scars. His ears are pierced, and more often than not, he wears mismatched earrings. He also wears necklaces, which might be considered odd, but they are the only things adorning the upper half of his body at any given time. He is well-muscled, with a sort of eerie grace that only merpeople can produce - especially under water. His smiles don't come very often, because he tends to keep that sort of intensity and that sort of focus in his eyes only. His shoulders almost always tense, his arms held rigid by his side. His tail (the guy's) is dark blue, with multitudes of different shades, the scales always glittering.

It is strong and powerful, capable of propelling the 165 pound merman through the water with the ease and the speed of a sailfish. If Nerissa did not have his tail, he would stand at 6'1".

Determined and focused, Nerissa is not easily deterred. Very proud, he does not react openly to insults on his name or on his honor, but reacts with silent deadliness, often streaking forward and lashing out with a warning hand. He's very protective, and wary of humans and strangers in general. He generally likes little children - especially Kai and those around Kai's age. He likes to know what's going on in the world and can often spend hours upon hours communicating with the fish and the sharks in the next tank over. He does not like being trapped, but he's willing to sacrifice his personal freedom just for Nerin to be happy. He has a childish love for pearls and often delights in finding them.

He can be stubborn and unreasonable at times, with the idea that he is always right and that the humans - and sometimes even Nerin - is wrong. Nonetheless, Nerissa tries to be on his best behavior, despite his every instinct screaming at him to break the tank and get all three of them out of there. He has a wild side, which comes out when he hears the cries of pain of anything. It is difficult to reason with him when he is like this, and he rages silently, swimming back and forth, his tail whipping up violent waves.

Making jewelry
Hearing the laughter of children
Being with Nerin
The taste of raw crab
Salt water
Watching the sun set/rise
The deep sea
Myths about the sea - it's fun to see how much humans screw up when telling the tales

Swimming too close to the surface
People making fun of his name
Being observed too closely
Fresh water
Someone being in pain
Having to interact directly with humans
Being too far away from Nerin for any length of time
Being helpless
Going wild - but it sometimes can't be helped
Having to pretend to be someone he's not


Making jewelry~
Talking to the other creatures

Dying, losing Nerin/Kai

Life Goal
To one day be the greatest king and husband the oceans have ever seen.

Deepest Secret
He is secretly an otoman, i.e., a young men who acts manly in front of others but has a secret fondness for feminine things. This manifests in Nerissa's love for making jewelry and giving them to those he loves.

Nerissa came from a rather odd family past. His parents were good friends with the king of Atlantis. The entire family was invited to a grand party to be held at the palace in celebration of Princess Nerin's seventh birthday. Nerissa was eight then, and the two of them met when he - playing hide and seek with the other boys invited - hid in her room. It was rather awkward, but they eventually got over it and became very good friends. The two of them were betrothed when he was seventeen and he still has another year to go before they can marry.

But of course....things might not always work out that way - what with them being trapped in an aquarium and all....

So begins...

Nerissa's Story