Hello everyone I am here with my info about the merbug au! If there’s any questions about things about it just send in an ask!!
The infection was something predating both the Radiance and the pale king. It was something that would cover a bug in a glow orange in the dark thing, making spots of said bug glow orange in the darker caverns of the ocean. The infection is actually a creature that if you become friends with it it will listen to you and let you command it
The people that were suffering with their people getting infected took a substance and created a nonmortal but not immortal mers called Void Entities. It was unknown by any of the public about how they were made, only those working on the project truly knew what the substance was to make these creatures.
They were still feral however and tended to kill whoever came close to feed, it was unlike the infected mermaids that would just kill you just to kill you.
These new immortal mermaids soon died out due to being trapped in a cave system below. All except one died off. This remaining one is called the Shade Lord by historians and those who braved the depths and came back alive. Those rare few that survived lost almost all memories but only knew of that name and a long and rich black mer.
Soon enough things seemed to die down in the oceans waters.
Two factions moved in close corners, the Radiance and The Pale King. They both had very difficult ways of leading their group but were mostly unconcerned about the other. The Radiance’s faction lived in the deep caves lit up by sea lights they found on ships and around the water named the Dreamy Depths.
Hornet came about because Pale and Herrah were together before Pale started dealing with Radiance. Pale and Herrah were in a relationship for a little, then separated because too much fighting and Hornet ended up becoming a joint custody child. But when the caves became too dangerous for a child Herrah left Hornet to her dad. Hornet is older than her half-siblings (the voidmers)
Nothing much happened between the Pale King and The Radiance. That was until The Radiance started to study the infection. The Infection, being a hivemind like creature, made it so the Radiance could befriend it to use it.Soon enough she mastered how to use it for good for her faction but how to use it against those who made her upset.
At this point Pale was terrified that her sights would come to going against his own people. With no other ideas he turned to the ancient texts. There he found information about the Void Entities and a Goddess only known as the White Lady.
Needing someone who knew of the void entities would help, plus an immortal being was needed, Pale set out looking for the White Lady.
He needed her to make the voidmers because he needed a mortal's dna(his own) and an immortal’s dna (wls) to make them. She agreed to the plan and while working together they grew feelings for eachother.
He eventually started his experiments to temper down the feral behavior of the Entities. He eventually made something called the Voidmers (Vessels). He made a lot of them, some died dur to complications of being hybrids, some survived. The ones that survived were Moth, Kin, Ghost, and Pure. Moth ended up getting lost in the caves and got killed off.
Pale soon realized that the threat of the voidmers might not get Radiance not to go after his bugs. At this point she hadn’t been going after Pale’s faction. Xero got too close to the creature and it attached itself to him.
And so he took Pure and trained them to be able to fight others. However, instead of succeeding, Pure failed and got captured instead. With the Voidmer’s immunity to infection, the Radiance started working on a way to get past it. These experiments only slightly worked and it took a lot of time to do and it is rather difficult. Around this time is when Kin got too close to the caves and got captured.
Lost Kin is one of the few voidmers who wandered too close to the caves and got nabbed. They got nabbed and were one of the failed experiments by Radiance. They were too chaotic in how much control they had and often it was a 50-50 chance it would be them in control or the infection.
With Pure infected, the Radiance could use them as a sort of guard dog. They are bigger then most other mer. They are known for protecting the lower layers of the caves. The few bugs that have survived their hunting calls them The Beast That Lurks. No one goes down into the lower caves because they don’t wanna die.
A few years go by and a little voidmer that goes by ghost ends up wanting to know what happened and why they weren’t allowed to go down below. During these few years in between, Pale disappears.
They end up diving into the caves, shortly followed by their bigger half sister Hornet, who doesn’t know them too well but also knows that she’ll get in trouble if they get hurt. Ghost ends up not noticing her and ends up losing here. Eventually in a grassy place she jumps out and goes “you’re going home!” And ghost kinda just goes “no” and so they fight and Ghost wins before swimming off.
They meet Quirrel, another adventure. Tiso, someone who heard of the way your name goes down into history if you find something out and wants that glory.
They meet myla, who honestly just works there but likes ghost and helps them out from time to time, until one day she gets infected and attacks them
The infection can be healed and scraped off as well to help with healing, she’ll just need medical help before it takes her over and kills her completely
The infection works by covering a merbug in a thin layer of bioluminescent orange. This stage is where aggression starts due to chemicals the infection has. Then, if not treated, it will start to clump at the gills, bringing down oxygen intake, eventually it’ll slowly kill the mer without them noticing because it does this slowly. Eventually the bug seems to lay down to rest and they die completely in their sleep.
Eventually, they get the help from some of the people working on studying things down below. Lurien, someone who studies the infection, monomon, who works with it in a daily basis, and Herrah, a beast of the deep who knows how to avoid the Beast that Lurks.
Lurien and Monomon were easy to find and talk to, Herrah actually saves Ghost from being spotted by the Lurker (nickname for THK)
Pure’s job is to seek out anyone who was not a part of the Radiance’s faction down there. They know what they are doing but don’t agree with it and can’t control their own body. They’re body is being controlled by the infection but it can’t kill them due to their immunity.
They are called the Beast the Lurks by the mers down there because it’s silent, the only thing you see is glowing orange before it attempt to grab you and kill you
Ghost actually gets into the place where The Radiance is because Pure grabbed them, was about to kill them. But the fact that Pure, upon seeing their sibling, fights the infection harder and regains control for a moment and lets them go before Hornet jumps in and ties them up for a moment for Ghost to get into there.
However before this they met Shade Lord, who promised to help them after negotiations and gave Ghost some tools to get past the infection without it affecting them so much. So after they take over the Radiance, the Shade Lord begins to attempt to help Pure get rid of the infection from their system. They still need some extra help because it hurt them a lot and it was eating away at their shell and scales. Plus blunt force trauma from running into walls.
Unn is a slug ^^ she and Radiance were good friends until she went into the research about the infection before they finally separated. Unn honestly just kinda vibes on the sea floor with advice about how to deal with Radiance that may or may not be helpful
Grimm and Radiance are twins, however instead of staying in one place he travels a lot and has a few friends he travels with and puts on shows with. He mostly traveled back to see what was going on and Grimmchild (who is getting a dif name) wanted to go with Ghost to explore and Grimm went “ok, keep them safe little fish or else.”
Grimm isn’t a responsible parent but he is a good parent at the same time. Grimm or one of his group sometimes pops in and gets Ghost out of a tough situation. The troupe also always have a warm place for Ghost to sit and rest for a while and have a good meal.
Cloth is a shy and clumsy mer who was bullied for being too cowardly, so she wanted to prove she wasn’t a coward by going into the Dreamy Depths. She meets another merbug down there. They spend a lot of time together and the merbug tells her that it’s okay to be scared of things. Cloth ends up staying with her, until she gets infected and tells cloth to go before she gets attacked by her. So cloth leaves her behind. The love ends up dying. Cloth stays alive though, helps ghost out and while helping ghost she meets Myla. Myla and her hit it off and so she stays with her. When Myla gets infected she refuses to leave but does make sure she’ll be safe from getting killed. Cloth is one of the reasons Myla gets better.
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