She kills without mercy On her thirteenth birthday, Thalliya watched her entire family get slaughtered. The humans cut off their fins and hung their heads from their Viking ships. Left cradling what few pieces remained of her twin, Thalliya screamed to the gods for vengeance. Answered by the Goddess of Love and War, Thalliya now guards the seas without mercy. He fights without fear Ragnar is hired to take care of the mermaid terrorising the western seas. With seventeen kills under his belt, he thinks little of venturing into the Mouth of Hel. It'll be a quick job with a quick pay… But when his ship is wrecked and the majority of his crew is drowned, Ragnar realises that it's not a mermaid he's hunting. It's a morgen, a dark mermaid, that's hunting him. And there's only one way to kill one of those. You have to get her to fall in love.
The name Jaiden was picked as a way to say 'thank you' to one of my most supportive and kindest fans. I knew she liked mermaids, so what better way to show my appreciation than by adding her into a story with a mermaid as the MC? So thank you so much, Jaiden, and I hope you enjoy this book especially! Liv, despite what you may think, is not a modern shortened version of Olivia. It's an ancient Norse name, short for nothing, and it means "life/protection/shelter". And although Liv is Ragnar's "shelter", it's her "life" that's keeping him going, and he promised her his "protection", I actually knew none of that when I chose it. The reason I chose Liv was due to the "nipple piercing conundrum" (term coined by me), which is where historically accurate facts are often not used due to seeming too modern to be believable, such as nipple piercings (which have been dated back to at least the Roman era). So Delentia popped by again this book, completely changing what this series is about. I thought it was just going to be a collection of fairytales that takes place in my mythical world, given I keep referencing such characters in my main series (War of the Myth). The plan was to have Hunter get super excited about getting a "Lost Tales of the Myth" book because his current favourite book is "Fairytales of the Myth". However, although that is still going to happen because Hunter is as big of a book wyrm as I am and books are pretty much ALWAYS the best gifts (other than rocks), the purpose of this series has changed drastically. It turns out, Delentia wants an army. Why, I don't know. But considering I know what her end game is, I doubt it's going to be for anything good...And now for all the research I did for this book that I didn't get to show: - The giant Pacific octopus actually has nine brains, which is why I gave my kraken nine brains as well. In addition to this, though, the giant octopus also has THREE hearts and blue blood, making them one of the coolest things alive imo (other than ants; I love ants). I knew this info before writing The Little Morgen, but that's just too cool not to share. Other octopus facts: 1. they're technically bipedal (YouTube it!), 2. some carry coconuts around with them as makeshift hidey-holes, 3. they love eating crabs, and 4. they can unscrew a glass jar lid from the inside. Gah, don't you just love them? - Now, obviously mermaids are fictionous and there is sooo much wrong with their anatomy, but I wanted to be more realistic than simple 'they're magic' (as I've done with all my creatures). My mermaids get fins/flippers underwater, kinda merged with their arms, but where they still have hands, and their legs turn into tails. Their torsos and hair/head is left looking like a human's because the one requirement for the Panhellenic Games is that they need to have a humanoid form. Well, mermaids were created as monsters to fill the REDACTED SPOILER, so the Mothers of Monsters gave them the face and torso of a human. Anatomy wise, the tails and fins are marine, the head and torso are not, meaning that the torso does not have blubber. It has fat, which isn't as compact nor as rich as blubber. If you mix the two when making spitting fire, your concotion no longer burns underwater. This is why this fire is special, and that means the Byzantine empire doesn't pay as much for the torsos. This also gives them a bit of a cover because they can sell the scales and pretty fins on the market as luxury items. Less so with human-looking torsos, and so the torsos are dumped back in the water. - Re: The dead crab Delentia refers to: If the woman's name is Zoe, then the meeting with her and Al-Hakam takes roughly thirty minutes as the sayyid has another matter to attend to. This matter is to do with a fishing vessel hunting sharks, attempting to figure out the secret ingrediant to spitting fire. If the woman's name is Thalliya, the meeting takes thirty-five minutes as he asks about the uniqueness of her name and if she follows the Hebrew god. This means, the fishing vessel leaves a bit later, putting it in the direct path of the shark that is fated to eat the octopus before the octopus eats the crab in Zoe's timeline. Thus, if the woman's name is Jaiden, the octopus lives and eats the crab, letting its shell wash up onto the beach.
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