Note 1: All humanoids in this world are closely related primates, so the merfolks are designed as humans that are evolving the way of seals. Technically, they can be more accurately described as selkies than merfolk.
There aren't many cloths that would resist being used underwater constantly, so they rely on a thick skin and blubber for warmth, and have no tradition of wearing clothes.
Note 2: Every time a menu was shown on the comic so far, "fried crickets" were an item. Finally, someone ordered them!
This is actually what mer folk would look like, which is awesome and the opposite of sexy, they would need blubber for insulation and have those gnarly seal features for sure. Everything in this universe feels so well thought out.
Thank you! A lot of thoughts go into the "how that feature works" part of the design. There are many instances of things merely drawn in there, that have a whole explanation of the mechanics ready, but that might never come up XD
I second Dongaria's comment. Every time you introduce a new character, I'm blown away by your ability to engineer a character that is consistent with nature with ref to your story.
Would you ever consider updated your world page??
You're at the point now where you could have an illustrated encyclopedia. I sense that you have probably not included many facts about your fantasy creatures that you are keeping to yourself for now.
My world page is in grave need of an update alright, but to the point where the amount of work it needs is intimidating me!
As to unmentioned things... well the "gnome" sections only says that there's nothing nice to say about gnomes, so obviously it's not saying everything!
Is that a troll? (I'm guessing from what I saw on the world page.) The gender seems kind of ambiguous, which, if that's what you're going for, smashup job! :D
I like the illustrations either way. :D
Yes that's a troll. He's a recurring character going by the name of John (city dwellers usually have "ordinary" sounding names regardless of race) and he'd be confused to be called gender ambiguous, he considers himself very manly! But he's been wrong before!
Thanks either way! XD