Empress Mer’Qel is a warrior mermaid who single-handedly united the clans of warring mer-people in the Pacific. She earned that right by defeating all their leaders in one seventy-eight hour stretch of combat, at the end of which she then celebrated loudly at a banquet, knocked out six assassins sent by her sister to take her out, and proceeded to dance four more hours until she finally needed sleep.

She owns a unique collar made from metals mined from Umbra, Zenith, and the Dream which allow her to change her shape, though she was not born a shape-changer. She also owns a luminescent white fur wrap that allows her to breathe air without weakening.

Her people are considered Unseelie Fey, as they’re one of the power sources for the Throne – but only because no one knows how to make that stop.