Merpeople love pearls, for they hold magical properties and are a sacred relic of this underwater society. The merpeople befriend manta rays because they are like the dogs of the sea next to dolphins. They are loyal and protect those who befriend them and provide protection as well. The sea is an amazing place full of wonder and awe. The merpeople are rumored to have lived on land a long time ago. They were no merpeople then but humans who gained a curse that sent their metropolises in the ocean and made them convert from air breathing to water breathing. Overtime, they gained fins and lived among their sea creature companions.