This is always an exciting time for me! Putting together the next serial for the site makes me giddy! Normally, I have vague ideas and come to you guys with them and we vote. But I have a story that's literally burning a hole in my brain and I must get it out. Now this is just the beginning of the process but I'm going to lay out for you what I have and the first sketch from Mathia Arkoniel.
So here we go!!!!
ASSOCIATED STORIES: The Merman and The Sea; however, while there are spoilers for these stories, you don't have to read them to read Tidebound.
TIMEFRAME: This takes place AFTER The Merman 2.
THE WORLD: The Mer have revealed their existence to the world. King Cetus and his Consort Zed are meeting with the heads of state of every country. The whole world is shocked, amazed, in awe, terrified, in denial, etc. because not only do Mers exist but they have mated with humans in the past and sometimes the descendants can take to the water as we have seen in past books. Imagine that instead of being 30 years into a world that knows Shifters exist in Dragon's Reign, this is only a year or two in so the world is still roiling.
Miskatonic University has created the equivalent of a 23 and Me DNA test kit that can identify hybrids in the human population, but there are many who have superstitions about the Mers. Some think you still have to drown to discover if you are a true Mer. Others are throwing themselves into the ocean believing they will find their merman or mermaid true love. This has caused the coastguard and the Mers themselves to have to patrol the coasts and save these unfortunate souls.
And one of the Mers who has been tasked with this duty is Lord Elaric Silvyr.
House Silvyr has a unique position in the Mer world. Not all dangers to Mers come from land. In fact, the greatest danger comes from the Sundering Deep, which is a deep trench where terrible things dwell. While the Callers can summon Cthulhu, the Mers' ultimate guardian, the cost of doing so is huge so House Silvyr was the Mers' bulwark against what dwelt there.
It was rumored that House Silvyr had allied itself with a very small House called House Bexys, which had its small settlement even nearer to the Sundering Deep than House Silvyr. None could understand how House Bexys had not been wiped out. They never called for House Silvyr's help yet they thrived by the very edge of the trench. The belief started to grow that the members of House Bexys could control the creatures from the trench, perhaps had even mated with them and had monster blood.
Though such allegations made many avoid House Bexys, House Silvyr actively sought out unions with them, and the Mer benefited from this overall. There were not attacks from the Sundering Deep, but then thirty years ago, on the same day that Lady Meriel Bexys was to be wed to Lord Cyraeneus Silvyr, House Bexys was mysterious destroyed. All its members, including those that were married into House Silvyr and the mixed children were gone.
The Sundering Deep suddenly had come alive again...
With the Sundering Deep and the creatures within it active once more and threatening the Mer, Lord Elaric Silvyr is furious that he has been assigned by his parents the job of saving these hapless humans. In his mind, those that are not hybrids should die. After all, living on land was a hell he would not wish on his worst enemy. And these humans with their mortal lives and their leaden feet seem stupid and lesser to him. It would be better for the Mers to turn their backs on them. Let them throw themselves into the sea. There are more important things to do. While the creatures from the Sundering Deep are only attacking those near the trench, that will change if House Silvyr cannot hold them back.
And what's worse is that he has been assigned to patrol an island right off the coast of California called Huntingbell Island. It is a tourist destination with a mix of fishing thrown in. Nothing happens there. Thankfully, few humans throw themselves into the water to become Mers or find love.
Until one night on an island patrol he thinks he sees a human drowning and goes to rescue them only to have them swim away at Mer speed and avoid him completely. He realizes that this must be a hybrid because they don't respond to him in the normal Mer way. He is intent on finding this hybrid and bringing them back to the House Silvyr City of Osarith.
Maeral Bexys AKA "Bex" is the child of a forbidden love. His mother Lady Meriel Bexys was set to be wed to a man she did not love and had grown to hate. Her heart long belonged to her cousin Lord Taron Bexys, and the two of then ran off together to live as "humans" on Huntingbell Island where Taron fishes and Meriel runs a restaurant. His parents claim to not know what happened to House Bexys, but Bex sometimes wonders. Yet this means that they have had to hide from the Mers, and until now, humans too.
Even after the Mers were revealed as real to humanity, Bex's family has remained hidden in plain sight. His parents' greatest fears though are not for humans to know what they are, but for other Mers to find them. So they continue to pretend to be human.
Bex though is fascinated by the Mer that are now circling their island and, one night, he gets too close...
Lord Elaric Silvyr is as tenacious as he is arrogant. And since he is convinced that finding this "hybrid" will get him home and in the fight against the creatures of the Sundering Deep, he finds the "hybrid". Except Bex isn't a hybrid but a fully blooded Mer and a member of the fabled and supposedly extinct House Bexys.
Bex's parents plead with Elaric to leave their family be and not report them. They claim to have no idea what happened to their House and that they have no special powers over the creatures of the trench. Elaric does not believe them and he has no loyalty to people who have shown no loyalty to the Mer.
Elaric contacts his parents. Under Mer law, Bex's mother's marriage to his father will be sundered and she will be married to Lord Cyraeneus. Bex's father will be imprisoned.
Elaric's parents are not monsters. Not exactly. But they need the remaining Bexys bound to them. And so they make Bex an offer he can't refuse. His parents will be free and together so long as he agrees to bind himself to their son Lord Elaric Silvyr.
Arrogant Lord Elaric Silvyr.
Lord Elaric Silvyr who hates the land and the humans that Bex loves.
Icy Lord Elaric Silvyr who hates Bex just as much as Bex hates him.
Neither of them want this binding.
Neither of them can stand the other.
And yet both of them must agree to this marriage.
Now tell me your thoughts, your hopes, your dreams, your wants, your do-not-wants in the comments below.
Great story! Can't wait to read it!
I would want Bex to have a discussion with an older mentor figure when the arranged marriage issue is brought up. Alaric comes to mind immediately, but I dont think that's possible with this story, so someone older who Bex turns to for advice. Someone he respects and looks up to who is not his father.
I put a Want in an earlier post, so here are some Do Not Wants:
Do Not Wants
1.) No reincarnations - like characters turn out to be reincarnations of past heros/enemies. I think this is a stretch for a merman book, but I'm putting it out here. You have done this in other books (such as your ones with elves) and while you do a very good job of weaving it into the story, its just not my cup of tea and kind of turns me off to a story. So I am requesting you not do it for this one.
2.) No time travel - Flashbacks and recollections are OK. I mean I don't want like actual traveling back and forth in time to change events type of thing. Its again a stretch, but books with time travel give me massive headaches, so please no.
Monsters with a backstory. You usually flesh out your monsters, so I don't think this will be a problem. I just loved how you gave Cthulu and The Unnamed One voices and reasons for what they do. They and your other monsters are fleshed out and I hope you keep that up with the monsters of The Sundering Deep. I want to hear from them, perhaps get a POV or two from them.
Justice for Bex in a not so obvious way like, their son goes all 'I'm never gonna forgive you' and plots their revenge when they try to use Bex as bait for the monsters or something.
Bex to be able to defend himself and not be a damsel in distress 99% of the time - the 1% being on purpose when he starts to like Elaric.
Elaric to man up and actually have a genuine reason for his hatred that doesn't get him a free hug or consolation from the Bex fam - like a family dinner night, Elaric invited and sh*t hits the fan when he reveals he hates humans and everyone be like why tho…
Bex to have a secret guardian keeping him safe from harm, like his parents aren't the only ones who escaped - there are others, and they asked if one of their kids could keep a watch… (this one is just me reaching but it feels kinda like there might've been others that didn't want to marry into House Slyvr that could all have done the same thing)
As above, they train together so they've known each other since birth but some haven't been revealed cause they're the protectors of their family so everything hush hush need to know stuff.
Elaric to fall in love first - and to actually make an effort to see what he learns about earning someones trust instead of it being
ch1 they hate each other ch10 they share secret glances without being discovered and ch20 they crashed their bodies together burning for skin to skin contact'cause whyever the hell not.
This story look good. Have a question my friend want to know will you write a story about a vampire work along the side of a werewolf to bring down a nasty means tyrant in a small town people are suffering
Tidebound. Even the the title is suggestive on its own. Bound to the changes that are enforced by a power far greater and to an extent unknown.
I would agree with @WhiteLeopard that the development of the relationship should be slow.
I would perhaps even go toward inequality. A master-slave relationship of sorts. Where one has to be broken enough to bow to the will of the other. And while an unwilling master might be a cruel one, through out the turmoil and upheaval of the world turn topsy-turvy, the unwilling master may just finds the slave to be the most pleasant and useful “thing” after all.
It would also be interesting to read how the power dynamics would slowly shift as the “sacrificial bride” realizes the power they could have by simply submitting. Essentially creating a world of their own forging a bond far deeper through sweat, blood, and pain. Of course this could all be in the “bedroom” only
As the setting calls for some politics and machinations I would expect some scheming fellow with both good and bad intents by human and mer.
However, I would more lean towards the supernatural, the monsters, and the unknown threats posed by the The Sundering Deep. Introducing new aspects, new lore, twist to the world. This appears as good opportunity to enhance the Mer universe however the Author wishes
Nevertheless, so far I have not read a Raythereign story I did come to love. So I am eagerly looking forward to how Elaric and Bex’s story will unfurl.
I would like you guys to finally introduce a black main character, but with him being the bottom. I'm tired of reading stories with black men who tops only because they like the fantasy of them having big dicks. I would like the bottom main character to be black and his top can be whatever besides black
I have some ideas for love scene, now don’t think me grewsome but some stories I’ve read how some unique and bazaar intimacies.
I say for they’re first love scene that they get into a fight on the beach (private area of course, but not wedding night. In fact they shouldn’t do anything on theyre wedding night cause they hate eachother.) anyways they fight role over on the sand until Bexs tops Elaric holding him down until they’re crotches rub egest each other’s, Elaric let’s out a moan Bexs senses that and decides to tease him by rubbing harder until he cums.
I also thought of one where they both get caught in a storm and wind up in a cave on an island, once again they fight, and Bexs decides to torture Elaric by fucking him, Elaric tries to fight but gives in anyway cause I know the Mers love sex even when they hate eachother, but they Elaric plays his game by pushing Bexs on the ground and topping him and riding him until they both cum. They’re still bittersweet with eachother but in the end they secretly love fucking eachother