A bewitching race of beastmen with an upper body like that of a Hume woman and a lower body resembling that of a venomous serpent. The Lamiae are few in number compared to the other beastmen inhabitants of the Near East. However, they have ensorceled the bones of fallen soldiers, creating an undead army of considerable size to defend their reef settlements. Lamiae are known to sneak into towns in the depths of night, wielding powerful bows and hunting humans to replenish their armies; hence the Near Easterners' dread of sunset. According to rumor, Lamiae are not technically a race of beastmen, but actually a form of organic weapon (also known as a chimera), created by alchemists fusing the parts of multiple organisms.
Merrows are a close relation of the Lamiae. The Merrow is a type of amphibious chimera. Although they reside in the Cyan Deep, Merrows occasionally respond to the Lamiae's requests and venture to the scene of battle accompanied by hordes of undead raised from watery graves. Merrows can also use their enchanting voices to draw in even the most experienced sailors.
In Greek mythology, Lamia was the daughter of Poseidon and Lybie, a personification of the country of Libya and a queen of Libya herself, whom Zeus loved. Hera discovered the affair and stole away Lamia's children, whereupon Lamia in her grief became a monster and began murdering children. Zeus granted her the power of prophecy as an attempt at appeasement, as well as the related ability to temporarily remove her eyes. Either Hera turned her into a monster, she was transformed by grief over the murder of all her children (except Scylla), or she was already one of Hecate's brood. Plutarch heard that Lamia had the gift to be able to take her eyes out and then put them back in. Lamia was cursed with the inability to close her eyes so that she would always obsess over the image of her dead children.
In Scottish and Irish mythology, Merrows (also called Muir-gheilt, Muidhuachán, Samhghubha, Suirce) are mermaids and mermen. They are human from the waist up, but fish from the waist down. They have white webbing between their fingers and long green hair. They play music which can vaguely be heard at the waters' surface. They are said to have a benevolent and affectionate disposition. Some of them even inter-married with and lived among humans for years. They would always, though, feel a call back to their homes beneath the waves. They are said to wear a hat, the Cohuleen Druith, which allows them to dive beneath the waves. If they lose this cap, they cannot return underwater. Merrow derives from the Gaelic murúch