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Ethel
Fictional Character
State of Jefferson
POD: Pre-history;
Relevant POD: 1919
Appearance(s): "Something Fishy"
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: United States
Species: Merfolk
Date of Birth: 20th century
Occupation: Politician, Fisherman

Ethel (real name unpronounceable by hominids) was a member of the Squid Clan, a Merfolk group off the Jefferson coast. In 1980, she joined her chief, "Ishmael", in a meeting with Governor Bill Williamson, for the purpose of mediating a fishing rights agreement with the Karuk Indians. As merfolk could not make hominid speech sounds, both Ethel and Ishmael communicated by writing on a slate board with a grease pencil.

Ethel was familiar with the dry-land culture and adept at puns, hence her decision to adopt the name "Ethel" during the meeting, making her, essentially, "Ethel Mermaid". Williamson was familiar with most of the references that Ethel made as they negotiated.

As the head of the Squid Clan, Ishmael was authorized to speak for all the merfolk in the area. Ethel informed Williamson that the foreign factory boats that were wiping out the merfolk's food supply were no longer off shore. While Ishmael and Ethel agreed that the merfolk would ease up on taking salmon for the time being, they both also acknowledged that they'd be nomadic but for the salmon at the mouth of the Klamath. Consequently, the Karuks also agreed to limit their salmon fishing as well. Further, Ishmael demanded that the Karuk who used boats refrain from attacking the merfolk directly, as the merfolk had close ties with the United States Navy SEALS.[1]

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