The Merish are a group of sea-dwelling mortals who live in cities deep in trenches and canyons of the ocean floor. They are an ancient and proud race that seek to create peace for themselves and rarely interact with surface dwellers.

They predate all peoples living on the crust of the sphere, including the Waking Men.

A member of the Early Risers is claimed to be the first contact Merish had with other mortals. This contact is the origin story behind the Drowning God, which is believed to be a possible telling of why the Merish do not enoy contact with the world on the wrong side of the water.

They live in the grand flagship capital of Mer.