Guessing Nami's Lore

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Lady Rainicorn

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11-16-2012

Nami lives in an underwater kingdom with her father, Fizz; her grandmother and her five elder sisters, each born one year apart. When a mermaid turns 15, she is allowed to swim to the surface to watch the world above, and as the sisters become old enough, one of them visits the surface every year. As each of them returns, Nami listens longingly to their various descriptions of the surface and of human beings.

When Nami's turn comes, she ventures to the surface, sees a ship with a handsome prince, and falls in love with him from a distance. A great storm hits and Nami saves the prince from nearly drowning. She delivers him unconscious to the shore near a temple. Here she waits until a young girl from the temple finds him. The prince never sees Nami.

Nami asks her grandmother whether humans can live forever if they do not drown. The grandmother explains that humans have a much shorter lifespan than merfolks' 300 years, but that when mermaids die they turn to sea foam and cease to exist, while humans have an eternal soul that lives on in Heaven. Nami, longing for the prince and an eternal soul, eventually visits the Sea Witch, who sells her a potion that gives her legs in exchange for her tongue (as Nami has the most intoxicating voice in the world). The Sea Witch warns, however, that once she becomes a human, she will never be able to return to the sea. Drinking the potion will make her feel as if a sword is being passed through her, yet when she recovers she will have two beautiful legs, and will be able to dance like no human has ever danced before. However, it will constantly feel like she is walking on sharp swords hard enough to make her bleed. In addition, she will only get a soul if she finds true love's kiss and if the prince loves her and marries her, for then a part of his soul will flow into her. Otherwise, at dawn on the first day after he marries another woman, Nami will die brokenhearted and disintegrate into sea foam.

Nami drinks the potion and meets the prince, who is mesmerised by her beauty and grace even though she is mute. Most of all he likes to see her dance and she dances for him despite her suffering excruciating pain. When the prince's father orders his son to marry the neighboring king's daughter, the prince tells Nami he will not because he does not love the princess. He goes on to say he can only love the young woman from the temple, who he believes rescued him. It turns out that the princess is the temple girl, who had been sent to the temple to be educated. The prince loves her and the wedding is announced.

The prince and princess marry, and Nami's heart breaks. She thinks of all that she has given up and of all the pain she has suffered. She despairs, thinking of the death that awaits her, but before dawn, her sisters bring her a knife that the Sea Witch has given them in exchange for their long hair. If Nami slays the prince with the knife and lets his blood drip on her feet, she will become a mermaid again, all her suffering will end and she will live out her full life.

However the Nami cannot bring herself to kill the sleeping prince lying with his bride and as dawn breaks she throws herself into the sea. Her body dissolves into foam, but instead of ceasing to exist, she feels the warmth of the sun; she has turned into a spirit, a daughter of the air. The other daughters of the air tell her she has become like them because she strove with all her heart to gain an eternal soul. She will earn her own soul by doing good deeds for 300 years; for each good child she finds, one year would be taken from her sentence while for each bad child, she would cry and each tear would mean one day more and she will eventually rise up into the kingdom of God.


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CorporateCommand

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11-16-2012

Cassiopiea, jealous of Nami's beauty while her own is turned serpentine, casts a curse upon her similar to her own perhaps with Singed's help, since we all know Singed is a total jerk.


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Trayok91

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11-16-2012

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*snip*.
Waitwaitwait..... Is THAT really the original story? Damn, I think I'll take Disney's version any day T.T


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Micalas

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11-16-2012

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Probably not this. I don't like the implication. Nautilus is a gentleman.
Nautilus to Nami: Sometimes deez blue balls just weigh me down...


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Lady Rainicorn

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11-16-2012

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Waitwaitwait..... Is THAT really the original story? Damn, I think I'll take Disney's version any day T.T
the disney version is a wishy washy version while this shows true devotion and meaning, well and that i love secret garden (its a korean drama).


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Trayok91

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11-16-2012

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the disney version is a wishy washy version while this shows true devotion and meaning, well and that i love secret garden (its a korean drama).
Still, deciding to commit suicide because she can't/won't kill the prince? Man, I'm a 90s kid, that just killed that movie for me


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Eruka Frog

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11-16-2012

betcha on land, they understand
bet they don't reprimand their daughters...


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MrHarz

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11-16-2012

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Probably not this. I don't like the implication. Nautilus is a gentleman.
He took her to dinner and a movie first.


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aZnPYTHONaZn

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11-16-2012

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Probably not this. I don't like the implication. Nautilus is a gentleman.
What about Gangplank, Nobody would argue he is a gentleman ಠ_ಠ


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Von Nicklesnout

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11-16-2012

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Probably not this. I don't like the implication. Nautilus is a gentleman.
Calling Nautilus a gentleman compared to Gangplank is like comparing cheap liquor to a fine aged brandy.

One of them goes down smoothly and has the oh so delicious quality to it, the other is immediate gratification for a buck or two. Hell, for all we know Gangplank attempted to capture her and use her for the "Mermaid" on his ship's bow.