Fatima Hussein’s people – the Phernians – are classified as terran aquasapians; they are homo-sapiens modified by magi-science to survive in water environments. Phernians were created by the Mer of Atlantis… back in the 14th century shipwrecked Arabic sailors and passengers were abducted by the Mer and transmogrified into half-human/half-octopus cephalomen and cephalomaids for use as work-slaves of the Mer. Around the 18th century the Phernians revolted and fled Atlantis to start their own underwater kingdom of Phernos – which remained unknown to humanity until late in the 20th century. Fatima’s name derives from that Arabic heritage.