Swimming over Acropora, on our way to the palace, I can see things have changed. Many of their once-flourishing coral reefs are pale and lifeless. Their structures look tattered around the edges and in need of some routine maintenance. And their streets and plazas, which I remember always bustling with merfolk, are practically empty.
I know Tellin said his people were seeking better lives on land and in other kingdoms, but hearing and seeing the truth are two different things.