The Evil Warlock turns a poor hapless fisherman into a terrifying spiked mer creature and so the fifth quest for weary Tom and Elena is set.
I don’t know if there is some kind of hidden message in these series about the nature of evil. A lot, though not all, show the tortured creature inside the beast. And in this particular quest Tom and Elena stop the other Fisherfolk from killing Spikefin as they know of the innocent man inside.
Are they saying that Inside every monster there is a core of goodness struggling to free itself?
Maybe it is a subtle treatise on the influence of politics and big business on the small indigenous fishing industries?
Or even a nod to the act of pollution on the worlds oceans and the wests moral ambivalence in such matters?
I feel a PhD coming on!