I HAVE SUCCUMBED. ;-;
So, Pepper introduced original species to me a few months ago. I realized that my mermaids that I was extensively developing as a species, from their biology such as what colors they can see to their society as matriarchal with fission-fusion tendencies, counted.
I was like, hey why not join the hype train. I've got this 5,000+ document, why not?
But then I wanted to write a story about it, involving them. So I currently have this massive project undergoing, with so many Word documents like you wouldn't believe, all while forcing myself not to make a conlang like my brain so wants me to do.
After all, it's not like I'm making two 3D games, only having 3 weeks for each. Which involves modeling, texturing, and animating. Along with my other classes.
And for the record, they're called "aliaids," pronounced "ay-lee-aids" with the emphasis on the second syllable.