This Comic's Cast:

I can't remember if, in the original game, you were supposed to find some way to communicate with the mermaids or if they were just able to do so. Short of digging through a long walk-through again, that's not an answer I can find.

I will say that while the Bard's version might be the "correct" one, it's also ridiculous.
 
    

When evil spreads across the land, and darkness rises and the monsters roam. When the creatures of the night make beautiful music, and the things that go bump in the night go bump with greater enthusiasm. When the world is in peril and is in need of a hero...

These guys are, sadly, the best the world can hope for. These are the adventures of the heroes of CVRPG. They mean well, they try hard, and occasionally they do the impossible...

They actually do something heroic.