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Explanation: Well, it was Neptune's grandmother or some such recently - he seems to be the flavour of the month. I agree with your followers, but perhaps more colloquial would be 'fans'. I don't think Neptune had disciples, though he was probably surrounded by mermaids and the like.
No German journalist or PR agent worth his or her salt ever avoids an opportunity to use a more or less creative synonym -- the simplest example being to refer to persons or companies by their place of residence or location. It's a sort of professional badge of honour.
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Explanation: I'm not sure, but a while back, I believe I heard someone mention Neptune's disciples. I'm really not sure though - just a suggestion.