The Waerian

Introduction:

During the third age, The Time of Folly, one group of humans was not taken in by the Demons lies and false religions.  They did not succumb to the same foolishness and eventually destructive and harmful beliefs.  They took council from the Verdurans, but these were sea folk, dwellers on the edge of oceans and vast lakes who made their livelihood off of the bounty of the sea or lake.  And so they naturally sought a place to hide from the insanity gripping their fellow humans, and found it in the depths of watery places they knew so well.  Thus they avoided the grip of the false religions fostered by demons Waerianduring the third age.


Now, hundreds of years later they have developed towns and villages, which they call a haven or cay in the shallows of lakes and oceans.  In the oceans Waerians have built underwater castles called Corstles, the foundations made from dead corals and the outer works from living coral.  Underwater their dwellings are three dimensional, without the structure and necessity of gravity based design. Halls and passages may be vertical as often as horizontal. 


They will occasionally have a small land village they call a frontage, on the shore somewhat near their haven or cay.  This is to do rare business with ‘dryskins’, or ‘flatwalkers’ as they call those who spend their whole lives living on land.  But even the few Waerians that work in the Frontage do not live there; they commute back to their underwater dwellings at night.  

Description:

This humanoid race self adapted their human bodies to survive and live within the depths of water. Waerians can breathe water using gills low on the sides of their neck, though they also have lungs for traveling on land. 


They are cold blooded giving them the ability to handle the cold water, and their skin is scaled like a fish.  Waerians have webbed fingers and longer than normal wide feet to help quickly propel them when they swim.  The do not have hair, but instead have a series of tentacles of varying length.   Their eyes are large and rounded and their noses nearly nonexistent.  Their skin is colored like the fish from which they took some of their physical attributes when they changed over from human.

Culture:

Waerians are quick to distrust strangers and not only skeptical, but true unbelievers in gods. They believe in an afterlife, because they have seen it and t