Krestean Species in Aquatica Homebrew | World Anvil
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Written by Pookas Kreations

Krestean are an evil race of Monstrous Humanoids, that protect all water access to Atlantia.

Basic Information


Krestean have 4 legs and two pair of arms: one set with hands (lower), the other with large claws (upper). They have a slightly humanoid upper body with most of their legs on the lower half.

Biological Traits

Some have more eyes, antenna, thicker armor or different coloring; even a more humanoid shape. Most are only able to hold their breath, but a rare few have developed gills.

Genetics and Reproduction

Most Krestean females carry their fertilized eggs in a small pouch hidden under their shell. A rare few deposit them in a cave and abandon them.

Growth Rate & Stages

After they hatch they either cling to their mother to be carried and protected or swim away to fend for themselves. These usually hide in caves or burrow into the sand. They are prawn-like larva. Some even find discarded shells or containers to hide in until they are large enough to fend for themselves. Few abandoned this way reach maturity at 4 years, if they do survive they have to prove themselves to be accepted into a house to begin their training.

Access to food and predation is the only deterrent to a young's growth.

Ecology and Habitats

Any aquatic environment, but prefer rocky, coastal areas.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Krestean are opportunistic eaters. They prefer meat but will eat anything they can find. Weak Krestean are commonly eaten. Only the strong survive. When food is scarce the weak and old are eaten first, then the young.

They are opportunistic foragers/hunters.

Additional Information

Social Structure

Krestean have a spartan-like society. Might makes right, dog eats dog, survival of the fittest.

Facial characteristics

They often have an armored humanoid-like head, often with protruding brows or spiny ridges to protect their eyes. And have 2-4 pair of eyes, sometimes one set is on the end of a pair of antenna.

Geographic Origin and Distribution

Any aquatic coast or swamp

Average Intelligence

Kresteans have a slightly higher than average intelligence.

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

lowlight vision, watersense 30 ft, scent (carrion or blood)

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

They have short names, usually only one and at times a clan affiliation, if they know it or have joined one.

Major Organizations

Clans and guilds rule by force.

Beauty Ideals

Beauty has no merit only strength.

Gender Ideals

Depending on the subspecies, the male or female is larger. Whichever is larger are in positions of authority.

Courtship Ideals

Whichever gender hold primacy chooses.

Relationship Ideals

The strong control all.

Average Technological Level

Decadent What technology they have was gained from the flooded and abandoned Atlantean cities or what they have been able to capture by force.

Major Language Groups and Dialects

Kress. Also known is Aquan, Atlantean, Mer.

Common Etiquette Rules

Most Kresteans are gruff and brusk. with no patience for diplomacy.

Culture and Cultural Heritage

Krestean still follow the ingrained programming from the Atlanteans. Even though they have been forgotten by their masters. They live a spartan existence, rarely keeping anything that has no purpose.

Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals

Raid and grab. Destroy the weak.

Common Taboos

Destroying what they were trained to protect, the approaches and possessions of Atlantia. Borrowing tech is fine.


They were created by the Atlanteans to protect their water approaches. The backlash of a Wild Magic attack Awakened them and gave them a spark of magic.

Historical Figures

  • Kietel Raeder: the bio-engineer
  • Krestan: The first forcibly evolved Krestean

Common Myths and Legends

The "torture" and programming of their race.

Interspecies Relations and Assumptions

They hate all other races, that they think are inferior, these need to be destroyed!
Genetic Ancestor(s)
Scientific Name
Cancer pagarus infami
50 years
Average Height
8 ft
Average Weight
400 lbs
Average Length
10-14 ft wide
Average Physique
Considered to be of massive build. They are very muscular and armored everywhere.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Kresteans can be of any natural coloring, but commonly they are red, green or blue; with stripes, spots or patches of contrasting colors. Their underside is often a lighter shade of the same color.

Some like showing off their captured treasure by gluing it to their shell with the secretion of a snail.

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