Triton

Collected and Scribed by: Elias Dods

The Black Sea teaches us all one great lesson in life: the weak die and the strong survive. None of my kin will go quietly to our deaths, we will fight until there is nothing left to give.
 

General Knowledge

The Tritons are among the most skilled warriors and well-trained arcanists in Haven, found in scatted enclaves beneath the waters of Haven. They are best known for natural affinity towards magic and their unique appearance, some appearing more fish than man.   Tritons are most commonly known for caring for and watching over the numerous shrines and alters to Shadiym that dot the coastlines of Haven. The most well-known group of these Tritons live in Helmont or more specifically in the underwater caves beneath it where a thriving realm beneath the sea has formed. Few take the trip to their underwater civilization but stories speak of a realm of lights and life entwined with civilization.  

Description

Tritons are on average shorter than most humans but years of swimming through and mastering the oceans leaves adult Tritons athletically muscled and built to survive crushing pressures. Their skin ranges from greys and blues to green and silver while sporting diverse fish like appendages and growths, making a Tritons appear more and more fish-like as they age. All Tritons sport versitile fins that fold out from their arms and/or legs giving them their gift for rapid movement through water.   While on land Tritons don't often struggle as much as one would think, but many Tritons who have spent their lives' underwater find life on land an arduous task.

Amphibious

All Tritons sport a pair of gills either on their neck or on their torso that allow them to breathe underwater. There are some Tritons who have gone their entire lives never seeing the surface but chooses to embrace the dark depths and plunging deep into the waters of Solith.

Aquatic Lords

Over their long history in the sea Tritons have grown to be lords of their underwater realms becoming innately connected with the creatures that share their watery realms. Tritons who master this art are rumored to even be capable of inhabiting the bodies of other creatures.

Uncommon Knowledge

 

Mystically Gifted

Tritons are so naturally inclined towards magic you are likely to find more sorcerous bloodlines and warlock pacts within their lands than anywhere else in Haven. Their skills at manipulating the weather are legendary and are only part of the reason their Preservers are charged with the upkeep of Shadiym's shrines.

Hunters of the Deep

There is no race in Haven that delves as deep into the Black Sea as the Triton and they bare scars to prove it. Enormous sea monsters and vicious sea creatures threaten the Triton way of life every day even before the plague of undeath washed across the land. As they always have, Triton learned to adapt beyond their limitations and survived the harsh waters of Haven. Even going so far as to harvest its mystifying treasures.

A Life Beyond This Wretched Plane

Tritons believe that when they die their spirit ascends into the heavens to join the sun in its great journey. In the times before the fall, Triton dead were given over to the ocean wrapped in seaweed but after the undead curse began such rituals are long gone. Now, dying Triton and those magically preserved or otherwise retrieved before undeath sets in are given over to the strange Suneater Clam. Within the clam's massive jaws it is believed that the soul of a Triton is consumed, merging with the clam and living on within it. The Triton maintain that when the undead plague finally leaves the land they can free the souls of their kin and release them into their proper place in the heavens.

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

Most triton names have two or three syllables. Male names typically end with a vowel and the letter s, and female names traditionally end with an n. Tritons use their home protectorate as a surname, with the name formed by adding a vowel followed by a "th" to the end of the protectorate's name.   Female Triton Names: Aryn, Belthyn, Duthyn, Feloren, Otanyn, Shalryn, Vlaryn, Wolyn Male Triton Names: Corus, Delnis, Jhimas, Keros, Molos, Nalos, Vodos, Zunis Triton Surnames: Ahlorsath, Pumanath, Vuuvaxath

Average Technological Level

The Triton have found ways to blend life with industry to create a strange harmony. Tools of formed coral, enchanted bone and many other mysterious substances harvested from the dark depths. Their armor is often formed from shells, chitinous plating, woven seaweed, and scales. Magic plays a key role in their world and is central in almost every aspect of their civilization.

Major Language Groups and Dialects

Tritons collectively speak a shared tongue commonly known as Primordial but those who speak it can easily recognize its cultural dialects: Aquan, Auran, Ignan, and Terran.

Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals

Outsiders entering a Triton settlement should not attempt to engage with townfolk before receiving the blessing of the settlement's leader or elder. This practice is often referred to as the walk of penance, a practice dating back to the age when Triton's first began to walk the ocean floor. Many Triton families practice a similar smaller tradition when inviting strangers into their homes and it is viewed as insulting to not bring a host a gift.

Triton Race
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General Information

Lifespan
Average of 100 years, with Triton reaching maturity at the age of 15. They do not show signs of aging until mere weeks before their death.
Average Height
4 to 5 feet tall with males tending to be taller.
Average Weight
120-220 lbs with females usually being far lighter than males.  

Hidden Cities

Very few Triton settlements are known or accessible to surface dwellers only the most famous and easy to find receive air-breathing guests. Yet the Triton speak of a great civilization hidden in the deep crevices and seemingly endless depths of the seas of Haven. They speak of great cities of their people that live in a symbiotic utopia with the undersea world, though whether this is truth or legend has never been determined.

Lords Beneath the Waves

Beneath the murky surface of the Black Sea lies the hidden world of the Triton, a flourishing people in sequestered settlements hidden within Haven's waters. The largest group live at Helmont caring for their titanic alter to Shadiym for generations in a grand city built inside underwater caves beneath the Island.

Quick Notes

  • Triton society was once a vast kingdom but after Shadiym came to Haven and the undeath rose, little is left of the once prosperous people.
  • Tritons tend towards an attitude of superiority around airbreathers. Especially those who do not possess magic.
  • Triton society has no place for the weak. Adapt and Survive. Those are the laws of the Triton, nothing less can suffice.
  • Triton resemble humanoid fish with gills and fins but can easily resemble other undersea life such as crabs or squid.

GAMEPLAY MECHANICS

Triton

Ability Scores: Str +1, Con +1, Cha +1.
Size: Medium
Speed: 30ft., swim 30ft.
Size. Triton average around 4 to 5 feet tall. Your size is Medium.
Amphibious. You can breathe air and water.

Control Air and Water

A child of the sea, you can call on the magic of elemental air and water. You can cast fog cloud with this trait. Starting at 3rd level, you can cast gust of wind with it, and starting at 5th level, you can also cast wall of water with it. Once you cast a spell with this trait, you can't do so again until you finish a long rest. Charisma is your spellcasting ability for these spells.

Emissary of the Sea

Aquatic beasts have an extraordinary affinity with your people. You can communicate simple ideas with beasts that can breathe water. They can understand the meaning of your words, though you have no special ability to understand them in return.

Guardians of the Depths

Adapted to even the most extreme ocean depths, you have resistance to cold damage, and you ignore any of the drawbacks caused by a deep, underwater environment.

Languages

You can speak, read, and write Common and Primordial.

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