The Cascartuga, like so many other sophonts, came to Solith from far across the Endless Ocean. This robust race of shelled humanoids sailed across The Big Black for four long generations before finally settling on Haven's southern peninsula. They continue to spend nearly their entire lives at sea, becoming unparalleled mariners and masters of the sea.
Over a Cascartugan's staggering lifespan, they continuously grow in size and are capable of reaching titanic proportions with venerable age. There are tales of Cascartugans so large their mighty jaws could snap entire ships in half. Yet the Turtlefolk's lengthy lifespans and tremendous power promote a uniquely pacifistic outlook on life as they prove to be among the most patient, resilient, and often stubborn individuals in all of known creation.
The Cascartuga first began their defining voyage across the Endless Ocean from a diminutive island of emerald green leaves and sand as orange as a raging fire. When cataclysm struck the Isle of the Emerald Blaze, clouds of black smoke choked the pristine paradise as flaming sheets of molten rock wreathed its shores. The oldest and largest of the Turtlefolk took it upon themselves to bring salvation to their doomed species and escape their destruction. They ferried the young children of the Second-Generation atop their very backs and set out blindly into the vast Endless Ocean. Though not born for such harsh open waters, the First-Generation used their knowledge of the Great Current to guide their people across an immeasurable distance in search of a new home.
On their generations-long journey, the Turtlefolk learned to sail the seas in even the most devastating of conditions and became some of Ravare's most skilled sailors and mariners atop their living vessels. Their ships are unlike any other, composed of the most massive and ancient of their brethren. These enormous vessels vary significantly in size but easily outstrip all other mundane sailing methods and create the Cascatugans' unique relationship with the sea. Their vessels are not bound by the winds or ocean currents and power through the turbulent surf through sheer grit and determination. These living ships have a mind of their own, and the ancient Cascartugans that carry their kin atop their backs can prove more intelligent and wise than any of their crew. Their vast libraries of knowledge allowed the Turtlefolk to survive centuries away from land, learning to survive off all the sea could offer. Two generations of Turtlefolk would be born on the open ocean before their people would see an end to their voyage and finally settle in Haven.
Yet their decision to settle on Solith was not one of choice but was forced upon them. When they first sighted the shores of abundance, the last surviving member of the First-Generation took his final shuddering breath and the secrets of the Great Current with him. This truly ancient being was the last of the brave souls that initially fled the Isle of the Emerald Blaze, a creature older than any living Cascartugan by several centuries. Within the titanic rotting carapace of Herok of The-First, the Cascartuga set down deep roots and constructed a grand capital city on the Dust Shores' isolated coastland. Today the vaulted halls of Greatrock keep the peace by protecting the Dust Shores and maintaining delicate stability in the relatively calm waters of its coast. The Merrow are the mortal enemies of the Turtlefolk, as their coastal patrols repel countless raiding parties during their seasonal ransacking of the Blacksea coast. Their blood feud grows in intensity with each year and rapidly approaches a dangerous tipping point. Meanwhile, the youngest Cascartugans venture out from their people as diplomats and adventurers to connect with the outside world.
More than 1000 years old, reaching maturity at the age of 50. Cascartuga continue to grow in stages throughout their life.
5 to 6 feet tall.
400 to 450 pounds.
The Cascartuga prefer simple, gender-neutral names that are usually no more than a handful of syllables and feature at least two vowels. They are the only Beastfolk to quickly and wholeheartedly adopt the tongues of Humanity, having completely lacked a language usable on land before their arrival on Solith. Adults tend to have a pliant sense of identity and frequently change their names to suit new chapters in their long lives. Conversely, their surnames are constant and never change, denoting an individual's generation rather than expressing any familial ties. They structure their names by combining their first names with the nomenclature "of the," followed by their Generational Surname. When they speak these names beneath the waves in their native tongue, they transform and become beautifully delicate songs that haunt the minds of listening land-dwellers.
The native tongue of the Cascartuga is Aqui, like all waterborne sophonts their tongue can only be understood from beneath the waves. Its haunting, melodic quality gives their tongue a song-like beauty utterly unique to the Turtlefolk.