The Kushtakas or the Otterfolk as the natives of Haven have come to call them, are a vicious lot. They are found only on Yupic Island and claim to have traveled across the Endless Ocean on its many hidden currents before settling on Haven. Well known for their hostility and xenophobia, the Kushtakas remain secluded on their island home and are willing to fight with tooth and claw to keep it that way. Few Kushtakas have ever ventured onto the mainland, and even fewer trust the land-dwellers that live upon it. Because of this, the Kushtakas remain stunted both culturally and technologically as one of Haven's most primitive sophonts.
Born to the frigid sea and claimed by its waves, the Kushtakas have swum the chaotic currents of the Endless Ocean since time immemorial. Long ago the mother and caretaker of the Kushtakas, Kushyip, came upon the doomed continent of Kushbasca where ice and snow sought to choke the life from the land slowly. Upon its frigid shores, the mother of the Yulpic Pantheon carved the Otterfolk's first Holt, and the fabled riverside city of Kushyinak was born. Her children, the Kushtaka, grew old and wise within her sheltering embrace until they ventured out in search of their own Holts. Yet like so many other sophonts, disaster would bring a twilight to the age of the Yulpic Pantheon and bring devastation to the continent as the earth shattered, the sea froze over, and the mightest of rivers became vast glaciers. Seeking to survive this arctic cataclysm, the Yulpic Pantheon fled across the Endless Ocean in search of warmer waters. Together Kushyip, Anguta, and Tceski ferried their peoples across the Endless Sea to what they believed would be the fertile lands of Haven. Sadly as they arrived only a few short years before The Fall, the Kushtakas did not find a lush world of abundance but found a land cursed with the Unfallen plague. This disaster was the tipping point for many Kushtaka, who now believe the mainlanders of Haven cannot be trusted to maintain the natural order and that they will stop at nothing to bring about the doom of the continent.
As one of the largest God-Beasts known to exist within Haven, Kushyip has been able to guarantee her people some semblance of safety on the rocky shores of the island of Yupic. Taking the physical form of a titanic river otter, she is said to lurk beneath the murky waters of the Blacksea, where she prevents the worst of its monsters from devouring her people. The Elders of the Kushtakas say that if you gaze deep into her eyes, you will see the secrets shrouded by the depths that only she can reach. As one of the few remaining deities tied to the sea that has yet to be devoured by Shadiym, the @Sire regularly attempt to establish relations with the xenophobic tribe with little success. While conflicts with the Shorewall Military and the City of Marble have served to further the divide between their people and the rest of Haven. Today, only a handful of Kushtakas choose to involve themselves in mainland affairs and politics as they seek to establish and then maintain some semblance of natural order over the continent's chaotic sophonts.
60 to 65 years old, reaching maturity at 10.
Around 6 feet tall.
180 to 200 pounds.
7 feet from tail to snout.
All Kushtaka names are derived from their native tongue, Yulpic, whose high-pitched chattering is often difficult to understand and even more difficult to pronounce. This causes much confusion and many mispronunciations among other sophonts. Yet still, many Kushtaka refuse to change or alter their names in any way but may begrudgingly respond to the shortened nicknames imposed upon them.
Yulpic is the native tongue of the Kushtaka.