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Ceas Kalyka, of the Circle of Elders.
Height5' - 6'
Weight90 - 150 lbs
Major featuresSmooth, rubbery skin, pointed teeth, webbed fingers and toes.
AbilitiesUnderwater breathing, swimming, coral manipulation.
Most common inCharbosi
ReputationPacifistic Sea-Dwellers
Racial godsLaviku, Makutsi, Caiyha
Racial bonus+10 Coral Manipulation

The Charodae (Charoda being the singular term) are a race of amphibious sea-dwellers. They breathe through their skin, and live far off of the Falyndar coast in their coral city of Charbosi. They are capable of breathing on land, but doing so for extended periods without immersing themselves in water is fatal. They are pacifist vegetarians who like to hoard things.



The Charoda existed prior to the Valterrian, although they had no contact with any other race, living far away from the closest coast, and far below the water's surface. They were hunter-gatherers and artisans, living in a massive, living, breathing city of coral. They were unaffected by anything that went on far above them.

Until the Valterrian.

The cataclysm that rent the world apart destroyed the coral city of Charbosi, and reduced the Charodae population to a mere fraction of what it was. The survivors were changed completely. They no longer looked the same, could not digest their former food sources, and no longer had hair. Concerned about what had happened, the survivors eventually worked up the nerve to send a party to the surface, in hopes of figuring out just what had happened to them. Had they angered the gods such that they were to be changed like this? Was this punishment for something that they had done or failed to do?

The party eventually made it to the surface, and attempted to make contact with the land-dwellers. They were slain by hostile forces who had no idea of what was coming from the water and not wanting to know just what they were. When no one from the first party returned, the Charodae tried again, this time attempting contact in another area. This was somewhat more successful, but the Charodae soon returned to their people, with tales of the savages that lived on the land. It was decided that they would begin the coralline city anew, somewhat closer to the land, but with enough distance between themselves and potentially hostile forces.


Physical Appearance

The Charodae have smooth, rubbery skin, like that of a dolphin's, somewhat pliable but quite resistant. The skin shades vary from pale white to deep blue, with many shades - grey, light green - in between. They are very slender and streamlined. Their spine, and ribs, are not made of bones, but cartilage, rendering them extremely flexible. Their bone density is very weak, leaving them less defended than other races that have solid bones. They have no hair whatever, instead having dorsal fins for hair. Their toes and fingers have webbing in between, with long, multi-pointed ears. They have very faintly protruding noses, almost more like slits, and big eyes that lack pupils. Because of the translucent eye lid that always covers their eyes, the eyes usually appear to be the same colour as their skin, although maybe a bit lighter or darker.

Once omnivores, the Charodae have resigned themselves to the forced life of vegetarianism, as their bodies cannot digest meat. Attempts to do so leave them violently ill. They have three rows of sharp, triangular teeth in their mouths, a memory of times gone by. But their teeth remain useful for chewing the vegetables that grow below the water's surface.

Although the Charodae are built for swimming, they can walk upright on two feet on land. Because of how the water resistance slows the action, the graceful Charodae may seem to be a fair bit quicker on land without that usual resistance there.


Once hunter-gatherers who enjoyed testing each other's physical prowess, the Valterrian changed the Charodae completely. Preferring to avoid violence, they have turned their back on it and would sooner solve things with diplomacy. They are taught that life is sacred, and that it should not be wasted. They enjoy scavenging along the bottom of the ocean floor and hoarding things, often building up massive collections of all sorts of things, as well as harvesting seaweed and other such plants that they grow for food.

While visitors to Charbosi are rare, the Charodae are quite friendly, and are curious about others... sometimes so much so that they love to gossip and trade knowledge.


In Common, Ae'loru can be roughly translated as 'a joining of many', though if explained to one who doesn't have a good grasp of Char, a Charoda will go into a much lengthier explanation, as the Ae'loru is an event that binds together the inhabitants of Chabosi and drives home their communal and equitable nature. This event generally takes place twice a year sometime in Spring and again in the Fall. During these times, partners looking to start or expand upon their families all collect in a secluded area just outside the city and take part in the Ae'loru. An intimate affair all participate in spawning, where the males are stimulated enough to exude a liquid pheromone that heightens the senses and physical experience of all involved. As the Ae'loru goes on the females will lay their eggs beneath the group and eventually the males will externally fertilize the eggs. The sounds of Charodae commencing in Ae'loru is hauntingly beautiful and can be heard throughout Charbosi during the event, a hypnotic and entrancing tune that usually leaves all inhabitants content and blissful for days afterward, whether they participated or not. Once the Charodae taking part in the Ae'loru have completed the mass copulation, the partners pair off and collect a section of the mass of eggs in a coral pouch to bring back to their respective dwelling.

While partners can breed between themselves, this act is often derogatorily referred to as 'Spawning', as most Charodae see it as a selfish act that insults the Charodae of Charbosi in the way that a couple would prefer to breed by themselves than join in the Ae'loru.

Because of this communal breeding it is common to have same sex partners amonng the Charodae, as a standard heterosexual coupling is not required for a Charoda to raise their children.


Social Structure

The Charodae are widely gender-neutral in everything, believing in equity and balance in all things. Duties are split quite evenly - while one partner in a family may forage for food one day while the other works on the coral-line structure of their home, they may switch places the next day just as easily.

This balance is reflected in the Circle of Elders, which has an equal number of male and female members.


The Charodae have their own language, Char, that sounds more like it is being sung than spoken. Its melodies carry well, and linger, leaving a haunting residue. It doesn't sound anywhere near as grand above the water, sounding more like shrill cries, clicks, and whistles.

Traders and scholars have brought the Common tongue to Charbosi, where the young ones learn it in order to communicate with the world above, should they ever decide to seek it.


Charodaen names vary widely, and most have two parts to their names; a given and family name. The first name is the name they were born with, and the family name, generally taken from both family names of the parents. While there are few patterns to the way the Charodae name their offspring, they tend to be smoother, softer names with less harsher sounds to them.

Examples are as follows:

  • Yleru
  • Tandra
  • Ana'tu
  • Lyel
  • Beless
  • Ialea

Family Life

Charodae take a long time in finding their partners, but when they find them, they usually bond for life. Generally partners will participate in an Ae'loru once every 5 or 6 years, bringing eggs back from the event sealed in a coral pouch. After ten months, the eggs hatch, and the surviving young nibble their way through the coral to begin their lives. While perhaps one hundred eggs or more may be laid, only perhaps five to ten of them will hatch and come out of the pouch.

Looking after the family is evenly divided amongst the denizens of Charbosi. While one parent may tend to their offspring every day and another may instead go about the tasks that mean the success and survival of their family, there is no protocol for whom does what, and occasionally multiple pairs of bonded Charodae communally raise their young. It is an individual arrangement between partners, and any sort of arrangements are socially acceptable so long as they are acceptable to the partners.

Everyday Life

Family arrangements tend to vary widely within the family, but there are a few constants.

The offspring attend school to learn the 'basics'. These basics include learning how to control their innate abilities with coral, geography, language, both Char and Common, underwater botany, history, and basic maths. They learn about the other races, This continues until they are about 15, and the youngling has been deemed knowledgeable by their tutors.

Exploration is encouraged. Just about any Charodae can explore safely along the ocean floor, and create a temporary shelter for themselves to sleep in by growing coral along the floor. Larger expeditions often take the pelagic dragons in hopes of finding new things and bringing them back, or going on trade expeditions.

The typical day is spent learning, creating, and working.

Art and Industry


The Charodae value music and singing, even though every conversation between them sounds like a song. For this reason, poems are valued, and epic ballads are often used to teach the history of their kind to the tadpoles. Instruments widely used throughout Charbosi include drums, bells, lyres, and harps.

Dancing, for the Charodae, is primarily an underwater ballet used to express stories or poems. Elaborate, graceful, and demanding balance and poise, the Dance of the Sea, as they call it, would be nigh impossible to imitate above land.

Carving is another art form for the Charodae, as is tailoring and weaving. But perhaps the most important of all is the Charodaen ability to manipulate and grow coral. To do so with careful control, using different species of coral, with the mind's eye to what your masterpiece will look like in several years as it grows takes a very specific skill and touch to accomplish.


The Charodae are scavengers that like to find things, and as a result, sometimes have a hard time actually trading their treasures away. Pearl-diving, fishing, farming, salting, are all some of the industries that are active below the water.


The Charodae worship Makutsi and Caiyha, and to some extent Dira and Kihala.

When a Charoda dies, the body is laid out, and surrounded with coral grown and manipulated by their family. The body will eventually help grow new coral, returning to the ecosystem, and symbolizing rebirth and the belief that family is nearby, as well as completing what they call Caiyha's Cycle - they are born, they eat the plants, they die, their body provides nutrients for the plants.


The Charoda breed enormous seahorses for riding underwater. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns, and have different uses. A new trend amongst the Charoda is seahorse racing, and some enjoy gambling on the outcomes of the races.

Water Velispars

While the seahorses are wonderful for short travel, or slow travel, the Charodae have have a means of faster movement - their enormous water velispars. Capable of traveling at great speeds over enormous distances, the hyteras are the Charodaen merchant's choice for carrying goods for trade.

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