If people don't mind, I'd like to add my two pence, by submitting a race for perusal and possible inclusion:
Frogmen. Basically, humanoids no taller than 3 feet with bulbous eyes, webbed hands and feet and damp skin any colour from vivid green to dull brown and any texture from slick to warty. They have an amphibian lifestyle and tadpole-like young, although all stages of their life-cycle can breathe air.
The Mabin effectively control all the freshwater waterways of the known world and want to keep it that way. As such, they issue permits to traders and other travellers who wish to use the rivers, streams and canals and check on any craft they spot. Any unauthorised craft is seized and impounded unless a sizeable sum is paid. If this fee is paid within 30 days, the craft is released and a temporary permit issued. Otherwise, the Mabin take permanent possession.
The Mabin believe that water is the source of all life, and that the Mabinari, the Eternal Waterfall, is the source of all water. As such, they believe the Mabinari to be the ultimate source of all life, and worship it as one might a god.
There are many Mabin settlements around the edge of Lake Mabinari, the largest lake in the known world. (Lake Mabinari is in fact so large as to be an inland sea. Despite this, it is still fresh.) However, the largest Mabin settlement is the Shrine of the Mabinari, an enormous city-temple built around the base of the Mabinari. All the priesthood of the Mabin live in the Shrine, and all Mabin attempt to make a pilgrimage at least once in their lives in order to bathe in the purest of waters.
Despite the high population density in and around Lake Mabinari, there are Mabin villages and wayposts scattered around the waterways of the known world. Each Mabin settlement has a matriarch, the Mab, who functions as leader, spokesperson and supreme broodmaster of each settlement.
Raising young is a communal affair, and each breeding pair will lay eggs in the same communal pool. The young are removed as they hatch, and are transferred to a second, larger pool with plant matter contained in it. Once the young begin to grow legs, they are again transferred to a yet larger pool, where insects and other small creatures are permitted to live. Finally, young with all their legs are removed from the pools altogether and are expected to attend one of a number of schools to teach them the cultural history, beliefs and skills to become a functioning member of Mabin society.
By far the largest of these schools is the school of the River Guards, an all-purpose combination of hunters, soldiers, scavengers and police wardens whose primary responsibility is providing protection and provision for the settlement. Other major schools include the school of the Broodmasters and the school of the Priesthood, which is housed within the Shrine of the Mabinari.
The Mabin feel a primal connection to water, and as such will never willingly (knowingly) stray further that half a day’s travel from a body of water large enough to immerse themselves in fully.
Mabin have very thin skins, and dry out if they spend too much time out of water.
Visitors to Lake Mabinari might be excused for wondering why there are no settlements around the southern tip of the lake. The Mabin have found that buildings on the lake in that area tend to disappear. Nobody actually knows this, but there’s a portal at the bottom of that portion of the lake which opens about 300 miles above the surface of the lake – causing the Mabinari.
There are unconfirmed rumours about brightly coloured pygmy Mabin who live deep within the jungles of the plane.
edited 6th Dec '11 4:34:08 AM by Marr965
I used to be normal, but then my family happened to me.