To Chance with Hell (Planescape)
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The sea kings come from the pairing of humans with nereids, marids, or other water elemental creatures. Water genasi are the most independent of the elemental planetouched, having as little in common with their parents as with other genasi. Most are abandoned by their parents at birth and are later raised by other creatures on the Elemental Plane of Water such as dolphins, mermen, tritons, or darker races such as sahuagin. They consider themselves to be completely unique, and each develops an extreme personality trait that leads others to agree with them.
Personality: More than other genasi, no two of the sea kings are alike in personality. Some are patient and cunning, choosing to gradually wear away resistance to their plans, while others are stormy and violent, preferring to drown their foes in their wrath. They may have virtually any trait or goal, exhibiting a versatility that rivals even that of humans. Whatever characteristics a water genasi may have are taken to an extreme: bravery unto martyrdom, cowardice unto paranoia, and other such unbending outlooks are commonly displayed. They seem more than a little off to most, but they can be surprisingly pleasant if one treads lightly in dealings with them.
Physical Description: Their relationship with the seas is apparent to all who look upon the water genasi. Flowing seaweed-textured hair, blue-green skin with soft scales, and webbed feet and hands are common traits of the sea kings. Though they have no visible gills, they can breathe water as easily as air, and their voices sometimes sound like the sonorous songs of whales or dolphins. Though their form and styles are as varied as their personalities, many of them like to decorate themselves in the accoutrements of the sea such as sea-shells, coral, fish bones, and especially pearls or abalone.
Relations: Water genasi have more dealings with the sentient underwater races than anyone else, and are not looked upon cruelly by most since they can be very useful in communications and dealings between them and the more common planar races. They are perhaps the least arrogant of the genasi, but all strongly feel that which makes them unique makes them important individuals in their own right. While their extreme characteristics make it difficult for most to get close to water genasi, those who do can easily find a strong and amiable companion.
Alignment: Water genasi vary greatly in their principles, though their elemental heritage endows them with a measure of apathy to philosophy, so most are at least somewhat neutral.
Water Genasi Lands: Water genasi can take or leave land without much care, but they all call the water home. Be it river, sea, lake, or pool, the sea kings make their homes in or near bodies of water throughout the multiverse. Befitting their nature, none of them share enough common ground to join together, though most firmly believe there is enough water for all.
Belief: As extreme as these fellows are, they are just as apathetic to morals and ethics as all other genasi. They are focused purely on themselves, but expect the same attitude from everyone else. Those who travel the Outer Planes may develop beliefs centered on this principle and become as fanatical about it as the greatest Hardhead. Of the factions, water genasi are most often found among the Fated, and the Free League has a number of sea kings among its members as well.
Language: Water genasi speak the Planar Trade spoken throughout the multiverse, and a majority of them are fluent in Aquan as well.
Names: Water genasi take the name given by their human parents, which varies based on their homeland but often hints back to their unique physical features.
Adventurers: The sea kings wander far and wide, following the tides physically and metaphorically. Many live among the creatures that raised them, as special members of the community or as slaves, depending on the society. Exploration comes naturally to water genasi, however, and they are quick to seek out adventure both under and above the waves. Many enjoy searching out and collecting lost treasure, though the appeal of learning about new places is also a strong incentive.
Roleplaying a Water Genasi: You are the essence of the great oceans, serenely tranquil yet quick and unpredictable. Others may have difficulty accepting you, but they cannot fathom the intensity within. You have always been the outsider, and deep down you realize you will always be different from everyone else. There is no one like you in the entire multiverse, an idea that brings you great satisfaction. After all, there must be great things meant for one as unique as you, and you know that no matter what direction your life flows it will lead you to that greater purpose.