Fish Guide

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Albino Garfish
403  Lakes 
Its ghostly color and threatening size makes encountering this sort of garfish a uniquely alarming experience for folk fishing in the Source.

These highly territorial wavekin spawn in the seas off the Isle of Ken, tearing into any aquatic creatures fool enough to stray into their waters with rows of razor-sharp teeth. Their dominion over the island's waves has led some fishers to dub them the “Ken Masters.”
Vicejaw
406  Lakes 
An armor-plated fish found near the Isle of Ken, as vicious as it is ancient.

One of the largest of the ancient order of armor-plated fish, the vicejaw's aggression and hardheadedness reminds many of Lord Vauthry. And like Lord Vauthry, it terrorizes its neighbors—those neighbors being its fellow fish.
Skulleater
390  Rivers 
A bone-white freshwater lobster from Kholusia.

These scavengers of the deep have a habit of breaking open the heads of drowned sailors with their oversized pincers, before feasting on the grey goodness within and taking up residence in the cleaned-out crania. This earns them few friends in sailing circles.
Toffee Snail
390  Rivers 
A snail native to Kholusia. Though its shell is much more appetizing, its flesh is the only edible bit.

The sweet, chewy flesh of these mollusks, flavored with aromatic herbs, is a staple of Kholusian cuisine. The culinary tome “Of Ye Kholusian Kytchenne” also lists recipes for the waffle wasp and the mousse louse─the only known reference to either creature. This has led some scholars to doubt the book's authenticity.
Watts Trout
390  Rivers 
A frankly unremarkable species of trout found in the Watts River.

A familiar face to all those living along the Watts River, this fish has long been an important source of protein for the dwarves who dwell there. When a fisher catches a Watts trout, it is customary to call out its name─the traditional reply being “You should know, you've just caught one.”
Hucho Taimen
412  Rivers 
This placid freshwater fish displays a distinct preference for calm currents.

Though it appears to be a gentle giant, this cousin of the salmon has a voracious appetite for the flesh of other fish, swallowing other wavekin whole—sometimes even those approaching its own size.
Winged Hatchetfish
415  Rivers 
A freshwater fish with an oversized belly, commonly found in the upper reaches of the Watts River.

This wavekin's bloated belly and long tail lend it the silhouette of a hand axe, leading the metal-smelting dwarves of Kholusia to venerate it as a guardian spirit of the toolcrafting industry.
Noble's Fan
395  Rivers 
Some say that this Kholusian fish looks just like a fan. Others say, more specifically, that it looks like a fan with the capacity to feel murderous rage.

The emerald hue and peacock pattern of this flatfish is reminiscent of the fans favored by the nobles of Eulmore. Many of those refused entry to the city dream of exchanging the two, so that the pampered peers take a wet fish to the face.
Zebra Catfish
395  Rivers 
This catfish was named for its beautiful black-and-white pattern, reminiscent of the zebras occasionally pictured in storybooks.

A fish with the whiskers of a cat, and the black and white stripes of the mythical zebra. Not to be confused with the apocryphal cat zebrafish, which has the calico coloration of a fat cat, and hooves.
Sepia Sole
395  Lakes 
A remarkably flat freshwater fish found in Kholusia.

The name of this wavekin calls to mind the underside of a shoe, whose once-polished leather has turned dull and grey from overuse. Some would use the same simile to describe both the appearance and taste of its cured and dried flesh─a delicacy in Kholusia.
Shellfracture Kelp
390  Coastlines 
This variety of leafy kelp grows to incredible size off the southern coast of Kholusia.

A marine plant that grows in great beds off Cracked Shell Beach. It wraps its meaty leaves around marine mollusks, providing protection in exchange for stability. However, as the kelp grows, its grip tightens and the shells shatter. Below the water, as above, we always hurt the ones we love.
Blood Cloud
390  Coastlines 
Seen distantly from a boat, this jellyfish could be mistaken for the reflection of a red airship above─or the gory aftermath of a violent underwater encounter.

With their round, red bodies, these wavekin look like so many balloons floating in the summer sky, trailing their strings behind them. But be very wary, for their strings pack a deadly sting. If you should chance upon a swarm whilst swimming, let those red balloons go by.
Kholusian Flounder
390  Coastlines 
A flat fish living off the coast of Kholusia.

Legend has it that these flat, bottom-dwelling wavekin are the reincarnations of those poor, unfortunate souls who wasted away on the road to Eulmore, and chose to throw themselves into the ocean in order to end their suffering early.
South Kholusian Cod
390  Coastlines 
This common saltwater fish is a staple food for Kholusian locals.

This fish is far-famed for its soft, flaky flesh, often forming the centerpiece of a Kholusian banquet. Their erstwhile cousins, the north Kholusian cod, were tougher in both body and spirit, but not tough enough to survive the Flood─now, only the southern softies remain.
Razorfish
395  Coastlines 
This tiny saltwater fish swims with its head facing down toward the depths.

A wavekin with a body as sleek and sharp as a barber's blade. While they are able to swim facing forwards, razorfish are wont to keep their eyes fixed on the sea floor, as if afraid to make eye contact with more sociable swimmers.
Rose Shrimp
415  Coastlines 
This pink crustacean is both delicious and plentiful, resulting in its frequent use in a variety of Vrandtic dishes.

This pretty pink shrimp is a boon to any budding culinarian, lending a fine flavor to many a delicious dish. Some scholars claim that schools of these creatures take the shape of a blooming rose─others that the name is based only on their coloration. So long as argumentative academics abound, the debate may never end.
Shapeshifter
403  Coastlines 
This octopus sports a mesmerizing black-and-white pattern, and is unnervingly skilled at both disguising itself and manipulating objects with its dexterous arms.

This eight-armed marine mollusk is able to disguise itself as almost anything else—from starfish, to seaweed, to other fish. But only an object of equal size. And it cannot form complex machines. Guns and explosives have chemicals, moving parts. It doesn't work that way.
Minstrelfish
406  Coastlines 
The urge to play this shark like a lute is best resisted.

“The captain, he caught me in bed with his bride, and threw my best lute o'er the galleon's side. I followed it over—to catch it I wished, but all that I caught was a lute-shapen fish. Yes I tickled his wife, then I tickled a fish.” - The Ballad of the Minstrelfish.
Kholusian Wrasse
395  Coastlines 
A knobbly-headed fish native to the oceans surrounding Kholusia.

Only male Kholusian wrasses have the characteristic lump on their foreheads—and yet every one plucked from the waves has this lump. How so? Are the males less intelligent, falling for the fisher's tricks more easily? Or are they braver, selflessly throwing themselves on the hook? No. Every wrasse is born female, before changing genders in later life.
Weedy Seadragon
395  Coastlines 
This ocean-dweller could easily be mistaken for a clump of fallen autumn leaves.

A frond-finned creature named for its resemblance to the sunny-hued leaves of the shellfracture kelp, not for its puniness. Although, in a fight between a weedy seadragon and a strip of seaweed, a wise man might bet on the latter.
Henodus
420  Coastlines 
This ancient species, in modern times sighted only in the vicinity of Cracked Shell Beach, bears significant similarities to the tortoise.

A type of primordial turtle with a wide, flat shell. Its name means “one tooth” in an ancient tongue, in reference to the single molar in each corner of its mouth. That, along with its wrinkled skin, has led some to nickname it the “Old Man of the Sea.”
Spearhead Squid
395  Coastlines 
A reddish cephalopod with a pointed head.

Every part of this marine mollusk can be eaten, from the sharp point of the hood that earns it its name, to the ink that flows forth when it is angered. Soldiers of the Eulmoran Army are known to devour a squid in its entirety before battle, believing it lends them martial might.
Shadow Crab
395  Sands 
This dark-grey crab dwells in eastern Amh Araeng─or did until someone poached it.

These creatures normally lurk beneath the surface of the sand with only their eyes protruding, but when prey approach they burst forth, bludgeoning their victims with bulky claws before slinking back to the shadows.
Desert Dustfish
395  Sands 
This variety of fish can be found frolicking amidst the sands of Amh Araeng.

Because they spend most of their lives under the scorching sand, desert dustfish have evolved to store large quantities of water within their bodies. For travelers lost in arid climes, these creatures are like life-saving oases, but in fish form.
Hornhelm
400  Sands 
This sand-dwelling fish in fact boasts not merely one, but three horn-like protrusions.

The large horn that protrudes from this wavekin's head is in fact a modified dorsal fin, adapted for swimming through sand. In the areas around its nesting grounds, rulers with oft be anointed with a crown of these horns, due to the strength they represent.


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