>Be the fishy fan race
Well, there's technically two of them, at least being referred to here.
>Be the scaly fishy fan race
You are now a Cosmoid, one of three races inhabiting the planet Ondou and one of two races collectively known as the Squelch. Cosmoids have scaly skin and fins on their face and extremeties. Males have an extra fin on top of their head and their gills are located where a human's eyebrows would be.
>Hmm... alright then, be the other fishy fan race?
You are now a Placoid, you are the other race that is, along with the Cosmoids, collectively known as the Squelch. Placoids have a small set of extra arms just above their waist and a large powerful tail used to assist them in swimming. Their gills are located on their neck and their sense of smell is extremely powerful.
>Be the horrid amalgamation
Hey! You take offense to that! While Cosmoids and Placoids can indeed interbreed and the offspring are both sterile and unable to learn magic or psionics they are not looked at as freaks or anything of the sort. They are actually just as accepted as anyone else.
>Alright then, tell us about the Squelch
Well then, where to start? Castes? Well as it turns out, there aren't really castes for Squelch, positions of power are attained through your accomplishments, not by any sort of birth right attained through scale color or blood color. That would just be silly! All your blood is green anyway.
>Well then, how does that work exactly?
Alright so, the gist of it is, once a Squelch reaches a certain age they choose a guild pertaining to what they want to be when they grow up. Then they, along with other Squelch their age, are assigned a mentor and form a School. This is the closest thing to a family in your society. Once you've proven yourself worthy you become a full fledged member of the guild and can then ascend the ranks based on your accomplishments. Which brings us to our next point.
Honor. Honor is a huge deal in Squelch society. Honor, in this case, being more like prestige. For example, honor for a member of the warrior's guild would be combat prowess, whereas honor for a member of the artist's guild would be having good artistic ability. Therefore, your social status is determined by your accomplishments.
Though, this means that being dishonored is the worst thing for a Squelch and can even go so far as to get them exiled to the surface of Ondou.
>What about the government?
There is a royal family that rules as the head of the council of guild masters, with the guild of the current head of the royal family being the high guild. Though most matters are handled by the council the royal family's word trumps any decisions from the council. Though, if a ruler is becoming too tyrannical there is a system in place where one may challenge the ruler for the right to rule and becoming the new royal family. This has only ever been used twice in known history.
>Enough of this boring shit, what about romance?
Romance in Squelch society is pretty simple really. It is the same as human romance, with the one exception that it's socially acceptable to have a mate with each race you're capable of breeding with. Cosmoplacoids, the sterile offspring of Cosmoids and Placoids, still pursue romantic relationships, but they, of course, do not produce any offspring.
>Reproduction you say?
Yes. Reproduction. Squelch reproduce the same way as fish. Females lay eggs and Males extrude genetic material onto them, fertilizing them. This, however, is only done once every hundred solar cycles or so. Though this process is rather impersonal Squelch can still get intimate, it just won't produce any offspring.
> Wait, wait, one hundred solar cycles?
Yes, a solar cycle being roughly equivalent to a year on earth. The Squelch live, on average, for almost one thousand solar cycles, naturally anyway. They mature quickly over the first twenty or so, then their bodies age at a much slower rate.
>Oh... where do you live then?
Squelch are, technically amphibious but prefer to stay in the water. Their buildings are comprised mostly of coral and are designed by members of the architect's guild and range from simple house-like structures to vast and complicated castles. Upon reaching their fifteenth hatching day every Squelch is assigned their own home. Until then they live in the nurseries of the caretaker's guild.
>Interesting... what about technology? Got any lasers?
Not quite. With the technology guild being the youngest guild the Squelch are only slightly more advanced then human society. So, no lasers, sorry.
>No lasers? What about powers?
Oh yeah, you have those, though only psionicists and mages pursue them in any depth. Both races are equally gifted psionically and magically but the crossbreeds are not due to the incompatible energies of the parents.
Just a few random details of note.
Squelch have both a spoken language and a visual language based on bubbles similar to Morse code.
While only about ten percent of Ondou is above the surface of the ocean, Ondou itself is a massive planet so it still has roughly the same amount of dry land as earth. It also has a lot more gravity but that doesn't really effect you.
Squelch are named after hatching but before being taken to the nurseries. Their names start with the first letter of the father's name and end with the first letter of the mother's name. Names are capitalized at the beginning and the end in the Squelch language.
Yeah pretty much, there's obviously more but nothing that needs to be covered right here or now.
Bases and whatnot.