Driserd Dax smiled like a fiend as the Requiem raced away from the coastal village, he and his crew just successfully raided.
The village had been of moderate size, but the Nightopians had been hospitable and had allowed him to dock his ship to repair damage caused by a Nightmaren frigate.
His coming here had not be happenstance having heard of a priceless relic, a large sapphire known as the Mermaids Tear stored within the village temple that was dedicated to the myth of some sea dwelling entity.
The raid had taken place under the cover of darkness and it had not taken Bruhala long to melt a hole in the wall, even less time for her brother Rizulin to procure the gem.
The three Baganthi had then raced back to were their ship was berthed, where the last member of the their crew, the silent Vuzuqueva stood watch.
They had departed without incident, and now as the sun poked up over the horizon, Driserd Dax wondered why that was, until Rizulin from his position up on the bow sought his attention.
‘Yeah what is it? Don’t tell me you botched the repairs to the pontoon.’ He said irritably.
The harpooner scowled and pointed over the starboard side of the craft.
‘Something has been keeping pace with us,’ he replied.
Driserd Dax snorted; ’It’s probably just dolphins,’ he replied dismissively,’ don’t be such an alarmist.’
Rizulin replied but his voice was drowned out over the roar of the port side turret.
‘Bruhala what in the abyss are you shooting at?
‘Them! She replied pointing to where a large shoal of bony headed fish creature surged towards them.
Bruhala aimed and fired, although at the speed they were approaching Driserd Dax thought aiming wasn’t necessary, until a current suddenly appeared and whipped the creatures out of harms way.
Rizulin suddenly yelled in alarm and abandoned his post as the creatures revealed their intentions by scaling the bow of his vessel.
‘ Cowardly crewmen and attacking fish monsters, what’s next?,’ Driserd Dax wondered, and then heard the crack of thunder as cloud appeared from nowhere to blot out the sun
‘Sorry I asked,’ he said as he raised his staff as the first one approached.
Undine are a primordial aquatic race that dwell within the depth of the Dark Ocean, as well as any other deep body of water.
While they have been relegated to being just myths and rumor by the rest of Nightopia, those who dwell on the island and coastline know all to well that these creatures exist, and when the storm clouds appear from out of nowhere to blot out the sun, that these creatures are going to make an appearance.
For those who relay upon the sea for a living, keep in these creatures’ good graces is the best way to ensure that their nets are full and their boats remain afloat.
Undine are fond of blue gemstone of good quality and will often demand a tribute for their services, if stones are not available then well bred livestock will do.
In the far flung reaches of the Dark Ocean some the inhabitants of benighted islands resort to offering criminals or youths to appease these creatures.
Undine attack and defend with their teeth, claws and tails. While quick and deadly in the water they can be slow and clumsy on land, and are easily dazzled by bright light.
Cloudy with a chance of Fish Sticks: When assembled in a large shoal , undine have the power to manipulate the weather , often drowning an area with torrential rain.
Raincoat: While either submerged in water, in a rainstorm on dry land, an Undines body has the consistency of water, with attacks passing through it without harm.
Arsenal: An Undine wields a trident made from driftwood and coral.