Basically, in my fantasy world there is an 'amphibious' race of anthropomorphic isopods known for their underwater lifestyles, scattered land settlements, shoe raiding parties and the lead cause of vanishing vessels.
They are the Ghoehmi, 'children of the sea', creations of the Father Earth, Mother Life and their Sea Daughter. Taught to live under the sea be their godly patrons, they use nature magics to weave coral to their will, growing it into shapes of 'structures' intertwining rock and other materials found in their environment forming primitive village colonies.
Due to their ability to walk land too, albeit slower than a human, and much heavier than a human, they have adapted land to their usages over time, forming coastal trading villages, strongholds, and self-made palaces of the rich. Why would they choose to remain underwater despite the bounties and new resources (easy sources of fire, as an example) the lands above provide?
Some extra facts:
- As described, they possess proficient wielders of nature magic among their people, using it to twist natural corals into shape for their primitive structures, defensive walls, and other miscellaneous needs. Though, their abilities often falter with the flora and fauna of land, rendering them to manually harvesting wood from trees and other resources.
- Their culture, despite a large reverence for undersea nature and the sea itself, is largely clan-based and warlike. Some larger clan parties have expanded onto land, forming outposts, trading huts, and strongholds, but these are often the victim from rival clans, or the other races of the land. Despite this, the species is prone to overpopulation in some underwater populations.