Ravenous, intelligent, cunning and cruel, the Fish Beast are, unfortunately, among the most prosperous oceanic races. Great cities raised by these creatures darken the deep ocean trenches, and many are the near-coastal fortresses where they launch endless raids against their air-breathing enemies who dwell in close proximity to the shore.
Not all of them however live in under water ruins and temples, some even live on offshore villages and small town ports on the coastline. Breathing in air is not and issue for them, but they have to constantly moist them selves in water to keep them from dehydrating and suffocating.
The only creatures they seem to respect and adore apart from their own kind are sea monsters, for in these relentless predators the Fish beast see much of themselves. A Fish beast stands 7 to 8 feet tall and weight up to 250 or 300 pounds of muscles and some fat. Fish Beast are prone to beneficial mutations, and when a mutant is born it almost always rises to the society's nobility and leadership. Which it is why they are so many varieties of these creatures and many different shapes and forms, representing different types of fish, most commonly are deep sea fish types such as the angler fish mix above.
These creatures are powerfully built for raw strength and speed. They can take down a large animal twice their size, and can fool their enemies by baiting them with gold before capturing them. Along with their brute strength, the primary difference between Fish Beast and civilized humanoids is their attitude. As a culture, fish beast are violent and aggressive, with the strongest ruling the rest through fear and brutality.
They take what they want by force, and think nothing of slaughtering or enslaving entire villages when they can get away with it. They tend to get in a lot of affairs with drunken brawls, pit fights, and other sadistic entertainment, especially when it comes to use their slaves to be a part of their cruel games. Fish beast games are violent and cruel, and victims they use for entertainment are lucky if they die the first day. They are arrogant and quick to anger when challenged, but only worry about honor so far as it directly benefit them to do so.
Fish beasts and humans crossbreed frequently, though this is almost always the result of raids, brutal rapes, and slave-taking rather than consensual unions. Some become lone marauders who hold villages hostage, demanding regular tribute in a form of gold, gems, food or woman, lest they take more them they ask.
They were once slaves to the ancient gods a long time ago, but ever since they were sealed away in the void of darkness, they take upon themselves to become independent, less docile and gain high intelligence despite their brutal nature. However not all fish beast share the same brutal trait, some prefer not to be indulged in senseless violence or to be part of their own races utter sadistic purposes. Solitary or in a small clan non-cruel fish beasts are rare but can sometimes be found in other humanoid societies, though they are almost never accepted in central cities or population centers. They do best as laborers, merchants, body guards, seafarers, bar tenders, sorcerers, soldiers or in any kind job they can do. Still these "more civilized" fish beast can find their place within society and many have managed to live peaceful, uneventful lives.