White Fair Fin
|White Fair Fin|
|Official Name||White Fair Fin|
|Common Nicknames||Fairfin Fish|
|Habitat||Daen Sea and Great Middle Sea|
A highly intelligent social species, the White Fair Fin has existed relatively undisturbed in Aloria for countless centuries. Occasionally caught by accident in a fisherman's nets, these medium-sized creatures live in large groups called pods and feed on small fish and mollusks. They are noted as having cultural importance to the Daendroque Ailor, being seen as carefree features of the sea, which they exemplify in their friendliness and relative abundance.
The White Fair Fin has been known to Aloria for a long time, recorded in papers of the Allorn Empire during the latter half of the Consolidation. The playful animals were largely ignored by the Altalar; while they could provide meat, the taste was considered unrefined and unsuited to Altalar. Instead, White Fair Fin meat was considered slave food, despite the fact most slaves eventually came to attach cultural and religious significance to these innocent, carefree animals. When the Allorn Empire ultimately collapsed due to the Wildering and the Cataclysm, the Daendroque Ailor who emerged from it maintained these beliefs through their vibrant maritime folklore. Over time, other Ailor populations came into contact with the animal as, in the wake of the Cataclysm, their migration routes tightened to the Daen Sea and Great Middle Sea. During this time, the animal’s waterproof skin made them important for clothing and other small items. As a result, the species’ population dropped though soon after more effective waterproofing methods entered the Ailor world and their population was left alone. The animal is no longer actively hunted en masse but is known to sometimes get caught in fishing nets. Recently, the consumption of their meat has greatly increased, most particularly among the eccentric upper-class Cultures such as the Ithanians. But for most, the creature mostly remains a prominent part of naval life as a pleasant, joyful visitor of wayward boats.
The White Fair Fin varies widely in body-size. The average length of a White Fair Fin is between five to eight feet and they usually weight anywhere between 230 to 300 pounds. Their heads are sleek, with an elongated beaklike mouth filled with a large amount of offset interlocking teeth. These teeth in combination are perfectly designed as a radar receptor for the echolocating clicks the animal produces as well as skewers to hold fish and other prey. Their only other facial feature is their small black eyes set on either side of their head. Due to their sleek design, they lack a neck, their bodies simply united together into as it moves down to the rest of their body. The typical Fairfin has a long powerful tail with horizontal fins, a set of pectoral fins, and one long curved dorsal fin. The fins serve as rudders, keeping them upright as they swim. The top of their body also features a blowhole just like other aquatic mammals. Their smooth bodies are unusually colored in neutral tones. The entire upper portion body of the creature is mostly a pale gray while its belly is solid white. The only markings are on each side of the Fairfin’s body just below the dorsal fin is an hourglass pattern colored darker grey.
White Fair Fin males are a bit larger than the females and have darker grey areas around their eyes. Aside from these differences, there are no visible external differences between the two genders.
Lifespan and Development
The White Fair Fin, as an aquatic mammal, gives birth to live young, and never more than two children at once. When they are first born, Fair Fin pups appear to be small, paler copies of their parents along with light patches of fine white hair on their underside which will fade within a month. Females care for their children for almost a whole year, showing them how to hunt and swim as they develop. After the year mark, the mother will stop caring for them, and they will instead look after themselves for another few years. They reach physical maturity at age three but take as long as age five to reach full mental maturity. At this stage, most stay within their own pod, but some do travel out to seek others when mating season comes. The White Fair Fin lives a long life, anywhere between twenty-five to thirty years.
The Fair Fins are highly intelligent and sociable animals. Large family groups communicate with a wide range of squeaks, squeals, and whistles underwater. They also make these noises when they surface and interact with Races. They will often approach ships, swimmers and smaller boats out of curiosity. White Fair Fins are known for their high level of intelligence and, when trapped in fishing nets or other devices, have been observed to escape on their own. However, this is only in the case of fully matured Fair Fins; younger ones, which are more curious, can get trapped and require freeing by others of their kind or by the device’s operator. When encountering hostile or predatory marine life, the White Fair Fin usually swims away in their pod though can and will batter their pursuer as a group.
Territory and Groupings
The White Fairfin can be found in nearly every warm or tropical waters in Aloria. These playful aquatic mammals usually travel in large family groups known as pods of anywhere from 100 to 150 individuals. Fairfins are migratory, traveling across the Daen Sea and Great Middle Sea based upon seasonal changes and current shifts produced by weather.
- It’s rumored a family of White Fair Fins was once captured by a group of Altalar scholars during the height of the Allorn Empire. The stories tell of the Fairfins being trained to perform tricks, learning how to jump into the air on command, leap through hoops for a fish or two as a reward.