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Lore

Marai Champions


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  • Diana Diana is the Aspect of the Moon Nami Nami is searching for.
  • Miss Fortune Miss Fortune joined the funeral of Aligh, a pirate captain claimed to be half-Marai.

History

Marai Vastaya
For more information, see Into the Abyss.

The Tidecaller

Centuries ago, an ancient Vastaya of Ionia traveled to the shores of Mount Targon in search of a new home. The race built a hidden village beneath a coral reef in the sea. Though they had their enemies, the city was an impenetrable fortress, until a massive Void rift opened near their home. Their attempts to control the waters around them had proved to be unsuccessful, with countless Marai perishing. Their numbers were dwindling until the arrival of the Moonstone.

The Marai rely heavily on Moonstones, powerful objects found only on the surface world, which light altering properties help the Marai ward off larger predators that reside in the deeps. The stone's powers lasts only one hundred years and is the sacred duty of The Tidecaller's to acquire these objects. Before it's light fades, the Tidecaller must journey into the Great Deep, retrieve an abyssal pearl, and carry it to the surface. There, on the night of the winter solstice of the hundredth year, the Tidecaller makes a ceremonial exchange with a land-walker bearing a moonstone. By trading the pearl for the moonstone, the Tidecaller ensures the survival of the Marai for another century. The current Tidecaller, Nami Nami is desperately searching for a Moonstone to help her people.

Biology

A Marai known as Nami Nami.

The Marai are a water dwelling form of a sentient species known as the Vastaya. They resemble a mix between Humans and fish (humanoid upper part, fish lower part), the Marai are capable of withstanding enormous pressures of the Great Deep and being able to live in salt and fresh waters.

Their distinct features are their uniquely formed scales and flaps. Their darker green scales end at the point of their chests, resembling clothing. Male Marai have their lighter scales (resembling skin) shown more prominent in their chest area than female Marai. However, female marain have larger and more prominent flaps around their bodies (resembling laced clothing). Both sexes have flap protrusions resembling hair on their heads. These protrusions can be in various shades of yellow and green. Their eyes have dark sclera and irises in various shades of green, red, yellow, orange, and blue.

It is unclear on how the Marai reproduce. The most likeliest way is that of surface dwelling mammals, since their origin comes from the surface and female Vastaya having lactate protrusions.

Culture

A Marai group welcoming their new Tidecaller.

Being Vastaya, they have deep magical connections to the world around them and are highly sensitive to its magical fluctuations. The Void Rift near their home threatens their entire existence, and as such have found ways to combat its violent nature with the use of the Moonstone infused with the celestial magic of the heavens.

The culture of the Tidecaller was born out of necessity and is highly praised and respected within Marai society. Their legacy, as well as the legacy of each Marai, is remembered through murals, texts, or simple mementos such as necklaces made out of shells. The Marai adorn simple accessorized jewelry made out of numerous gems, coral, shells, and plant life.

Each Marai is trained to hunt from a young age. Bathystaff are a common hunting tool, also able to illuminate surrounding area during deep excursions.

Not many surface people know of the Marai. They are considered as mythical creatures by sailors. The only surface dwellers that have close connections with them are the Lunari of Mount Targon, until their mysterious disappearance.

Trivia

The Marai (As seen on the Old Bilgewater Crest)

  • Nami's Nami's Tidecaller Staff Tidecaller Staff has at the base of the crown a triangle composed of streams surrounding a circle carved with what seems like the Void symbol. This could possibly represent the Tidecaller's ability of using moonlight to repel the Void.
  • Each new Tidecaller is adorned with a ceremonial crown and fin plates.


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See Also

Assassin TFT icon.svg Sapient Species
Main Sapient Species

Ascended · Brackern · Celestial · Dragon · Golem · Human · Minotaur · Spirit · Titan · Troll · Undead · Vastaya · Vastayashai'rei · Voidborn · Watcher · Yeti

Lesser Sapient Species

Azurite Eagle · Bubble Bear · Cat · Coral Creature · Dredge Dredger · Fish Folk · Molediver · Pengu · Plague Rat · Poro · Shellshocker · Squill · Vellox · Whump

Sapient Sub-Species
Ascended

Aspect Host · Baccai · Darkin · God-Warrior

Celestial

Aspect · Celestial Dragon

Dragon

Celestial Dragon · Terrestrial Dragon

Spirit

Demon · Faerie · Fae Fawn · Luonn Kon · Nixie · Spirit God · Treant · Yordle

Undead

Revenant · Wraith

Vastaya

Besheb · Canghapi · Chyra · Fauhwoon · Juloah · Lhotlan · Khonlui · Kepthalla · Kiilash · Makara · Marai · Ophelis · Ottrani · Oovi-Kat · Raylu · Vlotah · Shimon · Skard · Sodjoko · Strig

Dragon TFT icon.svg Sentient Species
Sentient Species

Abyssal Eye · Antlermouse · Argoth · Aurma Fish · Badgerbear · Bahrl Jay · Balestrider · Bellswayer · Bolbo · Bolor · Cat · Celestial · Clam · Cloud Drinker · Crag Beast · Crow · Dragon · Drakalops · Drüvask · Dunpor · Dormun · Eka'Sul · Elephant · Elmark · Elnük · Erbok · Fleetfeather · Four-eyed Hammerhead Shark · Frog · Frost Serpent · Furyhorn · Giant Crab · Giant Squid · Gigalodon · Golden Narwhal · Golem · Greathorn · Grellfeen · Hawk · Hushtail · Hooked Grouse · Ibex · Ibik · Ironback · Jaull-fish · Kmiros · Kraken · Kumangra Parrot · Lightcharger · Mwatis · Ocklepod · Octopus · Paddlemar · Platewyrm · Plundercrab · Powder Monkey · Protector · Ralsiji · Raptor · Rat · Raven · Sandswimmer · Scaled Snapper · Scuttle Crab · Sea Horse · Sea Serpent · Seagull · Shagyak · Shuriman Camel · Silverwing · Skallashi · Snow Hare · Spider · Spirit · Stellacorn · Stone-scale Viper · Stonehorn · Tamu · Targonian Mountain Goat · Tuskvore · Voidborn · Vulkodalk · Waverider · Whump · Wildclaw · Windfarer · Wing-Eared Devour · Wolf · Wolfseal · Worax · Yellow Crab · Zeeble

Sentient Sub-Species
Celestial

Meep · Sparklefly

Dragon

Basilisk · Drake-Hound · Wyvern

Elephant

Mammoth · Tuskbeast

Golem

Krug · Sentinel

Horse

Light Vindoran Horse

Rat

Gutter Rat · Plague Rat · Wharf Rat

Spider

Spiderling · Vilemaw

Spirit

Brambleback · River Sprite

Undead

Mistwalker

Voidborn

Baron Nashor · Rift Herald · Xer'Sai

Wolf

Dog · Gray Wolf · Murk Wolf · Rimefang Wolf

Celestial TFT icon.svg Alternate Universe Only Species
Sentient Species

Bantha · Chicken · Forest Chameleon · Minion · Porowl · Stag · Yonkeies

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Unique Creatures

These beings are unique, are endlings of their species and/or don't associate with any species.
Herald of Spring · Zephyr Sage · Characters with no specified species

Mentioned Species

These species were only mentioned, but were never elaborated on.
Carnotaun · Cougar · Croxagor · Devilfish · Elmark · Grelmorn · Lippertick Apple · Mewlark  · Razorhide · Rhoksha · Salamander Dew · Unnamed Species

Species Alterations

These alterations are characteristics that individuals of multiple species can have.
Chemical Alteration · Cyborg · Iceborn · Magical Alteration · Magicborn · Spiritualist · Void Touched

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