Art by, GuardianofAllator
Common Jobs: Designer, Architect, Religious Minister, Engineer
Likes: Company, Listening to stories, peace
Dislikes: People feeling bad, their true selves, criticism
Attack Method: Turn themselves inside-out and wrap their mouths around the weak spot or the head.
The Pisces worship their eggs before they hatch believing that they are connected to the "reincarnation circle", their version of the afterlife.
Aqualisces are frog-like quadrupeds with a mouth that can split the head into either a plus or a an X. Aqualisces have two fins at the back of their heads and one running between their eyes from the mouth to the back of their heads. On each side of their heads are large fins protruding from circular water sacs that they use to gather and squirt water into containers for young tadpoles to reside in. These fins have can be crooked or have a different curvature depending on genetics. They have four sucker-like toes on each foot spread in the same way as chicken feet.
There are four circles on their face with two around their eyes and the other two in the middle of the split bottom sections. Along their bodies are stripes and circles usually placed uniformly on their limbs and bodies though every Aqualisces have a different placement of stripes and circles. Their patterns are in different shades of red, including pink, while the main colour of their bodies are shades of blue, purple, or a mix between the two. They usually have a pack on their back with a mechanical hand that help them grab objects and keep themselves moisturised.
Aqualisces can turn themselves inside-out into a form that exposes their muscles and organs. This is actually their natural form and it's perfect for catching the quick fauna found in their seas. However, most of them prefer to wear their second skin due to cultural reasons.
Their natural form does not need air to breathe due to special organs underneath lung-like vestigial organs. Thus, they are technically not an aquatic species despite their water-bound origins.
They are insecure and shy creatures whose true forms are the "inside-out" versions of themselves. However, ever since they've seen another sentient species that didn't like how they looked, they have hidden this form underneath their more family-friendly interior in fear that others would think the same way. This interior was meant to be used for only a small time and while the Aqualisces are able to be in it indefinitely, it causes uncharacteristic extremism.
There is a common, warped belief among aqualisces that a long life is a curse. Aqualisces with this belief will most likely try to end your "suffering" if you are "past your time" this time ranging from 30 to 1000 years depending on the individual. About 15% of aqualisces, the largest chunk in consensus, agree that "past your time" is older than 100 years.
This ideology comes from their pacifistic and postivity-focused religion which states that you should enjoy the quality of your life and not fret about the quantity. This religion, called Piscetarianism, follows the Three Doctrines of Hocshawn Nali: The Joy of Life, the Majesty of Death, and the Wonders of Rebirth. These tomes tell the tales of different religious figures and their journey through The Reincarnation Cycle. Piscetarianism celebrates death and gives aqualisces hope in times of great stress and despair. However, it has since become the center of obsession and the fuel that feeds the arduous life-style that is seen with the common aqualisces.
Other than this, aqualisces are a sympathetic sort that are greatly in-tune with people's emotional states. They can usually tell when people are upset at them and will try to change themselves to suit the expectations of others. It usually doesn't occur to them that people can be manipulative jerks or that the change might not be healthy for them. Aqualisces believe in the good of all people and are hesitant to cause conflict even if something is harming their loved ones. Even when they end someone's life in the context of their belief, most aqualisces will subconsciously comprehend that what they did was wrong. It's common for them to feel guilty about this type of killing even if they are unable to understand why.
After the Stream Wars between the two planets in Alrescha, the aqualisces created their religion in hopes of ensuring peace and unity among the warring factions, so that no more lives would be lost in meaningless battles. This religion has worked for thousands of years until The Off-Planet Communications Relay (TOPCR) was created. Before aqualisces created spaceships, they were the first of their solar system to create a means of connect with intelligent species outside of their planet. Through this relay, they used their extensive knowledge on engineering and the arts to help others accelerate into the Space Age.
Outside-Ins: These aqualisces prefer to keep true to themselves and not care about what other people say about their appearance. These aqualisces tend to be built less in charisma and endurance and more in speed and strength. Since Outside-Ins live a healthier life than the rest of the populace, they are able to live about a hundred years longer, have abandoned extremists views completely, and take better to criticism.
Most Outside-Ins either live on water planets or have augmentations that help them move around on land.
Outside-In/Inside-Out: Whenever an aqualisces inverts themselves, they also invert their strength, speed, endurance, and charisma stats for twenty minutes to one and a half hours. The longer they've been in their other skin, the shorter the effect will last. Regular aqualisces will refuse to invert on dry land, or even invert at all. If they ever agree to do it, they can only last a few moments before reverting back due to extensive amounts of time in their other form. Outside-Ins have no problem inverting themselves for a while, but will usually revert once the effect is done or when they become de-moisturized.
Ariesa: The ariesa try to get along with the aqualisces as best they can, they will remain patient with the aqualisces and give them as much time is necessary for them to warm up to the ariesa. The ariesa will gladly tell the aqualisces stories, keep them company, and generally just care for them as they would any other species.
BVo9: Individuals of these two species would occasionally form a sort of symbiotic relationship Individuals of these two species would occasionally form a sort of symbiotic relationship where BV09s are used as motorized steeds and the Aqualisces acting as convenient mechanics to BV09s. Due to an Aqualisces's size, endurance, tendency to migrate, and ability to stubbornly stick to surfaces, they make an excellent buddy to the common BV09. Of course, BV09s would have to learn to mind their passenger during high-speed situations and trust the Aqualisces not to hurt BV09s precious bodily equipment. While the development of this bond can be a mildly difficult process, the trust that the two species could forge together would make their teamwork a force to be reckoned with. Most BV09s at this point would be completely down with playing an assisting role in Aqualisces' killing old folks since the goal would fulfill a sense of purpose within the BV09. However, BV09s as a whole prefer Outside-Ins since they look more interesting and are fast enough to race with. This positive outlook of their natural form is proven to help Inside-Outs to gradually come out of their shell until they become Outside-Ins. While this would result in the loss of a goal (exterminating the elderly), the duo is usually much happier for it. However, this rehabilitation process doesn't happen for every pair.
On a worldwide level, some Aqualisces work as traveling engineers on Berpus to create and sell augmentations to the BV09s and, to a smaller amount, their Aqualisces partners. On the Aqualisces's homeplanets, BV09s usually don't form close bonds with the species and would help Aqualisces with hauling supplies to migrate to new areas.
Gemimi: Before both the gemimi and aqualisces got into space, both of them would commonly contact each other for help with their daily lives. Many aqualisces and gemimi would chatter over the waves, helping their friends who they couldn't see. Once space travel got into the mix the aqualisces and gemimi were excited to meet their friends, but the whole event was considered lackluster. The two species didn't click as well as they did before, and the differences in their society made getting along difficult.
While both species' governments still work together with each other, on an individual and social level the two species seem to be nothing more than awkward friends. Their relationships would sometimes even devolve into unhealthy banter with one of them tossing the occasional offensive comment and the other attempting their very best to act like they didn't hear it.
Carcili: The Carcili play an important role in Aqualisces culture and religion. In The Stream, the pathway between the Aqualisces's homeworlds, Aqualisces are more in tune with their mental states. During large scale migration, young Aqualisces would become an object of a Carcili's dreams more often than usual due to their lack of experience with blocking mind-borne predators. Aqualisces used to think of the Carcili as guardian angels for their children because they observed that more children survived if a Carcili was able to dream about them. While this observation has never been proven inherently true, this view of the Carcili caused them to be written into a Piscetarian religious scripture, technically making them a holy animal.
In the modern age, Carcili are considered allies and friends more than they are considered a religious fixture though Aqualisces would use the fact that Carcili are one of their holy animals to avoid the fact that the Carcili lifespan violates their most common rule of age. Most Aqualisces do not mind being taken over by a Carcili because they understand the need to get away from themselves. Thus, Carcili are able to do whatever they wish while occupying an Aqualisces's body if it doesn't violate any of the Aqualisces's values. While balance between the Carcili's wants and the Aqualisces's wants can be hard, the Aqualisces and the Carcili usually know each other inside and out and both are willing to make their relationship work. On a universal scale, Carcili are currently listed on the Aqualisces's endangered list and thus Aqualisces are taking measures to ensure that less Carcili are hunted down by poachers.
Leo: The leos and aqualisces have been battling each other on a mental level for a long time. While the aqualisces want to be more careful in their movements, leos want to start moving right away, deciding that whatever consequences they run into can be handled then and there, rather than expecting an issue to arise. Later on the aqualisces drive up in the metaphorical drunk taxi and hual their friend, who they're becoming quite tired of, back home.
Virgora: The virgora and aqualisces disliked each other at first but after being forced into a few situations with each other the two now know the quirks of each other's species, and also understand they are fairly alike. The aqualisces will commonly bring up a strange task for the virgora to do, and they will do it out of a rare spark of curiosity, and find out that the aqualisces wanted to give them a reward for being a good partner in a recent vote. Some people try to point out that this seems like bribery to them, but for the aqualisces it's anything but.
Libraille: The libraille and aqualisces, both being peaceful races, enjoyed cordial relations during the communication era. When the two species met in person, however, the relationship quickly soured. The extended lifespan of merged-libraille is a sin by most aqualisces' reckoning, to which the tolerant libraille can only sigh shrug and ensure Piscertarianism doesn't influence any policy beyond the aqualisces' homeworld. Aqualisces seem mostly in agreement with the sentiment, as most offworld Piscertarianism-related incidents are individual affairs rather than instigated by organisations.
Libraille-aqualisces diplomacy often relies on other species to play messenger or mediator (Ariesa commonly step into the role), a fact to which the libraille are resigned. The aqualisces appreciate the excessive care libraille will take to not insult the aqualisces with their presence because it means they don't have to murder, hate, or generally contemplate the existence of otherwise nice folks.
Skokakrio: The whole system might dislike the skokakrio, but not the aqualisces, the aqualisces are one of the only species who can acutally get the skokakrios to commuicate without also threatening someone with their claws. When the aqualisces and the skokakrio are working together everyone sleeps much safer at night.
Sagittari: The aqualisces and the sagittari have a spontaneous, but sweet relationship. The sagittari are grateful to the aqualisces for messaging them before their expeditions to space began and notifying the sagittari of friendly, sentient life beyond their planet. Back then, these messages cause the sagittari to track the source of the radio waves leading them to discover the aqualisces's home planets.
It's noted that the sagittari were the first alien species that the aqualisces made contact with and that the sagittari played a vital role in helping the aqualisces gather spaceship materials that are extremely rare on the aqualisces's homeworlds. Otherwise, these two species haven't interacted much outside of small and short "Golden Ages" due to spontaneous good relations from equally spontaneous acts of good will between the two. These Golden Ages usually last a few years and only encompass small areas of commerce at a time like furniture making or alcohol brewing. If one manage to catch a specific Golden Age on either of the species' homeplanets, they'll be able to get extremely high quality products pertaining to that Golden Age. These golden ages, however, never last long, and are always ended by something most of the general population sees as incredibly minor.
Kapricanus: No one expected the kapricanus to react any differently to the aqualisces. Up until the aqualisces the kapricanus have been dismissive about everyone who came up to them, but the aqualisces were different. The two clicked right away. The kapricanus normally are near unwilling to hear someone explain why they should change something, but aqualisces know just the right way to explain things to kapricanus, and make the right comprises. The two might not agree on everything, but they like it that way, because of this they are able to learn from one another and change their thoughts on matters, but not feel like changing sides on something halfway through a discussion is negative in any way.
Duckarium: The aqualisces like to daydream and talk about their big goals for the universe, things they want to do in the future, and the steps they have to take to do it. Normally it's the duckariums who quack in and remind the aqualisces that such goals are impossible in the current state of affairs, normally accidently in the harshest way possible, even when they're trying their best to be nice to the aqualisces. Awkward.
• On top of an aqualisces heart is a loose slip of muscle called a "sleeve". When the Aqualisces is feeling an intense bout of emotions, the sleeve pushes the naturally immobile heart rhythmically, making it seem like it's beating. This is where the saying "to put your heart on your sleeve" comes from.
• Children are exempted from the rule that all aqualisces must be in their second skin at all times. Once they reach 10 years old, the children will be legally considered adults and thus will stop being exempted.
• While Outside-Ins and the regular aqualisces have a strained relationship, both sides wish that they can put aside their differences and become a species-wide "family" again. However, the beliefs and lives of these two groups usually go against those of the other and thus they remain apart.
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