Born Strange, Drawn to the Strange
Amphibi, a species of humanoid amphibians. These creatures have been called many things; bullywogs, grippili, frog demons (though, these comments hail from another plane of reality entirely). Some dimension hopping amphibi have even been worshiped by a deranged cult from a plane called Terra. In truth, these are quite distant from the truth. Like many beings descended from Arcadia, realm of the Fey, they were sculpted from strange magic and other creatures. Unlike other beastly folk, the Amphibi are a mystery. Some figure them to be the remains of a fae worshiping cult from a swampy demiplane that wanted to embrace true faerie power. There is little proof of that, plus the amphibi themselves don’t seem to know much about it either.
No matter their origins, they tend to dwell in lush and murky habitats; whether that would be a temperate or a rain forest environment. Their skittish nature pushes them towards isolationism, more than anything. However, they are also quick to attack anything that they cannot trust. Despite all of that, they’re both clever hunters and crafters; creating a bunch of strange little contraptions to make day to day life more interesting. In fact, some have returned to their odd routes and have begun to worship an entity they call “The Fallen Glow.” To them, it is an animated chunk of star that flew into their territory. In reality, it’s an alien being locked in a semi-conscious state… but just powerful enough to be influential.
A Friendly, but Quirky Folk
While decently trusting of others, many of them also have a slightly skittish side. It is typically not hard to frighten an Amphibi. How they react entirely depends on whether they prefer fight or flight responses. While many will seek an opportunity to run away, others will use innate poisons or their own weapons to strike back. This isn’t to say they’re not open to negotiations and diplomacy. Many attempt to reach out to other lands in effort to expand networks and create allegiances. However, common flaws of an unintentionally cold nature and situational awkwardness have hampered this to an extent. In spite of that, observers tend to notice an often relaxed demeanor among the Amphibi when they’re not under intentional stress. A popular phrase among their people in response to a soothing environment is “feels good.”
Author’s Note: Well, this was a strange request. But hey, amphibious humanoids are an essential part of D&D! So, how could I resist? Besides the tongue in cheek pokes at D&D inspired products and real life happenings/memes, I wanted to make an homage to David Arneson’s Blackmoor; Egg of Coot, Temple of the Frog, Beagle and all! Also included is a new deity for science-fantasy games.