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some friendly axolotl people. They eat bland, soft foods, wear minimal but colorful clothes, and like pom-pom “jewelry” because it’s gentle against their delicate skin. They have lungs, but if they have to spend too much time away from water (like to go to a town farther inland), they wear wet veils over their heads to keep their gills damp longer.

The club is made from strong wood and shark teeth, and can be swung with one or two paws. These axolotl people are friendly, but they’re not pushovers.

He is “Tako” The Axolotl~


Instead of just the ilustration I did this little gif uvu, because Axolotl is love <3 

so some dudes have been reblogging my axolotl people and tagging them with “dnd”, and it’s got me feeling inspired! I’m going to draw some of these guys as a few different dnd classes, because the thought is actually pretty cute.

First up, here’s a little axolotl ranger! Like real axolotls, her people don’t have very good eyesight, but what she lacks in accuracy she makes up for in enthusiasm.

(see more pictures in this series in my axolotl tag!)

I felt like doing some worldbuilding, so here’s an Atlacatl couple with some of their small children! These two are monogamous, but polygamy is just as acceptable in their culture, and their people don’t really do marriage.

Lore:

Real-world axolotls lay hundreds of eggs at a time. The Atlacatl don’t go quite as hard, but one clutch of eggs can still number in the dozens. Of these, usually only half or so will hatch, but it still goes without saying that these people take family planning very seriously.

The new babies are small, completely aquatic, and precocial. Still, raising so many children is a big task, and it’s shared by the whole community. Everyone helps guide the children through important milestones, like teaching them to walk once their legs grow in.

With how quickly families can grow, just a handful of families can make up a whole village. Inter-village fairs and dances are held to help people meet new faces, since pairing up with one’s first cousins too often is considered kind of tacky.

The Orb of Kadath: an impossibly ancient artifact imbued with dark and powerful magic. To one amateur adventurer, it was also an irresistibly appealing shade of red, and in a moment of impulse, a poor decision was made.

He’ll be fine— he just needs some medical and magical attention. And if these two need to read the runes on the Orb in the meantime, all they need is a light.

rule number one about axolotls seems to be “if it fits, it’s going in their mouth”. These axolotl people are smarter than their real-world counterparts, but… not a whole lot smarter, sometimes. They probably shouldn’t go adventuring without a chaperone.

(see more pictures in this series here!)