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Shoal Nebulae


By Diospyros, L. / edited September, 20XX

Shoal sigil of Shoal Nebulae


Founder Vasiliy

Status Active

Territory Koi Lagoon

Type Coldblooded

Leader Valentin

Shoalmates Ivan

Lucille

Khiem

Auguste

Hoshino

(more)

Shoalings Cecil (ex)

Aurym

Farzana

(more)

Dowagers Veronika

Shoal Nebulae is a large, residential shoal made up exclusively of koi mer. Founded by butterfly koi Vasiliy, Shoal Nebulae was originally considered small and easily-overlooked compared to the other koi shoals living in the Koi Lagoon. Nowadays, Shoal Nebulae is considered one of the biggest and most influential shoals in the area, thanks in no small part to the efforts of current shoal leader Valentin.

History


Founded by Vasiliy in the bygone beginnings of the Koi Lagoon, Shoal Nebulae has a long but banal history. From its origins to its recent past, it has always been considered a small, ancillary shoal that did not stand out in any way whatsoever.

However, that all changed when Valentin took over as the shoal leader. Valentin, the eldest of four shoalings born to the previous shoal leader, Mikhail, had spent a majority of his childhood preparing to take over the shoal from his father. Right before he came of age, Valentin eloped with Ivan, disappearing from the lagoon for three years. When the two eventually returned, they found the shoal in shambles without a proper leader, forcing Valentin to take over as the most qualified candidate.

Using his experience from the oceans outside, Valentin enacted some radical changes that turned Shoal Nebulae into one of the most well-respected shoals in the lagoons. He began trading with non-koi shoals nearby and optimized food farming by importing marterials from outside the lagoon. Though many first scoffed at his extensive interactions with outsiders, they eventually realized that Shoal Nebulae was faring much better than its neighbors. Those that had once shunned the shoal were now flocking to it, hoping to get some of its prosperity for themselves. The size of Shoal Nebulae ballooned, despite Valentine's screening of potential shoalmates.

This turnaround in Shoal Nebulae's status has embedded Valentin as somewhat of a legendary figure in the cultural memory of the Koi Lagoon, which brought much fame to the shoal itself.

In his old age, Valentin has yet to accept a successor. Some believe that he is expecting his only biological child, Cecil, to return home one day to take over the shoal, as he once did in his youth.

Territory


Shoal Nebulae is a non-migratory shoal that year-round in the Koi Lagoon in the Indian Ocean. It shares the lagoon with the other koi shoals in the area.

Available prey:

  • Scallops
  • Clams
  • Crabs
  • Flounder
  • Squid

Rituals and behaviors


Fish

Mammals

Birds

Mollusks

Crustaceans

Algae


Shoal Nebulae's diet composition.

Food Acquisition

Valentin and the shoalmates share equal responsibility for acquiring food for the shoal. Koi mer are not the best at catching fish, so a majority of their diet consists of easy-to-obtain meats like clams or crabs.

Shoal Nebulae maintains an extensive mollusk and crustacean farm to provide a constant source of sustainable food for its members. Excess food is exchanged for other goods or services from other shoals.


Courtship

Like all koi shoals in the lagoon, each mer carries wears a piece of fabric wrapped around their tail that denotes their matriarchal lineage. This is necessary to prevent inbreeding between two mer that share close recent ancestry.


Shoaling Rites

Shoalings are considered adults once they reach 16 years of age.

Notable Trinkets


Valentin's old globe.

  • Valentin: an old metal globe found during his adventures outside the Koi Lagoon
  • Ivan: a rusty dagger found in a shipwreck
  • Lucille: a carved wooden crab made out of driftwood from Ivan
  • Khiem: a glass cup with a handle from Valentin

Alliances


Allies

  • Koi Lagoon Shoals

    All the shoals in the Koi Lagoon are on friendly terms with each other, especially since they live in such an isolated community.

  • Shoal ??? (Misha)

    Misha is a young lionfish artisan that lives near the lagoon. Shoal Nebulae frequently exchanges food for Misha's crafted goods.

Enemies

  • Shoal Circadia

    While Valentin desperately wishes to see Cecil again, many others in the shoal (and the lagoon in general) have not forgiven Sydney's intrusion into their space, nor his "kidnapping" of Cecil.

Current Members


Valentin, September 20XX.

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Ivan, September 20XX.

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Lucille, September 20XX.

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