Lagunas are generally timid and graceful creatures that roam the expanse of ocean on Lyth. They have adapted to both fresh and saltwater, but seem to prefer fresh. They swim calmly like they're floating and gently flutter their fins every few moments; despite this they can make a getaway in a tense situation. Fortunately, they're rarely preyed upon, and if they are threatened by their environment, they will grow a hard shell for their body and spines on their tail.
Lagunas are almost four feet when upright, neck extended, tail curled. They can sometimes grow beyond that size but generally stay within that range or smaller. Their bodies change density depending on what kind of environment they're in. Their skin is actually very soft to the touch and don’t dehydrate easily even when on land due to the liquid in their neck sacs.
Lagunas sensors are on the top of their heads. They come in a few variations. They detect vibrations and frequencies underwater that give them more information about their environment.
They have beady little eyes that give them a cute appearance! However, they aren’t just for looks; their eyes actually allow them to see underwater, even through the murkiest parts of the ocean.
✦ Neck Sac
Lagunas have a sac on their neck that holds water but carbonates it over time, causing it to sparkle. When released, the carbonated water substance can create a thick smog around them that tickles to the touch, but when breathed in, can be extremely painful and life-threatening. Lagunas generally only release the carbonated substance when they feel threatened.
Their wing-shaped fins are generally used for propelling themselves forward, but also allow them to hold objects. At the first bend of their wings is where their little fingers are located; they tend to keep them folded away and hidden when swimming.
Lagunas have long tails that naturally curl in resting position. They resemble seahorses' tails.
- Lagunas have a smooth body texture that can be slightly slimy to the touch.
- They have sensors atop their heads that come in different styles.
- They have small, beady eyes.
- They all have a translucent neck sac that varies in size.
- The carbonated water in their sac varies in color and can have objects in it.
- Laguna fins resemble wings and come in different lengths, widths, and sizes.
- They have retractable fingers located at the first bend of their fins.
- They have tapered tails that rest in a curled position.
The following subspecies guidelines are in addition to the general guidelines above, and do not completely override them unless explicitly stated. Those marked with an asterisk (*) require an additional subspecies item to create on top of an MYO Playable Species Ticket.
- Shecean ears are made of shells and they can have up to two pairs.
- Some have additional shell-like growths on their body.
- Their eyes may enlarge, as to allow them a wider range of expressions.
- Their neck sacs are smaller and hidden inside their chests.
- Some develop “gills” that they can expel their carbonated gas out of.
- They have two or more sets of flippers, which are tipped with retractable claws.
- Some have a shell around their bodies that their flippers stick out from.
For those who live in more dangerous waters, their carbonated sacs may not be enough. Therefore, their sacs become hidden away inside their chest and they develop extra flippers for speed. Sheceans also develop shell-like exteriors around their sensors, and may even encase their entire body in one. They seem to prefer saltwater and may grow to be large enough for other Lythians to ride (with permission, of course)!
During early childhood, Lagunas actually very-closely resemble baby seahorses! One distinct difference, of course, is the presence of their neck sac. As babies, their neck sacs tend to be large in comparison to their body; most have neck sacs that encase half their body sans tail or more. Baby Lagunas are already able to perform the carbonation process but the results are less dangerous, more prone to causing coughing fits than actually endangering lives.
- They look like seahorses in terms of body shape.
- Some either have no visible sensors yet or they’re just very small.
- Their beady eyes look larger because of their small stature.
- Their neck sacs encase most of their body.
- Their fins are typically small and underdeveloped at this stage.
- Baby Lagunas already have long, curled tails.
To grow your baby Laguna, you'll need to complete their Origin Story Quest!
Lagunas were of the first residents of the realm of Reenah. Their stories speak of giant creatures that inhabited the watery realm — monsters who slowly disappeared over time; perhaps gone to other realms, unseen depths, or simply evolved into other creatures. Their poison sacs served to defend them from such creatures of the past, and though their current neighbors are much friendlier, Lagunas still retain their defensive qualities… just in case.
Lagunas have the unique ability to carbonize water with a process that converts it into a dangerous poison smog. Young Lagunas are capable of this, but the smog is less toxic, and rarely lethal.
How does your Laguna learn the carbonation process as they grow? Are they a professional right away or do they struggle with controlling the smog? Please portray your Laguna using their baby design or an adolescent design that’s not quite their adult form yet.
See more information about origin story quests on the Origin Stories page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my Shecean subspecies have an exterior neck sac?
They may! Though most have them within their chest cavity.