After the decreed of Kal-Sel the population of cephalopod-humanoids known as Octavian saw the brink of total elimination. For a long time, most thoought the rout to be thorough, however generations later after the auhtors of their demise long passed on, a small fringe group of Octavians appeared back out of the depths to regain a place in the ocean coves they had been forced to abandon.
The Octavian people were a self-sufficient sea-faring race populating the coastline along the coast of present day cities Brooj and Selsol. Former leaders of the cities in their fledgling days of early human expansion found the presence of the native Octavian population to be an incosolable nuisance and put their numbers to the sword and spear. The only known surviving members comprise a majority of the Octo Rangers who move nomadically through the seas and take at will from their would-be killers, never forgetting the past.
After a long appeal to find residence permission in the new formed cities of the coast, pressures led to rash decisions granting few rights to the Octavians. Tense years of struggle to integrate into the surrounding societies fueled flames between the expanded efforts of human conquest and the original claim of the native people to the ocean around the land. When the Octavians were redbuffed from joining, they were dismayed further by over-fishing that began to take a toll on available natural resources. This led to the formation of the long forgotten Octave Guard. They created a perimeter extending beyond their islands where the uncooperative humans could move no further to the sea. This quickly created conflict, as it interfered with burgeoning trade routes and import vessels, also restricting the fishing domain to feed the cities' growing populous. The Octave Guard nor its declared boundaries were given heed, and skirmishes between opposed forced quickly mounted tensions. It was decided that in the interest of expanding the realms of men, the Octavians must be dealth with lethally.
Currently, the matter is little more than an old tale in children's story books, but some still fear the sea for what may be brooding in the depths.
Stories of their creation range wildly, with vivid depictions foretold of an giant ocotopus who ate the head and brain of a man, gaining control of his body, to Octowoman--humanoid creatures with the head and torso of a woman, but the lower abdominal and limb structure of an eight tentacled octopus, to a bored sailor who made a drunken sticky mistake with the member of the cephalopod species. A good bard at a tavern may even insist Octavians were a result of all three tales combined.
According to preserved records, Octivians were once a complex hierarchical people that valued family and finding a balance with the ocean. Advanced skills in farming fish populations for consumption as well as advanced archiectural designs proved Octavians to be much smarter when compared to other like tribes of similar size that have existed on the Orb. Their greatest prowess was music, as the extra limbs made ambidexterous by birth allowed them to play amazing instruments made from shells and corals that relied on water pressure to generate sound. Originally, it was with interest in entertaining the cities early noble courts and bringing interest to the newly developed region that Octavians were permitted into human settlements to demonstrate their abilities. This positive first contact and mutual appreciation for the acquired skills of either race boded well at first, though would sour when humans overlooked what Octavians could add and the ruling class saw them as an interference while swelling their coffers. Their musical talents were not quickly forgotten by those who witnessed them, and it is said to be the original inspiration for the Bastadon, a well-known instrument relying on air pressure mounting in different sized chambers being released to create sound.
Octavians stood slightly squatter than a man and bigger around the waste. Four upper tentacles have become more attributed as "arms" while the lower for tentacles grew fatter and shorter, fitting the position of legs. All Octavians demonstrate full functioing ambidexterity with their upper limbs and walk two tentacles at a time with the lower, giving them a bipedal stride. Their faces remain similar to octopi and they were not capable of human speech, though members of the infamous Rangers have been heard speaking some manner of guttural langauge, even with claims they've since become capable of some words in common tongue.
Octavians live in excess of 120 cycles, though remaining active seems to prolong life well past 150. Children of the race reach maturity in 30 cycles. The breeding times come with long gaps, so that maturity of previous children is reached when new ones are born. Octavians keep potency of reproduction throughout their lives.
The only observable difference between male and females is in the number of colors they can change their skin, of which males exhibit greater range.