Tritons, an amalgamation of humans and fish, are a major influence on the other races of Templand. With the ability to live comfortably underwater, they have expanded to cover far greater territory than numerous land-based races combined.
Dominance of the oceans has also allowed them to take advantage of most trade. Strict tariffs are levied against those wishing to trade with mainlanders or neighboring islands. Numerous merchants have tried (largely unsuccessfully) to bypass these fines; this most commonly leads to the confiscation of both ship and cargo, though violent incidents seem to be becoming more frequent. This has not deterred smugglers, who have amassed loyal customers, willing to pay significantly more in the interest of nationalism. This relationship has long fostered resentment toward the tritons, and many Templanders (humans in particular) have become increasingly more interested in finding a way to mount a resistance effort against the tritons.