Tezenelia: An Envoy To Sovehles
The Ocephelous are a species of sapient, squid-like creatures who inhabit the oceans of Tezenelia. Most of them have an intense disdain for land-dwelling lifeforms, largely stemming from the intense physiological and cultural differences between them. They are a visual species that communicate through the use of polarized light and changing the colors of their skin. While translation devices and books exist, the Ocephelous are extremely uncomfortable with audio-communication as they feel it radically alters the meaning of their message. This is an anathema for a species that prides itself on subtle and nuance that can be displayed by changing one's color.
It comes as no surprise then that their culture is largely inscrutable to non-Ocephelous forms of life, appearing as a mess of byzantine, often contradictory social structures and bureaucracy. Communication tends to break down when the difference between a call for peace, a declaration of war, or professing love for one's sister are determined by different shades of the same color that are largely imperceptible to non-attuned eyes.
The Ocephelous are also a highly advanced and aggressive species, adept at creating technology that allows them to wage wars of expansion against each other and the various other aquatic civilizations of Tezenelia.