The indigenous inhabitants of the Black Islands, the Taonga are a proud race who spends about as much of their life under the water as they do upon the land. Their long arms and legs end in digits that are webbed which make them agile swimmers. They have broad chests that house larger than normal heart and lungs that allow them to hold their breaths for 20 minutes while swimming. Also a small set of gills behind their ears can provide enough oxygen to the bloodstream to allow them to stay under water for hours while at rest.
The Taonga have long been a warrior culture trained as young children to fight with spear and net both above the wave and beneath. As if they were not already fearsome and intimidating, the Taonga warriors often adorn the skin of their bodies and heads with tribal tattoos and wear masks to further strike fear in their enemies.