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A Sea-Knight in Swimming Armor...
|Origins||European Mythology, Legend and Folklore|
|Alignment||Lawful Good, Lawful Neutral, Neutral Good, Chaotic Good, Chaotic Neutral|
|Species||Humanoid (Monstrous Humanoid)|
The Zitiron is one of a race of creatures with origins in the mythology, legend and folklore of Medieval England. In particular, accounts of its existence first arise in the poet Jacob van Meerlant's manuscript Der Naturen Bloeme, in 1350.
In many respects, it resembles many other different types of aquatic humanoids related to the Merfolk. The upper body primarily resembles a humanoid. The lower body resembles the long serpentine tail of a large fish.
However, the Zitiron is distinguished in having a head that greatly resembles the helmet on a knight's armor, complete with a grill-like baleen system through which the creature eats (similar to a whale). It also possesses a set of gills (similar to a Triton), protectively hidden along its armored neck.
In addition to this, their bodies are covered in scales, like ordinary Merfolks, but while they are the size of fish scales, they have a metallic silver luster.
Zitiron are only a mildly social sort. They may show courtesy and chivalry, and they are certainly brave, but are not overly interested in human(oid) interaction with other species. They do not even prefer prolonged interaction with those of their own breed (which is majority male).
Those with whom they spend the greatest deal of their time (when not resting in solitude) tend to be others of like-minded values. These individuals (often, but not always, other Zitiron) travel together in small groups called tables.
In fact, King Arthur's encounters on the seas with a table of Zitiron is said, by some, to have inspired the design for his knights' armor. Some take the speculation further, claiming that the Zitiron's philosophy may even have informed the later established code of conduct among the Knights of the Round Table.
A Zitiron's power lies primarily in its scales. These are composed of a substance very similar to metal, perhaps iron or even steel.
Not only does this help to augment their physical durability, but it helps act as miniature framing mechanisms, so that they may endure a short time after their strength and stamina might have otherwise given out.
They even have to them a metallic luster, which may blind a foe, if held to a source of light in just the right manner.
No particular weaknesses are ascribed to the Zitiron. Despite the fact that its scales are metallic in nature, they do not rust, when exposed to the water.