The kappa are a strange human-like, amphibian creature. These naturally aquatic beings inhabit many of the rivers, ponds, and lakes of the human world. They have the capability to navigate on land, but are incredibly inept in doing so, obviously preferring to remain in their own aquatic turf.
Kappa are an uncanny sight, and a very visually confusing being at that, bearing various similar characteristics to turtles, ducks, and even human children. Kappa possess webbed hands and feet and a turtle-like shell, and their unnatural turquoise skin and oddly long and lanky limbs are not even the most notable features of their anatomy.
These creatures have a flat and hairless concave region on the crown of their head that holds a modest amount of water. Many believe this wet cavity to be the source of the kappa's power, considering that whenever this water becomes depleted, the kappa becomes quite catatonic.
Persona / Behavior
Despite having a reputation for being crass and mischievous in nature, the kappa are not entirely antagonistic. They are generally considered hermits, though they do on occasion befriend other spirits and creatures; most particularly cultivating friendly relationships with humans. Kappa have an unexpectedly strong curiosity for human cultures and traditions. Over time, they've adopted many human traits, including practices of loyalty and honor into their own way of life. This may be a reason why kappa will often offer their fealty, and at times even companionship, to anyone to whom they have become indebted.
These amphibious beasts tend to be exceedingly, stubbornly well-mannered creatures. One well-known example of this civility is illustrated in the kappa's most humorous tribulation. If a person makes a deep bow, the kappa will politely bow in return. This causes this bizarre creature's head to tip, and in turn spill over the water in the bowl on its head, rendering it dehydrated and paralyzed.