Forward style horns extend from the face, forwards. They can either grow in an upwards or downwards angle, or curve sideways before growing to the front.
They are great for fighting purposes, able to strike down others with a headbutt or head swing, depending on their shape. In trade, they are less suited for swimming, often dragging underwater.
As Hanasei stopped fighting with their horns and moved on to weapons, Fowards style horns lost one of their advantages and individuals with them were less likely to pass down their traits as they lagged in swimming. Nowadays, support for faster swimming made those with Foward style horns to keep up, but now they are less common than Backwards style horns.
These horns grow fully sideways. They do not have angles fowards or backwards, only variating if they grow downwards or upwards.
Sidways style horns are not the best for battling, and can excessively drag a Hanasei underwater. Their main bonus is a better self-defense, but the advantages often don't compensate for the difficulty in active swimiming and fighting. This caused them to be way more rarer for a long while.
Backwards style horns grow on the opposite direction as the face, following the body. they may curve around or slighly angle upwards or downwards.
They usually offer the least amount of drag when swimming, but are not good for self defense due to their awkward angle when fighting 1v1. Backwards horns that curve back around can be decent self defense tools, but still are less useful than Foward style horns.
Textured cheeks can have a variety of different textures and simple shapes, including bumps, spikes, waves, etc.
While the area of the cheek is more fragmented and leave less space for actual Aether glands, it is seen as a more interessing trait, as Aether creation isn't very important for Hanasei culture.
Tadpole tails follow a simple cylindrical shape. As their name implies, they are similar to tails found in real life tadpoles and other amphibian larva.
Their edges can be shaped in different ways, but they still follow the same base shape.
Tadpole tails do not excel at any specific swimming ability, but are all-around balanced.
Fish tails, as the name implies, imitate the shape of dorsal, anal and caudal fins of various fish. Their formation variates, but are not so intricate as to be easy to damage, while still giving advantages to swimming that Tadpole tails do not offer.
Depending on the format, Fish tails can help in direction, speed or endurance, but can also hinder the individual in any of these categories.
- Fish tail formations can be more varied than Tadpole, but should not be too intricate and away from the base, as to not immitate a Tendril tail.
Tendril tails have very complex shapes, with multiple divisions and long and thin membranes, similar to tendrils. They are very prone to damage, and after a certain point of membrane loss, most Hanasei will use prosthetics with more useful tail shapes such as Fish or Tadpole, making them rare to see naturally.
Unless the individual's body traits follow very similar flows to their tail, most Tendril tails do not benefit swimming, and can even hinder it. However, they are very aesthetically pleasing, and are more commonly seen with 'beauty' related professions.