While River Pikins might be mistaken for Ocean Pikins at first glance, the two breeds are NOT interchangeable. River Pikins can only survive in freshwater deposits such as rivers or lakes, and while they share the webbed feet and hands of their oceanic relatives, there are other differences which set them apart. They prefer rough leather (usually gathered from alligator-like creatures) as their armor of choice so that they won’t sink in the water. It’s also worth noting that both Ocean and River Pikins are amphibious and are able to breathe in and out of the water.
Like their oceanic cousins, River Pikins also worship the god of water but are not quite as rigid in their prayers. While Ocean Pikins pray twice daily to their god, River Pikins prefer to only pray and conduct ceremonies after successful hunts and battles to give thanks. Also like the Ocean Pikins, the River breed believes in leadership through combat trials though they favor expediting the process through a ring of fire battle royale with the last person standing leading the tribe for the next year.
River Pikins are the only ones that can and will trade with Ocean Pikins but like the Jungle Pikins, they have to be the ones to travel in order to establish relations with the Ocean tribes.