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Haflen

Haflens are an ancient species of Kaf that existed in the distant past that are no longer seen today. Archeological and genetic research points to them as the ancestors of all other hominin species of the Arcane Realm. Evidence also suggests the possibility that they might have originated from another world other than Kaf.

Basic Information

Anatomy

The overall body plan of this species consists of one head, a hominid primate torso, two arms at the top, and two legs used to support the body and consistently run/walk bipedally as the main form of movement. Appearance-wise haflens possess thin and lightly pigmented body hair which gives off a mostly hairless appearance except for thicker hair on the top of the head, underarms, and pubic area.   They also have noticeable physical differences between the sexes, usually regarding height, muscle mass, fat distribution and vocal range with females having permanently swelled mammary glands in their chests after puberty.

Ecology and Habitats

Grasslands and Woodlands

Dietary Needs and Habits

Halfens subsisted on a mostly plant based diet that focused on fruits, tubers, nuts and seeds. Halfens also hunted for small animals when available mainly rodents, lizards, snails, frogs, newts, and small birds and their eggs. On rare occasions, some groups of halfens took part in cooperative hunting to take down smaller megafauna like moose and dwarf elephants.

Additional Information

Social Structure

Most halfens sustained themselves by hunting and gathering in band societies, increasing numbers lend to some groups to begin to practice sedentary agriculture by domesticating plants and animals, thus allowing for the growth of their civilization.

Uses, Products & Exploitation

Halfens were sometimes used as personal servants of High Elves, Dwarves and Djinn.

Facial characteristics

Lack a prominent chin

Geographic Origin and Distribution

Mainly restricted to the Reyenes territory and colonies

Average Intelligence

Emerging Sapient to Sapient

Civilization and Culture

Average Technological Level

Bushcraft

Culture and Cultural Heritage

Halfens depend less on instinct than other animals throughout their lives, and more on collective learning and innovation. Compared to other races on the same time scale, hominins develop a large amount of inventors with new ideas. The good ideas that stick are remembered by hominins, perhaps set to writing, and then adjusted and explored, generation after generation, and improved once again.   In order to maintain the social bonds and hierarchies important to primates, hominins evolved to their brain power and affinity to collective learning. By using language to communicate with each other, hominins make complex communities with laws, traditions and customs. Their societies like to understand the world around them and try to explain things through myth, science and philosophy which eventually leads to their important discoveries.

History

All hominins trace their ancestry to beings that appeared in late antiquity due to time portals appearing across the contintent. They were an arachic human species that once lived an island before expectedly appearing on Kaf. They were then found by elves in their territory who put the ones that didn't escape into sanctuaries to observe and study them. They named them haflens due to short stature only being half their size, which spread to other species at the time.   Once they formed sizable populations, some haflens were poached or sold into slavery by other dominant races lands with minority status, some remained in naturalistic faye grounds, and the rest adapted to the wilderness of Kaf between racial territories and empires. During the Ghulat Wars, haflens were used by the various races in the effort against the Shaytan, even as test subjects for living on Qarin as it was recently terraformed to be habitable.   After the collapse of civilization due to world wide natural distaters, haflens were left to survive and later developed into the species of hominins that populate the modern world.

EXTINCT
Genetic Descendants
Scientific Name
Homo floresiensis
Lifespan
45 years
Average Height
1.1 m (3 ft 7 in)
Average Weight
25 kg (55 lb)
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Bodies are covered in thin and lightly pigmented hair that is hard to see except for visually pigmented hair on top of the head, underarms, and pubic area which gives a overall mostly hairless appearance. Skin is dark to light brown, hair is black or uncommonly brown, blonde or red.

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