Humans (or collectively Humanity) refers to a family of related species that share a similar bipedal body plan, complex social structures and the ability to directly manipulate mana as a tangible substance. A member of this family is also called a hominin. On Kaf, these humans are known to consist of at least three closely related species in modern times. Old Joke:
Guard: Quick your majesty, the humans are revolting! King: Wait, what kind? Hauflins, Homins, or Amazons? Noble: Ugh, all of them.
CharacteristicsAll members of the human family have the following characteristics in common:
- Human species are sapient great apes native to the planet Kaf.
- Humans are well known for having an erect posture, with two legs, two arms and a head which comprises the brain and most of the sense organs. This is significant enough that other non-human species that resemble this body plan are referred to as humanoids.
- Have skin that can be colored by brown melanin to various gradients of light to dark skin.
- Bodies are covered in thin and lightly pigmented vellus hair which gives off a mostly hairless appearance except for thicker hair on the top of the head, brow ridge, parts of face, underarms, possibly chest/back, and pubic area.
- They also have physical differences between the sexes, usually regarding height, muscle mass, fat and hair distribution, and vocal range, such as females having permanently swelled mammary glands in their chests after puberty.
PsychologyHuman species 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, humans develop a large amount of inventors with new ideas. The good ideas that stick are remembered by humans, 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, human brains evolved for an affinity to collective learning and classification. By using language to communicate with each other, human species have made complex communities with laws, traditions and customs. Societies of all their species have attempted to understand the world around them and try to explain things through myth, science and philosophy which eventually leads to their important discoveries. Their success results in them being able to alter themselves or the environments to suit their needs as well as utilizing/taming the wildlife to serve their purposes.
Human SpeciesHumans come in 3 biological sapient species. While visually distinct in phenotype, there is strong evidence of a shared common ancestor and hybridization is possible between the species.
- Homin Homins are unique among humans for having bodies adapted to living in trees like their prehensile toes and the only apes possessing a tail.