Lowlanders are ostensibly similar to humans save for their great height, which averages at about three meters but can reach up to five. However, they have undergone a number of minor adaptations to enable their incredible size. Notably, their limbs are up to 60% longer than those of their human counterparts, and their feet are disproportionately large. Longer arms grant the giants enhanced reach, which contribute to the species' increased foraging and combat abilities. Additionally, their bones are quite thick so as to compensate for the excess weight brought on by the increased mass. Similarly, the ribcage is quite deep, in order to hold the expanded lungs and enormous heart. The heart is over double the size of an average human's, and many times more powerful. Nonetheless, Lowland giants have fairly poor cardiovascular health, and often die due to related complications. In order to better regulate heat, veins and capillaries are easily visible through the skin, as more of them exist closer to the surface. This enables the air to cool blood as it passes by, thus cooling the body overall. This gives them a webby look characteristic of humans with varicose veins, though in giants this effect is visible across the entire body, especially in particularly muscular areas. Though the brain is is not significantly larger on average, the head is, meaning the skull is rather thick and can take many blows without particular risk of brain damage. This is very useful as intraspecies competition is rampant even within civilized society. Lowlander dentition resembles that of humans in some respects, but is more comparable that of a gorilla. Like humans, their teeth number thirty-two. However, wisdom teeth are more prominent, and save for the canines, all teeth are large and flat, specialized to grind for the giants' primarily herbivorous diet. The appendix of the Lowland giant is large and fully functional. As the majority of the Lowlander diet is based on cellulose, the organ is necessary for digestion. The diet of the Lowlander leads to a potbellied appearance that in humans may seem unhealthy; however, among giants this is in fact a sign of good health. Lowlander giants exhibit significant sexual dimorphism. While males average at about three meters in height and may grow up to five, women average closer to just above two and rarely exceed three. Males have relatively large canine teeth for display and sometimes combat, whereas those of women are relatively undeveloped.
Genetics and Reproduction
Sexual competition among Lowlanders is incredibly intense, especially when compared to the unusually tame habits of the average human. Lowlanders arrange within "tribes" of one male and several or many females. It is the role of the tribe's male leader to defend himself against competitors in order to maintain control of the tribe— if he is defeated in combat, he must surrender his role as leader and search for another tribe to take over if he is unable to reascertain his position. As a result, reproduction is highly competitive in a very physical sense, with larger and more powerful males typically winning out.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
The large eyes of the Lowlanders lend them vision superior to that of ordinary humans, particularly in the daytime. Their larger noses and ears also give them better senses of smell and hearing, respectively. Their reflexes, however, are notably slower.
- Scientific Name
- Homo sapiens gigantus
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