Humans are the most widespread sentient species on Tel. Possessing a variety of shapes, sizes, and skin tones, the average human male in good health stands approximately 6 feet tall and weighs around 175 pounds. Of the major races of Tel, humans are among the most short-lived, only living for 75 years, on average. However, it is argued that the relatively ephemeral nature of their lives, as compared to the longer lived species of Tel, is the source for the general ingenuity and ambition found throughout Humankind. A multitude of cultures and belief systems are represented among Humans, and it is impossible to make cultural generalizations.
Genetics and Reproduction
Humans possess two biological sexes and display a moderate amount of sexual dimorphism. Reproducing sexually, the Human gestates within the mother for a typical period of 9 months before it is birthed.
Growth Rate & Stages
A Human's life is typically divided into six stages that each last a variable amount of time:
- Childhood (Birth - 13 years of age)
- Adolescence (14 - 19 years of age)
- Adulthood (20 - 40 years of age)
- Middle Age (41 - 60 years of age)
- Elderhood (61 - 85 years of age)
- Venerable (86 - 100 years of age)
Humans reach their full physical potential during adulthood, suffering increasing infirmity as they grow older. This physical debilitation is offset, however, by an increased wisdom from their accumulation of life experience. This is why most human cultures on Tel cherish their elders as a source of guidence and knowledge.
Dietary Needs and Habits
As a species, Humans are omnivores and are able to consume a wide variety of animals and plants for nutrition. The exact composition of a Human's diet varies widely due to both geographic and cultural factors, as well as individual preference. A Human can survive for almost three months without food; however, Humans can only survive three days, at best, without consuming an adequate amount of water. A consequence of this is that Human settlements are rarely established far from a readily available supply of potable water.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Humans are endemic to all of Tel and can be found any place that possesses a favorable climate for Human settlement.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Telian Humans possess five sense: hearing, vision, taste, olfaction, and touch. While Human eyesight is not as keen as the Alvian, the average Human can perceive candlelight approximately a mile and a half away, assuming no obstructions exist along the line of sight. However, unlike their Alvian and Kazmani cousins, Humans do not possess darkvision, and can only see in conditions of adequate visible light. Likewise, Human hearing is not as sensitive Alvian hearing, with a Human only able to discern a speaker's voice at a normal conversational volume from 600 feet away. Human olfaction is capable of distingushing a multitude of odors, yet it pales in comparison to the sophistication of Gnomian olfactory ability.
Symbiotic and Parasitic organisms
For the vast majority of the Fourth Age, Telian Humans have existed in a symbiotic relationship with the various canid species found across their lands. Dogs, wolves, and jackals assist humans with hunting, provide protection for their homes, and are cordial companions. Likewise, humans provide canids with food, shelter, and companionship.
Civilization and Culture
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
Throughout their history, Humans have had cordial to aloof relations with the Alvi and Kazma. With the recent displacement of the Oameni into their lands, while some have acted with outright hostility towards the Oameni, most Human cultures have tolerated their presence.
A Human's skin pigmentation is a result of hereditary factors and displays variation at the geographic level based on Aeloian exposure. Humans from Sub-Senu Aerisca possess the darkest complexions, ranging from an extremely dark brown to black, whereas, the northernmost Ionese are extremely fair skinned with pale white complexions.
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