A poli (pl. polis) is a sapient being. Polis are much like humans except that polis have no external hind legs. Their leg and foot bones are contained entirely inside the butt area. They walk on their hands and bottom, wearing thick padded mittens that roughly correspond to shoes. They have a large pad of thickened skin, called an ischial callosity on the bottom for cushioning.
- Height: 80-90 cm
- Defining characteristic: determination
Poli culture tends toward a can-do attitude. Don't call them cripples; they do what anyone else does, just in their own way. This extends to their unique style of hand-to-hand combat that takes advantage of their low center of gravity.
Some of them who mingle with humans and elves compensate for their lack of height by wearing a tall pointed or stovepipe hat.
As polis are shorter than other people, their houses tend to be smaller. The doors also open up rather than out, with a knob at the bottom.
Soldiers who lose legs in combat and civilian victims of certain weapons or injuries may choose to go live with the polis.
|Behind the scenes information|
"Poli" comes from "roly-poly". A name for this race prior to the fourth quarter of 2008 was "weebles", after Playskool's toy.