A brownie is a sapient being.
They're about 0.9 to 1.1 m tall as adults with vaguely rodent-like faces, and like elves, brownies lack a gene that inhibits olfactory development, resulting in an enhanced sense of smell compared to humans.
The brownies speciated in a desert, and their body temperature tends to run quite hotter than the human 37 degrees. They are typically seen in brown, ragged, ankle-length, hooded robes; hence the name. They can often be seen wearing two luminescent devices next to their eyes, not unlike real-world glasses-mounted LED lamps, in order to see in low light. Brownies have a characteristic odor, which they use to recognize one another. Human families that can tolerate the smell often have a brownie come in at night, do small chores, and watch the outdoor animals in exchange for whole milk and honey cake. But put your pets out first, as a brownie may kill large attacking indoor pets in self-defense. Also, don't try to give a brownie new clothes for two reasons. First, giving them clothes makes it appear that you believe they deserve pity., Second, as brownie culture depends on smell, and a new robe will distort the odor. Speaking of smell, brownies can smell which human trashed the house and tend to slap the face of the sleeping guilty party.
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These brownies are based on equal parts of Scottish brownies and Tatooinian Jawas. The custom of wearing headlights instead of using a torch/flashlight can be linked to a passage in their scripture corresponding to "the eye is the lamp of the body" (Matthew 6:22; Luke 11:34). One might consider integrating some elements from the 1980s version of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise (the one where Simon looks like this), and no, I'm not the only one to make this connection; see comment and this forum post once the site comes back up.
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