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== External links ==
== External links ==
* [//worldbuilding.stackexchange.com//1241/The poli question]
* [//worldbuilding.stackexchange.com//43/Compare the meerkat]: a non-apex social (though not sapient) species
Revision as of 02:13, 8 October 2014
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 gloves on their hands that serve as shoes for them. (Compare this video.)
- 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.
Anatomy and physiology
More commonly, however, they use a "tripedal" swing-through gait to bear half the weight on each hand. This leads to developing a large pad of thickened skin called an ischial callosity on the bottom for cushioning, not unlike that of a baboon or certain macaques. But the skin over it isn't brightly colored, unlike the ischial callosity of some animals that display the buttocks to attract a mate, such as the butts seen in Bing Images or the bright red heart-shaped ass that a gorilla painted.
With other races
When one scoots on his hands and bottom, more of his body comes in contact with the dirt on the ground. For this reason, they may be considered "dirty" by others.
In areas without a lot of these people, padded gloves made for fist-walking aren't available. It takes a lot of duct tape to keep inferior (for purpose) gloves holding together.
Some of them who mingle with taller races compensate for their lack of height by wearing a tall pointed or stovepipe hat.
When learning to speak standard common language, they may confuse the words for "arm" and "leg", leading to a situation not entirely unlike that depicted in the strip "No legs" by Kris Wilson of Cyanide and Happiness. Compare English wrist, which resembles Swedish vrist meaning ankle.
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. Some communities of polis have founded very long linear towns along roads and rivers.
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.
- Spencer West. "Detected: One Elephant". Redefine Possible, 2012-05-15. Accessed 2013-10-13.
- Jorden Weir. "5 People Whose Major Disabilities Only Made Them Stronger". Cracked, 2013-10-13. Accessed 2013-10-13.
- E. Reid Ross. "6 Animals That Prove Nature Has a Childish Sense of Humor." Cracked, 2013-03-31. Accessed 2013-03-31.
- Sam Blitz. "6 Amazingly Intelligent Animals (That Will Creep You Out)". Cracked, 2011-01-02. Accessed 2014-01-02.
- Nick Short. "Born Without Legs: The Standard-Examiner talks to Brooke McArthur about her life." Standard-Examiner, 2011-05-18. Accessed 2013-06-15.
- Spencer West. "Gearing Up". Redefine Possible, 2012-06-10. Accessed 2013-10-13.
- Compare this image macro by nr-uk: "Only short people need tall hats"
- Such linear cities aren't unknown in the real world. See "The 6 Most Insane Cities Ever Planned" by Dwayne Hoover and "History of the Weird Utopia Roadtown" by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace.