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Some of them who mingle with taller races compensate for their lack of height by wearing a tall pointed or stovepipe hat.<ref>Compare this image macro by nr-uk: "[http://cheezburger.com/2424493824 Only short people need tall hats]"</ref>
 
Some of them who mingle with taller races compensate for their lack of height by wearing a tall pointed or stovepipe hat.<ref>Compare this image macro by nr-uk: "[http://cheezburger.com/2424493824 Only short people need tall hats]"</ref>
  
When learning to speak standard [[Languages of Noen|common language]], they may confuse the words for "arm" and "leg", leading to a situation not entirely unlike that depicted in the strip "[http://kris-wilson.deviantart.com/art/No-legs-19205651 No legs]" by Kris Wilson of ''Cyanide and Happiness".
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When learning to speak standard [[Languages of Noen|common language]], they may confuse the words for "arm" and "leg", leading to a situation not entirely unlike that depicted in the strip "[http://kris-wilson.deviantart.com/art/No-legs-19205651 No legs]" by Kris Wilson of ''Cyanide and Happiness''.
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Compare English ''[[wikt:wrist#English|wrist]]'', which resembles Swedish ''[[wikt:vrist#Swedish|vrist]]'' meaning ankle.
  
 
== Architecture ==
 
== Architecture ==

Revision as of 21:43, 6 September 2013

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.) They have a large pad of thickened skin called an ischial callosity on the bottom for cushioning, not unlike that of a baboon or certain macaques.[1]

  • 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.

With other races

When one scoots on his hands and bottom, more of his body comes in contact with the dirt on the ground.[2] For this reason, they may be considered "dirty" by others.

Some of them who mingle with taller races compensate for their lack of height by wearing a tall pointed or stovepipe hat.[3]

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.

Architecture

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.[4]

False polis

Soldiers who lose legs in combat and civilian victims of certain weapons or injuries may choose to go live with the polis.

Further information: Mark 9:45; Wikipedia:Social model of disability

Out-of-universe


See also

References

  1. E. Reid Ross. "6 Animals That Prove Nature Has a Childish Sense of Humor." Cracked, 2013-03-31. Accessed 2013-03-31.
  2. Nick Short. "Born Without Legs: The Standard-Examiner talks to Brooke McArthur about her life." Standard-Examiner, 2011-05-18. Accessed 2013-06-15.
  3. Compare this image macro by nr-uk: "Only short people need tall hats"
  4. 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.