Kobold

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Kobold

Trade Tongue: http://www.sedesdraconis.com/images/letters/kedan/halaniko.jpg ("Halâniko")

Taxonomy: unknown. Kobolds have no known phylogenetic affiliations.

Kobolds are a species apart. They interact extensively with Trade Culture, but they are never part of it, and maintain a sense of secrecy and seperatism. Kobolds seems to have come from the Kellsith at about the same time as the torvir, though they were not widely known to the other species of the Hajasith for several centuries afterward. See also the Story of Unkhe-Mahn.

Distribution

The kobolds maintain a handful of "cities" and many minor population centers, but these mainly serve as waystations for meeting and resupply, and as homes to the very young and old. The permanent populations of these locations are not quite 400,000 kobolds combined, with only 20% of those being between the ages of 12 and 60.

Some of these are mere waystations with only a very small permanent population of caretakers. Others are permanently occupied by the young and old kobolds and are built in cave complexes (usually fairly near the surface, and always with an inflow of water from the surface) and rarely or never revealed to non-kobolds.

The majority of kobolds travel with the caravans which wander and trade between kobold and non-kobold settlements. The kobold population is only a little over 1.3 million.

Physical Characteristics

Kobolds are very short, smaller even then gnomes on average. Females range from 100 to 125 cm and 20 to 35 kg. Males are shorter, and somewhat lighter even though they have a slightly stockier build. They average about 7 cm shorter and 4 kg lighter.

Kobold skin is covered in very fine, slightly reticulate scales, creating a texture something like soft lizard skin, but with a slight downy feel. The skin of very young kobolds is a dull, dark grey that lightens progressively throughout the life to a light grey at adulthood and into ivory in old age.

Kobold eyes can be several different colors, including grey, blue, green and purple. Very young kobolds have a milky film over the eyes, which thins out over their first decade or so of life.


Life Cycle

Kobolds are egg-layers. Incubation is about 90 days long, but is rarely continuous from the date of laying, instead eggs are often delayed in incubation by storing them in temperature-regulated cold chambers.

Large batches of eggs, from many couples, are incubated all together. Indeed almost all child-rearing is performed by professional crèche-keepers, rather than by parents themselves.

Incubation Period: 90 days

Skull Fusion: 4 years
See the Life Cycle Key for definitions of characteristics.

Average Infant Mortality: 1 per 20 live births

Weaning: 1.5-2 years, average 1.75 years

Physical Maturity: 18-24 years

Life Span: 110 years

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