Sozlin

Physical Description

Sozlin are scaled, warm-blooded humanoids that grow between 1.1 and 1.4 m (3'7'' - 4'7'') tall. Technically this makes them the smallest lin, but in practice is does not. As visible in the provided image, the Sozlin are only so small because they are hunched over, unlike the Truzlin. If the Sozlin had a more upright stature, they would be roughly up 1.6 m tall and thus taller than the Truzlin. Their bodies are also more massive, despite tending to be more on the skinny than the stout side. Yet they should not be considered frail or weak, Sozlin are quite strong, if not as dexterous as their neighbors the Trezlin or Rizlin, and very capable swimmers. The hunched over posture means their heads are closer to the water, allowing them to fish more easily, and the overall lower posture makes it harder to spot them as they can hide behind low cover such as rocks on the shore and still remain in a fully ready position.

The shore dwelling lin lack any kind of horns, instead they have fins growing out of their forehead, their neck, their lower back, and all along their tail. Light colors are the norm for the fins. They are usually white, but can have a faint green, blue, or gray tint to them. In some cases there can even be a faint gradient; the fin on the head could be blue tinted and slowly turn green tinted on the way to the tail for example. Head fins of males is larger than those of females, which alongside their more masculine faces makes it easier to tell them apart from females.

These fins, when in a relaxed state, are always half-way raised and can only go a bit lower than how they are shown in the image. However, they can be tied down to lie even flatter. When a Sozlin wants to be intimidating or is startled or angry, then the fins rise fully, making the Sozlin appear larger. While swimming, the fins help the Sozlin in staying on a straight line and the tail with the fins can be used to direct the swimming. In general the tail is quite powerful and can be used as a means to propel the Sozlin in the water. Sozlin have claws on their feet and hands, which help with grasping slipper fish and climbing rocky shores. The front teeth of Sozlin are pointy and sharp; proof that they used to catch fish with their mouths. The teeth in the backs are molars.

Lighter grays to sea green and some greenish blues are the colors of the Sozlin scales. Patterns that decorate their hide usually consist of wavy stripes that try to mimic waves or the effect water creates on the bottom of the sea as it shines through its surface. Splotches and spots can also be found among the humanoids. The patterns have use the same color range as described above, but tend to not contrast too drastically with the primary color when it comes to brightness. The scales and the hide behind them is rather tough, especially at places like the elbows, the knees and the feet, so the Sozlin have no trouble at all walking over sharp rocks even barefooted, or kneeling down on them to stalk prey. Unfortunately the scales are bad for insulation and the fat pouches on a Sozlin aren't enough to keep them warm, thus the Sozlin are forced to wear animal hides during the colder seasons or consume a lot of energy to stay warm.

The eyes, nose, and ears of a Sozlin are on par with those of a Trezlin. The eyes do have a special feature - a second eye lid. This eye lid is clear and can be closed without closing the primary eye lid. It allows the Sozlin to see underwater without the water irritating their eyes. Additionally it also helps focus the objects underwater, so things aren't so blurry. A Sozlin's eyes can be anything from gray over blue to green.

Behavior

Sozlin are of average intelligence, but can be considered less inventive than the Trezlin, Blazlin, or Hozlin. They are also quite traditional in their thinking and do not usually steer away from the old ways, simply as they go with what has worked out in the past. This behavior is likely part of the reason they are lacking behind in technology. Sozlin are also quite competitive and try to scale the prestige ladder of their community. To find out more about their culture and how they live, consult the Sozlin Tribes page under the Nations category.

Reproduction and Development

How a Sozlin finds a suitable mate is detailed in the Sozlin Tribes page.

Once every six to five weeks Sozlin females are in a state of fertility, for roughly three to five days. After impregnation it takes around 54 days before the female lays 1-2 eggs. It takes roughly another 110 days before the eggs hatch. Due to environmental pressure in the past, the hatchlings are capable of crawling the moment they claw their way out of the egg. Higher functions such as speech, walking properly, and grasping more difficult things start to become active at a later point. It takes about half a year, so 160 days, for the child to be able to walk in the same posture as their parents. At one year of age, the young children begin to speak, but it takes another half year before they do so in a somewhat proper fashion. Their reproductive organs start functioning once they are older than 11-12 years, and they reach peak physical condition between 16 and 40 years of age. From that point on it begins declining, until they die at roughly 50 to 70 years, depending on their living standard.

Ecology

Habitat

The natural habitat of the Sozlin is the coast, no matter the climate zone. From the beaches of the Starless Jungle up to the icy shores of the taiga, the Sozlin claim every place where fishing is a viable way to acquire food and fresh water is available. Temperature and moisture matters little, as the Sozlin just make due by wearing animal furs if need be. Being relatively civilized creatures, Sozlin live in settlements and an organized tribal hierarchy.

Diet

Sozlin can eat both animal and plant matter, but they primarily eat fish due to their communities primarily settling there. While they do have livestock and crops in some cases, Sozlin mostly acquire meat by hunting and the plant matter through gathering.

Competition and Predators

Thanks to their wit, the ability to produce primitive weapons and their fortified communities, the Sozlin do not usually suffer too much from predators. However, Sozkul, Trezkul, wyverns, and other large beasts can still threaten the existence of a whole settlement. It happens now and then that entire communities are wiped out by such monsters. Sozlin also clash with the Rizlin and Wolshaks occasionally, but not necessarily for the habitat or food.

Origin

Ancient Sozlin were the first to crawl out of the seas and call their land home. This development likely took place nearby the jungle where temperatures are warm year round. From there the Sozlin spread even deep into the land, but were pushed back to the shores when Trezlin evolved, who are simply better adapted to the forestry environment. Once back at the shores, the Sozlin kept the upper hand and adapted to live close to the salty waves.