Ilim
Ilim
Type Mammal
Distinctions Mammalian, non-human ears, feet, and tails
Lifespan 310-440 years
Regions Kardian Mainland
Mostly Uclain

At times, the Ilim are called the forest children, as none are more in-tune with nature than the Ilim. Ilim are small, but they are quick and clever, and what they lack in brute-force and strength, they make up for with intellect and tact. Most at home in densely packed forests, the Ilim are native to Uclain, but can be found in sparse numbers in other nations today.

Biology

All Ilim are small, typically remaining around 3' to 4' in height, though heights closer to 5' are not unheard of, built like small children with rounded faces, small hands, and slender builds that seemingly haven't quite filled out. Despite their never really seeming to grow up, they do still visibly age, albeit it takes quite a while for this to occur. They do eventually grey and become wrinkled, and will sooner or later die of old age, but they are known to live for hundreds of years, and it may take just as long for their youth to begin to fade. The Ilim typically have paws instead of feet, and some kind of animal-like tail and ears. Ilim have been seen that resemble canines, felines, and rodents in their animal-like features.

Ilim used to have colour variants, based on which side of Kardia they have blood from, but over the generations, the ilim have intermarried between north and south so much, there is no real separation anymore. Ilim are known to be born occasionally with hair colours such as blue, green, and purple.

Known History

Many believe that the ilim existed on Kardia before humans, but this has never been proven, nor debunked. The ilim had always lived in harmony with each other, and the wilderness of the land. Rather than forcing nature to move out of their way for their settlements, they instead used the natural building blocks that were already there, and used magic to encourage trees and flora to grow in certain ways, that they may build their settlements and homes nestled harmlessly within the boughs and branches. Some ilim even built their homes floating upon river waters, and there still remain today a few ilim settlements that float on the sea, or over a river or lake.

Ilim have also always lived in harmony with humans, and when the human technology boom first began, ilim were there, some helping it along, others warning against turning too far away from nature and their roots. Surprisingly, ilim tend to get along best with Uclainians, due to their tendency toward more simplistic ways. Ilim are not, however, known to be vicious, and none of them have the physical stature to be so, but they are masters of magic, and none can call them particularly passive, for threatening an ilim city has caused many a great warrior to finally fall to a volley of magical arrows or meteors. The ilim value personal integrity, and pay all for their contributions in some way, and like Uclainians, tend to favour trade over exchange of coin.

Unlike the humans, ilim seek ways of combining magic and technology together. Where humans create flying machines and instant communication technologies, the ilim fuse their magic into weapons and build mechanical golems with some measure of sentience by virtue of magical imbuing. Their technologies are difficult for humans to grasp, at times, but most ilim know how to use one and quite readily. The ilim invented metal bows that partially generate off their own spirit, and fire concentrated bolts of magic, artillery cannons that fire magic shots, golems that move and almost seem to think on their own, and research extensively new ways to combine the magical and the artificial.

The ilim may not roar, but still, they are not silent.

Age and Development

Ilim children are raised much as human children. They grow perhaps a bit faster, as they do not grow as much. Ilim are taught early the very basic fundamentals of magic, and often the basics of human culture and engineering. Not all ilim end up integrating into human society, but it is not rare for them to. Ilim age, beyond maturity, very slowly, and most never quite stop looking like children; eventually, they do go grey, and visibly age, but it tends to happen within a very short period of time well into their lifespan.

Relations With Other Races

As the ilim society has always worked alongside and tried to get along with humans, if not outright integrated into it, one can safely say ilim mostly get along with humans. Some ilim find humans unbearably stupid, others view them more like children that never quite grew up, others are fascinated by them, but none truly detest them.

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