The Twelfth Relic
“For every Svimohz you see, count four.” – Merchant saying
Second only to the Dejy in diversity, the Svimohz have shiny black skin and a wide range of facial features that vary from region to region. The Meznams, for example, tend to be taller, with sharp angular features, long beards and athletic builds. The Zazahnii are less muscular, but their shorter builds make them look barrel-chested and ungainly.
The traditional Svimohzish custom of sprawling, close-knit families still exists, especially in Ozhvinmish, Meznamish and rural Zazahni. Family ties are very tight, and foreigners who fall in love with a Svimohz must make a good impression on the family or risk losing their paramour’s affection.
Svimohz live throughout the island, except in Ul-Karg, which is wholly dominated by hobgoblins, and in the west, which many people avoid because of the Mendarn (formerly Pel Brolenese) colony of Vrandol. While the Mendarns are less belligerent than the Brolenese, many Svimohz formerly residing there have migrated east or north to friendlier places.
Historically, the Meznam people were a relatively small group that lived near the Zhano-mewhi Bay and moved north to the Mewzhano Bay. The Mewhi folk, from whom the Mewhi Marsh takes its name, now live in the foothills of the Tanezh Mountains, having fled the chaos in Zazahni. The Zassho, known for their shipbuilding and woodworking, are the principal inhabitants of Mezh-Vowmi Isle and the far eastern tip of Svimohzia.
Svimohz speak their own language, except in Ahznomahn(where they also speak Merchant’s Tongue) and some of the folk who live near the Malachite Heights, where Dwarven is as common as Svimohzish.
Svimohz who adventure do so as fighters, rogues or clerics. Druids and shamans might hail from the Vohven Jungle, the central highlands or the Tanezh Mountains. Sorcerers come from scattered places across the island, but a surprising number call Zazahni home. The Zasshos produce eloquent bards. The Ozhvinmish have an introspective culture that holds monks in high respect, and some of the greatest monks on Tellene come from Ozhvinmish. Barbarians come from tribes deep in the Vohven Jungle.