Glimpses of adventure
The Svimohz actually encompass nearly as many cultures as the widespread Dejy. Their skin is very dark brown when not actually black, and their hair is black as well. Eyes are sometimes gray but few folk ever see anything but black and brown eyes in each other or in the mirror. Facial features and build 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.
Svimohzish culture is ancient and rich. The people are formal and have distinct social rules. Strangers are greeted warmly, and guests are treated like royalty. Bargaining in the marketplace is hard, but both parties are respectful and polite. The tradition of a dowry is still alive and shows no sign of being abandoned soon. The Svimohz bury their dead in catacombs when possible, and of all the human races, save perhaps certain Dejy clans, they are most prone to become obsessed with death or the preservation of their bodies.
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.
The Svimohzish language is spoken across the island. Many native Svimohz speak no other human language. Svimohzish is recognized in major ports because of the importance of Zha-nehzmish as a trading partner. People in port cities often speak the Merchant’s Tongue. Among central Svimohzia, the hobgoblin language is widely understood because of the neighboring kingdom of Ul-Karg.