Small and quick, kwillum are often mistaken for small human children with wild and thick hair. It is only when examined more closely that the differences become apparent.
Growing to barely four-foot tall at maturity, these nomads of Tiberos have a long mane of ‘hair’, which grows from their head, down past their shoulder blades and ends on their lower backs. As a defensive mechanism, kwilum can induce this mane to stiffen into damaging needles, much like a porcupine. Fights with kwillum often end with the kwillum hunched over, needles erect, and an unsuspecting combatant holding his hand in agony.
They have a racially-inherited obsession with searching for ‘what they are looking for’ that often leads them, innocently or not, onto the wrong side of the law. They claim that their hands seem to act on their own accord, picking pockets, lifting random objects from market stalls, and playing with expensive items, all without the kwillum’s knowledge. Seen widely as nuisances, thieves and disruptors, kwillum are often escorted out of any town they can be found in, if they can be caught.