Picture of Noy, a young Somi.
Noy – a young somi

Somies: Their height is about 60 cm. Their color is light green and their legs resemble duck legs. They Live in Sidra, the swamps area of Sarsin Island. Feed on small fish, worms and insects. They are diurnal. During daylight hours they are busy gathering, hunting and fishing. At night they return to sleep in their burrows on the edge of the marsh. Their population is about twenty thousand and is divided into nine tribes. Each tribe has its own territory.

They have a common set of rules and rituals. for example, Before they eat they thank the earth and water for the good food. Before going to sleep, they turn to the sun and ask it to rise and shine tomorrow as well. They will never hunt birds. The birds are sacred animals for them. They have a special relationship with the sparrows. They usually give them seeds and worms to eat. The sparrows in turn warn them of danger. If they notice from above that a tiger or a snake is approaching them, they will immediately chirp loudly.

When you get to the island you will have a hard time finding them. They know how to hide perfectly. The sparrows will warn them when you approach the edge of the marsh, so the best way to meet them is to simply wait for them. Sit about a hundred meters from the edge of the marsh and open a jar of honey. The smell of honey will bring them to you. They have an excellent sense of smell and are very fond of honey.

They may offer you a sapphire or a ruby. don’t take it! Politely decline it. They are putting you to the test. They want to check if your intentions are pure.

It is known that the Sidra swamp is rich in rubies and sapphires. People used to come to the island to get the stones out of it. They entered the swamp and muddied its water, this drove the fish away. They were loud and noisy so the insects also ran away. The Somies had nothing left to eat so they called a meeting of all the tribes and decided not to allow people to enter the swamps.

If you don’t take the stone from them they will host you kindly. If you take it they will shoot you with a poisoned arrow.

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