Into the Burning Wastes
Aarakocra are the most commonly encountered bird people of the Tablelands. Some are from Winter Nest in the White Mountains near Kurn, while others are from smaller tribes scattered in the inging Mountains and elsewhere. These freedom‐loving creatures rarely leave their homes high in the mountains, but sometimes, either as young wanderers or cautious adventurers, they venture into he inhabited regions of the Tablelands.
“You are all slaves. You all suffer from the tyranny of the ground. Only in the company of clouds will you find the true meaning of freedom.”
―Kekko Cloud‐Brother, aarakocra cleric
|ST: 8 [-20]||HP: 22 ||Speed: 7 |
|DX: 14 ||Will: 10 ||Move: 6 (4/12) [-5]|
|IQ: 10 ||Per: 12 |
|HT: 12 ||FP: 14 ||SM: 0|
|Dodge: 10 (8/11)||Parry: n/a||DR: 0 |
Advantages: Flight (Large Wings -25%, Delayed Take Off -15%1) [24pts]; Catfall [10pts]; Telescopic Vision 1 [5pts]; Reduced Consumption 2 (Cast Iron Stomach, Food Only) [1pts]; Enhanced Move (Air I) [20pts]; Enhanced Dodge (+1, Only while Airborne -50%) [8pts]; Sharp Beak [1pts]; Sharp Claws (Only usable while Airborne -50%) [3pts]; Temperature Tolerance 1 [1pts]; Extra Arms 2 (Foot Manipulators, -30%; Short, -50%) [4pts]
Disadvantages: Overconfidence [-5pts]; Phobia – Claustrophobia*(12) [-15pts]; Vulnerability (Bludgeoning Damage x2) [-40pts]; Social Stigma (Bandits and Scavengers) [-10pts]; Ground Hindered 22 (Grounded only -50%) [-20pts]; Odious Racial Habit (Preening) [-5pts]
Suggested Advantages:Absolute Direction [5pts]; Acute Senses [Varies]; Ambidexterity [5pts]; Fit [5pts]; Power Investiture [Varies]
Suggested Disadvantages: Greed(y) [-15pts]; Jealousy [-10pts]; Incurious [-5pts] or Indecisive [-10pts]; Bad Smell [-10pts]
Personality: These bird‐people can spend hours riding the wind currents of the mountains, soaring in the olive-tinged Athasian sky. While traveling, aarakocra prefer to fly high above to get a good view all around of their location and detect any threats well in advance. When they stop to rest, they tend to perch on high peaks or tall buildings. Enclosed spaces threaten the aarakocra, who have a racial fear of being anywhere they cannot stretch their wings. This claustrophobia affects their behavior. Unless it is absolutely necessary, no aarakocra will enter a cave or enclosed building, or even a narrow canyon.
Physical Description: Aarakocra resemble humanoid birds. The average specimen stands about five feet tall and has a wingspan of twenty feet. Halfway along the edge of each wing is a hand with three human-sized fingers and an opposable thumb. An elongated fourth finger extends the length of the wing and locks in place during flight. The hands cannot grasp while flying, but are nearly as useful as human hands when an aarakocra is perched and its wings folded back. Their powerful legs end in four sharp talons that can unlock and fold back to reveal another pair of functional hands. These humanoids have hollow, fragile bones. Their faces combine the features of both vultures and raptors. They have gray-black beaks and black eyes. Plumage color varies, but males may have red ,orange, and white coloration, while females tend towards brown and gray. Because they are used to wide open spaces, Aarakocra cannot enter cramped spaces without becoming claustrophobic.
Relations: Aarakocra zealously defend their homeland. They are distrustful of strangers that venture onto their lands. Many of the southern tribes exact tolls on all caravans passing hrough their lands, sometimes kidnapping scouts or lone riders until tribute is paid. Tribute can take the form of livestock or shiny objects, which aarakocra covet. Some evil tribes may attack caravans without provocation. Aarakocra have great confidence and pride in their ability to fly, but have little empathy for land–bound races.
1 Delayed Take Off: Your large size and wight makes it difficult to get off the ground, any turn you start on the ground, you will not be able to gain altitude until the beginning of your next turn.
2 Hindered: As the spell hindered: -1 dodge/move per rank.