Kenku

Flightless, bird-like sneaks who work surprisingly well with others.

RACIAL TRAITS

Average Height: 5’0” – 5’6”
Average Weight: 110 – 150 lb.


Ability Scores: +2 Dexterity, +2 Charisma
Size: Medium
Speed: 6 squares
Vision: Low-light

Languages: Common, Tengu
Skill Bonuses: +2 Bluff, +2 Stealth
Combat Agility: You can use combat agility as an at-will power.
Flock Effect: You gain a +3 bonus to attack rolls against a creature you are flanking instead of the normal +2 bonus, and you grant a +3 bonus to attack rolls or skill checks when aiding another instead of the normal +2 bonus.
Mimicry: You can mimic sounds and voices. A successful Insight check opposed by your Bluff check allows a listener to determine that the effect is not genuine.

RACIAL POWERS

Kenku Racial Power
Combat Agility
You maneuver into an advantageous position after you strike your foe.
At-Will
Minor Action
Personal

Requirement: You must have hit an enemy with an attack this turn.
Effect: You shift 1 square.


Kenku are the offspring of an ancient race of crow folk known as the Tengu. They, like their ancestors, are sneaky and perceptive creatures who prefer to sneak and hide from large populaces and maintain a tight-knit band of friends.

Play a Kenku if you want…
to look like a crow.
to be a sneaky creature that excels at teamwork.
to be able to mimic other people’s voices.
to be a member of a race that favors the rogue and ranger classes.

PHYSICAL QUALITIES

Kenku are covered in dark feathers and have black beaks, but have a relatively humanoid build. They are more agile that humans and possess a natural gift for observation. Their hands and feet are strong, talonlike claws, with three fingers and a thumb on each hand. They have small black beady eyes and are quite light for their size due to their hollow bones. They average five feet in height and weigh roughly 75 pounds.

A typical kenku’s feathers can be any of the darker shades of color, but are most commonly russet-brown or black. Their plumage rarely possesses patterns or coloration ranging outside the darker spectrum, but some kenku have their feathers dyed for fashion purposes. Their heads are similar to that of the crow or raven and their beaks range from generalist to raptorial in design.

Young kenku grow at a faster rate than human children. They walk a few weeks after hatching, reach the size and development of a 10-year-old human child in half the years, and reach adulthood by age 15. They live about as long as humans do.

PLAYING A KENKU

To a kenku, survival is all there is to life. Anything that can be done to protect the kenku and those they care about must be done. Honor and fairness are rarely concepts that apply to a kenku’s strategy. The only concept of honor kenku concern themselves with is honoring friendships and the respect for individuals they deem close.

Friendships are paramount in a kenku’s life. If a person does a good deed for a kenku, they typically try to repay that good deed in kind. This isn’t always the case, because occasionally the favor comes from someone the kenku doesn’t consider a friend or worthy of respect.

Kenku have a pack mentality, believing that what cannot be done by an individual can be achieved by a group of people. Additionally, kenku are concerned with bettering themselves, but also with bettering communication and relationships within their group. A team is best when everyone in it works together for a common cause and usually that common cause is for the betterment of the kenku.

Despite their consideration for friends and allies, kenku are more often than not greedy. They enjoy acquiring things and taking those things from those they don’t consider friends – sometimes even from their friends. Most kenku are viewed as little more than guttersnipes and cutpurses in the big cities, where their wandering bands usually come to nest.

Kenku seek adventure for the group mentality, the promise of wealth, and perhaps the simple thrill of something new with people worthy of traveling with. To be surrounded by friends and treasure with the promise of security and on occasion a quest is the kenku dream.

Kenku Characteristics: Acquisitive, ambitious, cunning, proud, reliable, reserved, resourceful, sly.

Male Names: Akio, Ayumu, Chen, Dinh, Haru, Jiro, Kaito, Kazuo, Nori, Riki, Zan.

Female Names: Asuka, Binh, Fu, Jia, Li, Min, Ren, Rong, Sora, Umeko, Yumi.

Kenku

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