Crovae are in the unique trouble of having lots to say, and not being able to say it properly due to our curse. While I have never felt the anxiety this produces as much as other members of my race, I have experienced nights of extreme frustration at the futility of conversations where I cannot say the things I think. It may even be possible that our curse drove me to commit myself to writing and authory.
Crovae have a human body shape with two arms and two legs. They have human-like hands, but birdlike feet. Their heads are extremely similar to crows.
Crovae are a crow-like people who have a human-like stature. Their face is primarily bird-like except for the ability for more brow expression and the muscles on either side of their beaks also allow for facial expression. They are completely covered by feathers except for their claw-like feet. Their hands are more similar to a humans except they are covered in feathers. All corvae have two strips on their backs without feathers where their ancestral wings were.
Genetics and Reproduction
Crovae mothers lay an egg about one month after conception which hatch after about five months.
Growth Rate & Stages
Crovae have a fast growth rate until 12 when they are considered an adult physically. They don't experience a puberty period. Crovae are considered middle aged at around 30 and old aged at 50.
Ecology and Habitats
Traditional crovae ecology has been lost to the ages, but ever since the curse began, they preferred to live in high places, whether they be mountains, trees, or man-made structures.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Crovae prefer a diet of insects and small rodents. They don't need any vegetation, but their bodies can process it.
Corvae have no social structure since they are dispersed throughout various societies. The closest thing to a corvae structure is the Corvae Duchy of the Golden Empire.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Corvae are very useful as message runners due to their ability to recite messages exactly. They also cannot tell someone where a secret location is if they've never heard it.
Corvae faces have faces like crows, with an eye on each side of the face.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Corvae are scattered throughout the lands in various societies. There are rumors of an island with a corvae society.
Corvae always seem to be dumber than they are due to the curse preventing them from outright speaking. On average, corvae are no dumber or smarter than most other sentient races.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Crovae have average sight, touch, and taste. Their scent is above average, and their hearing is extremely acute. They have no inherently extrasensory capabilities.
Civilization and Culture
Crovae have a name that is a sound related to their habits or occupations. Non-crovae will generally translate the sound into a word. Child crovae mostly have a different name when they become an adult.
The more bird-like a crovae looks, the better. This means shorter necks, bigger feet, and smaller arms and torsos. While most crovae can agree that black feathers are better than white, it is debated whether red or black feathers are more attractive.
Due to the transitory life often led by crovae, they marry fast and generally skip long courtships. The most patient of crovae will generally wait for six or seven months before setting a marriage date. However, the actual marriage may be put off for reasons such as illness or war.
Crovae are often very close to their partner, often combining their expertises into one field and working as a team as opposed to working at two separate jobs. They share the burden of child care and do most things in tandem.
Major Language Groups and Dialects
There are rumors of an old crovae language, but it was lost alongside the ability of the crovae to speak without mimicry.
Common Etiquette Rules
Crovae generally conform to the etiquette of the society they find themselves in.
If a Crovae somehow manages to circumvent the curse on themselves, then it is considered taboo to demonstrate this around other, still-cursed crovae.
Crovae used to be flying species of bird people. One day though, the entire race became cursed so that they no longer had wings and could only speak by imitating words that they've heard in the voices that they heard them. Ever since, crovae have been dispersed throughout Belkora, generally living as low class citizens.
The explorer Vellan is considered the first of the cursed crovae.
Common Myths and Legends
The crovae believe that their curse originated when the explorer Vellan found a cave that led to the land of the gods, where he stole the necklace of one of the goddesses, who cursed his people in response.
Interspecies Relations and Assumptions
Crovae are looked down upon by most races due to being cursed by the gods. The only exception to this are monstrous races like kobolds and goblins.
Corvae tend to be frail and bent over, as if they are ill. Some corvae can train to build muscle, but they generally have to start young.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Most corvae are black-feathered, but there are some with red feathers and some with grey feathers. The skin beneath the feathers is generally a peach color.
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