Born of the Trance, the birdlike Aves are a race defined by envy and greed. Depending on whom you ask, an Aves might be condemned for bringing misfortune or praised as messengers of the Eternal Glade. An Aves can be a loyal ally, a bombastic coward or a treacherous thief, depending on their level of personal success. No race besides Humans strive more to claim what they believe is rightfully theirs.
Born after the Great Sacrifice from Al’Madoon’s subconscious mind, Aves took their first steps in the Trance, building communities and forming alliances with other fey creatures in the Summer’s Dream, Winter's Dream and Wyld. As the mortal plane emerged from their time-lapse, the Aves saw an opportunity in the new world. A great migration began as hundreds of nests left the Trance, coveting what the other races had in this new era. Now, Aves can be found across Erenel, often serving in leadership roles, acting as entrepreneurs, adventuring or pursuing what they value most, possessions. Possessions take many forms in Aves communities. Some value and collect secrets and knowledge, while others prefer gaudy jewelry, flamboyant clothing and property. Nevertheless, if someone has something an Aves covets, they will stop at nothing to claim it.
Resembling a wingless bird, Aves are small in stature, standing an average of 3 to 5.5 feet. Their hollow bones give a lightweight despite any changes in physical build due to lifestyle choices. Weighing an average of 40 to 120 pounds, they also often have a stooped appearance which becomes more pronounced as they age. Prominent features include a sharp beak and plumage of feathers, much of which centers around the elbow. While Aves are flightless, this collection allows for gliding if exposed. Aves feather color varies depending on their ancestry, with Grave taking a darker color, Sol a lighter, and Great Horned a forest camouflage of browns and greens.
Ecology and Habitats
Aves who have not taken residence in major cities often find themselves part of a small clan, known as a Nest. While their selfish nature leads to a more tenuous society, Aves understand the value of safety in numbers and silently enjoy fulfilling their need to compare their status to others. Nests are similarly built in the mortal plane as the Trance and can be found deep within overgrown forests or underground in vast hidden caverns. While flightless, an Aves nest often appears in treetops with gliding and climbing from residences the preferred method of travel.
Civilization and Culture
Aves name their young after someone they admire or someone famous, believing that a name holds success. Following a tradition formed in countless years in the Trance, they also attach a click, awk or whistle in the name, to make the name their own. Aves do not follow gender when naming young. As an Aves matures and begins to make a name of themselves, they often change their name or compound names similar to noble titles. An elder Aves may have a dozen names strung together before their life's end, and undoubtedly prefer you to successfully prounounce each.