An echoing call scatters through the forest, its sound common to the ears of those who rely on the hunt to fill their bellies. Carcasses left to waste away will soon be picked clean, the carrion birds doing their duty, finding a meal of their own with little work. For many, the sight and sound of these black birds and their siblings is a sign of death, their black wings circling when life has reached its end. Omens of darkness and the end, their shimmering feathers are often seen as symbols of Lok
and the gravestones that mark his domain.
Crows are one of the most common birds found throughout Isekai. Variations of this bird are scattered across the world, from the northernmost Giant Steps Three
to the former Island of Blessings
to the south and the Fire Islands
to the west. A medium-sized carrion bird, these creatures are often confused with their larger siblings, the Ravens
, but Crows often have less pronounced beaks and are louder with their caws. Crows tend to announce themselves as they near their food source while Ravens
are silent hunters.
Those who have crossed paths with Crows know they are close to an instance of death, whether it be their own or something else. In towns and villages, these birds can be considered nuisances that will steal morsels of food from street vendors and travelers. Their intellect sets them apart from other birds, allowing them to learn faces and schedules, using their information for cunning plans to steal food and sometimes riches. Shiny objects are often sources of pride and trade for a conniving Crow.
It is most commonly believed that Crows
are only black in color, but the true colors of their feather shine when in the sunlight. Blues, purples, and even greens can be seen when one of these dark feathers catches the light.
Crows are medium-sized birds, often ranging from sixteen to twenty-one inches from beak to tail. These birds can weigh upwards of two pounds, but their wingspan of roughly thirty to forty inches is considered impressive for their size. In many places, Crows are considered the largest carrion bird unless Ravens or other large birds of prey are present.
While considered to be black in color, Crow feathers range greatly in color, often having shades of blue, purple, and green mixed with black. Many describe their feathers as the rainbow shimmer that appears when certain oils are poured on dark stones or similar to the reflections seen in soap bubbles. Only in the brightest sunlight are the true colors of their feathers revealed.
Crows are often distinguished by their loud, short, and rapid call as well as their intellect. Their calls can be heard for miles on clear days and their flight pattern varies drastically from other birds as Crows constantly flap their wings during flight instead of gliding at key points. It is also believed that Crows are smart enough to remember certain information and memorize things such as schedules, faces, and other things that can benefit them in the future.
Genetics & Reproduction
A wide variety of Crows live throughout Isekai including the Northern Crow (Corvus vorieos), the Southern Crow (Corvus notios), and the Island Crow (Corvus isle). Many more variations of crow exist throughout the world, but most commonly, all are referred to as Crows or Ravens. In many instances, the names Crow and Raven are used interchangeably as the birds are relatively similar, and to most, it is hard to discern any differences while the creature may be in flight.