The Alapico or Winged Beaks were the fourth Beastfolk encountered by the First Men, making them one of the oldest recorded sophonts on Haven. They can be found abundantly from the Verdant Expanse's lush forests to frosted peaks of the Throat of the World and can even roosting within the depths of The Wyld. They are easily one of the most well-traveled sophonts on Solith, having many encounters with the Udirkith and Elvenkyne long before their arrival into Haven. Alapicos come in many variations with subtle changes in size, shape, and hue that mark their home territories. Nothing illustrates these differences more than when comparing the broad-winged, eagle-like Alapicos of the Stygian Throat with the elegant, brightly-colored parrot-like Alapicos found in the Verdant Expanse.
The Alapico believe themselves to be the wind's children and claim that its very spirit gave them life. They arose as one of Haven's three dominant Beastfolk in the age before the Human occupation, standing alongside the likes of the mighty Saheel and the terrifying Pangara. The First Men initially encounters them as they soared high above the Verdant Expanse, mingling with the clouds in great Flocks of dozens or even hundreds of Alapicos. They became trophy animals to many First Men hunters who slaughtered countless of the Featherfolk in the early years of the War of Blade & Claw, not as enemy combatants but as prized prey sought after for their vibrant plumage. Even today, black market hunters still slaughter Alapicos for their vivid feathers and make elaborate decorations and premium quills from their illicit plunder.
The few Alapicos that survived the War of Blade & Claw that ravaged so many of Haven's native inhabitants found salvation far outside of Humanity's newly conquered home. Their people, forced from their home by Humans and Dwarves alike, fled on the loft roadways provided by Solith's thermal winds to settle anew in the far-off lands of Los'Mozakas and the Moorwald. Here they would remain for generations, exiled from their homeland until the call of the First Roost was too strong to ignore. Their people, summoned by the ever-present pull of their ancestral birthplace, journeyed back to Haven and found a land utterly changed. Their homeland had been rendered unrecognizable by brutal wars, the ceaseless march of civilization, and centuries of interference by the . In place of the First Roost, the Featherfolk found the vast Glass Sea that had become home to an even more massive forest and serves as a stronghold and sanctuary for the Beastfolk.
In the Gorgewald Forest's shady canopy, the Alapico settled beside their Beastfolk kin within the First Roost's shadowed remnants. Many of the Featherfolk find it ironic that the Beastfolk's center of society and culture would arise from the ashes of their former home. They lament over their former homeland's desecration and thus are the only Beastfolk to despise the Udirkith more than the First Men. As Humanity hunted their people to extinction, the terrible Udrithi Empire ripped them from their ancestral home and tore down the black mountain to its very roots in their quest for Blackstone. Alapicos across Solith harbor a deep resentment for all Dwarves and blame the homeland's desolation solely on the loathsome ambition prevalent among the Udirkith. Since The Rebirth and its subsequent years of peace, Alapicos from across Solith embark on the Great Migration to coalesce within the highest eaves of the First Roost's remains. Here they intermingle with one another, trade stories, find new mates, and establish treaties between the Flocks.
30 years old, reaching maturity at the age of 3.
Under 5 feet tall.
80 to 100 pounds.
Typically, Alapico names have no more than two to four syllables, with each sound seamlessly flowing from one to the next. Civilized Alapicos tend to take on simple nicknames to better assimilate into civilized societies by either shortening their names or taking on more straightforward Verd names, which frequently turn out to just be the most common slur or insult thrown their way. Meanwhile, the wild Alapicos that roam the blue skies at the fringes of civilization look down upon their city-dwelling kin for enduring such embarrassments and their general lack of pride. These separate groups of Featherfolk are united only by their Flock names; they derive these simple Flock titles from their shared appearances or by the territories shared by the Alapico who dwell and hunt within the same environments.
Whistle and Aera
Whistle is the Alapico's native tongue and is made up entirely of clicks, trills, and soft warbles that non-avians will always struggle to replicate. It is the only tongue spoken across all of Solith and is derived from their ancestral tongue: Aera.