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Kenku

Kenku

Kenku were for much of history considered one of the three major races on Totania, sharing the title with Elves, Dwarves, Dragonborn, and eventually even Humans until that balance was finally upset and the Kenku were relegated to a minor power in the world. Yet their impact on the history of the world is second only to the Dragonborn.  

Stands

Kenku are gifted with unique abilities, called Stands, which grant them outrageous powers related to their personalities. These stands are often with them from birth, but are not awakened until a later point in life. Some Kenku do not have stands, or at least do not awaken them within their lifetimes, and some are killed by the power of their stand, which they are unable to handle.   There are many notable stands throughout history, these are some examples:
  • Immortals- The first stand, used by the first Kenku King Warbler, and considered one of the most powerful abilities ever. With it, the user is immortal, and anyone within a certain radius of the user is immortal. Yet the user can toggle the ability on anyone within the radius, turning their immortality off while it stays on for others.
  • In the Hall of the Mountain King- The stand of the Kenku King Tyrant, this stand was tied to a mountain at the center of Udai, where Tyrant was born. The land in an area around this mountain would be under the user's control, allowing for terraforming and earth manipulation on a massive scale from the remote location of the mountain. Each year the user lived, the radius of the ability's control would grow, so much so that after 16 years it engulfed half of the world.
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand- The stand of Etcher, the leader of the Kenku King Faction known as The Hermits. The stand allowed for the user to touch another Kenku and take their stands. He could store stands within him, and while he himself could not use them, he could give them to others. He found that a Kenku that already carried a stand had the capacity to hold many, yet other races could hold only one, if at all.
  • Imagine Dragons- Imagine Dragons was a stand of multiple phases, used by the mage Crate Creak . It is characterized by many small dragons, the size of pigeons, and has multiple sub-abilities. The first among these abilities is Bad Liar, which allows him to change any area surrounded by his dragons to be perceived as whatever he wants, creating any level of illusion within the area. The second ability is Demons, which gives the user the Godlike ability to create life within the area of his dragons. He can create any type of person, with any type of item and ability he can imagine, but he cannot make an item alone. Radioactive is a much simplier sub-ability, where in any area surrounded by his dragons, the user can turn the radiation up and basically nuke that specific area. Finally, the most terrifying sub-ability is Natural, where any moves, abilities, or skills that he or his dragons have observed are immediately learned and mastered by the user, and he can use them to their best possible effect.
  • Cotton Eyed Joe- When stabbed with the pitchfork that carries the stand, the target's eyes turn to cotton. Over time, the moisture in the targets body is drained out through their eyes. An artificial creation made from Imagine Dragons' ability, Demons.
  It is believed that no one but Kenku can see stands, but this fact is inaccurate. Aarakocra are also able to see stands, and any other race can see it once they are attuned enough in the study of magic.

Basic Information

Biological Traits

Kenku are a frail species, with hollow bones and body makeup like that of birds, yet with the body structure of humanoids.

Additional Information

Geographic Origin and Distribution

Kenku live exclusively in three cities, each around the same bay, and each unnamed. At the mouth of the bay, two cities lie, each on opposite sides of the basin. And at the far edge of the bay, leading into the main land of Udai, the capital city of the Kenku lies.

Average Intelligence

Kenku are, at an average level, geniuses. With a natural affinity for magic through their stands, most Kenku that survive with a stand take their studies quite seriously, and thusly have intelligences that range much higher than most other races.

Civilization and Culture

Major Organizations

There have been many groups of Kenku that have ravaged the world, as well as political factions and such. Each King has been supported by a different faction, yet very few have been known to have members of much note.

The Orchestra

The Orchestra was the army led by the first Kenku King, Warbler, and his second in command, Croaker. This army conquered the entirety of Udai, and even managed to get to the southern tip of Elone, yet as they were on an island off the coast of Stallbourne, they were torn apart by internal strife between Warbler and Croaker. The most major monument to this army is the World Cell Prison, which serves as the grave of Croaker, as well as the Kenku cities which were built on land conquered by this army.

The Big Band

The second Kenku King, Nightingale Song, led a group called the Big Band. They were a team of twenty strong Kenku stand users who challenged Warbler's ideas of war. After the death of Croaker, Warbler allowed Nightingale Song to defeat him and take the throne. It is unknown whether the Big Band was actually powerful, yet they hold an important part in Kenku history nonetheless.

The Hermits

The only King faction that was known to be of incredible note was the Hermits, the faction that supported Tyrant. The Hermits were a faction not actually led by their King, but instead by an secondary stand user, Etcher. Etcher used his control over stands to lead the Kenku, as well as his support of King Tyrant, to a second golden age, the likes of which has never been seen in history. Yet there was a reason Tyrant was not a leading member of the Hermits...

The Fall Out Boys

The Fall Out Boys was a team created by Warbler, the former first King of the Kenku, after learning from his mistakes with the Orchestra. It was a team dedicated to many things, the two major purposes being supporting the natural enemy of the Kenku, the Orcs, in wars to check the power of Kenku Kings, as well as general peacekeeping after the defeat of Zokk Death Slayer and the intervention of the Devil named Redemption. They considered Thel Pteethtack to be a threat, and attempted to take him out during an invasion of Dwarven territory, but ended up siding with the Wanna-Be God in his vision of a peaceful world.

Common Dress Code

Kenku traditional dress is very flamboyant, though there is no specific Kenku outfit that is worn by more than one person. Kenku tradition embraces individuality, so each Kenku attempts to dress in a unique way specific to themselves. Each Kenku dresses in a nature that they believe accentuates them as a person, and their nature as a Kenku. Bright, flashy colors are a normal sight in Kenku cities, alongside incredibly dark outfits, depending on the person and their stand.

Common Customs, Traditions and Rituals

Kenku customs are heavily focused around the worth of the individual. From their dressware, which is often designed to attract others to their unique style and personality, to the role of Stands in their society, which are used freely to distinguish each persons worth.

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a traditional Kenku holiday, focused around giving thanks to the people you see. The holiday was designed by the first Kenku King, Warbler, in an attempt to get his people to be a bit more peaceful. Yet the major purpose is for people to look outwards, at those around them, and recognize the individuality of each person, instead of just focusing on themselves and their own desires.

Historical Figures

There are many famed historical figures in Kenku society. From the many Kings, to the leaders of various groups of Stand users, to individual Kenku who have excelled in the Kenku custom of uniqueness of self. The first Kenku King, Warbler, as well as his general Croaker, are legendary names in Kenku history, as the foundation for the very world the Kenku inhabit. Both of Warbler's groups, the Orchestra and the Fall Out Boys, distinguished themselves as some of the greatest groups of Stand users to ever walk Totania. Conversely, the second Kenku King, Nightingale Song, is also fairly well known, though his name is often disgraced by Kenku for his anti-war views that he enforced with his group, the Big Band. Tyrant, the famed Mountain King, was a man who nearly conquered the world with his unstoppable stand, so it is no surprise that his name is among the most famous in Kenku history. Etcher, who lived alongside Tyrant, is also a fairly common name, with a stand that is considered legendary even among powerhouse stands like those wielded by Kings. Fire Roar was another King of the Kenku, with a stand so powerful yet mysterious that it is unknown what exactly it did. Yet We Didn't Start the Fire was so powerful that it was said to be able to shape the events of the world itself, and its user became notable for that alone. Crate Creak is among the most recent of the notable Kenku. While not a King, he is considered to have reached a level beyond even that. He was powerful enough to challenge Daldedd Darkwood , the man considered on a path similar to that of Kilprax Ildial himself. He was able to subdue the greatest mages in the world, including Grand Wizard at the time Orlayas Ojeux as well as future Grand Wizard Tograx Daxur, and was defeated by the future God Thel Pteethtack and the demon Ragmand Nutsk.
Lifespan
20 years
Average Height
5 ft
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Kenku are normally black, but through some mutations or even body modifications, Kenku feathers can turn any color. Gray and white Kenku are not rare sights, though it is much more likely that a Kenku would have black feathers tipped a different color than a fully changed body color.

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