The Avianians, or avians' as they are called by outsiders, are a somewhat mysterious race living in a valley not far from Haven. A part of the population also lives in a closed section of Haven. The word 'race' is somewhat of a misnomer, as they are in fact a number of bird-like species, ranging from sparrow-like to eagle-like to heron-like. Usually their clothing is limited to a vest or a belt to hold any objects they carry with them. The lifespan of the Avianians varies widely according to species. The longest recorded in the oral traditions of the people is 100 years, held by the grandfather of the current Council ruler. As the Avianians are flyers, they are ill-equipped to walk bipedally over long distances. Interbreeding between the species is possible, however, it is usually frowned upon in polite society. Hybrids that do occcur usually end up living in Haven. Avianians that can wield magic are rare to the extreme, there having been only three in the whole history of the race. There is a strong mythology associated with magic, and it is held in high regard by the people. They are always on the lookout among their offspring for any signs of magic use.
The Aviainians are arranged in strict hierarchies, with rank and task associated with species. The Avianians are a private people, not likely much contact with the outside world. However, as they lack the body structure to manufacture most goods, they must involve themselves with the outside world. They offer a number of services in trade for whatever goods they need: songsters, storytellers, messengers, soldiers, guards, nannies, scouts, hunters, etc. They are always extremely competent at their chosen job, and also always highly paid.
The Avianian society is governed by a council, with 1 representative of each species sitting on the Council. Each rep is elected by their species and a substitute is elected as well. The Council is currently led by an ancient African grey, rumored to be over 50 cycles. She runs the Council with an iron claw, and though there is opposition to her, none is serious enough to overthrow her. She is seconded by an advisor who serves to deal with outsiders and those Avianians living in Haven. This large imposing vulture is rumored to be nearly as old as she is, and just as formidable.
For those playing NPC Avianians: Any bird species is fair game. Remember that they lack opposable thumbs, so occupations such as blacksmith or jewelry maker or scribe are out for an Avianian. Other than that, the sky's the limit. Also feel free to choose Council member, but just let Kibra know name/species, etc, so she can keep track. The Avianian leaders are also a possibility, but please consult with Kibra before chosing these, or before deciding on one for a permanet playing character (PC).