Edit Although they evolved from avians, kenku had no wings or capacity for flight. Instead, they had arms in place of wings and bird-like talons for hands and feet. They retained bird-like features, however, with black and beady eyes and a long dark-hued beak. Because they had partially hollow bones, they were lighter than most creatures their height, averaging only 75 pounds 34 kilograms.
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Walk the other way. These flightless people often form thieves guilds, referred to as "flocks" in major cities and quite often work as burglars, pickpockets, and assassins. The skin on these areas can range from dark grey to bright yellow. History[ edit ] Before their fall from grace, the kenku served a master whose name has been lost to memory. They soared on wings he had given them, performing services silently in his name. However, they coveted his speech and stole the secret of language from his library, and took this newfound ability to beg and cajole for money.
When their master found out they knew his wrath and he stripped them of their wings and cast them down so that they would forever beg in penance for their greed.
With their short lifespan and mischievous lifestyles, kenku would often practice polygamy to not only expand their flocks, but also keep their species in wide spread expansion. Each male took about one to two wives, while females would dedicate themselves to one or at most though very rarely, two men.
Society[ edit ] Kenku were first driven to their current state of existence by greed and thievery, and such traits remain in their culture to this day. The Kenku are spread far and wide, operating in small flocks, each one independent from the rest, often acting as thieves, bandits, forgers and other such unlawful practitioners. Nevertheless, each flock has its own laws and codes of conduct.
Often kenku take up a name based off of their lifestyle, i. Kenku Traits[ edit ] Kenku have a predilection for thievery, and are often quite dextrous. Their keen eyes are good at spotting potential victims, and their ability to bluff others with their mimicked voices is well-known. Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1. Kenku have shorter lifespans than humans.
They reach maturity at about 12 years old and can live to Largely concerned with their own survival and continuing to exist, many kenku are neutral. However, as a race largely consisting of criminals and thieves, many tend to a Chaotic alignment, regardless of individual methods.
Your size is Medium. Your base walking speed is 30 feet. You have advantage on attack rolls against any creature you have surprised. You can mimic any sounds you have heard, including voices.
This talent extends to handwriting. A creature that hears your sounds can tell they are imitations with a successful Wisdom Insight check, and a creature that sees your forgery can tell it is a forgery with a successful Intelligence Investigation check. Voice of Deceit. You have proficiency in the Deception skill.
You understand Common and Auran, but can only speak through your Mimicry trait.
Kenku (5e Race Variant)
Walk the other way. These flightless people often form thieves guilds, referred to as "flocks" in major cities and quite often work as burglars, pickpockets, and assassins. The skin on these areas can range from dark grey to bright yellow. History[ edit ] Before their fall from grace, the kenku served a master whose name has been lost to memory. They soared on wings he had given them, performing services silently in his name.
Kenku D&D 5th Edition (5E)
Distinctions Talons in place of hands and feet; voice mimicry Dungeons and Dragons is one of the finest role playing games and kenku is the character you will come across in it. The character resembles the bird like structure or you can even call it a humanoid creature. The kenku is a very attentive creative and comes into action as soon as they hear any sound. Owing to this quality, they are best used to work against the burglars and other similar kind of people.