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==Lore:==
 
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Tengu live on a mysteriously remote island to the far west known as the Isle of Wind and Bone. It is there where nearly all Tengu live and die, few ever venturing from the isle. Socially, Tengu are seemingly kind, however, deep down every one of them contains the capacity for violence. When insulted, a Tengu will always retaliate.
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Tengu live on a mysteriously remote island to the far west known as the Isle of Wind and Bone. It is there where nearly all Tengu live and die, few ever venturing from the isle. Socially, Tengu are incredibly self-centered and completely disinterested in anything that doesn't hold their immediate attention or fit to serve their goals. Tengu have been known form bonds with those able to hold their attention long enough
 
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Their society is built as caste system based on the hatchling's order of birth. The firstborn hatchlings are destined to be high-class, often becoming leaders or great champions of battle. First born are also known as the Wind-bearers for it is believed that those born first hold within them the potential knowledge of everything past, present, and future.  Second born are known as the Earth-bearers. The second born are often farmers, merchants, and shopkeepers, the earth bearers are the backbone of society and take pride in it. The Third born are called Bone-bearers. The third child is a living tool, often living with hundreds of other Bone-bearers in labor flocks. They make up the bulk of the labor force. Bone-bearers are seen as expendable yet valuable since they are the only once fit for hard labor in the mines and mills. Although the system is unchanging, the Tengu believe it is possible to change one's caste status by killing the sibling of a higher caste. It is believed that when one sibling is killed by another, their destiny is absorbed. This is why Tengu are instinctively fratricidal.  
Their society is built as caste system based on the hatchling's order of birth. The firstborn hatchlings are destined to be high-class, often becoming leaders or great champions of battle. First born are also known as the Wind-bearers for it is believed that those born first hold within them the potential knowledge of everything past, present, and future.  Second born are known as the Earth-bearers. The second born are often farmers, merchants, and shopkeepers. The Third born are called Bone-bearers. The third child is a living tool, often living with hundreds of other Bone-bearers in labor flocks. They make up the bulk of the labor force. Bone-bearers are seen as expendable yet valuable since they are the only once fit for hard labor in the mines and mills. Although the system is unchanging, the Tengu believe it is possible to change one's caste status by killing the sibling of a higher caste. It is believed that when one sibling is killed by another, their destiny is absorbed. This is why Tengu are instinctively fratricidal.  
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There is another caste in Tengu society, the little known and scarcely mentioned Fourth. The Fourth are Tengu children who have been abandoned and grow up parentless and alone. Their feathers never change color from the original gray. Due to undernourshiment Fourth undergo a genetic mutation which they can not pass down genes for colored feathers to their children. Often times they spend their lives wandering the wastes picking a living from the barren rock. They are, for the most part, shunned completely from greater society however there are whispers of the Fourth forming a nomadic tribe out on the wastes.
 
There is another caste in Tengu society, the little known and scarcely mentioned Fourth. The Fourth are Tengu children who have been abandoned and grow up parentless and alone. Their feathers never change color from the original gray. Due to undernourshiment Fourth undergo a genetic mutation which they can not pass down genes for colored feathers to their children. Often times they spend their lives wandering the wastes picking a living from the barren rock. They are, for the most part, shunned completely from greater society however there are whispers of the Fourth forming a nomadic tribe out on the wastes.
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The Isle of Wind and Bone is made mostly of volcanic rocks. The wide flats are former lava flows. Although all these volcanoes are now dormant. Generations ago, the Isle was not as it is now. Where there is nothing but gray wastes, there once were tall trees and wide grasslands. Large terrestrial birds roamed the lands while the great birds ruled the skies. Now only a few examples still thrive including the predatory terror raptors, the majestic and godlike grand eagles, and the herbivorous varieties the Tengu still hunt for food.
 
The Isle of Wind and Bone is made mostly of volcanic rocks. The wide flats are former lava flows. Although all these volcanoes are now dormant. Generations ago, the Isle was not as it is now. Where there is nothing but gray wastes, there once were tall trees and wide grasslands. Large terrestrial birds roamed the lands while the great birds ruled the skies. Now only a few examples still thrive including the predatory terror raptors, the majestic and godlike grand eagles, and the herbivorous varieties the Tengu still hunt for food.
  
==Okah==
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Ages ago, before it was known as the Isle of Wind and Bone, the home of the Tengu was a paradise. Across the island, colossal, ancient, trees pierced the sky, surrounding a great volcano. The trees provided for the Tengu all that could be desired. From their mighty limbs bright, succulent fruits hung in abundance for all to enjoy. Their vast, chambered boles provided shelter from the elements and held pools of sweet nectar to quench thirst. It was this place, the land among the heavens, where the Tengu prospered.
'''The Isle: A History'''
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For the Tengu life among the trees was simple and untroubled. They had nothing to fear. Perched high in their kingdom, the ground below seemed like a figment. Days were spent pruning in the sun, feasting on fruit and nectar, and fluttering among the expansive of their paradise. Come nightfall many would rest with in the abundant boughs that dotted the trees, while others would sing soulfully amongst the starlit branches. It was truly a time of peace.
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Among the many Tengu there was one who was more curious than the others. Rather than lazing about like his brethren he would often wander far and below, determined to see what mysteries lie below the treetops. This Tengu’s name was Pell. While no one can recall his true appearance, one feature was prominent: his piercing golden eyes, always looking down, towards the unknown.
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One day Pell set off on a grand excursion through the trees. His aim? To reach the roots no Tengu had dared to dream of.  Had he known the outcome of his actions that day, perhaps he would have opted to celebrate with his friends. Perhaps not.  He travelled for days on end, slowly scaling down the forest as the branches were far too thick to allow for flight.  He pressed on and the ground slowly approaching.
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Finally the day had arrived, Pell became the first Tengu to ever set foot up the earth. Amongts the magnificent roots of his home was where he found a single wooden seed, buried just below the base of the tree. The sphere was like nothing he had ever encountered, deep and mysterious, thrumming with a strange energy. He hastily grabbed the seed and placed it in his pouch. That night Pell gazed at the sphere under the light of the stars, its mystique enthralling him. Hours passed like seconds, and soon the sun had risen. Pell had not even realized that he had been staring at the seed all night. The seed would remain at his side for the rest of his life. What Pell would never learn was that this wooden seed he had grown so curious of was an eye of Obellys.
  
In the early age of the Tengu their small island was known as Okah, or "mother". Okah was their protector and their provider. In return, the Tengu protected and revered Okah's beauty living peacefully along side her. In these days the ancient Tengu had the ability of flight and knew no bounds. They lived as one tribe, remembered as the "Sky Rulers". The people lived peacefully alongside each other. All her children were equal in the eyes of Okah. However, as time went on a Tengu by the name of Pel Sharpbeak grew ambitious. He believed that the Tengu were capable much more than simple existence scratching a living from rocks. Pel was a dreamer, and believed that the world could be shaped to the desires of the Tengu. Pel took a simple obsidian axe and felled one of Okah's mightiest trees, and built a grand hall for himself. Fueled by creativity he began to manipulate the land as he saw fit, marring Okah. When others saw what he had done many were outraged they exiled Pel, banishing him from the forests to the wastes. However, Pel's actions had caught the attention of four other Tengu. They joined him on the edge and soon they founded a separate society, a new tribe. Others soon followed in suit intrigued by a new form of life. No longer bound by the constraints of their religion.  
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As the weeks went by Pell began slowly became more and more attune to the energy emitted by the eye. Eventually he became able to unconsciously feel the presence of the eye. It wasn’t long after that Pell began to have visions. Each time, he would feel the continuous thrum of weaken, only for a moment. It was in these instants that Pell would see things. Instantaneous at first, he would see quick flashes of a great black mass. Sometimes he could perceive them as taking the form of a wing or a talon or a beak. These images would disappear as quickly as they came and would often leave Pell pondering their meaning.
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Pell continued to have these flashes for an entire year, until one day the sphere ceased to thrum entirely. And then Pell was plunged into darkness. When he came to, Pell was standing beneath a colossal bird. At first Pell thought that the bird was enveloping the sky due to its massive size, but upon further inspection he realized that the bird was the sky itself. Stars and galaxies shone upon its feathery surface. Beyond the form of the enormous bird there was absolutely nothing. It wasn’t before long that Pell realized this gargantuan bird was expanding, outward, each moment its form expanded further and further replacing the void with its awesome wings. Up to this point Pell had never shown the eye to any other Tengu. Pell’s vision blurred and he found himself standing at another scene: A horrific battlefield, Tengu pitted against Tengu, the bodies of his brethren strewn about, and above them all, a great black bird pecking at their soles as if it were seed.
  
The new tribe began to hunger for resources that were scarce on the wastes and began to encrouch onto the more fertile lands desecrating sacred groves and chopping down trees. When the forest tribe (also known as the protectors of Okah) caught wind of Pels actions, they ordered them to cease their actions immediately. Pel responded by slaughtering the messengers and hoisting their bodies onto spears made from the very trees they were defending. Pel's response of blood against diplomacy encouraged his tribe to become more warlike. They began to conquer and enslave smaller villages in order to support themselves. They thrived and were known as War Wings. As they conquered the War Wings recruited more warriors. Soon he fielded a true army, the first of its kind on the Isle.
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Over the course of the year Pell continued to have these visions in which this giant bird would swallow the souls of the Tengu whole and expand in size. He surmised that it was feeding on the souls for strength and had taken to calling it the Great Devourer. For every death Pell witnessed, his heart sank and he became fearful. For the first time in his life Pell was terrified of the unknown and of death. At this point Pell had no interest in exploring, opting to stay safely within the boughs of the trees. Every waking moment, Pell’s golden eyes would flit back and forth, endlessly searching for what would cause his demise.
Realizing that there was no other alternative, the Tengu of the forest chose to wage open war on Pel and his heretic tribe. Trails of fire and smoke traced the bloody route of their engagements. The earth began to quake and the great Bald Peak began to smoke. Okah was clearly enraged by Pel's actions.
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Pell’s final vision was the death of a Tengu warrior, sprawled out on the the blood soaked ground, surrounded by haze of smoke and ash. Pell could barely make out the sound of the Tengu’s labored breathing over the roar of battle. As Pell watched, the suffering Tengu let out one final ragged gasp as his soul was snapped up by the great devourer. However, unlike countless times before, the great devourer did not expand. It shuddered and, pulling its massive wings inward, it regurgitated this Tengu’s soul onto the mortal plane, losing a piece of itself in the process. The soul, now enveloped in the essence of the great devourer settled onto the mortal plan in the shape of an egg, waiting to hatch. Pell had seen the path that he must take.  
  
Pel's victories drove the Army of Okah north onto High Feather Point. Alas they met for their final battle just South of Bald Peak and west of Hawkbeak Bay. During the climax of the battle the earth quaked with great violence. Late in the afternoon Pel's tribe gained the upper hand and the protectors of Okah retreated towards the Eries covered by the emerging darkness. Pel pursued his enemies relentlessly ignoring the protests of Okah. Finally, as the last rays of sunlight faded, the snow-capped peak cracked belching fire and smoke. A great wave of heated ash poured forth from the mountain and seeped across the Shells and the Wastes. Fires spread across the forests that burned for weeks. Ash fell from the sky blanketing the land and choking the rivers. Even the sea itself turned gray. Forever after tales of this day lived on in a song called "The Deep Night". The following lines come from this song.
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Pell abandoned his life of leisure in the trees and set off for the ground below. Before long he had become a master of the earth, hunting the terrorbirds that roamed the land for food and hewing away the flesh of his once beloved home to make his shelter. In this time Pell grew strong and his heart had steeled. He had finally gained the strength to save his people.  
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Saddled with treasures from the ground and the muscle he had gained, Pell could no longer fly. With his newfound strength he reached the treetop with little effort. However once there he realized the height and frailty of the branches of the trees would not accommodate his weight and size for long. This place could no longer be his home. Even more determined now, Pell cawed out to his people, preaching of the wonders of the ground and all the bounties it offered.  
  
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Many of the Tengu were intrigued at the thought of this fanciful land but only a handful were willing to follow Pell at first. There were a number of Tengu who were willing to give Pell a chance. They believed they could simply return to the treetop if Pell’s lifestyle didn’t suit them. Pell refrained from revealing he had lost his ability to fly. As time passed Tengu continued to visit the ground, and some even chose to stay with Pell.  As a result a new flock was born. They called themselves the Stone Talons and the original flock were now known as the Wind Wings. For a time life was prosperous and both flocks lived in quiet cooperation. But Pell knew that for the sake of his race, this peace could not last.  
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The winged brood took to the skies
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Wings bent to their last flight
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battle they went sounding war cries
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Ash fell, they fell, bodies wrent.
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Battle songs shrill, blood they spilled.
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Until the last each died.
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Bodies crumpled, broken,
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'neath the skies.
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Pel and many of his followers survived the eruption but found life to be very difficult after the war. Food was scarce and that passed through the fires unscathed was the deep bowl valley in the center of the island. They attacked this stronghold but the brave defenders repelled their advances. Eventually Pel and his people returned to the Flats and took to hunting and fishing for food. In time they were able to farm and thrive. Even the trees began to grow back but these were often mistreated and cut down for fuel and tools. Eventually they became the many tribes of the Tengu, colonizing the rest of the Isle although their wings grew weak and diminutive and so they lost the ability to fly. Meanwhile the defenders of the forests became the Broad Wings and continue to defend their homeland to this day.  
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As the Stone Talons grew in size they continued to take more and more wood from the great forest. Eventually the Wind Wings began to notice and demanded the Stone Talons stop the deforestation. Pell couldn’t let this happen, he need his people to prosper and become strong. He offered an alternative: Join the Stone Talons on the ground and reunify their flocks as one. He argued that there was much more prosperity on the ground and that the resources were seemingly endless. The Wind Wings declined. Tensions rose between the two tribes as the Stone Talons prospered, trade dwindled and interactions between the flocks were hostile.
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It wasn’t long before violence broke out between the two tribes. The Wind Walkers, fed up with the deforestation, planned to lay in wait for the Stone Talons and ambush them from above. The goal was to drive the Stone Talons out of the area surrounding the forest and kill a few as a message. The Wind Wings had no idea how strong the Stone Talons had become. There were no survivors. Pell had learned of the attempted ambush and, pleased by how powerful his flock had become, but feared for his people if the ambushes continued. It wasn’t long before reached a decision: The Wind Wings would join the Stone Talons or they would have to perish. It wasn’t an easy choice, attacking his brethren, but he believed their continued resistance would doom them all. So Pell climbed to the Treetops one final time to issue his ultimatum. It wasn’t long before the war began. It was at this time that the Stone Talons came to be known as the War Wings.
  
After the war's conclusion the remaining Tengu had a chance to rebuild. They lived in a age of relative peace for some time. After all those years the land grew tired. The hills were over-farmed and the land was stripped of trees. Wood and lumber have become the most valuable commodity on the Isle. The constant struggle for resources has led the Tengu tribes to more wars and in-fighting increasing their already deep distrust for their own kind. The lack of food availability gave rise to the caste system that now binds Tengu into their many roles. The eldest being given the lions share while the lower siblings must work to earn what they can.
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The War Wings had one goal: convert or destroy any and all Wind Walkers. Pell believed this would be a simple enough task given that the Wind Walkers were much frailer and not accustomed to fighting. Unfortunately for Pell what the Wind Wings lacked in to strength they made up for in ingenuity and deceit. Ambushes from the air, poisoning of food and water, and even burning sections of their beloved forest to trap the War Wings, all of these tactics were employed by the Wind Walkers. Pell was taken aback at the ferocity and strength of will these Tengu had displayed. The War Wings and the Wind Walkers clashed over and over again, countless lives lost on both sides. All for the sake of maintaining their respective livelihoods.  
  
==Tengu Tribes==
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This war would last decades, and eventually Pell grew old. But his golden eyes stayed sharp until his dying day. Driven by the unbending will, Pell was determined that he would save his people. He believed the only solution was to crush the Wind Walkers so that his people may live in unity and gather strength to defeat the god had seen so long ago. It was only near the end of his life that he realized that he was the one who had torn the Tengu apart, was the cause of the violent deaths that the eye of obellys had shown him. And he wept. There was only one one thing Pell could think to do. The Eye of Obellys was the catalyst for all of the pain he caused. With it Pell had condemned his people to a terrible fate. He would not allow that to happen again.
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Pell climbed the summit of the great volcano, passing through the dead trees that had once surrounded it. The journey took all of Pell’s strength to complete, and this would be place of his death. Climbing higher and higher Pell reflected on the memories and dreams he had in his youth of a perfect unified world where everyone lived in harmony. He questioned whether he had been right to shatter the harmony of the original flock in defiance of spiteful god. Was there no such thing as a perfect existence? Should he have accepted his fate and lived peacefully among the trees, only to be swallowed into nothing? In the end it didn’t matter, for Pell knew his time in this world was coming to a close. He approached the rim of the volcano with the Eye in hand and took one long look at the war torn land he had created. Clutching the eye Pell leaped into the volcano, his last thoughts of the world he failed to create.
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As Pell turned to ash, something curious happened. The Eye started glowing and the volcano began to awaken. The earth began to shake as ash and fire exploded forth, blanket the ground and blotting out the sky. The warring Tengu fled the calamity and were scattered across the isle as a result. Smoke and fire filled the land for what felt like months. When the eruption had subsided, the world was desolate and covered in ash. War had ended and the result of the volcanic even had left a world filled with even greater struggles to be had. The surviving Tengu rose from their hiding places and attempted to rebuild, isolated from their brethren in small sects. This was the founding of the flocks that are known today. Pell created a world full of chaos, but what he left behind was the strength to survive.
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==Tengu Flocks==
  
 
'''Talons'''
 
'''Talons'''
The Talons are a tribe who focus primarily on hunting. They are skilled in the uses of leather slings and can kill with a well placed stone to the temple. No prey item is safe from the terrestrial birds to those in the skies. They reside mostly on the Flats and have some cities on Cape Talon. They are reclusive creatures. They like to make flutes from the hallow bones of their prey. In the dark nights you can hear their music carried by the wind over the hills.
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The Talons are a flock who focus primarily on hunting. They are skilled in the uses of leather slings and can kill with a well placed stone to the temple. No prey item is safe from the terrestrial birds to those in the skies. They reside mostly on the Flats and have some cities on Cape Talon. They are reclusive creatures. They like to make flutes from the hallow bones of their prey. In the dark nights you can hear their music carried by the wind over the hills.
  
 
'''Hawkbeaks'''
 
'''Hawkbeaks'''
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'''Divers'''
 
'''Divers'''
Divers are generally peaceful and skittish tribe. They keep to the southern coasts and inlets. Divers are the most skilled fisherman. They practice incredible patience sometimes standing along the shore, in waist deep water, or atop a rock watching the waters carefully choosing their moment to dive in and catch their pray. Some use spears but most enjoy the thrill of catching the fish in their beak.
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Divers keep to the southern coasts and inlets. Divers are the most skilled fisherman, and are capable of holding their breath underwater for over 2 hours. They are masters of patience, often sitting beneath the waterline, in waist deep water, or atop a rock for unsuspecting victims. They often adorn themselves with driftwood and other items that wash ashore. Some carry overly decorated spears and poles adorned with trophys from kills.
 
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'''Water Riders'''
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Otherwise known as the Shells. These outcast Tengu live on the Shell islands on the west side of the Isle. They once built incredible ships that could fly across the waters and would raid the Bright Feathers and Broad Wings for food and valuables. As wood is now in short supply, they are "shells of themselves" barely living on their rocks separated from main society. They are still the finest swimmers of all the tribes.
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'''Bright Feathers''''
 
'''Bright Feathers''''
As their name implies, these Tengu have the grandest plumage. Even though well endowed at birth, they still feel the need to highlight their superior grooming with fine gems which they mine from the Eyrie Mountains. They can be found living in cave dwellings all throughout those mountains although they are most common on High Feather Point. Naturally, due to this material wealth and life style, the Bright Feather's are thought to be rather snobbish and pretentious (although this may just be a stereotype).   
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As their name implies, these Tengu have the grandest plumage. Even though well endowed at birth, they still feel the need to highlight their superior grooming with fine gems, baubles, and bright colors. They can be found living in cave dwellings all throughout the mountains although they are most common on High Feather Point.   
  
 
'''Broad Wings'''
 
'''Broad Wings'''
The last tribe closely resemble the Sky Rulers of the ages past. Just like them, Broad Wings are slightly of smaller stature and have a knack for invention. They are flightless like the other tribes but they lightest of them can glide gracefully from tree to tree. Broad Wings build their homes in the last trees of the Isle which they guard with their lives. They make the strongest weapons and construct devilish traps. Broad Wings are also very fast and nimble, able to outmaneuver most opponents. They worship the large eagles that live in the Valley of Bones (the place where they leave their dead to rot and decay - it is a holy place for all the Tengu to dispose of the dead and is so a honored place of peace).
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The Broad Wings are of smaller stature and have the ability to flutter for short distances. They are the remnants of the Wind Walker flock, that now attempt to draw the power of the great devourer through ritualstic sacrifice. Broad Wings concoct an ichor from the souls of their sacrifces and consume them for strength. This method has shown to bestow the Broad Wings incredible strength and has halucinogenic properties at the gradual cost of their sanity. Another method of soul consumption is cultivating plants using this soul ichor and consuming the seeds produced. The seeds grant less strength than the ichor, and are addictive, but prevent insanity. The Broad Wings are located in the only surving copse of needled poisonwood trees surving on the island.  
  
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'''Ash Hoppers'''
The Ash Walkers are a nomadic tribe originally formed by a group of Fourth caste Tengu. They actively adopt other Fourth outcasts into their ranks, providing a home and family for those who have never known one. The Ash Walkers are diverse in physique due to the varying tribal origins. One trait all Ash Walkers do have is their feathers are strictly varying shades of gray. The cause of this trait is two-fold: undernourishment resulting from being Fourth and a genetic mutation that prevents the passage of an active gene for feather color resulting from said undernourishment. The Ash Walkers are very reclusive and deeply resentful of the other tribes and Tengu with with colored feathers.
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The Ash Hoppers are a nomadic tribe originally formed by a group of Fourth caste Tengu. They actively adopt other Fourth outcasts into their ranks, providing a home and family for those who have never known one. The Ash Walkers are diverse in physique due to the varying tribal origins. One trait all Ash Hoppers do have is their feathers are strictly varying shades of gray and are often adorned with long ragged cloaks. The Ash Hoppers are very reclusive and deeply resentful of the other tribes and Tengu with with colored feathers.
  
'''Extinct: Sky Rulers'''
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'''Extinct: Wind Walkers'''
The original tribe that consisted of all the Tengu during the pre-eruption era. They lived peacefully under the binding worship of Okah. After Pel Sharpbeak's war and the Deep Night they tribe was shattered. Its descendents make up all the tribes however their creed lives on most strongly with the Broad Wing tribe.
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The original tribe that consisted of all the Tengu during the pre-eruption era. They lived peacefully under the binding worship of Okah. The tribe was shattered in the war. Its descendents make up the Broad Wing tribe.
  
 
'''Extinct: War Wings'''
 
'''Extinct: War Wings'''
Founded by Pel Sharpbeak and his followers, the War Wings are the forefather's of all the living tribes of Tengu, excluding the Broad Wings. They excelled in war and conquered much of the Isle before the Deep Night. Since then, inner schisms and power struggles have divided them into the aforementioned tribes.
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Founded by Pel Sharpbeak and his followers, the War Wings are the forefather's of all the living tribes of Tengu, excluding the Broad Wings. They excelled in war and conquered much of the Isle . Since then, inner schisms and power struggles have divided them into the aforementioned tribes.
  
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=Theology=
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The Tengu have only one diety, The Devourer, an vast, ever-expanding being that resides in the sky. The Devourer sole purpose is to farm and consume the souls of the the Tengu, and to continue to grow in power and eventually consume all of existence. Tengu are capable of escaping this fate by consuming the souls of their defeated foes and strengthening their own spirits. Upon death, a powerful Tengu soul will not be swallowed by The Devourer and will instead be regurgitated back onto the mortal plane, to be reborn as a new Tengu, taking some of The Devourer's power with it. There are many Tengu who believe that a collective weakening of the The Devourer can be achieved by strengthening all of the Tengu as a whole, through Tengu unity, and eventually become immortal. Other Tengu believe that becoming powerful enough individually will allow them to consume the The Devourer and assume it's place as a deity. It is generally believed that The Devourer has been assumed by a number of different Tengu. Different flocks have different tales of potential Tengu who may have assumed the role of Devourer in the past. Some suspect that Pel is the current Devourer, while others believe that Pel's soul resides on the mortal plane, reincarnated as one of the current Tengu.
 
==List of Known Tengu==
 
==List of Known Tengu==
  
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[[Rebel]]
 
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==Tengu trivia:==
 
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-Tengu feces makes a fine pancake batter.
 
-Tengu feces makes a fine pancake batter.
  
-Male Tengu semen tastes like poultry or other game birds, varying with the particular Tengu.
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- Tengu meat tastes like semen.
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-Male Tengu  beaks are a known aphrodisiac. If a beak is ground into a fine powder and consumed with tea or another liquid, it stimulates sexual prowess for hours on end. If the powder is consumed in a greater concentration (like inhaling) it can cause explosive results in the genitalia of the consumer (i.e. detachment in a rocket-like manner). Alternatively, a Female Tengu beak is an equally powerful laxative when consumed in a similar way. Again, if consumed improperly, the results are explosive causing complete intestinal ejection. The Tengu are hunted and prized for their beaks, though very few succeed.
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=Tips for being a Tengu=
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1. Always having your beak on, be it a painted nose or a mask
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2. Garb should be flowy, layered, feathery garb. Designs with consecutive bird feather print and fringe that moves around alot is a good place to start. Having wings is A-OK, Just make sure they're on your arms and not on your back.
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3. Making bird sounds: Do a throaty bird call, such as crow caws, or throaty screeches when accenting your speech or reacting to things. Carrying around a bird caller is also a good option
  
-Male Tengu  beaks are a known aphrodisiac. If a beak is ground into a fine powder and consumed with tea or another liquid, it stimulates sexual prowess for hours on end. If the powder is consumed in a greater concentration (like inhaling) it can cause explosive results in the genitalia of the consumer (i.e. detachment in a rocket-like manner). Alternatively, a Female Tengu beak is an equally powerful laxative when consumed in a similar way. Again, if consumed improperly, the results are explosive causing complete intestinal ejection. The Tengu are hunted and prized for their beaks, though very few succeed.
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4. Strutting and Dances: Much like their bird counter parts Tengu war struts and mating dances really make us stand out, the flowing garb makes it easy and flashy. Hopping and broad stepping, kicking, and arm flapping are good mannerisms
  
-Because of constant danger Tengu have become more and more hostile, often preemptively attacking and raiding others for both safety and to display dominance.
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*5. OPTIONAL: Preening movements hyperfocusing on appearance, carrying around a small mirror and checking your reflection for instance
  
 
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[edit] Anatomy:

Tengu warriors.

Tengu are bipedal monsters with bird-like characteristics including feathers, beaks, talons, hard-but-light bones, scaled bird-like hands and feet and excellent vision. All birdpeople tend to be on the thinner side due to the isle's harsh environment and scarce food. Male Tengu generally range from average to above average height(relative to pinkies). Female Tengu have a more diverse sizing, ranging from very short to very tall. Tengu come in thousands of different color combinations and feather types. Naturally strong, Tengu have high jumping and climbing capability due to their light bones. While able to leap and bound for great distances they cannot actually fly. Tengu are only able to have three hatchlings due to their low survival rate. When Tengu are born they have feathers as gray as the land itself. It is said that feather color come from personality and upbringing. When they arrive at adolescence their feathers become very vibrant and bright. As Tengu become older their feathers become darker and deeper in color. Tengu live on a diet of grains and meats and jealously guard over their caches ever vigilant for thieves.

[edit] Personality:

Tengu value self-attainment, determination, and willpower above all else. These values are influenced by the way in which one advances in the caste system. Those that strive to become greater and have the mental and physical willpower to defeat their siblings are rewarded with a better life and more opportunity. Because of the caste system and tribal wars, death is very common in the Isle of Wind and Bone and Tengu are not very affected by its presence. The Birdfolk that have never left the Isle hold a special place of hatred in their hearts for other Tengu of different tribes. This stems from the constant warring between the tribes for resources and territory. Thanks to the efforts of Cyrano Long-Beak and many others, the Tengu that left the Isle have attempted set aside their tribal differences in order to boast the power, greatness, and ferocity of their race as a whole. The Tengu of the mainland now believe the other races to be inferior because other races do not have feathers. Bird people pity and patronize them for being bald skinned weirdos. For a Tengu, life without feathers is nothing less than a living hell. Tengu particularly dislike pinkies. Pinkies are the ones who first raided and attacked the Tenguand have not been fully forgiven for it. Additionally the pinkies tend to think they are superior to Tengu and many of them talk down to them. Those are the ones that taste the best.

[edit] Lore:

Tengu live on a mysteriously remote island to the far west known as the Isle of Wind and Bone. It is there where nearly all Tengu live and die, few ever venturing from the isle. Socially, Tengu are incredibly self-centered and completely disinterested in anything that doesn't hold their immediate attention or fit to serve their goals. Tengu have been known form bonds with those able to hold their attention long enough Their society is built as caste system based on the hatchling's order of birth. The firstborn hatchlings are destined to be high-class, often becoming leaders or great champions of battle. First born are also known as the Wind-bearers for it is believed that those born first hold within them the potential knowledge of everything past, present, and future. Second born are known as the Earth-bearers. The second born are often farmers, merchants, and shopkeepers, the earth bearers are the backbone of society and take pride in it. The Third born are called Bone-bearers. The third child is a living tool, often living with hundreds of other Bone-bearers in labor flocks. They make up the bulk of the labor force. Bone-bearers are seen as expendable yet valuable since they are the only once fit for hard labor in the mines and mills. Although the system is unchanging, the Tengu believe it is possible to change one's caste status by killing the sibling of a higher caste. It is believed that when one sibling is killed by another, their destiny is absorbed. This is why Tengu are instinctively fratricidal.

There is another caste in Tengu society, the little known and scarcely mentioned Fourth. The Fourth are Tengu children who have been abandoned and grow up parentless and alone. Their feathers never change color from the original gray. Due to undernourshiment Fourth undergo a genetic mutation which they can not pass down genes for colored feathers to their children. Often times they spend their lives wandering the wastes picking a living from the barren rock. They are, for the most part, shunned completely from greater society however there are whispers of the Fourth forming a nomadic tribe out on the wastes.

[edit] The Isle of Wind and Bone:

80% of the isle is bleak, gray, and windy. The shoreline is a rocky steppe that eventually levels out into a wide plateau. The bleak landscape is devoid of color. This is why Tengu meticulously groom their feathers to make them shine and lend some color to the world. The climate of the Isle is between 20-65 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the season. The central part of the isle is the most fertile area and is also where most of the bird people reside.However, out in the flats there live scattered tribes of Tengu. These tribes are very mysterious and little is known about them.

The Isle of Wind and Bone as mapped by Sigurd Amundson.

The Isle of Wind and Bone is made mostly of volcanic rocks. The wide flats are former lava flows. Although all these volcanoes are now dormant. Generations ago, the Isle was not as it is now. Where there is nothing but gray wastes, there once were tall trees and wide grasslands. Large terrestrial birds roamed the lands while the great birds ruled the skies. Now only a few examples still thrive including the predatory terror raptors, the majestic and godlike grand eagles, and the herbivorous varieties the Tengu still hunt for food.

Ages ago, before it was known as the Isle of Wind and Bone, the home of the Tengu was a paradise. Across the island, colossal, ancient, trees pierced the sky, surrounding a great volcano. The trees provided for the Tengu all that could be desired. From their mighty limbs bright, succulent fruits hung in abundance for all to enjoy. Their vast, chambered boles provided shelter from the elements and held pools of sweet nectar to quench thirst. It was this place, the land among the heavens, where the Tengu prospered. For the Tengu life among the trees was simple and untroubled. They had nothing to fear. Perched high in their kingdom, the ground below seemed like a figment. Days were spent pruning in the sun, feasting on fruit and nectar, and fluttering among the expansive of their paradise. Come nightfall many would rest with in the abundant boughs that dotted the trees, while others would sing soulfully amongst the starlit branches. It was truly a time of peace.

Among the many Tengu there was one who was more curious than the others. Rather than lazing about like his brethren he would often wander far and below, determined to see what mysteries lie below the treetops. This Tengu’s name was Pell. While no one can recall his true appearance, one feature was prominent: his piercing golden eyes, always looking down, towards the unknown. One day Pell set off on a grand excursion through the trees. His aim? To reach the roots no Tengu had dared to dream of. Had he known the outcome of his actions that day, perhaps he would have opted to celebrate with his friends. Perhaps not. He travelled for days on end, slowly scaling down the forest as the branches were far too thick to allow for flight. He pressed on and the ground slowly approaching. Finally the day had arrived, Pell became the first Tengu to ever set foot up the earth. Amongts the magnificent roots of his home was where he found a single wooden seed, buried just below the base of the tree. The sphere was like nothing he had ever encountered, deep and mysterious, thrumming with a strange energy. He hastily grabbed the seed and placed it in his pouch. That night Pell gazed at the sphere under the light of the stars, its mystique enthralling him. Hours passed like seconds, and soon the sun had risen. Pell had not even realized that he had been staring at the seed all night. The seed would remain at his side for the rest of his life. What Pell would never learn was that this wooden seed he had grown so curious of was an eye of Obellys.

As the weeks went by Pell began slowly became more and more attune to the energy emitted by the eye. Eventually he became able to unconsciously feel the presence of the eye. It wasn’t long after that Pell began to have visions. Each time, he would feel the continuous thrum of weaken, only for a moment. It was in these instants that Pell would see things. Instantaneous at first, he would see quick flashes of a great black mass. Sometimes he could perceive them as taking the form of a wing or a talon or a beak. These images would disappear as quickly as they came and would often leave Pell pondering their meaning. Pell continued to have these flashes for an entire year, until one day the sphere ceased to thrum entirely. And then Pell was plunged into darkness. When he came to, Pell was standing beneath a colossal bird. At first Pell thought that the bird was enveloping the sky due to its massive size, but upon further inspection he realized that the bird was the sky itself. Stars and galaxies shone upon its feathery surface. Beyond the form of the enormous bird there was absolutely nothing. It wasn’t before long that Pell realized this gargantuan bird was expanding, outward, each moment its form expanded further and further replacing the void with its awesome wings. Up to this point Pell had never shown the eye to any other Tengu. Pell’s vision blurred and he found himself standing at another scene: A horrific battlefield, Tengu pitted against Tengu, the bodies of his brethren strewn about, and above them all, a great black bird pecking at their soles as if it were seed.

Over the course of the year Pell continued to have these visions in which this giant bird would swallow the souls of the Tengu whole and expand in size. He surmised that it was feeding on the souls for strength and had taken to calling it the Great Devourer. For every death Pell witnessed, his heart sank and he became fearful. For the first time in his life Pell was terrified of the unknown and of death. At this point Pell had no interest in exploring, opting to stay safely within the boughs of the trees. Every waking moment, Pell’s golden eyes would flit back and forth, endlessly searching for what would cause his demise. Pell’s final vision was the death of a Tengu warrior, sprawled out on the the blood soaked ground, surrounded by haze of smoke and ash. Pell could barely make out the sound of the Tengu’s labored breathing over the roar of battle. As Pell watched, the suffering Tengu let out one final ragged gasp as his soul was snapped up by the great devourer. However, unlike countless times before, the great devourer did not expand. It shuddered and, pulling its massive wings inward, it regurgitated this Tengu’s soul onto the mortal plane, losing a piece of itself in the process. The soul, now enveloped in the essence of the great devourer settled onto the mortal plan in the shape of an egg, waiting to hatch. Pell had seen the path that he must take.

Pell abandoned his life of leisure in the trees and set off for the ground below. Before long he had become a master of the earth, hunting the terrorbirds that roamed the land for food and hewing away the flesh of his once beloved home to make his shelter. In this time Pell grew strong and his heart had steeled. He had finally gained the strength to save his people. Saddled with treasures from the ground and the muscle he had gained, Pell could no longer fly. With his newfound strength he reached the treetop with little effort. However once there he realized the height and frailty of the branches of the trees would not accommodate his weight and size for long. This place could no longer be his home. Even more determined now, Pell cawed out to his people, preaching of the wonders of the ground and all the bounties it offered.

Many of the Tengu were intrigued at the thought of this fanciful land but only a handful were willing to follow Pell at first. There were a number of Tengu who were willing to give Pell a chance. They believed they could simply return to the treetop if Pell’s lifestyle didn’t suit them. Pell refrained from revealing he had lost his ability to fly. As time passed Tengu continued to visit the ground, and some even chose to stay with Pell. As a result a new flock was born. They called themselves the Stone Talons and the original flock were now known as the Wind Wings. For a time life was prosperous and both flocks lived in quiet cooperation. But Pell knew that for the sake of his race, this peace could not last.

As the Stone Talons grew in size they continued to take more and more wood from the great forest. Eventually the Wind Wings began to notice and demanded the Stone Talons stop the deforestation. Pell couldn’t let this happen, he need his people to prosper and become strong. He offered an alternative: Join the Stone Talons on the ground and reunify their flocks as one. He argued that there was much more prosperity on the ground and that the resources were seemingly endless. The Wind Wings declined. Tensions rose between the two tribes as the Stone Talons prospered, trade dwindled and interactions between the flocks were hostile. It wasn’t long before violence broke out between the two tribes. The Wind Walkers, fed up with the deforestation, planned to lay in wait for the Stone Talons and ambush them from above. The goal was to drive the Stone Talons out of the area surrounding the forest and kill a few as a message. The Wind Wings had no idea how strong the Stone Talons had become. There were no survivors. Pell had learned of the attempted ambush and, pleased by how powerful his flock had become, but feared for his people if the ambushes continued. It wasn’t long before reached a decision: The Wind Wings would join the Stone Talons or they would have to perish. It wasn’t an easy choice, attacking his brethren, but he believed their continued resistance would doom them all. So Pell climbed to the Treetops one final time to issue his ultimatum. It wasn’t long before the war began. It was at this time that the Stone Talons came to be known as the War Wings.

The War Wings had one goal: convert or destroy any and all Wind Walkers. Pell believed this would be a simple enough task given that the Wind Walkers were much frailer and not accustomed to fighting. Unfortunately for Pell what the Wind Wings lacked in to strength they made up for in ingenuity and deceit. Ambushes from the air, poisoning of food and water, and even burning sections of their beloved forest to trap the War Wings, all of these tactics were employed by the Wind Walkers. Pell was taken aback at the ferocity and strength of will these Tengu had displayed. The War Wings and the Wind Walkers clashed over and over again, countless lives lost on both sides. All for the sake of maintaining their respective livelihoods.

This war would last decades, and eventually Pell grew old. But his golden eyes stayed sharp until his dying day. Driven by the unbending will, Pell was determined that he would save his people. He believed the only solution was to crush the Wind Walkers so that his people may live in unity and gather strength to defeat the god had seen so long ago. It was only near the end of his life that he realized that he was the one who had torn the Tengu apart, was the cause of the violent deaths that the eye of obellys had shown him. And he wept. There was only one one thing Pell could think to do. The Eye of Obellys was the catalyst for all of the pain he caused. With it Pell had condemned his people to a terrible fate. He would not allow that to happen again.

Pell climbed the summit of the great volcano, passing through the dead trees that had once surrounded it. The journey took all of Pell’s strength to complete, and this would be place of his death. Climbing higher and higher Pell reflected on the memories and dreams he had in his youth of a perfect unified world where everyone lived in harmony. He questioned whether he had been right to shatter the harmony of the original flock in defiance of spiteful god. Was there no such thing as a perfect existence? Should he have accepted his fate and lived peacefully among the trees, only to be swallowed into nothing? In the end it didn’t matter, for Pell knew his time in this world was coming to a close. He approached the rim of the volcano with the Eye in hand and took one long look at the war torn land he had created. Clutching the eye Pell leaped into the volcano, his last thoughts of the world he failed to create. As Pell turned to ash, something curious happened. The Eye started glowing and the volcano began to awaken. The earth began to shake as ash and fire exploded forth, blanket the ground and blotting out the sky. The warring Tengu fled the calamity and were scattered across the isle as a result. Smoke and fire filled the land for what felt like months. When the eruption had subsided, the world was desolate and covered in ash. War had ended and the result of the volcanic even had left a world filled with even greater struggles to be had. The surviving Tengu rose from their hiding places and attempted to rebuild, isolated from their brethren in small sects. This was the founding of the flocks that are known today. Pell created a world full of chaos, but what he left behind was the strength to survive.

[edit] Tengu Flocks

Talons The Talons are a flock who focus primarily on hunting. They are skilled in the uses of leather slings and can kill with a well placed stone to the temple. No prey item is safe from the terrestrial birds to those in the skies. They reside mostly on the Flats and have some cities on Cape Talon. They are reclusive creatures. They like to make flutes from the hallow bones of their prey. In the dark nights you can hear their music carried by the wind over the hills.

Hawkbeaks Hawkbeaks live in coastal dwellings along the eastern coast of the Isle. They have one major mecca in the jaws of Hawkbeak Bay. The only major building is a stone gladiator pit where young Hawkbeaks test their skills of war. From a young age they are taught how to fight using spear and knife. Once they reach manhood, Wind-Bearers of this tribe are given a hatchling terror raptor to raise. Once the raptor reaches adulthood itself it becomes a terrifying mount which Hawkbeaks ride into battle.

Divers Divers keep to the southern coasts and inlets. Divers are the most skilled fisherman, and are capable of holding their breath underwater for over 2 hours. They are masters of patience, often sitting beneath the waterline, in waist deep water, or atop a rock for unsuspecting victims. They often adorn themselves with driftwood and other items that wash ashore. Some carry overly decorated spears and poles adorned with trophys from kills.

Bright Feathers' As their name implies, these Tengu have the grandest plumage. Even though well endowed at birth, they still feel the need to highlight their superior grooming with fine gems, baubles, and bright colors. They can be found living in cave dwellings all throughout the mountains although they are most common on High Feather Point.

Broad Wings The Broad Wings are of smaller stature and have the ability to flutter for short distances. They are the remnants of the Wind Walker flock, that now attempt to draw the power of the great devourer through ritualstic sacrifice. Broad Wings concoct an ichor from the souls of their sacrifces and consume them for strength. This method has shown to bestow the Broad Wings incredible strength and has halucinogenic properties at the gradual cost of their sanity. Another method of soul consumption is cultivating plants using this soul ichor and consuming the seeds produced. The seeds grant less strength than the ichor, and are addictive, but prevent insanity. The Broad Wings are located in the only surving copse of needled poisonwood trees surving on the island.

Ash Hoppers The Ash Hoppers are a nomadic tribe originally formed by a group of Fourth caste Tengu. They actively adopt other Fourth outcasts into their ranks, providing a home and family for those who have never known one. The Ash Walkers are diverse in physique due to the varying tribal origins. One trait all Ash Hoppers do have is their feathers are strictly varying shades of gray and are often adorned with long ragged cloaks. The Ash Hoppers are very reclusive and deeply resentful of the other tribes and Tengu with with colored feathers.

Extinct: Wind Walkers The original tribe that consisted of all the Tengu during the pre-eruption era. They lived peacefully under the binding worship of Okah. The tribe was shattered in the war. Its descendents make up the Broad Wing tribe.

Extinct: War Wings Founded by Pel Sharpbeak and his followers, the War Wings are the forefather's of all the living tribes of Tengu, excluding the Broad Wings. They excelled in war and conquered much of the Isle . Since then, inner schisms and power struggles have divided them into the aforementioned tribes.

[edit] Theology

The Tengu have only one diety, The Devourer, an vast, ever-expanding being that resides in the sky. The Devourer sole purpose is to farm and consume the souls of the the Tengu, and to continue to grow in power and eventually consume all of existence. Tengu are capable of escaping this fate by consuming the souls of their defeated foes and strengthening their own spirits. Upon death, a powerful Tengu soul will not be swallowed by The Devourer and will instead be regurgitated back onto the mortal plane, to be reborn as a new Tengu, taking some of The Devourer's power with it. There are many Tengu who believe that a collective weakening of the The Devourer can be achieved by strengthening all of the Tengu as a whole, through Tengu unity, and eventually become immortal. Other Tengu believe that becoming powerful enough individually will allow them to consume the The Devourer and assume it's place as a deity. It is generally believed that The Devourer has been assumed by a number of different Tengu. Different flocks have different tales of potential Tengu who may have assumed the role of Devourer in the past. Some suspect that Pel is the current Devourer, while others believe that Pel's soul resides on the mortal plane, reincarnated as one of the current Tengu.

[edit] List of Known Tengu

Cyrano

Apteryx

Skreech

Rebel


[edit] Tengu trivia:


-When one Tengu defeats another in battle it is a common ritual to skin and wear their pelt to show their strength.

-Because of their love of their own feathers, a common punishment for breaking the law is to remove a number of feathers from the criminal based on the severity of the crime.

-Tengu take great stock in fertile land, natural beauty, vibrant feathers, and the bones of past enemies. So much that they will go to war to obtain them.

-In addition to feathers, bones are a highly valuable commodity in Tengu society. Value is based on shape, size, and hardness.

-All Tengu have a two part name. Their first name is a given name by their parents and their second name is a physical attribute unique to them. Some second name examples include: Long-Beak, Strong-Song, Loud-Screech, Sharp-Beak etc.

-When aroused, Tengu's legs turn red.

-Tengu feces makes a fine pancake batter.

- Tengu meat tastes like semen.

-Male Tengu beaks are a known aphrodisiac. If a beak is ground into a fine powder and consumed with tea or another liquid, it stimulates sexual prowess for hours on end. If the powder is consumed in a greater concentration (like inhaling) it can cause explosive results in the genitalia of the consumer (i.e. detachment in a rocket-like manner). Alternatively, a Female Tengu beak is an equally powerful laxative when consumed in a similar way. Again, if consumed improperly, the results are explosive causing complete intestinal ejection. The Tengu are hunted and prized for their beaks, though very few succeed.

[edit] Tips for being a Tengu

1. Always having your beak on, be it a painted nose or a mask

2. Garb should be flowy, layered, feathery garb. Designs with consecutive bird feather print and fringe that moves around alot is a good place to start. Having wings is A-OK, Just make sure they're on your arms and not on your back.

3. Making bird sounds: Do a throaty bird call, such as crow caws, or throaty screeches when accenting your speech or reacting to things. Carrying around a bird caller is also a good option

4. Strutting and Dances: Much like their bird counter parts Tengu war struts and mating dances really make us stand out, the flowing garb makes it easy and flashy. Hopping and broad stepping, kicking, and arm flapping are good mannerisms

  • 5. OPTIONAL: Preening movements hyperfocusing on appearance, carrying around a small mirror and checking your reflection for instance
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