Tengu
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Tengu originate from the Deino Region and the Varen Rainforest. A large population of them over the years have moved to the nation of Rylarth

Physical Description: Tengu are bird-like humanoids with a passing resemblance to crows, possessing feathers, beaks, and taloned hands and feet. Feathers are typically black, although a few Tengu are born with white feathers and feathers typically fade to grey as the Tengu approaches old or venerable ages. Tengu stand about five feet tall, weighing close to a hundred pounds, with the male Tengu being slightly heavier than the female.

Tengu beaks are long, sharp and most frequently as black their feathers (though yellow beaks, or yellow flecked beaks, are not uncommon, especially in tengu youth). Tengu hands and feet are hard talons, with strong grips, and a similar coloration to their beaks. Despite any physiological differences, like most other intelligent races, Tengu hands have thumbs, and their toes are all forward facing. A few Tengu are born with vestigial wings, that although are never strong enough for flight, are considered a good omen.

Society: Tengu are naturally a mountain race, dwelling in villages built in high, rocky places. Farming is poor in these regions, but the primarily carnivorous Tengu raise goats or boars and hunt the wild beasts that live in the mountains. Often, a Tengu town will have a small mine and smelter that provides iron, copper and bronze depending on what ores are available. Much of a Tengu's time is spent in training and personal meditation. Leisure activities include poetry, calligraphy, fishing, pottery, embroidery, painting and the arranging of rocks. There are, in some human cities, enclaves of Tengu who, having left their mountain villages, seek a new way of life. City-Tengu build their communities in high buildings, maintaining a similar social structure to those found in the mountains.

Although Tengu are a very individualistic race, they enjoy the companionship of others and understand the benefits of a strong community. Each Tengu is a law unto himself, bound only by his own conscience and sense of honor. However, there is a clear hierarchy in Tengu society, defined by the master-student relationship, with each student giving respect to his teacher and his teacher's teacher. Tengu children respect their parents as their first teachers, and in turn also respect the parents' masters.

The standing of a Tengu in their community determines where they dwell. The higher the social standing the higher up, whether in a building or further upslope, the Tengu dwells. The greatest Tengu, the daitengu, dwell above all, high atop the mountain, and each Tengu mountain has a single daitengu, an immortal guardian who lives until a new daitengu arises from among the students to take his place atop the mountain.

Relations: Tengu seldom judge races as a whole, preferring to allow each individual to stand, or fall, according to his or her own actions. This is not to say Tengu are foolish in their interactions or overly trusting. Tengu regard most non-Tengu with some caution and suspicion until they know them well enough to trust them. However, the caution and suspicion is usually not of a hostile nature and Tengu typically allow people a chance to prove themselves one way or another. For this reason Tengu often begin new relationships by testing the worthiness of an individual.

Tengu cannot stand foolishness, corruption and pride in other races and will sometimes go out of their way to make examples of those they find particularly grating. Tengu are often willing to aid noble endeavors which appeal to their sense of adventure.

Tengu are closest to the Gilarsh, trading with them: metal mined in the mountains in exchange for fabric and goods from their forest and Jungle homes. The two races have much in common, philosophically and historically.

Like the Gilarsh they have accepted the Nil Dajara and try to guide young brood mothers whenever they have the opportunity to do so.

Alignment and Religion: Racially, Tengu try to avoid labeling individual choices as good or evil, right or wrong, believing that each individual must decide these things for himself or herself. What is good for one individual may be harmful for another. While this may be viewed as neutrality in the great issues of life, Tengu do not see it that way. Tengu believe in being proactive in those matters of personal importance to oneself. Others may make different choices than the ones we would make, but so long as their choices do not affect us, who are we to demand they conform to our desires? Every individual walks his own path.

Tengu religion has no founder, no idols and no dogmas. While Tengu honor the Gods as older brothers in the world, they believe true power comes from enlightenment and know that enlightenment cannot be forced upon another. The higher powers are not kings to be served; they are teachers to be respected. Tengu also know this truth: any teacher, whether Tengu or God, no matter how skilled or powerful, can only instruct. The student must realize the truth of the lesson of his own accord. As the path to enlightenment differs from soul to soul, the wise teacher uses lessons most appropriate to the student. Students must be attentive, but they cannot rely on their teachers to do the learning for them.

Honor is an important concept to the Tengu, and they claim that it was Tengu who taught humans what honor was, although Tengu believe that humans have twisted honor to mean loyalty to others. Tengu honor is defined as loyalty to self. If we cannot be true to our own selves, how then can we be true to others? Tengu are shamed by those actions which make them less and take pride when they excel. The exact manner by which a Tengu pursues personal honor differs from one Tengu to another. Enlightenment cannot be achieved by those who cannot recognize their own weaknesses and who give in to every covetous craving. The path of the daitengu is the path of self-mastery. That is not to say that there are no selfish Tengu or Tengu with overwhelming false-pride, but these Tengu are not respected and are instead pitied for their inability to recognize their weaknesses.

Adventurers:Tengu often become adventurers when their teachers send them on a mission. Still others, perhaps coming from a less formal training situation, leave on their own, driven by a craving for excitement and a natural longing to roam. This longing is present in most Tengu of a certain age, though most of them lose the impulse when they reach middle age. Most Tengu are known to be Druids or rangers.

Female Names: Aikio, Cheetchu, Kankai, Mikacha, Zhanyae
Male Names: Chuko, Pezzack, Taicho, Tchoyoitu, Xaikon

All Tengus are humanoids with the Tengu subtype. They have the following racial traits.

Racial Benefits
+2 Dexterity, +2 Wisdom, –2 Constitution: Tengus are fast and observant, but relatively fragile and delicate.
Medium: Tengus are Medium creatures and have no bonuses or penalties due to their size.
Normal Speed: Tengus have a base speed of 30 feet.
Type: Tengus are humanoids with the Tengu subtype.
Low-Light Vision (Ex): Tengu can see twice as far as humans in conditions of dim light.
Sneaky (Ex): Tengus gain a +2 racial bonus on Perception and Stealth.
Gifted Linguist (Ex): Tengu gain a +4 racial bonus on Linguistics checks, and learn two languages each time they gain a rank in Linguistics instead of just a single language.
Exotic Weapon Training: Tengu are trained in exotic weaponry. Such Tengu choose a number of Exotic weapons equal to 3 + their Intelligence bonus, and gain proficiency with these weapons. firearms are NOT considered a exotic weapon
Languages: Tengu begin play speaking Common and Aklo. Tengu with high Intelligence scores can choose any language as a bonus language (except Druidic). See the Linguistics skill page for more information about these languages. The bonus languages are not retroactive if you increase your Intelligence score.

Adult Middle Age Old Venerable Maximum Age
18 years 35 years 53 years 70 years 90 years

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Gender Height Weight
Male 4'5 - 5' 6 92 - 114 lbs.
Female 4'5 - 5' 6 72 - 94 lbs.
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