Often simply referred to as ‘Birdmen’, Kayden are a humanoid-avian hybrid race of average height and typical lean, slender build.
The origin of the Kayden race is assumed to stretch back to original formation of the Realms of Strife. Kayden are thought to be the descendants of those among the Third Creation that were heavily influenced by the Realm of Storms. In the early days this influence transformed the Substance of the bodies. None can say for sure if this process occurred gradually over several generations or if when the first Kayden opened their eyes upon their new home they had already transformed. Regardless the wings, claws and feathers became their defining features, making them more at home high in the sky than on the ground.
The Kayden’s ability to understand and wield Spiritual powers waned as time stretched on. Some believe that much of their innate spiritual power was lost, consumed in the transformation into their bird like form, but the influence of the Realm of Storms still lingers on in their species, particularly among the Druids of Vedren Roost.
In the native home of Kazan, a large island found within the continent of Norlanin, the coloring of a Kayden’s plumage identifies which Roost or clan they belong to. Most Roosts are very protective of their bloodlines and as such cross-breeding is uncommon, though not unheard of. Cross-breeding of Roosts can lead to a variety of rare and sometimes spectacular plumage coloring. They are typically a communal race, and deeply religious. Regardless of which patron god they or their roost may align themselves with, all Kayden revere the Sky in some form.
With keen senses and generally strong intuition, coupled with an aerial advantage over other races, Kayden make excellent archers. Despite being considered less intelligent and sometimes even savage by other races, they are well-known for their craftsmanship, which possesses a delicate and airy style that conceals considerable strength, not unlike their race itself. But perhaps the most well known export from the Kayden homeland is their liquor, widely regarded to be some of the strongest drink in all the land, making Kayden Brewmasters highly prized.
For more information on the Kayden Roosts see: The Great Roosts of Kazan
Age: Kayden youth mature and come into their full plumage in their late teens or early twenties. While the average Kayden male lives well into their second century, the females tend to outlive them by another fifty to a hundred years. In addition to their longer life spans, females remain fertile even into the twilight of their life. The most ancient and powerful matriarchs among them will often have many broods and are entrusted with ensuring the bloodline of their Roost remains pure.
Size: The Kayden are Medium sized creatures that generally stand somewhere between 5 and 6 feet tall, though while in flight their wings and talons can make them appear much taller. While their bones are known to be hollow, they are no less dense and it would be a grave mistake to assume their slender frames are fragile for they are anything but. Without their wings they typically weigh slightly less than humans but over all they are heavier, averaging between 150-250 pounds regardless of gender.
Physical Features: With the exception of the large feathered wings protruding from their shoulders, the majority of their features resemble those of humans. There are several distinct differences, one being that their feet resemble those of a bird of prey, including razor sharp talons, from the knee down. Their facial features are sharp and angular, giving them a bird like appearance without actually having a beak. In place of hair their heads are feathered, with those same feathers running down their neck, into their wings, and across their entire back, culminating in a short feathered tail. Despite having wings, they do possess standard humanoid arms and hands, allowing them to wield weapons in much the same way as other humanoid races, though their armor is somewhat modified to fit their form. Plumage and skin tones can vary from dull earth tones to extravagant bright colors but are typically common to the bloodline of the Roost to which they belong.
Affinity: Kayden have a racial affinity for Air magic (+5% Critical Cast Chance) as well as Kick attacks/Skills (+3% Critical Hit Chance)
Resistant to: Elemental (+5), Natural (+5)
Initial Gold: varies by class from 73.5 to 194.3
Affinity: Fire/Heat Spirit Powers (+5% Critical Hit Chance), Physical Melee attacks/skills (+3% Critical Hit Chance)
Resistant to: none
Affinity: All Faith Powers (+5% Critical Hit Chance)
Resistant to: Arcane (+10), Elemental (+10), Natural (+10)