Entry #051

The Avin Biology (part 2)

“A Brief Study of Avin Bodies #1”, author unknown (circa 1010 A.A.)

Speaking of beaks, they come in all shapes and sizes as varied as avin themselves. This may have hindered some individuals from consuming particular foods in the past, but thanks to modern dietary practices, virtually any edible food can be prepared for any avin to consume safely (more on this in a future entry). No teeth to chew our food, but thanks to our gizzards, there’s no need of them.

Our tail feathers are a mystifying thing. While they can keep our bodies balanced, they used to serve the much higher purpose of keeping our stability during flight. Without wings, that task is largely unaccomplished. Still, some avin have been able to stiffen and even expand their tails to a certain extent, but as time passes, this ability may completely disappear. The tails themselves may stick for far, far longer, however.

All of this is only scratching the surface that is the many, many eons of study. And yet for all we know about ourselves, the big mystery yet remains: how did we lose our wings? All attempts so far to find the answer have met a dead end. But perhaps someday, when science has advanced far enough, the mystery will finally be solved.

Addendum #2: While looking for an illustration to attach to this entry, I came around this old picture done sometime before the Kharun Invasion. It’s apparently the first in a series of academic studies, out of which many copies existed. This particular copy had the nether regions censored with crudely drawn underwear for some reason. Sadly, I couldn’t find any other copies nor any other studies from the series, so this one will have to do.

Addendum #3: Another interesting thing about the illustration. There’s an ident on the back written in the same alphabet that Windborn used in their documents. This suggests that these studies were made for Windborn scholars only and were not meant for the common avin to access. Perhaps the Windborn studied us from a whole different perspective? This could be the subject of a whole different entry, methinks.


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