Entry #051

The Avin Biology (part 1)

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

Now that I’ve gone through all of the social and historical accomplishments of our species, let’s talk about our biology. As living and breathing creatures, we are quite the fascinating species. Now I am no biologist of any kind, so don’t expect an intensive study of any sort. Instead, I’ll stick with a summary of what are, in this Lorekeep’s opinion, our most relevant features. That said, be advised this entry will be particularly lengthy.

Let’s start with the fact that the avin body is athletically gifted by nature. By the time we reach maturity, our bodies are perfectly adequate to perform incredible feats, mainly those involving our lower halves, such as long-distance leaps or lengthy sprints. Most studies suggest that our legs have been strong even since the Ancient Days, perhaps as means to compensate for the heavy use of our upper strength for flying.

Addendum #1: that’s not to say that all avin are suited to perform any of these feats by default. One has to consider their age, nutrition and exercise habits. Improper care of one’s body can hinder it, while proper care and training can enhance it. Common sense, I know, but I had to mention it.

Our talons are quite the nifty tool too. Naturally resistant, they allow us to prescient from footgear. They have enough dexterity to manipulate objects and specially-made tools. This may have been particularly useful in mid-flight. Now that we’re earthbound, the employment of our hands for nearly every task has been vastly favored, although some continue using their talons occasionally, such as for combat use.

Now let’s talk upper body. While not as glamorous, it is also noteworthy on its own. Our arms, while not as capable as our legs, remain strong even when we no longer need them to flap our wings. Our necks also remain resistant to any impact caused by pecking, although such habit has long gone out of fashion and is even considered uncivilized by today’s culture.