Re: Iqari

From: Lawrence Whitaker <lawrence.whitaker_at_B24YcxoVp_3YXVT6s3_4ibH_ThNsG5sSUAGdS5CakyH2x28rRzOm3fiOdD>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 10:04:35 -0500

They're eagle-headed, winged, with the upper torso of a human and lower torso of a modified eagle.

Just as a sampler, here's the write-up for RQ6.

A humanoid race with the head, wings and lower body of a giant raptor (eagle is the most common, but there are also hawk, owl, kestrel and osprey species), and the upper body of a human, iqari dwell in the high places of the world: mountains and hills surrounded by open pastures and deep valleys. They shun contact with most other sapient races although it has been known for certain iqari, deemed mad by their kin, to seek-out social contact with others.

Iqari are fierce and tenacious hunters, patrolling the skies above their territories in search of prey that can either be carried back to the eyries or killed and butchered in-situ with meat then being returned. Iqari hunters always carry the tools requisite for the job: a hunting spear, flint knives (occasionally metal) and sacks for carrying their spoils. Favoured prey are mammals of most sizes, but iqari shy away from attacking anything too large because, even with superior numbers, butchering and carrying away the remains would take too long and leave the hunting pack exposed.

Iqari are intelligent and social amongst their own kind. An eyrie consists of up to six or seven iqari (parents and young) with many eyries clustered together forming a settlement. They worship the spirits of the air and mountains and iqari shaman can be powerful animists able to channel and harness both the great ancestor spirits and the spirits of the hunt and the winds. Their language is a complex amalgam of squawks, chitters, head movements, hand and wing gestures. They are incapable of speaking human tongues but can understand them and use sign language to communicate back. However, given their private nature opportunities for encountering an iqari capable of understand human language is rare.

They have few natural enemies, although there is competition between iqari, griffins and hippogriffs for hunting territories. This can result in spectacular and bloody aerial battles, but it can also result in a certain degree of demarcation and co-operation. Iqari have been seen riding tamed griffins and hippogriffs and herding such. It is likely, therefore, that territorial battles do not always end in complete slaughter, but in compromise. Indeed, iqari have very high standards of personal honour. A worthy sapient foe will be allowed to live to fight another day, and if the opponent was truly worthy of respect, the iqari warrior may gift it with a wing feather the highest honour these creatures can bestow. The one creature iqari will aim to slaughter are harpies. These airborn hags are the complete reverse of iqari and the birdmen show little mercy when harpies stray into their regions.

On 27 February 2012 09:57, giannieanna <> wrote:

> **
> They're different from Wind Children, then. Would Iqari have both arms and
> wings, or only wings?
> cheers
> G.

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