The Aarakocra are bird like humanoids, artificially created during the height of the Empire using powerful magic. While vaguely similar to birds, Aarakocra also share humanoid features, walking upright on two legs. Most stand about five feet tall with a sleight build and have humanoid arms in addition to birdlike wings. Aarokocra are about as intelligent as a human, though many have a bird’s stereotypical lack of focus.

As each aarakocra was created from a unique bird egg, no two specimens are alike. Aarokocra created from an eagle’s egg might have a white head, a fierce beak and black plumage, while an individual created from an owl’s egg might have large eyes, a small beak and dense, mottled plumage.

Very few aarakocra remain in the world to this day. The original specimens matured within about three years, and very few of them lived beyond 30 years. This is no evidence to suggest that the aarakocra emerged as a true race, akin to the tieflings but there are stories about strange bird men that dwell in the mountains of Adra.

Aarakocra Traits

As an aarakocra, you have certain traits in common with your people. Being able to fly at high speed starting at 1st level is exceptionally effective in certain circumstances and exceedingly dangerous in others. As a result, playing an aarakocra requires special consideration by your DM.

Ability Score Increase. Your Dexterity score increases by 2, and your Wisdom score increases by 1.

Age. Aarakocra reach maturity by age 3. Compared to humans, aarakocra don’t usually live longer than 30 years.

Alignment. Most aarakocra are good and rarely choose sides when it comes to law and chaos. Tribal leaders and warriors might be lawful, while explorers and adventurers might tend toward chaotic.

Size. Aarakocra are about 5 feet tall. They have thin, lightweight bodies that weigh between 80 and 100 pounds. Your size is Medium.

Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.

Language. You can speak, read, and write Common, Aarakocra, and Auran.

You have a flying speed of 50 feet. To use this speed, you can’t be wearing medium or heavy armor.

You are proficient with your unarmed strikes, which deal 1d4 slashing damage on a hit.

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