Avian Shape ShifterAge:
In human form carries a long dagger, that could be mistaken for a short, thin sword, and a short bow. In her avian forms, relies purely on talons and beak. Powers:
Can change form into practically anything that has feathers and wings. She finds it harder to shift into smaller bird forms, however, and generally prefers birds of prey. Her favourite forms are the Golden Eagle
, Arctic Owl
. The latter of these is the smallest form she can assume comfortably.Abilities:
Flight, obviously. Can see movement at well over a mile. Is able to hit a moving target the size of a rabbit with her bow at that distance if, and only if, the arrow is fletched with one of her own feathers, otherwise, she is merely a good shot. Anything she eats in her avian form will sustain her for the same time in her human form as it would if she were a bird. Has one special magical ability - if she part-changes and plucks a feather from herself, that feather can be sharpened into a magical quill pen. Anything written with it will be legible only to herself or someone who is holding one of her feathers.Appearance:
In human form, she has blonde hair that falls mid way down her back. Her face is oval, her eyes are grey and her nose is somewhat aquiline. She stands 5' tall in her bare feet, but weighs a mere 60 lbs, due to having hollow bones!Image 1
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The race of bird people were not shape shifters, and they occupied a number of cities in the highest mountains, most of their cities were at the tops of unassailable crags. They survived the Divine War by mostly not getting involved, but simply defending themselves.
In the intervening period, the bird people let their guard down somewhat and relaxed their defences, and then about 150 years ago they were unexpectedly attacked by a combined army of winged demons, dragons, vampires, goblins and humans riding giant bats.
They were overwhelmed. Many were killed, most of the survivors were taken captive. Only a few remained free, Carmine's grandmother amongst them. But she was raped by an evil wizard. The egg she laid contained a perfectly normal baby bird, but as the chick grew, she began to experience strange dreams and omens, mostly involving the total destruction of the few survivors. She tried to persuade them to leave the mountain crater where they had taken refuge from the invasion and lived ever since, but they were too afraid to do so and pointed out that her insisting that they leave might be the very cause of their demise.
Carmine's mother left on her own, and made her home among the forest Elves, who saw the magical potential in her and gave her a gift, a daughter who would be able to blend in with humans and birds, taking the magic from the wizard, the elves concentrated it into a single egg which the mother hatched out dutifully, to find a human baby within. She rejected the child in horror, and flew away.
Carmine was raised by the elves, taught to use a bow and to use her abilities and powers, discovering that she could change shape into almost any species of bird, and not just the eagle-like people that she was descended from. When she was 14, she learned that the mysterious hidden kingdom was once again revealed. Many magical folk were heading there, and so Carmine determined to travel North to the kingdom. When she was 18 she set off on the long, perilous journey, arriving some four years later.