Blue Beak is a Tengu, an avian humanoid whose features strongly resemble that of a crow. He has a broad beak, and both his arms and legs end in powerful talons. Though he is unable to fly, blue-black iridescent feathers cover his body. His beak is ink black and dyed with blue tribal ornamentation. His eyes are a radiant golden The skin on his talons are a pale yellow, fading to black under his feathers and ending in sharp black claws. He stands five and a half feet tall, towering for one of his race. His build is slight and agile (114 lbs).
Most of his race have a hunch to their posture, and Blue Beak regularly assumes this bearing, for it makes him seem less intimidating. When he is in a social situation where the slump would be inappropriate, he stands fully upright. Also, when in combat, or particularly when trying to cow another, he seems to grow to an even more intimidating height, and his feathers ruffle and his plumage puffs out.
His eyes sit slightly back and to the sides of his head, giving him binocular vision with a slightly more panoramic field of view than other humanoids. Like many avians, tengus have hollow bones and reproduce by laying eggs.
Blue Beak wears the traditional clothing of Kaidan, loose fitting robes appropriate to his station as a solicitor and ambassador. These robes cover Kaidanese Manchira armor, a leather wrap studded with ornamental rivets. He carries a seven-branched sword on his back, and a katana at his side, as well as other, more unusual looking exotic weaponry. Otherwise, he is simply yet nicely dressed; he is cleanly and comports himself with calm dignity.
Blue Beak, whose Tengu name is Bitaamakiko, is originally from the far-away and legendary island of Kaidan. He was hatched to devoted and loving parents who saw great potential in their son. When he was but a boy, a miraculous event occurred. His family home In the Oniba province, near Mount Onibashi, was approached by the local daitengu. Daitengu Fuumkuu was an immortal guardian who presided over and provided guidance over three local villages. She traveled from her high place atop the mountain to seek out Bitaamakiko’s parents, taking the seven-year-old boy away from his family forever. This was one of the highest honors that could befall a family, and although Blue Beak has never seen his family since, he is sure that their honor had raised their status on the earthly realm as well as in the heavenly realm.
The Daitengu took him to a distant yamabushi monastery where he learned his art and skill from the monks, knowing all the while his life was meaningful, and that he would some day fulfill a great destiny. He trained not as a Yamabushi, however, but as a Sekko Kumade (a Tengu rogue class, focussing on a flashy, almost arrogant style of martial combat (rake), providing no training regarding traps as would he have been, were he a typical western rogue). He was also instructed socially and spiritually, and was also trained in Ninjitsu, which preaches surprise attacks, stealth, and a cerebral approach to all situations and a high level of discipline. Finally, his instruction concluded with a thorough inculcation in the diplomatic arts, for it would be as a Solicitor and negotiator that would provide him reasonable cover behind which he would carry out his mission. Daitengu Fuumkuu knew, all those years ago, that Bitaamakiko, or Blue Beak as he would be called by the Gaijin, was predestined to aid on a quest that would ultimately save the realm of Kaidan itself. He’d join with the legendary Sonoda Kumori, who’d been sent to outside world, a cruel foreign and barbaric place full of terrible and ignorant Gaijin, to bring back the means to right the corrupted wheel of destiny, and overthrow a despotic and evil undead ruling class.
Before Bitaamakiko departed the monastery, he was given a ceremony to bless his journey. The monks presented Bitaamakiko with a treasured gift, an artifact possessed by nearly every monastery, yet which only rare Tengu themselves were allowed to carry. This Tengu Drinking Jug is held in reverence still, and Blue Beak enjoys the beverages of his homeland to this day: Plum wine and Saki, whichever he chooses. Or, of course water if he is in need.
SQExotic Weapon Training: Trained in exotic weaponry, eastern weapons equal to 3 + their Intelligence bonus (Sword, seven-branched, Katana, Tekko-kagi (iron claw), Kyoketsu shoge). This racial trait replaces sword trained; Sneaky: Tengus gain a +2 racial bonus on Perception and Stealth checks; Gifted Linguist: Tengus gain a +4 racial bonus on Linguistics checks, and learn 2 languages each time they gain a rank in Linguistics rather than 1 language; Combat Trick: Gains a bonus combat feat: Stand Still ; Natural Weapon: A tengu has a bite attack that deals 1d3 points of damage; Evasion; Rake’s Smile: +1 Bluff/Diplomacy per 3 levels. Offensive Defense (Ex): When a rogue with this talent hits a creature with a melee attack that deals sneak attack damage, the rogue gains a +1 dodge bonus to AC for each sneak attack die rolled for 1 round; Aura (good), Channel Energy 1d8 4x/day, Domains: Air (Lightning Arc (Sp)), Healing (Rebuke Death (Sp)), Lore (Ex), Orisons.
Background Diplomat (Gain Persuasive Feat, +1 Diplomacy, gain Knowledge (Nobility and Royalty)
TraitsCoincunning Benefit: You receive a +2 trait bonus on Perception checks to notice coins, gems, jewelry, and valuable trade goods. You gain a chance to notice such goods whenever you pass within 10 feet of them, whether or not you are actively looking. Reactionary: Benefit: You gain a +2 trait bonus on Initiative checks.