The TrKaa are human-sized, feathered bipeds. They have a bony crest surrounding their beaks and eyes, and another, larger armor-like crest at the base of their long necks. Their heavy, strong legs have three forward-pointing toes, and presumably another toe in the back. Their plumage is varicolored, some having several bright colors and some fewer or muted. TrKaa are capable of swift flight when not carrying heavy loads, and their wings include hands -- three-fingered, with an opposable thumb -- at the joint before their flight feathers. They have three layers of feathers; the outermost feathers appear fluffy, but are rough in texture.
TrKaa are nest-builders, and reproduce by egg-laying. In Dumal, they are seen drinking nectar from tall glasses while gossiping at a bar.
History and CultureEdit
TrKaa live in groups called "wicks." Most TrKaa are isolationists. The few seen by humans are couriers, carrying messages for the thrill of being present for important events.(2) Those TrKaa who do mingle with humans are gregarious and excitable, always eager to share news and stories.
Among the few items TrKaa exchange with outsiders are Lucky Charms, colorful fringed necklaces woven of their own feathers. The charms are reputed to increase luck (and, when worn, do indeed affect instances of Gambling and Lockpicking), but are also valued because they are only bestowed as gifts of respect or appreciation.(4) It is also a custom for a TrKaa pleased at a joyman's joke or story to give him a feather to wear in his hat.
In Chapter 4, the Ravenne museum is planning an exhibit on TrKaa nestbuilding "next week."
When used in spell-making, TrKaa feathers hold a positive charge. In Chapter 9, a blue TrKaa feather is used in a spell to summon a Wraith.
TrKaa wicks figure in a lever-chest riddle: "Humans live in houses. Montari live underground. TrKaa don't live in candles, though, despite how it may sound."