Your race is the heart of your character. It is who they are at their core. Their thoughts, feelings, and upbringing are influenced by their race. This week we’ll be taking a look into the races of D&D and how they shape your character. Today we’ll be talking about the Kenku.
The kenku are an oddity in d&d. As a result of their ancestors plotting against the god they served, all kenkus have lost 3 things: their wings, their voice, and most oddly their creativity. That’s right; these wingless crow people have no ability to create anything from their own minds. Stemming from this they have learned to mimic and copy other races’ work perfectly. They can make forgeries and even mimic other voices perfectly. This creates an interesting dynamic where the kenku must only communicate in terms he’s seen or heard before.
Kenku communicate using their mimicry trait, meaning they can copy voices and sounds to talk with others. This can lead to some quirky character acting. Just don’t try to actually imitate the noises in real life, as that could get annoying to the other players. You could instead use descriptions of the sounds you’re making. An example of this could be a saw cutting through wood to show that you’re tired. This is where your creativity can really brighten up the character.
If you want to play a cursed character with an interesting hook, the kenku may be the race for you! What character will you create? Will it be a kenku, or one of the other races that we’ve covered? Let me know in the comments below. Until then, keep those dice rolling high!