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The Falconians are a race of large winged, bipedal, endothermic (warm-blooded), vertebrate sentients that lay eggs and exhibit sexual dimorphism, having an aggressive male and social female gender. Therefore, to most Terran scientists they are a type of "bird people" and often classified together with other sentients with the same characteristics who have no genetic ties to the naturally evolved species of Falconia.

The primary distinction within the Falconians lies between the native clans and the outcast noble houses. The former are insular, traditionalist, territorial and xenophobic whereas the latter are inquisitive, mercantile, tolerant of other cultures and species and highly adaptive to alien environments.

More about the Falconians:

Ecology  [Recruit]

There are hundreds of distinctive sub-species of Falconians inhabitating every type of terrain from the top of the mountains through the lush forests, deep in the equatorial jungle, up into the arctic tundra and even more in the cultivated hunting grounds of the clans themselves.

Falconians categorize themselves into clans and houses based on the primary physical characteristics of size, feathers, plummage and scales. There is a great variety in all four axis with most flocks (clans / houses) having certain characteristics that distinguishes them from others. For example, Ravens are small (3'-5') and black feathered whereas Magpies are equally small but have black and white feathers whilst Peacocks are notable for their colorful plummage.

Whilst all subspecies can interbreed and do so, the fate of the young is often determined by whether they fit within a flock's distinctive look. More civilized clans and most noble houses, will simply exile chicklets who do not whilst more barbaric clans and notably the Vulture house are known to kill and even eat the young of other clans who turn up in their aviaries.

All Falconians are carnivorous hunters who prey primarily on small mammals or lesser, non-sentient birds. Many traditionalists will only hunt in the wild forests, tundra or jungles whilst the cultivated regions of the homeworld are home to a large range of wild animals where regular hunting occurs by more modern clans. Such territory is jealously guarded by each clan but with the migratory nature of some clans this often results in long lasting fueds and wars that stretch across generations.

Culture  [Recruit]

All Falconians organize in flocks, whether that is native clans or noble houses, who are made of Falconians of similar parenting or physical appearance, a shared outlook on the universe and social temperament. Each flock has its own rules on what it will accept within its ranks, how it will deal with intruders and how the structure of the flock is determined.

What they all have in common, however, is they are free to fly in the Allsky, to sing the Falconian Song and pure in what they consume in body and spirit.

Freedom: No sentient cares more about freedom than a Falconian and whilst great savagery may be inflicted on another through claws, talons or technological weapons, no Falconian will ever consider the caging or enslavement of another sentient. Even the concept of farming livestock sits uncomfortably in the Falconian's mind: food is to roam free, in natural environments, until it is hunted and eaten. The greatest punishment that can be given by a house / clan against one of its own is to have his wings clipped. Such a fate is worse than death itself and reserved for the most grevious of crimes.

The Song: The Falconian Song evolved from the territorial chirping common to most territorial, predatory birds but has over time evolved into a rich language with such subtlety and information density that few species can comprehend it. Whilst there is a great deal of variety in form and meaning amongst houses, whether it is the dark grumbling of the Vultures or the sweet fevered pitches of the Magpies, they share a common lexicon and semantic rubrick that allows extremely detailed transmission of spatial and technical information in emotional verses of combined music and poetry. The harmonics of the Song are rich, detailed and often filled with "junk" semiotics that add nothing apparantly meaningful to the discussion which often means technical translations result in accusations that some Falconians are prone to waffling.

Purity in Body and Spirit: Falconians are close to the Great Mother (the earth) and the Allsky (the sky) which guides even the most sophisticated Falconians spiritual journey through the physical realms. As such, all Falconians follow traditional practices as best as they can even when stationed in space or on alien worlds. This means primarily eating fresh killed meat (or well preserved meat that was killed in the traditional way) and letting no other foreign substance pass their beaks (ie. no alcohol, drugs etc). The Falconians are very firm believers that they are what they consume and a healthy, free body is the key to a healthy mind and the path of their life is a spiritual journey until they become part of the Great Mother again.

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