Description: Tjiban is a Skyborn Tengu, his arms adorned with nearly-functional flight feathers that give him a look of wearing a cape at all times. His black plumage shines with purple highlights, and he has a prominent ruff below his beak. An unusual set of black leather armor, formed of long wide strips, hangs from a shawl-like collar, with gaps for his wings.
Origin: Tjiban grew up in a small nomadic tribe of Tengu, Gnomes, and Halflings, an unusual community that split its time between the wild lands and the towns and villages, and occasionally, a city. One evening in the forested mountains, a violent storm struck and tore down many tents. As folk scrambled for cover, a bolt of lightning struck a tree Tjiban was sheltering under, but he was unharmed. The next morning, a local druid approached the people busy repairing their encampment and announced that one of their number had been called to service. Well, Tjiban's family weren't too sure about this strange wild fellow, but Tjiban himself had felt the call and knew where his path lay. He helped rebuild, but then made his farewells, assuring his folk that their paths were sure to cross again. His mentor helped him fashion a staff out of the charred trunk of the lightning-struck tree, taught him the ways of calling upon Nature's magic. Gathering seeds from the stricken tree, Tjiban began his new journey.