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|Alignment||Usually Neutral Evil|
|Source books||Monster Manual III, Creatures of Rokugan, Fortunes and Winds, 1E Fiend Folio, Monstrous Manual, Dragon #329 (ecology of), Black Spine|
The kenku appears in the game's fourth edition in Monster Manual 2 (2009).
Typical physical characteristics
Kenku are depicted as hawk or crow like humanoids with wings capable of flight and human like arms, with talons in place of feet. In later editions, kenku lack wings. Kenku are covered in russet-brown feathers and have black beaks, but have a relatively humanoid build. Though more agile than humans, they tend to be physically weaker as well. They have yellow eyes in 2nd edition, or small black beady eyes in subsequent editions. They are light for their size due to their hollow bones. They are between five and seven feet in height and weigh roughly 75 pounds (32 kilos).
Kenku commonly wear brown robes held in place by sashes of the same color. Kenku often conceal weapons beneath these robes.
In 1st and 2nd Editions, Kenku were neutral. In D&D 3.5 they are usually neutral evil. In 4th Edition, they are Unaligned. In 5th edition they are chaotic neutral.
Kenku typically work as gangs in large cities, where they gather riches through theft and robbery. They are not particularly strong, and therefore tend to use cunning rather than force.
- Quorlinn is the kenku deity of trickery, disguise, and thievery. His symbol is a mask with a large false nose. Quorlinn was first detailed in the book Monster Mythology (1992), including details about his priesthood. Quorlinn appears as a typical kenku wearing a black mask and fairly nondescript clothing. Quorlinn is a likable, roguish trickster. He has a tinge of malice about him at times, but he has also aided races other than his own. He spends much of his time whining about the responsibilities imposed upon him by a race he did not choose to have created in his image.
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- Cook, David, et al. Monstrous Compendium Volume Two (TSR, 1989)
- Stewart, Doug, ed. Monstrous Manual (TSR, 1993)
- Burlew, Rich, et al. Monster Manual III (Wizards of the Coast, 2004)
- Cagle, Eric. "Ecology of the Kenku." Dragon #329 (Paizo Publishing, 2005)
- Haener, Timothy J. "The Forsaken Arch." Dungeon #120. Bellevue, WA: Paizo Publishing, 2005
- Sargent, Carl. Monster Mythology (TSR, 1992)
- Sargent, Carl. From the Ashes, p. 42. Lake Geneva, WI: TSR, 1992