Going a little outside the “classic” D&D racial box, this PC of the Month is an aarakocra ranger. The aarakocra have long been in monster manuals over the years. More recently, the 5th Edition of D&D has laid out details for the aarakocra to serve as player characters as well. For the 5E storyline, Elemental Evil, Wizards of the Coast has released a free PDF Player Companion, which adds aarakocras, deep gnomes, genasi, and goliaths to the list of PC races. For those unfamiliar with aarakorca, they are a race of birdfolk that sequester themselves in high mountains atop tall trees, although they truly hail from the Elemental Plane of Air. Aarakorca vary greatly in appearance in regard to their plummage. Males tend to be bright colors of red, orange, and yellow. Females on the other hand tend to be more subdued in colors, usually brown or gray. These feathered-folk not only share physical features with birds, but some mannerisms as well. They are rather fastidious about their appearance and can be easily entranced by shiny objects of beauty. They also prefer to be aloft high in the sky. Due to their ability to fly, aarakorca often find themselves serving as skilled scouts and explorers. As an aarakorca ranger, you’ll find that many will be lining up for your services, so take the skies and let adventure find you!
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