High in the mountains, the Anarach is a bird-like race that keeps pretty much to themselves. They build their communities in the cliffs overlooking the world and suffer from extreme claustrophobia when they cannot see the sky. Their powerful wings are extensions of their arms and are primarily used for gliding. Although they can reach great altitudes by flying, they tend to glide by riding various thermals with the massive wings outstretched.
The community of the Anarach is very similar to many communities where there is a central meeting aerie that all of them can congregate. Usually, it is carved as a bowl near a mountain top with perches carved into the rocks. Once a month, they assemble a congregation to talk about the things that need to be done to help the community. Most of the topics are about which parts of the village is in need of repair, who should do the repairs, if there are any outstanding problems between the members of the village, and if anyone has seen any potential and long-term threats to the village.
The interesting part of the Anarach village is that there are no leaders or main council heads. The village works on a democratic idea that everyone, young or old, has a voice and can speak their mind. This sometimes leads to trouble and disagreements but every member of the village agrees (whether they agree with the decision) to abide by the majority thought. Those who do not, eventually, get frustrated and leave the village to start their own community.
When working with the Anarachs, people get the feeling that, for the most part, they don’t make any major decisions without the voice of the community. The younger ones will tend to do this with all decisions and, as they get older, they’ll learn what should be brought before the village and what can be decided on their own. So, the younger ones tend to not be very confident and decisive.
Once the decision has been made, though, it is very difficult to change their mind; even when there is new information that may impact their current plan. This tends to lead them into situations that they cannot back out of. However, their fixation on the path and decision that has been made and approved by the community will always force them to continue on.
The primary attack for the Anarach is a sweeping dive with a slashing weapon. Since the end of their wings end up with hand-like appendages, they tend to carry small knives or other forms of slicing weapons. During combat, they will glide down towards an opponent with the sun behind their back and then, at the last moment, fly upwards and slicing with the weapon. This provides for an extremely powerful strike as they gain significant power through the arcing motion of the flight.
If, for some reason, they are brought down to the ground, they can defend easily with the weapons but they are not really effective against strong or agile warriors. Most of the time, they will try to fly away or, if other Anarachs spot them, they can be carried off by other Anarachs. This is extremely difficult and tiring so they would not be able to go very far (around 1 or 2 miles).
Image Size: 11” wide x 14” tall
Original Pencil Drawing on Bristol Paper
Signed by Doug Hoppes (artist)
Provided with separate Bainbridge Clay Coated Archival Foam Board (1/8” thickness)