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{Makani} Frequently Asked Questions

NIAH

The Character Collector
Retired Staff
#1
Ask and ye shall receive!

Birds are more or less immune to capsaicin - they don't taste it as hot (Capsaicin has no negative effects their taste receptors). How do the Makani function when presented with spicy spicy things?
Bring on the heat. Relatively speaking, since like you say, birds have little problem with capsacin. They're going to win all the hot pepper challenges.

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Michcat

i'm the wench if you're the cake ;)
Retired Council Member
#2
Birds are more or less immune to capsaicin - they don't taste it as hot (Capsaicin has no negative effects their taste receptors). How do the Makani function when presented with spicy spicy things?
 

NIAH

The Character Collector
Retired Staff
#3
Birds are more or less immune to capsaicin - they don't taste it as hot (Capsaicin has no negative effects their taste receptors). How do the Makani function when presented with spicy spicy things?



Bring on the heat. Relatively speaking, since like you say, birds have little problem with capsacin. They're going to win all the hot pepper challenges.

"Can I make a chicken makani? Do they eat chicken?"

Someone asked Warwolf and Warwolf asked me. So-

Makani are avian, but they are not a bird. It's like saying can I make my human be chimpanzee or ape based. It's really just a matter of feather colors. I get that asking to make a chicken is probably something cheeky, but there are hundreds of chicken breeds and some have Po colors and some have YaVei colors. Using bird refs is a good way to show colors, but using a chicken reference doesn't mean you've made a talking chicken. It just means you have a makani with a certain set of colors. You could say you're making a penguin makani, but you've really just made a black feathered Po with a white stomach.

As well, yes they can eat chicken. Their small island and their people are no stranger to famine and starvation. They will eat what they need to survive, provided it won't kill them. :)

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"How would a makani react to a gryphon in Groundling captivity?"

The gryphons are seen as guardians that kept the groundlings at bay, but also temperamental creatures that had no qualms with attacking makani as well. They are dangerous brethern, especially since the concept beyond A'keiyah is that they were the ones not ripped apart by gryphons at birth. The gryphons are a necessary danger that the YaVei proctected their people from when the beasts were temperamental, but also fed and managed to try and keep happy.

A makani would react in a way that is specific to that character, I'd imagine. Some makani are probably afraid of the gryphon if they are not Yavei. Some makani probably see it as an insult to their brethren to cage it. It would just depend on their opinion on the creatures.

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"Do they know what beds are?"

Yes. Their 'roosts' are literally just communal houses. Several large, soft pallets made of various materials. They'll sleep on their side or stomachs.

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Keep the questions coming as you have them. :) It's hard to answer FAQ's if folks don't ask them.
 
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Baron

Sovereign
Retired Staff
#4
How does a Makani sleep on its side with them big wings? Seems like they'd be more apt to sleep in a forward reclined sitting position so their wings could drape down, or in a backward reclined one so they could rest against the wings.
 

NIAH

The Character Collector
Retired Staff
#5
How does a Makani sleep on its side with them big wings? Seems like they'd be more apt to sleep in a forward reclined sitting position so their wings could drape down, or in a backward reclined one so they could rest against the wings.
See these three lpictures for wing mobility refs. (I know I said I did not want to make angels, but when planning for wing physiology, sometimes you have to use angel refs... *swet*)





 
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NIAH

The Character Collector
Retired Staff
#6
"Can they cry?"


They have the very large stationary eyes, with a third eyelid that blinks across. The human concept of crying, with emotional tears, isn't something they can do. Their tear ducts are mostly used for keeping their eyes moist with the eyelid blinks across. They can however vocally cry out, and feel the same emotions. It's one of the challenges of a race with extremely limited facial capabilities.
 

Legendary Fiction

It took a lot to get here
#7
When is the Bright Moon? Is it considered the full moon, or is it similar to when the moon is closest to the world, and therefore larger? How will the Bright Moon be timed in a world that has weird timelines/wibbly wobbly?
 

NIAH

The Character Collector
Retired Staff
#8
When is the Bright Moon? Is it considered the full moon, or is it similar to when the moon is closest to the world, and therefore larger? How will the Bright Moon be timed in a world that has weird timelines/wibbly wobbly?
Bright Moon is the full moon. Though, it's not a very bright moon sort of time since it's now a purple moon every day.
 

Narvendel

Lord of Altera
#9
Do Makani react in the same way as their more avian cousins to theobromine, the toxic part of chocolate? That is to say, do Makani also have a low tolerance due to a lack of adaptation in digesting it well?
 

NIAH

The Character Collector
Retired Staff
#10
Do Makani react in the same way as their more avian cousins to theobromine, the toxic part of chocolate? That is to say, do Makani also have a low tolerance due to a lack of adaptation in digesting it well?
They react badly to the vegetables listed on the lore. Everything else is fine.
 

Narvendel

Lord of Altera
#11
Since Manna is myth and not fact, from whence did the Makani actually come? The other races were created by the immortal kings IIRC. Did they just whip up some birbs and place them on their own sky island to be forever alone?
 

Blorbis83

Lord of Altera
#12
Do they have the same erm...execretory system as birds? Obviously no one is going to be doing any toilet RP, but like, what if they have to give birth? Do they lay eggs?
 

Warwolf

The Assassin
Staff member
WarWolf_1
WarWolf_1
#13
What if they have to give birth? Do they lay eggs?
That's actually covered in the lore.
Because the makani rear live young, unlike any other avian species, they must also find ways to feed the younglings. Makani females lack the conventional mammalian… food bags. Ground up insects and fruit pastes are common for the makani babies up until around age three or four.
 

Centurion

Dark Council Elite
#14
You mention above that bird refs aren't accurate depictions of physiology. Niah my friend, you're not saying that there's no difference between them in appearance other than feather color, are you? I like mine being a hawk and Charybdis being a Cockatiel.
 

Cymic_

Lord of Altera
#15
You mention above that bird refs aren't accurate depictions of physiology. Niah my friend, you're not saying that there's no difference between them in appearance other than feather color, are you? I like mine being a hawk and Charybdis being a Cockatiel.
Pretty sure that is what she's saying, they've got the appearance of said birds but aren't said birds.
 

Cymic_

Lord of Altera
#16
Since Manna is myth and not fact, from whence did the Makani actually come? The other races were created by the immortal kings IIRC. Did they just whip up some birbs and place them on their own sky island to be forever alone?
I was hoping the campaign will cover this in the future, still think it will.
 

Baron

Sovereign
Retired Staff
#18
Since Manna is myth and not fact, from whence did the Makani actually come? The other races were created by the immortal kings IIRC. Did they just whip up some birbs and place them on their own sky island to be forever alone?
There's nothing preventing Manna from being an Immortal King by a different name.
 

NIAH

The Character Collector
Retired Staff
#20
Since Manna is myth and not fact, from whence did the Makani actually come? The other races were created by the immortal kings IIRC. Did they just whip up some birbs and place them on their own sky island to be forever alone?
Hmmmmmmm. Some questions just aren't meant to be answered on a thread.

Do they have the same erm...execretory system as birds? Obviously no one is going to be doing any toilet RP, but like, what if they have to give birth? Do they lay eggs?
That's actually covered in the lore.
Warwolf got it covered. Live birth. As for... excretory.... I commend your curiosity for taking you to weird ponderances. A turd's a turd... I..... yup. That's answered, now moving on.

You mention above that bird refs aren't accurate depictions of physiology. Niah my friend, you're not saying that there's no difference between them in appearance other than feather color, are you? I like mine being a hawk and Charybdis being a Cockatiel.
More specifically, the head structure. Not to say they are those birds, but to say their heads are the appropriate structure.
Makani physiology does not change from clan to clan, except for basic height variation. Clans are basically feather racism anyway. Makani are a sentient race with its own language and culture. Not a birdie that coos, tweets, and chirps. Makani may "appear" like a bird, but that is just a reference for their feathers and colors. The head structure is the head structure of a makani. Head shape doesn't change from makani to makani just because their feathers are a different color or pattern.