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Twisted Confessional | Hazaril

Takan

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Origin

In Nonlemor, Thakanae and Arista were a pair. They had children - the Earthy breed of the Takan. In Hazaril, Thakanae paired with Phelan. They also had children - the Airy breed of the Takan.

No more Takan are likely to be begat unless Thakanae finds another companion.

Reproduction

When a Takan dies, it bursts into flame, and leaves behind ash. If the ash of at least two different (dead) Takan mix, more are born. Different species of Takan can fertilize each other's ashes. Always at least one is born of the same animal totem as each parent.

There is no childhood for Takan - they spring fully-formed into being. Each of these children possess the echoes of the memories of their forebears.

Nature & Culture

The Takan have certain traits that are common to each breed: they are resistant to fire and heat. They thrive in the sun, and slow down in the winter, or in the darkness. They also can summon the fire to help them. They can surround themselves with a wreath of fire, when in animal form; and in human form, they can summon a weapon made of fire.

Each is also a shapeshifter - they have an animal form and a humanoid form. The Airy breed tends towards flying beasts; the Earthy breed tends towards beasts of the land. Their humanoid forms always have the heads of their animal forms, and also have other traits of their totem animal.

Given their heritage in the element of Air, Phelan's children also have the Gift of Babel - they understand any language, either of beasts or Man. They also have the Third Eye (quite literally), which when opened allows them to see sorcery. And their memories are sharp; they remember anything they see.

Given their heritage in the element of Earth, Arista's children have the Tongue of the Ages, allowing them to speak to the rocks and the trees. They are also earth-blooded - even the most grievous wound will eventually heal.

Like Thakanae (and Kelytos), the Takan are bound by oaths. They may not intentionally breach an oath. Their society is built on the bartering of oaths and favors.