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Car'Haad Sky Guardian by Shabazik Car'Haad Sky Guardian by Shabazik

A Car'Hadd Sky Guardian of the Sky Halls, in the Corridors of the Wind



C A R ' H A A D, Grypus Natio

Race: Car'Haad
Class: Car'Harid
Specie: Beast People

Other names: Eagle-people, Birdmen, bird-people, Griffin-people, Carhaad, Car'Had, Sky guardians, Kenku

Allegiance: Empire of Whide Axis


The Car'Haad are a kind of Beast-people of the Car'Harid. They call themselves the "guardians of the skies", as that is their self-asigned duty, to keep the "forces of darkness" at bay.

The Car'haad are calificated often by the humans of Aiers as other of the numerous kinds of "beast-people", something that surely the proud sons of the great Eagle, found insulting.

The "eagle people" originate from the higher mountains of Zarhuy, and soon, thanks to their hability to fly, lived all over Aiers, in the high mountains they find.

However, a first clarification to be made about the Car'Haad is that they aren't "Eagle-people", but really are much closer to be "Griffin-people", as they are mammals (despise being oviparous beings) and for their configuration of 6 limbs, wich can be found in Griffins, Hippogriff, dragons, centaurs and pegasus.

They where originally only nomadic, but extremly loyal to their clan, traditions and religion, they settled in some areas more permanently, even if they changed their nests every year or so.

Carnivore people, the prefeered Car'Haad food are the horse -like their griffin relatives-, and where mostly hunters.

During the first ages of Elven hegemony, the Car'Haad were view as other monsters without culture who preyed in the travelers, but latter, when the High Elven Empire of Whide Axis was in their wave of imperialism and colonization, they feel that some allies who can control the skies can be very useful:

In a first moment, they tried to conquest the Car'haad, enslave and domesticate them, but quite literally, the High Elven expeditions ended only hitting the thin air.

Like in other times with the High Elves of Whide Axis, if you can't annihilate somebody, ally yourself with them: and so, the elven create the "old alliance" with the Car'Haad against the "forces of Darkness":

This mean, the elves payed them tribute, teached them domestication of animals (so the Car'haad could eat their own goats, instead of stealing the ones of the elves) and even builded them some "Nests", who where really strongholds given to the Car'Haad as gift... and as a way to control them...

In exchange, the "Guardians of the skies" payed an active help to the gigant elven empire, and where one of the reasons of the further expansions... as well why, during the Age of Invasions that followed the Apparition of Humanity, why some high elven colonies where able to resist for so long.

Whide Axis, the old elven Empire falled, and in Aels and Zarhuy, it was nothing but a memory, as new kingdoms and nations raised from their ruins.

However, zealous to their religion and ancestral "promise" to face "darkness" -wich was basically their enemies of the moment: in a more persistent way, Harpies, gargoyles and dragons, who contested their control of the skies- they first faced the humans, and latter ally with themselves, and during the Great War of the Powers between the humans and High Elven against the cohalition of free nations -called as well "Dark Legion of the Demons"... a much more agresive name-, under the command of the great Demon lords, the Car'Haad fighted against the Dark Legion, in difference to most of the "Beast People":

This could have been explained, more than for respecting their alliance, that the Harpies become ally with the demons, and they acted under the logic of enemy of my enemy, is my friend.

There are many flocks and Nests of Car'Haad, but their mayor kingdom is the "kingdom of the Skies", in the Corridors of Wind, where the "King of Mountain", an hereditary charge, rule from their fortress of "The Gates of the Wind" builded in ancient times by dwarves hired by High Elves during the "old alliance" between both species...



The Tree of Peoples of Aiers
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:iconlourk:
lourk Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2018
oh nice design!
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Hobbyist
Thanks!
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lourk Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
and the best part is that it doesn't looks like a minion race!(not by design at least)
they could fit well as part of the main character's "fellowship" on a story and as a selectable playable race when creating a character for a game.
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Pablo-Tenax Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016
Have you possibly read "Legends of the Dragonrealm" by Richard A. Knaak?
There is a character there that would fit in very nicely into this species. ^^
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist
Hadn't read it I'm afraid
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:iconpablo-tenax:
Pablo-Tenax Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
You should ^^
It's a good set of 3 books and a separate one to read afterwards that follows one of the characters.
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist
:iconomgsocuteplz: and prettiful too :aww:
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Shabazik Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist
X3
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KO-Corral Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Flowing loincloth and baggy pants? You know they're just going to get caught in a fence as it's landing! <X D

Wonderful design and artwork, Alex! : ]
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist
Flowing loincloth and baggy skirt, which may be even worse! XD

Thanks Tom!
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
great wings
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:iconshabazik:
Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Big wings indeed!
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wardude69 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
wouldn't he need a birds multi-lobed lungdesign and overclocked heart to be able to oxyginate them for flight?
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist
... no idea, biology isn't my strong point!
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Savachika Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
if you can't annihilate somebody, ally yourself with them
It was very wise tactic. <(^-^)>
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Indeed! <(^-^)>
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Savachika Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Hail High Elven Empire! <(^-^)>
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dumbfished Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Professional
Nice, I dig the length of the wings. 
Feels almost more intimidating.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist
thanks!!
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Very interesting creatures. I like how the elves were pragmatic enough to pretty much co-opt them into the empire. I guess they tend to take the long view.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks!

And having flying allies, if you can't have them as vassals? It's a wise move!

And yes, eoves tend to take the long view! XD
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IxisNyx Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
badass birdy :meow:
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist
:meow:
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Awesome work here
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist
thanks!
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larqven Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
Nice history, very "Lord of the Rings" with your usual, pragmatic twist. These guys really could be quite fearsome as enemies or monsters. It is rather cool that the further addition of this unrelenting nobility continues to drive them even while their "senior partners" in the high elves faltered and failed to maintain their civilizations.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
I like pragmatic twists. XD

Indeed, the Car'Haad where terrible enemies: To the point, that the Car'Haadhook wars -wars between demons and car'haad- DELAYED the Dark Legion invasion of the First War of the Powers!!
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larqven Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Wow, that's interesting! Of course I could imagine that the Car'Haad were hard foes to strike back at? Flight and homes on high ground some distance away is certainly an advantage that numbers alone can't easily overcome.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Indeed, hard to strike back. The demons needed gargoyles, succubus and harpies, but they lost too much of their "airborne" troops, one of the reasons why their "sky" forces in the first war of the power had such a limited role!!
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larqven Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Thanks for the information! :)
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KaijuDuke Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
very cool design :D
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(Pumori) Birdi look tasti! Birdi plees wait while Pumori take bow and arrow! :3
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:iconarnilo:
Arnilo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
"Still Cyrti's Birdi" *growl*
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
(Birdie): You demons! Stop seeing me as food!
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:iconarnilo:
Arnilo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
"Food? Oh, no no no no, no food. Is so lonely and cold here..." :meow:
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:iconshabazik:
Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
"Oh! oh oh oh oh!" :meow:
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:iconarnilo:
Arnilo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
"Good birdie" *uhm... let's say, hugs* ;)
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist
*let's say so. XD*
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:iconkanyiko:
kanyiko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pumori saw Birdi first! D:
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:iconarnilo:
Arnilo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013
"Damn no! And when is that cub can speak loudly, huh? Yeah, then tail in mouth"
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:iconkanyiko:
kanyiko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cyrti stop treating Pumori like cub! Pumori are Alpha of White Fang! Cyrti talk to Pumori like Alpha! D:
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:iconarnilo:
Arnilo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
"Bah, she go alpha Pumori's White Fang, Cyrti better things to do. Now shoo before make her angry"
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:iconkanyiko:
kanyiko Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Keh! Cyrti do better things, and shoo before Pumori are angry too!"
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Arnilo Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
"Is done, will rip her open!"
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
:meow:

(Birdie) NO you demon scum!
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pwetti-pwees? :meow:
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:iconshabazik:
Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
(Birdie): I will not have such indignified end!!
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:iconkanyiko:
kanyiko Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pumori dignified wolf! Surely not indignified end to feed dignified wolf?
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:iconshabazik:
Shabazik Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist
(Birdie) I'm so NOT going to be somebody food!
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