Aarakocra (Circle of Air, Storm Lord, Oath of the Winds, Infiltrator)

The aarakocra were one of my favorite monsters from the original Fiend Folio. They, along with the bizarre and oft-mocked flumph, were one of the only good races in the book and seemed ripe for heroic storytelling. Unfortunately, they weren’t available to the average player as a race (at least until Dark Sun) and creating appropriately balanced new races in the early editions was challenging. It’s a little thing, but opening the 5th ed Monster Manual and seeing the aarakocra as the first monster helps this edition find a place in my gamer heart.

The Elemental Evil Player’s Guide
Though this build was posted first at www.gameschangelives.com, WotC has since offered up their own version of the aarakocra. Whether you decide to use this version or their official write-up, I’m hoping the background information and the various archetypes will provide you something fun for your next avian game.