Despite this acknowledged origin, they sometimes present themselves as the fruit of the evolution of birds.
2,500 years ago, by 500 B.C., After years of peace and acceptance of the Inhuman diversity, the arrogant Bird People (Winged Inhumans, or "Winged Ones" who thought themselves superior) had King Nestor built a sky-city, the Aerie, above Attilan and linked with a pylon, for them. No matter what, the antagonism kept growing between the two communities and eventually leading to the declaration of secession and war on Attilan from the Sky-city led by Kylus, who also slaughtered all of the non-white-feathered Inhumans from the Aerie, including the anti-secession bat-winged Cheiros.
Starving to death, the Winged Inhumans were dying from starvation, forced to attack humans for sustenance (mistaken for Harpies), and eventually developed their society in a more durable way, while Kylus became a wiser King.
The Bird People eventually developed a peaceful (if stagnant) culture, and considered the Mad King Kylus' actions (including Cheiros' death) as an enduring disgrace to their culture's honor.
Adopting Red Raven
In the early 1920's, a plane crashed upon Sky Island, with a redheaded young boy as only survivor. Aerivar the 18th. Despite some wanted to slay the boy in order to protect the Bird People, Aerivar decided to adopt him to be the strongest and wisest human, and also for him to wear artificial bat-like wings and become the Heir of Cheiros, to redeem the honor their race.
Planning on conquer humanity
Possibly influenced by agitators from the Bloodravens, the Bird People intended to conquer the human race. The Red Raven argued in vain with the citizens' council then with their ruler Aerivar XVIII that the humans still vastly outnumbered them and would wipe the winged race out if they went to war. To save the Bird People warrior class' lives, the Red Raven released a gas which placed all of them in suspended animation. He then put the Bird People in special individual capsules designed to keep them alive, separated the military complex from the rest of the Sky-Island, and sank it beneath the Atlantic Ocean. He put himself and his daughter Dania into suspended animation as well, after setting the return of the island to the ocean surface twenty years later and leaving a robot duplicate of himself to periodically awaken and confirm the base's functions.
Bird People decline
Left helpless without their warrior class, the Bird People stored their civilization' knowledge and culture to the Bi-Beasts, the remaining Bird People either perished or vanished from Sky Island.
The Red Raven robot
In the 1970's, Angel and the construct Red Raven witnessed the return of the Aerie military complex from the depths of the oceans, but "Red Raven" expelled Angel and returned the complex underwater for twenty more years.
Months later, after a seaquake tore the Red Raven construct's suspended animation cylinder, he was soon found by humans in his stasis tube. After Namor awakened him, the construct, perhaps damaged in transport, had gone insane: he proposed him to join forces to destroy humanity, but Namor refused, causing a battle between them, until Red Raven returned to the sunken base where he sought all the Winged Ones had died in stasis, but they remained in a death-like suspended animation.
After that event, Dania believed to be the last Winged One alive and that Namor had killed her father.
Sky Isle destruction(s)
Hulk and Modok
As Sky Isle was emerged by Diablo, who wished to steal its secrets, Dania intervened, helping Namor to battle Diablo and his army of reanimated (thought-) undead Bird People (including the construct Red Raven).
The battle ended with the retreat of Diablo and the destruction of Sky Isle (which was stabilized by Diablo's powers).
During Thanos' invasion on Earth, the Inhuman king Black Bolt activated a Terrigen Bomb to protect his people, which unleashed a giant cloud of Terrigen Mist that scattered across the world. The Terrigen cloud reached Aerie, and had a horrible effect on the Bird People, causing them to either die or suffer from Terrigenesis that turned them into monsters including Red Raven's wife Vera. Due to his nature, Red Raven wasn't affected, and swore to have revenge on the Inhumans. He started by attacking New Attilan where he was fought Captain America. The fight stopped when Captain America managed to get through to Vera where her mind was still intact within her monstrous appearance. After being talked down by Captain America and Spider-Man, Red Raven was told by Medusa that she would help find a way to restore the Bird People.
Powers and Abilities
Winged Flight: The Bird People possess the superhuman ability to fly by means of natural wings, which span 16 feet sixteen feet from wingtip to wingtip, and are fully feathered like a bird's.
Aerial Adaptation: The entire anatomy of the Bird People is naturally adapted to flying. Their bones are hollow like a birds, making them weigh far less than usual for a human. Their bodies are virtually devoid of fat and possess greater proportionate muscle mass than an ordinary human does. Their eyes are specially adapted to withstand high-speed winds which would hurt the average human eye. They also possess a special membrane in their respiratory system enabling them to extract oxygen from the air at high velocities or altitudes.
Type of Government: Monarchy. Formerly led by a gathering of leaders including (anti-secessionist Cheiros) and (pro-secessionist and later king of the Aerie) Kylus.
Level of Technology: Advanced
- Cheiros - Red-leather-bat-winged leader, died in martyr during the Aerie secession.
- King Kylus - White-feathered-winged leader, orchestrated the secession of the Aerie and the massacre of non-white-feathered Winged Ones. First King of the Aerie.
- King Aerivar the 18th - King of the Aerie during the 20th century
- Condor - Criminal active on Earth
- Dania - Hybrid from a Bird People woman and Red Raven.
Non-Inhumans dwelling among the Bird People includes:
- Discuss Bird People on the forums
- Appearances of Bird People
- Minor Appearances of Bird People
- Media Bird People was Mentioned in
- Race Gallery: Bird People
- Images of Bird People
Links and References
- ↑ Heroic Age: Villains #1: Condor's entry
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #3; Condor's entry
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #4; Red Raven (Dania)'s entry
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe #1; Inhumans' entry
- ↑ 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 5.17 Marvel Mystery Handbook 70th Anniversary Special #1; Red Raven's entry
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Marvel Super-Heroes Vol 2 #8
- ↑ Heroic Age: Villains #1; Condor's entry
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Marvel Atlas #2; Aerie's entry
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Defenders Vol 2 #6
- ↑ Nova Vol 3 #4
- ↑ Marvel Encyclopedia #1; 2009 edition; Bi-Beast's entry
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 Inhuman Special #1
- ↑ 13.00 13.01 13.02 13.03 13.04 13.05 13.06 13.07 13.08 13.09 13.10 13.11 13.12 13.13 13.14 Thor Annual #12
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Sub-Mariner #26
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Spider-Island #5
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 X-Men #44
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 Incredible Hulk #169
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 She-Hulk #2
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Red Raven Comics #1
- ↑ Amazing Spider-Man Special #1
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #14; Inhumans' entry
- ↑ Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #5; Inhumans' entry
- ↑ All-New Captain America Special #1