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Cultured, Articulate, Incisive
Aloof, Overindulgent, Narcissistic
Stubborn, Stylish, Political
Felippe Ventura had hoped for another boy. He knew it was selfish, even as Paula celebrated the news of a girl. He changed his mind when he saw Aurelia’s face and promised to spoil her. It wasn’t until her early teens that Felippe learned the error of his ways.

The middle of three, Aurelia kept up with her little brother the only way she could conceive: rapt attention. They watched their father rise in local and state government in their native Colorado and were always urged to take a stand on what they believed. Paula–a financial consultant–insisted on sending the children to private schooling. Aurelia’s elder brother went to boarding school overseas, though she and the family only visited.

The first bird to come to her was a swallow-tailed kite. Aurelia was barely six when the great bird landed in the backyard. To her shock, he asked, ‘Who are you?’ When she told her parents, they took her to Felippe’s mother. When she was older, she understood why they didn’t take her straight to a psychiatrist. Her parents couldn’t afford a scandal, and like Abuela Rosita, Aurelia had gifts.

By 16 Aurelia spent most of her free time on Rosita’s ranch in the mountains. Her grandmother’s power was rooted in the animal world, but the large carnivores and the big cats came to her. Aurelia honed her craft with golden eagles, ravens, ibises, and crows alongside bears, cougars, coyotes, wolves, and foxes.

Instead of college, Aurelia traveled, meeting other witches with gifts like her own. This choice frustrated her parents, and when she returned their house no longer felt like home. She took a job in Canada studying migratory patterns then one working with exotics in the Florida Keys. It wasn’t difficult to avoid the human attention her talents received. By the time she went to work for a bird sanctuary in the mountains of North Carolina, her reputation had preceded her.

After a too-strange encounter with a murder of crows, Aurelia moved to Syracuse to assist a conservatory outside of town. In summer of 2017, she packed up her crossover with her crows, Arch and Echo, her Mexican Violetear hummingbird Viv, and drove north. The menagerie picked up a club-footed common pigeon in Pennsylvania, and he told her his name was Brook.

In Order: Arch, Echo, Viv, Brook

Powers of an Avian Mage
  • Hear the mind-voices of all species of winged and feathered Aves.
  • Speak both aloud and mind-to-mind to all members of this class.
  • Express simple emotions (anger, sadness, happiness, pain, fear, etc.) without a need to 'speak'. This ability can be bird-to-witch or vice-versa.
  • With training, the witch can take hold of the consciousness of the birds within a certain radius (usually 1-10 miles, sometimes further with older witches). This can be used as an offensive tactic OR as a defensive, scouting mechanism.
  • Entering a trance-state, the witch can occupy the mind of a specific bird. This transition is easier with those birds with whom they are closest.
  • The witch is a preferred imprinting target for orphaned birds. When faced with a choice, they will always choose the witch.
  • Provide those birds with whom they share a close bond a knowledge and understanding of human behavior/ideas otherwise unknown to them. Persists through termination of close contact. This can both harm and help the wild creatures who interact with the witch. Birds' understanding of more complex emotions (jealousy, pride, loyalty, etc.) can (and has) lead to the deaths of animals (once/currently) under the care of witches.

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    Aurelia Ventura

    Age 28
    Gender Female
    Sexuality Bisexual
    Height 5'6"
    Build Slim
    Occupation Wildlife Rehabilitation
    Species Witch
    Subspecies None
    Power Avian Mage
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    Date of Birth: Hidden
    Age (30 years old)
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