Ru-Men, physically, are taller than men, with a thick build, and strong pectoral and shoulder muscles but rather weakered leg and arm muscles by comparison (this is a vestigial characteristic; they once had wings, as mentioned later). The Ru-Men have bird-like heads with large, curved, yellow “slit” eyes and thick, slightly curved triangular beaks. Their bodies are covered in layers of feathers which are longest on the shoulders, crotch, and breast area. They have thick bodies with necks sticking between their shoulders, giving them a hunchbacked appearance, with long arms and short, stroke-legs which bend backward like a birds. Ru-Men have dark, shiny feathers; most Ru-Men have black feathers, but there are also variations of dark blues and browns, and sometimes, a dark grey, a very rare color which is variously considered a lucky omen or a sign of dishonesty. Ru-Men have four sexes- males, females, armales, and igmales, all of whom are necessary for the production of young Ru-Men (who are born live). Ru-Men, very, very long ago, had wings. However, they have become more lizard-like over time. Original Ru-Man legends state that their wings were lost when they were kept in cages by the Giant Masters during their Ancestral Troubles.
Ru-Men, despite their awkward, too-muscular bodies and short legs, are much faster than any human over short distances, and tend to have more outright strength, as well. However, when it comes to endurance, they have far less slow-twitch muscle, and will be beaten in long-term competitions. Ru-Men are a non-magical people, and find other race’s use of magical skills to be variously awe-inspiring or unnatural