Ah, where to start. It's from a story I'm working on that currently had no title. The Eternal Clock is just what it sounds like, but it appears differently to each person. Elph'r is of a race that was once winged, but now retains feathers only on the tips of their ears. He's mostly naked because...well, I have no good reason. And the birds are his relatives, of a sort, they are statues of the first members of his race. He was a thief, who became a prince, who became... *spoiler* Pencil, ink.