A medieval fantasy populated by unusual birds, where the king raises the sun, whose court mage learns both spellcasting and chemistry, and who gets advice from a (semi)-mad prophetess, and whose wife spends her nights killing the monsters that stalk the land. Too bad for our protagonist that the aliens turned him into one- a living bioweapon, whose programming he only barely escaped.
Of course, he now has a more difficult task: making contact, so that the people know what's coming.
Tropes present in this work:
- Deadpan Snarker: Alexander's internal monologue is often highly sarcastic. When considering what to do with the alien that just got knocked out when trying to flee from him, he wonders if maybe the town's inhabitants will understand he had good intentions if they see him deliver it back, before deciding he might as well hope for a pink unicorn to come down from the sky. Nevertheless, he brings the unconscious being back regardless, rather than potentially letting it get eaten by forest's predators while unconscious.
- Off with His Head!: We are introduced to Alexander and his monstrous capabilities as he chases down a sow-like animal through the alien planet's forest for dinner, then lands on its back, and tears off its head with a single swipe of his claw.
- Tap on the Head: The first time Alexander encounters one of the planet's inhabitants, it tries to take off and flee, but hits its head on the tree branch, hard enough to draw blood and lose consciousness for a couple of hours, but without any other adverse effects.
- Winged Humanoid: The planet's inhabitants have humanoid bodies and legs, but their feet are entirely avian, while the wings (with bat-like fingers near the "wrist") fully replace their arms instead of being attached to their back angel-like.