The Unkindnesses were a bird-like species that lived in the "wildernesses of lost time" at the edge of Eleven-Day Empire. (PROSE: The Book of the War) They had the inherent ability to look into the future through dead flesh. (AUDIO: The Eleven Day Empire) Members of Faction Paradox would offer the Unkindnesses carrion in return for prophecies.
The ravens of the Tower of London were the only living things in the Empire besides the Faction. Only the elders of the Faction understood why the ravens were exempt from the rules of time. (PROSE: Interference - Book One) According to one Faction Paradox legend, the Unkindessess were drops of Grandfather Paradox's blood from the Act of Severance. (PROSE: The Book of the War, Tonton Macoute)
While searching for exotic meats to whet his appetite, Tonton Macoute did the blasphemous deed of killing an Unkindness, tearing off its wings, and eating it. The Faction punished him for this by imprisoning him in Cyclone Tracy. (PROSE: Tonton Macoute)
On the day that Lolita and the Seventy-Ninth Sontaran Assault Corps invaded the Empire, Justine McManus came to the Unkindnesses with a dead dodo. They predicted the destruction of the Empire and Justine's escape. (AUDIO: The Eleven Day Empire) All the Unkindnesses flew away shortly before Lolita consumed the Empire. (AUDIO: The Shadow Play)
Behind the scenes Edit
- The word "unkindness" is the collective noun for a group of ravens.
- The illustration of Unkindnesses from The Book of the War was reused in the background of the title pages for all of the Mad Norwegian Press Faction Paradox novels and the two issues of Image Comics' Faction Paradox series.