Trizzy’s Creature Compendium #4: Stormbirds

Welcome to Trizzy’s Creature Compendium! I like to write about all the magical creatures I have made up in my lifetime. Though I wish I was, I am not a physical artist and thus I do not have pictures to add to these posts. Regardless, I hope these entries inspire fellow fantasy writers. 


Stormbirds

Basic information

Category: Avion
Intelligence: Neutral
Power: Physical
Size: Large

Stormbirds cross the sky like luminous, floating clouds. Where they appear, rain may fall or lightning may strike. Thunder can roar and storms can rise. From their odd impact on nature—or rather the manipulation of water molecules in the air—comes their name. Stormbirds are revered and feared. Though they do not plunder or destroy entire villages, people fear angering the beings and provoking their intense wrath.

Origin

Stormbirds descended from a long line of magical birds. They share ancestry with other birds such as phoenixes and stonebirds. All three share their roots with one another. Their ancient ancestor was larger in size, due to a higher amount of oxygen in the air. When scattering across the world, the three new species of birds came into existence. The habitat and climates of these new species greatly impacted the manner in which they evolved, creating three specimen each able to use but one kind of magic rather than a multitude of magics like their ancestors. The birds shrunk in size, partially to accommodate the change in air conditions and to accommodate the pretty that was also slowly shrinking. Skilled hunters, the birds have refined their magic and use storms to hunt and defend themselves.

Appearances

Though considerably larger than most creatures in the world, these birds are smaller than their ancestors. Stormbirds roughly tower above horses. Specimens range from one and a half meters to almost two and a half. Their wingspans extend for a multitude of meters that is about five times their height. Males are generally larger than females.

The feathers of stormbirds are usually white, grey, pale blue or even yellow. Freshly-shed feathers will hold an electric charge to them that usually crackles across the stormbird’s body. The birds have large, straight beaks that are sharp and can pierce through hides of animals. Two large, sharp talons are skilled at both obtaining prey by swooping down and clasping them, as well as at tearing flesh from bones. The eyes of stormbirds are sharp and usually a bright, piercing blue.

Generalized personality

Both males and females are generally passive towards humans and other creatures. Stormbirds will not harm others unless provoked or unless they are hunting. When famine strikes, stormbirds will resort to attacking targets other than sheep, goats or boars. Generally speaking, stormbirds do not venture away from their territories. Many of their territories do not include human settlements and even if they do, the birds will usually leave humans be unless they feel threatened.

Females keep territories that can span a mountain and every valley around it. Males have no territory, until they settle with a female. Males usually venture from territory to territory until they meet a female that suits them. The female, if she accepts him too, will then share her territory with him. The two might attempt to increase their territory after their courtship in order to feed themselves and their upcoming young. In doing this, stormbirds can be vicious and relentless. This is often a cause of battle between two sets of mates or between two or three birds. When satisfied with the size of their territory, the birds will return to their more peaceful ways.

Society

Though solitary, stormbirds will mate for life. They do not live in flocks. After hatching, the young will stay with the parents for about half a year before they are sent on their way. The males then roam in search of a female. The females also roam and search for a territory of their own. Either they obtain desolate land or they fight another female for her territory. Some exceptionally powerful females will attempt to fight for a territory in possession of a domestic pair.

World involvement

Due to their solitary nature, these birds do not interact with many other creatures, including humans. A few champions seek to fight the beings, in which case they will defend themselves. Otherwise, humans leave t he creatures alone in order to remain safe. Even flyovers by the birds can make people shiver. The birds in turn, seem aware of humans and their intentions. Even as their settlements expand within their territories, they will not show offensive behavior. The chance exists that the birds will pick off domestic cattle.

Environment of origin

Stormbirds prefer mountains, especially those close to coats. They also settle in hills near coasts or in otherwise rocky regions where a lot of wind occurs. The creatures keep habitats according to their assumption of how much prey lives in their habitat. In that aspect, their instincts play a part.

Their have been attempts to domesticate stormbirds. The birds became highly offensive towards their captors however. The beings, often enraged with their situation, were reluctant to surrender. Any captured stormbirds often died of stress, of treatment as an attempt of corrective measures or as a result of the animal hurting itself somehow.

Power spectrum

Stormbirds are masters of using air to their advantage. They can condense the droplets in air quickly. They do this by cooling the edges of their feathers. This condenses the air around them and makes it essm like rain occurs. They can also manipulate air currents by cooling drafts in that way. They can also heat drafts by sending lightning across their bodies. Because lightning needs an outlet, this energy can be upheld while the bird is in the air without additional effort. By heating and cooling their surroundings, these birds can seemingly manipulate weather. The effects are on much smaller scales; giving the illusion of localized storms.

Battles between stormbirds can create clashes in heat and cold, causing thunder and lightning. In severe cases, these variations in air around them can create storms or even tornados. Few people dare to become involved when birds of the storms are engaged in battle. Few would survive their wrath and none would manage to hit these beings while in flight and in battle with another bird.

Any chance of killing a stormbird exists in waiting for it to exert itself and waiting for it to return to the earth. In doing so, the creature will discharge. Any lightning currents it had upon its body will quickly vanish unless the animal reinstates them. Using stealth to approach the exhausted bird would be advisable in order to have any chance.

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