Phoenix

Native to Yarola’Sia and her great myrtle forests and bamboo groves, the phoenix are creatures that have sparked awe and occasionally fear throughout their domestication. Much of what is still told about them in other countries is superstition and bad information, so the Elves have made a special point of bringing their flocks with them where they travel.

Phoenix resemble peacocks in size and shape, but are colored in shades of red, orange, and brown. Rather than having long tails of many feathers, they have a few long tail feathers concealing hardened, barb-like feathers beneath them. When the phoenix is agitated or frightened, they rattle these barbs menacingly, and the barbs rub together to produce a trail of sparks. Sometimes these sparks catch in the brush or a dead tree, and when this happens a great fire can break out. Phoenix are mostly impervious to flames, however, as they have special glands beneath their tails that produce a flame resistant oil. Each day the birds preen themselves with this oil, and after hardly any time at all the feathers and even the bones of these remarkable birds will never burn at all.

As smoke and heat tend to rise, and as the birds prefer to stay on the ground unless they are roosting for the evening or are high enough up to gain the air easily, phoenix naturally know to run into the middle of a blaze if they are threatened. In this manner they can escape safely to the places the fire has already been and leave their attackers behind. Phoenix hate to fly, being ungainly in the air with their thick bodies and long tail feathers, but will do so for short distances if their sparks fail to warn off an enemy.

While there are still wild phoenix in the woods of Yarola’Sia, most of them are now kept as domesticated flocks by the Elves. Some of them are pets, but most are farmed for their feathers and oil, both of which can be harvested without harming the birds. The feathers are prized as ornaments throughout the world, while the oil is obviously useful to imbue armors and cloths with fire resistant natures.

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Posted October 26, 2012 by Evoru

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