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November 8, 2005, 12:32 am

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Sun Hawks


Sun Hawks are the largest of the Hawks. Seen as symbols of faith for the sun worshipers of the region, their intelligence, ability to fly higher than most animals, and great power, makes them obvious symbolic choices for spirit messengers.

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Sun Hawks are the largest of the Hawks (just short of Eagle sized). Though its size is excessive, the rest of its features fit that of Hawks rather than Eagles. Its native environments is that of the vast river canyons and the surrounding semi-arrid regions.  It is highly intelligent (even for a raptor). They tend to live in loose communities, of 3 to 5 bonded pairs (plus 1 or 2 “unattacheds”) in a given region. The wing will sometimes hunt together and will feed the occasional injured member. Its strident vocalization can be heard for quite a distance and seems to be used for coordination between members of the wing. 

Its hunting behavior as well as its plumage express its name.  Sun Hawks are high flyers with very sharp eyes. They will dive out of the sun to either strike, rake, or drive a prey towards other members of the Wing. Together, a wing can take down animals nearly as large as an Elk.

Sun Hawks have distinctive plumage.  It is a redish, blond brown that nearly glistens. It shines like gold if the sunlight is right. This coloration (and the size of the feathers) make the feathers highly sought after.

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Sun Hawks are used as symbols of faith for the sun worshipers of the region. Their intelligence, ability to fly higher than most animals, and great power, makes them obvious symbolic choices for spirit messengers.

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Voted Iain
November 8, 2005, 4:39
Simple and solid description of a nice hawk variation.
Voted Zylithan
November 17, 2005, 23:52
A solid but not breath-taking contribution :-) It's worth noting (to honor this post) that it is not trivial to get new mileage out of an old/mundane creature. cheers.
Voted Murometz
March 24, 2006, 15:29
a perfectly mundane animal, ever-so-slighty altered for fantasy. I love these type of creatures!
Voted Cheka Man
June 17, 2010, 16:55
A nice fantasy animal.
Voted valadaar
February 7, 2014, 9:38
A good bit of detail.

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The Place of Black Snow

       By: Murometz

Wytchwolde-Under-Ash, once a great Thorpe, was razed to the ground by the ruthless, and truth told more than slightly deranged, Porcelain Princess and her henchmen, the Purifiers. When the flames had at last subsided, and a kaleidoscope of swirling, dull-gray ash choked the sky, nine hundred acres of old growth iron spruce, black larch and weeping birch, was burned to utter cinders, along with the entire coven of witches comprising the Sisterhood of the Silver Teat.

Now, centuries later, the forests are somewhat re-grown, and the town of Foolswater stands where Wytchwolde-Under-Ash once did. It is said that even to this day, one can still find ashes in the otherwise potable well-water of this village. Once a year during the Winter Solstice, the “Ash-Wind” comes to Foolswater, a suffocating black cloud that passes quickly but leaves dead birds and animals in its wake, darkening the trees, and staining the sky with black snow. The inhabitants of the village know better than to be caught outside during the day-long Ash-Wind. Everyone is locked snugly inside, singing old hymns that curse and re-curse the burned witches who once called this place home.

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