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Sunfire Laerti

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Sacred bird of Raelis, the Sunfire Laerti is a bird of prey, a perfect flyer and fearless predator.

Sacred bird of Raelis, the Sunfire Laerti is a bird of prey, a perfect flyer and fearless predator.

Its wingspan is seven to nine feet, its frame sleek, and the plumage a mix of radiant red, blazing orange and golden yellow.

Despite its swiftness and ferocity, the Laerti relies on a trick to catch prey unaware - its feathers conduct light, thus it does not cast a shadow. Most useful is this when it charges directly from the sun, becoming effectively invisible - thus the popular expression that it “charged right out of the sun”.

Also, its feathers store some of the sunlight, and the bird can release it when threatened, thus causing a bright flash of light that blinds those who wish it harm.

The Sunfire Laerti lives in mated pairs, preferring warm and dry climates. Its prey are other birds, as well as small animals. A Laerti that is hungry and does not manage to catch its normal prey will attack even a far larger animal, and rip out a chunk of its flesh and escape nimbly afterwards. Experienced ones will aim for the neck to cut arteries, and let the prey bleed to death.



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Voted KendraHeart
November 8, 2005, 12:50
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Light Birds.
Voted Ancient Gamer
November 8, 2005, 12:54
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Ah, a good lifeform post. I like it.
Voted Zylithan
November 17, 2005, 22:50
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Good post. A creative use of sunlight. (This post should go in the bizarre animals codex perhaps.) It makes sense and seems almost possible (perhaps with a little more fleshing out....
Voted Roack
December 7, 2005, 17:53
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Pretty birdy...
Voted Chaosmark
December 23, 2006, 1:04
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Voted axlerowes
October 1, 2010, 9:29
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Nice bird,

also a simple direct and complete read,
Voted Scrasamax
March 31, 2013, 13:45
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Interesting avian.

Laerti! Use Flash!
Voted valadaar
April 27, 2013, 18:23
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A wondrous creature. I could see it used for many purposes.


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       By: Strolen

In nature, for instance, a rhino has flies and ticks etc, that live on the hide and live off the blood. Rhino will visit and lie in ponds where turtles will clean the underwater portion of the ticks and a species of bird will clean the the top of ticks and other parasites. What if where the characters camp there were a species of animals that lived off wounds of the creatures. PCs camp. Anybody with wounds on there body are soon covered with small rodent - insect - shadows - whatever. Would immediately see it as a threat I would imagine. But perhaps one of the wounded didn't wake up when it happened, and when they did finally wake they were completely healed. Perhaps somebody was warned of something attacking them but they were able to notice that the wound was actually getting smaller instead of larger. Or maybe they successfully beat the creatures off them and don't notice an improvement, marking this place never to rest at ever again....later learn that villagers send their wounded there but they keep it a guarded secret because they don't want all the attention or traffic and what comes with such a special gift. Could turn into something more too if characters decide to start blabbing about it.

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