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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
Only voted
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

Small tavern in an out of the way town. Serve a wonderful delicacy that is simply outstanding. It is a creamy white consistancy, sweet, good to eat alone or a sweetener on any dessert. If the explore or ask they are shown where they get it. They breed a group of large catipillars or some other type of insect that basically spit the product onto a setup that they created for that particular reason. Or maybe the delicacy is the byproduct of feeding them something. Instead of city can be a traveller offering the food.

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