A fox got into the hen house week before last, I reckon it won't do that again. Had to rebuild the henhouse of course, but only lost one bird, plus got to eat roasted fox for nearly three days.
Flame Fowl are elementals of the weakest sort, summoned to the material plane long ago. After generations, they have adapted quite well to living in the Conglomerated Realms, in spite of water and earth and air. They are the same size and statue as common chickens, standing little more than a foot tall. The flamecock is well known for having very bright red plumage, and their feathers are prized for making arrows. Some archers insist that flaming arrows fletched with flamecock feathers fly straight and true. The flamehen is somewhat larger in mass but shorter in stature that the flamecock, and have dusky orange and brown feathers instead. While no longer true elementals, flame fowl retain a natural immunity to fire and heat.
Albino Flame Fowl
Albinism is rare, but not unknown among the flame fowl. These birds, rather than being white, have a blue color. These birds are highly sought after by alchemists as their blue feathers are a valuable ingredient in making alchemical agents ranging from potions of firebreathing to unguents of flame resistance.
Flame Fowl Eggs
Flamehen eggs are of limited value, breaking an egg tends to cause a violent reaction, a burst of flame and a splash of almost volcanic like plasm. Foxes and other ovinophages tend to die instantly when biting into such an egg. The lucky ones die quickly, the unlucky suffering from mouth and facial burns and generally succumb to massive infection and necrosis. Some reckless adventurer types could certainly imagine carrying the incendiary eggs as weapons, and there really is no reason they sholdn't be allowed. Of course, the flamefowl egg is no more durable than a mundane chicken egg, and breaking an egg in a belt, or sack is going to expose their gear and supplies to flame and a minute amount of what is basically lava.
It is common for the plumage of the flamefowl to be substituted for that of the phoenix. This almost certainly causes any sort of magic spell or potion requiring said phoenix feathers to fail horribly. Healing draughts made of this false feather look like normal potions but instead of healing cause violent nausea and instill a fear of water in the consumer for several hours to a day.
Summer may be winding down (in most places), but the fires of imagination still burn bright.
Thousands upon thousands of years ago, role-playing was invented by our ancestors. Long before the first wheel rolled down a hill, and long before the first loaf of bread was sliced, early humans sat around their caves regaling each other with tales of gods, creatures, heroes and villains, and entertaining themselves with impersonations, play-acting, and role-reversals. All this was made possible by the roaring FIRES inside their caves, which warmed their bodies, roasted their meats, and shone light on their faces.
This month we celebrate FIRE and Role-Playing!
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Items, Locations, NPCs, or Plots. All are welcome as long as FIRE is involved! Don your asbestos suits and enter with us, into the all-consuming inferno that is this month's Quest!'
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What do they think of humans?
What do regular chickens think of people?
So I take it they behave like domesticated chickens?
But what is your take on the metaphysics of the extra planar beings. When on the 'Normal' plain they appear to have had their elemental status diluted over time. Is this because of interbreeding with 'normal' birds or is it because over time the mystical essence that characterizes extra planar being fades the longer they are away from their home plain?
Either answer could a be springboard for further investigations into planar crosstalk. (something I find roleplayers to be overly interested in)
An interesting topic.
Elementals I imagine have multiple methods of reproduction and replication. In their native plane, their essence remains unchanged, and they remain of a pure nature. Those elementals that are moved to the material plane have to see if they can survive the new enviroment. I see there being an inverse relationship in an elemental's power and their ability to survive in the material realm. That is, more potent elementals are less able to survive, their essence straining against their ability to contain it. Weaker elementals have less power to contain and are better suited to remaining for long periods of time. With this protracted stay, their chances of reproducing with native lifeform increase.
After several generations, the original elemental form is gone, and a hybrid species remains behind. The initial generations are restricted in their areas, but once a 'normalization' is found, the species is no longer constrained by elemental essences, ley lines, and other geomantic considerations.
I would expect they are like chickens, just a bit more firey. :)
Finally the right fowl for a Hedge Wizard! A drop of silliness can create great creatures.
They remind me ever so slightly of pyrolisks, but not evil, just chickens. :) Colorful, weird, yet innoucous fauna. My favorite kind.
Just for aesthetic purposes, this sentence could probably use one less 'potion' :p
These birds are highly sought after by alchemists and potion makers as their blue feathers are a valuable ingredient in making potions and alchemical agents ranging from potions of firebreathing to unguents of flame resistance.
Okay, their feathers are usable, their eggs are volcanic. How is their meat? Spicy?
A nifty critter that fits well in a magic-heavy world and a good reason to build stone hen-houses.
A soild piece, well detailed.
amusing bird may use at some point , would make a great familiar.