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The Aven are a brilliant and resourceful type of anthropomorphic birds. Like so many wild birds, the Aven have scaled feet, sharp beaks, and lack external (visible) ears. Like Harpies, their forearms and wings are connected. Scaled digits allow them to be incredibly nimble, though they cannot be used in flight. Aven are skilled artists and builders, preferring to color their world with all the brightness and shine of their feathers. The Aven species boasts incredible genetic diversity which is visible in its multitude of subspecies. Some Aven have parrot-like features such as shorter hooked beaks while others appear more songbird or corvid-like. Welcomer Ruby Rainfeather is an example of an Aven with features similar to a Bird of Paradise.
These charming amphibians are the larval form of salamanders that have reached adulthood without undergoing metamorphosis. Most salamanders develop lungs and take to land as they mature, but the adult Axolotl retains its gills and neotonous form. They are fully capable of breeding and found naturally in freshwater springs. They will happily feast on small fish, fish eggs and bugges.
The Cindercove Phoenix is a species traditionally from the long forgotten Cove of Cinders in the lower lands. They are characterized by a long, elegant head plume and exquisitely plush feathers covering their entire bodies. These birds are able to emit very light embers depending on their mood. It's generally unwise to anger a Cindercove Phoenix, or any Phoenix for that matter.
These large avians migrated to Nimbaterra after an assault from the aquatic tribe in the Underwater Ruins. Dreading destructive volcanic eruption, the aquatic natives waged war on all of the residents of the volcanic region, including the Phoenix. Their home now destroyed in a massive flood, they flocked en masse to Nimbaterra for protection and shelter as they regroup and recover. In return for this temporary safe haven, they have offered to the Club transport services, gardening assistance and meal preparation.
The Cindercove Phoenix is no longer able to reproduce. Having lost their native tropical ash mounds, those currently alive may very well be the last of their kind. However, with a lifespan of over 1,000 years, those with us today may be around for centuries to come. Their mission is to find new breeding grounds with the correct conditions needed to reproduce. Nimbaterra is not a tropical haven, but it does offer protection from those who would seek to harm them.
The Raccoons on the Isles are well known shapeshifters. With the help of a magical leaf found on the isle, they can take on the form of a statue until whatever is threatening them passes. These Raccoons have also been observed in brief flight by using their tail as a propeller.
A wingless, serpentine species of dragon capable of flight. Cloud Wyrms are born from the death of stars. The resulting supernova spreads thousands of the tiny, particle sized Wyrms throughout the galaxy. The spotted pattern on a Cloud Wyrm glows with stellar energy. No one is really sure how Cloud Wyrms breed, but gravid females have been observed laying their clutch on red giants.
These short lived Bugges are similar in appearance to a ladybug with it's many spots and round shell carapace. They primarily feast on even smaller insects but may also do considerable damage to crops. Avians, Axolotls, Procyons and young Thylacines are natural predators of the Feral Bugge and help keep its population from exploding out of control.
Galeplumes are a type of feral Gryphon with a larger build than most. They are capable of carrying heavy passengers on their backs. These breeds are strong and reliable but require more specialized vitamins in their diet as they are susceptible to muscle atrophy and degenerative disc disease.
See Origins of the Gryphons of Nimbaterra - Myth for more.
An extremely rare type of tree with silver bark and golden leaves. Only one is known to exist. During the constuction of Club Nimbus, the tree was carefully built around and is maintained by exceptional botanists. Alchemists in particular are very fascinated by the species. Attempts to grow or replicate another Goldenbirch have so far been unsuccessful.
See Galeplume Gryphons.
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This large species of waterfowl can be found swimming in lakes around the isles. They are nocturnal and nest close to bodies of water. Luna Swans were named for their bright plumage that appears to be kissed by the moon.
Kangaroos, Wallabies, Quokka, Pademelons and other large-footed marsupials are also known as Macropods. The Windy Ledge and lush Sky Gardens are a popular vacation spot of many macropods due to their affinity for a certain plant.
See Cindercove Phoenix.
Prismatic Leopards are primarily carrion feeders. They rarely hunt and are even known to consume fruit, fungus or vegetation when meat is scarce. The Prismatic Leopard got its name from having a shiny prismatic coat in a thermal pattern. The warmest areas of the Leopard's skin are red to yellow, while the coolest are green to violet.
These small cousins of the Grand Ferian Gryphons are about the size of a domestic goat. They are cunning tricksters and love to play pranks on larger ferians. Pygmy Gryffes were originally bred to be pets and loyal companions to the higher ranking guild members in Club Nimbus. They are fairly strong fliers for their size, but cannot carry passengers larger than a Ferian Rabben.
See Cliff Bandit.
Nearly a century ago, just before the great extinction of the Thylacine on its home planet, weaned Joeys were taken by an anonymous furre to a heavily forested area on one of Nimbaterra's lush green isles. They were left in the deepest woods, free of predators, as a last ditch effort to save the species. It isn't known who the furre was or if they are even still living but the Thylacine is a species very much alive and well. They were originally isolated to one island as a soley terrestial species incapable of flight. Tacoma, being fond of them and needing a natural predator of destructive pests around the Club, carried some over to the main isle and connected Sky Gardens.
Nobody is really sure how or when Werewolves came to occupy Nimbaterra, but their presence has always been a welcome one. These athletic, hardy canines often make skilled builders, gardeners and weaponsmiths. They are unfortunately prone to alcoholism and other addictive disorders, so can easily blow through their earnings in pursuit of a quick fix. The Werewolves of the isles are smaller than most Kasurian werewolves but far more dexterous.
Wild Poppies grow naturally throughout the Sky Gardens and neighboring isles. There are many different strains with similar anagelsic and mood-lifting effects. At harvest, the pod is cut and opium latex collected on a leaf or stalk to be dried and vaporized. The pods are also gathered and ground finely to create the bitter tasting but potent Poppy Tea. Seeds can be used in breads, sandwiches and baked goods or even to create a less desirable seed tea known as "Slave Salve".
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It's no surprise than avians feel right at home on the isles. The Zephyr Dodo is no different. These bright blue and green dodos may not be able to fly, but they have powerful enough back legs to leap up to 20 yards in a single bound and even glide for a brief period. When these dodos need to transfer across isles, they leap into a strong gust and glide the rest of the way. Young and otherwise less experienced dodos occasionally don't survive the commute.