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The Snoburr is a beautiful, large bird that lives in Northern Sarvonia. It is native to this area, and is one of the fiercest aerial predators within the lowlands. The Snoburr is unique because it's feathers are pure white with a few yellow here and there and the bird reflects the sunlight.

Appearance
The Snoburr is a rather large predatory bird standing slightly under 1 ped when perched or sitting on the ground, and it weighs .65 pygges. The Snoburr has a wingspan, which varies from 2 to 2.5 peds. The light creature, as stated earlier, has a yellowish-white back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and bill. The wings are pure white and allow the Injóh to blend in white it's sorroundings during snowy winters.

Colors vary from sexes, females usually tend to be whiter than the males and also have dull gray feathers on their breasts. The talons of the Snoburr are very sharp and can pierce leather and even some hard wood. The Snoburr has sharp, keen eyes which are very light blue, and almost seem hazy. They possess very sharp eyesight and can see for very far distances, noticing the slightest movement in the short grass.

A Snoburr's wings are long and broad, making them effective for soaring. To help reduce turbulence as air passes over the end of the wing, the tips of the feathers at the end of the wings are tapered so that when the Snoburr fully extends its wings, the tips are widely separated.

To help them soar, Snoburr use places that usually bring in rising warm winds, such as valley edges or mountain slopes, as take off positions. Soaring is accomplished with very little wing-flapping, enabling them to save energy. Long-distance migration flights are accomplished by climbing high in a warm wind current, then gliding downward to catch the next winds, where the process is repeated. Several Snoburr soaring in together is described as a "kettle of Snoburr".

It is believed that the tail is very important for flight and maneuvering. While the Snoburr is soaring or gliding in flight, the tail feathers are spread, in order to attain the largest surface area and increase the effect of the winds. The tail also helps to brake the heavy Snoburr when landing and assists in stabilization during a controlled dive or swoop toward prey. The strength of the feathers and the follicles holding the feathers is quite impressive, while watching the tail move back and forth and up and down during maneuvers.

Snoburrs have thousands of feathers. Snoburr feathers are light-weight yet extremely strong, hollow yet highly flexible. They protect the bird from the cold as well as the heat of the sun, by trapping layers of air. To maintain its body temperature the bird simply changes the position of its feathers. While a Snoburr suns itself on a cold morning, it ruffles and rotates its feathers so that the air pockets are either opened to the air or drawn together to reduce the insulating effect. Feathers also provide waterproofing and protection, and are crucial for flight.
 
Feather structure makes pliability possible. Overlapping feathers can form a dense covering, which the birds can open or close at will. The bird has several layers of feathers, each serving a different function. Under the outer layer of feathers is an inner layer of down or smaller feathers. The inter locking of feathers is an astonishing design of nature.


Special Abilities
The Snoburr have external nares opening on both sides of the bill. An Snoburr never reaches speeds that would interfere with normal breathing. The bird's lungs and air sac system is adequate for its size. Air moves in through the lungs and on into the air sacs before moving back through the lungs and out again. Air passes through the lungs twice with each breathing cycle - twice that of other animals.

The feathers enable Snoburr to live in extremely cold environments. The birds do not have to migrate to warmer areas each year to fulfill temperature requirements, they migrate to available food supplies.

Territory
 Snoburr can generally be found only in Northern Sarvonia, and most dwell in the Prominent Mountains. They are very territorial towards other animals, except for their relatives. They occasionally fly down to the Shaded Forest and some might even befriend an Injerin or fly to the Eastern foothills of the Prominent Mountains and harass some Losh'Oc orcs with their great size and shrill calls.

Habitat/Behavior
The Snoburr often develop very close relations with its family. The children will often stay with their mother for many decades before they decide to go off on their own. Spouses and Siblings can often be seen hunting together or scoping out their territory, and sometimes even large groups of ten or more Snoburr can be seen flocking together.

Snoburr are very curious about Orcs, they can often be seen antagonizing a group of wandering or raiding  Losh'Oc orcs and stealing much of their meals, only freshly cooked meals though. They will often travel in groups of three or four and they will begin to screech as they near the ground. Once they are directly above the heads of the Losh'Oc they will spread their talons and tear at the flesh of these beings. Many who have seen this sight have been made to believe that Snoburr are vicious predators, but they are not. Taranka Dormil, the most notable Snoburr researcher, has given light to the true nature of the Snoburr.

Since her studies the Snoburr have been found to be very gently and nurturing parents, and they seem to have a mental bond with one another. They often just know where they can find another Snoburr without having to rely upon a call or sight. It is a very uncanny, yet real aspect of these birds.

Diet
Even though they are mostly deer and other small mammal eaters, but they will take whatever prey is available and easiest to obtain. Snoburr, the ones that live along the coast and on major lakes and rivers, feed mainly on fish. Snoburr can fish in both fresh and salt water.

Snoburr sit at the top of the food chain, and because of their size, they have few enemies and require a large hunting area. An Snoburr's lifting power is about .25 pygges. Snoburr will never take advantage of carrion (decaying flesh that has been dead for some time). Some people believe that a Snoburr that has eaten carrion will have it's feathers corrupted and turned black and brown.

Because of the energy expended during hunting, a Snoburr has to spend a lot of time resting quietly. It's estimated that only five out of eighteen attacks are successful. Though not as fast as falcons, Snoburr are fast fliers. When diving, where lift is less important than reaching drag, the Snoburr pulls in its wings to minimize their surface area. Injóh have been seen hunting in pairs, most times it is with a mate or an offspring, and they have even been seen hunting in larger groups of five or six.

A Snoburr protects its food by partially opening its wings, or tenting. The Snoburr steals food from other Snoburr as well as other species. Chasing another bird of prey is usually enough to persuade it to drop its kill, but occasionally Injóh will attack. Snoburr  have an out pouching of the esophagus, called a crop, where they can store food when the stomach is full. The crop also separates indigestible substances, such as feathers, fur, and scales from the meat. The indigestible substance is mixed with mucus and formed into a mass. After the meal, the Snoburr eventually regurgitates the mass as a casting.

Talons - Talons are important tools for hunting and defense. Injóh kill their prey by penetrating its flesh with their talons.


Mating
During the mating season the Snoburr can be seen in large quantities sorrounding the whole coast of the Dark Sea and they also flock around the Celeste Mountains. Mating occurs during the fall and one gathering can last for many weeks. Pairs of Snoburr have been seen whirling through the air with talons locked together. This could be a form of courtship or a ritualized battle between an intruding Snoburr and one defending its territory. Whichever it is, Snoburr do not actually copulate in the air, as some people believe.

Some Snoburr do not breed every year. Snoburr are capable of breeding annually from the age of four, but some of the adults, though paired, seem to choose not to breed. It might be an instinctive decision, based on the weather; availability of nesting sites, or food.

Because a Snoburr may live up to 50 years, it has many years in which to produce offspring necessary to replace itself. Only a few of the eggs hatched in a lifetime will survive to old age. Snoburr lay from one to three eggs. Five to ten days after a successful copulation, the female lays a speckled off-white or buff colored egg about the size of a fist. The second egg is laid a few days later, followed by a definete third and then possibly one or two more.

The 45 days of incubation duties are shared by both male and female, but it is the female who spends most of her time on the nest. Trading places on the nest can be a tense time. The brooding parent may have to call for relief, or may be reluctant to leave and have to be pushed off the eggs or young. During incubation, the male Snoburr regularly brings branches and twigs, and the Doridel, a scented flower on the lowlands,  to the nest. Why he does this, no one knows, but it could be for deodorizing the nest or possibly providing shade for the Snoburrettes.

  During incubation, one parent is always on the nest, not only to keep the eggs warm but to protect them from other birds, which will break open and eat the eggs. The eggs hatch in the order they were laid. Injólettes. break through the shell by using their egg tooth, a pointed bump on the top of the beak. It can take from twelve to forty-eight hours to hatch after making the first break in the shell (pipping). Once the eggs begin to hatch, the female's vigilance becomes nearly constant. The male provides the majority of the food needed by his rapidly growing family. Eventually the female will take up her share of the hunting, but in the early days, all of her attention is given to the young Snoburrettes in the nest.

Researchers
Many people do not even dare meddle with these great birds because of their size and prowess both in the air and on the land. Only a handful have taken the liberty to study the Snoburr. The most notable of these are Taranka Dormil, a 56 year old woman of the Kuglimz, has been researching these powerful birds for more than 35 years of her life.

Taranka was only a little girl when she first saw the mating ritual of the Snoburr. Their unmatchable grace for their size enchanted Taranka and instead of becoming a fighter like most other children had planned to do, Taranka became a scholar. Many of her studies have been on birds of prey and she has also study the many fascinating fish and other sea-dwelling creatures. Unfortunately her studies only include animals that have been found within Northern Sarvonia.


Usages
The Snoburr do not have very many uses to humans or elves, but their feathers have been used for stuffing for pillows, and quills of arrows, and they have also been used decoratively for necklaces or hair accessories.  

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« Reply #1 on: 18 October 2003, 02:33:00 »

*cough*

There's already an Injóh bird on the site: see here.


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« Reply #2 on: 18 October 2003, 10:47:00 »

Well, what about another name? ;)

Huu, a lot of information! Haven't read it all, just a few comments..

7000 feathers exactly???

I don't think, that in the middle ages people thought about environemental pollution" toxic chemicals in the environment"

Diet: mainly fish - out of the rivers and this lake up there? You mentioned the coast somewhere, but the Celeste lowlands are not a coastal region.

You put a lot of work in it and this bird is exellently and very detailed described, but reading your entry I thought if the people in the middle ages would have described it in this scientific manner. I didn't notice it when writing my own detailed entries (maybe you are blind if your entries are concerned), but I really doubt, that those people did know all the technical stuff how they fly , turn their feathers and so on - maybe something we should discuss.
If I find the time I will look for some descriptions of animals of plants which are written in the middle ages and have a look how they are done.

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« Reply #3 on: 18 October 2003, 14:29:00 »

Oh, okay, well I guess I will have to change some of that...it was just my first time doing something here and I wanted it to be good. I had thought that I had seen a bird with this name already, but I decided that there wasn't one...okay, well give me some time to look at some of the other posts that were done and I will fix mines accordingly.  

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« Reply #4 on: 18 October 2003, 14:44:00 »

Just a question...if someone had been studying these birds for like say 30 years of their life or more, would they then know this much about the bird? Some of the stuff that wasn't very known about or wasn't known about at all I took out, but I am going to let you read all of it before I delete most of what you said.  

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« Reply #5 on: 18 October 2003, 17:04:00 »

Much better, and yes someone who has been studying them for quite some time would know that much about them.

There are only a few minor points, first off I don't think that they would know about thermals ya know?

Secondly, I would suggest the Prominent Mountains for their habitat.  This allows them a large hunting range without as many worries over people shooting them down.  They could then on occasion fly down to the shaded forest and maybe befriend an Injerin or fly to the Eastern foothills of the Prominent Mountains and harass some Losh'Oc orcs.

The Celete Mountains are mostly dormant volcanoes, though some are still active, hence the air would be highly sulfurous and prolly not to the birds liking.  The Diorye'oleal dark elves sometimes hunt in the Ret'gor  forest so the birds would prolly not like that either.

Also their coloration would make more sense if they lived in the Prominent Mountains.  Just some thoughts, hope they help.

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« Reply #6 on: 18 October 2003, 18:34:00 »

That definetly helps...I should have read more about Northern Sarvonia before I began this. Thanks a bunch!

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« Reply #7 on: 19 October 2003, 15:57:00 »

I'm not sure about it, but I think thermals are used somewhere for describing a bird,Drogo, but maybe it sounds better, if we call it just ascending warm air? It is nearly the same and doesn#t sound this technically.

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« Reply #8 on: 20 October 2003, 05:19:00 »

Okay, I fixed the bestial bio, and finished it as well. So, enjoy and tell me what else needs work, kay?

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« Reply #9 on: 20 October 2003, 10:24:00 »

I think that works very well.  It is good to have you offically aboard with the completion of your first entry.  May the North become more populated with works like this!

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« Reply #10 on: 21 October 2003, 05:47:00 »

Yes!! Does that mean that I am done with this animal or is more needed?

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« Reply #11 on: 21 October 2003, 12:10:00 »

Well, I'm not officially in charge of this so you'll have to wait for the word from Thuja

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« Reply #12 on: 22 October 2003, 00:24:00 »

Okay, that is fine...gotta go work on my snow squirrel/cat/bunnies! :pet  

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« Reply #13 on: 23 October 2003, 11:08:00 »

Hi, Lady!  Nice work on this attractive bird.  If you are happy with it, I'll do a final proofreading and edit.  Have a look and if YOU are happy with the edit, it will be ready to go up!

Oh - who am I and what's with the high-handed declaration?  I know I haven't been around much lately but I am the Bestiary Mistress (all tremble!) and am finally ready to pick up my responsibilities again... so, without further ado, let me have a look at the bird and do a final polish!

Just one major change that I would suggest - and I know you've changed the name once already! - but 'Snoburr' is a little rough-sounding,  and is especially awkward in the feminine form 'Snowburrette', which to me suggests a line of fur-clad go-go dancers rather than the natural beauty of a great white bird... :p    Not that I don't love that you made a feminine form for the name!   How about modifying it to Snobyr as the most common title and then noting the alternate spellings, as we often do?  I won't change it in the entry below, just in case you have strong feelings one way or the other, and it is just a suggestion...

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Snobyrr (Snoburr, Snowburr, Snowbird, Winter Hawk / Winter Owl  White Ghost)   Fem: Snobyrette.  Plural: Snobyrr.  Baby: Byrlet.  Group: 'kettle' )

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The Snoburr is a beautiful large bird that lives in Northern Sarvonia. It is native to this area, and is one of the fiercest aerial predators within the lowlands. The Snoburr is uniquely lovely because its feathers are pure white with a few yellow tinges here and there, reflecting the sunlight dazzlingly.

Appearance

The Snoburr is a  large predatory bird, standing slightly under 1 ped when perched or sitting on the ground, and weighing about half to three-fourths of a pygge. The Snoburr has a broad wingspan, which can range from two to nearly three peds. The light-coloured creature has a yellowish-white back and breast; a white head, neck, and tail; and yellow feet and bill. The wings are pure white and allow the Injóh to blend in with its sorroundings during snowy winters.  Colors vary between sexes;  females usually tend to be whiter than the males and also have dull gray feathers on their breasts.

A Snoburr's short, powerful legs are covered with light yellow scales, and are tipped with broad, taloned feet.  The talons of the Winter Hawk are very sharp and can pierce leather and even soft wood.  

The Snoburr has sharp, keen eyes which are very light blue, and almost seem hazy. They possess very sharp eyesight and can see for very far distances, noticing the slightest movement in the short grass.

A Snoburr's wings are long and broad, making them effective for soaring. To help reduce turbulence as air passes over the end of the wing, the tips of the feathers at the end of the wings are tapered so that when the Snoburr fully extends its wings, the tips are widely separated.  This also has the quality of making the wind over the feathers almost soundless, so that the beat of their wings is much softer than a similar large bird, probably one of the reasons they have earned the nickname 'White Ghost'.

To help them soar, Snoburr use places that usually encourage rising warm winds, such as valley edges or mountain slopes, as take-off positions. Soaring is accomplished with very little wing-flapping, enabling them to save energy. Long-distance migration flights are accomplished by climbing high in a warm wind current, then gliding downward to catch the next winds, where the process is repeated. Several Snoburr soaring in together is described as a "kettle of Snoburr".   (* Nice touch!  And a group of babies.... ok, I'll put that in later... BJ)

It is believed that the tail is very important for flight and maneuvering. While the Snoburr is soaring or gliding in flight, the tail feathers are spread, in order to attain the largest surface area and increase the effect of the winds. The tail also helps to brake the heavy Snoburr when landing and assists in stabilization during a controlled dive or swoop toward prey. The strength of the feathers and the follicles holding the feathers is quite impressive when one watches the tail move back and forth and up and down during maneuvers.

Snoburrs have thousands of feathers. Snoburr feathers are light-weight yet extremely strong, hollow yet highly flexible. They protect the bird from the cold as well as the heat of the sun, by trapping layers of air. To maintain its body temperature the bird simply changes the position of its feathers. While a Snoburr suns itself on a cold morning, it ruffles and rotates its feathers so that the air pockets are either opened to the air or drawn together to reduce the insulating effect. Feathers also provide waterproofing and protection, and are crucial for flight.

Feather structure makes pliability possible. Overlapping feathers can form a dense covering, which the birds can open or close at will. The bird has several layers of feathers, each serving a different function. Under the outer layer of feathers is an inner layer of down or smaller feathers. The interlocking of feathers is an astonishing design of nature. The feathers enable the Snoburr to live in extremely cold environments. The birds do not have to migrate to warmer areas each year to fulfill temperature requirements; rather, they migrate to available food supplies.


Special Abilities

The Snoburr have external nares, or nostrils, opening on both sides of the bill. An Snoburr never reaches speeds that would interfere with normal breathing. The bird's lungs and air sac system is adequate for its size. Air moves in through the lungs and on into the air sacs before moving back through the lungs and out again. Air passes through the lungs twice with each breathing cycle - twice that of other animals.  (* This is a little technical-sounding and not particularly relevant to Special Abilities.  Any problem with taking it out and just adding the first sentence to Description?)


Territory
Snoburr can generally be found only in Northern Sarvonia, and most dwell in the Prominent Mountains. They are very territorial towards other animals, except for their relatives. They occasionally fly down to the Shaded Forest and some might even befriend an Injerin or fly to the Eastern foothills of the Prominent Mountains and harass some Losh'Oc orcs with their great size and shrill calls.

Habitat/Behavior
The Snoburr often develops very close relations with its family. The children will often stay with their mother for many decades before they decide to go off on their own. Spouses and Siblings can often be seen hunting together or scouting their territory, and sometimes even large groups - 'kettles' - of ten or more Snoburr can be seen flocking together.

Snoburr are very curious about Orcs, they can often be seen antagonizing a group of wandering or raiding Losh'Oc orcs and stealing much of their meals, only freshly cooked meals though. They will often travel in kettles of three or four and they will begin to screech as they near the ground. Once they are directly above the heads of the Losh'Oc they will spread their talons and tear at the flesh of these beings. Many who have seen this sight have been made to believe that Snoburr are vicious predators, but they are not. Taranka Dormil, the most notable Snoburr researcher, has thrown light on the true nature of the Snoburr.

In her studies the Snoburr have been found to be very gentle and nurturing parents, and they seem to have a mental bond with one another. They often just know where they can find another Snoburr without having to rely upon a call or sight. It is a very uncanny, yet real aspect of these birds.   As to why they attack Orcs rather than Humans or Elves, Taranka has theorized that perhaps they either mistake or recognize the feathers with which many Losh'Oc decorate their body as potential prey.  However, this theory has many aspects which are still unexplicable, and perhaps we should not even put it forwards here.  

Diet
Snowburr are mostly rabbit and other small mammal eaters, but they will take whatever prey is available and easiest to obtain. Large Snoburr have been known to stoop upon small deer, breaking their necks, and then feeding on the carcass where it lies.  Snoburr that live along the coast and on major lakes and rivers feed mainly on fish. Snoburr can fish in both fresh and salt water.

Snoburr sit at the top of the food chain for their territory, and because of their size, they have few enemies and require a large hunting area. An Snoburr's lifting power is about .25 pygges. Snoburr will never take advantage of carrion (decaying flesh that has been dead for some time). Some people believe that a Snoburr that has eaten carrion will have its feathers corrupted and turned black and brown.

Because of the energy expended during hunting, a Snoburr has to spend a lot of time resting quietly. It's estimated that only five out of eighteen attacks are successful. Though not as fast as falcons, Snoburr are fast fliers. When diving, where lift is less important than reaching drag, the Snoburr pulls in its wings to minimize their surface area. They have been seen hunting in pairs; most times it is with a mate or an offspring, and they have even been seen in hunting kettles of five or six.

A Snoburr protects its food by partially opening its wings, or 'tenting'. The Snoburr steals food from other Snoburr as well as other species. Chasing another bird of prey is usually enough to persuade it to drop its kill, but occasionally the harassed Snoburr will attack. Snoburr have an outpouching of the esophagus, called a 'crop', where they can store food when the stomach is full. The crop also separates indigestible substances, such as feathers, fur, and scales from the meat. The indigestible substance is mixed with mucus and formed into a mass. After the meal, the Snoburr eventually regurgitates the mass as a dry pellet of grimy felt called a 'casting'.

Mating
During the mating season the Snoburr can be seen in large quantities sorrounding the whole coast of the Dark Sea and they also flock around the Celeste Mountains. Mating occurs during the fall and mating kettles can last for many weeks. Pairs of Snoburr have been seen whirling through the air with talons locked together. This could be a form of courtship or a ritualized battle between an intruding Snoburr and one defending its territory. Whichever it is, Snoburr do not actually copulate in the air, as some people believe.

Some Snoburr do not breed every year. Snoburr are capable of breeding annually from the age of four, but some of the adults, though paired, seem to choose not to breed. It might be an instinctive decision, based on the weather; availability of nesting sites, or food.

Because a Snoburr may live up to 50 years, it has many years in which to produce offspring necessary to replace itself. Only a few of the eggs hatched in a lifetime will survive to old age. Snoburr lay from one to five eggs in each nesting. About eight days after a successful copulation, the female Snobyrette lays a speckled off-white or buff colored egg about the size of a fist. The second egg is laid a few days later, followed shortly by the third and then possibly one or two more.

The 45 days of incubation duties are shared by both male and female, but it is the female who spends most of her time on the nest. Trading places on the nest can be a tense time. The brooding parent may have to call for relief, or may be reluctant to leave and have to be pushed off the eggs or young. During incubation, the male Snoburr regularly brings branches and twigs, and the Doridel, a scented flower on the lowlands, to the nest. Why he does this, no one knows, but it could be for deodorizing the nest or possibly providing shade for the Snobyrette.

During incubation, one parent is always on the nest, not only to keep the eggs warm but to protect them from other birds, which will break open and eat the eggs. The eggs usually hatch in the order they were laid.    The young Snoburr, or Byrlets, break through the shell by using their egg tooth, a pointed bump on the top of the beak. It can take from twelve to forty-eight hours to hatch after making the first break in the shell (pipping). Once the eggs begin to hatch, the female's vigilance becomes nearly constant. The male provides the majority of the food needed by his rapidly growing family. Eventually the female will take up her share of the hunting, but in the early days, all of her attention is given to the young Byrlets in the nest.

Researchers
Many people do not even dare meddle with these great birds because of their size and prowess both in the air and on the land. Only a handful have taken the liberty to study the Snoburr. The most notable of these is Taranka Dormil, a 56- year-old Kuglimz female, who has been researching these powerful birds for more than 35 years of her life.

Taranka was only a little girl when she first saw the mating ritual of the Snoburr. Their unmatchable grace for their size enchanted Taranka and instead of becoming a fighter like most other children had planned to do, Taranka became a scholar. Many of her studies have been on birds of prey and she has also studied the many fascinating cold-water fish and other sea-dwelling creatures of Northern Sarvonia.  We are indebted to Taranka for much of the information in this thorough Compendium Entry!

Usages
The Snoburr do not have very many uses to humans or elves,  as they are too large and wild to be successfully flown in hawking.   They also are difficult to locate and hunt.   However, their feathers have been used for fletching arrows, and they have also been used decoratively for necklaces or hair accessories.   It is believed by some that a necklace made exclusively of Snoburr feathers and back vertebrae will confer invisibility upon the possessor - in conjunction with the right spell or enchantment!  A Snoburr feather earring is often used to signify grace and is worn by dancers and entertainers of the northern realms.  

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« Reply #14 on: 23 October 2003, 11:57:00 »

*dances around* Judy is back! :clap

BTW, LadyXDeath: It might be worth a thought to think about changing your development name. As people have pointed out at the RPG board, LadyXDeath is obviously an existing comic character. If you plan to stay longer at the development side, having an original Santharian name would be ideal. Especially because we create also entries about our Santharian alter ego (see e.g. entries on Artimidor Federkiel, Bard Judith, Faugar, Wren, Dalá'Valannía etc.) So this wouldn't work with LadyXDeath. I'm just pointing this observation out, though it's of course no must to change the name;)  


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