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« on: 19 October 2011, 03:23:55 »

Ice Phoenix
The Ice Phoenix is shrouded in as much myth as perhaps any creature Caelereth lays claim to. Their isolation in Northern Sarvonia and their fierce independence both contribute to these myths, but it is their magical attributes that are mostly to blame. From extraordinary and perhaps even infinite lifespans and intelligence to the supposed healing powers of their breath and ice crystal tears, these creatures are undeniably magical and magnificent creatures.  Perhaps the most frightening and awe inspiring powers of these mysterious creatures is the ability to seemingly transform into freezing gusts of wind that turn all in their path to eternal ice sculptures; one would certainly not want to anger an Ice Phoenix. Near Demon Drake size and beautiful coloring in cohesion with these magical attributes makes the Ice Phoenix a treasure to the men and elves they share a home with.  Indeed some tribes and clans have even worshipped this monstrous bird as a deity or even the deity.



Appearance: At nearly two peds from feet to head and three from tip of tail to beak, this predatory bird is amongst the biggest in the clear frozen skies of Northern Sarvonia. A wing span of nearly five peds often has new explorers mistaking Ice Phoenix families in flight as groups of drakes or even dragons. As the mystical bird gets closer, however; it becomes abundantly clear that these are no drakes or dragons. The grace with which they fly and the magnificent coloring from head to tip of tail stand out is sharp contrast against the day sky, and make them all but invisible in the night. A medium blue tone at the top of the head gradually gets darker as it goes down the body until it reaches a dark purple at the end of the tail feathers. As far as any researcher has seen thus far all Ice Phoenix specimens are exactly the same in shape size and color. Only eye color varies from bird to bird as the entire spectrum of color seems to be a possibility for any individual Phoenix’s eyes.  It is in fact quite common for a specimen to have eyes of different colors or even different color extremes. The eyes of an Ice Phoenix are much larger in proportion than those of most other bird species, and in a strange twist of nature they also have very long very beautiful eyelashes. An Ice Phoenix’s eyes tilt slightly forward, and down arched eye brow feathers give their faces a very fierce and frightening look. The beak is shaped much like that of other predatory birds, but the coloring matches the tone of their head exactly and the beak curves down less sharply than say an eagle. Long legs covered in feathers about half way down support these long sleek bodies when standing or sitting, and they end in very sharp and long ice cycle colored clear blue talons that are unrivaled anywhere in the kingdom of birds. Like the beak, the legs match the coloring of the body exactly.  Long beautifully dark purple tail feathers waiving in the wind will be the last thing noticed by the lucky spectator as the Ice Phoenix sails by in her royal majesty.

Special Abilities:Much like the great Phoenix of fire the Ice Phoenix is shrouded in myth and speculation, but unlike the creature of fire that may well be myth completely, if one were to go looking for the Ice Phoenix he or she would have almost certain success, and as such the abilities of this bird are well documented and many times confirmed.  Perhaps most impressive amongst this creature’s arsenal of abilities and magic is its ability to seemingly transform in to a freezing gust of wind that turns all in its path into an eternal ice sculpture. Whether they actually transform or if they simply move at speeds beyond comprehension is impossible to discover, but the end result is always the same; someone or something ends up preserved in ice for the rest of time.  Now this would lead someone to believe that ice statues would be found all over and in great abundance, but as the Ice Phoenix is actually a creature of peace it takes great provocation to earn this fate. As such; the said ice statues are actually quite rare.  Many also believe that the Ice Phoenix is immortal, and though this is impossible to prove they certainly have a life span that extends far beyond that of any race of humanoid upon the face of Caelereth. Every so often a man or orc seemingly kills a phoenix, but in these instances something strange and awesome occurs. Upon fatal injury the Ice Phoenix turns into a pool of frozen water, and as such they stay until the sun gives enough warmth to melt the pool. As the water melts it rises up and takes the form of a liquid Phoenix. Upon full thaw the water anomaly finds solidity and an Ice Phoenix takes flight. Many believe that this is the very same creature that suffered a life ending injury, but other still believe that this is a new and different Phoenix born of its predecessors magical remains.  Whatever the case, the process is magical and mysterious. It is also said amongst the local tribes and peoples that the Ice Phoenix’s breath can heal physical ailments and wounds, while her tears can cure sickness and even bring the dead back to life. These last powers have yet to be proved by researchers, but if true they are great abilities indeed.

Territory:The Ice Phoenix calls the Forest of Contamar at the tip of the Iol Peninsula in Northern Sarvonia home, and in the warmest month of the year they often travel far enough south to come in contact with the human tribe of Antislar.  

Habitat: The Ice Phoenix lives high up at the very top of the giant frozen trees of Contamar.  This is quite interesting as this means that they live in the very same trees as the local Ice Elves, but the elves homes are a little lower on the trees, and as per usual the elves leave nature to itself. This is not to say that contact and history between the two are absent. In the months of Burning Heavens and Sleeping Dreameress, when the Phoenix leaves its trees of Contamar, they can be found scattered along the beaches on either side of the peninsula where they feast on Evoor.  Because they do not seem to have new hatchlings there is no need for nests, and as such they simply perch upon the branches on high when at rest.

Behavior: Shy and fiercely independent as the Ice Phoenix is, researchers have had a very difficult time observing them while displaying natural behavior.  This is due in large part to their very keen eyesight and hearing, and when they sense the presence of a foreign entity they take defensive posture and are very much in high alert for the next several days. Only the most patient and discreet of researchers will eventually be accepted as a benign presence by the Ice Phoenix. At this point they change a great deal in the eye of the watcher. Much of the day is spent in playful flight, and is really only interrupted at three hour intervals when hunting time comes around. To see this bird fly is to see grace itself. Often times it will climb to heights beyond the sight of man only to come soaring down in a nose dive that seems almost certain to end in tragedy, but as the flying beauty comes to within inches of a crash and certain injury it somersaults upwards with deft ease to the amaze of all watching. The hunt is very much the same as this playful nosedive except that as the Phoenix turns upward it has its prey firmly grasped in its talons.  After catching its prey the predator then devours its food while still in flight. When it is finished picking the meat from the bones the Ice Phoenix then releases the decimated carcass to fall uselessly to the ground.

Diet: The mainstays of the Ice Phoenix’s diet are hrugchucks and field mice, but in the warmer months they also eat Evoor from the sea.  Like almost all creatures in the Contamar forest one of the bird’s favorite delicacies is the Asén’evathón’s berries.

Mating: No form of mating or reproduction has ever been recorded or confirmed, but these beauties of the sky do seem to spend the majority of the days and time with eight or nine specific others throughout the years.  These, “families”, if you will; live almost completely independent of the rest of the Ice Phoenix population.  It is estimated that there are approximately 160 to 170 total birds, and this number never fluctuates.  If indeed new Phoenix are born it is via the process of death to ice to water to phoenix process that was hitherto described, but as earlier stated it is impossible to tell if this is a completely new creature or if it is the same bird that has healed of its mortal ailment.

Researchers:The first mention of this bird is in the compilation of the dwarvin explorer, Halgorath, in the year 1234b.s. This account is very vague and only mentions the beauty and power of the "Blue Dragon Bird" as he labled the Ice Phoenix at the time.  It was not until much later that an adventurer and researcher by the name of Corathamer fully chronicalled the features and behaviors of what he came to call the Ice Phoenix.  The following is an extract from his journal after he came upon this creature of flight:
13th Day of Burning Heavens 321A.S.
Today I came upon one of the most majestic sights I have seen in all my travels.  I had been slowly creeping up to a Thunderfoot on the outskirts of the Contamar Forest in order to better observe its grooming rituals when a beautiful sound somewhere between the song of a Nue'mon and the screech of an eagle filled my ears and lifted my eyes upwards. Fear struck immediately as I at first thought I had encountered a drake of some kind, but upon further observance I realized that I was looking upon a bird of somekind.  I am no wordsmith, so I can not appropriately describe the creature's beauty, but suffice it to say that this creature was immeasurably beautiful. Upon further observance it came to me that this bird looked a great deal like I had allways imagined the great Phoenix would.  Only the coloring was off as instead of a fiery orange this creature exhibited the deep blue and purple colors of ice. As such I have decided to call my discovery an Ice Phoenix.  When I finally took my eyes off of this magical bird I was astonished to find that she was not alone.  Nine others were staring at me with what appeared to be fear ans suspicion.  Thus they stayed until dusk, and even as I set up camp their eyes never left me.  I look forward to what tomorrow holds........

25th Day of Burning Heavens 321A.S.
After many days with out change it appears the Ice Phoenix family has decided that I am not a threat.  Upon coming to that conclusion the birds have livened, and I have seen feats of flight unrivaled by any bird I have hitherto seen...
 

 
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« Reply #1 on: 19 October 2011, 04:00:00 »

Just a few words of advice on your Phoenix, Kothar: Always try to embed your creations in existing Santharian/Caelerethian cultures/regions, so that they build on other things and have an impact eventually.

The other thing is that you should always be clear about whether a beast e.g. is actually real or mythical, because if it's the latter, such a beast would be impossible to measure exactly, compare it to others e.g., and people wouldn't know about its exact whereabouts, how it reproduces, stuff like that. A lot of the entry then would be speculation of scholars gathered from various sources and there could be even divergent views on various aspects of such a creature. If you have such a mythical creature people could see it as capable of doing all sorts of things, like having powerful magic etc. - as this all is mainly subject of stories you wouldn't have to worry about whether this is all actually possible or not.

Real creatures on the other hand can be observed, researched, and need to live in an ecological environment together with other animals and plants. Where they live and what they do needs to fit together.

So there's a huge difference on how you approach a creature, it's either from the real or the mythical side, which determines on what you can put into the entry.

BTW: You write "mystical" instead of "mythical", that's probably not the right word here.
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« Reply #2 on: 19 October 2011, 04:15:44 »

Thank you for the pointers Artimidor. I will try to do as you say. I have now also completed the special abbilities portion of the entry!
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« Reply #3 on: 19 October 2011, 04:33:59 »

I hope to place my creatures in the Wastes of Despair so that I can integrate them into the cultures of the surrounding area's elves orc and men.  My problem is that I can't find any info on the Wastes. Is it feasable for me to place my creatures here, and if not are there any suggestion as to where in Northern Sarvonia my creatures would best fit?
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« Reply #4 on: 19 October 2011, 04:48:44 »

Northern Sarvonia isn't that much developed in terms of places, definitely not that much north. But well, there's the Isle of Kalta'Goor for example, where an Ice Phoenix would perhaps exist. It might fit in a way to the Ice Tribes and their culture, but here Talia and Altario are the experts.
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« Reply #5 on: 19 October 2011, 04:57:24 »

Is it possible for me to place my Ice Phoenix in this area, and then at a later date develop the area itself?
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« Reply #6 on: 19 October 2011, 05:03:37 »

Well, theoretically yes, but you should have a read up on what has been developed around this area so far, so that it somewhat makes sense. That's why in general I recommend to focus for a start on a specific area, which is at least partly developed, and add something there. Get your feet wet, then move on to own, larger things, like getting more into a so far only fragmentarily developed area.
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« Reply #7 on: 19 October 2011, 05:11:31 »

Isle of Kalta'Goor it is then. Thanks again Art...Is it allright if I call you Art?
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« Reply #8 on: 19 October 2011, 05:14:36 »

That's fine, sure :) Kalta'Goor is BTW Azhira's territory, so make sure to get her input on that, Kothar!
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« Reply #9 on: 19 October 2011, 12:49:57 »

Well I think this is a great first idea.  I love it.  However I seem to be sucker for anything icy related.  I really like your writing style.  The words flow very well. 

Once you have this fleshed out more I will look at the entry with a more critical eye and provide some suggestions.   thumbup

Keep up the good work.
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« Reply #10 on: 19 October 2011, 14:44:50 »

Thanks for the encouragement, and I hope to get your advice soon.
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« Reply #11 on: 19 October 2011, 15:07:28 »

I have an idea in mind for my creation here that would require a fairly large civilization of people, and Kalta'Goor does not allow for this. Are there any oth suggestions as to wher I might locate the Ice Phoenix.
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« Reply #12 on: 19 October 2011, 15:14:36 »

Iol, the Antislar are a tribe I'm working on.  In the northern extreme are elves and orcs to the south and east.
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« Reply #13 on: 19 October 2011, 15:37:19 »

The Iol Penninsula should work great. A connection to the Ice Elves in the far north might just be what I'm looking for, and a magically frozen forest!!! I wonder how that might have happened evil haha. This is just perfect. Thank you Altario Shialt-eck-Gorrin. You just landed the Ice Phoenix a perfect home. The Contemer Forrest on Iol should work perfectly.
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« Reply #14 on: 19 October 2011, 15:45:40 »

I don't speak often, but when I do, it's usually something brilliant. rolleyes
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