Harpies are a species of gryphon relative who possess quite advanced sapience. They are one of the Ancient Races, and the original terraformers of the planet Sphaera.
Harpies are within the gryphon clade, and are thus horizontally-aligned. They are feathered, like all gryphons, and have a distinct sickle claw on the inner toe of each both hindlimbs. Harpies are flightless, but their arms are structured rather like wings for cursorial vector control, and their long, stiff tails are used for balance and inertia control while running as well.
Ecology and Habitats
Harpies are highly adaptable, and can survive in any environments that can be made even remotely suitable for terrestrial life through use of technology and/or magic.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
Harpies can be found in appreciable numbers throughout the world, but their population is concentrated on the far northwestern end of Sikano.
Civilization and Culture
Major Language Groups and Dialects
The harpies speak a unique language called ei’shiax, though they are capable of approximating humanoid vocalizations if and when they wish.
The harpies are an ancient race, scattered across Sphaera –and indeed, across the galaxy. Originally from Earth itself, the harpies achieved spaceflight eons ago and were the beings who originally terraformed Sphaera, along with swathes of other planets. The population on Sphaera have long since forgotten their origins and believe they, as well as the other Ancient Races, are endemic to the planet; however, the ruins of the ancient harpy settlements remain as monuments to the colonists of old (including the derelict orbital station, immortalized in local lore as the Running Star).