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Hue Headless

A deformed owl species with exaggerated wings

Basic Information

Anatomy

Wings

Each wing is about the same length as the main body. In addition, each wing has evolved exaggerated limbs that fold above the owl's head to give it increased surface area. This allows the headless to cruise on the cold winds and stay aloft for longer.  

Talons

The owl uses these talons to crush the skull and knead the body of its prey. They are sharp and curved and appear enormous in comparison to the body when fully extended to grasp prey.  

Beak

The beak is short, curved, and downward-facing. It's typically hooked at the tip for gripping and tearing its prey.  

Growth Rate & Stages

Egg

Owl eggs are typically white with an almost spherical shape, and range in number between 3 to 4, depending on the particular conditions of a season. The female owl usually tends to the eggs, keeping them warm for around thirty days. Because the eggs are laid over several days, the baby owls will likewise hatch over several days.  

Hatchling

Newly hatched owls are blind and covered in down feathers. They are totally dependent on their parent to tear large pieces of their kills into smaller bits to eat. Many other substances leak onto the nest and sink into the owlets' skin from which dark patterns mark small colonies of fungi.  

Nestling

Nests are normally found near cave entrances, near wild growing fungi and between hot-rock crevices for protection from the cold. Lesions, from what amount to skin infections, heal and turn to all sorts of colours to indicate the type of luminous feathers in adulthood.  

Fledgling

About two-thirds of the way, young owls may leave the nest and spend the day several feet from it. Juvenal plumage has fine barring, unlike the streaking of the adult.   The first flight feathers appear at about the same time, like those of the adult's, but are more pointed. Only a few weeks after its acquisition, this plumage is replaced in a complete molt that introduces a plumage identical to that of the adult  

Adult

Female owls commonly travel to find other mates, while the male stays in their territory to mate with other females.

Ecology and Habitats

Night Conditions

The natural dull colouration of their feathers can render them almost invisible in the dark conditions of cliff caves. The blue, green and silver streaks grown from molds under the frozen sky allows them to blend in under the ethereal light.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Owls hunt mostly small mammals, insects, small birds, and a few even specialize in hunting the fish around Lightning Lake or snatching the winter plums growing on cliffs.

Additional Information

Domestication

War Bird

War birds are trainable and notably exotic birds of prey whose visages are shown to signal large battle groups when and where to advance or withdraw. Such birds are caught and trained exclusively by the College of Birds and sold at exorbitant prices as instruments of war and pets for the noble elite.

Facial characteristics

Forward-facing eyes on a flat face with manipulable facial discs around each eye. These discs direct sound into the ear-holes, and a downward-facing, sharply triangular, hawk-like beak minimizes sound disturbances.   A conspicuous circle of feathers make up facial and head markings, including face masks, ear tufts, and the brightly coloured irises.

Geographic Origin and Distribution

East-West Corridor

Where the Tlopetlan mountain rises splits the wide opening between the mountainous Northern Range and the Bad Step into two openings that Toiks, by their position, possess total control over. Both easily connect Sauoomsae, the Wilds and the Deeper Swamp to the Shadow Pass which detracts trade from the Black Road.

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Vision

Owls possess an absolutely large tubular eye in a relatively small skull but are unable to move their eyes in any direction.  

Hearing

There are asymmetrical ear placements on the skull to pinpoint the location of its prey.  

Camouflage

The colouration of the owl's plumage results from bioluminescent mold growth for brighter streams of feathers to blend into the twilight environment above the Cold Swamp.

Symbiotic and Parasitic organisms

As chicks, owls hid in the caves and cliff perches where many are exposed to molds and parasites that discolour their tuff feathers and sometimes lead to death.   Once they grow into adulthood, however, they can become beneficial as the fungi act as a barrier to other pathogens and camouflage.

Civilization and Culture

Naming Traditions

"Hue"

A gentle light is reflected off from the owl's feathers originating from the refracted light of the frozen sky and the rainbow serpent  

"Headless"

The owl possesses wings whose wrist bones extends well beyond the owl's main body. When the bird is perched and its wings are furled against its body, these bones appear as horns over its head   From a distance, it gives the impression of a decapitated bird.  

Common Myths and Legends

Symbol of Death

The Sang and step folk, along with other natives of the valley, consider the owl a symbol of death and destruction. In fact, the sang god of death, Mictlantecuhtli, is often depicted with owls.  
"When the owl sings, the people die"
— an old sang saying
Several religious texts describe owls as messengers of Xibalba ("Place of Fright")

Jumps
Geographic Location | Dec 26, 2020
Mountain Blood
Geographic Location | Jul 28, 2020
Tlopetla
Geographic Location | Jan 6, 2021
Lifespan
25 years
Average Height
14 - 18 in
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Feathers are generally have:
  • larger feathers than the average birds
  • fewer radiates
  • longer pennulum
  • smooth edges with differing rachis structures
  • serrated along the remiges' edges for silent flapping
Geographic Distribution
Related Ethnicities
Death Whistles
Item | Aug 3, 2020
Cuachic
Building / Landmark | Mar 26, 2021

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Cover image: Festival of Light by Mary Phillips

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