Adult Male

Adult Male
Name: unnamed
Species: Wailing Cockatoo
Birthday: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Owner: Graveworm

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Wailing cockatoos earned their name with their unique vocalizations, which are longer and more forlorn than the sharp calls of their kin. Combined with their dark plumage and calm demeanor, the birds have a reputation for being dour or sad. In truth they are playful and social, and enjoy learning tricks or working out puzzles for rewards. Given that they can disrupt whole neighborhoods if upset or ignored, many areas require would-be owners to get special training and permits to own one, while others have banned the birds entirely. Some magi have tried to make talismans that can suppress the cockatoo's magic, but so far no one's managed to make one that will also survive the bird's crushing beak.

In the southern lands from Taggelisk to the Ixan Jungle, the harsh terrain can be deadly in any season, isolating and threatening small communities and travellers. To combat this, call towers and waystations riddle the area, manned by keepers of trained, magical cockatoos. While no louder than any other cockatoo at the source, the calls of these birds can carry far beyond the range of their unenhanced kin, passing messages via complex patterns of shrieks, wails, and some words. Originally created by magi, over the years enough birds have escaped and bred with their wild counterparts that messages can be disrupted by wild flocks, so they are repeated, with brief pauses, until a response signal is received three times.

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: Myrin