Species: White Soladis Swan
Birthday: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Though soladis swan hatchlings are clumsy, they grow to be most graceful creatures. They look much like other mundane birds when young, and are either yellow or gray in color. As these companions approach adulthood, their colors change to a snowy white or a dark black. Males and females look much alike, but one can usually tell the two apart as males have larger wingspans. The females take it upon themselves to create nests, a process that takes many weeks. These nests are hidden along the edges of rivers and lakes, and are created from soft grasses for camouflage. Both parents line the nest with down for warmth, and linger close by to protect hatchlings and eggs from predators. Soladis swans are vigilant creatures, and are always on guard. These companions welcome their magi to visit, however, and extend this courtesy to a few other people. Any uninvited intruder will be met with vicious pecking and driven away. Once eggs have hatched, and cygnets have left the nest, soladis swans relax and allow more visitors. When a magi goes to see their soladis swan companion, it's almost certain that its mate will be present. Mated pairs are almost constantly together, making it important for a magi to bond with them. Adult soladis swans carefully chose one mate, and will remain with them for life. The exceptions to this are if the bird's mate dies. Sometimes the swan will never have another love, but it is more typical that they eventually find another mate. It is also interesting that two males will bond with one another, or two females. If for any reason an egg is abandoned, these couples will take care of an egg as if it were their own.
Soladis swans are well known throughout the world, and many people come from afar to visit them. These beautiful birds generally keep to themselves, but allow people to gaze at them from a distance. Sometimes a soladis swan will allow a person to approach them. This is a rare occurrence, and the privileged person is always seeking counsel on matters of the heart. The advice of these birds is highly sought after, as it is helpful and effective. This is because these lovely companions are able to control and even alter memories. This magic has never been replicated, which is fortunate, as any human with such power would be tempted to misuse it. Soladis swans are very selective when using their magic, though, and call upon it only when they deem it necessary. Black soladis swans take joy in offering their help to those who have recently lost a loved one. The mourner will sit by the edge of the river or lake for a few hours and then leave, usually clutching a handful of precious feathers. These feathers are gifted sparingly, to comfort those who need it most. White soladis swans bring a different sort of happiness. Their feathers are thought to invoke feelings of attraction, and to strengthen those that already exist. It's a common sight to see a young man requesting a few feathers from a white soladis swan, to help him woo a love. The bird will sometimes offer advice, gifting the knowledge directly into the person's mind. Unions that come about with a soladis swan's aid are known to be very successful.