No one is quite sure why yatagarasu have three legs, but many magi joke that two are for balance and one is for carrying away their plunder. Yatagarasu will steal and hoard shiny objects, much to the dismay of the unfortunate soul to which whom the object belongs, and hide them in their nests or another hidden cache. It is nearly impossible to get them to part with their treasures except to offer them something more extravagant. They are quite fond of crystal balls and are found perching on or staring into them. Yatagarasu learn easily and can often be spotted in the library or accompanying their magi to classes, bringing to mind old beliefs regarding their wisdom. These birds prefer to stick close to their magi and will pair for life.
Originating from the Silva Forest, murders of these dark birds are quite common. Yatagarasu and coraxes avoid one another, even going so far as to inhabit different regions of the forest, with yatagarasu almost exclusively living in the deeper interior of the forest. Coraxes are the more common and more widespread, having been seen everywhere from the far southern jungles and deserts to further north than Synara City. They are diurnal and not picky; being scavengers, they are skilled at both finding and eating nearly anything. These green birds are also commonly seen at sites where tragedy has recently occurred, leading to beliefs that they are harbingers of doom. More crepuscular than coraxes, the larger and blue-plumaged yatagarasu have long been regarded as wise, guiding figures. A curious number of old tales seem to imply that they can even tell the future. Yatagarasu are often finicky eaters, selecting the finest foods to eat; companions of magi are known to be notoriously picky. As a result they are less widespread, preferring to remain in or near cities or in their native home in the Silva Forest.
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