These are friendly companions, who will happily approach anyone – but especially so if treats are offered. One will quickly find out that grains and seeds catch their attention. A swarm of osath hatchlings will waste no time descending on the bearer of food. If one happens to be sitting down, the osaths will eagerly climb all over the person. Unfortunately, young osaths are very difficult to get rid of once something has caught their interest. These hatchlings are determined birds, and will follow their victim for hours, right through the castle's classrooms. With their seemingly endless amounts of energy, they are usually too much for any one magi to handle. Instead, all adult osaths care for the young. They work together to raise them, some watching the hatchlings while others forage for food.
These companions are only present at The Keep for warmer parts of the year, and can be found near rivers, lakes, and ponds. Osaths have unique feathers that repel all water, and as such they love the rain, and never try to avoid it. While these companions are dry and warm even in the harshest of weather, they depart once the seasons grow colder. Osaths migrate south, following the same migration paths that their ancestors did, hundreds if not thousands of years ago. These birds have remarkable memories, and are able to travel the world without ever becoming lost. They are very family oriented, and can recognize even very distant relatives easily. During their flights south, osaths often join together with others, until the sky itself is dark with their forms. The honking of osaths flying overhead draws attention from all. Should they be flying in their well known v formation, then it is a sure sign that winter is approaching. This flight pattern is easily discernible, and greatly reduces the amount of wind pushing against the birds. These companions choose days when the wind is blowing south to fly, so that the wind will work to their advantage. In addition to this, they call upon their powers when flying, and can pass by so quickly that they appear as no more than a blur. Before undergoing migration, osaths have no time for the magi, and their days are dedicated to eating as much as possible. When the time to migrate comes, they will fly all day for many days, and use all of the energy available to them.
Sprite art: GlassWalker | Description: Damien