Newly hatched, these birds are not much to look at. Small, completely bald and with a large beak, many magis find them quite unattractive, but as they age and their feathers start to grow in, they become much more pleasing to the eye, though never reaching the beauty of the adults. Even though they are small, an astridae hatchling can eat a lot more than one would imagine. They love blueberries and will eat an entire basket of them in just a minute. While they can't fully control their magic at such a young age, magis with them as their companions find they tend to lose their belongings less.
Deep in the Ixan jungle, astridaes can be found amongst ancient ruins and temples left behind by a long lost civilization. No one enters said ruins without the astridaes knowing, granting luck and protection to those they deem worthy to enter the ruins, and bringing great misfortune to those only wanting to plunder and take. Astridaes are incredibly beautiful birds, found in many colors, blending in with the foliage and even the colorful ruins themselves. Over the many years, adventuring magis have been granted eggs and they have become a fairly common sight and a popular pet amongst the people of Synara. Magis will sometimes make jewelry from their colorful feathers, believing that some residual magic will grant the wearer luck.
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