As beautiful as a fully feathered yuaxu is, magi should never forget that they are carnivores and easily large enough to eat a fully grown person in only a bite or two. On sunny days, they seem to spend as much time as possible dozing in the sunlight, but they are never completely distracted and can move with shocking speed when motivated. Magi who have gotten close enough to a yuaxu - or at least watched them from a safe distance - have reported that yuaxu often seem to grin, especially when completing a successful hunt. This has caused debate on just how intelligent the yuaxu is, and just how entertaining it finds its own violence.
Yuaxu live in the remotest northern regions of the world, which explains why they were only recently discovered despite their great size. Large and hardy, they're also covered in feathers to help keep them warm even in the deepest snows. Female yuaxu are fiercer than males, using the blood of their prey to colour their crests, arms, and the base of their tail. However, male yuaxu are more than capable of hunting and defending themselves, even if they do prefer preening and ensuring the stripe across their bodies is as white as the snow around them. Consummate predators, they have no identifiable magic but generally don't seem to need it, and magi seeking to take one as a companion should be aware of the ever-present danger that a yuaxu will eat them as a snack.
Sprite art: Tekla | Description: Sochitelya