|Common Nicknames||Fan-tailed Hawk|
|Habitat||Daen, Regalian Archipelago|
The Nimbinoldor is a hawk universally renowned for its hunting abilities. Often the choice hawk for those looking for a friendlier and submissive breed, this bird was extracted from eastern Daen, being sold throughout Aloria as the ideal specimen for an inexperienced falconer just getting started. Due to these birds’ innate ability to cooperate, they have often been used by rangers in large quantities.
The Nimbinoldor has had a long, but often lost history and only within the past century has it managed to rise to any prominence. While records are vague, it is believed the Nimbinoldor served as a common hunting companion for all classes of Elf in the Elven Empire during its heyday. However, the Cataclysm resulted in many being released out into the wild and the art to tame them was assumed lost. Altalar as early as 100 AC thought such arts were long dead as all who had trained them were now dead. In 152 AC, this perception began to shift. A Cielothar village was supposedly able to tame a dozen of the wild hawks, which the Avanthar then used to scout out ahead for danger. However, the report went unconfirmed, and the elitist Altalar scoffed at the notion that the weak pacifist Cielothar had managed to do such a feat. It was ultimately proven true in 225 AC when Avanthar near Caslin used the animal in several demonstrations to trade representatives.
The Altalar learned of this truth and sent out expeditions to find and capture this bird that the Avanthar had proven tamable. If these lesser and barbarian Elves could tame the creature, so would they. These efforts eventually led to a large number of the animal being captured and trained or trained from birth. Due to the rumor and myth around these birds, they were in high demand due to public interest, selling all over Daen and soon leaking into the Regalian Archipelago. In more recent years, this interest has become a threat to the wild populations of Nimbinoldor that remain. Being hunted for captivity by the Avanthar, Altalar and Ailor of Daen, these hawks’ numbers are quickly being reduced in the wild. There is a large risk that the species will become entirely reliant on its captors to survive, and no longer be independent, which many fear will negatively affect the Nimbinoldor’s abilities as a mighty predatory bird.
The Nimbinoldor stands at one and a half to one and three-quarters feet and has a total wingspan of one to one and a half feet. They have a smooth feathered head that curves down to the end of their beak, and to either side of it, brown eyes that are said to see to impressive distances. The beak is a faint white-grey, and curves sharply downwards. Their legs are similarly colored, free of feathers, slenderly leading to the sharp talons at the end of their feet. The Nimbinoldor has unusual feather patterns, with three slender white strips starting from their head and ending at their fan-like tails. In addition to this, despite most commonly being brown or grey, it can appear in the highly exotic colors of yellow or green.
Male Nimbinoldor are generally larger than their female counterparts, with thicker striped feather patterns. This doesn’t particularly vary a male or female in flight or hunt, where both are naturally evenly skilled. Nimbinoldors who have lived in captivity since youth are typically slower to hunt, and far less efficient or cunning as one that has spent its adolescence in the Daen wilderness. Ergo, more Nimbinoldors are being found directly from Daen rather than bred and raised.
Life Span and Development
Nimbinoldor hatch at around six months, and will have short, messy feathers that appear grey. They will take on their natural feather colors at around two years, reaching maturity at five. The Nimbinoldor’s stripes start off large and decrease in size as the bird grows. Physical deterioration starts at 14, where the bird will alter behavior, growing docile and laze about. The bird’s average lifespan is 15 years.
Nimbinoldors are amiable creatures towards humanoids, showing great interest in them, though hostile and aggressive towards other bird species and cannot be kept together. These hawks are keen and aware, with rapid reaction times. They are expressly terrified of cats, presumed to be a result of encounters with large Daen felines such as the Black Pathor or Great Jungle Cat. They are known to have a strong dietary imprint, and will stubbornly refuse to eat any foods they were not fed during the first years of their life, except for fish. It is an absolute must to keep the Nimbinoldor physically active while it is in captivity. If it grows bored, claustrophobic or depressed, it will escape from its owner regardless of its past teachings. Despite this, the creature is, by all means, tamable at just about any age except for during its elderly years of after 14, when they grow less physically active.
Territory and Groupings
Nimbinoldor will travel in small families, diving through different regions of Daen. They rarely nest beyond purposes of raising children and will hunt in groups of three. Nimbinoldor have often nested closer to settlements, which is partly the reason behind their infamy while some of them had been tamed and used by the Avanthar. It is observed that families of Nimbinoldor will never conflict, this being a result of their tendency to not hold a defined territory and only nesting temporarily.
- Nimbinoldor fan-tailed feathers, despite their illustrious appearance, are not highly sought after. Since Nimbinoldor are worth far more living, and their meat is typically too tough and poor-tasting to enjoy, they are usually just sold in captivity to aspiring falconers all over Aloria.
- The Cielothar have not stopped taming the Nimbinoldor, but their secrets remain just that. More rumors spill of their ability to use the birds even more efficiently than most, being able to direct them not only as scouts but messengers easily and even hunt on a village’s behalf.
- The Avanthar have been found to use Nimbinoldor in the dozens. A Nimbinoldor will be sent to fly in a direction and quickly return to its owner after having discovered peculiar or out-of-the-norm, which is a way to use these swift birds to learn enemy troop movements long before horseback scouts could, although there is the occasional risk that the birds will give false alarms. They have also been used to gauge the distance between a large settlement and the tribe.