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|officialname = Nimbinoldor
|nicknames = Fan-
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|officialname = Nimbinoldor
|classification = Bird
|nicknames = Fan-Hawk
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|classification = Bird
|domesticated = Yes
|status = Common
|domesticated = Yes
|status = Common
A widely known species, the Nimbinoldor is a domesticated bird species. They are often kept for hunting, or simply as social animals. Only having a history spanning about 150 years, many people are still unknowing of the bird. However it is popular among Rangers and some have even been found in [[ Regalian_Empire|Regalia]], favored for their friendliness and hunting capability.
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First Recorded Encounter==
Nimbinoldor was first found when a [[ Yanar]] by the name of Galathil begun to explore in the [[ Daendroc]] forests around [[ Medlem Talar]]. As it was walking, it had noticed a group of green and brown hawks looking at him. It paused, allowing the animal to make the first move, and within moments the hawks flew closer to inspect him. Galathil was able to lure one back to his house and was easily able to domesticate it with food. It recorded this down in a personal notebook, and is the first known domestication of the Nimbinoldor. Later, another [[ Lothar]] had stumbled across his notes and found that the Nimbinoldor was indeed a tame bird. Word of mouth spread within the tribe, and through trade, other people were able to get their hands on the amiable bird.
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The Nimbinoldor is a common animal, although there are fewer in the wilderness as it is widely sold throughout Aloria. It is not in danger of extinction, but is being pulled out of its natural habitat and could lose the ability to survive in the wild if held in captivity long enough. People who enjoy hunting wild game generally purchase these birds due to their effectiveness as hunters of prey.
A Nimbinoldor looks remarkably similar to a common Hawk. In terms of height, males stand at 1 ½ feet and females at just 1 ¼. Feather coloration is commonly green or brown, with three white stripes heading from head to tail. Their wings stretch about 6 inches outwards, while the tail is spread out like a fan. Nimbinoldor claws grow at a very slow pace, and only the tips gain any sharpness.
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=Notable Physical Traits===
These birds have odd feather patterns. Three white stripes start from the head and end at their fan-like tails. Male Nimbinoldor have thicker and longer stripes than female Nimbinoldor, but the change does not benefit their flight in any way. There is a variety of colors within the Nimbinoldor, yet the most common color is brown. It is said that their fan-like tails help direct airflow while they dive, and their thin, slick feathers are designed for speed and high velocities when diving. Most Nimbinoldor are very swift, being able to reach up to 180 mph when diving in the air.
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===Territory and Groupings===
====Origin and Diversity====
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The Nimbinoldor originated from Daendroc, descending from other hawk species. Nimbinoldor can live in any mild temperature, though are found to be most lively in Daendroc and its forested areas. Gender population is fairly balanced, however males are favored due to an increase in size when compared to the female hawks. Typical environments include any Daendroc forest, rivers, and occasionally humid coastlines.
====Life Span and Development====
The average Nimbinoldor lives about 15 years, reaching physical maturity at 5. The stripes on its back start off very large, slowly growing shorter as the bird grows. Nimbinoldors hatch from an egg 6 months after first being conceived. Physical deterioration begins at 14, often showing with calm and docile behavior and less activity. Many untrained owners aren’t aware of its dietary imprint, and can cause shortened lifespans due to feeding it food it will not eat, even if others have had success with the same food.
Nimbinoldors are all able to be tamed, and show little to no signs of hostility towards humanoids or the sentient races of Aloria. Nimbinoldor also have a keen sense of sight and hearing, often reacting quickly in situations. They have a strong dietary imprint as well, and refuse to eat any foods they were not fed in the first year of their life, though they have been known to dislike any species of fish. Lastly, they are most cheerful when left in open conditions though, and grow very claustrophobic if kept indoors for too long.
====Territory and Groupings ====
Typically Nimbinoldor travel in family groups, often flying around different areas of Daendroc for no apparent reason. They rarely show hostility towards each other, and hunt in groups of three to four. Due to their natural fondness towards sentient races, Nimbinoldor tend to live closer to established settlements. It has been observed that two groups of Nimbinoldor will never cross each other because they do not compete for food or shelter, only flocking to another area when in need of new resources.
are rarely hunted for their feathers, as it is considered cruel and a violation against nature. Their meat is bland and tastes poorly, so other races don’t choose to hunt them either.
The Lothar have developed a style of tracking Nimbinoldor, being able to use them to discover new food sources and scouts for signs of danger. Patterns in the bird’s behavior have been studied and many Lothar can foretell danger by the way they behave in certain environments.
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With strong wings and an easily broken will, the Nimbinoldor has been praised far and wide by the Altalar and Avanthar of Daen for its cunning skills and scouting abilities. This hawk originates from the eastern side of Daen, and is sold all across Aloria for its obedience, often recommended to those interested in taming birds who don’t yet have the necessary experience.
The Nimbinoldor’s history is long and draws back to years before the Cataclysm, often thought of by the Altalar as a symbol of Aish-eia, one of the gods in the Pantheon of the Faith of Estel. This hawk’s story first starts in Daen, where they were commonly used by all classes of Altalar as hunting companions in the Allorn Empire during its prime. Some would even keep them as pets, as rare as this is for Altalar, thanks to their elegant appearance and low maintenance standards, making them easy for slaves to tend to. As far back as is recorded, they were spread all across Daen, thus also widely used by Asha, though this fact was largely brushed aside in favor of the bird being used by more regal classes. Due to the Cataclysm, masses of these birds were released from their owners, left to fend for themselves in the wilderness after the Wildering. They thrived this way for many years thereafter, and went largely untouched and unrecorded, thought of by the Altalar as a long-lost practice, not expected to be regained. Though their days free in the wilderness were numbered; aside from hunting, freed Asha returning to the Ashal Isles made particular efforts to kill every Nimbinoldor they laid eyes on, as a symbolic gesture against their Nelfin oppressors.
This view on the species changed come the turning of the first century. Around 150 AC, rumors and mystery began to spread in small areas of Daen, telling tales of a nearby Cielothar Village that was able to capture and tame a dozen or so. These reports went largely unconfirmed, and the elitist Altalar scoffed at the idea that their old art could be re-used by such barbaric people. However, as questions cropped where answers could not be found, the evidence became undeniable that the species found use again; in 225 AC Avanthar near Caslin had started to utilize them in several demonstrations to trade representatives. Once denial had proven to be unsuccessful, the Altalar turned their attention to a new direction, sending out expeditions to find and capture as many as they could. These efforts were successful for the Altalar, but had dire complications for the wild populations; it was predicted that Altalar captures in response to high demand would severely reduce the overall population, and perhaps even reduce the species to a purely domesticated one. These predictions were ultimately proven correct; during the Long Elven War, wild Nimbinoldor utterly disappeared, whether killed by Regalians, the Dread Empire or captured by Altalar. Today, undomesticated specimens are regarded as almost mythical, and almost all Nimbinoldor are found not in the forests or fields, but in cages and breeding programs intended for personal profit.
The Nimbinoldor stands at one-and-a-half to two feet and has a total wingspan of one to one and a half feet with a weight of only a handful of pounds. They have a sleek feathered head that curves down to the end of their beak, with brown eyes on either side that can gaze over yonder far distances. The beak is a pale white-grey color with a strong downward bend. The Nimbinoldor have distinctive feather patterns, with three slender white stripes starting from their head and ending at their fan-like tails. In addition to this, despite most commonly being brown or grey, they can appear in the highly exotic colors of yellow or green in some isolated areas in eastern Daen. These more colorful varieties are always male, used to attract the attention of potential mates, whereas the females consistently are born with browns and greys. Their legs are a similar color, featherless, and slender, leading to sharp talons at the end of their feet.
Lifespan and Development
Nimbinoldor are hatched from eggs, which are laid by the mother in clutches of three; these eggs are no bigger than the palm of a hand, round and white with grey and blue specks. After the mother lays an egg, they require a gestation period of around six months, alongside a warm environment. Once they hatch, they are not the prettiest sight to see, often having very short, undefined grey feathers that are rather messy and uneven. After about two years of grooming, they will grow their natural feathers and reach full maturity at five. Their distinctive stripes start off rather large, and slim down as they get older, making this the perfect reference to identify at what stage of growth the bird is at. Physical deterioration and rough aging start at around fourteen years, often shown by their behavior which becomes much more docile and lackluster. During this stage, they will mostly laze about, avoiding physical activity when possible. The average lifespan for this bird is fifteen years.
Nimbinoldor’s are docile and obedient. They take quite a liking to humanoids, finding them interesting and worth following around. Keen and aware, their reaction times and finesse are impressive. They get attached quite easily, so if someone tames and owns one, they will most likely be the bird’s only owner until its death. On the opposite side, they are incredibly territorial and aggressive towards other species of bird, and cannot be held within the same space. They similarly don’t get along with cats either, though instead of aggression they show great fear of the felines. If one grows bored, claustrophobic, or depressed, despite having previously latched onto its owner it will attempt to escape. In terms of diet, Nimbinoldor commonly enjoy Fairfin Fish as their main appetite, though most fish will do. They will also eat some grain and seed, such as Dorinn Rye and the salty Ullaline seeds.
Territory and Groupings
In times where this was the case, the hawks would often travel in small families when untamed, traveling through different regions of Daen. They rarely ever nested, unless caring for their young and would often hunt in groups of three. In more recent times, come their globalized domestication, they are simply bred by owners and sold to others, sometimes in families of three or four.
- It is said that Nimbinoldor do not like felines due to earlier interactions in Daen, suspected to be especially hunted by the Black Pathor or Great Jungle Cat.
- Despite the beauty of their feathers, they are not sought after for fashion statements and you will rarely, if ever, see Nimbinoldor feathers being used on clothing; they are worth much more alive than they are on a cap.
- Since Altalar never have pets, Nimbinoldor are seen not as pets but as tools, which are exclusively cleaned and taken care of by servants and not the Altalar owner themself. Naturally, the birds have come to love the servants that care for them more than their Altalar owners.
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