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resemble large, birdlike [[Ogres]] with arms and long feathers. They are hostile and dangerous predators that grow as tall as an [[ Orc]] in height and far wider in girth. While native to [[Guldar]], they have also made nests in [[ Daendroc]] due to the Orcs transporting eggs during their great exodus.
Largely due to their shared place of origin, these birdlike beasts have a similar skin tone to both Orcs and Ogres, ranging from an unseemly green or grey to a rich, muddy brown. The Ollivear stands between eight to nine feet in height. Though not as wide as they are tall, the widest and shortest of the Ollivear do near that ratio. However, most are from five to six feet in width, the animal’s girth being somewhat dependent upon the availability of food.
The wings of an Ollivear are long and wrap across their body, a mechanism sometimes used to protect young or shield themselves in high wind conditions. Their plumage is restricted to the back side of their body and limbs, and the feathers are a deep black at their base, gradually blending into a vibrant, dark purple. They have heads that are smaller and more rounded than their Ogre analogs, with beady eyes and a purple beak protruding from the lower portion of their face.
An odd trait these creatures possess is the way the base of the beak is draped in loose skin. This usually limits the beak’s opening range, only allowing the creature to eat small rodents and similar such things without difficulty. However, this skin can be retracted, permitting the beast to open its beak much wider, its bite big enough to consume very large prey, such as a [[ Human]].
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==Habitat and Behavior==
The highest populations of Ollivears are found within the mountain ranges of central Guldar, as well as in smatterings around Daendroc near Orc camps. These creatures, despite their birdlike nature, prefer to live low upon jungle floors where they lay their eggs in caves and remain there to brood in the dark.
They tend to travel and hunt in solitude. However, the females have a strong maternal instinct, caring for their young until they are able to do so for themselves.
==First Recorded Encounter==
It is unknown when the Orcs of Guldar first encountered the Ollivear, but the first recorded encounter was made by an enslaved Human scribe working inside the kingdom of [[ Medlem Talar|Thelassia]] in the years following the cataclysm. Within his diary, he wrote a scrawled account, from which the following is an excerpt:
:“So I laid my eyes upon it, and what I saw was far from Human. I was both repulsed and intrigued at the same time. This creature in particular was sinewy with patches of feathers torn off and the blood of its victims splashed across its broad chest. The thing looked somewhat like an Orc, though closer to a bird in its appearance. I saw many fall to that monster today, witnessing first-hand a single bite completely crushing an Elf’s skull.”
The individual encountered had been caged by Orcs and then let free when they approached the [[Elf|Elven]] settlement.
Ollivears were originally but a pest to Orcs and the other inhabitants of Guldar . Certain tribes had a tradition of collecting the feathers of these beasts that one had slain and using them to adorn their armor. By this, the stronger members could be recognized by the thickness of their coat. Yet once the Ollivears were discovered to lay delectable eggs, the competition stopped being about how thick one’s coat was and turned to how many eggs one could serve at a feast. However, the Ollivear’s numbers did not suffer terribly, as it was no easy task to gather these eggs. Many Orcs died at their hands and beaks, which made the survivors all the more keen to gather plenty of eggs.
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One tribe managed to ‘tame’ the birds, much to their success as a widely feared tribe. Such use generally consisted of caging the Ollivear , angering them with sharpened sticks , and then releasing them in the direction of one’s enemies. Other tribes eventually caught on, and that manner of assault became increasingly common amongst the better organized Orc tribes.
As the atmosphere of Guldar grew more toxic, the Ollivears were particularly susceptible, dying out more rapidly than other species. As the Orcs performed their mass exodus to Daendroc, many Ollivear eggs were taken for breeding upon arrival, inadvertently helping to secure the future of the race.
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Ollivears are large birds known for possessing long feathers, great physical size as well as delicious eggs. They are also highly ferocious, which makes it a miracle they were able to leave Guldar with the Eronidas at all. Since this migration, they have grown to prosper along the western coastline of Daen but can be found in some inland areas as well. They are hunted for their eggs, meat, and feathers, but their population shows no signs of depletion and they are likely to continue attacking egg thieves for many years.
The Ollivear has a vague history in Eronidas history as their oral tales make little to no mention of its existence. The Ollivear only began to emerge more frequently in the events directly before and following the Cataclysm, where mentions of massive birds known as the “Children of Yazgar” became much more frequent in Eronidas orature. Their migration from Guldar is unclear, but scholars generally feel that the animal’s eggs were transported with the Eronidas across the Western Calms to Daen as a food source though some also believe that the birds flew to Daen before the Void or other forces stripped them of any ability to fly. Regardless of how they got there, the Ollivear grew populous and seemingly spread following the destruction carved by the Eronidas. The Nelfin attempted to beat back these foes too, but their large size and weight allowed them to crush many of their attackers. Over the following decades, the Eronidas tried to domesticate the large bird but failed. The animal was too aggressive and large to be contained for the needed amounts of time to train their vicious tendencies away. Today they can be found all along the western coastline of Daen as well as further inland in areas of Daendroc and Teled Methen. They can also be found in some Polon and Baros camps as threatening sources of food and materials, caged under very restrictive conditions but also possible weapons in conflict. Should the need arise, these captive Ollivear are prodded with pointed sticks and then unleashed in a particular direction to cause destruction and a distraction for the Eronidas to regroup.
Ollivears are massive birds, standing at anywhere from eight to nine feet in height, five to six feet in width excluding their wings and weigh anywhere between 250 to 400 pounds. Their heads are small and rounded, with beady black eyes and a large, pointed purple beak. The beak’s base is protected by a draping of loose skin that goes all around the mouth, limiting its ability to open and strike at their customary prey, small animals and fish. However, this skin can be retracted, permitting the Ollivear to open its beak much wider to consume or bite larger prey. Their head is connected to their body through a short neck with the rest of their body holding a pair of long wings (which when unfurled reach four feet each) that they wrap across their bodies and a set of small taloned feet. Their skin possesses earthen skin tones, from dark greens to greys to dark browns though their long feathers do not share the same coloration. It begins as black on their wings, feet, first bodies and head before morphing into a deep purple color along their necks, backs, and majority of their wings.
The population and birth ratio of male and female Ollivear is equal, but males are hunted more so than the females because they have more feathers on their bodies. They also range on the upper half of the body heights the species can reach.
Life Span and Development
Ollivear are born in large, fist-sized pale-yellow eggs with purple and blue speckles along the top. These eggs often come in groups of three to five and once they hatch, reveal small, featherless Ollivears. Helpless despite possessing small talons and already sharp beaks, which they used to peck their way out of their eggs, Ollivear chicks are cared for by their parents. Over the course of a year, their feathers come in though they reach full size and mental maturity by the age of five. At this point, Ollivear usually leave their parents or younger siblings to seek their own mates. The Ollivear mates for life, and makes their nests from rocks and grasses in the area. They can live up to twenty years.
Ollivear are hostile, dangerous birds with a few notable quirks to them. They are protective of their eggs, chasing down or attacking those who try to take them and get more erratic and angry the longer their foe is alive. They are also protective of their chicks but after the first year, grow relatively complacent in caring for them and leave them to their own devices. They rarely come to the aid of other Ollivear as the birds put the family unit before the larger species. The animal is also known for enjoying the shade, often creating their nesting ground in the shade of shallow caves, overhangs or beneath large jungle foliage. In all other matters, they are relatively simple-minded, easily lured into traps and rudimentary in their hunting techniques which often involves suddenly stabbing at a target with their closed beak to spear it through before going to bite at it.
Territory and Groupings
Ollivears live in small packs made up of one to three family groups. These packs are not directly attached to each other, however, and live within proximity to each other. They share a common territory of several miles when they are nesting. They are known to move around during the spring and summer, though these movements sometimes bring them in a large circle back to the original nesting ground they started at.
- Ollivear feathers have grown into a political statement from many Daendroque nobility or upper class of their loyalty to Regalia due to the purple hues these feathers possess.
- There has been little research done on the Ollivear, namely because their bodies decay quickly and smell awful within a day, making their cooking and consumption a speedy process in Eronidas and frontier Ailor society.
- Ollivear eggs are light blue in their yolks, making up a part of Daendroque children’s tale “I Will Not Eat Blue Eggs and Pork” mainly as a warning to children against Eronidas and their eating habits.
Firefan96 on 05/25/2021.|
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