(This is the Day 6 entry for the 30 day world building challenge.)
Excerpt from St. P. Naturality Guidebook…
Although Oed has become dominated by the “intelligent” species, leading to the inevitable extinction of much of its wondrous wildlife, a considerable number of species still exist. Magiks run astray have torn the planet’s weather system apart, leading to chaotic and unpredictable weather and a landscape that changes far more rapidly than evolution has catered for. Nonetheless, the species that remain dominate their niche and have learnt to survive in these wildly changing conditions. Restricting our attention to those in the fourth municipality (Figure ii), we see a number of unique and interesting lifeforms.
Of the air creatures, the zweibird is the rarest. Although with rich pink feathers, when it is in range it is hard to miss, fluttering and flittering about the trees and bushes, hunting for worms, bugs, and wyrm-bugs. The zweibird is uniquely biological, as reproduction in the female occurs not by giving birth but by spontaneously splitting into two new zweibirds, of equal size. A curiosity indeed! The mottled crow needs no explanation, it is seen everywhere in Oed, and is a scavenger. The eagal on the other hand, is one of Nature’s great species, vivid emerald feathers gleam in the sunlight, and a full span of its wings can rival that of a full grown person! The eagal is oft found perched on jutting cliff faces, high up in the mountains, where its perfect vision can search the ground for its prey, typically rabbits and zweibirds.
If roaming at night, one may come across the nightbird, a dark grey bird-like creature with fire-red eyes which glow at night. You may be tempted to flee, but don’t, the nightbird is harmful in appearance only, and feeds only on the bugs that are attracted by moonlight. However, the nightbird has a distant cousin, the firebird, which lives under the surface, closer to the core. It glows with the fire that runs through its veins, and is vicious towards anything which stumbles into its domain. If venturing deep underground, it is highly recommended you take the appropriate precautions and carry medical supplies for treating burns.