A page of handwritten notes on lined, dirty refill paper. Down the right side are three pencil sketches of flying creatures from below.
Headline: Migratories.
Body text: Several varieties of critter are migratory by nature. Most travel north-south in spring and south-north in autumn. Russell Jacks confirm they come from, and leave to, the distant north across the sea.
Gryphons are particularly dangerous; large, strong, extremely prey-motivated and “blessed” with acidic feces. Their penchant for ripping through doors has been a considerable influence on our architecture. Their hides can be useful if intact, and their intestines are very useful for some chemical processes, but their flesh is rank to inedibility.
Dragons are mostly harmless. Arm-length lizards with wings, they were given the ability to breathe fire but not to resist or control it. They arrive starting in early summer, just when the grass is getting dry, and pass north again in early autumn, before the rains arrive. Buckets of sand and water should be left everywhere. Despite the obvious danger, their passing is eagerly awaited for the beauty of their night time displays. Attempts to find any use for them before their corpses explode have been largely fruitless, but their lack of aggression is appreciated.
Perytons are rare, and so not much is known about their life habits, but they apparently travel through in summer and seem to be mostly herbivorous. Their flesh is a rare treat, rich and tender, and their brightly
coloured hides are valuable in trade. The antlers are useful in various crafts, and the Duchy ascribes some medical virtue to them, without evidence.
Lamassu are thankfully even rarer than perytons; their eerily human faces bely their bestial appetites, and their