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Fegundo

The life of a fegundo usually starts in the cold of winter, where the bird is born in small bursts of flame that are created from the ashes of their parents' remains that lie in the southernmost part of the Eighth. This means that a fegundo will never know their parents, and are forced to survive and thrive on their own from the start.

While both young and old fegundo tend to eat small insects such as the gondola wasps, older birds are known to eat the occasional fish as well. These fish are usually stolen from more water-resistant animals, as large amounts of water can be dangerous for a fegundo. They can survive light rain, but it is still rather inconvienient for them. When a young fegundo has had their first meal, they immediatly migrate toward the mountains of Ephelna in order to escape the floods. As floods continue to follow them, they continue to migrate northward, finding new mountains that will provide safety from the waters. This process continues slowly for years.

Around the middle of winter, the adult birds will fly up to Sun Island in order to find a mate. When the end of winter comes, the male and female birds will take one final flight together, going directly to the sun. When they reach inside the sun, the male and female fegundo curl together into a ball, and are then burnt to ashes. These ashes are sucked through the north edge and explode out the south edge of the Eighth, allowing their offspring to be created from their remains. It is believed that the fegundo is the only animal that can "survive" exploding like this.

The ever-inventive Empire has found a way to utilise fegundo for their own devices.

S.A.B.E.R

The Surface-Avian Based Emergency Response system, or S.A.B.E.R, is an Imperial system created in response to an infestation in the Speaking Grounds that occurred around 150 B.D. The system is Fegundo based, and while it has yet to see widespread use throughout the Empire due to unacceptable mortality rates, it has appeared in a variety of locations outside of Negotiation Headquarters as of late.

When activated, the S.A.B.E.R. system awakens all Fegundo in the room, and alerts all creatures in the room of your presence. The Fegundo used in the S.A.B.E.R. system are Empire modified versions of the animals found aboveground.



Detailed Behaviour Analysis

Fegundo are flying creatures that are controlled by the player, are immune to sword, monsters and hot tiles, and do not activate pressure plates. They don't move until a Power Token has been activated. At that point, they fly in the direction that the player is currently facing, providing they can either see or smell the player. If an obstacle is in the way and an Arrow or Orthosquare isn't preventing movement in that direction, then the Fegundo explodes in a 3x3 square, turning into Fegundo Ashes. Fegundos hit by the explosion turn into ash as well. After 5 turns, these ashes revive into Fegundos. Fegundo Ashes are vulnerable to being killed in many ways, including swords, explosionsand falling into water or pits. Since the ashes fall to the floor, they can activate pressure plates. Both fegundo and their ashes can be killed by briar.