Lightningale

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Lightningale
Luscinia Fulguratus
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The Lightningale is very bright and may cause eye damage when looked at without proper ocular protection.
Class Avian
Habitat Cumulonimbus clouds, under very heavy weather
Totem for Knights of Light ⚜️ 
Description The Lightningale looks similar to a Nightingale, save for its very bright feathers.

The Lightningale (Lucinia Fulguratus) is a monster that thrives in the electromagnetic mayhem of storms. It uses and channels the electrical power of lightning to stun and catch their preys, via their electrically charged feathers.

Description

Lightningales are slightly larger than common Nightingale, at 17–18.5 cm. They have bright feathers making them easily recognisable. Male and female are similar.

Behaviour

They follow thunderstorms and are attracted by electromagnetic fields. Due to this behaviour, they can't watch over their eggs as they fly away towards the next cumulonimbus. Their eggs are laid in the nests of other Luscinia passerine birds such that the fooled parents take care of their children. This led for a long time to the misconception that they were a rare form of nightingales. They are naturally peaceful. Farmers and merchants never complained about any attacks such that city guards leave them be. The tendency of heroes to wear metallic things as weapons or armours leads to more aggressive behaviour against them.

Electric properties

Attempts to attract them using magnets showed great potential but nobody really figured what to do with them afterwards as they are not smart enough to be kept as pets. Also note that they don't produce enough electricity to light a bulb, such that ideas to use them for their energy didn't lead to any applicable projects. It led to interesting discoveries, however. Their feathers are bright due to many small sparks going from one to another. Some take positive charges while others take negative charges. When touched, they discharge and go back to a plain white bird. They need to build back the potential difference between the feathers. This can be done thanks to lightning but flying also induces friction between their wings and their body such that the feathers exchange electromagnetic charges.

Attributes

Strengths

  • Force Lightning
  • Defibrillator
  • Blinding Light

Weaknesses

  • Needs constant flow of electricity
  • Consumes an ungodly amount of electricity
  • Can only stun a mid-sized worm