Atavians of Achaea! I’ve a question for you!
What is your wing build and style of flight? The different wing types are:
Passive Soaring Wings(High-lift/Broad soaring Wings)- I.e. eagles, storks, most hawks, vultures.
Active Soaring Wings(Long Soaring wings)- ie. albatrosses, gulls, gannets
Elliptical Wings- ie.crows, sparrows, ravens, thrushes, some small owls
High-speed Wings- ie. Swifts, terns, falcons, ducks, sandpipers.
(now, some sources site the next as separate, some keep it to the above four wing types) hovering wings-ie humming birds
I ask cause many take pride in the appearance of their feathers, but what about flight, shape, span and build?
For Ryssa, her wings look more like a barn owl’s in pattern and colour, but are built to be in the elliptical category. She can glide for long travel when need be and get herself up with many wingbeats, but that isn’t her joy.
She takes off quickly like a sparrow flitting from place to place, dives and relishes in barrel rolls like acrobatic ravens. She loves going from a full on nosedive to pulling up into a sharp corkscrew spin, heart pounding as she carves her path through the clouds. Darting through the tops of buildings and weaving her way through trees, a reckless grin on her face as she pushes for sharper turns and greater busts of speed. Touching a wall with her boot, nearly stalling midair as she pulls off a bobby pin turn, leaving larger fliers to crash and break their bones.
She won’t win in a flat out race for speed, but, oh boy, try to best her in aerial acrobatics or a flying game of tag, she’ll leave you vomiting or crashing into water, ground and wall.
I encourage you, Atavians, do some research and take into consideration your character’s body type, battle class and armour usually worn. Reference specific birds. This could be great for shaping your character.