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Windsifter - Iris Compiet

Windsifters were insects characterized by their soft, downy wings, thread-like antennae, rotund bodies and small, expressive eyes.[1] They had prodigious memories and great stamina,[2] and were thus domesticated by the Gelfling during the Age of Harmony to act as couriers. They were even assigned the solemn task of delivering the six pieces of the Living Crown at the death of an All-Maudra.[1]

Windsifters came in many different shapes and sizes, from the brightly colored Great Scarlet Windsifter to the comparatively drab Lowlands Speckled Windsifter. Many Gelfling spent their lives selectively breeding the animals for new varieties.[1] Despite their wide usage, some Gelfling preferred using Swoothu rather than Windsifters, as the latter were more likely to heed the Song of Thra rather than follow instructions, and their smaller size made them impractical for delivering anything heavier than a letter or small object.[3]

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cesare, A. & Compiet, I. (2020), The Dark Crystal Bestiary: The Definitive Guide to the Creatures of Thra, Insight Editions, pp. 100-101, ISBN 1683838211
  2. Lee, J.M (2019), Heroes of the Resistance, Penguin Young Readers Licences, p. 79, ISBN 978-0.593-09539-3
  3. Lee, J.M (2020), Songs of the Seven Gelfling Clans, Penguin Young Readers Licenses, pp. 47-48, ISBN 0593095596
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