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PostSubject: Change to harpies: All can vacuum air due to unique lungs   Change to harpies: All can vacuum air due to unique lungs Icon_minitimeTue Apr 26, 2022 6:53 pm

I would like to recommend a change to the entry on Harpies regarding their ability to "vacuum" air. I think a simple explanation would be to have the ability be related to their "complex set of lungs". I also suggest that harpies get the opposite ability, the ability to blow powerful jets of air. I took a shot at rewriting some of the wiki page below:

For Biological Traits: "Harpies possess a complex and very powerful set of lungs adapted for their high metabolic rate and oxygen demand in flight. Unlike humans, they do not possess a diaphragm. Instead, harpies have multiple air sacs that store and pump air through their lungs which allows them to extract a higher concentration of oxygen, and even take in oxygen during exhalation. Thanks to this, a harpy is able to breathe at much higher elevations than other races could. So efficient is this lung structure that a harpy doesn't require the full use of her air sacs to breathe comfortably. The remaining air sacs are reserved for hunting and allow the harpy to create a vacuum to capture prey when she inhales. This unique structure is not without its faults, however. Because the sternum must move during respiration, holding a harpy too tightly around the chest can easily cause her to suffocate. Moreover, because they transfer more oxygen with each breath, airborne toxins are more efficiently transferred as well."

For Hunting Habits: "Harpies also possess the ability to create a powerful suction by which they inhale small prey into their mouth just like a vacuum.  They primarily use this power to snatch prey hiding in spots they otherwise would not be able to reach, such as a hole in a tree. Putting their complex lung structure to its full use, a harpy can seem to inhale almost endlessly, making it hopeless for a prey to resist the mighty airflow for very long. This ability also works in reverse, allowing a harpy to blow exceptionally strong gusts of wind; which means if a harpy can't reach into her prey's hideout, there's a chance she could simply blow it over. While commonly associated with the Rock harpies inhabiting the Ascarlin mountains, who used this ability to feast on miners and adventurers hiding in the mountain's numerous tunnels, further research revealed that other species of harpies were also capable of this ability. Due to the remarkable strength of their wind powers, there is a prevailing belief that they must be the product of magic. Perhaps it is true that the abilities are magical in nature; the question is currently the subject of many heated debates."



The current entry on Harpies from the wiki reads:

Under Biological Traits
Quote :
Harpies possess a complex set of lungs adapted for their high metabolic rate and oxygen demand in flight. Unlike humans, they do not possess a diaphragm and their lungs are proportionally small. Instead, harpies have roughly eight or nine air sacs that store and pump air through their lungs. This allows for a unidirectional flow of air, which allows them to extract a higher concentration of oxygen, and even take in oxygen during exhalation. Thanks to this, a harpy is able to breathe at much higher elevations than other races could. This efficient lung structure is not without its faults, however. Because the sternum must move during respiration, holding a harpy too tightly around the chest can easily cause her to suffocate. Moreover, because they transfer more oxygen with each breath, airborne toxins are more efficiently transferred as well.

Under Hunting Habits
Quote :
Harpies also possess the ability to inhale small prey into their mouth just like a vacuum. They primarily use this powerful suction to snatch prey hiding in spots they otherwise would not be able to reach into like a hole in a tree. This ability was at first believed to be the product of wind magic, as it is most commonly used by the Rock harpies inhabiting the Ascarlin mountains, who use this ability to feast on miners and adventurers hiding in the mountain's numerous tunnels. However, further research revealed that other species of harpies are also capable of this ability as well. There are currently heated debates whether this ability is the product of latent magical powers or the result of a unique organ that acts somewhat like a diaphragm.
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