The triple eagle (TRI-pel/Ē-gul) is a three-headed bird of prey native to North America. Its range includes all five Magimundi provinces, from the edge of the Arctic Circle in northern Thunderbird, Mishipeshu and Destiny to the southern reaches of Baja. It is found near large bodies of open water with an abundant food supply and old-growth trees for nesting. It greatly resembles the American bald eagle, save that it has three heads.
There is a legend that the triple eagle was created by a rogue cryptozoologist in the early 1800s as a form of one-upmanship to the European two-headed eagle. However, this is likely to be apocryphal as there are documented sightings of the triple eagle going back at least 500 years.
The triple eagle is an opportunistic feeder whose diet mostly consists of fish, much like the American bald eagle. It lays three eggs at a time and if one of the eggs is damaged or fails to hatch, then the other two inevitably die. It is considered bad luck to disturb a triple eagle nest, and experienced cryptozoologists always carry counter-charms when working with triple eagles.
Furthermore, triple eagles carry three potent forms of divination magic. First, they can be enchanted to give a verbal prophecy on a specific subject, “speaking” the advice from one of their three heads. However, one of the heads always tells the truth, one always lies, and one is occasionally unreliable. It can take experienced astromancers years to determine which of the three heads is always reliable.
Second, the feathers of the triple eagle can be enchanted to dowse, or point to a specific item. The feather must be pure white; no imperfections are allowed. However, the feathers have a limited range, and they must be re-enchanted every fortnight.
Finally, the triple eagle produces pellets like owls, which may be dissected for its contents, which can be used for divination. Again, the pellets may produce true, false, or random information based on which head the pellet was regurgitated from.
The triple headed eagle needs all of its heads to function. If one is removed or incapacitated, the bird will die within hours. They can feed or breathe through any of their heads. They can move their heads independently to allow 360 degree vision.
There was some discussion in the mid-1800s that the triple eagle should be made the official bird of the American Magimundi, much like the bald eagle is the official bird of the United States. This proposal was eventually rejected, although it does resurface now and then.
A juvenile triple eagle is called an eaglet. The collective noun for a group of triple eagles is a convocation.
Triple eagles nest near open bodies of water from which they can catch fish.
Triple eagles are essentially three- headed American bald eagles. With the exception of the extra heads, they are biologically identical.
Triple eagles are opportunistic feeders, catching fish of all kinds when available.
Triple Eagles are highly magical, surprisingly so. Their feathers, pellets, and entire being may be used for divination. Their feathers, heartstrings, and sinews may be used as cores for wands. Their talons may be used to fashion charms to attract fish. Their eyes may be used in charms to allow scrying and other vision-related spells. They put a hex on their nests which causes bad luck to those who disturb them. Their eggs may be used in potions, once cleansed of the bad luck hex. Triple eagles can be used as familiars and are often used to deliver packages.
A triple eagle will attack with its beaks and talons. Any standard defensive spells will work against them. The triple eagle is not particularly resistant or vulnerable to any specific kind of magic or force, so a mage can use whatever form of offensive spells the mage prefers. Standard counter-curses can be employed against the bad luck hexes of the triple eagle’s nests.