Garuda have a bird-people like form, with mixed colored feathers and a bird’s face with a long curved beak. Their ‘arms’ are two long wings with long feathers and nimble talons at each end.
Garuda are one of the few sapient species that can fly, and their bodies are relatively frail compared to most species as a result, which is the result of their hollow bones.
Garuda are egg-laying people and don't give live births. They are not averse to polygamy.
Like many other humanoids, Garuda can also go through the strange processes involved in becoming one of the Drowned People.
The Garuda vigilantly patrol the arid deserts and fight bloody wars over the limited water supplies. To an unprepared army, Garuda attacks are hard to repel, as the feathery warriors will simply drop rocks from above, loose arrows and magic out of range, and retreat before they can be counterattacked. Prideful and fierce, Garuda make few friends, but those they do accept are comrades for life.
There are also many Garuda living on other continents. For example, besides Gnolls and Dullahans they form one of the largest minorities in the Drake city of Pallass (and may also do so in other Walled Cities), where they often serve in the flying forces that otherwise mainly consist of winged Oldblood Drakes. They have also become a settled minority in some jungle parts of Baleros.
Garuda regularly have specialized classes based on being airborne. [Flyer] and [Battleflyer] come to mind naturally, but there are also [Aerial Dancers].
- Bevussa Slenderscale, Gold-ranked Adventurer of the Wings of Pallass.
- Chaita, the Sky’s Mirage.
- Peki, aerial commander and student of Niers Astoragon.
- Selentierre, [Pictorial Chef de Entremetier] of the Forgotten Wing Company.
- Takhatres, Lord of the Skies and Vassal of Flos, the King of Destruction.
- Garuda are divine bird-like beings that originate in Hinduist myths and also feature prominently in Buddhism and Jainism. As such, they are national symbols of Thailand and Indonesia.