Flying Mounts

In the setting of Halcyon, only the richest can afford a flying mount. It must be noted that a person with a flying mount is noticed everywhere they go, with the exception of Lagina. Lagina is likewise the best place to purchase a flying mount, as the city itself is on the top of a high mesa, and the most affluent members pride themselves on owning exotic mounts. The price of a flying mount goes up as supply goes down, in smaller areas. Capital cities will occasionally have one, in less populated areas they are more expensive, and often take time to order from another place.

Excerpt from Wizards.com article on flying mounts
Most flying mounts will be either griffons, hippogriffs or pegasi. All of these should be very difficult to acquire, and even harder to train. None of these types will mix with the others (griffons will eat pegasi or hippogriffs if given a chance, and hippogriffs confined with pegasi will bullyrag them whenever possible).

Griffons are often nasty and bad-tempered. If captured when very young and trained, however, they can become fiercely loyal mounts. Their loyalty is non-transferable once fixed, so they must be disciplined and trained solely by the intended rider. The griffon must be trained and exercised by its owner on a fairly regular basis while it is a fledgling (up to age six months) in order to accustom it to his or her presence and the bridle, blanket, saddle, etc. When the griffon is half-grown a period of intensive training must begin, which will last at least four months. The daily routine must never be broken for more than two days, or the griffon’s wild nature will assert itself and all progress will be lost. After two months of this intensive training, it will be possible to begin to fly the griffon. This will be a period of training for mount and owner alike, as the rider must learn how to deal with a new dimension, and he will probably have no teacher but himself. Imagine the confusing tumult of giant wings, the rush of air, the sudden changes in altitude, and you will realize why an inexperienced rider absolutely cannot handle a flying mount.

Griffons, like all large flying creatures, eat enormous amounts of food, especially after prolonged aviation. Moreover, they are carnivores, and thus very expensive to feed. Care and keeping of a griffon will be a constant strain on the largest treasure hoard. Costs will probably run in the area of 300-600 g.p. per month. It will require special quarters, at least three grooms and keepers, and occasionally an entire horse for dinner (diet will differ, but similar arrangements must be made for all flying mounts).

Hippogriffs are not so difficult to train as griffons, but neither are they as dependable in a pinch. A training process basically similar to that previously described will be necessary, though occasionally an animal trainer can substitute for the master for short periods if he or she is tied up elsewhere. Once broken, hippogriffs may possibly serve more than one master. They are omnivores, and thus somewhat less expensive to feed than griffons.

Pegasi are greatly valued for their speed, which makes them virtually the fastest things in the air. Their training is a long process similar in many respects to that of griffons. They will serve only good characters—all others will find them totally intractable. Like griffons, their loyalty is given to only one master in a lifetime.
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Griffon Price: 9,000gp in major city; 12,000gp elsewhere
Riding a griffon requires an exotic saddle. A griffon can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check. A light load for a griffon is up to 300 pounds; a medium load, 301-600 pounds; and a heavy load, 601-900 pounds. A griffon cannot speak, but understands Common.

Hippogriff Price: 4,500gp in major city; 7,500gp elsewhere
Riding a hippogriff requires an exotic saddle. A hippogriff can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check. A light load for a hippogriff is up to 300 pounds; a medium load, 301-600 pounds; and a heavy load, 601-900 pounds.

Pegasus Price: 7,000gp in major city; 10,000gp elsewhere
Riding a pegasus requires an exotic saddle. A pegasus can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check. A pegasus serves a good or neutral master with absolute faithfulness for life. A light load for a pegasus is up to 300 pounds; a medium load, 301-600 pounds; and a heavy load, 601-900 pounds. Pegasi cannot speak, but they understand Common. The pegasus is associated with Poseidon, said to be the father of the species.

Giant Eagle Price: 6,000gp in major city; 9,000gp elsewhere
Riding a giant eagle requires an exotic saddle. A giant eagle can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check. A light load for a giant eagle is up to 300 pounds; a medium load, 301-600 pounds; and a heavy load, 601-900 pounds. Giant eagles speak Common and Auran. Eagles are associated with Zeus.

Giant Owl Price: 6,000gp in major city; 9,000gp elsewhere
Riding a giant owl requires an exotic saddle. A giant owl can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check. A light load for a giant owl is up to 300 pounds; a medium load, 301-600 pounds; and a heavy load, 601-900 pounds. Giant owls speak Common and Sylvan. Owls are associated with Athena.

Giant Raven Price: 4,000gp, can only be purchased in cold mountains
Giant ravens are very intelligent, but also incredibly mischievious. Riding a giant raven requires an exotic saddle. A giant raven can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he or she succeeds on a Ride check. A light load for a giant raven is up to 152 pounds; a medium load, 153-306 pounds; and a heavy load, 307-460 pounds. A giant raven cannot fly with a heavy load. Giant ravens speak Common and Giant. Ravens are associated with the Morrigan and Odin.

Carpet of Flying Price: 20,000gp to 60,000gp depending on capacity and size.
This rug is able to fly through the air as if affected by an overland flight spell of unlimited duration. The size, carrying capacity, and speed of the different carpets of flying are shown on the table below. Beautifully and intricately made, each carpet has its own command word to activate it—if the device is within voice range, the command word activates it, whether the speaker is on the rug or not. The carpet is then controlled by spoken directions.

A carpet of flying can carry up to double its capacity, but doing so reduces its speed to 30 feet. It has average maneuverability, but a carpet of flying can still hover.

Additional information can be gained by asking, and full sheets will be given on purchased mounts.

Flying Mounts

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