- Aug 14, 2014
- Parts Unknown
Raptor's & The Art of FalconryAfter seeing threads about taming animals and hearing that the dev's were interested with the idea later on, I thought it would be interesting to include the art of Falconry. They could introduce several new animal types in the form of hawk's, falcon's and eagle's. The animals would be huntable and would act as competitors for small game such as rabbit's, rat's and any similar animals they might add. After learning how to tame a bird there are several ways to start the training, either by obtaining a just hatched fledgling, a juvenile that has almost learned to fly, or by obtaining a egg and hacking the chick once hatched. A recently hatched fledgling is less preferred due to the bad habits that can come from imprinting, and obtaining a wild juvenile is the most due to their already low survival rate and the ability to train soon after. Manning is also very important, it is the act of getting your raptor used to human objects and activities. A manned bird is much more calm and is least likely to panic and fly away.
Some items needed for training the bird after it has grown large enough to train, would be a leather falconers glove scavenged or homemade and a perch for you raptor. To train your chosen bird to hunt a certain animal you will additionally need a target to represent that animal, such as stuffed rabbit fur or a swinging lure made from bird wings. To secure your falcon while training it is recommended to use a light leather anklet with attached leather straps called jesses. A leash can be fashioned from any long durable rope or string and attached to the jesses, the leash can then be tied to it's perch or your falconers glove. When tied to the glove as opposed to the perch the leash is tied in a quick release knot. Another item needed is an ample supply of treats in the form of raw meat, these are used to imprint the thought of receiving food upon returning and completing other actions. A safety item in case you lose your bird could be a small transmitter that can be tracked, the same item could be used in a lot of different instances as well. To call trained birds from a distance falconers typically use whistles. Something I would recommend after sufficiently training your bird would be crafting a clothing modification in the form of a homemade leather pauldron to act as a perch for your raptor while in the field, it would act as an advanced falconers item. A hood is another hand made item that is used in training, manning and general use but I have been thinking about them. I don't really like them, but it would be realistic to have them but they are a bit goofy looking what do you guys think about it. Another reason would be that you would have to take the hood off every time you wanted it to do something. I don't think the hood would really add to gameplay and it would just be a hindrance.
To train the bird once large enough you would equip a falconers glove(we could call it a Raptor Glove) and tie your chosen bird to it. With small bits of raw meat in your inventory(which could be crafted with a knife and a raw chunk of meat) and your chosen target. I think the targets should be throw able items and would be crafted from animal fur(or feathers), cotton or stuffing, and a small bit of meat. For ground targets you would want to throw them low and try to bounce them across the ground, while air targets would need to be thrown in a high arc. Complete this enough and your raptor would start to attack and bring back the targets, the more you train it the father it will be able to attack and bring back prey and it would be less likely to fly away.
For advanced care of your bird a Mew should be built which at it's smallest should be as big as a small shed. A small building could be modified for your bird or one could be built either one wouldn't take too much work. They need to be comfortable enough by providing enough perch's and by keeping it at an adequate temperature. Additionally weather it is in the mew or in your home a comfortable perch should be made for your bird to rest, they could simply made from a tall stand with a wide top. Fur or another soft material would be stretched over the top and stuffed with a light amount of material for a cushion. These things would make your raptor healthier and much more calm.
Okay sorry but I will have to double post because I actually broke the word limit, if anyone did you know it was going to be me rofl.