Saranyu, Queen of the Southern Winds (pronounced "sah-RAHN-yoo"), is an Ancient Elemental Beast aligned with the Elements of Wind and Fire. She is also a deity of the Wind Clan of Khazri.
It is said that those who manage to find her hidden home and present themselves to be honorable and kind will be rewarded with one of her valuable and beautiful feathers; naturally, these feathers are brimming with both Wind and Fire magic. However, this is, as of now, just a myth, as no one has ever been able to find her nesting grounds.
Despite this, there are a few people who claim they own some of her feathers, and shed feathers have supposedly been seen on the black market, where they are known as "Meteor Plumes"; it is unknown if they came directly from Saranyu herself, or if they are all clever forgeries.
There is also a plant that supposedly resembles her feathers, and it is aptly nicknamed "Saranyu's Feather Plant".
Saranyu resembles an enormous wyvern, being almost sixty feet long from snout to tail, and weighing a fair bit over a half-ton. She has a medium-length, slender snout, with four long whiskers on each side, and two pairs of relatively long, feathered ears, with the lower pair being longer. She has a flowing mane that blazes like fire extending from the top of her head down to the base of her tail, reaching around her shoulders as well, and she has two antlers on her head.
Her partially feathered wings, which are attached to her arms, extend to the bottom of her ribcage, thin out and then reopen just above her hips. The lower "wings" have a long, ribbon-like extension extending from each side. Her tail is fairly long and relatively thin, with the lower half bearing many large, fan-like feathers. She also has six long, feather-like extensions on her back.
Her scales are primarily rose quartz in color, with a white throat, chest and stomach. Her flowing mane resembles fire, and she has many ornate, fiery markings adorning her body. The feathers on her body are also fiery-looking, which includes the ones on her back and tail. Her antlers are silver in color, and her eyes are China rose in color.
Saranyu first appeared here flying high above an unknown prairie in Soumerca, located to the south of Station Square; she was mistaken for a comet by Razer the Fox and Linebeck the Ferret. Curious of the sight, they pursued her, eventually finding her landing on top of a nearby cliff and revealing her true form.
Upon getting closer, Razer attempted to get her attention; first by calling out to her, which she doesn't hear, and then by firing a signal flare into the sky. She took the flare as a threat, and ended up climbing down the cliff to confront the two Mobians, accusing them of stalking her. While overall defensive, she made no move to attack the two rashly, and with Razer's claim that he and Linebeck would protect her, she eventually opened up to the pair about why she was on the run; Eggman had been pursuing her at some point.
As if to drive the threat home, the Egg Carrier Mk. III soon showed up with its master intent on capturing the beast. A laser blast is fired at the three, with the Mobians dodging just in time, and Saranyu flying up into the sky and retaliating with a blast of flame. Unfortunately, Eggman was already prepared, as he had a heat-resistant energy shield around the Carrier, and a second laser blast from the aircraft hit her directly in the chest, sending her smashing into the cliff face and severely injuring her.
As Eggman prepared to use his tractor beam to capture her, Razer, in an act of altruism, leaped into the path of the beam, preventing Saranyu's capture but getting trapped in the process, unbeknownst to the mad doctor, who was already celebrating early. The Egg Carrier Mk. III then left with Razer in tow, heading for the Northern Great Sea and leaving Linebeck and the badly wounded Saranyu behind.
|Speed|| Average - on land|
Superior - flying
|Reflexes|| Poor - on land|
Great - flying
Saranyu excels in the realm of long range, artillery-style combat, keeping foes at bay with blistering blasts of fire and blowing them away with ferocious, scorching winds. Her ability to manipulate the Fire/Wind combination of Smoke gives her some utility as well, as she can disorient and blind opponents with it. Naturally, she is able to fly, and is incredibly fast in the air, able to reach speeds of over 700 mph. Her mane and feathers blaze when at full speed, and her body gives off incredible heat at the same time; people have mistaken her for a meteor before.
Although her ranged combat is where she shines, she is still armed with formidable natural armaments in the form of sharp teeth and claws; her bite is quite strong, and she can carry up to a ton while in flight. Her long, prehensile tail is also well-muscled, and can easily sweep smaller foes off their feet and disrupt them, if not outright knock them away.
Saranyu is resistant to the Elements of Fire, Wind and Nature. Her ability to manipulate Wind also allows her to nullify and even turn back gas and particle-based techniques, primarily those aligned with the Poison or Sand elements. In hot, dry weather, her Fire powers are considerably stronger. Her high speed while in flight also gives her an advantage, as she can dodge attacks much more easily than she can on land.
Saranyu is weak to the Elements of Water, Ice, Electricity and Earth. She is vulnerable to people who can get past her salvo and attack her directly, as she isn't terribly durable or resistant, despite having respectable stamina; however, this is somewhat circumvented by her ability to superheat her external body temperature, making it riskier for people to make physical contact with her.
Severely cold weather can greatly hinder her Fire powers, as can particularly rainy or moisture-heavy conditions, or oxygen-poor conditions; she also tends to suffer in very cold weather altogether. Having her limbs restricted in any way considerably limits her usage of her Wind powers, but she is too powerful to have her Wind powers completely nullified by physical restraints alone. While still dangerous on land, her speed and reflexes drop considerable when she's not using her wings.
Friends and Foes
A secretive beast, Saranyu spends much of her time away from others, keeping to herself in her cavern home and only coming out to hunt. However, while it is assumed that she would be shy, she is in fact somewhat blunt, and has difficulty trusting others. She focuses intently on tasks, such as when she was searching for Agni in Beast Legends Continued, and doesn't like to be interrupted or halted. She is generally non-aggressive, however, and won't attack unless she is attacked first.