Axe beaks are exceptionally large birds—perhaps throwbacks to the megafauna era. They can be domesticated, if they don’t carve up the PCs first.
Travelers who stumble upon a certain flock of nesting axe beaks must contend with both the nervous parents themselves and the gremlins who have taken up residence in the wooden mounds nooks and crannies.
Most axe beaks live on the open steppes, but some tropical versions dwell on secluded islands—a hazard for south sea whalers who go too far ashore looking for water.
Only riders bearing the personal seal of the Iron Khan may ride axe beaks in the land he claims. Such riders are typically above local laws.