- This page is about the animal Athyra. For the House of the Athyra, see Athyra. For the book, see Athyra (book).
The athyra is an owl-like bird of prey that mentally attracts victims (sending emotional messages of safety and food) and repels predators (sending emotional messages of fear), presumably using some aspect of psionics ("Athyra rules minds' interplay").
Their psychic abilities are not sufficient against humans who know what they are doing, or against full-grown dragons, who are undeterred by their mental broadcasts.
Athyra are described as having thick brown plumage and hooked beaks. They are actually held to be tasty by some.