The Garuda is an Ancient race predating the Fae.
As a species the Garuda were thought to be not only immortal, but near invincible. They were considered near-mythical supernatural beings that died out eons before the Fae first emerged. In fact, they simply went into hiding and began to feed off the rage and anger between the Light Fae and Dark Fae in order to survive. It is implied that it was they who started the The Great War between the Light and Dark clans so they could feed until the Fae fought themselves into oblivion.
This changed when the Blood King (Trick) used his blood power to force a truce between the two clans. This feat starved the Garuda to the point that only a small but still dangerous handful of the species remained. Eventually, they all starved to death except for one that fell into a state of dormant hibernation.
When Trick used his blood power to stop Aife from hurting and killing Bo in their hand-to-hand battle, it awoke the Garuda, who then began to converge on the city to find Trick; intending to force him into reversing the peace truce and Blood Laws so that it could restart the war between the Light and Dark, and feed again. In the meantime, it murdered and infected several Fae who were either resistant to it or could have warned the Fae population about its presence. It allowed several Fae leaders, such as The Glaive, to believe it would make deals with them ("Truth and Consequences") and spare them from retribution.
There is only one substance that is able to kill a Garuda: the venom of a Nāga.
Powers and abilitiesEdit
- Though the Garuda could appear in human form, its actual form is that of a giant fiery eagle. It can produce flaming bat-like wings from its back. The force and heat released when a Garuda opens its wings is enough to force large groups of people to fall to the floor.
- It has powerful telepathic powers, as it possessed Nadia to use her for spying on the Fae through her relationship with Lauren. It was able to invade Trick's vision and manipulate it. It also entered Trick's body in order to use his Blood Sage power to reverse the peace truce between the Light and Dark clans and restart a war between them. (The Garuda claimed that it was immune to Trick's blood magic though it is unknown if this was true or only a boast.) The possessed are not aware of his influence and feel as if their minds have been clouded – developing dark and destructive thoughts and impulses that overwhelm them.
- When angered the Garuda releases a high pitched shriek that can shatter glass.
- The Garuda can extend its human-form nails into talons. It did so to pluck the eye out of one of its berserkers as punishment for failure.
- It can produce a flaming sword to slash and kill with.
- While taking up residence in a building, the Garuda constructs itself a nest made from flesh, bone and fibre meshed into the stonework of the building. The nest also has a throne-like structure in the center for the Garuda to perch on.
"The Garuda's not a god but he's the closest thing to the Devil you will ever face." – Trick describing the Garuda.
The Garuda is a large mythical bird or bird-like creature that appears in both Hindu and Buddhist mythology. In Hindu religion, Garuda is a lesser Hindu divinity, usually the mount (vahanam) of the God Vishnu. Garuda is depicted as having the golden body of a strong man with a white face, red wings, and an eagle's beak and with a crown on his head. This ancient deity was said to be massive, large enough to block out the sun. Garuda is known as the eternal sworn enemy of the Nāga serpent race and known for feeding exclusively on snakes, such behavior may have referred to the actual Short-toed Eagle of India. The image of Garuda is often used as the charm or amulet to protect the bearer from snake attack and its poison, since the king of birds is an implacable enemy and "devourer of serpent".
- 2.13 Barometz. Trick. Pressure (Trick's vision)
- 2.18 Fae-nted Love (mentioned only)
- 2.19 Truth and Consequences (mentioned only)
- 2.20 Lachlan’s Gambit
- 2.21 Into the Dark (mentioned only)
- 2.22 Flesh and Blood
- REASON: This article needs to be more about what happened in the episodes, and less about the folklore and myth.