Halawir is an eagle with yellow eyes and blue-gray feathers under his wings. He is one of the most respected Great Beasts. It was said by Essix that only Tellun the Elk held more respect than the eagle. He has a haughty and independent personality, as he became defensive when Essix asked him about his missing talisman, and openly tries to resent his and Cordalles' bond. He was the guardian of Kovo the Ape's prison at Muttering Rock. At some time during the series, Halawir sided with the Conquerors because he was sympathetic towards Stetriol; It could also be because Kovo persuaded him. Halawir also has power over the winds, similar to Arax the Ram.
As revealed in The Book of Shane, Halawir may have been the one to hide the talismans after the first great war, which could explain why he knew where Suka the Polar Bear and her talisman were. He was also the one to convince Cabaro the Lion not to fight in the first war.
|“||"Halawir, you have all the manners of royalty, and none of the substance."||”|
–Essix to Halawir in Tales of the Great Beasts.
Main article: Talismans
Halawir's talisman is the Bronze Eagle. It allows the wearer to 'nudge' the air around them, as one's hand might divert water in a stream.
In the Books
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Halawir helped Shane steal the talismans from Greenhaven (with the exception of the Granite Ram and the Coral Octopus) and prevents Abeke from getting back the talismans as they flee. It is revealed by Olvan that he betrayed the Great Beasts by taking the Conquerors' side.
Halawir appeared, along with the rest of the Great Beasts, as Kovo summoned all of them to The Evertree (landmark). As a battle breaks out, Essix and Ninani attack Halawir; with the help of Uraza and Mulop, Arax is able to ram Halawir into the Evertree, the impact killing both of them.
Book 2: Vendetta
This book is set directly after Rise and Fall, where Halawir is flying away from Greenhaven with Shane on his back. They dodge ship cannons, and when Shane requests to be dropped off, Halawir drops him onto a Niloan island.
Halawir appears in the first chapter, and is summoned back to Erdas by a girl named Cordalles. Whilst Halawir is flying he is caught in a net by Cordalles' father, Imari. At the arrival of Halawir, Cordalles' mother wants to take him to Greenhaven. He at first hates Cordalles for restraining him and attempts to avoid their bond and escape once they get to Greenhaven. He showed that not even his strong willpower can resist a bond since, when Cordalles let him go when Raisha was holding her, he felt a stone in his stomach weighing him down. He returned to rescue Cordallles by pulling Raisha's hair. Raisha let go of Cordalles and Halawir gave her all the power he could to run away; but was then captured by Zerif and infected with the Wyrm parasite. His last memory was when he saw Cordalles return for him and Zerif grab her as a Redcloak arrived to rescue her.
- You have to defeat Drina in-game at level 40 to obtain his talisman.
- In the game, there is a unique armor called the Golden Sky that has an eagle's face on it. This may be Halawir.
- On the cover of The Book of Shane #2 and Tales of the Fallen Beasts, Halawir appears to be a Golden Eagle, but in Rise and Fall, he is described to be blue and gray.
- The name 'Halawir' could derive from "Haliaeetus", the scientific name of a genus of eagles.