Yesss... They are more beautiful than I imagined. The Resissstance fighters I ssspoke with sssay the hunting grounds were maintained for the pleasure of the Ala Mhigan royal family.
They sssay pheasantsss were sssent as giftsss from the nobles of other lands, and allowed to breed for the purpossse of hunting ssstock.
Pheasant feathers, being resilient yet sssupple, were prized as fletching, and used to make arrows of the highessst quality. As sssuch, it ssseems they were hunted to sssuch an extent that the once prolific creatures became a rarity.
I do not care to kill when it is not needful. But if the feathers have already fallen, then I sssee no reason to wassste them.
Thank you, ssslayer of Sri Lakshmi. I shall sssoon have fine new arrows for my bow.