Thorn: Let’s talk about wings! Or at least, let’s have some winged people talk about wings.
Rowan Muscade (wings at 29): Sometimes people grow a pair. It starts without much warning, and takes about two weeks to complete.
They’re not magic. You need realistic rest and nutrition while they grow. And they move and react like any other limb. Unfortunately, they’re not big enough to fly with.
Nobody knows why they start growing in the first place. Lots of people have theories . . . and most of them are stupid.
Rosie: It’s when your refrigerator has bad feng shui!
Rhodey: It’s the government doing chemical experiments on people!
Sigrún Større (wings at 22): Wings can grow in at any age between early teens and late 60’s. Early 20’s is the most common. In Sønheim, tradition says they’re a sign of the favor of Queen Szélanya.
Queen Szélanya (semi-legendary, wings traditionally drawn extra-large)
A guy Rowan dated (wings at 19): There’s no way to predict who will develop a set. They’re not correlated with any known factor, including environment, genetics, race, sex, magic, diet . . . Well, they don’t start growing in anyone too malnourished to survive the process. But that’s all we know.
Personally, I think it’s a miracle and you can’t prove me wrong.
Pine Dulac (wings at 24): Most human wings have white feathers! Other colors and patterns are possible, but rare. I figure I just got lucky.
The actress who plays Lt. Olive Badiane (MCLIS) (wings at 41): Only a small subset of people get wings, but there are enough of us that any largeish town will have services for us. Feather stylists, tailors to alter our clothes, doctors who specialize in wing health and anatomy, and so on.
Employers have to give you paid time off for the growth — and, in my case, to hastily write it into the script.
I like the theory that it’s from a transformation spell, cast on one of our common ancestors centuries ago. Sometimes it just . . . reactivates.