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Virgil was a sentient, talking buzzard who appeared in The Silver Spike.

The Silver Spike[]

Virgil's species was one of roughly 40 other sentient creatures native to the Plain of Fear. He was the only member of his species present with Darling, Silent, the three Torque brothers (Stubby, Paddlefoot, and Brother Bear), a flock of flying mantas, talking menhirs, and some gigantic windwhales while this group was camped out in the Windy Country. There, they were approached by Bomanz, who accompanied them afterward. Virgil ceaselessly antagonized Bomanz in the Forsberger language throughout their adventure. He referred to Bomanz by his former name, "Seth Chalk". When Bomanz throttled Virgil by his neck, Paddlefoot simply egged him on. Bomanz was otherwise not rattled by the buzzard's harassment, crediting his patience to a difficult marriage of 30 years to his long-deceased wife, Jasmine.

The group flew over the Sea of Torments and deep into the southern continent in pursuit of the Limper and Toadkiller Dog. They approached the Temple of Travellers' Repose. There, Virgil was the first to spot the fire-eater, a terrifying demon sent by the Limper to kill them, and sounded the alarm. He "cursed like a stevedore" as their windwhale was fatally wounded by the fire-eater and they fell through the air. Virgil survived the fiery crash. They set up a camp, and he chatted with Case, the Torques, and some menhirs while Darling, Raven, Silent, and Bomanz brooded about nearby. After the smaller, hidden Plain creatures ambushed the Limper inside the Temple, they were all suddenly recalled back north, to Oar, by Father Tree.

While they all flew over the Forest of Cloud, Bomanz delivered an inspirational but melodramatic speech about their duty to recapture the silver spike. Virgil suddenly began heckling him, which distracted the old wizard "from his windier fancies". During their operation to find the spike, Virgil was put to use disposing of the charmed allegiance badges of Exile's defeated soldiers, so Exile could not trace them with his sorcery. He also did some aerial scouting, but never stopped harassing everyone with his foul mouth. Virgil is not mentioned again; if he survived the chaotic battle in Oar, he would have returned to his home at the Plain of Fear when Darling gave Case a tour of the Hole.

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