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St. Aegolius Canyons (Books)
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Terrain: Canyons
Climate: Dry, semiarid
Points of Interest: St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls
Current: N/A
Former: Soren, Gylfie, Skench, Spoorn, Finny, Unk, 47-2, Grimble, Mist
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The St. Aegolius Canyons are the canyons that St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls had its base. It was later where the Pure Ones sheltered after the Battle of the Burning. Coryn was born to Nyra here.


Before being known as the St. Aegolius Canyons, the region was simply known as the Canyonlands, and in some cases it is still referred to as such. It's unknown how long the owls in charge of St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls were stationed there.

The Capture

Soren and Gylfie join the dozens of other owlets who were owlnapped and taken to St. Aggies. Once Grimble taught them how to fly, they manage to fly over the canyon walls to escape.

The Siege

The Chaw of Chaws was sent to infiltrate St. Aggie's. At the same time, several Pure Ones slipgizzles were present as well.

The Shattering -The Burning

Sometime between the end of The Siege and the beginning of The Burning, the owls in charge of St. Aggie's were ousted by the Pure Ones.

The Battle of Fire and Ice takes place here, setting most of the area ablaze due to the dry heat.

The Hatchling

Nyroc was hatched in the Canyonlands, and with little to no plants left in the area, he longs to see the color green.

The Canyonlands served as the base for the Pure Ones throughout The Hatchling and The Outcast but may have been abandoned by the Pure Ones, as after The Outcast, the Pure Ones are described setting up bases in Kuneer and the Northern Kingdoms.

The War of the Ember

On his way to Beyond the Beyond, Wensel ends up flying towards the Canyonlands. As he reaches the Great Horns, a trio of Burrowing Owls led by Tarn ambush him. Thanks to some quick thinking, and the help of Tavis and Cletus, one of the enemy owls is killed, while the other two retreat.


Who or what the St. Aegolius Canyons were named after remains unknown, although Aegolius is the Latin name for a genus of owls that includes the Saw-Whet Owl and Boreal Owl.

Though it may follow the tradition of Catholic schools and could've been named after an actual saint, it seems unlikely as the inhabitants at St. Aggie's are not very religious. Whether the academy was named after the canyons or vice versa is unknown.



The St. Aegolius Canyons are a series of dry canyons, the rocks most likely made of red sandstone.

Notable Locations


The only current inhabitants seem to be vultures.