These aren’t associated with a kingdom or a specific race. They are not tamed, but have more influence over the sky than anything else. Since the early days of Windemere, the variety of flying creatures has kept mortal kind grounded. Even casters have been leery about perfecting flight spells because being among the clouds is just asking for one of the many winged predators to make a snack out of you. So, how exactly do these creatures take one of the top spots of Windemere sky powers?
The reason is fairly simply. No matter what, you have to deal with these creatures when you travel. They may attack or interact with land and sea travel, but they will definitely get involved in something moving through their realm. From the largest dragon to the tiniest fairy, they have ruled the skies long before any of the land beings ever considered paying them a visit. Frankly, you don’t just show up and try to take over. So you will have many sky beasts that take offense to the intrusion. If not offense then knowing their aerial superiority and seeing an easy meal.
It doesn’t take long for one to realize that the existence of all these flying creatures is why the Windemere races spent more time on land and the sea. Even the thought of traveling through the clouds where ravenous dragons or territorial perytons live would make most people turn away from the idea. The only reason gnomes created their machines is because they rose their city first. Flying creatures have become used to cities, towns, and buildings floating in the sky. In fact, they will swiftly accept these changes and only attack if they are attacked first. So, the gnomes did the smart thing of raising Nevra Coil and then waiting a bit before using their machines outside of their own borders. Even then, they typically stay on a few routes that the local animals have allowed them to use.
Every sky creature has its own habits, so it’s difficult to put them into the same category and deem them the same. For example, a Pegasus would be friendly, a griffin may be cautious, and a peryton would be aggressive. Getting into the subspecies of some of the groups make it even more complicated. The best you can do is judge them by how high they go. Some don’t go very far above the trees while others spend most of their lives among the clouds. It’s really up to the individual to choose the best system because conversations about these beasts tend to be more specific.
Personally, I think they will always rule the sky. It doesn’t matter how many griffins are tamed or flying devices are created. The flying animals of Windemere are too numerous and varied to be overthrown.