In some fantasy-themed games, feathers are sharp enough (I'm guessing through magic) to be used as daggers. This idea of using feathers as weapons inspired me to create a creature that would be able to use feathers as its defense mechanism. Except, the creature won't be using any magical solutions to achieve this.
The creature would be a wolf-sized animal somewhere between a dinosaur and a bird. Basically, a large bird with a long tail. It would have multiple large feathers attached to its tail that it could bristle up, kind of like how a porcupine raises its quills. I was thinking the feathers could be
- somehow sharp,
- or have small hooks inside,
so that when the animal swings its tail at its opponent (with feathers bristled up), it would cause some damage. However, I'm not sure if any of this is possible, or if it is, enough to be used as a defense mechanism.
So, can feathers be naturally structured in a way so that it would cause enough damage when swung around?