Religion: Hindu pantheon, also Buddhism and Jainism
God of: Justice, warfare
Parents: Kashyapa and Vinata
Relatives: Aruna (brother)
Fictional Appearances:
The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump
POD: Prehistory
Type of Appearance: Direct

Garuda (Sanskrit: गरुड Garuḍa; Pāli: गरुळ Garuḷa) is a legendary bird or bird-human hybrid in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain mythology. He is variously the vehicle mount (vahana) of the Hindu god Vishnu, a dharma-protector and Astasena in Buddhism, and the Yaksha of the Jain Tirthankara Shantinatha.

Garuda is described as the king of birds and a kite-like figure. He is shown either in zoomorphic form (giant bird with partially open wings) or an anthropomorphic form (man with wings and some bird features). Garuda is generally a protector with power to swiftly go anywhere, ever watchful and an enemy of the serpent. He is also known as Tarkshya and Vynateya.

Garuda is a part of state insignia of many nations in Asia.

Garuda in The Case of the Toxic Spell Dump[]

In the late 20th century, aerospace programs in the Confederated Provinces were attempting to harness the power of the Garuda Bird in order to finally send humans into outer space.