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Here’s another thought about Parrish.
I read about the native american mythology about the Thunderbird. Sometimes described as a race but sometimes described as one being. For this I think the idea of it being a race is in favor.
It is a type of firebird which works with the theme of air but also explains why the fire didn’t kill Parrish. It’s also quite powerful and not very easy to kill.
What in my opinion makes this more likely than a Phoenix is that the Phoenix is constantly a bird while the mythology about Thunderbirds tells us that they could shapeshift into humans as well, some lived for generations as such until someone would try to attack them, then they would put on their feathers and take vengeance upon their captor. Powers triggered by attack, sounds familiar?
I took this from the wiki page about the Thunderbird: “it is intelligent, powerful, and wrathful. All agree one should go out of one’s way to keep from getting thunderbirds angry…” well, I guess one deputy in particular learned this the hard way…
It is a creature that takes delight in fighting and in deeds of greatness, therefore it would make sense for him to be both a soldier and a man of the law.
And if his ancestors once took of their feathers and settled down as humans it’s a possibility that he doesn’t know what he is because they have lived as humans for so long.