The Kirin lives where the mountains meet the clouds. The Hangareka people worship him as the lord of the upper realms, commanding the elements and creatures of the airy heights, and embodying the forces of goodness and fortune. When visible, the Kirin appears as a large stag with a golden fiery mane, blazing hooves and a single horn, protruding from its forehead. His voice is thunderous and at the same time musical, like a huge iron bell ringing across the plains.
The Hangareka believe the Kirin upholds the precepts of good and law and, though he prefers to remain aloft, may sometimes descends to aid earth-bound creatures in their struggles against evil. The Kirin chases the Herensugue, evil demons of air, across the skies. Until all Herensugue are slain, the Kirin can never return to his home high in the heavens. The Kirin is forever searching for the Herensugue so he may return home.