The Owl Messengers are the four messengers of Xibalba. They are Shooting Owl, One-legged Owl, Macaw Owl, and Skull Owl, but they always function as a group. They're tasked by One Death and Seven Death with inviting One Hunahpu and Seven Hunahpu to play ball in the underworld, and they later help Blood Moon escape Xibalba by agreeing to not cut out her heart as they were commanded to do. Instead, they take a "heart" made of tree sap back to the lords, which blinds the lords when they roast it over the fire.
The Owl Messengers Character Timeline in Popol Vuh
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...decide to summon these foolish ball players to play in Xibalba, and they tell the owl messengers to invite Hunahpu and Xbalanque to a game in seven days. The messengers travel directly... (full context)
...eventually hear about these entertainers and decide to summon them to perform. They send their owl messengers , but first Hunahpu and Xbalanque refuse. They insist that they'd embarrass themselves in front... (full context)