Recently I learned about a piece of real life miner’s folklore about creatures known as Knockers. They are also known as Tommyknockers, Bluecaps, Knackers and Kobalds depending on the culture.
These blue, sometimes bioluminescent, impish creatures were said to make rhythmic tapping noises in mineshafts, and occasionally help miners by moving heavy loads of coal to the entrance, among other tasks, if the miners brought them offerings.
To me, this seems like an almost perfect solution to the question of where allays should spawn. If they were to rarely spawn in mineshafts, producing musical tapping noises and flying away from the player until an offering of some kind is made, I think they would be a pleasant surprise for any weary players navigating a mineshaft. This would also add renewed interest in a structure that I feel could use a new feature.
Oh goody, that makes me quite torn apart.
On the one hand, Allay was supposed to show up in Flower Forests or Birch Forests judging by the informative video...
...on the other, your proposal makes perfect sense.
You know what, take that upvote. It's something worth consideration.
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Dwarf gamer found:
Buildings - square, not round
Materials - from rubble mound
Dark caves - lit 'n' cleaned out
Settlements - deep underground
Farmability - to grinder bound
Shields - made creepers but sound
Axes and crossbows - taking mobs out