These creatures dwell far to the south, in the same regions as temple cats. The native people call them desert dogs, for that is where they make their home. Their dusky skin blends in with the sandy land, save for the bright crystals that warn other animals of their presence. These bright blue gems serve as a caveat to beasts who would attack. Shaa canines possess the unique power of harnessing the energy of the sun. They store the heat in the jewels that decorate them, and if angered, can release these rays, literally burning their enemies alive. Vanil shaa do not do this often, however, as they are more gentle then the dark ones of their kind. Though not as honored as felines in the south, shaa are looked upon with respect and allowed free movement, often offered food by villagers.
A small, gem bedecked tail is peeking through a hole in this tan egg.
When born, a unique thing occurs to these little ones. The gem that decorated their shell becomes part of their flesh, burnt into them. These gems trap the energy of the sun, and are what make the shaa invaluable to magi. When young, hatchlings are as small and playful as puppies, though they grow rapidly. They are able to feed themselves at a young age, killing and eating small animals and birds. Even at a young age, these canines are sweet and fiercely loyal to their human companions, following them everywhere and playing alongside the other hatchlings.
As a vanil shaa grows into adulthood, so too does its powers. Due to their great speed and stamina, they were used by the desert people as messengers and guards. Their ability to survive for weeks without water was also considered very unique. Like most magical creatures, vanil shaa give birth to only one pup at a time, raising it for around six months before striking out on their own. It is uncommon for vanil hatchlings not to survive on their own, given their powerful sense of hearing and awareness. Even in the harsh desert, these canines survive with ease. During cold desert nights, they burrow underground and use their magical powers to stay warm. At The Keep, they generally remain outside the walls, entering only when needed. When a magi travels to warmer lands, it is usually with a shaa canine at their side.
Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: June 1st 2010
June 2010 3-shard Donation Pet
Sprite art: GlassWalker | Description: Damien | Side art: Glasswalker