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Nulorn #342

General

Although these creatures prefer the northern parts of the woods, it's not uncommon to spot them around the castle during the summer. Nulorns are driven out of the forest by heat, intent on visiting one of the coldest lakes; Lake Lakira. There, these large companions wade into the refreshing water, and usually spend the whole day cooling down. On these occasions, most magi keep their distance from the lake. Although nulorns are peaceful companions, they are wary of humans, and will quickly disappear back into the forest if bothered. Young nulorns are less cautious, and charge into the water at once, eager to swim. These companions are excellent swimmers, and can cross lakes if they so desire. If a magi has a very close bond with their nurlorn companion, the nulorn may even allow them to ride upon their backs. This is a speedy form of travel, both on land and water, as nulorns are very powerful creatures. They know almost every tree that grows in the woods, and can travel at great speed. Even deep snows do not stop them, as their wide hooves act as snowshoes. It is during the cold seasons that these companions focus all of their attention on their survival. The only food available are the few leaves that cling to the trees, and nulorns will even eat bark. Very few creatures dare to attack them, but it is in the depths of winter that they are most vulnerable. Even then, only a large pack of wolves stand any chance at bringing down a nulorn.

Egg

This round, brown egg has no distinguishing markings, but is quite heavy.

Hatchling

Much like the adults, young nulorns are cautious creatures. They usually remain deep in the forest, searching for vegetation to snack on. Sometimes, though, their own curiosity gets the better of them, and they leave to explore The Keep. Should one spot a nulorn hatchling, it is best to remain perfectly still and let the hatchling approach on its own. They are very shy around humans, and if one moves too suddenly, they will run off. Offering a few treats will help lure a nulorn hatchling near - they love apples, mushrooms, and berries. If the hatchling accepts the treat, a friendship has been established. Other nulorn hatchlings usually take this as a good sign, and come out to play.

Adult

Nulorns are most active in the autumn, when the leaves begin to change and the air grows cool. At this time they are busy choosing mates, a process that can take many weeks. Their bellows can be heard all the way from the castle, a deep sound that attracts females. Male nulorns strive to capture the attention of them, and engage in fights to do so. Although they are large beasts, with tremendous antlers, it is rare for them to injure one another. As soon as one has asserted his dominance, the fight ends and the victor prances off. It is the females who are more intelligent, and take on the important task of caring for hatchlings. This is an activity easier said then done, for nulorn young do not tire readily. As they age, nulorns focus their time on finding food, rather than playing. These companions eat all manner of vegetation, and much of the energy is focused on males growing antlers. While growing, these antlers are covered in a soft fuzz, which disappears over time. As winter approaches, male nulorns lose their antlers, so that the energy might be used for other means. They will regrow them in the spring. From time to time, people find their discarded antlers. After some experimentation, a magi discovered that these antlers possess a strange power. Crushed and added to potions, this powder allows anyone to navigate the Silvan forest with ease. This knowledge fades after a few short hours. There is one other mystery that has yet to be understood; the tales that are still told by those who live near the forest. These villagers say they sometimes see nulorns with tiny beings riding on their backs, beings that look much like small humans. No magi has ever been able to verify this.

Notes

Obtained from: Stream (common)
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 2000 gold

Breeds with the following:
Nulorn + Nulorn = Nulorn
Nulorn + Pine Nulorn = Nulorn
Nulorn + Pine Nulorn = Pine Nulorn

Sprite art: DarrkestDrow | Description: Damien

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