Little is known about the lives of enigmatic tidal wraithes, but one would be hard-pressed to find a sailor who does not know to be wary of moonless nights close to shore. Although relatively peaceful most days, tidal wraithes have unpredictable tempers and even members of the Order of the Trident must be vigilant when working with these creatures. They can seem quite affectionate at times, favoring some people in particular to hear their haunting songs and gift with sea shells or pearls. Most believe this to be a false affection, though, as a wraithe is just as likely to drown the person of its liking as offer them trinkets. Tidal wraithes may live in any sort of water, but they prefer to take up residence in large tide pools or shallow bays, especially those where lives have been lost. Sailors tell stories of how the first wraithe was a shipwrecked woman cursed forever after to drown people and feed on the ghosts of the dead to extend her own life. If they are unable to do so, she and her wraithe descendants would conjure up massive, unnatural storms that would destroy whole seaside cities. These stories are not to be taken lightly, for tidal wraithes are long-lived and powerful creatures that can deal such damage to ports and villages. Water magi often seek out creatures that take up residence near a populated area to prevent just such an occurrence, for the sake of both the local people and the tidal wraithes themselves.
Dark, stinging tendrils seep from this egg and often lash out at anything that brushes past them.
Hatchling wraithes are considered difficult companions to keep. One moment they may be as calm as the sea on a windless day, then suddenly erupt in a tantrum that sends pounding waves on the shore of Lake Lakira. Even at a young age, these creatures have limited mastery over the water and wind, though they only seem to use it when upset or angered. Their moods are notoriously difficult to judge, but those who spend time around them deem tidal wraithe young no more difficult to care for than any other tempermental hatchlings. They are born small, barely the size of a human hand, and grow slowly. No one is quite sure of how they feed, or even how they choose to spend their time, as they are apt to disappear for days on end, even within a secluded pool of water. While tidal wraithes may live for centuries and grow longer than a ship, youngsters are only considered truly dangerous when they can tower over a grown man. Until then, the hatchlings' conjured storms last minutes at best and rarely reach further than the sandy banks of the lake.
Adult tidal wraithes are among the most dangerous creatures at the Keep. This is not because they are larger or more violent than other creatures, but rather because, as well as being powerful, they are touchy and impossible to tame. Only skilled magi choose to work with adult wraithes, and it is often said that only a fool tries to befriend one. A creature raised as a hatchling and cared for well into adulthood will turn on its caretaker without warning, hypnotizing them with the wraithe’s eerie, melodic call as an attempt to drown their magi. This is most common on nights of the New Moon, and magi are warned not to come near the lake alone when the moon is blackened. If the unlucky victim steps too close when the wraithe is feeling devious, they may find themselves tangled in the creature’s stinging tentacles and paralyzed as it tries to pull them under. For this reason, any magi working with wraithes are required to bring koi fish with them so they may still breathe when underwater. Upon discovering that its ploy has failed, however, the tidal wraithe will become enraged, using the full force of its power to create gales of wind and send the surface of the lake frothing over the beach and onto the roads and fields beyond. If such a storm forms right over Lake Lakira, experts from the Order of the Trident are called down to calm the creature with spells not taught in the Keep.
Obtained from: Event, Halloween, Retired
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: October 25th 2014
Sprite art: Lazuli | Description: PKGriffin