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Nikollus #555

General

Nikolli are curious creatures, and have their origins in several classic tales told around a fire during wintertime. One legend tells of a wizard, Nikollus Stefan, who travelled through the Arkene delivering packages to remote villages. One night, he was travelling across a glacier when a shallow crevasse opened up and he fell inside. Knocked unconscious, Stefan’s life was saved by a mysterious shaggy dog that wandered down into the crevasse and spent the night curled up beside him to keep the wizard warm. Stefan was grateful to the dog, and so crafted a red and blue ribbon for it so that the dog may remain warm wherever it went. Years later, Stefan found an extra gift among the packages he was delivering, and found a small puppy inside bound with a warm ribbon. Ever since, Stefan is said to have taken the dog with him wherever he went, and turned to crafting and delivering presents to children in those remote towns. He is said to have spread so much joy and happiness that his dog, and all the dogs that came after, took on his name so that they might embody the spirit of the holidays.

Egg

This box is wrapped in a magically-warming ribbon. You can't quite get it open yet.

Hatchling

No one is quite sure where these boxes come from, but every year during the wintertime, young magi may wake up to find a beautiful green gift wrapped up under their bed. When the egg inside is ready to hatch, the ribbon on the top of the box vanishes and a small puppy pops out. Young Nikolli, or Nickies as they are often called, are bright-eyed and curious from the moment they can stumble around. The hatchlings are born with enchanted ribbons fitted around their necks, designed to keep them warm even in the coldest weather. They can often be found running through the halls of the Keep or plowing through deep snowdrifts outside. Magi have to keep a close eye on their companions to prevent them from getting into trouble, but luckily Nikolli have a strong sense of companionship and even at a young age will stay close to their magi.

Adult

Your playful Nikollus bounds toward you, melting snow a foot deep with each step. It yips happily without a care in the world, apparently unaware that the wind is cold enough to make little icicles form on the tips of your eyelashes. These winter companions love to play outside, letting the warmth of their bodies carve out tunnels and dens underneath thick snow banks on the hills around the Keep. Nikolli will gladly curl up around their master's feet should a magi come and join them outside, but luckily the warmth from their ribbon extends to any creature or surface the dogs happen to touch. This ability has spurred many stories about lost travelers wandering through the Arkene being rescued by friendly dogs, for a person need only hold onto a tangle of fur in order to be warmed as if by a pleasant fire. The extent of their magic is unknown, but Nikolli tend to make people cheerful whatever the occasion and are often depicted as bringers of joy and warmth, especially important in the dark winter months.

Notes

Obtained from: Event, Winter Solstice, Retired
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: December 16th 2014

Breeds with the following:
Nikollus + Nikollus = Nikollus

Sprite art: Lazuli | Description: PKGriffin

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