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Chocolate Earwig #566

General

Chocolate earwigs are among the smallest of companions, but what they lack in size they make up in numbers. Catching a glimpse of these nocturnal creatures may be hard, however, as they tend to scatter and hide from the slightest movement or flicker of light. They like to nest within cupboards and as a result may end up infesting food or spell ingredients. As they are found virtually everywhere the chocolate earwigs were early on experimented on to see if they possessed any magical abilities. While the creatures themselves didn't seem to have any notable magic another use was found, which still lingers today. The chocolate earwigs are commonly used for spell ingredients. They enhance the potency of potions, especially those of affection and desire, and even when ingested as is, especially roasted, enhance certain emotions. While the creatures are commonly found nearly anywhere, roasted chocolate earwigs are still regarded as a savory privilege of the wealthier class.

Egg

This tiny egg seems to be covered in a hard sweet crust.

Hatchling

A hatchling chocolate earwig starts out pale and fragile, the size of only a needle's end and almost too small to make out with bare eyes. The hatchling goes through several molts while growing and with every molt it grows bigger and slightly darker. Hatchling chocolate earwigs already exhibit the species' customary behavior of seeking out chocolate and related sweets, eager to sink their tiny pincers on the treat. After the hatchling has indulged itself it emits a very faint aroma of cherry flowers that puts anyone smelling it in a good mood.

Adult

After several molts the chocolate earwig finally reaches adulthood. During the final molt its body hardens and gets a distinct brown color, with the shade affected by the type of chocolate the hatchling ate most. While notably larger than a hatchling, the adult chocolate earwig only measures the width of a finger. Adult chocolate earwigs are known for their love for chocolate and will find a way to get into even the most protected stashes and nest within. This has accidentally, but inevitably, led to the discovery that the chocolate earwigs taste like cherries dipped in the richest chocolate. While most people prefer their chocolate without these little companions there are those more adventurous people who deliberately seek them out for their taste.

Notes

Obtained from: Shop, Remy's Inn: 5000 gold
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: February 14th 2015

Breeds with the following:
Chocolate Earwig + Chocolate Earwig = Chocolate Earwig

Originally an event creature for Valentine's Event 2015, which later became permanently available in Remy's Inn.

Sprite art: Jrap17 | Description: Rosehill

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