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Akvo Crystalwing #588

General

Little is known about crystalwings; majestic, brightly colored creatures that are rarely seen. They are so uncommon among the local villagers that they are regarded as myth, beings said to have existed centuries ago. What little that is known is this: these gorgeous animals are adorned with crystalline scales that are true gems, and are so heavy that magic is certainly involved in their locomotion as well as existence. According to ancient legend, they originate from the Caves of Nareau, where few venture to go. Akvo crystalwings' scale-gems are vivid with the deep blues and purples of the ocean depths. It is believed that they travel along flooded passageways connecting areas of the sea floor with tunnels extending all the way to the Caves of Nareau.

Egg

This egg has a brilliant jewel embedded in its side.

Hatchling

Akvo crystalwings will not hatch unless their eggs are not only submerged in water, but submerged at near crushing depths. This makes acquiring and caring for them difficult if the magi in question does not possess talent with water magic, or at least good friends who have water powers. Once hatched, the younglings begin to accrete minerals from the dense seawater surrounding them, and grow swiftly in weight, although more slowly in form. Although it would seem odd to envision crystalwing predators, they nevertheless have developed a defense against any who might think the hatchlings a tasty snack: with a shiver of magic, they can cause a thin film to grow over their glinting bodies, dulling the crystalline sheen that would otherwise immediately give their position away.

Adult

These are vain creatures, but with fair cause: large fans of exquisite interlocking crystals form winglike sail-fins along their backs, and smaller sprays of lighter-colored crystal matrices frame their heads and limbs. Each scale a tiny gem, with larger cabochons adorning joints, tail, and forehead, they are companions for only the most wealthy of citizens, or magi. In the ocean they can communicate across incredible distances with shivers of sound that resonate and are "tuned" in the crystals that form their own bodies, before being transmitted to another crystalwing. The only communication they emit that falls within human hearing range are their dirges, which are eerie, keening descants in chords that few can parse. Although the cause of such dirges are tragic, most consider it a wondrous event to be witness to such songs.

Notes

Obtained from: Event, Magiversary, Retired
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: May 10th 2015

Breeds with the following:
Akvo Crystalwing + Akvo Crystalwing = Akvo Crystalwing
Rewin Dragon + Akvo Crystalwing = Akvo Pygmy Gemdragon
Rewin Ancient + Akvo Crystalwing = Akvo Pygmy Gemdragon
Akvo Crystalwing + Akvo Pygmy Gemdragon = Akvo Pygmy Crystalwing

Sprite art: Xenomorph | Description: ApprenticeCrone

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