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Ceras #617

General

Wild and nocturnal, ceras are fiercely independent, only occasionally forming flocks. These sheep native to the Alasre mountains outsize most common sheep and have thicker, wirier wool; even if they allowed themselves to be sheared, it would be too rough to use. They may grow up to four horns, an unusual trait among sheep. Also unlike other sheep, both ewes and rams are highly aggressive and more than willing to charge a threat. They have relatively little magical ability but are capable of using a few weak offensive spells, usually of wind or fire elemental origin. Bones of ceras sheep are an important ingredient in some rare potions as well; it is said that the skull and horns ground into a fine powder greatly increase one's physical strength. Dark magi find ceras particularly delightful and are more likely to devote all the time necessary to earn one's trust.

Egg

This egg has four horns poking out of its shell.

Hatchling

Ceras lambs are solid black for the first few months of their lives, which affords them the perfect camouflage in the night. When not sleeping, they stick close to their mothers; although their aggression is already apparent at this young age, they're still small enough to fall easy prey to eagles and other large predators. They are also quite nimble even among the craggiest regions of the Alasre range and some of their favorite games involve races up steep cliffs.

Adult

Stubborn to the core, ceras sheep are unlikely to do what they're asked; rather, they seem to enjoy doing the opposite. Ceras are rare companions even among magi. It takes daily attention to earn one's trust, something most magi can't devote themselves to, and their appearance unnerves many. In ancient times, though, ceras sheep were quite common, especially among self-proclaimed fortunetellers who claimed to be able to read the fluctuating red patterns in their wool - much like the even older practices of reading oracle bones, cards, or crystal balls. Over time this fell out of favor, and the sheep became scarce as owners released them, having no more reason to keep such an aggressive creature around. Among more superstitious communites the sighting of a ceras sheep is held to mean impending tragedy; is it only mere coincidence that they appear most often before a tragedy, or something more?

Notes

Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: October 1st 2015

Breeds with the following:
Ceras + Ceras = Ceras Cost: 3 shards
Ceras + Polyceras = Ceras Cost: 3 shards
Ceras + Polyceras = Polyceras Cost: 3 shards

October 2015 3-shard Donation Pet

Sprite art: Tekla | Description: Tekla

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