Legend says the first sunburst kirin was not born but forged, the ultimate creation of some ancient smith-mage given life through powerful magic or blessing. Their bodies are strong as hammered steel, with scales nearly as sharp - careless attempts to pet them can result in a badly-cut palm, and a full attack can be debilitating without the kirin taking a single action. Their frills are actually stiff, clear hairs like glass fiber, their rippling colors reflecting the magical fire which is the kirin's lifeblood. Shed hair and scales from these creatures are treasured by magi who work in metal and fire, but most valuable are their golden masks, both for magic work and decoration. New kirin grow their first mask before they are an hour old, and shed them to form new ones all their lives.
Hair-fine frills create a warm aura around this bright egg.
This spindly hatchling's delicate appearance is deceiving, for even newly-hatched sunburst kirins are nearly indestructable. They are fearless and friendly, and will approach any person or creature they see in hopes of a treat or game, but this affection can actually be dangerous due to their sharp scales. Careful petting or brushing their frills is safe enough, but if startled or attacked their scales lift slightly to become a coat of razor blades. Magi raising these beauties are known to invest in a full suit of light armor.
Still delicate and beautiful, adult sunburst kirins are much more reserved than their young, and unlikely to approach anyone they did not first know as a hatchling. They also seem to be more aware of the danger their scales pose, and move carefully in close quarters unless angered or frightened. While they are willing to carry riders they trust, they require specially-constructed saddles, and will not take a bridle at all. Most people don't bother, but those dedicated to these lovely beings say the ride is well worth the effort, for they run like the wind and their natural warmth is a great comfort when traveling in cold climates.
Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: November 1st 2015
Breeds with the following:
Sunburst Kirin + Sunburst Kirin = Sunburst Kirin Cost: 3 shards
Sunburst Kirin + Lunar Eclipse Kirin = Sunburst Kirin Cost: 3 shards
Sunburst Kirin + Lunar Eclipse Kirin = Lunar Eclipse Kirin Cost: 3 shards
November 2015 3-shard Donation Pet
Sprite art: Xenomorph | Description: Myrin