Bell squirrels are small for squirrels, sometimes not even being as large as a magi's palm. These pudgy little squirrels are capable of gliding with the thin, shiny flap of skin stretching between their front and back legs, although they often grow too heavy for it to work well as they get older. Males are more striking than females, being mainly green with a bright gold skin flap, but it is their mating ritual that attracts attention. During the holiday season, magi often notice bells missing - but only red bells. Male squirrels seek out red bells - ones living far away from magi use red berries - and polish them to shine before presenting them to a female. If she accepts, they pair for life.
The thick, fluffy tail poking through this egg's shell twitches often.
Magi at the Keep must keep a careful eye on these little squirrels. As they practice gliding, it is easy for them to become hurt in a crash. Unfortunately for magi, it's difficult to keep track of a very curious baby squirrel that's also small enough to fit into gaps between stones in walls. The squirrels find it amusing to leap out at magi from seemingly nowhere - but it's hard to hold a grudge against such a cute little thing. Feeding them cherries is a surefire way to earn their lifetime affection.
As adults, bell squirrels possess some control over fire magic. They can create small plumes of fire, but more commonly they simply radiate a great deal of warmth, enough to melt ice and snow and warm their nests. This ability is particularly useful for these winter creatures as it allows them to melt away ice and snow from around their nests, which are settled very high up in tree trunks. They scamper around and leap from branch to branch, seeking out objects they can hoard with the rest of their colony - typically small, round objects like nuts, berries, and rocks. It's very difficult to take an object from one of these creatures and they're not easily fooled, but crafty magi may be able to distract them long enough for someone else to snatch back their lost brooch from the nest!
Obtained from: Event, Winter Solstice, Retired
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: December 19th 2015
Sprite art: Tekla | Description: Tekla