Wildfire theropiths are integral to the health of the high grasslands where they live; the controlled fires they set help promote new growth and keep their territories from becoming overgrazed. Smart and mischievous, theropiths are best kept by rural magi, who can provide them with the large territories their clans need. They eat mostly grass blades and seeds, but will willingly eat fruit and insects if these are offered - theropiths have no interest in putting much effort into obtaining their food. Social creatures, theropiths do best when allowed to form their own family groups, but they can also do well within a magi family. They are very careful with their fiery tails and ability to create wildfires, but any magi who chooses to befriend them should keep these abilities in mind, especially around flammable materials.
This bright red egg has a fiery tail.
As hatchlings, wildfire theropiths should be kept in an environment where their fire can't do much damage, such as a stone nursery. Although not willfully destructive, hatchlings don't have the same control over their fire as adults do, and won't until their parents and other members of their clans teach them how to control the flames. Hatchlings come out of the egg as a plain brown colour and won't change to their adult colouring - red for females and orange for males - until they're nearly fully grown. They're cheerfully noisy babies, chattering to themselves, each other, and anyone else who walks by, and they love to gather in groups to play and be social.
A fully mature wildfire theropith is a large creature with an intimidating set of teeth and a bright flame on their tail, but the majority of them have pleasant temperaments. The adults are in charge of setting the fires that keep their territories clean and they work together to accomplish this, both in the actual setting and the guiding of the fire to keep it from raging out of control. They live around 20 years and have complex social structures, though usually they stick to the social group they're born into. Some magi have been lucky enough to see the rare herds that theropiths occasionally congregate into, usually when a large area needs to be cleaned with fire; these enormous groups combine many different clans, which then split up again once the fire has burned out.
Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: February 15th 2016
February 2016 Midmonth Donation Pet
Sprite art: Tekla | Description: Sochitelya