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Shika Mizu #670

General

While many species of deer can be found throughout the west, only a few are known to roam other planes of existence. The so-called spirit deer – shika mizu, maza iteiri, and fia puca – tread the line between the living and the dead, said to be harbingers and messengers each with their own role to play in our world. As creatures born of another plane, little is understood about their magic, which seems to be a sort all of its own, related to the life energy that gives all things breath. They cannot be wounded or injured, and at certain points in the day they may cease to interact with this world at all, fading away until they appear as ghosts, or disappear altogether. Each variety of spirit deer derives its power from a celestial body – the fia puca draws from the moon, the maza iteiri from the sun, and the shika mizu from the two of them together. Each deer sports a small flame that flickers above its head, and will protect this flame at all costs, for if it goes out, the deer will vanish, its tie to this world broken.

Egg

This warm white egg has a small flame that emanates a cool breeze, like flowing water.

Hatchling

Like all spirit deer, shika mizu never eat and instead obtain their energy from celestial bodies. They take in energy from the sun and moon, and are most active at dawn and dusk. It is exceedingly rare to see a juvenile shika mizu, for eggs only appear to worthy people near the temples they frequent. While the young do not yet possess antlers, they still have power over water, and seem to be born with an inherent understanding of their magic. In general the fawns are concerned with learning about the world, using their powers only when the flames above their heads are threatened.

Adult

Shika mizu possess power over water, males sporting antlers from which water perpetually falls, while the stronger females are able to manipulate the element, sometimes allowing it to swirl around them as a mane. Though powerful, these are the most passive of the spirit deer, content to wander the foothills of the Alasre Mountains where they are highly regarded by local villagers and townsfolk. Temples many hundreds of years old are still in use in places the deer frequent, erected so that monks could study the nature of these deer, and train to better themselves by example. The shika mizu are not tame, but they seem to know when a person’s intent is benevolent. It is said that if one goes into the forest outside a shika mizu shrine, and meditates for eight days and nights, on the eighth evening, a benevolent person might meet a shika mizu that will give them some of the water flowing from their antlers or mane. Such water should be kept safe, for it will bring them good luck, and grant them abilities beyond what any magic user their age would normally accomplish, as long as they use it wisely.

Notes

Obtained from: Shop, Water Shop: 5300 gold
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: April 24th 2016

Breeds with the following:
Shika Mizu + Shika Mizu = Shika Mizu
Shika Mizu + Fia Puca = Shika Mizu
Shika Mizu + Fia Puca = Fia Puca
Shika Mizu + Maza Iteiri = Shika Mizu
Shika Mizu + Maza Iteiri = Maza Iteiri

Sprite art: Tekla | Description: PKGriffin

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