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Kelpy Hippocampus #699

General

Deep in the trenches of the darkest seas, kelpy hippocampus roam, using their powerful tails and hard hooves to propel themselves along the ocean floor. They eat decaying seaweed, discarded shells and other detritus that they find there. Wild kelpy hippocampi rarely leave the depths of the sea, and were long thought to be a myth, the only sign of their presence the dark, shed fins that would sometimes float to the surface. It was only when a magi's ill-fated voyage to the bottom of the sea nearly ended in disaster that they were found, using their power over water pressure to save the magi's life. Kelpy hippocampus can withstand any pressure, and some say their bones and hooves are harder than diamond. Their power is clearly magical, however, and extends to whoever rides them. With a spell of water breathing and a kelpy companion, magi have explored the deepest oceans.

Egg

This egg has a powerful tail coming out of the shell.

Hatchling

Kelpy hippocampi hatchlings are eager to learn from everything around them, and are incredibly energetic. They prefer to stay in deep water when they are first hatched, and the water pressure will help strengthen their bones and hooves so that they develop properly. As they get older, they will explore the surface if urged to do so, and will make spectacular leaps out of the water. Hatchlings will leave the water entirely and crawl around clumsily on land if their magi doesn't enter the water in an attempt to play, and should quickly be placed back in the water if they try. Most magi put a halter on their kelpy hippocampi, as it helps keep them calm and reminds them that their magi is always nearby.

Adult

Despite their somewhat foreboding appearance, kelpy hippocampus are incredibly social and friendly. Unlike other species of hippocampus, they do not form large herds, but they do interact with others of their species, forming pods with complex social hierarchies. They are endlessly entertained by other species, as well, and will try to frolic and play with any creature or magi that enters the water. A kelpy raised at the keep is never happier than when its magi is in the water with it, and can spend hours swimming with its magi and introducing them to interesting things it has found near the ocean floor. Their power over pressure has been experimented with at the Keep, and some magical researchers claim they can convince their hippocampi to help them fuse coal into diamonds.

Notes

Obtained from: Donation, Retired
Breeding: Yes
Renaming cost: 20000 gold
Release date: September 1st 2016

Breeds with the following:
Kelpy Hippocampus + Kelpy Hippocampus = Kelpy Hippocampus Cost: 3 shards
Patchy Hippocampus + Kelpy Hippocampus = Patchy Hippocampus Cost: 3 shards
Patchy Hippocampus + Kelpy Hippocampus = Kelpy Hippocampus Cost: 3 shards

September 2016 5-shard Donation Pet.

Sprite art: Tekla | Description: Raneth

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