Occasionally when wandering the forest of Silva, you might hear a haunting howl unlike that of any creature you know. Magi often attribute these sounds to elk or direwolves, just heard from a distance echoing off trees, but few claim this with certainty. Local villagers tell many stories at night around the fire about the creatures that produce these eerie calls. They say they are forest monsters, evil spirits which feast on unwary travelers and the carcasses of farm animals which have died from fright. The little-seen creatures magi call cerverids may be the creatures to which the townsfolk refer, but no one in living memory has ever heard them utter a sound.
You can hear nothing if you press your ear to this pale egg, but when you are near, it seems like there is a low moaning coming from far away.
Cerverid young are small, bald, and essentially helpless. They can only run away, although most creatures actively avoid them anyway. Magi, companions, and wild creatures alike become inexplicably afraid when in their presence, despite the hatchling doing nothing but standing nearby. Cerverid hatchlings appear to feed on this fear, becoming livelier in response. Perhaps most frightening is their silence; they make no cries of any kind, so they cannot be heard coming, although as they come closer a low howl begins to sound in the distance....
Cerverids are parasites; as hatchlings, they feed on small animals and the fear they induce in others, but as they grow this is no longer enough to sustain them, and they begin to suck away the life force of others. Over time they become more monstrous, every instance of feeding changing their physical appearance, while the creature or magi they are feeding on becomes an empty shell and eventually dies. These creatures will eat the carcasses of their victim as well, their mouth and neck stretching open to swallow it whole. Their appearance can become so aberrant that creatures can literally be scared to death. Every magi intending to travel through Silva is given the express warning to stick to the trails and ignore any distractions, as cerverids will use their innate dark magic abilities to cast illusions in an attempt to lead travellers right into their waiting jaws. There are only a few known instances of magi with cerverid companions, all of them dark magis willing to sacrifice pieces of themselves for the trust of a companion that can kill so effortlessly.
Obtained from: Event, Halloween, Retired
Renaming cost: 2000 gold
Release date: October 25th 2016
Sprite art: Tekla | Description: PKGriffin/Tekla